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John Lash - - Origin of Religion, Black Magic Pharmacology & The Discovery of the Eadwine Psalter
May 18, 2008
John is a self-educated free-lance scholar who combines studies and experimental mysticism to teach directive mythology: the application of myth to life, rather than its mere interpretation. He is a leading exponent of the power of myth to direct individual experience and drive historical events over the long term. An expert on sidereal mythology, naked-eye astronomy, precession, and the World Ages, he also teaches the critique of belief-systems. On metahistory.org, he presents a radical revision of Gnosticism, with original commentaries on the Nag Hammadi codices. He also presents the only complete restoration by any scholar of the Sophianic myth of the Pagan Mysteries, the sacred story of Gaia-Sophia, recounting the origin of the earth and the human species from the galactic core. In this program, John talks about Gordon Wasson's thesis on the origins of religion, entheogens, Gaia, Codex Alimentarius, pharmacology and the connection between the suppression of psychoactive substances and the church. Other Topics discussed: Amanita muscaria, psilocybin, mushrooms, Albert Hofmann, LSD, Sandoz, John Marco Allegro, Ethnobotany, Terence McKenna, sorcery & black magic, the Melchizedek complex, fear of nature and the roots of genomics, cloning, the suppression and "banning" of nature and natural health products, C-51, Monsanto, terminator seed technology, Svalbard Seed Vault, communications with Gaia and the spirit world through plants, humanity disconnected from nature and much more. For our subscribers interview, John talks about his discovery of the Eadwine Psalter, written at Christchurch, Canterbury around 1160 by a scribe named Eadwine, a monk. We also discuss the mushroom renditions that come up in Christian manuscripts. Also, we talk about the possible tantric symbolism in another depiction of Jesus and Mary from the Eadwine Psalter. More Topics Discussed: priest robes and the similarities with the mushroom Amanita Muscaria, church adoption of female symbolism, tantric sex symbolism, Jesus & Mary, kundalini & the serpent, forbidden fruit, subliminal religious iconography and much more.

 

Relevant links

metahistory.org

futureprimitive.org

Amanita Muscaria

Esoteric Agenda (Video)

Psilocybin

Psychonautics

Entheogen

Pharmacology

John Marco Allegro

Ethnomycology

Terrence McKenna

Gnosticism

Books & DVDs

Not in His Image: Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and the Future of Belief

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Reflectory
There is a great example in this interview of an individual suffering a reflection of his own values being enacted upon himself to the degree that it is worth noting:

At around 25 minutes Mr. Lash begins speaking about the beneficial spiritual effects of interacting with ethneogens. He laments the classification of the substances as illegal and the resulting restrictions imposed on our use of them in relation to their ability to advance us spiritually.

He then suggests (paraphrasing): that it should be illegal for anyone to stand in between them and the divine. Meaning: it should be illegal for people to stand between us and mushrooms.

However, for that very reason it could be argued that we should illegalize the use of mushrooms: they are substances that are placed between us and the divine as "gateways".

Meaning: the intention of our maker may very well be that we need not rely on any image, substance, or invention outside of us to acheive connection with our own divinity. To rely on anything for connection with the divine is to accept personal disempowerment, which is not divine: it implies that if you don't have access to the substance that you're then somehow disempowered to connect to a divinity that is inately yours to begin with.

This isn't to say that it would be beneficial ban doorways in the land of the blind; however it is to say that if you don't think anything should stand between you and the divine don't be surprised if you find yourself living in a world where everything that does so is being taken from you. This includes the doorways. The benefit of this is: once all of the external doorways are taken from you the only one left is the one which is not - the one which has no name or image but which sources all name and image; the one which cannot be taken from you because there is nothing to take. The one doorway which is often spoken about, but which cannot be an image or name because any image or name is a distinction from the environment within which it is contained, and this creates two doorways -the container and the contained - not one. Essentially it cannot even be called a doorway. I think somewhere it may be called the gateless gate.

By way of an image or name, the "one" or the "individual" you actually create is an image of two, because there must be an "other" to distinguish the "one" you are attempting to create by your distinction. This is the structural, mathematical core of the serpent and it's deception: it creates two by creating one; whereas neither two nor one actually exist to begin with - they are programed into our perception, not in and of themselves perceived.

This is why we - living in the Kali Yuga here - are bombarded by stories of The Chosen One, The Light Bringer, The Messiah, the hero. These are manifestations of the creation of one outstanding image and the then implicit creation of two: The Chosen One and his antagonist, the chosen people and the mixed multitude, The Messiah and The Antichrist. These are all attempts to create One in a process by which two are created. And this is what is primarily behind the split tongue: those with a split tongue claim to want to create unitiy, but it can clearly be seen that they are in actuality creating multiplicity.

This doorwayless doorway - the one without name or distinction, similar to how G-d in some traditions remains unnamed - is important because any other doorway is simply another external named angel or demon who has control over your fate because you choose - consciously or not, under a spell or not - to give that power to them.

And actually, through this one can see the root of a question that occurs often in these interviews: the question of why the serpent is charecterized as evil, and why witchcraft, idolatry, etc. are often charecterized as evil - they are charecterized as evil in this reality because they throw us under a spell and lead us to believe there is a foreign power residing over our divine ability to choose.

When the serpent bites us or allures us with it's images thusly there is now created life and death, the good and the bad: I either have my substance/image/idea and am/feel alive and empowered; or I lack the substance/image/idea I need and am dead and powerless. When we place our permission to engage in our divinity under the authority of images and substances we enslave ourselves to those substances by way of that placement.

Well, to sum up on the whole issue: If we need a gateway to get back to ourselves we can be sure there'll be a Mr. Goldman standing there charging us a toll for his enslavement in our hell.

If there is no gateway no toll is required.
#1 - Willax - 30/03/2014 - 23:40
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