Psychedelics & Judaism SemesterDec 12, 2022
We know this may be on the edge and uncontemporary for many, but the discussion needs to be made about the deal with Phsychedilcs and Judaism. Many Jews were involved in the early counterculture and exploration of Eastern philosophies.
Is Judaism missing something? Or are we simply not looking deep enough? These and many more such as what consciousness is and what a mystical experience is, will be presented and discussed.
Since the early 60s, Jews have been the counterculture’s best advocates. Many Jews, such as Ram Dass, Alan Ginsberg, and more, explored the wisdom of the Far East. In his book “The Jew In The Lotus,” author Rodger Kamenetz details the reasons for the disenfranchised young Jews from Judaism and the embrace of the Eastern religions. Much of this quest is due to their psychedelic experiences.
In his best-selling book “How To Change Your Mind,” Michael Pollan speaks about the resurgence of interest in psychedelics in both the "mystical experience" and the potential to treat trauma. Scientists are even finding a correlation between the degree to which a patient fulfills the criteria for how researchers define the "mystical experience" and the degree to which they experience healing.
In our new course, we are excited to explore together with you the correlation between Judaism and Psychedelics.
Since the inspection of the Jewish people, we have experienced the Divine calling in the desert and the Temple, having the quintessential spiritual and holy experience.
From earth-based, tribal practices to meditative techniques to dance and breathwork, Judaism offers a glimpse of the psychedelic experience, as well as a safe and healing paradigm through which to journey with medicine.
In today's "psychedelic renaissance," the Jewish community is leading in grounding these "new" technologies of psychedelic journeying with the ancient technology of Jewish ritual.
During the long exile that we have been on and the complex journey that history had us endure, we have lost many of the keys that are so much the core of our tradition. The need for survival took precedence over the flow and prophetic states we were in the past.
In Judaism, we have a clear spiritual and mystical path that, when studied, applied, and integrated with consciousness, brings the transcendent light of G-d into ones every day human experience.
That is accessible and possible for all of us!
Through this course, we will delve into man's need for awe-inspired, transcendent, unitive experiences of Soul, nature, and the Divine—and how these psychedelic experiences are an integral part of Judaism.
For the first time, explore this taboo topic and join these deep conversations and teachings!
The course will run from January 8th- 29th, 2023
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