Religious Visions

It was through these visions that one could experience the non-physical realm and even meet the "gods" for guidance and prophecy. This central purpose is confirmed countless times in virtually every religious writing. Yet, what remains little understood or discussed is how such visions occurred.

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The world's oldest religions clearly have a heritage of taking psychoactive or entheogenic "teacher" plants in communal manna and wine to induce altered states of consciousness. These plants of "The Garden" were acacia, ergot, Syrian Rue, mandrake, Amanita Muscaria or other "magic" mushrooms, cannabis and various other herbs, often blended with milk or wine. Drunk using ritualistic cups or grails, different blends would induce different kinds of visions and often the perception of entities. These entities became the personification of the plant itself, appearing as Soma, Osiris, Horus, Buddha, Mithra, Dionysus, Krishna, Aphrodite, Persephone and others.

Later on it was noticed that chant and simple song could enhance the entheogenic effect and help generate visions, especially inside caves where the tones were amplified and resonated well.

These early psychonauts would sometimes go deep into the caves to "incubate" themselves against sensory input while further amplifying and resonating the chants. In the Hypogeum in Malta, the caves were tuned to 110-111 hertz, apparently to shift dominance from left brain to right as a recent UCLA study has proven.

Before long, stone circles were erected to reflect and focus sound while permitting a free view of the stars. As a kind of transformer between the mind and sky, the great stones were positioned to coincide with the rhythms and harmonic patterns of the sun, planets and stars.

As the circles began to be covered and closed in to form temples, great care was taken to create acoustically active chambers that could help induce visions. Deduced from the resonant patterns and proportions of the sky, in particular the Sun, Venus and Moon, a great spiritual science of harmony was born. Symbolized in number, letter and geometry, this was the magic of musical resonance.

Yet, in the end, the first purpose of religion - to induce visions of gods and see deep into the past, present and future - was suppressed and mostly forgotten. The true role of communion became obscured by ritual, metaphor and mythology to ensure only the priestly class could use the sacred plants. Ordinary people were no longer allowed to partake of the real communion, instead relying on their priests and kings to experience such things on their behalf and tell them what to do.

Before long, direct religious experience had been replaced entirely by empty ritual. Revelatory visions were replaced by theoretical concepts of heaven, simple life lessons and doctrines of social control. From this came laws and governments to enforce the doctrines, eliminating all those who continued to use the teacher plants.

To this day, few have any idea that the essential symbols of Religion - tales of gods, angels, messiahs, ascension and resurrection - are all part of an ancient spiritual science that blended astronomy, psychedelics and psychoacoustics. In this way, the lights in the sky could enlighten the mind through the eucharist.