Magic Mushrooms gives a ‘succinct and practical introduction’ to the history, uses, healing benefits and possible dangers of working with these teacher plants; dispelling much of the hype and misinformation that has long surrounded their use.
The book is divided into four main sections beginning with an objective and sometimes critical look at the work and influence of the leaders and informers of the ‘counter-culture revolution’ and all that came after and their sometimes less than beneficent influence on our knowledge of this subject; which has left us wandering in a world of ‘off-the-wall concepts’ that entirely miss the true reasons for the Shamanic use of mushrooms. The remainder of the book attempts to restore a balance to this issue.
Its second part deals with ceremonial use and here Ross recounts some personal experiences; gives advice on how to recognise the genuine healer from the con man; how to create a safe and respectful mind set and environment for your own ceremonies and gives an example of what may go wrong if responsible preparation is lacking. Part three contains guidance on the sensory changes experienced when consuming the mushrooms and the physical benefits that can occur with problems such as Migraine, Fibromyalgia, Depression, Anxiety, etc. accompanied by personal accounts of the healing obtained from their use.
Finally, the book provides advice on the dangers (or lack) of mushroom consumption when compared with prescription medicines and other ‘drugs’; on the responsible use of mushrooms when working alone and on their legal status in various countries.
Magic Mushrooms is an excellent addition to Moon Books ‘Shamanic Plant Medicine’ series; written in Ross Heaven’s inimitable style; informative, down to earth and highly enjoyable.
Book Details: Ross Heaven. Magic Mushrooms: The Holy Children. Moon Books (25 Jan. 2019). ISBN: 978-1782792512.
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