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.
initiated the first stage of illumination lasts longer.
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.
An example of a time psychoactive substances would be used is during
the shamanic journey youth takes
directed at self (necessary for survival) to
consciousness directed at
cooperation within the tribal group, an increase in
Other methods of consciousness
modification used ritually:
monotonous repetitive walking
at steady pace;
repetitive hand and/or arm movements;
sitting in the Lotus
position focusing on your breathing;
Opus Dei use
New Apostolic Reformation
use music modulated to brain wavelengths;
Christians sang hymns;
sang and beat drums;
- ALL modify
Consciousness modification allows one to free oneself
from the thought patterns that already exist and to form new thought
Protecting the human rights of people who use
Medical breakthroughs missed because of pointless drug
James Rucker, Psychiatrist, Thinks Psychedelic Drugs Should Be
(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
Zoroaster experienced an astonishing revelation.
In a reflection on the river he saw a shining Being,
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
Zoroaster decide to spend his life teaching people to seek Asha.
Zoroastrian religion was practiced between the 8th century BC and the 4th
century AD when it was replaced by Roman Catholicism.
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
Frankincense Proven To Be Psychoactive
|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,
enhanced recollection of episodic
sensuality, increased awareness
of sensation, and occasionally environmentally related paranoia,
(Israel and Judah)
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
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".
"A branch of the Pharisees who conformed to the most
rigid rules of Levitical purity while aspiring to
the highest degree of
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 benevolence.
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.
In 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
Leary and Alpert wanted to study the mental and
emotional effects of the drug on artists and intellectuals.
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.
paintings of 'mushroomed' humanoids dating to 5,000 BC have been found in caves
of Northern Algeria.
and Southern America cultures built temples to mushroom gods and carved
"mushroom stones", dated to as early as 1000-500 B.C.
mushrooms were used in ritual and ceremony among the Aztecs, served with honey
or chocolate at some of
their holiest events.
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
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
June 29, 1955 "I am the woman who
shepards the immense. -Mariá Sabina"
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 ancient Mysteries?"
SEEKING THE MAGIC
Ayahuasca, "vine of the souls",
is a medicinal and spiritual drink
incorporating banisteriopsis caapi and psychotria viridis.
An entire medicinal tradition specific to the Amazonas capable of
producing profound shamanic effects.
Ayahuasca is mentioned in the
writings of some of the earliest missionaries to South America.
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 Gabon,
Cameroon and the
absinthium grows in the temperate regions of Europe,
North 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
I was sitting at tea,
I felt a strange sensation,
totally unlike anything I had ever felt before.
A gradual creeping
thrill, which in a few minutes occupied every part of my body, lulling to sleep
the before-mentioned racking pain, producing a pleasing glow from head to foot,
and inducing a sensation of dreamy exhilaration similar in nature but not in
degree to the drowsiness caused by wine, though not inclining me to sleep.
In fact far from it, that I longed to engage in some active
dance, or leap ... so vividly did I feel my vitality - for
in this state of
delicious exhilaration even mere excitement seemed absolute elysium - that
I could not resist the tendency to break out in the strangest vagaries, until
my companions thought me deranged.
Before my entranced sight magnificent
halls stretched out in endless succession with galley above gallery, while the
roof was blazing with gems, like stars whose rays alone illumined the whole
building, which was tinged with strange, gigantic figures, like the wild
possessors of lost globe.
I will not attempt farther to
chronicle the magnificent
vision which a little pill of 'brown gum' had conjured up from the realm of
No words that I can command would do justice to its
Titanian splendour and immensity." -
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