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In this episode Max Freakout and Cyberdisciple conclude their discussion about psychedelic journalist James Kent, in particular the recent ‘Final 10’ DoseNation podcast series. Topics covered include:

  • Western tradition of psychedelic drug use
  • Mushrooms and religion
  • Mushrooms as religious sacrament
  • Minimal, moderate and maximal theories of psychedelic religion
  • John Allegro and the cult of Amanita Muscaria
  • Gordon Wasson and the identity of Soma
  • Amanita mushroom references in Christian art and the ‘where’s Waldo?’ project
  • James Arthur and Jack Herer’s psychedelic scholarship
  • Over-emphasis on amanita, under-emphasis on psilocybe in psychedelic scholarship
  • The unpopularity of amanita mushrooms as a recreational drug
  • Mono-plant fallacy
  • Elite priestcraft conspiracy theory of mushrooms in Christianity
  • Andrew Letcher’s debunking of mushroom Christianity
  • Irrelevance of identifying a particular plant as religious sacrament
  • Does anyone really care about amanita mushrooms?
  • Metaphorical interpretation of the holy grail causing immortality
  • Rejection of pop-psychedelia
  • James Kent’s failure to integrate the ego death theory
  • Realistic expectations of psychedelic drugs
  • Direction of initiation and psychological progression
  • Lack of clear initiation ritual context in modern society

Covers episode 8 of James Kent’s ‘Final 10’ at Dose Nation

The doors of Santa Sabina in Rome are conventionally said to have been carved in the early 5th century.

The scenes carved on it are mostly drawn from the Old Testament and the Gospel story.

The carved scenes are bordered by grape vines, a symbol for entheogenic wine mixture and for the vine-shaped deterministic world line.

Here’s Elijah pulled up to heaven on the chariot, pulled or guided by an angel (themes of ascent, being pulled up, steersmanship). Note the mushroom tree:

Here’s the abduction of Habbekuk. He’s carrying loaves of bread/entheogens. This myth is typologically similar to the abduction of Ganymede by Zeus’ eagle. Ganymede is typically portrayed wearing the same sort of cap as Habbekuk is here. He was abducted while tending his flocks. Note the freewillist goat eating the wavy stalk topped by a mushroom head on the right.

Here’s Jesus with a wand (the magician) multiplying and creating the entheogens (bread, fish, wine), and restoring sight to the blind (experiential enlightenment, switch of mental world model):

Here’s Jesus appearing to two women, surrounded by waving, fruiting, mushroom trees:

From bottom to top: Moses confronts Pharaoh (king ego) with heimarmene snakes (fixedness of thoughts and actions); The horses (ego) drawing the chariot (control themes) are overwhelmed by the undulating waters (perceptual distortion in loose cognition); the people are led to the promised land and greeted by an angel (messenger of transcendent rationality).

Conventional scholarship says this is the earliest surviving depiction of Christ’s crucifixion:

There are more panels. Check them out and spot the altered state metaphor:






Metaphorical Psychedelic Eternalism
June 2020


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