Psychedelics - Masonic Attack on Christianity?
December 2, 2011
Editor's Note: Charles Upton is a poet, author, and activist who has published numerous books on Sufism, Metaphysics, and other topics. In this letter, he argues that the psychedelic revolution was initiated, in part, by Freemasonry to undermine authentic religious and mystical experience. If this is true, I think it backfired because it has been the gateway to spiritual truth for many of my generation. However, based on his own experience, Upton believes that the damage wrought by psychedelics, outweighs the benefits.
by Charles Upton
Assuming that you are not already aware of the relationship between Freemasonry and both psychedelic research and MK-ULTRA, (CIA mind control research) I talked with a physician acquaintance of mine who had participated in the second round of psilocybin experiments within academia in the 1990's; I hadn't realized they had started up again that early.
He investigated the source of the funding for the experiment he'd been part of at the University of New Mexico, and discovered that the money for the DMT research that led up to the experiments he had been involved in had been provided by the Scottish Rite Foundation for Schizophrenia Research--the Freemasons!*
In view of the fact that many traditional Catholics see the Second Vatican Council as a kind of Masonic coup within the Catholic Church, the apparent "coincidence" that psychedelic drugs became available to the masses at exactly the same time that traditional Roman Catholicism was being destroyed may in fact be much more than that.
....a leading Freemason, Yves Marsoudon (State Master, Supreme Council of France, Scottish Rite) tells us: "The sense of universalism that is rampant in Rome these days is very close to our purpose of existence....With all our hearts we support the 'Revolution of John XXIII'...."
Not satisfied with this, Yves Marsoudon dedicated his book Ecumenism as Seen by a Traditionalist Freemason to the Pope in the following words: "To the Memory of Angelo Roncalli, Priest, Archbishop of Messembria, Apostolic Nuncio in Paris, Cardinal of the Roman Church, Patriarch of Venice, POPE under the name of John XIII, WHO HAS DEIGNED TO GIVE US HIS BENEDICTION, HIS UNDERSTANDING AND HIS PROTECTION."
[Note by Samuel Bendeck Sotillos] *A grant from a branch of the Masons, the Scottish Rite Foundation for Schizophrenia Research helped establish the merit of my study a year before I actually began it. Why the Masons had an interest in schizophrenia in general, and DMT in particular, I do not know, but I believe that garnering such support enhanced the esteem of my study in the eyes of the relevant regulatory and funding agencies." [Rick Strassman, "DMT: The Brain's Own Psychedelic" in Rick Strassman, Slawer Wojtowicz, Luis Eduardo Luna and Ede Frecska, Inner Paths to Outer Space: Journeys to Alien Worlds through Psychedelics and Other Spiritual Technologies (Rochester, VT: Park Street Press, 2008), p. 48].
"Curiously, another MKULTRA faction consisted of representatives of the Scottish Rite of Masonry, which had sponsored research into eugenics, psychiatry, and mind control since at least the 1930s.
MKULTRA doctor Robert Hanna Felix [1904-1990] was director of psychiatric research for the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and the director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Felix was the immediate senior of Dr. Harris Isbell, already noted in relation to MKULTRA.
Another prominent Freemason involved in MK-ULTRA was Dr. Paul Hoch [1902-1964], financed by the Army Chemical Center." [Jim Keith, "The CIA and Control" in Mass Control: Engineering Human Consciousness (Kempton, IL: Adventures Unlimited Press, 2003), p. 65]; See also H.P. Albarelli, Jr., "Notes" in A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIAs Secret Cold War Experiments (Walterville, OR: Trine Day, 2009), p. 792.
The title of my upcoming book is Vectors of the Counter-Initiation: The Shape and Destiny of Inverted Spirituality. In it I hope to show, 1) that the globalist powers-that-be are attempting to deconstruct not only Christianity but all the traditional religions, and, 2) that there is a true, orthodox esoterism or esoteric spirituality which, when it becomes perverted and goes over to the "dark side", results in the greatest spiritual evil the human race is capable of, what French philosopher and meta-physician Rene Guenon called the "Counter-Initiation".
Upton Adds: But I also want to say something about my generation's experience of psychedelics (I'm soon to be 63, Baby Boom). I took LSD 3 times, magic mushrooms twice, mescaline and peyote innumerable times, nitrous oxide several times (in and out of the dentist's chair), had one powerful trip on morning glory seeds, and smoked copious quantities of dope. I certainly can't say that I never learned anything, but I was also damaged in some subtle way. We hippies used to say, "SURE we were a CIA experiment, man -- an experiment that GOT OUT OF CONTROL (hee-hee-hee)." I heard the exact same thing from Prof. Huston Smith, who was a close friend. But after going on 24- years on the Sufi path, I finally got to the point where I could see how psychedelics had blocked my further spiritual progress. They open you up on one level, but block you on another, and that other level is very hard to see.
The CIA wanted to use psychedelics to "confuse and terrify" people but they also apparently hoped that these substances could help their own agents gain magic powers: telepathy, remote viewing, etc. And they were entirely willing to confuse and delight people if that would serve their ends. The hippy myth that the CIA were a bunch of uptight straight people who "couldn't hold their acid" and saw it only as a crazy-making pill needs to be permanently debunked. The Bohemian/magician/secret agent is a well-known type; both occultist John Dee (the original 007) and Satanist Aleister Crowley worked for British Intelligence. The ultimate goal of the powers-that-be in terms of psychedelic research may be to create a type of "spirituality" where even mystical experiences that are valid on a certain level will serve to establish their control. They want to own everything--even mysticism, even spiritual aspiration, even God.
The above is an excerpt from a book Charles Upton wrote which will probably be published next year. It is the concluding section of an interview conducted by Samuel Bendeck Sotillos about "drug-induced musticism" (so-called). The interview will soon appear separately in Psychology and the Perennial Philosophy: Studies in Comparative Religion
Charles Upton's other books (including The System of Antichrist: Truth and Falsehood in Postmodernism and the New Age, which Vectors of the Counter-Initiation will be a sequel to) can be purchased through Amazon.com or at www.sophiaperennis.com