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The Alchemist Garden

Straiph Wilson Posted: may 22, 2017 / Modified: august 9, 2017
The Alchemist Garden
Fungi are one of the most important groups of organisms on the planet. This is easy to overlook, given their largely secreted, unseen cryptic actions and growth. They are influential in an enormous variety of ways. They are also the unsung heroes of nearly all terrestrial ecosystems, hidden from view but inseparable from the processes that sustain life on the planet. Their religious significance is well established in anthropological and modern context with human use of fungi for changing consciousness extending far into pre-history. We see archeological evidence suggesting that many cultures around the world used fungi for ritualistic and sacred practices for ‘generating the divine within’. These rituals would originally have been reserved for those shamans or priests who served as intermediaries between the common folk and the unseen worlds of spirit.

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