Decomposing the Shadow by James W. Jesso

Decomposing The Shadow by James W. Jesso

It is difficult to find anyone today who has not, at some point or other in their lives, been firmly and squarely bitten in the proverbial backside as the direct result of some innocent use of one drug or another. For James W Jesso it was the after effects of his initial consumption of the psilocybin mushroom that initiated him into a state of consciousness that was terrifyingly strange to his young mind. However despite his initial negative experiences with the powerful mind-bending drug he was drawn deeper into a life which increasingly focused on recreational drug use. A Psychological Journey In his book Decomposing the Shadow James W. Jesso… Read More

Ayahuasca by Arno Adelaars and Christian Ratsch

Ayahuasca by Arno Adelaars and Christian Ratsch

The word Ayahuasca originates from Quechua – the language of the lost empire of the Incas. It translates to mean ‘vine of the dead’, ‘vine of the soul’, or spirit vine’ — all of which accurately describe the essence of the entheogenic beverage that has generated great interest within the Western alternative healing world. The properties, history and traditions of Ayahuasca are notoriously difficult to write about in any traditional sense for the real essence behind this sacred medicine only reveals itself to those who engage with its guardians spirits following ingestion of the brew. Leading Experts Three experts in the fields of psychedelics and entheogens have collaborated on a… Read More

The True Light of Darkness by James W. Jesso

The True Light Of Darkness by James W. Jesso

‘Just say no!’ has for several decades been the mantra of the ‘establishment’ in their well-meaning attempt to discourage drug use in the younger generation. Presented as the definitive statement on the subject by those in positions of authority its message is clear and unequivocal. ‘Drugs are bad. Why? Because we say so.’ If only life was that simple and clear-cut then we could solve all of our social problems in a flash. Questioning Mind One of those young and impressionable minds who were subjected to drug education at school was James W Jesso. Initially he accepted the rejection of drugs by his elders on face value but, as a maturing… Read More

Listening to Ayahuasca by Dr. Rachel Harris

Listening to Ayahuasca by Dr. Rachel Harris

Every generation of psychospiritual students have had their preferred stimulant of choice. From marijuana and LSD in the 1960s through to MDMA, DMT and psilocybin in subsequent decades; successive waves of consciousness explorers have used natural and manmade psychedelics as a way of speeding up spiritual development. The rising star in this long list of psychoactive substances; and one that is particularly well-suited to the increasingly Shamanic context to modern spirituality, is Ayahuasca. Whilst Ayahuasca its has actually been quietly used for thousands of years by the natives of the Amazon it came to the widespread attention of the Western world around about 2006. Consumed as a herbal tea derived… Read More

The Bufo Medicinae Codex by Dr. Gerardo Ruben Sandoval Isaac

The Bufo Medicinae Codex by Dr. Gerardo Ruben Sandoval Isaac

In 2005 Dr. Gerardo R Sandoval Isaac experienced a dramatic spiritual event after ingesting the secretions of the Sonoran Desert Toad. In his book The Bufo Medicinae Codex he shares his divine revelation. “I saw this beautiful golden light emanating from me and connecting with all things, activating an Energetic/magnetic Force, I witnessed how my whole energetic body was launched towards the sun and after penetrating the sun I expanded in all possible directions. I became the whole Universe.” This life-changing event set him along a path towards the promotion and exploration of the unique psychedelic substance known as 5 Mel DMT as used in Toad Medicine. Establishing the Protocols… Read More

The God Molecule by Dr. Gerardo Ruben Sandoval Isaac

The God Molecule by Dr. Gerardo Ruben Sandoval Isaac

The story of Gerardo Ruben Sandoval Isaac’s fascination with entheogens begins at an early age. At just twelve years Isaac started to receive strange nightly dreams in which he was outside alone and in a desert region searching for peyote — the hallucinogenic cactus that grows natively in the wilds of Northern Mexico and Southwestern USA. The odd thing about these dreams was that at that time young Isaac did not actually know what peyote was nor that it is used as a hallucinogenic substance. A Hallucinogenic Quest In his book The God Molecule: My Journey to 5-Me0-DMT and the Spiritual Path to Divine Light Isaac shares his personal journey through many… Read More

The Toad of Dawn by Dr. Octavio Rettig Hinojosa

The Toad of Dawn by Dr. Octavio Rettig Hinojosa

The Sonora Desert has an area of two hundred thousand square kilometres and stretches from California and Arizona in the US to Sonora in Mexico. This is an inordinately harsh terrain with receives only a few centimetres of rain each year and has temperatures that can reach up to 45 degrees Celsius or 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite its harshness this is a region that features a variety of animals and plants – many of which are found only in this part of the World. It is also home to numerous reptiles and of its 463 toad species only one, Bufo alvarius, has glands that contain the neuro-transmitting molecule bufotenin (a… Read More

Mystery School in Hyperspace by Graham St. John

Mystery School in Hyperspace by Graham St. John

DMT, short for N,N-dimethyltryptamine, is a psychedelic compound with a rich and varied social history. Whilst the DMT molecule is a natural substance – one that has always been found in small quantities within the human brain as well as in citrus fruits such as oranges, it was eventually synthesized back in the 1930s. Whilst suspected of being a neurotransmitter the drug’s psychospiritual properties have been recognized by many Shamanic traditions for millennia. Here in the West the slow awakening to the powerful occult properties of DMT are beginning to resonate with a new underground culture – one that is hungry for spiritual insight and psychedelic experience. Society and DMT… Read More

Manifesting Minds by Various (ed. Rick Doblin)

Manifesting Minds by Various (ed. Rick Doblin)

The effect psychedelics have on the human mind is talked about a great deal. In any debate over their use, both positive and negative viewpoints are offered as if every single mind-expanding substance has the same effect on everyone in the same way every time. When drug use is examined within a broader context, the results, as clearly shown in Manifesting Minds, are so different from those found in academic studies and laboratory experiments. Many areas of society, such as music, spirituality and the arts, have long traditions of psychedelic and hallucinogenic drug use, but the collection of essays that forms this book widens the debate greatly by including commentaries from… Read More

The Mushroom in Christian Art by John A Rush

The Mushroom in Christian Art by John A Rush

In The Mushroom in Christian Art, author John A. Rush uses an artistic motif to define the nature of Christian art, establish the identity of Jesus, and expose the motive for his murder. Covering Christian art from 200 CE (common era) to the present, the author reveals that Jesus, the Teacher of Righteousness mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls, is a personification of the Holy Mushroom, Amanita muscaria. The mushroom, Rush argues, symbolizes numerous mind-altering substances—psychoactive mushrooms, cannabis, henbane, and mandrake—used by the early, more experimentally minded Christian sects. Drawing on primary historical sources, Rush traces the history—and face—of Jesus as being constructed and codified only after 325 CE. The… Read More