The Dead Sea Scrolls give us an amazing insight into the Essene community who were rebellious and who are responsible for bringing forth the new Messiah… Jesus was most likely to have been an Essene ‘hippy’ living out in the desert… It is indeed probable that the Qumran settlement was a self-exiled community, devoted to purification bathing rituals, fasting and anointing, being organized as a ‘training camp’ for priest-messiahs and those eager to seek ‘The Way’ who would journey on long pilgramages to learn this arcane art.
Hallucinogens & Religion – The Chemical Keys To God…
The use of hallucinogens to procure religious visions has been scientifically researched since the late 1950s. Walter Pahnke M.D., an American doctor who is also a bachelor of divinity and Harvard graduate of philosophy and religion conducted several research projects in the 1960s to ascertain if hallucinogens could successfully be used in religious ceremonies. Walter Pahnke devised an experiment for his Ph.D dissertation called the ‘Good Friday’ study which involved over 30 volunteers and several other scientists. The objective was quite simple; Walter Pahnke set out to determine whether the transcendent experience reported by those who had taken a hallucinogenic drug was similar to the mystical experiences reported by biblical Prophets and other Mystics.
Wide-eyed and ecstatic, speeding, feeling sexually and intellectually primed, their nostrils filled with the intoxicating aromas of incense, their eyes seeing the etheric, quivering, plasma-like glow and lattice work of the aura over all faces, bodies and objects, the sacred anointing oil and inhaled infusions delivered the so called Teachers of Righteousness and their devotees to a psychic landscape made of pure expanded consciousness. In this altered state of Holiness, floating in salted waters, they seeked the Word of Yaweh and would bathe away the unwanted side effects of their psycho-active unctions, able to control their body temperature and concentrate on enjoying the higher visions of a holy dreamstate in the desert night.
Ingesting Mandrake and Henbane causes the pupils to dilate and this makes bright light uncomfortable – again, this is a side effect one could not feasibly endure in the already bright desert. The copious references to all night vigils in the Dead Sea Scrolls points me to the conclusion that ritualistic ingestion and anointing probably took place at night or at dawn – the nightshade family having always been the drug of choice for ‘witches’ and creatures of the night. It is interesting to note, that since these rituals most probably took place at night or dawn, this could be the origin for this plant family’s ‘nightshade’ name. The Goetia, also known as the Book of Shadows in some European translations, contains within it, spells or invocations to bring forth the demons who were also known as ‘shades’ or ‘shadows’. At night, with small clay oil lamps placed around the pool, anointed Essenes could bathe whilst listening to elders singing incantations, psalms and hymns.
This is perhaps the true meaning of a Baptism. The air heavy with Frankincense, Myrrh and Benzoin, the water infused with aromatic herbs and the body tingling and shimmering with heat, subjects would float in cool waters, receiving instruction from an Essene Gnostic and perhaps be read treatise from the Qumran library for contemplation during this altered state of consciousness. What a sublime and perfect way to cleanse oneself of the accumulated detritus of living in an urban society – with such a large number of bathing pools in the Qumran community, one must wonder if ritualistic bathing was not a pastime for which large parts of their settlement were especially built.
And what does modern Christianity have left of these ancient baptisms? Just the mere shell, a symbolic wetting of the forehead or quick, split second immersion of the entire body – usually in cold tap water. When I see young Christians wiping the chlorinated water from their glasses and holding their arms out-stretched claiming to have met the Holy Spirit during their ‘baptism’, I always think how much more real, profound and everlasting their ritual immersion would be if happening under the stars, naked, freshly anointed with oils made to ancient recipes and applied over the entire body using acupressure techniques. For it is baptism, the scriptures tell us, which brings upon us the Holy Spirit…
Multiple Messiahs and the True Meaning of The Holy Spirit…
Before one evangelistically sings praises to the ‘Messiah’ it is perhaps prudent to learn the true meaning of this misunderstood term. Modern, hydro-carbon, evangelical, born-again, adventist, capitalist Christians are often shocked when I tell them that the word ‘Messiah’ does not actually appear in any of the Ancient Greek or semitic texts which make up the gospels or Old Testament. ‘Messiah’ is a short-hand soundbite, placed in all modern biblical translations as a replacement for the term “the anointed one”. Indeed, anyone anointed with oil can be described as a ‘Messiah’. In truth then, King David, King Solomon and a host of other Biblical characters are ‘messiahs’ – meaning those who have been anointed with oil. Translations of the Damascus Document – one of the most important texts within the corpus of the Dead Sea Scrolls – can be interpreted to describe the existence of two simultaneous, symbiotic Messiahs. This has led many scroll researchers to assert a hypothesis of multiple messiahs. Not just one Nazerene. An important aspect to messiah-hood is the connection between being anointed with oil, bathing and contact with the ‘Holy Spirit’. For a messiah, these activities all go hand in hand.
Similarly, the term ‘Holy Spirit’, like ‘messiah’, is in fact largely a short-hand interpretation of the ancient texts. If literally translated, the majority of references to the Holy Spirit should read ‘The Spirit of Holiness‘. This means that many references to the Messiah in connection with the Holy Spirit are written into the modern Bible in an erroneous fashion. In the Damascus Document, we see a phrase which when translated using the standard short-hand abbreviations of ‘messiah’ and ‘Holy Spirit’ reads ‘…His Messiah making known the Holy Spirit (Column ii.12). This could equally be translated – or, more to the point, more accurately interpreted – as ‘The one anointed with oil made known the Spirit of Holiness‘. Another example would be to take a common Biblical phrase such as ‘the Holy Spirit descended upon the Messiah’ – literally this can be translated as ‘the Spirit of Holiness descended upon the one Anointed with Oil‘. In this light, we can perhaps see more clearly the often mentioned relationship between being anointed with oil and having ‘communion’ with the Holy Spirit. Therefore, anointing with psycho-active oils creates the feeling, or ‘spirit’ of holiness.
I believe that the literal ‘Spirit of Holiness’ is a pharmacologically induced altered state of consciousness which is a direct result of being anointed with psychoactive oils. Far from being an ethereal entity, part of the ‘Holy Trinity’ of Spirit, Christ and God, the much praised and revered ‘Holy Spirit’ is more a state of mind than a separate, definable noun or entity. When we look at the countless references to the Holy Spirit ‘working through’ the messiah in the Gospels we must bear in mind that the true, unabbreviated terms used in the original texts describe the Holy Spirit as a feeling, a wash of emotion which enables the messiah to interpret and disseminate knowledge, wisdom and prophecy of forth-coming calamities as a warning against breaking the code of observances and community rules extant in Qumran and the greater world. When it is described that the Holy Spirit worked through the messiah – these texts are truly telling us that it is the delicious ‘rush’ of the pscho-active, religious, semi-telepathic, visionary experience which inspires the word of the messiahs. In this context, we must look upon a situation where there was not one, singular messiah – but a defined hierarchy of elders, priests and even kings – who imparted divine visions and prophetic wisdom after receiving insights when the Spirit of Holiness descended upon them via the psycho-active anointing oils and incenses. Being a messiah – one anointed with oil – was therefore a pluralistic tradition, with King David, Solomon and all monarchs receiving ceremonial, token public anointments to mark royal ascension and then the more introverted, Gnostic sessions of ritualistic bathing and anointing at Qumran which is where eschatological insights were recorded and collected en masse.
In the book, The Hiram Key, written by two self-confessed Freemasons, Christopher Knight and Dr Robert Lomas, there is a dedication to one of the world’s finest biblical scholars – Mr. John Marco Allegro. In this dedication, the authors describe the late Mr. Allegro as ‘a man 20 years ahead of his time’. In the field of ethnomycology, Mr Allegro has done more than many to extract the true source of the ecstatic visions and eschatological vindications contained in ancient Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek texts. Mr Allegro’s research spanned the disciplines of ethnomycology and etymology. Etymology is the science of finding the true meaning, the true ‘root’ of words and the relationship they have with the thoughts which they have been designed to convey. Etymology itself, as a word, is derived from the Greek word ‘etumos’. The parallel role of the philologist, which is another important discipline in biblical studies, is to work forward in time, to the present, so as to ascertain which scribes and authors in history have used the etymological ‘root’ of a word to express related concepts pertaining to certain words and phrases.
John Marco Allegro had realised, to his great credit, that consolidating and translating ancient religious texts using the cuneiform scripts of ancient Sumeria as a ‘bridge’ between the Semitic (i.e. Aramaic and Arabic) and Indo-European languages (such as Greek and English), revealed the true root of many words and phrases in the Bible. By studying the pre-Semitic, pre-Hellenic Sumerian culture which flourished along the shores of the Euphrates river at the northern most tip of the Persian Gulf, not far from Palestine, much elucidation of Biblical names, words and phrases could be ascertained. John Marco Allegro and the late Sumerian scholar-author, Zechariah Sitchin, have between them done more than any philologists in bringing ancient Sumerian religious wisdom into sharper focus… and in doing so, we are now unlocking the true meaning of the terms ‘Watchers’, ‘Nephilim’ and ‘Annunaki’…
In his jaw-dropping book, John Allegro focused on the mystical names given to Amanita Muscaria by mushroom cults who lived in the ancient Near East, India and China. Mr Allegro argues in The Sacred Mushroom & The Cross, using his considerable text analysis experience, that references to Amanita Muscaria do indeed permeate the ancient literature of semi-secret Jewish cults and played a role in the mystical, religious teachings which were prevalent in biblical Palestine. John Allegro identified a select group of words present in the New Testament which had close origins with descriptive names ascribed to Fly Agaric.
Since certain (mushroom) species contain drugs with marked hallucinatory properties, it is not surprising that the mushroom should have become the centre of a mystery cult in the Near East which persisted for thousands of years. There seems good evidence that from there it swept into India in the cult of the Soma some 3,500 years ago; it certainly flourished in Siberia until quite recent times, and is found even today in parts of South America. Partly because of the religious use of the sacred mushroom, and the fearful respect with which countryfolk have always treated it, its more original names became taboo and folk-names and epithets proliferated at their expense. It is as if, in our language, the only name by which we knew the mushroom was the folk-name ‘toadstool’, and that some researcher of the future was faced with the problem of deciding what species of plant life served as the habitual perch of large frogs.
Thus the extraordinary situation has arisen that this most important mushroom cult (Christianity), from which much of the mythology of the ancient Near East sprang, has been almost completely overlooked by the historians. In the Bible, for instance, where mushroom mythology plays a most important part, the word ‘mushroom’ has been nowhere noted although one of it’s most ancient names, in Hebrew kotereth, or in Accadian katarru, appears many times in it’s quite straightforward meaning of “mushroom-shaped capital of a pillar” (see 1 Kings 7:16, etc.).
Trippy Visions & the Messiahs of Mandrake…
We can therefore safely assume that the Anointed Ones, the ‘Sons of Light’ mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls and ‘Christs’ in the Old Testament were consulted whilst they were experiencing the Spirit of Holiness – the messiahs, in this sense, took up the ancient role of oracles – a teacher of wisdom or righteousness imparting divine information via an expanded, psychedelically-infused telepathic communion with the angels and spirits and godhead in the spirit world. The volatile anointing fluids of ancient Jewish tradition therefore can be looked upon as ‘keys’ to the Godhead – or, indeed, a ladder where man can rise up his spirit and converse with angels. Ezekiel and Daniel are good examples of biblical prophets who are described as experiencing ‘heavenly ascents’ when the Holy Spirit worked through them. In Corinthians we see Paul tell of a mystical journey, the Spirit of Holiness revealing to him a ‘third heaven’ which can also be interpreted as a third ‘layer’ of a divine kingdom, or ‘paradise’ – an obvious reference to the spirit realms.
So far, all of the psycho-active plants we have encountered in recent chapters – Sakran (the ancient Egyptian name for Henbane), Baaras (Mandrake) and Amanita Muscaria, are able to induce an altered state of consciousness which aids prophetic visualization and, in suitably potent doses, could easily transport one’s mind into the supernatural, multi-layered spirit realms, enabling the ‘Anointed One’ to experience waves of insight and visions so complex they require analysis and deciphering by the Seer himself (see Daniel 2:24).
I believe it to be highly likely that the ‘royal messiah’, Jesus himself, John the Baptist, the Teacher of Righteousness and other favoured prophets such as Ezekiel, Daniel and Isaiah – who are commonly referred to as the ‘anointed ones’ ‘channelled’ the Truths imparted by the Spirit of Holiness, and allowed themselves to be willing human conduits for the telepathic dissemination of divine information. This communion, this mysterious and almost unspoken of religious-psychedelic techniques relied upon knowledge of advanced Plantlore traditions from Egyptian, Syria, Babylon, Iran and other Mystery School centres in the ancient world.
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