Divinity… how shroom churches offer meaning
It’s the search for meaning, purpose, and spirituality outside conventional religious institutions. Many non-religious people are finding solace in psychedelic churches. There, psychedelic journeys and communal connections allow them to experience key elements of religious life.
[For example]… don’t require belief in God or the supernatural. Instead, they aim to address questions of purpose, meaning, belonging, and well-being through alternative means… “each individual can commune directly with the Divine.” They also offer a way to use psychedelics that they claim is legal. They say the First Amendment, which promises freedom of religion, protects their shroom use… psilocybin churches enable their followers to participate in a dynamic social process of “sacred sensemaking,” whereby psilocybin mushrooms are considered to be a sacrament, church members follow a ritual-based psychopharmacological practice, and the psychedelic experience is interpreted in terms of a direct encounter with the divine. Different psilocybin churches have unique approaches, ritual practices and cosmologies, nonetheless… they may be united by this common process of sacred sensemaking.
Original Article (International Journal for the Study of New Religions & Healing Maps):
Ministry of the mushroom & Divinity for the non-religious: how shroom churches offer meaning
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