Part 1: What is Manna?
Exodus 16:14 And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.
19 And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.
20 Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.
21 And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.
23 And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
24 And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.
31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
Exodus 16:14, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 31
In these verses manna is described as: small, round, found in dew and when left unpicked or uneaten manna breeds worms and melts into goo. Baking/drying the manna prevents this unsightly decomposition. When dried, manna has the consistency of wafers and the color of coriander seed. Do we today know of any substances which have every one of these unique characteristics? Yes, and the answer is mushrooms.
As most people know, small round mushrooms tend to spring up overnight especially with light rain or heavy dew. However less commonly known is the reason why (psychedelic) mushrooms are almost exclusively sold dry. It is because often insects lay eggs in the early stages of a mushrooms development. As the mushroom ages the eggs mature and hatch and to sustain themselves they eat their fungal habitat, creating a rather vile goo as a waste by-product. One sure-fire method of preventing this is to dry them out. This worm-breeding & baking preventative method are traits exclusive (to my knowledge) of mushrooms.
Part 2: How do we know manna was a psycho-active breed of fungus?
Exodus 16:33 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept for your generations.
Hebrews 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;
Daniel 5:3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.
5:5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
Exodus 16:33, Hebrews 9:4, Daniel 5:3 & 5
In exodus, the israelites save a pot of manna. In hebrews, it says that mana is kept in a golden pot with the ark of the covenant! (Which for any who do not know, is the Holy of Holies behind the 2nd veil of the Temple). In daniel, King Belshazzar drinks from the vessels stolen from the temple... and within the hour has a divine vision. Coincidence? I think not. Mushroom users know that tea takes roughly 20-40 minutes to kick in. Furthermore, we shall provide more corrobative evidence in John Chapter 2, although this example is far more subtle and requires some looking into.
John 2:6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
John 2:6, 7, 9, 10
First of all waterpots of clay were used for simple storage, while stone pots were used for cooking, this suggests the pots were boiled. Secondly, these pots already contained 2-3 firkins of an unknown substance which most assume to be water but may not be. A “Firkin” is an Old-English measurement meaning a fourth part. Half to three-quarters of fresh mushrooms with water makes a potent tea. This 'water-wine' was a stronger mind-altering fluid than the other wines, as suggested by the governor. What is it that the servants knew that everyone else didn't? If not that the water was boiled with manna and the solid matter removed?
Part 3: What does the word Manna translate into?
Exodus 16:15 And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.
Psalm 78: 24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.
25 Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full.
Exodus 16:15, Psalm 78:24 & 25
Moses calls it "the bread from god", in psalms its called "angel's food".
Manna is not hebrew, but egyptian. For "bread of god". As bread refers to food, "food of god". Other cultures also have their own words for "food of the gods". The greeks have ambrosia, the mayans have teonanacatl, the hindu have soma. Curiously enough the item described is unvaried in these other 3 cultures... it is mushrooms. Most commonly in tea, although ambrosia was more of a jelly. A food taken with spiritual intentions.
Part 4: Summary & Conclusion
The "food of the gods" in at least 3 other cultures was explicitly mushrooms, which implies a high probability of manna being the same. While the evidence located in John is debatable, the example involving Belshazzar in Daniel is much less refutable. However, given the characterstics described in exodus, with at least one of those traits being exclusive to mushrooms, there is no doubt in my mind. :) The question I propose to you isn't if manna is mushrooms, but this: Is it possible that the visions and insights while under the influence of the sacred fungi are truely divine, and not some hallucinatory mind-construct? That's it, is it possible? Can you know for certain that you're "trippin' balls" and not communicating with the spirit realm?
July 12, 2010, 12:26 pm
"The question I propose to you isn't if manna is mushrooms, but this: Is it possible that the visions and insights while under the influence of the sacred fungi are truely divine, and not some hallucinatory mind-construct?"
At the very least the visions are direct access to your subconsious mind....but I do think there may be slightly more going on.
Consider this simple thought expirement.
Welcome to the year 2565. We now have the ability to take snapshots of brain configurations and reload those configuration. Our friend Joe comes in to have his brain scan and we save this information to a master computer.
Later when Joe grows old he begins to die of cancer, but his brain is fine. Se as Joe's body passes away Joe's brain is left behind and the old snapshot is reloaded to his brain. Now we have a working Joe brain that is suspended in solution. As far as Joe's brain is concerned everything it sees is "real" The only difference is Joe's brain doesn't have physical arms or legs to move around but as far as the brain itself is concerned it doesn't need them.
Does this sound familiar? You do this every night when you go to sleep.
I have meditated for a number of years now. Recently I began working with shrooms again as a way to help understand some deep seated anger problems I was having. I don't done them recreationaly in well over a decade.
One night I drank my tea and sat to meditate. On cue about 30 minutes after ingestion the visions started to come. This time I allowed myself to be completely and totally absorbed by the visions...my body drifted away. I then posed one simple question to the void I was in. What am I? This question resulted in the visions stopping. Then a beam of light was presented to me. Not satisified I asked again...what am I really. This resulting in the light engulfing me completely and totally. Still not fully understanding I asked yet again...what am I really? This time I became a part of the light. I was the light. I was everything past, present, and future. Love, Awe, pure unbridled bliss overcame me. I entered samadhi..or at least what I have always imagined samadhi would be like. I stayed in this visionless state for about 2 hours. Towards the end I saw fantastic visions of what I can only describe as either past lives or views into other peoples lives. This was the most amazing experience of my life.
I've meditated for over a decade. Nothing in my realm of experience has ever compared to those 6 hours. Drug induced...yeah it was. So what. I drank a drug and tasted enlightenment. I know FOR SURE that enlightenment is real. I have a renewed urgency to meditate everyday.
BTW I doubt most would have this experience. I worked up to it. I can sit in meditation for 6 hours sans drugs. I have very good control over my mind and can easily hold onto mental visions for long periods of time during meditation. I also had been working with the mushrooms for a few months prior to this experience. Those months allowed me to work through a lot of mental baggage that resulted around deep seated anger issues I had. Those trips were not fun, but I believe they were a necassary for me to see what I saw.
So yes, mushrooms have the ability to open us up to something much larger, but never once in my youth, when I did LSD, and Shrooms regularly did I have an experience like this. Those experience were always fun and I always felt an emense closeness with those around me, but only once in my life have I become everthing. Only once have I realized with deep understanding that to hate is simply a silly construct. If you hate you hate yourself.
BTW I have a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry. So I'm very comfortable talking in terms of how these compounds effect the brain. The amazing thing is that these compounds can't induce any state that your brain isn't capable of hitting on it's own. Your brain is literally billions of neural pathways. Psilocin works by mimiking serotonin, but it doesn't mimic it perfectly. It hit the 5HT receptors in your brain with slightly different affinities thus causing less used neural pathways to be used more. Over time if you continue to use these pathways then these states will be accessible outside of drugs. I'm not talking about the visuals. The states I'm talking about that are accessible are the emmense feelings of love and togetherness that usually accompany the after glow of these drugs.
One thing I like to do is to simple meditate on the after glow. I'll do it while on shrooms to make the experience very real in my brain. Then later when I'm not using shrooms I'll conjure the same feelings up in my mind and meditate on them. In the last 6 months I've beat depression, but more than that I've found true happiness...and it grows by the day. Mushrooms helped me see the light. Meditation is building the scaffolding to hold me there.
They are very strong medicine and I honestly don't think everyone is ready. As the Buddha would say, "When the student is ready the teacher will appear". I hope that anyone reading this doesn't just blindly decide to repeat my experiment. I have years of meditation, self study, and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry. I didn't embark on this path lightly. With that said I believe that the true seekers...not just those that are trying to get high will find exactly what they are looking for via mushrooms.
September 26, 2009, 7:36 pm
Thanks for the feedback AukahzyMoonHawk. :)
LOL, Andarian, you actually think I'm trying to justify?! Hahahaha! Oh man, thanks for the joke! :D
Zendeviant, the problem I have with you theory is this: Name one other substance which has all the mentioned qualities. Name just one. :)
As for your doubts, I don't believe the israelites physically survived on the mushrooms, especially since the bible says they ate quail aswell (and probably other things, but for some reason Moses didn't seem to feel it was neccessary to provide their daily menu in the bible). Rather the mushrooms were a spiritual food, which they consumed everyday not to sustain their bodies, but their spirit. :)
September 25, 2009, 11:19 am
Problem I have with your theory is, that would put the Jews in the wilderness for forty years eating little but psychidellic mushrooms. For God, all things are possible, but I have real doubts about anyones abilty to survive an entire generation on 'shrooms.
And if it was me, my eyes would be watering and nose running because I must have a mild allergy or something to psylocibin. So I carry a hankee.
September 25, 2009, 5:49 am
Me thinks that if you wish to justify the use of sacraments by interpreting the bible you may need to take some more sacrament and do ceremony. It is so hard to make sense of the bible yet the teachings of Jesus are timeless, not necessarily understood or well read from the bible. Who knows what Moses and his tribe were munching on. If it were me I would be doing whatever kept me groovin. Loving always and in all ways, Andarian