“An entheogen is a psychoactive substance used in religious, shamanic, or spiritual contexts. Entheogens can supplement many diverse practices for transcendence, and revelation, including meditation, psychedelic and visionary art, psychedelic therapy, and magic….”
The Plants and Fungi that have evolved alongside us on Earth have been integral to the survival of the Human species, and every other creature on our exquisite planet Earth . . . . to date.
A very select number of them have very special qualities that have been explored for millennia. Found in every region of the World including Antarctica, alongside us for as long as we have been here, our hunter gatherer ancestors knew all about these substances and made best use of them.
Many well respected academics and researchers agree that Fungi & Psychedelic plants played a key role in the development and emergence of Homo Sapiens, some have gone further and suggest they played THE key role in Homo Sapien Sapien becoming self-aware – the proverbial “Stoned Ape” as beguilingly described by Terrence McKenna among many others.
As a means of exploring our consciousness they have always been a valuable ally when used with wisdom and respect. Here Graham Hancock, the Internationally acknowledged researcher and best selling author of many books on ancient cultures presents his infamous ‘banned’ TED Talk to do with achieving Sovereignty over our own Consciousness and how to go about exploring it. Hancock expresses it perfectly.
Particular plants and fungi have been, and remain, a sure and reliable method for exploring consciousness in all its glories and dimensions. Used by every culture on Earth, throughout the whole of recorded history and long before, freely available and positively encouraged . . . . until very recently. I wonder why might that be? Could it have anything to do with the threat they pose the pharmaceutical industry?
Paul Stamets is a leading mycologist specialising in finding new and important uses for fungi in the field of human, sanity, wellness and health. Here, in conversation with Joe Rogan he lays out his latest findings. (11/17).
Here is Stephen Ross M.D. laying out discoveries made in professionally conducted clinical research on the use of Psilocybin and other Entheogens in the treatment of Cancer, Addictions and end of life care,
For anyone considering starting to exploring these plants and fungi get yourself informed, know what you are dealing with in all regards, There is a great deal of information online – Erowid.org would be a good place to start.
The hippies of the 60’s and 70’s are now themselves in their 60’s and 70’s and many have gone on to become PhD’s in Ethno-pharmachology and respected researchers into these substances inspiring younger generations on their way.
The following video presents highly illuminating views of a confirmed psychedelic researcher & author Roland Griffiths who artgully discloses the ways that psychedelic drugs can be used to create spiritually meaningful, personally transformative experiences for all patients, especially the terminally ill.
A huge amount of research has now been done that in essence confirms what we have always known, that these healing plants and fungi are a natural source of highly effective medicines for use in both the physical and spiritual realms.
Neurons to Nirvana (2013) a documentary by Oliver Hockenhull, takes an in depth look at the research currently underway in all its fascination and Glory, much of this research being carried out by mainstream Scientists and Institutions who have cast the prejudices aside and are re-discovering wonders.
The methods and techniques they bring to this exciting field quickly reveals why these substances should be given their rightful place in society once again and replace some of the truly horrifying creations of the pharmaceutical industry.
You can purchase the full movie here.
And finally, no presentation on Entheogens is complete without a contribution from the greatly loved and much missed Terrence McKenna.
From the 60’s until his passing in 2000, Terrence McKenna was at the very front of explorations into human consciousness aided and abetted by the naturally occurring fungi and sustaining plants of our wonderful planet. A mesmerising speaker with a deep understanding of psychedelics and the realms beyond the doorway they open. Terrence was prolific and extremely generous with his views on a wide range to subjects, a great deal of his wisdom is on line and his books are widely available waiting for the open-minded traveler to explore.