In his commentary, "Psychedelic Drug Research Heralds the Future Science of Divinity," David Jay Brown wrote: "Perhaps the most vital function of psychedelic drugs and plants is their ability to reliably produce spiritual or mystical experiences....and that making this experience available to more people is not only important for our personal health, it is essential for the survival of our species." He notes that a recent six year project conducted by Roland Griffiths and colleagues at Johns Hopkins University "have confirmed that psilocybin can cause religious experiences--which are in every way indistinguishable from religious experiences reported by mystics throughout history..." More than 60 percent of the participants "reported having had â€œcompleteâ€ mystical-type" experience."
(source: http://santacruz.patch.com/articles/psychedelic-drug-research-heralds-the-future-science-of-divinity )
Ray adds that the John Hopkins study confirms the findings of an earlier study known as â€œThe Good Friday Experiment,â€
"...done in 1962 by Walter Pahnke of the Harvard Divinity School, and itâ€™s certainly not news to many people who have had a full-blown psychedelic experience. It appears that the integration of science and spirituality lies on the horizon of our adventure as a species, and that our future evolution depends on this." (ibid)
For centuries magicians, witches, mediums, necromancers, alchemists, Indian god-men, and tribal shaman have received secretive knowledge and powers from spirits by way of occult spiritual techniques and devices. Past and present techniques and devices include Ouija boards, enneagrams, yoga, loud drumming, self-induced trance-states (meditation techniques), magic, and what are called today "mind-altering" substances or hallucinogenic plants.
That hallucinogens such as psilocybin can cause transpersonal experiences of â€œoneness," an identification with something much larger than oneâ€™s body or personal life, out-of-body experiences and contact with spirits has a long history, stretching back to ancient Babylonian magicians and occultists.
All manner of mystical experiences ranging from sightings of elusive Mothmen, red-eyed werewolves and shadow people to contact with 'angels,' 'extraterrestrials,' Transcended Masters, spirit familiars and disembodied voices are now widely accepted. Shirley MacLaine describes her mystical encounter:
"It was absolutely astonishing. I saw the form of a very tall, overpoweringly confident, almost androgynous human being. A graceful, cream-colored garment flowed over a figure seven feet tall, with long arms resting calmly at its side." (On Global Wizardry: Techniques of Pagan Spirituality and a Christian Response, Peter Jones, p.16)
By the 1950s Westerners were already experimenting with hallucinogens, said Jeremy Narby and Francis Huxley. Westerners were,
"...participating in shamanistic sessions involving hallucinogenic plants (and) found, to their astonishment, that they could have experiences similar to those described by shamans." (ibid, p. 17)
Fascination with all things occult began in Christendom during the Renaissance. In "The Abolition of Man" (1974) C.S. Lewis points out that the Renaissance reawakened a magical view of the world closely connected with pagan Gnostic sectarianism, Hermetic magic, astrology, Eastern pantheism and alchemical scientism. Accompanying all of this was evolution, occultism (i.e., magic and mystical techniques leading to contact with spirits), Epicureanism, reincarnation and karma.
The "extraterrestrial" idea was traced back to certain Renaissance astrologers, occultists and mystics such as Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772) by James A. Herrick in his book, "Scientific Mythologies." Swedenborg claimed to not only receive telepathically transmitted knowledge from spirits but to have visited populated planets during out-of-body experiences.
Swedenborg's influence is far-reaching. From Kant to the occult theosophist Madame Blavatsky and points in between and on into our own time to psychologist J.B. Rhine, a vast array of science fiction writers (i.e., Clarke, H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, Steven Spielberg) and numerous evolutionary scientists.
In the 1830s and 40s a series of widely popular novels by the occult Roisicrucian author George Edward Bulwer-Lytton familiarized the European and American reading public with techniques for contacting spirits, demons, and ascended masters.
That Lytton's novels popularized traditional occult practices did not escape the notice of other occultists such as Madame H.P. Blavatsky and later, Aleister Crowley, who more than any other figure revived ritual magic and shamanism for the modern West. Though indirectly, Crowley also played an important role in the development of Scientology.
Crowley, who called himself The Beast, was instrumental in developing the highly influential occult organization known as the Order of the Golden Dawn. A self-professed Satanist, Crowley saw himself as "the prophet of a New Aeon that would supplant the Christian Era." By following Crowley's new faith, adherents would "become the gods" we had previously worshipped. (Jones, p. 21)
In 1918 Crowley attempted through ritual magic to open a space-time-portal that would bridge the gap between the world of the seen and the unseen. This magic ritual was called the Amalantrah Working and according to Crowley became successful when a presence entered through the gateway into our own dimension. Crowley called the being â€œLamâ€ and drew a portrait of it. As it turns out, "Lam" bears a striking resemblance to an extraterrestrial of the type known today as an "alien grey."
Nearly three decades later, Jack Parsons, rocket scientist and cofounder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and his occult associate L. Ron Hubbard (Church of Scientology founder) conducted a second ritual, the â€œBabalon Working,â€ in an attempt to reopen the gateway created by Crowley.
Parsons was a renowned scientist and protÃ©gÃ© of occultist Aleister Crowley, as well as a member of the notorious Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O.), an international organization founded by Crowley to practice sexual black magic. (Watchman Expositor, "Hubbard's Magic)
Parsons had Hubbard move onto his property in Pasadena, California, where his home was located. It was there that Hubbard began to practice the occult and sexual magic.
Biographer Russell Miller wrote,
"Parsons considered that Ron had great magical potential and took the risk of breaking his solemn oath of secrecy to acquaint Ron with some of the O.T.O. rituals.... Parsons wrote to his 'Most Beloved Father' (his term for Aleister Crowley) to acquaint him with events: 'About three months ago I met Captain L. Ron Hubbard.... Although he has no formal training in Magick, he has an extraordinary amount of experience and understanding in the field. From some of his experiences I deduced that he is in direct touch with some higher intelligence, possibly his Guardian Angel. He describes his Angel as a beautiful winged woman with red hair whom he calls the Empress and who has guided him through his life and saved him many times. He is the most Thelemic [self-willed, independent] person I have ever met and is in complete accord with our own principles'" (Russell Miller, Bare-Faced Messiah: the True Story of L. Ron Hubbard, 1987, pp. 117-8, emphasis added by Watchman Expositor).
With Hubbards' assistance, Parsons wanted to create a 'moonchild,' said Russell:
"(a) magical child 'mightier than all the kings of the earth,' whose birth had been prophesied in The Book of the Law more than forty years earlier" (Ibid., p. 119).
Former high ranking Scientologists Brent Corydon and Hubbard's son, L. Ron Hubbard Jr., wrote,
"In order to obtain a woman prepared to bear this magical child, Parsons and Hubbard engaged themselves for eleven days of rituals Â¼ on January 18th, Parsons found the girl who was prepared to become the mother of Babylon, and to go through the required incantation rituals. During these rituals, which took place on the first three days of March 1946, Parsons was High Priest and had sexual intercourse with the girl, while Hubbard who was present acted as skryer, seer, or clairvoyant and described what was supposed to be happening on the astral plane" (Bent Corydon & L. Ron Hubbard, Jr., L. Ron Hubbard: Messiah or Madman?, 1987, pp. 256-7).
In 1952, Hubbard wrote in his Philadelphia Doctorate Course Lectures:
"The magical cults of the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th centuries in the Middle East were fascinating. The only modern work that has anything to do with them is a trifle wild in spots, but is a fascinating work in itself, and that's the work of Aleister Crowley - the late Aleister Crowley - my very good friend.... He signs himself 'the Beast,' mark of the Beast 666..." (Ibid.).
According to Hubbard's son Ron, his father saw himself as Crowley's successor. Ron's father had taken on Crowley's mantle of the 'Great Beast,' and said Ron, Scientology actually began on December 1st, 1947, the day Aleister Crowley died.
Jon Atack, former Scientologist and biographer of Hubbard and Scientology, has compiled the most extensive research archives on Scientology. Atack writes,
"It is impossible to arrive at an understanding of Scientology without taking into account its creator's extensive involvement with magic." (FactNet Report, "Hubbard and the Occult" p. 2).
Writing for Watchman Expositor, Craig Branch reports that in a 1984 child custody case involving a Scientologist and his non-Scientologist wife, the court awarded custody to the non-Scientologist after seeing the documentation on the horrid practices of the organization:
"... Justice Latey of the High Court of London called Scientology a "cult," and wrote in the judgment, "Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious.... It is corrupt, sinister, and dangerous."
In light of Latey's observations and Hubbard's occult background, Branch asks,
".. how can one explain the growth and power of Scientology? How can an organization like Scientology influence its members to practice on outsiders and even each other, acts which virtually everyone outside the group see as predatory, immoral acts?"
While many would locate the problem in the members, pointing to the dark side or depravity of man, and his penchant for self-deception, self-delusion, and lust for power and control, said Branch, "the possibility of demonic powers influencing and working through men, exercising power through leaders to ensnare and control the followers" must be considered as well.
Scientology, B'hai, channeling, the UFO movement, spirit guides, Jungian psychology, occult-oriented movies and video-games, fortunetelling, ghost-hunting, yoga, goddess worship, Wicca, light-bearers, Vampirism, the Burning Man Festival, the proliferation of Satanic cults, and experimentation with hallucinogens are manifestations of the occult spirituality moving over and across the West and America and into the body of the Church. In the space of a few short decades, occult pagan spirituality has made profound inroads.
From England to Australia, from New Zealand to South America, Canada and the United States, occult New Age spirituality is quickly becoming the West's dominant orthodoxy.
Dr. Carl Raschke notes with alarm America's downward spiral into the madess of occult spirituality. He points out that the decadence, pornography, mass murders, criminality, spirit contact, the 'new religions' such as Scientology and Satanism in American culture have certain social and spiritual ties that bind them together, revealing that they are part of a similar spiritual genus. In "Satanism and the Devolution of the 'New Religions,'" Raschke notes that Satanism is so widespread today that there are even U.S. military personnel who are members of secretive Satanist groups.
Raschke concludes that the "upsurge of Satanist practices...must be interpreted not as some kind of odd wrinkle...but as a culminating phase of the "New Age" movement...The Satanist mindset is not "religion" in the regular sense of the word, but a mystification of the most corrupt secular passions and values...Satanism is but the spiritual Frankenstein created by a social order that has attempted to sustain itself without God." (Satanism and Witchcraft: The Occult and the West â€” Part 6, Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon)