Entheogens Myth And Human Consc by Ruck Carl Alwin Hoffman Mark
ENTHEOGENS MYTH AND HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS is a much needed accessible exploration into the role of psychoactive sacraments - entheogens - in religion mythology and history and also includes most treatments of the subject focus on modern scientific research psychotherapy are auto-bibliographic accounts or are agenda-driven or otherwise naive and myopic. A great mystery of altered states of consciousness and species development is expanding with new archeological and anthropological discoveries. Religious story telling (myth) is a timeless journey. Surprisingly it's not about truth. It's about finding one's self in the midst of the discovery of the 'Other.' It is the story of what is separate and unknown that creates self-consciousness. Our entire life consists ultimately in the discovery of the 'Other' which gives meaning to the discovery of the self. The arts and language are the fossil remnants scattered on our path. ENTHEOGENS MYTH AND HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS discusses the influence of psychoactive substances on consciousness human evolution and mystical experiences. It explores how religion mythology art and culture stem from entheogenic consciousness and why it's important to us today. 'Entheogens or psychoactive sacraments have a long storied history that has played an essential role in the evolution of consciousness mythology culture religion art - and even history and politics. ENTHEOGENS MYTH AND HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS outlines this suppressed - yet seminal - undercurrent of history giving examples of the role of entheogens from the primal shamanic religions through the historical religions esoteric mystical traditions including the Mystery Religions alchemy and Freemasonry and into contemporary expressions. Authors Ruck and Hoffman draw upon decades of research and personal experience in discussing the best documented examples of historically important entheogenic evidences various ongoing threads of research and speculation to muse upon the 'meaning' of it all...' Our hominid ancestors experienced a spiritual wakening at the very dawn of consciousness that set them apart from the other creatures of our planet. It was a journey to another realm induced by a special food that belonged to the gods. This was a plant that was animate with the spirit of deity. It was an entheogen. It was the visionary vehicle for the trip of the first shaman. The story was told over and over again until it achieved the perfect form of a myth. The realm was imagined as a topographical place the outer limit of the cosmos the fiery empyrean or its geocentric opposite our own planet Gaia. Myths multiplied over time but they always preserved this primordial truth. These myths provide a road map a scenario if you can read them for whoever today wants to follow. However it is not an easy journey and it is also fraught with many dangers of getting lost of finding no return. Access to the entheogens is now largely prohibited or strictly licensed. The restrictions constitute an infringement of cognitive freedom limiting the further evolution of human potential into productive creative imagination and experiences that lie beyond the normal the traditional province of shamans who can understand the speech of plants and animals change shape at will and journey both physically and in the spirit to distant exotic realms. In addition religions have staked out territorial claims to this realm of spiritual consciousness. They have colonized it identified it with their god often reserving the access for their own elite. Similarly trade in drugs both medicinal and illegal has colonized the etheogens making them only chemicals rationally depriving them of their spirit. ENTHEOGENS MYTH AND HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS is a guide for the curious that provides a historical overview of the role that entheogens have played in the development of our unique supremacy as a species and offers also pathways and advice for reconnecting with the primordial sources of nature's power. ENTHEOGENS MYTH AND HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS investigates the role entheogens have played in the evolution of humankind's attempt to define reality in a context of metaphysical or theological dimensions. Although other botanical intoxicants will be considered (cannabis daphne opium Syrian rue datura mandrake) none with the possible exception of mandrake seem to have lent themselves so readily to metaphoric personifications which make this the subject for a course on mythology. The source of humankind's fascination and repulsion for fungi indeed leads to a fundamental consideration of the psychological nature of mankind's fascination or awareness of what in the categorization of religions is termed animism and rituals of ecstatic s...