That of course was a ridiculous dream patrick chesne , but it shows the state of mental excitement into which Mr. Bensington got and the real value he attached to his idea, much better than any of the things he said or did when he was awake and on his guard. “By Jove!” said Mr. Bensington, straining his stomach over the arm-chair with a patient disregard of the habits of this convenience, and then, finding the pamphlet still out of reach, he went down on all fours in pursuit. It was on the floor that the idea of calling it the Food of the Gods came to him…. And when Mr. Bensington, after holding the diagrams sideways and upside down, began to see what this difference was, a great amazement came upon him.
Another common problem has been our absorption of energies that are not too our liking when our sensitivity levels become too high. We have discussed this in detail in the ‘Absorption versus Radiation’ section of the ‘Blocking our Nourishment’ chapter. We can also combat this by utilizing the various Biofield devices as discussed in chapter 11. Also when we allow ourselves to be nourished only by prana – as in Level 3 of the Divine Nutrition program – our sexual energies change. Like many of the Taoist Masters, much of Mantak’s research focuses on the use of Chi or prana to nourish the body from both an internal and external energy source.
According to other in vitro studies, cocoa inhibits the growth of cancer cells; however, the exact anticancer mechanisms are poorly understood . A prospective study in a large number of Japanese pregnant women also showed a lower risk of gestational diabetes in subjects in the highest quartile of chocolate consumption . A series of beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system might occur following regular intake of cocoa-containing foods and beverages.
Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was an American ethnobotanist, mystic, psychonaut, lecturer, author, and was an advocate for the responsible use of naturally occurring psychedelic plants. British society has learned to cope with occasional outbreaks of giant pests (mosquitoes, spiders, rats, etc.), but the coming to maturity of the giant children brings a rabble-rousing politician, Caterham – nicknamed “Jack the Giant Killer” – into power. Book I begins with satirical remarks on “scientists”, then introduces Mr. Bensington, a research chemist specialising in “the More Toxic Alkaloids”, and Professor Redwood, who after studying reaction times takes an interest in “Growth”.
The same researcher found that psilocybin creates long-term measurable personality change, something traditionally thought to be fixed after the mid-twenties. There is a another theory that looks very promising. Some scientists noticed the fastest brain growth in humans happened at the same time the climate was changing most rapidly. So they speculate times of climate fluctuation put large pressure on humans to develop a bigger brain that helped them adapt to a rapidly changing environment. In the same way chimps in Tanzania change their behavior to get medicinal leaves, humans also radically reshaped our behaviors and cultures to access certain plant substances. Sugar, caffeine, tea and cocoa went from totally unknown in the 1600s, to a European craze that caused the slave trade a couple hundred years later, and today we can’t imagine life without them.
No other book by Wells covers quite the range of emotions as this book, from wry humor, to terrible pathos, horror, and elation. This is in my opinion the first great science fiction novel, and one that wasn’t equalled until the post-WWII crop of giants created what’s now called the Golden Age of Science Fiction. McKenna was an anthropologist and, as he called it, an ethnobotanist—someone who studies the relationships between plants and humans.
I have experience with mushrooms but none with Ayhuasca/DMT but I think these can be a gateway but are not the “Tree of Knowledge” as he calls it. He also doesn’t promote Cannabis (the true “tree of knowledge” if there is such a thing) enough. He also doesn’t condemn hard drugs like Heroin, Cocaine and Methamphetamine enough. I also think he should give a strong caution about heavy psychedelics.
To hunter-foragers enhanced vision would have been very useful, giving them an edge in spotting food and avoiding predators. An exploration of humans’ symbiotic relationships with plants and chemicals presents information on prehistoric partnership societies, the roles of spices and spirits in the rise of dominator societies; and the politics of tobacco, tea, coffee, opium, and alcohol. They were of course quite undistinguished looking men, as indeed all true scientists are. There is more personal distinction about the mildest-mannered actor alive than there is about the entire Royal Society. Mr Bensington was short and very, very bald, and he stooped slightly; he wore gold-rimmed spectacles and cloth boots that were abundantly cut open because of his numerous corns, and Professor Redwood was entirely ordinary in his appearance. Until they happened upon the Food of the Gods they led lives of such eminent and studious obscurity that it is hard to find anything whatever to tell the reader about them.