Julie M. Brown M.A.
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About Julie M. Brown M.A.
I am a holistic psychotherapist and health coach, who researches the role of sacred plants in religion. I’d like to briefly share the journey that led my husband Jerry and me to write a book on the controversial theory of the role of psychedelics in Christianity. Most of my prior work has been in the area of health and wellness. In my private practice, I specialized in working with cancer patients. I also served as resource director for the national Baby Teeth Study, which measured children’s teeth for the presence of radioactivity.
In 2006, after reading about Rosslyn Chapel in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, Jerry and I visited this unique “bible in stone” and made a surprising discovery. There sculpted on the forehead of Rosslyn’s most prominent green was a psychoactive mushroom—which had remained hidden in plain sight for half a millennium. This was the catalyst for our decision to undertake a decade-long anthropological journey, visiting churches and cathedrals throughout Europe and the Middle East, in search of iconic evidence of the presence of entheogens (God-generating-within plants) in Christian art.
While our findings are startling, it is not our intention to question people’s faith in Christianity, but to uncover a mystery that we believe applies to many religions. We do not deny the importance of religious sacraments, but suggest that they should encompass all of God’s creations, including psychoactive plants which provide an ancient pathway to the divine. In the concluding chapter, “Psychedelic Renaissance,” we advocate the responsible exploration of entheogens for religious and spiritual purposes as a fundamental right under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
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• Follows the authors’ anthropological adventure discovering sacred mushroom images in European and Middle Eastern churches, including Roslyn Chapel and Chartres
• Provides color photos showing how R. Gordon Wasson’s psychedelic theory of religion clearly extends to Christianity and reveals why Wasson suppressed this information due to his secret relationship with the Vatican
• Examines the Bible and the Gnostic Gospels to show that visionary plants were the catalyst for Jesus’s awakening to his divinity and immortality
Throughout medieval Christianity, religious works of art emerged to illustrate the teachings of the Bible for the largely illiterate population. What, then, is the significance of the psychoactive mushrooms hiding in plain sight in the artwork and icons of many European and Middle-Eastern churches? Does Christianity have a psychedelic history?
Providing stunning visual evidence from their anthropological journey throughout Europe and the Middle East, including visits to Roslyn Chapel and Chartres Cathedral, authors Julie and Jerry Brown document the role of visionary plants in Christianity. They retrace the pioneering research of R. Gordon Wasson, the famous “sacred mushroom seeker,” on psychedelics in ancient Greece and India, and among the present-day reindeer herders of Siberia and the Mazatecs of Mexico. Challenging Wasson’s legacy, the authors reveal his secret relationship with the Vatican that led to Wasson’s refusal to pursue his hallucinogen theory into the hallowed halls of Christianity.
Examining the Bible and the Gnostic Gospels, the authors provide scriptural support to show that sacred mushrooms were the inspiration for Jesus’ revelation of the Kingdom of Heaven and that he was initiated into these mystical practices in Egypt during the Missing Years. They contend that the Trees of Knowledge and of Immortality in Eden were sacred mushrooms.
Uncovering the role played by visionary plants in the origins of Judeo-Christianity, the authors invite us to rethink what we know about the life of Jesus and to consider a controversial theory that challenges us to explore these sacred pathways to the divine.