Miracles: God, Science, and Psychology in the Paranormal, by J. Harold Ellens

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These results too can be readily summarized from the consistencies in the literature. Proximate Setting Effects The place where entheogens are ingested is crucial. Early research encouraged the participant, often a professional, to explore psychotic possibilities with predictable results. Here is the origin of the term psychotomimetic as a label for these drugs. Research in therapeutic setting produced claims to transformation, often akin to religious conversions. Many of these transformations were associated with paranormal experience, accepted as revelatory of a newly discovered scared realm.

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Bernard of Clairvaux all referred to special meditations to be performed when partaking of a naturally occurring entheogen (Merkur, 2001). Shanon (2000a) has suggested that mandrakes, known for their psychoactive properties, were so desired by Rachael in the story of Genesis (30:14–15) that she was willing to give up the love of her husband for them. Likewise, Fuller (2000) has documented the role of entheogens in American religious history, especially among the spiritually unchurched. Others have noted how naturally occurring psychoactive botanicals illuminate particular American faith traditions.

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