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MarkostheGnostic
07-30-2009, 03:24 AM
At the invitation of Deviadah, I am posting this to introduce myself to anyone who is interested in meeting a new visitor. Actually, I have already left my footprints, having dropped in with both feet. I have posted a pic of myself, some homemade artwork, some contributions to an album, and a few responses to others'.

I have spent the bulk of my time at The Shroomery over the past decade, where I have the same screen name and avatar, but my interest in Alchemy probably goes back as far as my interest in chemistry at age 10. By age 19, I had left science studies behind for the study of philosophy, owing to my early Entheogenic Excursions. That led to the study of theology and thence to Human Development & Clinical Psychology in grad school, where my academic advisor happened to have been the only Jungian analyst in the state of Maryland at that time.

Eight years of Jungian analysis (with 3 Zurich-trained analysts) brought me a one-sided view of alchemy which has only quite recently been superceded by the need to actualize some of the principles on the physical level through practical laboratory work. I have spent decades on the spiritual and psychological aspects alone, and it is high time to add the Salt to the Sulphur and Mercury. I was done with analysis 18 years and 3 days ago at the time of this entry, when I was rejected for analytical training. From what I could tell, my involvement with Entheogens was in great measure to blame. Following my failed interviews, my ex-wife and I visited an antique store where I came away with two items: a hand-carved wooded figure of an alchemist standing over his retort, and a pair of mushroom bookends. The message was clear, but it has really taken this long after the event to put it together.

After treading my path all these years without any real interaction from another soul about alchemy (except very generally with my Lady and Soror Mystica), I decided on this, my birth month, to seek out others for my own continued learning, and to share whatever I might have to offer by way of dialogue.

I have worked for a large school system for 23 years as a crisis intervention/substance abuse specialist for middle school children, and part time in the capacity of psychotherapist and hypnotherapist.

Dialogue is welcome. As a Sheldonian Meso-Ectomorph, I have a predominantly Cerebrotonic temperament, and so, it is temperamentally out-of-character to put myself out here, so-to-speak. By the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) I am an INTP, for any of you who might be familiar with these terms regarding my general nature. Thanks for reading.

Sincerely,
Mark[ostheGnostic]

Salazius
07-30-2009, 09:16 AM
Welcome :)

MarkostheGnostic
07-30-2009, 01:36 PM
:) Appreciate it!

Ghislain
07-30-2009, 03:03 PM
Hi MarkostheGnostic

MarkostheGnostic
07-30-2009, 03:30 PM
Hi back at you Ghislain!

Awani
07-30-2009, 03:56 PM
I took a look at your activity over at that forum and I think you can contribute a lot to one special sub-forum we have here:

Spagyrics & Plant Alchemy (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=76) - also subjects such as Botany, Entheogens, Herbalism and Phytotherapy.

But of course you can participate across the board, I just have a feeling you probably have a lot of gnosis to share in the Entheogen field...

Great to have you onboard!

Welcome!

:cool:

Aleilius
07-30-2009, 06:54 PM
Hi Markos, that's a really awesome introduction!

You seem to have a lot of experience in the entheogen field. I've personally been a fan of entheogenic mind expansion for many years. Do you ever visit the entheogen.com forum? I've hung out at the shroomery for a while, mainly as a lurker, but I do actively participate in certain discussions on entheogen.com. It's a great forum dedicated to many facets of entheogen usage.

Best of luck!

solomon levi
08-04-2009, 05:45 PM
Hey Markos!

I was wondering, because of your chosen name, what studies you've
done in Gnosticism and is there anything you've learned from it that you
would share with me/us?
I've read quite a bit and have had some wonderful awakenings while reading
these enlightened works. I'll have to review to share some of my favorites.

Thanks,
solomon

MarkostheGnostic
08-07-2009, 05:11 AM
Hi Markos, that's a really awesome introduction!

You seem to have a lot of experience in the entheogen field. I've personally been a fan of entheogenic mind expansion for many years. Do you ever visit the entheogen.com forum? I've hung out at the shroomery for a while, mainly as a lurker, but I do actively participate in certain discussions on entheogen.com. It's a great forum dedicated to many facets of entheogen usage.

Best of luck!

I'm just beginning to look about here, but I hope to contribute. Thanks.;)

MarkostheGnostic
08-07-2009, 05:33 AM
Hey Markos!

I was wondering, because of your chosen name, what studies you've
done in Gnosticism and is there anything you've learned from it that you
would share with me/us?
I've read quite a bit and have had some wonderful awakenings while reading
these enlightened works. I'll have to review to share some of my favorites.

Thanks,
solomon

Well, I've studied a lot of classic texts, and I'm reading a modern one now, but that's just something to do instead of watching ball games, going fishing, sunbathing or getting off to porn. Gnosis means Knowledge in the non-epistemological way. Gnosis is Knowing, not as an accumulation of data, but in the way that Dr. Richard Alpert described "The Witness" in the preface of the book BE HERE NOW during one of his early psilocybin trips. His social identities and psychological identities began to dissolve, and when he thought 'well I still have my body' - and it too began to vanish - the adrenaline-flooded panic attack was suddenly replaced by The Witness. It was calm. It was Wise. It was interior. It Knew. It is Atman in a Yogic model.

In this sense do I adhere to Gnosis. It is what happens when one crosses the Qabalistic "Veil of Paroketh," and one stops conceiving oneself primarily as a psychophysical being and transcends this identity to BE a psychospiritual reality. Instead of seeing oneself as a human having a spiritual experience, one sees oneself as a Spirit having a human experience. One has left the Astral Triangle and has arrived at Tiphereth in the Ethical Triangle to use a Qabalistic model.

Now all levels exist: the material (Salt), the psychic (Sulfur), and the spiritual (Mercury), and Gnostic psychology identifies the materialistic person as Hylic, the psychical person or 'believer' as Psychic, and the spiritual person as Pneumatic. Each is predominated by these prepersonal-personal-transpersonal aspects. These are the Ayurvedic Tamasic, Rajic and Sattvic personalities, respectively.

Alchemical transformations are necessary to keep the balance for long healthy embodied life, and method is required to join the Psyche to the Spirit when jettisoning the Body at physical death. Some material aids have always been important to me in these endeavors, specifically, Entheogens. Meanwhile, I am interested in perhaps creating a Spagyric mushroom 'ens,' or stone, as well as discerning for myself any tangible health benefits from Spagyric preparations, to the end of psychophysical health (which is in dynamism with my psychospiritual Self. Whew! And I promised not to be long-winded :( Oh well, wind is spirit, is it not? :)

Joy
08-07-2009, 07:40 AM
Hey MarkostheGnostic,

Even if you are done with all this, did the work of Jeffrey Raff (Jung analyst)
about alchemie, give you any insights? Joy:)

MarkostheGnostic
08-07-2009, 05:41 PM
Hey MarkostheGnostic,

Even if you are done with all this, did the work of Jeffrey Raff (Jung analyst)
about alchemie, give you any insights? Joy:)

Hi Joy!

I'm sorry, but I am unfamiliar with Jeffrey Raff. I've been influenced by the late Edward Edinger, especially his alchemically based The Anatomy of the Psyche wherein all the stages are described in Jungian psychological terms for inner processes that were projected upon the outer world. Edinger's Ego and Archetype also brings in alchemy to a lesser extent, but is perhaps the single-most important Jungian writing on the origin of consciousness in the human being as he explains by way of the Genesis myth. It too is highly transformational (human development) in an individual and a historical context. Marie Louise von Franz's work Alchemy was another work that I read fairly early on.

I have incorporated a lot of Jungian thought, not abandoned it, but I have incorporated it into a wider context (as has Ken Wilber) which surpasses the unconscious and embraces superconsciousness as well.

Thanks for inquiring!
- Mark

Joy
08-07-2009, 07:20 PM
Sure intresting your hint, I will follow.

Ken Wilbers work helped me a lot forward.It looks that I walk more on the smal paths. The hardly known ways are keeping the mind buisy and happy, and the brains
gives goodies free.

Nice to meet you .... being full of ...Joy:)

rockfate1111
08-07-2009, 08:32 PM
Greetings MarcostheGnostic...
Your studies are in a field I am only mildly familiar with (Jungian philosophy)... I look forward to reading more posts from you. I have, however, experimented with phycadelics in my past, and I believe they opened important doors. Do you currently take psycadelics? If so which ones do you prefer and what is the goal when consuming them.

solomon levi
08-07-2009, 11:31 PM
Thanks for the reply. Very nice!
I really enjoyed Jung's sermons to the dead.
He was really something.

I made an Amanita ens - haven't tried it though.
I suppose I should. ;)

MarkostheGnostic
08-08-2009, 05:53 AM
Sure intresting your hint, I will follow.

Ken Wilbers work helped me a lot forward.It looks that I walk more on the smal paths. The hardly known ways are keeping the mind buisy and happy, and the brains
gives goodies free.

Nice to meet you .... being full of ...Joy:)

Yes, I understand. The pleasure is all mine! It occurs to me that the Opus is also a matter of maintaining real sanity. This would be laughed at derisively by most people - alchemy being considered madness in the 21st century even by the most ignorant. I see people going mad with boredom, desire, fear, power, hate, beliefs...the triggers seem endless. New paradigms, imagination, fantasy, and the will's ability to alter even physical reality continues to intrigue and give joy!

Blessings be upon you.

MarkostheGnostic
08-08-2009, 06:19 AM
Greetings MarcostheGnostic...
Your studies are in a field I am only mildly familiar with (Jungian philosophy)... I look forward to reading more posts from you. I have, however, experimented with phycadelics in my past, and I believe they opened important doors. Do you currently take psycadelics? If so which ones do you prefer and what is the goal when consuming them.

Yes, my Soror Mystica, Rose, and I take Sacred Mushrooms 2-3 times per year. I prefer LSD but it is difficult and dangerous to obtain, whereas mushrooms can be easily grown privately by the PF method (http://www.fanaticus.com/). Unfortunately, the PF company has fallen into problems of their own. However, there are sites such as this: http://www.mushroomvideos.com/ Acid is clearly solar, mushrooms, lunar. Both are fungal.

Entheogens can be used in several ways, depending upon the dosage level and one's set and setting. We might take 1 gm in order to provide energy without food for a music concert. A banal use, not frequent for us at all. 3.5 - 4.0 gms can provide a full-blown mystical experience heralded by a period of incredible kaleidoscopic visionary experience. One can simply lie back and experience, or one can engage in yoga methods for the purpose of experiencing high chakra enhancements, e.g., levels of Samadhi.

Perhaps the most common use for us is to be forced into the space between mind-moments - into the Rigpa (Vajrayana Buddhism) - the "Eternal Now" as Christian theologian Paul Tillich called it, or "The Power of Now" in Eckhart Tolle's terminology. Five gms is dubbed "heroic" by people at Shroomery.org, which is a mushroomic level I have yet to experience, but I have used very high doses of LSD in the past. Psychiatrist Stan Grof's works describe and outline the very best psychological models for the use of psychedelics IMHO.

Thank you for your interest. ;) Lastly, I recommend the book BE HERE NOW for anyone contemplating the use of entheogens/psychedelics for the first time, or for those who didn't get what they expected from their use. Be sure to follow the directions about reading the preface beforehand, the core book during, and the last part when one has come down.

rockfate1111
08-08-2009, 06:38 AM
I see you have lots of experience with taking mushrooms... I would say they are my favorite as well. I have the book 'Be Here Now' your the first person I know of that has read it. I loved it! Not just informative but a pretty good story too. Like when he gives the guru three massive hits of pure LSD. I have not done any shrooms for a while, but I used to do them often in my early twenties. We would get really fresh ones from Oregon. One week when I was about twenty I decided to try to use shrooms to contact God or a Spirit or the Divine and proceded to eat about 2 grams. Each day I would double my dose and continued this till I ate about 1/4 oz. I experienced peoples bodies stretching thin as a pencil then disappearing. Space itself distorted and I was not affected by gravity in a normal way. My buddy ate the same or more and went a little coo coo crazy and destroyed a bedroom of the house we were at. He never was a very spiritual type though.
Do you have any experience with salvia divinorum the oxaquin indian shamman herb? If so what is it good for if anything?
Thanks for your responses.
-Rockfate1111

MarkostheGnostic
08-08-2009, 07:02 AM
Hey!
I'm getting accustomed to writing Europeans here! It's not as late for you if you're in Oregon as it is for me in Florida, but I can't sleep. Anyway, you all have Galerina Autumnalis to worry about when you're out picking Liberty Caps. I would be very very careful - even microscopy identification. P.Cubensis is easy to ID - grows in cow/horse dung only. Has purple-black spores. Bruises blue-green.

Salvia was declared Schedule I in Florida a year or so ago. That means possessing it is like possessing coke or smack! A Shroomery buddy once gave me a bit - don't recall if it was 10X or greater. Tried it in a pipe a couple of times. Nada. Nothing happened. I'm not into reptilians or insectoid fauna. Plus, the trip is so brief all it seems to do is disorient the user. Watch some YouTube clips. I cannot see any lessons being taught through this. It seems a lot like DMT from descriptions, and whereas some idiosyncratic shamanic path might use this, I don't know whose. It is too brief to be used while practicing yoga, or other contemplative practices. I'm not averse to playing with it if it isn't too toxic. Chemistry remains a mystery though.

rockfate1111
08-08-2009, 07:12 AM
That's why I asked about the salvia. I have done it lots of times and have some right now. Bought it at the corner smoke shop.

I read up on it a bit, the Mexican tribe shamans use it to hear spirits. You have to consume a large amount of it quickly and hold it in. It is recommended to be done in the dark, in silence.

I did this and heard voices of some sort. Best described as elf wisper language or something really wierd and like giberish to me. I used to like to go out in the local mountains and do it to try to make some contact with the spirit world but I have been to busy lately for any mind anventures.

I live in California by the way. Ten after midnight here.

MarkostheGnostic
08-08-2009, 07:31 AM
AHA! "Giberish." Did you know that 'gibberish' derives from Geber, the Latinized form of al Jabir - "the first practical alchemist"? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geber
Sorry...I'm catching a buzz on rather pricey Remi Martin, following our usual Gumdale Cabernet Sauvignon.

I was at the Shoomery.org and someone posted something about a hash bar there. Is that possible? I haven't used cannabis in years, with the rare exception, but I do miss hashish.
http://www.shroomery.org/forums/showflat.php/Number/1082078/fpart/all/vc/1/nt/2

What is this? Am I dreaming? :eek:

rockfate1111
08-09-2009, 04:14 PM
Hey Marko,

We don't have hash bars here (yet) but we do have medicinal marijuana shops (over 1000 of them state wide and growing). They have hash there and oil extracts from what I hear.

A city called Oakland supposedly legalized small amounts.

Have you ever thought about making a plant stone with cannabis?

With all the medicinal properties it has I would think a non-drowsy extract could be extracted and multiplied for use in healing.

MarkostheGnostic
08-10-2009, 05:35 AM
http://forum.alchemyforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=165&stc=1&d=1249882299

Cannabis has not been a part of my life since '76. Mushrooms, on the other hand, were attested to by mystic Jacob Boehme, 400 years ago, so here is a message.
This is De Testamente Christe, and I have read an in-depth analysis of it in the book The Apples of Apollo. A framed print of this hangs next to my votive table in my living room.

rockfate1111
08-10-2009, 09:14 PM
What is your favorite spores to grow? Meaning, which mushroom do you believe is the most value to someone seeking spiritual advancement?

MarkostheGnostic
08-23-2009, 04:51 PM
What is your favorite spores to grow? Meaning, which mushroom do you believe is the most value to someone seeking spiritual advancement?

P. Cubensis, which are native to Florida, are by far the easiest and most natural to the climate. Once, I grew P. Cyanescens (Wavy Caps), which I had to move from agar to grain to pasteurized cardboard to Alder wood chips (which my friend had to mail from Massachusetts). Entheogens are a tool for the expansion of consciousness away from the objects of thinking and sense. The individual variations just do not seem significant except for the superiority of fewer side effects.

A friend of mune attends Ayahuasca sessions in Miami. Everyone is given a bucket to throw up in. I have thrown up on other substances, and I do not require of believe that this is a necessary of even useful catharsis - at least not where I'm at today. I asked him to compare the psychedelic advantages, and he said that they were equivalent in their expanding capabilities. However, he appreciates NOT vomiting on mushrooms. Now, the brews are sometimes psychoactively inert - just vomiting. High doses of Ayahuasca have interesting peculiarities, like the appearance of visions of large cats. This might make sense to jungle-dwelling shaman, but when Ayahuasca has been given to Eskimos, they too saw cats, but their visions were of huge house cats - the only type they'd ever seen (no jaguars in Greenland).

The point here is that I prefer to apply psychedelic expansion without the idiosyncratic phenomena. My use is to get the mind free from clinging to, or identifying with Form in general. I DO enjoy the kaleidoscopic visions that herald high states, but mere visionary enjoyment is not the focus. Indole psychedelics like LSD and Psilocybin have been my 'familiars,' not catecholamines like Mescaline, which tends to elicit 'external' visions, set upon 'outer' landscapes. I seek inner-scapes of Formless Consciousness.