- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Clarus Books Publishing Company (July 15, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967105609
- ISBN-13: 978-0967105604
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,786,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marihuana: The Burning Bush of Moses: Mysticism & Cannabis Experience Paperback – July 15, 1999
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Thorne presents a hypothesis that the theme of 'water', 'passing through water', 'baptism', and 'washing' actually referred to visual distortion induced by visionary plants. He develops these metaphor ideas, with critical commentary on literalist religion, pointing out the ritual of water baptism in the ordinary state of consciousness as empty literalism. He portrays "light" as an ultimate mystic-state phenomenon.
Thorne disparages the Christian mystics as they are reflected in the writings that were permitted to be published. He rejects a close relationship between ethics and enlightenment. He disparages Bernadette Roberts -- her style is a great test case to divide feeling-oriented from scientific investigators of transcendent knowledge.
He portrays entheogens as far better than meditation, yet also advocates meditation. He portrays reason and science as better than mythic metaphor and symbolism for conveying and expressing mystic insight and mystic experiencing. The book equates mysticism with mystic experiencing rather than discovery of rational principles in the mystic state, and when the book talks of the "rationality" of mysticism, it intends the rationality of the *means* to mystic *experiencing* -- those means being, entheogens combined with certain attitudes.
This book is valuable for the combination of bibliography entries on world mysticism and entheogens. He has good taste in his choice of mystic, religious, and entheogenic books. Thorne is basically a good writer and clear thinker, with original combinations of ideas, perspectives, and presentation. I recommend this book for its content in this much-needed field, bracketing-aside the draft-quality presentation flaws.
This book is as good as the other entheogen-positive books that explore the origin and nature of religion and mysticism. Anyone researching the entheogen theory of religion will surely find this book useful for sparking ideas, and if properly published, it would deserve to be in a library with books by the leading entheogen scholars.