Experts discuss science and religion in the use of psychedelics in free video series


We are experiencing a renaissance in psychedelic research, there is no doubt about it…especially when it comes to medical treatments. Psilocybin and MDMA are used to relieve depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Ayahuasca retreats continue to grow in popularity as healing centers. Even my favorite place for yoga now offers a “Microdose Flow Night”. What a time to live.

And yet, as plant medicine returns to the mainstream of our modern world, traditional spiritual wisdom often seems to be lost, if not pushed out of the conversation. But what if there was a way to mix new and old ways of thinking?

psychedelics, psychedelics and religion, gtuxAll images courtesy of GTUx

Graduate Theological Union (GTU) is a world leader in the study of religion and theology. Their new virtual learning program, GTUx, is a dynamic home for the exploration of spirituality and activism through online learning opportunities, all inspired by experts in the spiritual, ethical, cultural and social fields. .

GTUx recently launched “Psychedelics and Religion”, a one-of-a-kind online program that explores the inherent (but often overlooked) relationship between spirituality and science in hallucinogens. In addition, registration is completely free.

Psychedelics and Religion Part I |

GTUx’s “Psychedelics and Religion, Part 1” offers nine easy-to-watch modules featuring in-depth conversations from leading scholars in the religious and medical fields, including Michael Pollan, Celina De Leon, Ayize Jama-Everett and many more.

The content is useful for a general audience, and especially for those interested in using herbal medicine holistically.

Brian Anderson, assistant clinical professor at UCSF General Hospital, and one of the GTUx speakers, considers it essential to integrate the spiritual insights of ancient practices into the medical use of psychedelics. This is important even if the person taking these substances does not call themselves a nun.

“The survey data suggests that people who self-identify as atheists or agnostics after having a high-dose psychedelic experience may change…having some form of new spiritual beliefs or convictions that they did not have. before. It’s something I’ve definitely seen in a number of people,” he shared with Upworthy.

Clinical settings generally lack frameworks to better understand these deep experiences in what many might call the “mystical” realm. It’s a bit like being dropped into a whole new country without a map or a translator.

Religious scholars, however, are fluent in the mystical language. Dr. Sam Shonkoff, assistant professor of Taube Family Jewish Studies at GTU and group leader, hopes their contribution might reinstill a sense of “dread” into our modern view of psychedelics, in the fullest sense of the word.

“There is a really desperate need to slow down and think carefully and critically about what it means to tap into these very powerful substances associated with very rich cultural traditions and not take it lightly,” he said. he explains.

gtux psychedlics and religionDr. Sam Shonkoff, Assistant Professor of Taube Family Jewish Studies at GTU

“I think people who study the histories and phenomenologies of religion and spirituality are uniquely positioned to help us think more carefully and more critically about where we are and where we are going in relation to psychedelics. “

Psychedelics and Religion participants will learn about psychedelics in relation to mysticism, mental health, and chaplaincy, and how to better integrate their profound transformative experiences into daily life. By the end of the program, they may find that when it comes to plant medicine, science and spirituality complement each other.

Part 1 of this free online offer is already available, which you can view by clicking here. It is the guarantee of being a good trip.


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