In his recent blog, “Can sex and drugs provide true spiritual enlightenment?” Eric Nelson presents a view counter to current trends. His experience demonstrates that “the best way to achieve real and lasting enlightenment is through prayer.” Eric’s blog was first posted on Communities Digital News on August 1, 2016.
Nearly 50 years ago, the psychedelic rock musical “Hair” proclaimed to the world that the proverbial “Age of Aquarius” had arrived, a time when we could all expect to see a heightened expression of peace, love, and spiritual enlightenment.
“Harmony and understanding / Sympathy and trust abounding,” sang the tie-dye clad cast during the opening number. “No more falsehoods or derisions / Golden living dreams of visions / Mystic crystal revelation / And the mind’s true liberation / Aquarius, Aquarius.”
As pleasant and as promising as this all sounds, even today, the notion that casual sex and hallucinogenic drugs – two of the musical’s major themes – might somehow play a role in achieving true enlightenment deserves further scrutiny.