"Entheogen" does not literal
ly mean "something that brings about a god within," it's more along the lines of "something that places you within god." From Greek en-theos
, within god
. A subtle
but important difference, even if that interpretation
does make the description less profound
. It also does not (by its originally translated meaning at least) necessarily have anything to do with psychedelic drugs
As I interpret it, an entheogen is anything that makes you feel as though you understand reality in the way a god might. Thus, many things are entheogens: learning, creating, art, sex, music, love, hate, science, drugs, reading, religion, dreaming, dancing, touching, power, and so forth.