…faith… in magic mushrooms
The long beard is the only outer marker of his new identity: Before pivoting to mushroom churches, Urquhart was one of the most powerful Republicans in the Utah State Legislature, serving from 2001 to 2016, with a stint as majority whip in the House before eventually moving over to the Senate… Huntington and Urquhart also frequently emphasize the idea that the real medicine is the community. “What we’re really seeking is connection,” says Huntington.
The Latin word itself, “religio,” shares a root with “ligare,” meaning to bind. In other words, religion was supposed to be a ligament connecting us to the sacred. Vervaeke considers that ligament badly torn, which explains the psychedelic renaissance. Vervaeke has found that people who have mystical experiences – a state of union with “ultimate reality” that is often described as both ineffable and realer than real – tend to report their lives as more meaningful. Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found similar results, showing that newcomers to psychedelics often rank their first psilocybin trip as being on par with the birth of a child.
Original Article (Rolling Stone):
These mormons have found a new faith – in magic mushrooms
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