Don’t try this at home! Researchers have been conducting controlled experiments using volunteers and the fairy-tail red and white mushroom, the Fly Agaric.
Given in small quantities, many of those interviewed experienced memories they had forgotten about, usually associated with their early childhood. Playground incidents, seeing a steam train for the first time, a Christmas unwrapping… Many of those interviewed swore that these were genuine memories unlocked by the ‘shroom.
The next stage of the experiment was to increase the amount of the mushroom given to the volunteers. This had to be undertaken under strict medical supervision because too much Fly Agaric and the mouth and throat could become numb, and close due to anaphalactic shock. A proportion of those who had the higher dose of mushroom reported memories that were not of their childhood, and were not of their existing lives at all. They wrote down what they had “remembered” and were then interviewed by psycho-analysts to test the veracity of their memories. They all appeared to be genuine and not manufactured.
Researchers are preparing a report to publish but have already claimed that the mushroom has unlocked memories of previous existences that were locked and retained in some immortal part of the soul- it could not be the brain because the brain and body dies and rots. However the theory is that like a cloud-based IT application, upon being re-born, your characteristics from previous lives are re-loaded into your body as you develop in the womb. However the memories from previous lives are not normally accessible and are screened out. But the Fly Agaric mushroom stimulates a small part of the brain where these past-life memories are normally concealed.
Could this be evidence that we are immortal and have lived previous lives? The research is being peer-reviewed before publishing, and a number of volunteers are repeating the experiment to confirm the results.
But don’t try this yourselves. The Fly Agaric is a poisonous mushroom, and this experiment could only be conducted under strictly controlled medical conditions.
Anyone of a certain age will remember there was always some long-haired unhealthy looking guy at the party doling out various varieties of “magic mushrooms” as a change from the bitter weed or booze. Certain species of mushrooms were supposed to unlock repressed of forgotten memories, especially from childhood. A lot sager than LSD and a lot cheaper than hypno-therapy. But did these Magic memory Mushrooms actually work?
One of the problems is that unless you have access top a means to confirm your recovered memory, it may be a false one. So in order to be sure it is a valid, corroborated memory you’ll need a person, a record, a photo or a video to check.
Unless you have a retentive memory, memories are weak and fickle things, and can be re-shaped subconsciously after the event by subsequent events, emotions or people’s testimonies given as fact. Add to the fact that the mushrooms, while unlocking your memories, may be tainting them with their active chemicals and you have a problem.
The first thing to say is that experimenting with mushrooms is really a no-no. Some varieties can only be identified with the aid of a microscope, and some deadly shrooms are very similar in look to edible and/or magic mushrooms.
.Psilocybe mushrooms are the type that can cause hallucinations, or give you the belief that you have uncovered a childhood memory because they contain the psychotropic tryptamines psilocybin and psilocin.
Unlike manufactured psychotropic drugs such as LSD, magic mushrooms have a long history dating back thousands of years as part of religious or spiritual ceremonies. But the bottom line is that in experiements in the 1970s and 80s, in test conditions, controlled amounts of magic mushrooms failed to produce memories that could be corroborated. Some were blatantly wrong, like someone who believed they had a kid brother who disappeared at age 6 months, proved to be false, and some who fell into the alien abduction camp.
Recent UK study has revealed that 12 – 15% of people aged 16 or over have tried magic mushrooms. Mostly rural rather than inner-city. I guess they just don’t travel well.
Oh well, back to the edible and non-hallucigonec varieties- they keep your memories locked away and uncorrupted, and also tase better!
A prominent US scientist has undergone a transformation in his belief following an out of body experience while in a coma. He said that he was met by a beautiful woman in a ‘place of clouds, big fluffy pink-white ones’ . Dr Eban Alexander, a Neurosurgeon educated at Harvard, is not the sort of person who is disposed to embark upon flights of fancy. Until the coma, he had been a total sceptic of after-life, heaven, and the like. But during his 7 days in a coma after contracting meningitis he had a 360 degree change of mind.
He has written a book about his experience and wrote an essay for the magazine Newsweek. Dr Alexander says that during his coma, that part of the brain which controls human thought and emotion “Shut down”. He says that he then experienced “something so profound that it gave me a scientific reason to believe in consciousness after death.” He says that he was met by a beautiful blue-eyed woman in a “place of clouds, big fluffy pink-white ones” and “shimmering beings”.
He says that there was sound as well- “huge and booming like a glorious chant, came down from above” This may have been created by winged beings that were a higher form of life- similar to Angels or giant birds.
In his line of work he had naturally come across stories from patients who had had an out-of-body experience, but gave it little credence. Yet, as fantastic and fanciful as his story seems, Dr Alexander is adamant that his experience was not delusional.
He said “I’ve spent decades as a neurosurgeon at some of the most prestigous medical institutions in our country. I know that many of my peers hold as I myself did to the theory that the brain, and in particular the cortex, generates consciousness and that we live in a universe devoid of any kind of emotion, much less the unconditional love that I now know God and the universe have toward us. But that belief, that theory, now lies broken at our feet. What happened to me destroyed it.”
Having glimpsed what he describes as Heaven, Dr Alexander has no doubts in his own mind that there is an after-life. One wonders if he might try to recreate the conditions that allowed him to glimpse life beyond the wall of death- although he will certainly not want to contract meningitis again just to have a second look at the shimmering beings.
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