Entheogens (psychoactive substances) are often regarded as
facilitating the connection
between Heaven and Earth.
Entheogens free the nervous
system of its ordinary patterns and structures.
Tibetan model then, we distinguish three phases of the
The first period (Chikhai Bardo) is that of complete
transcendence - beyond
space-time, beyond Self.
There are no
visions, no sense of self, no thoughts.
There are only
pure awareness and
The second lengthy period involves
(Chonyid Bardo) - in sharp exquisite clarity or
in the form of
The final period (Sidpa Bardo) involves
the return to routine reality and
For most persons the second (aesthetic or hallucinatory) stage
is the longest.
For the initiated the
first stage of illumination lasts longer.
For the unprepared who
anxiously cling to their egos, and for
those who take the drug in a
non-supportive setting, the struggle to regain reality begins early and
usually lasts to the end of their session." - Ralph Metzner
substances have been used in ritual by indigenous peoples since time immemorial
to open a cognitive
window into the subconscious.
The psychoactive substance used in
the culture is dependent on the plants available to that culture.
example of a time psychoactive substances would be used is during the
shamanic journey youth takes from
consciousness directed at self (necessary for survival) to consciousness
directed at cooperation within the tribal group, an increase in
empathetic awareness, in
the ritual of attaining manhood or
other methods of attaining
consciousness modification used ritually:
monotonous repetitive walking
at steady pace;
monotonous repetitive hand and/or arm
sitting in the Lotus
position focusing on your breathing;
Opus Dei use flagellation;
Reformation use music modulated to brain wavelengths;
Christians sang hymns;
every culture sang and beat drums;
Consciousness modification allows one to free
oneself from the thought patterns that already exist and to form new thought
(Japan)Cannabis is used for the binding
together of married couples, to drive away evil spirits, and
to create laughter and
happiness in marriage.
Flute`s Meditation Melody
(India)Shiva-Nataraja, the Lord of the Dance brought cannabis from the
Himalayas for human enjoyment and
Sadhu adepts (ascetics)
travel throughout India and the world sharing "chillum" pipes filled with
cannabis, sometimes blended with other substances.
In the Bhagavad-Gita, Krishna states, "I am the healing herb"
(Ch.9:16), while the Bhagarat-Purana Fifth Canto describes hashish in
explicitly sexual terms.
(India, Tibet and China)Buddhists have since the 5th century BC on ritually used cannabis;
and mystical experiences are common in many Chinese Buddhist Sects.
Tibetan Buddhists and lamas consider cannabis their most holy plant.
Many Buddhist traditions, writings, and beliefs indicate that
used and ate nothing but hemp and its seeds for six years prior to discovering
the Four Noble Truths and the
|At the age of
thirty Zoroaster the
Persian sat on the river bank on a beautiful sunshiny day during the spring
festival drinking bhanga.
Zoroaster experienced an astonishing revelation.
In a reflection on the river he saw a shining Being, revealed as
Vohu Manah (Good
Purpose) which taught him about Ahura Mazda (Wise
Zoroaster soon became aware of the existence of another
primal Spirit, the second being Angra
Mainyu (Hostile Spirit),
with opposing concepts of
Asha (Truth) and Druj
Thus did Zoroaster
decide to spend his life teaching people to seek Asha.
The Zoroastrian religion was
practiced between the 8th century BC and the 4th century AD when it was
replaced by Roman Catholicism.
Zoroastrianism was based
on the entire cannabis plant, the chief religious sacrament of its shaman
class, and its most important medicine, (e.g., obstetrics, incense rites,
anointing and christening oils), as well as lighting oil in their secular
"magic" is generally considered derived from the Zoroastrian "Magi".
The three "Magi" or
Wise Men who attended the birth of Christ were references to
Harvard Study: Smoking Weed Improves Brain
|Since the Magian age, the
genus Commiphora is composed of more than 200 species, and has been used as a
natural drug to treat pain, skin infections, inflammation diarrhea, and
periodontal diseases. Traditional practice and evidence based research suggest
this is attributable to terpenoids, active compounds present in myrrh essential
isolated from the resin of Commiphora myrrha:
myrracalamene A: 7, 8-seco-2,
myrracalamene B: 7, 8-seco-2, 3,
myrracadinol B: 7, 8-seco-cadin-3,
myrracalamene C: 7,
myrracadinol C: 7,
Terpenes: abietic acid; sandaracopimaric acid; dehydroabietic
Mysteries of Mithras
Mysteries of Mithras was a
synthesis of Zorasterianism and Gnostic Mysteries.
psychoactive effects of cannabis, are subjective and can vary based on the
Some effects may include
a general change in consciousness
(altered perception), mild
euphoria, feelings of
well-being, relaxation or
enhanced recollection of episodic
awareness of sensation, and occasionally
paranoia, agitation or
(Israel and Judah)
plant has an ancient history of ritual usage as a
hypnotic trance inducing drug and is
found in use throughout the ancient world.
Kings of the Levant, Anointed
with Oil ascended the Throne, looked at the lands and their peoples from a
mystical consciousness perspective.
As part of holy
Friday night services in the Temple of Solomon, men ritually passed around and
inhaled from incense burners filled with kanabosom (cannabis), before returning
home for the largest meal of the week .
Rastafarians continue this ritual to
"The Dead Sea
Scrolls show that the Qumran community saw history as presently ruled over by
two superhuman spirits,
Darkness, with the Romans being under the sway of the
power of Darkness." - David Ray
scholars believe Jesus broke bread with the Essenes.
the Essenes as one of the
three major Jewish sects - the
Pharisees and the
Sadducees being the other
two at that period of time.
The Pharisees informed future
The Sadducees informed Zionism enhancing and elevating the
ponerological pathology of the
Qumran is 35 miles from Masada and 30 miles from
The Essenes were
the librarians of the
The accounts of
Philo state that the
Essenes led a
strictly celibate and communal life - often compared by scholars to later
Christian monastic living - although Josephus speaks also of another
"rank of Essenes"(?) that
did get married.
Essenes observed collective
elected a communal leader with
were forbidden from swearing
were charged with controlling their temper and acting as
channels of peace;
they carried weapons only as protection against
Josephus and Philo have lengthy accounts
of their communal meetings, meals and religious celebrations.
According to the Dead Sea Scrolls
the Essenes' community school at Qumran was called "Yahad" (meaning "unity") in
order to differentiate themselves from the rest of the Jews who are repeatedly
labeled "The Breakers of the Covenant".
branch of the Pharisees who conformed to the most rigid rules of Levitical
purity while aspiring to the
highest degree of holiness.
They lived solely by the work of their
hands and in a state of communism, devoted their time to study and devotion
and to the practice of
They refrained as far as feasible from
conjugal intercourse and
sensual pleasures, in order to be
mysteries of heaven." - www.jewishencyclopedia.com
Therapeutae, from which derives "therapeutic, was a Greek term for
Hebrew worshippers of the Hellenistic Egyptian god,
Serapis who where also
followers of Æsculapius the
The Essenes and the Therapeutae worked to synthesize Hebrew
Oral Tradition with Pagan Gnostic traditions of the Greater Mediterranean to
create a synthetic religion that
would be generally understood by the Hellenized
adepts who have taught, used and extolled cannabis for divine revelation,
insight and oneness with Allah, for at
least the last 1,000 years.
The mysticism of the Sufi adepts descended
from the synthesis of Gnostic Mysteries with Islam which survived the Muslim
conquests of the 7th and 8th centuries AD and subsequent conversion.
Islam the use of alcohol is
forbidden but the use of hashish is
(Egypt/Ethiopia)Some sects believe the sacred "green herb of the field" in the
Bible and the Biblical secret incenses, sweet incenses and anointing oils to be
Elders of the modern religious movement known as the
Church consider cannabis to be the
Eucharist, claiming it as
an Oral Tradition from Ethiopia
dating back to the time of Christ.
The Bantus had secret
Dagga Cults,* societies which restricted cannabis use to the ruling men. The
Pygmies, Zulus and Hottentots all found it an indispensable medication for
cramps, epilepsy and gout,
and as a religious sacrament.
These "Dagga" cults believed Holy
Cannabis was brought to Earth by the Gods, in particular from the "Two Dog
Star" system that we call Sirius A and B. "Dagga" literally means "cannabis."
Interestingly, the surviving Indo-European word for the plant can also
be read as "canna," "reed" and "bi," "two," as well as "canna," as in canine;
and "bis," meaning two (bi) "Two Dogs."
(Jamaica)Rastafarians use "ganja" as a sacred sacrament to communicate with
"And the Earth brought forth grass and herb-yielding seed
after its kind and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself after its
kind: and God saw that it was good." Genesis: Chapt. 1: Verse 12
makes the Earth yield healing herbs, which the prudent man should not neglect."
"Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; That
which cometh out of the mouth defileth a man." Jesus, quoted: Matt.
"In later times, some
shall speak lies in
hypocrisy commanding to abstain from that which
God hath forged to be
received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth." Paul:
1 Tim. 4:1
Buttons among the tribes that populated the Chihuahuan Desert through the South
Texas Plains, on either side of the middle and lower Rio Grande River,
southward to the Mexican state of San Luís Potosí. These groups
include the Aztec, Zacateco, Tarascan, Cazcan, Guachichil, Huichol, Lagunero,
Tepehuan, Tepecano, Cora, Acaxee, Tamaulipeco, Coahuilteco, Tarahumara, Opata,
Akmiel O'odham (Pima), Tohono O'odham (Papago), Yaqui, Jumano, Julimeno, Lipan
Apache, Carrizo, Tonkawa, Karankawa, Mescalero Apache, Caddo, Otomi, and
Tlascalan (Hrdlickla 1908; Shonle 1925; Stewart 1987). Extensive stands of
peyote occur on the low, rocky hills in Starr, Zapata, Webb, and Jim Hogg
counties of southern Texas.
"At first the Harvard psilocybin
research project was small, comprising Leary, Alpert and six graduate students.
Leary and Alpert wanted to study the mental and emotional effects of
the drug on artists and intellectuals.
Using psilocybin, ordered from
Sandoz, the thirty-eight subjects were allowed to control their own dosages
(within reasonable limits), taking the drug in pleasant, spacious surroundings.
Huxley was among the volunteers, as were Allen Ginsberg and William
Burroughs, two of the leading Beat artists; Alan Watts, noted expert on Zen
Buddhism; and Arthur Koestler, writer and philosopher." - Stewart Tendler
Psilocybin mushrooms have been part of human culture as far back as the
earliest recorded history.
Ancient paintings of 'mushroomed' humanoids
dating to 5,000 B.C. have been found in caves of Northern Algeria.
Central and Southern America cultures built temples to mushroom gods
and carved "mushroom stones", dated to as early as 1000-500 B.C.
Psilocybian mushrooms were used in ritual and ceremony among the
Aztecs, served with honey or chocolate at some of their
The experience of ingestion is typically inwardly
oriented, with strong visual and auditory elements.
revelations may be experienced, and the effect can range from exhilarating to
Chocolate and Cannabis
Foods Rich In Cannabinoids
Plants and the Endocannabinoid System
Fly Agaric, or
Amanita muscaria, mushrooms among the Evenks of Russia were particularly
important on Christmas.
Salvia divinorum is native to certain areas in the Sierra Mazateca
of Oaxaca, Mexico, where it is still used by the Mazatec Indians, primarily to
facilitate shamanic visions in the context of curing or
Shamans crush the leaves to extract leaf juices; they
usually mix these juices with water to create an infusion or 'tea' which they
drink to induce visions in ritual healing ceremonies.
June 29, 1955 "I am the woman who shepards the immense.
Gordon Wasson sitting before a rustic altar
careens into another world.
In an interview in Life magazine
Wasson reported his "spirit had flown forth and I was suspended in mid-air ...
the thought crossed my mind; could the potion be the secret that lay behind the
SEEKING THE MAGIC
Ayahuasca, "vine of the souls",
is a medicinal and spiritual drink incorporating banisteriopsis caapi and
An entire medicinal tradition specific to the
Amazonas capable of producing profound shamanic effects.
mentioned in the writings of some of the earliest missionaries to South
Iboga, native to western
Central Africa, has a long history of tribal use.
The Iboga tree is the
central pillar of the Bwiti spiritual practice in West-Central Africa, mainly
Cameroon and the
grows in the temperate regions of Europe, Asia and northern Africa. The
religious association with this plant began with its strong association with
the Ancient Greek moon goddess
It is likely that Alexander the III of Macadonia dies for
an overdose of Artemisia absinthium laced wine which was used to keep his
Kava, piper methysticum, is still used at social gatherings to
commune after work in Polynesia.
It has great
religious significance and is used to obtain inspiration.
The effects of the drink (it is also occasionally chewed) are slight
tongue and lip numbing; mildly talkative and sociable behavior, clear thinking,
calming effects, relaxed muscles, and
a euphoric sense of
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