Magic and Drugs

“These substances called drugs…correspond to entities who come forth from the divine plan and are endowed with personality, consciousness, and autonomy… The aggression of one of these chemical spirits upon the human being is no different than from that of a demon or an angel. It is a sort of possession.  This is why a drugged person is no longer master of himself. He may detest the drug that imposes itself upon him despite himself.  There exists a spirit of tobacco, a spirit of hemp, a spirit of peyote, a spirit of poppy, a spirit of wine, which, if they are not controlled, lead their victim as they fancy. All religions have recognized the existence of these subtle forces and have sought to cajole them.  There is no religion whose rites do not make use of an intoxicating substance. …When the gods wish to destroy a wicked tyrant, they inspire the madness in him which causes him to lose himself. Drugs are among their armaments. Their irrational and immoderate intrusion signals the imminent end of the species at the end of the Kali Yuga.  To control the chemical spirits that wish to take possession of our faculties, we must first of all understand their nature and venerate them. Every drug is both an angel and demon.  It is by ritualizing their use that we can, as all traditional cultures have done, master them or eliminate their influence.” (p.140-141) While the Gods Play by A. Danielou

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  1. Your post has come to me at a time when I needed it most. Thank you so much for this and for all the great work you have done with the Gnostic lectures. They have been my aim and focus these last few months. From the deepest part of my heart, thank you again!

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