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Danielou, Alain – On drugs you are possessed by the spirit being of the drug

Identifier

022582

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

This observation provides support for the idea that each drug provides a bridge to another realm.  In effect one enters the realm of that spirit being and in some cases the spirit beings are indeed very very nasty, as is their realm.  This is particularly true of the man-made pharmaceuticals.

It also lends support to the idea that if any form of intoxicating substance is taken, it is taken as a ritual, perhaps one off act, as a distinct step on the spiritual path.  In other words drug taking is not ‘recreational’, it is spiritual and needs to be seen in this context.

A description of the experience

Alain Danielou – While the Gods Play 

These substances called drugs-stimulants, depressants -are by no means neutral products. Like all the components of the living being, they correspond to entities who come forth from the divine plan and who are endowed with personality, consciousness, and autonomy. The states of our soul are due to the contingencies of a sort of war between armies of molecules corresponding to subtle beings. The aggression of one of these chemical spirits upon the human being is no different from that of a demon or an angel. It is a sort of possession.

This is why a drugged person is no longer master of himself.  He may detest the drug that imposes itself upon him despite himself. There exists a spirit of tobacco, a spirit of hemp, a spirit of peyote, a spirit of the poppy, a spirit of wine, which, if they are not controlled, lead their victim as they fancy. All religions have recognized the existence of these subtle forces and have sought to cajole them.

There is no religion whose rites do not make use of an intoxicating substance. Something of this always subsists, even if we have lost its meaning. We drink to the success of an enterprise, and wine plays a role in the Christian mass.

The Amerindians utilized tobacco to seal an alliance and practiced very elaborate peyote rituals. A ritual exists for opium smokers and for tea ceremonies. The Soma rites, which bring on mystical ecstasy, are an essential element in the Vedic rituals, and the god soma occupies an important place in the Aryan pantheon. In the West, Dionysos, as god of wine, takes the place of the god Soma. In India today, bhang (a drink made of Indian hemp) is consumed in assemblies of a ritual character.

When the gods wish to destroy a wicked tyrant, they inspire the madness in him which causes him to lose himself. Drugs are among their armaments. Their irrational and immoderate intrusion signals the imminent end of the species at the end of the Kali Yuga.

To control the chemical spirits that wish to take possession of our faculties, we must first of all understand their nature and venerate them. Every drug is both angel and demon. It is by ritualizing their use that we can, as all traditional cultures have done, master them or eliminate their influence.

The source of the experience

Daniélou, Alain

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Bridge

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

5-MeO-DMT
ACE inhibitors
ADHD drugs
Alcoholism treatments
Alzheimers disease drugs
Amanita muscaria
Amphetamines and stimulants
Anaemia drugs
Analgesics - opioids [pharmaceuticals]
Antacids and heartburn treatments
Anti-anxiety drugs
Anti-arrhythmia drugs
Anti-depressants
Anti-emetics
Anti-histamines
Anti-parasitics
Anti-psychotics
Antibiotics
Anticholinergics
Antihelminthic agent
Antihypertensives
Antivirals
Appetite stimulant
Appetite suppressant
Artificial food colourings
Asthma and allergy treatments
Barbiturates
Being anaesthetised
Being mis-prescribed pharmaceuticals
Benign prostatic hyperplasia drugs
Benzodiazepines
Beta blockers
Blood thinners
Bronchodilators
Calcium channel blockers
Carbogen
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Chemotherapy drugs
Chloral hydrate
Cholesterol lowering drugs
Cinnamon supplements and smoking mixture
Clonidine
Cobra venom
Cocaine
Codeine
Colas and soft drinks
Collis Brownes mixture
Diabetes treatments
Diarrhoea treatments
Dietary supplements
Diuretics
DMT
Drinking absinthe
Drinking salamander brandy
DXM
Eating dream fish, newts, frogs and shellfish
Eating green or sprouted potatoes
Epilepsy drugs
Erectile dysfunction drugs
Eye disease treatments
Eye disease treatments - glaucoma
Eye disease treatments - macular degeneration
Female sexual dysfunction drugs
Fungal infection treatments
Gout drugs
Heroin
Ibogaine
IBS treatments
Immunosuppressants
Infertility treatments
Inhaling nitrous oxide
Inhaling volatiles and gases
Insomnia treatments
Ketamine
Kratom
Lactation failure drugs
Laxatives
Malaria treatments and prevention
MDMA
Mescaline
Methadone
Migraine treatments
Mineral supplements
Morphine
Motion sickness treatments
MRI Contrast agents
Multiple sclerosis treatments
Muscle relaxants
Narcolepsy treatments
Nasal sprays
Obesity treatments
Osteoporosis treatments
Pain killers and NSAIDS
Parkinsons disease drugs
PCP
Pokeweed
Proton Pump Inhibitors PPIs
Psilocybin
Puffball fungus
Reuptake inhibitors
Salvia divinorum
Schizophrenia treatments
Scorpion stings
Smoking toad venom
Statins
Taking drugs
TCAs - Tricyclic antidepressants
Urinary and bladder control treatments
Vaccines
Vasodilators
Vitamin supplements
Xyrem

Suppressions

Abata Cola
Abscess root
Abuta
Acacia berlandeiri
Acetylcholine and its ligands
Acinos
Aconitum
Acorus calamus
Adders tongue
Adenosine
African snakeroot
Agbo
Agrimony
Ajwan
Alchornea floribunda
Alder
Alehoof
Allamanda
Aloe vera
Amaranth
Amarbel
Amargo
Ambarella
Ambreine
Ambrette
Anabasis
Anadenanthera
Arbutus
Argyreia nervosa
Ariocarpus fissuratus
Arnica
Artemisia
Arundo donax
Asarum
Ashwagandha
Atropine
Australian blackwood
Autumn crocus
Babchi
Babul
Bael
Bai Zhi
Balm of Gilead
Balsam of Peru
Ban-Xia
Banana yucca
Bantulsi
Barbados gooseberry
Barrehorno
Bay cedar
Bayrum tree
Bei Sha Shen
Belladonna
Ben nut
Berberine
Betel nut
Bird of paradise
Biscuit root
Bishops weed
Bitter grass
Black cohosh
Black gum
Black haw
Black locust
Black nightshade
Black oak
Blackthorn
Bloodroot
Blue cohosh
Blue flag
Blue snakeweed
Bog myrtle
Bogbean
Boldo
Boophone disticha
Borage
Borracherro
Broom
Brugmansia
Bryony
Buchu
Buckbush
Buckthorn
Buffalo gourd
Bugleweed
Burdock
Butchers broom
Butterbur
Butternut
Cabbage Bark
Cajeput
Calabar bean
Calabash gourd
Calamint
Calendula
California bay
California poppy
Canaigre
Cananga
Cannabis and marijuana
Carnosol
Carob
Carum
Cascara sagrada
Cascarilla
Cassie
Castarica
Catechu
Catmint
Cats claw
Celandine
Centaury
Cestrum spp
Chaff flower
Chaste tree
Chaulmoogra
Chaya
Cherimoya
Cherry birch
Cherry laurel
Chin kousha
Chinaberry
Chinese alpenrose
Chinese ash
Chinese cucumber
Chinese dogwood
Chinese foxglove
Chinese parasol
Chinese rhubarb
Chlorogenic acid
Chocolate vine
Clubmoss
Coatbuttons
Coca
Cocona
Coffee
Coleus blumei
Colocynth
Coltsfoot
Comfrey
Common eastern fleabane
Common privet
Common smartweed
Common yew
Copaiba
Corydalis
Coryphantha
Crape myrtle
Creat
Creeping thistle
Creeping woodsorrel
Creosote bush
Cubeb
Cuscuta chinensis
Cutleaf clubmoss
Cyanide
Cyperus articulatus
Cyphanthera
Daffodil
Damiana
Dan-shen
Dang gui
Datura
Devils claw
Dittany
Doggrass
Douglas savory
Dragons blood
Echinacea
Elaeocarpus
Elecampane
Elephant apple
Emblic
English oak
Epazote
Ephedra
Epithelantha
Eriogonum
Essential oils
Essiac
Eucalyptus
Euphorbia hirta
Euphorbium compositum
European bugle
European dodder
European heliotrope
Evening primrose oil
Eyebright
Feverfew
Ficus nervosa
Field pennycress
Fireweed ludwigia
Fo ti
Forget-me-not
Forskohls coleus
Foxglove
Frangipani
Frankincense
Friar’s Balsam
Fructus Hordei Germinatus
Fu-Tsu
Fumewort
Gall Oak
Gan cao
Garland Chrysanthemum
Gentian
Geranium
Germander
Ginkgo biloba
Ginseng
Glory Lily
Goa bean
Goatweed
Goldenrod
Goldenseal
Goldentop
Goldthread
Gomphrena globosa
Gorse
Gotu kola
Great scarlet poppy
Green wattle
Gripp-Heel
Guanique
Guarana
Guelder rose
Guineau grass
Gum Arabic tree
Gum ghatti
Happy tree
Hawkweed
Hawthorn
Heal-all
Hearts ease
Heimia salicifolia
Helichrysum
Hemlock
Henbane
Henna
Herb Robert
Heteroplexis micocephal
Hibiscus sabdariffi
High mallow
Hoary basil
Hogweed
Hoja santa
Hollowheart
Holy grass
Holy thistle
Horehound
Horse chestnut
Horsetail
Hu Zhang
Huaca-Mullo
Huang qi
Huang-Lian
Hyacinth
Hydrangeas
Hyssop
Ibogaine
Imbu
Indian acalypha
Indian almond
Indian juniper
Indian prickly ash
Indian snakeroot
Indian tobacco - lobelia
Indian tulip tree
Indian valerian
Indian wintergreen
Iochrama
Ipecac
Ivory nut palm
Jack bean
Jagua
Jalap
Jamun
Japanese honeysuckle
Japanese pagoda tree
Japanese privet
Japanese tape vine
Jasmine
Java olive
Java plum
Jequerity
Jericho rose
Jícama
Jing-Jie
Jobs tears
Jujube
Justicia pectoralis
Kacip fatimah
Kapok bush
Kava
Kenyan Tree Basil
Khat
Kher
Klip dagga
Knotgrass
Konjac
Kratom
Kudzu
Kurchi
Kurrat
Lablab beans
Ladyslipper
Lambsquarter
Languas
Lantana
Latua
Laudanum
Lavender
Lemon verbena
Leopards bane
Leren
Lettuce opium
Levant wormseed
Lily of the valley
Linden
Liquidambar
Logwood
Lotus
Luffa
Ma Huang
Madder
Magic lily
Mahapengiri
Malanga
Malt Whiskey
Manchineel
Mandrake
Manioc hibiscus
Maracuya
Marigolds
Marula
Masterwort
Mastic
Mat bean
Mayapple
Maytenus senegalensis
Meadowsweet
Mealy tree
Merrill flowers
Mescal bean
Mesquite
Methionine
Mexican ageratum
Milk thistle
Mimosa
Mistletoe
Monkey puzzle
Monks beard
Monkshood
Moonseed
Mormon tea
Morning glory
Motherwort
Mucuna pruriens
Muira puama
Mullein
Mulukiya
Murraya sp
Muscarine and the muscarinic ligands
Muscimol
Myrobalan
Myrrh
Myrtle
Nance
Narrowleaf sophora
Nasturtium
Neem
Nicotine
Night blooming cereus
Noni
Northern prickly ash
Northern red oak
Nutsedge
Oleander
Opium
Opopanax
Oregon grape
Orris
Pachycereus
Palmarosa
Pansy
Pasque flower
Passionflowers
Pataste
Patchouli
Pau d arco
Pausinystalia yohimbe
Pea bean
Pearly everlasting
Pelargonium
Pennyroyal
Peony
Perilla
Peripentadenia
Periwinkle
Peruvian mastic
Phyllanthus niruri
Physalis
Physic nut
Picralima nitida
Pigeon pea
Pignut hickory
Pigweed
Pilang bast
Pines
Pinque-Pinque
Pipsissewa
Pitanga
Pituri
Plantain
Plume poppy
Po Mu
Polygonum knotgrass
Populus
Post oak
Prairie turnip
Prickly poppy
Probiotics
Provision tree
Psychotria
Psyllium
Purging croton
Purple loosestrife
Purslane
Pycnanthemum
Qian Hu
Quickstick
Ramie
Rangoon creeper
Red cedar
Red clover
Red mangrove
Red wine
Ringworm bush
Rivea corymbosa
Rosa gallica
Rosa mosqueta
Rosa multiflora
Rose apple
Rosy periwinkle
Rue
Sabine
Sago cycas
Sallow thorn
San Pedro cactus
Sang-Pai-Pi
Santolina
Sarsaparilla
Sassafras
Saussurea
Saw palmetto
Scabious
Sceletium
Schinus molle
Schisandra chinensis
Scopolamine
Scotch thistle
Scots pine
Scutellaria
Sea daffodil
Sea lemon
Sea oxeye daisy
Self-heal
Seneca snakeroot
Senna pods
Sensitive plant
Shagbark hickory
Shan Dou Gen
Shanshi
Shenan
Shepherds purse
Shoti
Sickle senna
Sicklepod
Silene
Silver berry
Silver fir
Simaruba
Skhabar
Skullcap
Slippery elm
Smokebush
Snakegourd
Solandra
Solanum
Sorosi
Southernwood
Spider lily
Spotted gum
Spring Adonis
Spurge
Squaw root
St Johns wort
Star thistle
Stevia
Stinktree
Stone root
Strychnos nux-vomica
Styrax
Swamp cabbage
Swamp cabbage
Swamp cedar
Sweet grass
Sweet woodruff
Tannia
Tansy
Tasnanesi
Tea tree oil
Teaberry
Temu lawak
Tobacco
Tong cao
Tonka bean
Tragacanth
Tree of Heaven
Tree of the magician
Triplinerved eupatorium
Tsuga
Tuberose
Tulip
Tungoil tree
Turkey berry
Ucuuba
Udo
Umbrella thorn
Uva Ursi
Valerian
Velvet bean
Verbena officinalis
Vervain
Vinespinach
Violets
Virginia water horehound
Visnaga
Water dropwort
Water germander
Wedelia
White birch
White lippia
White lupine
White oak
White willow
Wild indigo
Willow oak
Winter melon
Winterberry
Winters bark
Witch hazel
Wood avens
Wu Chia Pi
Yambean
Yarrow
Yellow elder
Yellow myrobalan
Yellow oleander
Yellow sweet clover
Yinqiaosan
Yoko
Yuan Hua
Zang-Qie
Ze-Xie
Zhi Mu

Commonsteps

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