There is an old saying: If you want to hide something, put it in plain sight. To our surprise, we learned that this saying is especially true for Christianity, where medieval works of art were created to illustrate the teachings of the Bible for the largely illiterate population. A close look at these religious works […]Continue Reading
This richly-illustrated blog examines the role of psychedelics in Judeo-Christianity, in indigenous shamanism, and in classical cultures such as Greece and India. Here you will travel along with the authors on their anthropological adventures in Europe and the Middle East, discovering evidence of psychedelics in churches and cathedrals, and in scriptures and sacred texts.
Our book, The Psychedelic Gospels, was born and nurtured by synchronicity. For Stanislav Grof, the founder of LSD psychotherapy, synchronicities – the experience of highly implausible, meaningful coincidences – are “creations of cosmic intelligence.” (For a comprehensive discussion of “synchronicity,” see C.G. Jung’s “Foreword” to Richard Wilhelm’s translation of The I Ching, or Book of […]Continue Reading
Every major meme of our modern myth of Santa Claus can be found among the ancient reindeer herders of Siberia. Their shamanic religion revolves around a psychoactive mushroom, the colorful red-and-white Amanita muscaria. While most people think of Christmas as the classic Christmas celebration, the truth is that most of the symbols associated with Santa […]Continue Reading
Our theory of the Psychedelic Gospels suggests that psychedelics played an important role in the origins of Christianity; and that the ongoing significance of psychedelics in Christianity is visually documented by their presence in early and medieval Christian art found in churches and cathedrals throughout Europe and the Middle East.Continue Reading