“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
Mark Stavish, the Director of Studies for the Institute for Hermetic Studies, is a life-long student of esotericism with over 35 years experience in comparative religion, philosophy, psychology, and mysticism with emphasis on Western spiritual traditions. Mark is the author of over a dozen books, as well as edited and contributed to an equal number of publications. His writings are popular in several languages, including French, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, and Estonian. A frequent media quest, Mark has appeared several times on Coast to Coast AM (C2C) with George Norry, as well as Just Energy Radio, Paranormal Science, Bob Hieronimus 21st Century Radio, History Channel, A&E, and has been a consultant on numerous media productions. As a graduate of King’s College, in Theology (B.A.), and Communications (B.A.), and Rhode Island College (Providence), with a Master’s degree in Counseling emphasizing psycho-spiritual modalities and Psychosynthesis, Mark brings a unique blend of tradition with modern research to the application of esoteric philosophy.