Paul Devereux - On Migraine and mushrooms
Type of Spiritual Experience
Some added information on migraine, drugs and rock art
A description of the experience
Jeremy Dronfield, an archaeologist at Cambridge University, compared the patterns ‘seen’ by cannabis, LSD, mescalin, psilocybin [magic mushroom] users, migraine sufferers, cocaine users and light flicker hallucinations; with the patterns on rock art and stone megaliths in Ireland. The only pattern which matched was the one seen by magic mushroom and fungi users and by flickering light stroboscopic or migraine sufferers. As mind altering mushrooms can be easily found in the Irish countryside, he concluded they were probably used as part of shamanism. Combined with sensory deprivation and probably fasting, the ingestion of mind altering substances would lead to profound experience of trance induced mental imagery.