Timothy Leary, clinical psychologist at Harvard University introduced psychedelics expand the mind and achieve higher states of consciousness. After some student complained about being pressured Harvard did fire him. Claudio Naranjo, who gave the Enneagram the types through automatic writing, is another father of better psychology and spirituality through drugs. Times change and so does Harvard. APOLOGIAreport's article, “Consciousness" notes,
“We could perhaps think about chaplains as psychedelic shepherds, directing users through the strange, yet potentially meaningful pastures of the mind and beyond to which these chemicals may provide access.” — an idea born of Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions’ November 2 panel discussion “What is Psychedelic Chaplaincy?” [<www.bit.ly/3eMYhMs> — reported by Hollis Phelps (Religion Dispatches, Mar 2 ‘21).]
Welcome to the “psychedelic renaissance” — where “if one wants to have a religious experience on, say, psilocybin, there’s a significant chance that one will.” I have to admit, I never thought I would find the words "Psychedelic Chaplaincy" in a sentence, much less in a positive light. It is somewhat interesting that in Revelation:9:21 John writes: "nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts…"
The word "sorceries" is translated from the Greek word, "pharmakia (φαρμακεία)." Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words comments, "In 'sorcery,' the use of drugs, whether simple or potent, was generally accompanied by incantations and appeals to occult powers." Perhaps religious experience under the guidance of psychedelic chaplains is not too far off the mark.
[TBC: For further information, see: https://www.thebereancall.org/content/sorcery-ushering-blissful-christless-eternity-update]