|Dr. Stanley Monteith: 1929-2014|
I received this sad news from one of our forum [aka "Comments"] participants: Dr. Stanley Monteith, M.D, a very dear personal friend departed this earth for what I'm sure is a far better place. Dr. Stanley Monteith (an orthopedic surgeon) lived from February 16, 1929 to September 29th, 2014. He did his last radio interview with me on August 29th. That was on his Liberty Broadcasting Network and he promised to reciprocate by coming on my own Saturday morning TMERadio.com program "My Perspective" [TheMicroeffect.Com] Obviously that promised interview is not going to happen. About a year ago I did a detailed long interview of Dr. Monteith on my program and he shared much of his life story with us. I'm going to ask Joe McNeill to search his archives for it. We will all miss Dr. Monteith very much, but we rejoice that God gave us his company for the 85 years he was here. Rest in peace!
COMING SOON TO DETROIT: "FIRST ENTHEOGENIC CONFERENCE" ??!!
|The First Detroit EntheogenicConference website image|
Just when I thought it was safe to go back in the Detroit waters, this pops up:
Detroit Entheogenic Conference? And where else? At the Unitarian Church in the heart of the Wayne State University area in Detroit. Now, it appears that this conference, from its advance publicity might be seeking to advance Constitutional rights to use mind-altering substances, such as those Marilyn Ferguson bragged in THE AQUARIAN CONSPIRACY, were "a pass to Xanadu."
A friendly word to the "initiated" -- translate XANADU = HELL. That indeed is what they are -- as pass to Hell -- both in the here and in the hereafter!
Quoting Terrence McKenna, one of the long time New Agers I have kept files on: "If the words 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on."
From the blog of the Metro Times, Detroit's local counter-cultural paper, we read this about what's coming to Detroit in early November:
For the uninitiated, all things "entheogenic" relate to the use of mind-altering substances in a religious context. The people really into entheogenic substances argue (convincingly, we may add) that humans have been using psychoactive chemicals in rituals for many thousands of years, and that they aid in raising consciousness, transcendental meditation, and vision quests, giving a booster shot to man's search for meaning.
That's certainly what will be up for discussion at this year's inaugural Detroit Entheogenic Conference. There are several such events across the country every year, where presenters discuss such substances as ibogaine, peyote, psilocybin mushrooms, and ayahuasca, and their use for everything from a trip to cloud nine to treating alcoholism. You get the sense that people into this sort of stuff fancy themselves descendants of the ancient apothecary or shaman, the spiritual doctor who uses the magic of the herbal world to heal the body and the mind.
And they wouldn't probably be far from the truth. . . ."All things altered-state are the modus operandi and substance of the New Age Movement. 1960's Harvard Professor turned New Age LSD advocate Timothy Leary infamously passed LSD out as a "sacrament." Many USA theological students went along with his game.
Marilyn Ferguson, a New Age particiant-observer wrote this in her THE AQUARIAN CONSPIRACY about the important role drugs played as an entry point to New Age "consciousness":
The first stage is preliminary, almost happenstance: an eutrySadly, one cannot help but wonder how many of Detroit's present woes were caused by the 1968 and beyond New Age drug related "pass to Xanadu"? The last thing we need as our region recovers is "more of the same"!
point. In most cases, the entry point can only be identified in
retrospect. Entry can be triggered by anything that shakes up
the old understanding of the world, the old priorities. Sometimes
it IS a token investment, made out of boredom, curiosity,
or desperation-a ten-dollar book, a hundred-dollar mantra, a
university extension course.
For a great many, the trigger has been a spontaneous mystical
or psychic experience, as hard to explain as it is to deny. Or
the intense alternative reality generated by a psychedelic drug.
It is impossible to overestimate the historic role of psychedelics
as an entry point drawing people into other transformative
technologies. For tens of thousands of "left-brained" engineers,
chemists, psychologists, and medical students who
never before understood their more spontaneous, imaginative
right-brained brethren, the drugs were a pass to Xanadu, especially
in the 1960s.
The changes in brain chemistry triggered by psychedelics
cause the familiar world to metamorphose. It gives way to
rapid imagery, unaccustomed depths of visual perception and
hearing, a flood of "new'' knowledge that seems at once very
old, a poignant primal memory. Unlike the mental states produced
by dreaming or drinking, psychedelic awareness is not
fuzzy but many times more intense than normal waking consciousness.
Only through this intensely altered state did some
become fully aware of the role of consciousness in creating their
Ferguson, Marilyn. THE AQUARIAN CONSPIRACY, Tarcher Press, 1980, page 89.
consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on.