Some fungi are toxic.

It’s no accident that the etymological origin of the word toxic stems directly from the Greek toxicon that refers to the  “bow” used in poison arrows. The difference between a poison, a medicine and a narcotic is only one of dosage. Digitalis for example, is a popular cardiac medicine yet in higher doses it remains fatal. We all recognise the term intoxication with reference to alcohol but in reality any toxic substance may alter our state. Hallucinogens, therefore, must be classed in this way as well.

An entheogen then, is an intoxicant that is used in a religious, shamanic or spiritual context. The word entheogen takes its origins from the Greek word entheos, which means ‘full of the god,’ and genesthai, which means ‘to come into being.’  So an entheogen is psychoactive and causes someone to become inspired to realise God within their own consciousness.

Entheogens are derived primarily from plant sources and have been used in a variety of religious ceremonies. Throughout history, they have been used all over the world by almost every religious culture. Entheogens are very different from pleasure drugs, which tend to enhance the lower chakras of procreation and willpower.

Ancient initiates often used the fly agaric mushroom Amanita muscaria. This fungus contains trace amounts of Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) an entheogen that is naturally produced by the brain’s pineal gland. In the language of the ancient Sumerians the word manna means both ‘plant’ and ‘pine.’  The Amanita muscaria mushroom grows almost exclusively beneath pine trees; it cannot live without them and is therefore a symbiont.

When given Amanita muscaria the body begins to produce a superconductor called Pinoline. Pinoline induces cell replication in a state that is otherwise only activated in the womb and during a Near Death Experience (NDE). The pineal gland then starts to produce 5-MeO-DMT, a hormone that is highly luminiscent due to the amount of phosphene that it transmits onto the visual cortex. Eventually, the brain synthesizes DMT. This chemical has come to be known as the spirit molecule. It is the visual ‘third eye’ neuro-transmitter.

Even at the very roots of our Christmas tradition is the secret of the Amanita muscaria mushroom. The legend of Santa Claus derives from shamans in the Siberian and Arctic regions who dropped into homes with bags full of magic mushrooms as presents in December. Santa wears red and white clothing and his sled is pulled by reindeer (famous for their play when eating these mushrooms).

Imagine your consciousness is a TV that has been tuned to the same channel your entire life. This awareness is the product of our rational western culture: it deals with everyday living and 3D reality. Now image that with the help of entheogens you can change the channel for the first time. You can flick to 13, 17 or 33 and explore realms that until now you could only dream about. From the plant kingdoms to the spirit domains you will discover that plants have been here much longer than humanity. Their wisdom may shock you as you start to become a more fully-realised person.