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The Mystical, Religious, and Spiritual Dimensions of Psychedelics

August 18, 2021 at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm PDT

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In this salon, Alex Criddle will lead a discussion on what psychedelic experiences mean for individual spirituality, religions, and the mystical.

A significant portion of psychedelic users cite their experience as being one of the top five most profound moments of their life, on par with their marriage or the birth of a child. What is it about these experiences that makes them so profound?

Studies cite the mystical aspect of the experience as being the key to their importance. What about the experience makes them so mystical? Users sometimes describe the experience as being spiritual or religious in nature, including calling beings they encounter God, gods, angels, or just the Divine. In this Salon we’ll try to make sense of those experiences as well as other topics including:

  • The use of psychedelics in religious contexts
  • Are psychedelic experiences fraudulent or fake mysticism as some critics claim, do they provide a shortcut to the mystical and bypass the work
  • How psychedelics shape spirituality
  • What are the spiritual risks associated with psychedelic usage
  • The nature of transformational religious or spiritual experiences
  • The connection between psychedelics and New Age spirituality
  • How contemporary religions account for these experiences

Join us for a mystical discussion of psychedelics, spirituality, and religion!


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Save the dates:

  • July 17th – The Culture and History of Psychedelics
  • July 24th – Psychedelic Therapy and Psychedelics as Medicine
  • July 31st – The Philosophy of Psychedelics
  • Aug 18th – The Mystical, Religious, and Spiritual Dimensions of Psychedelics


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August 18, 2021
11:00 am - 2:00 pm PDT
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