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Sacred Mushroom of Visions Teonanacatl

A Sourcebook on the Psilocybin Mushroom
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Inner Traditions
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June, 2005
ISBN:
9781594770449
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$19.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

From Ralph Metzner (one of our wise elder researchers and editor of a similar volume on ayahuasca called Sacred Vine of Spirits), this compilation of scientific information, historical lore, and experiential reports about the magical psilocybe mushrooms tells how the magic mushroom came out of humble obscurity in the mountains of Mexico, to be the focus of a subculture around the world.

Teonanácatl was the name given to the visionary mushrooms of indigenous
Mesoamerica by the Aztecs, who used them in shamanic religious ceremonies for healing and divination. Condemned by the Catholic church and driven underground, the mushroom cult re-appeared in mainstream Western culture through an article in Life magazine in 1957 by the legendary ethnomycologist R. Gordon Wasson, who wrote about his participation in a mushroom ceremony with a Mazatec sage woman healer named Maria Sabina.

The psychoactive principle of the visionary mushroom was identified as psilocybin by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD. Psilocybin has been used as an adjunct to psychotherapy, prisoner rehabilitation, enhancement of creativity and catalyst for mystical experience, and is presently being studied as a treatment for OCD. The use of the mushroom, both wild and cultivated, spread from Mexico into North America and Europe, by seekers of consciousness-expanding experiences—whether for self-understanding, spiritual exploration, creative inspiration or recreational hedonism. A worldwide mushroom culture was born that, like ayahuasca and other plant-based entheogens, still exerts, to this day, a hidden but profound influence in the worldwide renewal of a spiritual relationship with the natural world.

“An outstanding, comprehensive gathering of vital information from the psychedelic world. Experiences reported in this book permit a view of the astronomical ranges of consciousness reaching vastly beyond our ordinary understanding, revealing the incredible beauty and wonder of our universe, and the enormous potential that lies waiting for the serious seeker.”Myron Stolaroff, author of From Thanatos to Eros

Also by Ralph Metzner are Green Psychology and The Unfolding Self.

 

 

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Sacred Mushroom of Visions: Teonanacatl describes the experiences of psychoactive mushroom users and how the use of the psilocybe mushroom spread from Mexico to North America, Asia, and Europe. Firsthand accounts of the controversial Harvard Psilocybin Project, the use of psilocybin in psychotherapy, and current studies on the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) are provided.Over 30 contributors share their expertise on the chemical, biological, cultural, psychological, and experiential dimensions of psilocybin mushrooms? Describes in vivid detail the consciousness-expanding experiences of psychoactive mushroom users? Provides firsthand accounts of the controversial Harvard Psilocybin Project, including the Concord Prison and Good Friday studiesTeonan?catl was the name given to the visionary mushrooms used in ancient Mesoamerican shamanic ceremonies, mushrooms that contain psilocybin, the psychoactive agent identified by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD. The rediscovery of these visionary mushrooms by the Mazatec healer Maria Sabina and mycologist R. Gordon Wasson ignited a worldwide mushroom culture that inspired the consciousness revolution of the 1960s.This book describes in vivid detail the consciousness-expanding experiences of psychoactive mushroom users--from artists to psychologists--and the healing visionary inspiration they received. It provides firsthand accounts of studies performed in the controversial Harvard Psilocybin Project, including the Concord Prison study and the Good Friday study. It describes how the use of the psilocybe mushroom spread from the mountains of Mexico into North America, Asia, and Europe by seekers of consciousness-expanding experiences. It also details how psilocybin has been used since the 1960s in psychotherapy, prisoner rehabilitation, the enhancement of creativity, and the induction of mystical experiences and is being studied as a treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

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