Drunkenness as a spiritual experience; alcohol-as-entheogen

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Drunkenness as a spiritual experience; alcohol-as-entheogen

Post by Absinthe » Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:47 am

"An entheogen ("generating the divine within") is a psychoactive substance used in a religious, shamanic, or spiritual context. Entheogens can supplement many diverse practices for transcendence, and revelation, including meditation, psychonautics, psychedelic and visionary art, psychedelic therapy, and magic."

I find that the state of being truly hammered, and even the residual hangover, are sometimes blissfully spiritual experiences. Ethyl alcohol opens my mind to the possibility of everything being joyous and slovenly at the same time. It erases polarities and you find the world both a place of great beauty and ugliness in this state. You are a blissful idiot, embracing life a joyous mess. Alcohol, to me, can be and is many things... but in this case it's a spiritual/mystical compound that presents itself in a myriad of manifestations. The processes of brewing and distillation (esp. distillation) have backgrounds in alchemy... in the alchemists' search for the pure essence of all matter and the philosopher's stone. It must've been hilarious that instead of finding the essence of existence they got something that exposed them to existence's enormity and beauty!

There were a number of Japanese Zen Buddhist poets who wandered the island nation and drank sake in a "Zen" manner. Similarly, in Tibet, certain Vajrayana Buddhist practices include the ingestion of small quantities of alcohol (called amrita) in a ritual known as tsok or ganachakra. And of course wine is half of the sacrament of Christianity.

For me absinthe specifically has had positive spiritual and creative benefits. I love the stuff. It's just A+-fucking awesome guys.

Does anyone else feel that booze, lush, ethanol, alcohol, what have you can be a spiritual, or at least creative/artistic tool?
"Bacchus opens the gate of the heart."
— Homer

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Re: Drunkenness as a spiritual experience; alcohol-as-entheo

Post by Patchez » Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:36 am

Jim Morrison seemed to agree.

Why do I drink?
So that I can write poetry.

Sometimes when it’s all spun out
and all that is ugly recedes
into a deep sleep
There is an awakening
and all that remains is true.
As the body is ravaged
the spirit grows stronger.

Forgive me Father for I know
what I do.
I want to hear the last Poem
of the last Poet.

--Jim Morrison.
Now you're ready for some anti-dry-otics!-BeerMakesMeSmarter

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Re: Drunkenness as a spiritual experience; alcohol-as-entheo

Post by Absinthe » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:38 am

I like Bukowski's poem:

stay with the beer.

beer is continuous blood.

a continuous lover.
"Bacchus opens the gate of the heart."
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Re: Drunkenness as a spiritual experience; alcohol-as-entheogen

Post by mistah willies » Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:50 am

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Re: Drunkenness as a spiritual experience; alcohol-as-entheogen

Post by Hugh » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:38 pm

The ultimate sublime of life is drinking and writing. Poems, stories, even essays where you tell people what they should and shouldn't do. But I have to be completely honest - after a few hours of drinking, the writing becomes crap and just has to be thrown away.

I wonder if Jim Morrison ever woke up the next morning and wondered who wrote all this crap by the typewriter? Because many Saturday mornings I wake up and wonder who broke into my apartment and wrote a half dozen weird fucking poems, only to leave them in my printer tray.

You wannna make it extra-spiritual? After the tenth glass of wine, eat a couple of Benadryl. I think this is what peyote users are after.

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