Albert Hofmann on psychedelics

In the book LSD and the Divine Scientist - The Final Thoughts and Reflections of Albert Hofmann Dr. Hofmann writes when 101 years old:

Alienation from nature and the loss of experience of being part of the living creation is the greatest tragedy of our materialistic era. It is the causative reason for ecological devastation and climate change. Therefore I attribute absolute highest importance to consciousness change. I regard psychedelics as catalyzers for this. They are tools which are guiding our perception toward other deeper areas of our human existence, so that we again become aware of our spiritual essence.

Psychedelic experiences in a safe setting can help our consciousness open up to this sensation of connection and of being one with the nature. LSD and related substances are not drugs in the usual sense, but are part of the sacred substances, which have been used for thousands of years in ritual settings.

The classic psychedelics like LSD, Psilocybin, and Mescaline are characterized by the fact that they are neither toxic or addictive. It is my great concern to separate psychedelics from the ongoing debates about drugs, and to highlight the potential inherent to thse substances for self-awareness, as an adjunct in therapy, and for fundamental research into the human mind.

It is my wish that a modern Eleusis will emerge, in which seeking humans can learn to have transcendent experiences with sacred substances in a safe setting. I am convinced that these soul-opening, mind-revealing substances will find their appropriate place in our society and our culture.

ALBERT HOFMANN, APRIL 19, 2007