Welcome to the ERIE Vision
Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education Vision
Support Cognitive Liberty
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Change the nomenclature:
Visionary Medicines are not Hallucinogenic Drugs
Researchers are finding psilocybin is beneficial for creativity, end of life anxiety, and depression.
What does this say about a culture that rejects the value of entheogens?
Exploring Entheogenic Potentials
One of our goals is to inform those who choose to explore entheogens about the potent effects of these powerful psychic amplifiers. According to the NIDA website, half a million Americans will take LSD for the first time each year; many will also use other entheogens, both natural and synthetic. So we provide information about historical use of entheogens and results from current research; examine limitations of the biomedical paradigm; and explore the value of entheogens for healing, personal growth, and spiritual exploration.
- Create a forum for sane, sober, scientific discussions about consciousness-expanding agents
- Create a network of people interested in promoting social change through personal transformation
- Promote the development of Integration House, ERIE's proposed research therapeutic facility
- Sponsor new research at CIIS on integration through the ERIE/EWP scholarship
The mission of Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education (ERIE) is to 1) review and conduct research on the use of traditional plant medicines, and their modern analogs, for healing, personal growth, and spiritual exploration; 2) develop new methods that, combined with existing integration practices, help people incorporate transpersonal experiences into their lives; 3) envision an educational paradigm that reframes Indigenous knowledge of the plant kingdom in order to make it relevant to people living in modern, Western, urban contexts; and 4) create a forum for the responsible discussion of these topics.
ERIE envisions a multidimensional, integral, evolutionary worldview that is suited to a living, conscious, meaningful cosmos. We believe that this perspective is necessary to achieve a healthy, sustainable future for our species and for the biosphere. It will also begin to heal existential angst and other deleterious effects on human psyches and society that have arisen from the materialist-reductionist worldview. The integral view entails remembering our once-respectful relationship with nature and the lessons that she has to offer us.
Our Temporal Stance:
Entheogens have been used since prehistory by Indigenous peoples, who say they learned the use of medicinal plants through their respectful and intimate relations with Nature. We honor the wisdom that Indigenous elders have held in trust for the world for centuries; we also honor the wisdom of modern Western elders such as Hoffman, Grof, Metzner, the Shulgins, the McKennas, and Luna, standing on their broad shoulders to survey the state of entheogenic research. We strive to coordinate ancient Indigenous wisdom with contemporary research to produce a composite picture that is meaningful and relevant to the lives of contemporary Westerners.