Psychedelic Healing: The Promise of Entheogens for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Development
Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Healing Arts Press (2010)
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views (2/11)
Entheogens have been around since the beginning of time and use of them in some cultures has been effective in healing and accepted. Yet, in our society they have been banned since the 1940s. However, recently researchers at places like Harvard, John Hopkins, and New York University have been coming forward with scientific facts that, when used properly, entheognes have healing effects.
Unfortunately many of the psychedelic plants have been misused and transformed into “street drugs.” One such is Salvia divinorum. Legal in most countries, the use of it is running rampant among many for hallucinatory experiences. If properly used, Salvia divinorum may help cure cocaine addiction, curb cancer and HIV, or be useful in Alzheimer’s or schizophrenic patients. But, because of the adverse effects when misused our society frowns on its use and is considering prohibition.
“Psychedelic Healing” offers the reader case studies and research to better understand using enthoegens. Goldsmith proposes, because of his studies of various indigenous cultures and tribes and personal experience, that our postmodern society is open and ready to accept the healing components of entheogens. He further explains that the use of psychedelic inducing substances can stimulate higher states of spiritual consciousness.
I believe that Goldsmith is on the verge of bringing our society to a place of better understanding with his book “Psychedelic Healing.” The use of natural substances for supervised therapeutic purposes supersedes man-made drugs that have detrimental effects. Highly recommended.