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The major ceremonies of life also may be celebrated during the peyote rites, the sacrality of the occasion lending its providence to the healing of the sick, the joining of couples in marriage, and the laying of the dead to rest. Such use of the non-addictive and otherwise harmless peyote has been of very great value to the Indians. Spiritual sustenance apart, peyote has been conspicuously instrumental in effecting rehabilitation of countless Indian alcoholics; and the use of the substance should be credited, too, with preventing much additional destructive use of alcoholic beverages.

And, if so, do the presumed interests of state and society transcend and override the rights of individuals to dedicate themselves to esthetic or spiritual endeavors? What is really best for the person himself? And is he discovering where his true genius lies or is he succumbing to suggestions owing their exceptional potency to chemical effects and yielding subsequent self-delusion?

This lead was followed by a colleague of Lewin's, K. Beringer, who subsequently published a monograph entitled Experimentelle Psychoses durch Mescalin. Lewin further suggested inquiries into possibilities of psychotherapeutic use, along with studies of creativity, perception, and the emotions. While Lewin regarded the images produced by peyote as less important than some of the other drug-state phenomena, it was just this vivid and seemingly exotic eidetic imagery that impressed some other influential authors including S.

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