Mark Juhan – Mysticism and Ritual: The Dialectic of Duty and Experience
It’s one thing to ask, what do we do with experience? It’s quite another to ask, what does experience do with us? The merge of mysticism and ritual, which psychedelic studies often takes as its core rationale, has resulted in a wide range of all too human reactions; from death cults to eutopias. This talk explores the extent to which these two ways of talking about psychedelics are concomitant.
Mark Juhan is enthused by the drug-culture relationship, specifically in ritual entheogenesis. Having been a lay chaplain, researcher, and toy-demonstrator, Mark is now looking for PhDs in psychedelic theology. He teaches psychedelic philosophy classes in London and conducts reading groups of The Rose of Paracelsus. With a BA from Pembroke, Oxford in Theology and an MA from St John’s, Durham in Religion and Society, Mark spoke at Breaking Convention 2017 on Christicisms of mystical thrill-seeking, Breaking Convention 2019 with a talk titled “A Field Filled with Shepherds, But No Sheep? ” and at Beyond Psychedelics 2018 on a social study he conducted. A short story and poetry have been published in 17 and Psychedelic Press Journal.
This talk was part of a Breaking Convention Lecture Series in collaboration with The University of Greenwich Psychedelic Society. It was given at The University of Greenwich, The Old Royal Naval College in November 2019. The talk was moderated and introduced by Pascal Michael, the then President of the UoG Psychedelic Society and PhD candidate researching Near Death Experiences.