The psychedelic gospels

Reveals evidence of visionary plants in Christianity and the life of Jesus found in medieval art and biblical scripture–hidden in plain sight for centuries

• Follows the authors’ anthropological adventure discovering sacred mushroom images in European and Middle Eastern churches, including Roslyn Chapel and Chartres

• Provides color photos showing how R. Bikram yoga harlem Gordon Wasson’s psychedelic theory of religion clearly extends to Christianity and reveals why Wasson suppressed this information due to his secret relationship with the Vatican

• Examines the Bible and the Gnostic Gospels to show that visionary plants were the catalyst for Jesus’s awakening to his divinity and immortality

Throughout medieval Christianity, religious works of art emerged to illustrate the teachings of the Bible for the largely illiterate population. Asanas de yoga iyengar What, then, is the significance of the psychoactive mushrooms hiding in plain sight in the artwork and icons of many European and Middle-Eastern churches? Does Christianity have a psychedelic history?

Providing stunning visual evidence from their anthropological journey throughout Europe and the Middle East, including visits to Roslyn Chapel and Chartres Cathedral, authors Julie and Jerry Brown document the role of visionary plants in Christianity. Yoga sports They retrace the pioneering research of R. Yoga journal conference nyc discount code Gordon Wasson, the famous “sacred mushroom seeker,” on psychedelics in ancient Greece and India, and among the present-day reindeer herders of Siberia and the Mazatecs of Mexico.


Yoga camp day 5 Challenging Wasson’s legacy, the authors reveal his secret relationship with the Vatican that led to Wasson’s refusal to pursue his hallucinogen theory into the hallowed halls of Christianity.

Examining the Bible and the Gnostic Gospels, the authors provide scriptural support to show that sacred mushrooms were the inspiration for Jesus’ revelation of the Kingdom of Heaven and that he was initiated into these mystical practices in Egypt during the Missing Years. Yoga exercises for weight loss beginners They contend that the Trees of Knowledge and of Immortality in Eden were sacred mushrooms.

Uncovering the role played by visionary plants in the origins of Judeo-Christianity, the authors invite us to rethink what we know about the life of Jesus and to consider a controversial theory that challenges us to explore these sacred pathways to the divine. Yoga source palo alto Excerpt

The Church of St. Hot yoga everyday weight loss Martin sat unpretentiously amidst a cluster of modest two-story stone homes with pitched roofs; their terracotta tiles glistened with the light rain.

A plaque in the parking lot described the murals as “the work of an artist of genius, which portrays the theme of Redemption, from the Error of Adam to the Last Judgment.”

Stepping across the threshold was like having cataracts removed from your eyes and suddenly seeing in vibrant color and high-definition. Yoga poses for neck and shoulder tension Here the rich red, ochre, and white hues of the nativity scenes in the nave were a prelude to the panoply of powerful paintings that filled the choir in the adjoining room.

Once inside, Julie and I were enchanted by the majestic visual feast of frescos guarded over by rosy-cheeked seraphim. My yoga online free month The church bells began to peal, transporting us back to medieval times. Face yoga exercises before and after Julie took my arm and turned me around to look at the wall-length panel of Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem. Ramdev yoga for weight loss video download “Do you see what I see?” she asked in amazement. Yoga relaxation poses There was no way I could miss the smooth caps of five psilocybin mushrooms. Baba ramdev in hindi The brown-and-white colored caps gracefully spread out over the heads of the three joyful youth welcoming Jesus into the city for his

“Now step back and tell me exactly what you see,” I said. 8 limbs yoga phinney ridge She spoke slowly, while rapidly clicking photos, as if she were rushing to capture these images before they could disappear, even though they had been here for nearly a thousand years.

“I see a man kneeling before a much larger robed figure, possibly an angel entering the scene from above, whose body is bathed in concentric circles of light. Yoga stretches for lower back pain There is a hand coming out of the light. Yoga blogs wordpress Between the thumb and index finger is a tan, roundish object that is being offered to the man who is looking up in awe.”

“Yes, the robes of the angel and of the kneeling man, and the border below them, are painted sky blue. Soul yoga reading ma This color also tints the robes of Jesus’s disciple.”

“Because he’s riding on an ass, which is how the Bible depicts his entry into Jerusalem at Passover. Yoga for upper back pain by baba ramdev Walking directly behind Jesus are two men holding their arms up in the gesture of standing in awe. Mysore yoga shala Jesus is sitting on an ass with his arms reaching out toward the youths who are greeting him. Bikram yoga vancouver cambie One of the youths is leaning forward, holding on to the stem of an oblong mushroom in his left hand, while offering Jesus, with his right hand, three stems whose tops have been painted over or somehow obscured.”

“While the youth holding the mushroom is wearing a cape, the two youths below have taken off their capes, unfolding them to welcome Jesus as if rolling out a royal carpet. Wilmington yoga center The furls in the capes extend all the way below the figure of Jesus and are repeated in the robes of the disciples as well as in the robes of the kneeling man and the angel, visually tying both scenes together.”

Julie turned to the right and said, “Jesus and his disciples are traveling toward the gates of Jerusalem, where a rotund man on top of the tower is using a long knife to cut through the stem of a mushroom. Earth yoga nyc reviews It’s the same shape and color as the mushrooms in the last scene. Yogasana center These towers are adjacent to the scene of the Last Supper, where Jesus and eleven of his disciples are gathered behind the table, while the twelfth disciple, probably Judas, is kneeling on the other side.”

“Jesus is extending a very long arm toward Judas’s mouth, holding something in his fingers out to Judas, similar to the way the angel is holding something out to Isaiah. Anahata yoga poses I can’t tell what it is. How to learn yoga poses But, look, there are four long knives on the table, just like the one used to cut down the mushrooms in the adjoining tower scene!”

“This is definitely not a Passover Seder, because there is no Pascal lamb or wine goblets, only bowls and round objects,” Julie pointed out. Yoga and weight loss stories “In fact, the mushroom caps being cut on top of the tower and the objects on the table share the same round form, size, and coloration. Yoga and weight loss diet This repetition of mushroom caps and knives connects the scenes visually and also suggests a sequence from the cutting of the mushroom caps to their later appearance on the table. Video de yoga principiantes And, look at the way in which the table itself is rotated forward so that it’s parallel with the plane of the entire picture. Yoga stretches for neck and upper back pain In combining scale–the large size of the mushroom caps–and perspective, the artist is calling attention to the objects on the table.”

Julie grabbed her camera, zoomed in on the Last Supper, and then passed the camera to me, telling me to look closely at the robes of the disciples seated to the left of Jesus. Lotus yoga studio To my surprise, neatly drawn into the folds of their hems were four umbrella-shaped psilocybin mushrooms caps whose stems were all linked together.

“Look!” I said, “There’s also a mushroom in the hem of the disciple directly to the right of Jesus as well as two more at the tip of Judas’ robe. Yoga works sf The artist painted the mushrooms into the folds, as if trying to disguise them. Hatha yoga vs vinyasa These mushroom hems are neatly aligned because the artist is telling us how important they are–a way of informing initiates that entheogens were present at the Last Supper.” Table of Contents

“A great read I recommend to anyone interested in the spiritual aspects of the psychedelic experience.” Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies “I found this book to be a compelling, entertaining account of one couple’s quest for the hallucinogenic Holy Grail–a mind-altering travelogue across continents and conspiracy theories. Music for yoga flow It’s The Da Vinci Code meets The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.” Don Lattin, bestselling author of The Harvard Psychedelic Club “. . . Christian yoga exercises possibly uncovers one of the most secret, historical findings of our times–the influence of psychedelics as an integral part of the early Christian experience. . . . Yoga shakti wellness center irvine ca bold, courageous, and insightful. Yoga relaxation breathing A must read!” Gerald Jampolsky, M.D., and Diane Cirincione-Jampolsky, Ph.D., coauthors of A Mini Course for Life “ The Psychedelic Gospels is heretical, revolutionary, and outrageous. Video de yoga para iniciantes It claims that there is a direct relationship between the founding and development of Western religions and psychoactive substances and that this is a continuation of an amalgamation of many mind-altering practices and fertility cults found in the Middle East. Yoga tree toronto bay and dundas The scholarship behind these provocative perspectives is impressive, and the hidden subtexts of Christian art are compelling.” Stanley Krippner, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Saybrook University

“Mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms. Bikram yoga nyc downtown Once you start looking you see them everywhere. Bikram yoga diet for weight loss Keep your mind open. Yoga poses for flat tummy with pictures Wider!” Ben Sessa, MBBS (MD), MRCPsych, psychiatrist and psychedelic researcher “We live at a time when confused and undisciplined thinking clashes with narrow-minded bigotry. Yoga poses names in english and sanskrit Thus, it is more important than ever to keep an open mind—open to new ideas, open also to rigorous scholarship. Laughing yoga for stress Too often, wishful thinking has misled well-intentioned academics, and the media are notorious for sensationalism. Yoga types for beginners I, therefore, applaud the authors for proposing the establishment of an interdisciplinary committee to evaluate the discoveries they present and the conjectures they make in The Psychedelic Gospels.” Brother David Steindl-Rast, Order of Saint Benedict “This book expertly navigates through the iconography of mushroom symbolism throughout the ages. Isha yoga dallas One clear message comes through: mushrooms have played a central role in the evolution of human consciousness and, indeed, religion. Bikram yoga melbourne australia Thought provoking and well articulated, the authors present a solid case for their thesis. Iyengar yoga poses for insomnia This is an important book to contemplate.” Paul Stamets, author of Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World “Part travelogue, part anthropological meditation, and part groundbreaking study showing the use of sacred mushrooms in Christian iconography, The Psychedelic Gospels gives readers one of the most unusual books they will ever encounter. Yoga instructions audio Jerry and Julie Brown present a lively account of a psychedelic theory of religion and tell us why it’s been suppressed for so many years.” Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books & Books “Impeccably researched and lavishly illustrated, The Psychedelic Gospels reads like a page-turning mystery thriller. Yin yoga hips An interdisciplinary treasure chest overflowing with rare information, unique insights, and some truly extraordinary head-slapping ‘aha’ moments. Prenatal yoga poses The authors present a compelling case for the influence of entheogens among early Christians.” David Jay Brown, author of Dreaming Wide Awake and The New Science of Psychedelics “The authors make obvious and pleasant the idea that there was a high degree of psychedelic use in the early Christian church, far from the exoteric component, something mysterious kept for the initiated few, which might arouse some anger at the system that kept it from their beloved faithful.” Carlos Adrián Hernández Tavares, coauthor of Mitologia Personal “A fascinating piece of scholarly work that opens new possibilities of understanding human consciousness.” David Crosby, singer-songwriter Back Cover

“I found this book to be a compelling, entertaining account of one couple’s quest for the hallucinogenic Holy Grail–a mind-altering travelogue across continents and conspiracy theories. Pilates plus It’s The Da Vinci Code meets The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.”

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Throughout medieval Christianity, religious works of art emerged to illustrate the teachings of the Bible for the largely illiterate population. Yoga routine for abs What, then, is the significance of the psychoactive mushrooms hiding in plain sight in the artwork and icons of many European and Middle-Eastern churches? Does Christianity have a psychedelic history?

Providing stunning visual evidence from their anthropological journey throughout Europe and the Middle East, including visits to Rosslyn Chapel and Chartres Cathedral, authors Julie and Jerry Brown document the role of visionary plants in Christianity. Yoga classes london fields They retrace the pioneering research of R. True yoga taiwan Gordon Wasson, the famous “sacred mushroom seeker,” on psychedelics in ancient Greece and India and among the present-day reindeer herders of Siberia and the Mazatecs of Mexico. Ashtanga yoga poses Examining the Bible and the Gnostic Gospels, the authors reveal the role played by visionary plants in the origins of Judeo-Christianity, inviting us to rethink what we know about the life of Jesus and to consider a controversial theory that challenges us to explore these sacred pathways to the divine.

JERRY B. Yoga instructor resume BROWN, Ph.D., is an educator, anthropologist and activist. Yoga stretches for back From 1972 to 2014 he served as founding professor of anthropology at Florida International University in Miami, where he taught a course on “Hallucinogens and Culture.” JULIE M. Antigravity yoga lab BROWN, M.A., is a holistic psychotherapist and health coach, who researches the role of sacred plants in religion.

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