by Ted Rudow III,MA ( Tedr77 [at] aol.com )
Thursday Apr 22nd, 2010
It is drugs' connection to the spiritual realm. Psychotropic or mind-altering substances are viewed by sorcerers and others involved in the occult as a gateway, or guide, into the Spirit World.
Over the years, the Grateful Dead have become almost synonymous with marijuana and LSD use. A national newspaper described the uncanny fascination they inspire in their devoted fans, "For many of the camp followers, the Dead are a religion and their lyrics a bible. It is generally accepted that the Dead are tapped into some profound LSD-inspired truth. Not surprisingly, some hallucinating `Deadheads' have weaved weird and elaborate theories about God and the Universe from strands of Grateful Dead lyrics" (The Washington Times)
It's not surprising because the Dead themselves have acknowledged this drug-induced demonic deception. As Captain Trip, Jerry Garcia, said in their biography Playing in the Band, "I can't deny that there is a moment when I'm transformed, when all of a sudden God is speaking through my strings" (Playing in the Band, David Gans and Peter Simon).
I began taking drugs and reading from mystical books at University of California at Berkeley but they never satisfied my soul. I realize that it was more a spiritual thing rather than a physical things. It lead me to pursue a degree in Education counseling at San Jose State University with classes in Drug and Alcohol counseling. I work as a Music Therapy at the VA Hospital in Menlo Park for 17 years and 3 years at James Ranch in Morgan Hill.
Ted Rudow III,MA