Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
The Politics of Consciousness: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.
Kubby, Steve. (1995).
Port Townsend, WA: Loompanics Unlimited.
Description: Spiral bound
paperback, vi + 157 pages.
foreword by Terence McKenna, 24 chapters
divided into 2 books: 1. Politics
Our External Freedom, 2. Consciousness
Our Internal Freedom, Appendix.
Excerpt(s): In Exodus,
the children of Israel flee from Egypt and follow Moses into the
wilderness. After six weeks they complain to Moses that they are
tired and hungry. What happens next is truly extraordinary:
Then, said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will
rain bread from heavenheaven
for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate
every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my
law, or no (16:4). And when the dew that lay
was gone up, behold upon the face of the wilderness there lay
a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground
(16:14). And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one
to another, It is Manna; for they wist not what it was. And Moses
said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you
to eat (16:15).
Reading this passage, we are struck by the fact
that Manna exactly fits the description of psilocybe mushrooms.
For one thing, magic mushrooms are small and round, and they would
seem to appear overnight, out of the sky. Anyone harvesting them
would immediately notice that they turn blue where torn and had
no roots, giving more reason to believe that the mushrooms were
of celestial origin. Note that Manna does not just "fall"
from heaven, but instead it is described as rain.
That implies moisture. And Manna is described as bread.
Countless translations may have lost the real intent of this passage-to
tell future generations to look for mushrooms which are like bread
that contains blue liquid or rain, from heaven. This would
serve as a reliable test for identifying and distinguishing Manna
from other non-psychoactive (or lethal) mushrooms. Also, psilocybe
mushrooms sprout in tiny pin heads which often branch out in all
directions and bear a remarkable resemblance to hoar frost.
Another important point, psilocybe mushrooms are most likely to
sprout after a rain or dew, a specific attribute of Manna
which is mentioned on several occasions in the Bible. We must
also note that not only did Moses tell the children of Israel
that Manna comes directly from Heaven, but Moses also said that
the Manna will test them as to whether they will walk in God's
law. Here is evidence that Manna was endowed with unusual
spiritual powers, like those of the magic mushrooms. However,
Manna does not automatically confer spiritual power. Instead it
serves as a test. Magic mushrooms would provide visionary
experiences that would certainly test all who ingested them. Moses
also said that the Manna is bread of the LORD and we must consider
the Aztecs who referred to their psilocybe mushrooms
as the "flesh of the gods." (pages 119-120)
I should be dead. That's what the doctors told me
back in 1976. I was diagnosed with terminal cancer and told I
had six months to live. ...
My second decision was to use another vitamin. I
soon acquired a good supply of vitamin L, a cortical vitamin that
stimulates visionary experiences. Vitamin L seemed like the best
choice because it is effective at as little as 100 millionths
of a gram, a dosage which is thousands of times smaller than the
effective dose of almost all other medications known to man. At
that microscopic dosage, I felt confident that vitamin L was functioning
more as a catalyst than a drug, and I would not have problems
with toxicity or side effects. ... (pages 135-136)
Time passed and days became months and months turned
into years. I became the first person in medical history to recover
from cancer of the adrenal gland (pheochromocytoma). In fact,
the Mayo Clinic, one of the most prestigious medical centers in
the world, studied my case and concluded that "we can't explain
it, but whatever you're doing, keep doing it." Dr. Linus
Pauling even discussed my case in his famous book, Vitamin
C and Cancer.
The truth is that our bodies have enormous capacity
for healing, if we can but tap into that ability. Vitamin C served
to bolster my immune system. Skiing enabled me to see myself as
a healthy person and changed my beliefs about my illness. But
it was vitamin L that gave me the vision and sensitivity to overcome
the pain and despair that I had to face with terminal cancer.
Why haven't you heard about vitamin L before? You have, but you
probably never thought about it being used this way. That's a
shame because our government has made this substance strictly
off limits to scientists and medical research.
You've heard of vitamin L before, but by another
name. What I call vitamin L and what I am convinced cured me of
my cancer is what other people call, "LSD." (page 136)
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