Exploring the Divine
“Entheogen” is a word coined by scholars proposing to replace the term “psychedelic” and more appropriately designate the revered plants and substances used in traditional rituals, the term ‘entheogen’ means ‘becoming divine within’ or ‘generating the divine within’.
Many people who explore entheogens experience something outside of the standard Western materialistic scientism framework; a conscious, intelligent, energetic meta-universe, and meaningful exchanges with autonomous beings.
In short, exploring and interacting with the divine.
In order to explore the divine one needs a structure, a wisdom system that can provide a framework and guide, and some hermetic divination systems are capable of providing just that. To practice divination is not only to ‘reveal’ but also to ‘guide’, with a proper understanding of a suitable and effective system, it is possible to plan, implement, and integrate entheogenic experiences.
The divination system can also to used to plan ceremonies, focus intentions, navigate energies, and create safe spaces. Making it possible to explore the divine and turn those often peak experiences into something meaningful, and handling information that can be better integrated back into everyday life.
Entheogens and Hermetics
Entheogens as ‘plant teachers’ and sacred sacraments are an effective tool that can be responsibly used towards attaining understanding and wisdom.
There are a few synergies and correlations between entheogen use and hermetics, here are a few areas that both share.
- Healing (Asclepius, and western experience of plant teachers)
- Consciousness (hermetics seeks to expand consciousness, entheogens do)
- Transmutation (both have their focus on transformation)
- Sacred Space (the quality of sacred space held is crucially important for each to function optimally)
Divination systems are most often used to ‘reveal’ something, far more rarely are they used to explore the divine both within oneself and the cosmos. A suitable divination system correctly applied is a functional tool for self navigation and a guiding structure for the practice of self knowledge.