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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Entheogens and the Development of Culture by Various (Ed. John A Rush)

Entheogens and the Development of Culture by Various (Ed. John A Rush)

On the face of it, this would seem an odd book for me to review as my personal loathing of drugs of any kind is almost legendary! The way I see it, drug-taking is responsible for the moral and spiritual decline in so many countries around the world. At every level of society, vast sways of the population are slipping into a dependency upon one artificial stimulant or another and it makes me to se the increasing inability of most people to deal with their lives in a more meaningful…

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