Christian Churches and Psychedelics

What are Psychedelics?

According to Psychology Today, psychedelic agents are substances—most of them naturally derived from plants—that change people's mental states by temporarily altering their perception of reality. As a result, the substances can lastingly induce changes in thoughts and feelings.

Plant-derived hallucinogens such as psilocybin, mescaline, and ibogaine have been safely used, primarily in traditional cultures, since ancient times. Typically, they are consumed ritualistically in healing ceremonies and religious rites to facilitate communication with the gods [demons], all under the guidance of experienced elders [witches].

How Psychedelics Work

Psychedelics as Medicine

"Researchers at the Center for Psychedelic Medicine, in NYU Langone's Department of Psychiatry, are attempting to realize the clinical potential of psychedelic compounds and related drugs.  Over the past two decades, clinical research on psychedelics, most notably psilocybin and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) [ecstasy], has steadily progressed from pilot studies confirming safety and feasibility, through early phase trials providing preliminary evidence of clinical efficacy. Results to date have stimulated tremendous interest in the possible use of these drugs as medications, but fundamental questions remain regarding their safety and efficacy, how they work, and whether their psychoactive effects are integral to their mechanisms of action."

According to Psychedelics Research and Psilocybin Therapy:

"The Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research is leading the way in exploring innovative treatments using psilocybin. The molecular structure of psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychedelic compound found in 'magic mushrooms,' allows it to penetrate the central nervous system and the scientific and medical experts are just beginning to understand its effects on the brain and mind and its potential as therapeutics for mental illnesses." 

Christians and churches are embracing psychedelics.   

"We are a collaborative community of clergy, religious educators, scholars, spiritual guides, philanthropists, and psychedelic researchers dedicated to making direct experience of the sacred available to all who desire it through the responsible legal use of psychedelic medicine and within the context of the Christian contemplative tradition."

"The tea tasted bitter and earthy, but Lorenzo Gonzales drank it anyway. On that frigid night in remote Utah, he was hoping for a life-changing experience, which is how he found himself inside a tent with two dozen others waiting for the psychedelic brew known as ayahuasca to kick in."

"As a Johns Hopkins scientist he was known for rigorous studies of psychedelics.  Was he a true believer?"  

Christians are taking Psychedelics to Experience God.  

The Importance of Group Healing with Psychedelic Medicines

"We are also excited to see the Christian focused nonprofit Ligare and Jewish focused nonprofit Shefa getting traction. These organizations promise to pave the way for integration of psychedelic medicines into traditional churches and synagogues, where trained religious professionals will one day be able to offer psychedelic-assisted therapy as part of hospice care and in healing circles akin to the Alcoholics Anonymous model within religious communities."

Entheogenic Sects and and Psychedelic Religions

"Unfortunately, the courts and law enforcement in the United States are rarely sympathetic toward the use of psychoactive sacraments.  This article clarifies some of what is being suppressed with regard to churches that use peyote or other psychedelics or Cannabis

The Wild Goose Festival...Link.

"It is a place where all are welcome. Seriously, ALL. Because we are rooted in a progressive Christian tradition, we welcome you, whatever your age, race, culture, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religious tradition, disabilities, different abilities, whether you have money or not, whether you have a degree or not, whether you have a strong faith or no faith, or perhaps a billion questions about faith, whether you have a home or not, whether you're an extrovert or introvert, everyone is welcome here. Even eye-rolling teenagers. And rambunctious little kids. Rambunctiousness is, in fact, encouraged. We welcome all to come and seek the common good together.

Christianity and Psychedelics

"How are Christians already engaging and supporting the "psychedelic renaissance"? What do psychedelics have to offer Christianity, and what does Christianity have to offer psychedelics? Non-ordinary states of consciousness and the possible paths to an experience of God are nothing new in the Christian tradition, with many examples in Scripture and in the Church's mystical and contemplative tradition. Tragically, the Church also has a history of violently oppressing these paths, including the Indigenous communities that have historically and ritually used entheogenic plants and fungi to open to the Holy. As entheogenic/psychedelic substances such as psilocybin and MDMA are receiving renewed interest and respect for therapeutic healing and spiritual growth, more and more Christians are discerning their own engagement through a Christian lens. Ligare, a Georgia-based non-profit and the host of this conversation, is an educational network working at the intersection of contemplative and mystical Christianity and the exploration of the spiritual and religious engagement with entheogenic/psychedelic plants and fungi. A small group of panelists across intersectional backgrounds are sharing their own experiences and ideas for the future of emotional healing and spiritual growth and development."

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Pioneering Clergy of Diverse Religions Embrace Psychedelics

"Welcome to the first installment of "God on Psychedelics," a series of feature articles by the veteran religion journalist Don Lattin examining how the revival of psychedelic spirituality fits into the larger story of religion in America.

"It sounds like the setup for an irreverent joke. A rabbi, a Protestant preacher and two priests walk into a room and are given a hefty serving of magic mushrooms. But it's not a gag, and what happened next was anything but irreverent.

"Rabbi Zac Kamenetz, Lutheran pastor James Lindberg, and Episcopal priests Roger Joslin and Hunt Priest were among some two dozen "psychedelically naive" religious professionals who participated in a yet-to-be published study by researchers at Johns Hopkins and NYU.

After careful screening and preparation, each was separately given two doses of synthesized psilocybin, the chemical that puts the magic in those mushrooms, in a comfortable, supervised setting. The idea was to measure whatever mystical experiences they might have had and follow-up to see how that divine encounter helped — or hindered — them in their ministry.

"It's surprising how many clergy have never had a mystical experience," said Joslin, who shepherds two Episcopal churches in Long Island, NY. "How are you going to incorporate mystery into the life of your congregation if you don't know what that's like yourself?"

"Institutional religion has a lot to learn from psychedelics," said Hunt Priest, the Episcopal priest in Savannah, Georgia. And the psychedelic community has a lot to learn from organized religion.

"Psychedelics, said Lindberg, 'cracked me open and showed me that my views of the world were small and limited, compared to what I had just experienced.'"

"Lindberg, a Lutheran pastor in Nebraska, said his first psychedelic trips left him with something that could be called a 'crisis of faith.'

"For a while, I struggled with what it means to be an identified member of the clergy who is supposed to promulgate the doctrines of that religion," he explained. "I became more humble when I spoke about God. God is bigger and more vast than I can wrap my head around."

River Styx Foundation

Hefter Research Institute

Funders at Johns Hopkins Shape the Future of Psychedelic Research

Cohen Psychedelic Research

To find common ground with other religions to form Satan's one world church 

Christians and churches are embracing psychedelics.  


Why?

To experience God

To find common ground with other religions to form Satan's one world church

--origin?

The Jew in egypt--jewish evangelism  

all from AC and Synagogue of Satan 

way to have world peace apart from God



Psychedelics and CHRISTIANS "It's also important to note that responsible self-regulating entheogenic churches are already operating in all fifty states under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and while there have been cases of federal interference, no arrests have been made. We are also excited to see the Christian focused nonprofit Ligare and Jewish focused nonprofit Shefa getting traction. These organizations promise to pave the way for integration of psychedelic medicines into traditional churches and synagogues, where trained religious professionals will one day be able to offer psychedelic-assisted therapy as part of hospice care and in healing circles akin to the Alcoholics Anonymous model within religious communities."info.drbronner.com/all-one-blog/2023/12/the-importance-of-group-healing-with-psychedelic-medicines/

Steve and Alex Cohen FoundationFunders at Johns Hopkins Shape The Future of Psychedelic Research"Pioneering donors including (Tim) Ferriss, (Bob) Jesse, businessman Carey Turnbull, T. Cody Swift of the Riverstyx Foundation, and the nonprofit Heffter Research Institute were indispensable in the early years of psilocybin research. "These are the people who have been keeping the flame alive through the darkest years," Johnson says. It's also surely no coincidence that the Hopkins center will study the effectiveness of psilocybin to treat what's now called post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome. The Steve and Alex Cohen Foundation – he's a hedge fund billionaire and the owner of the New York Mets, she's the foundation president and someone who suffered from Lyme disease – is the largest private funder of Lyme and tick borne disease in the country. The Cohen Foundation is also one of the largest funders of psychedelic research. The foundation donated half of the $17 million grant that endowed the Center for Psychedelic Medicine and Consciousness."www.lucid.news/funders-at-johns-hopkins-shape-the-future-of-psychedelic-research/ No. 34 on The Jerusalem Post's Top 50 Most Influential Jews of 2022: US billionaire, philanthropist and New York Mets owner Steven Cohen.www.jpost.com/50-most-influential-jews/article-717769 "Currently, the Foundation is one of the largest private funders of psychedelic research in the country as we push to fund ground-breaking projects and bring hope to patients with these devastating conditions.

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GIVEN TO PSYCHEDELIC PROJECTS"www.steveandalex.org/psychedelic-research-health-initiative/______________________ The RiverStyx Foundation - T. Cody Swift"Through his RiverStyx Foundation and a personal trust, Swift has spent or committed $9 million for psychedelic research, $4.2 million into drug policy reform and $3.1 million to support Indigenous peoples who use sacred plant medicines, according to federal tax returns and his own records.""His grandfather, George Dempster Smith, accumulated a fortune as the chairman and CEO of UPS. His father, James L. Swift, experimented with psychedelics in the late 1960s and encouraged his son, who's known as Cody, to pursue his fascination with psychoactive compounds."www.lucid.news/psychedelic-philanthropist-blazes-path-psychedelic-future/ "Since 2008, the RiverStyx Foundation, started by a philanthropist named T. Cody Swift, has donated more than $1.4 million to support psychedelics research at Johns Hopkins, including the cancer study and five other trials.In 2015, he helped pay for one of Dr. Griffiths's final studies, which gave psilocybin to 20 religious leaders to see whether it changed the way they practiced their ministry. Mr. Swift got to know many of the participants during follow-up interviews, he said."www.nytimes.com/2024/03/21/health/psychedelics-roland-griffiths-johns-hopkins.html "The RiverStyx Foundation is a philanthropic organization that strives to work at this boundary place. Through grant-making and seeding non-profits, Riverstyx attends to the places in society and our psychology which have been relegated to the shadows- out of fear, ignorance, and puritan influence- recognizing that which is repressed only festers and breeds pathology in its unnatural separation."www.riverstyxfoundation.org/ "The River Styx is the main underworld river that the ferryman Charon would take the souls of the dead across into Hades."study.com/academy/lesson/river-styx-in-greek-mythology-definition-story.html All Psychospiritual Clinical Research Programs listed here funded by RiverStyx:

  • Psilocybin for Religious Leaders - Johns Hopkins / NYU (2015)

www.riverstyxfoundation.org/psychospiritual Grant List:Ligare - 2 grantsShefa - 4 grantsJohns Hopkins - 15 grantsAyahuasca - 6 grantswww.riverstyxfoundation.org/grant-list

Johns Hopkins University/NYU Psychedelic research study for Religious Professionals The leaders of the Christian focused nonprofit Ligare and Jewish focused nonprofit Shefa both participated in a Johns Hopkins/NYU study on psilocybin for religious professionals. After participation in this study, Rev. Hunt Priest and Rabbi Zac Kamenetz began their Psychedelic organizations targeted to their respective religions. "Rabbi Zac Kamenetz, Lutheran pastor James Lindberg, and Episcopal priests Roger Joslin and Hunt Priest were among some two dozen "psychedelically naive" religious professionals who participated in a yet-to-be published study by researchers at Johns Hopkins and NYU.""The Hopkins/NYU study has inspired Rabbi Kamenetz and Rev. Priest to launch two organizations designed to bring Jewish and Christian seekers and thinkers into the psychedelic conversation. One is called Shefa, from the Hebrew word meaning "flow," and the other is Ligare, a Christian psychedelic society."www.lucid.news/pioneering-clergy-of-diverse-religions-embrace-psychedelics/

Psychedelics and CHRISTIANS "It's also important to note that responsible self-regulating entheogenic churches are already operating in all fifty states under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and while there have been cases of federal interference, no arrests have been made. We are also excited to see the Christian focused nonprofit Ligare and Jewish focused nonprofit Shefa getting traction. These organizations promise to pave the way for integration of psychedelic medicines into traditional churches and synagogues, where trained religious professionals will one day be able to offer psychedelic-assisted therapy as part of hospice care and in healing circles akin to the Alcoholics Anonymous model within religious communities."info.drbronner.com/all-one-blog/2023/12/the-importance-of-group-healing-with-psychedelic-medicines/

Judaism's Psychedelic Renaissance - Tablet Magazine This article makes some interesting points. It looks like the Jews remembered psychedelics from Egypt. "The first sparks, he explained, were thought to have gone into Egypt, and so it was the job of the Hebrews to form a nation and extract those sparks, which mostly came in the form of the acacia plant, central in Egyptian theology and relating to the gods Taurus and Osiris. The tribe that Moses led out of slavery brought with them acacia extraction technology that Moses learned from the Egyptians, Rozenberg said, as well as plants that Jacob made them plant when they arrived in Egypt. He adds that Rashi says they would stare at the trees while in slavery to gain hope for future redemption. "The whole process culminates with a man standing in a room filled with plant extract smoke to go into the sparks, take it back up, elevate it, and bring it into his brain," Rozenberg said during the panel. "What I want to suggest in the overlap between the psychedelic state and the mystical experience is we know when you're on these plant medicines, you're activating the neurological network where trauma is stored ... so when we're using the words 'rectifying the sin of Adam,' we can start to see the science and replace it with erasing generational trauma that we are storing in us." Only the blood of Jesus Christ can "erase the trauma of Adam's sin" and NOT acacia smoke or any other psychedelic experience. "He went on to explain that the priest's daughter was called Bat Pineal, indicating that the priest himself went by Pineal (yes, like the pineal gland). Called the "seat of the soul" or the "third eye," the pineal gland is a part of the brain that secretes endogenous DMT. So why was the priest called Pineal? "Because the Talmud says he goes and serves in the innermost chamber," Rozenberg said. Indeed, there's the innermost chamber of the Temple, and then there's the innermost chamber of ourselves—the metaphysical home of our own internal divinity, which psychedelics can help us access."-------------------------------------------------------Meanwhile, Jews of the counterculture who led the way in psychedelic exploration—think Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi or Ram Dass—have set the stage for today's generation to engage with mystical or transcendent elements within the religion.

The article about Pharmaco-Hasidism seems to be giving hope that taking drugs may atone for sins (and not Jesus Christ). The article only shows how very blind the Jews remain today. "One result, Summit attendees learned, would be 'activating the neural network where trauma is stored.' With Pharmaco-Hasidism [a combination of drugs and witchcraft], it would appear, atonement is at once a religious and a therapeutic process, a return to the 'Garden of Eden' of full spiritual and psychological integration." 

Judaism's Psychedelic Renaissance - Tablet Magazine This article makes some interesting points. It looks like the Jews remembered psychedelics from Egypt. "The first sparks, he explained, were thought to have gone into Egypt, and so it was the job of the Hebrews to form a nation and extract those sparks, which mostly came in the form of the acacia plant, central in Egyptian theology and relating to the gods Taurus and Osiris. The tribe that Moses led out of slavery brought with them acacia extraction technology that Moses learned from the Egyptians, Rozenberg said, as well as plants that Jacob made them plant when they arrived in Egypt. He adds that Rashi says they would stare at the trees while in slavery to gain hope for future redemption. "The whole process culminates with a man standing in a room filled with plant extract smoke to go into the sparks, take it back up, elevate it, and bring it into his brain," Rozenberg said during the panel. "What I want to suggest in the overlap between the psychedelic state and the mystical experience is we know when you're on these plant medicines, you're activating the neurological network where trauma is stored ... so when we're using the words 'rectifying the sin of Adam,' we can start to see the science and replace it with erasing generational trauma that we are storing in us." Only the blood of Jesus Christ can "erase the trauma of Adam's sin" and NOT acacia smoke or any other psychedelic experience. "He went on to explain that the priest's daughter was called Bat Pineal, indicating that the priest himself went by Pineal (yes, like the pineal gland). Called the "seat of the soul" or the "third eye," the pineal gland is a part of the brain that secretes endogenous DMT. So why was the priest called Pineal? "Because the Talmud says he goes and serves in the innermost chamber," Rozenberg said. Indeed, there's the innermost chamber of the Temple, and then there's the innermost chamber of ourselves—the metaphysical home of our own internal divinity, which psychedelics can help us access."-------------------------------------------------------Meanwhile, Jews of the counterculture who led the way in psychedelic exploration—think Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi or Ram Dass—have set the stage for today's generation to engage with mystical or transcendent elements within the religion.

Can Psychedelics Promote Peace-building Between Israelis and Palestinians?"The Israeli – Palestinian conflict has escalated and the whole world is watching - including psychedelic researchers.They are working to uncover the potential of psychedelic plant medicines, such as the ancient Amazonian brew Ayahuasca to help nations and the global collective move towards peace, harmony, and political liberation.The revisiting of not only personal, but intergenerational and historical trauma, exemplifies the potential of psychedelics to help break the patterns of generational genocides and conflicts."www.behold-retreats.com/post/can-psychedelics-promote-peace-building-between-israelis-and-palestinians "Q – What sort of context would lend itself to real world applications – for example, could we see psychedelics playing a part in the political process?LR: In theory, psychedelics have the potential to bring more empathy and understanding to political processes. This is their potential for creating harmony, connection, and understanding of the other side.They can also be used to work towards liberation and understanding of systemic concerns. Within the Amazon, ayahuasca has been used by indigenous and mestizo people in reaction towards colonialism, in political ways. Both by creating strong group bonding and identity to resist the colonisers, but also in attempt of building bridges. In many ways, psychedelic use in the west has some political history as well."www.imperial.ac.uk/news/221353/qa-could-psychedelic-ceremonies-help-people/ ____________ Israel is at the vanguard of a new psychedelic revolutionAfter half a century of being inextricably linked to counterculture, mind-altering drugs are on the cusp of upending mainstream medicine.wired.me/science/israel-is-at-the-vanguard-of-a-new-psychedelic-revolution/ Psychedelic Medicine - IsraelJuly 28-31, 2024, Tel AvivBUILDING THE FUTURE OF PSYCHEDELIC THERAPEUTICSwww.psychmedisrael.com/ _____________ Judaism's Psychedelic RenaissanceThis summer's Jewish Psychedelic Summit heralded the reintegration of acid, ecstasy, and other consciousness-altering drugs into Jewish spiritual life, a tradition as old as the tribe itself.www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/psychedelic-summit-madison-margolin Jewish Psychedelic SummitWhat is the connection between psychedelics and Judaism? Join a global conversation exploring psychedelics, Judaism, ritual, healing and spirituality. jewishpsychedelicsummit.org/ The Birth of "Pharmaco-Hasidism"Young Jews are eager to employ hallucinogenics in their practice: they may be connecting to a tradition they think they've left behind.divinity.uchicago.edu/sightings/articles/birth-pharmaco-hasidism