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Sacred Entheogens: Blue Lotus

Moonlit🌙MonkeyNov 30, 2018, 8:35:33 AM

The Ancient Egyptians are credited with a lot of the world’s firsts in technology. They were the first to create essential oils, via cold pressing, electrolysis for jewelry, popularized incense, one of the first to brew wine. They created makeup which was seen as a form of magic. Perhaps modern women on Instagram might agree, and now we might add “photo filters” to their list of spells.

Their sun based religion can be seen influencing almost every modern religion as temples and churches to align with the rise and setting sun, the altar, its implements and even the botanicals burnt in Christian churches find their origin point In Ancient Egypt.

The Sacred Blue Lotus

The blue lotus, Nymphaea caerulea, although not a true lotus, was central to Ancient Egyptian mythology. Relative plants take their place in mythologies across the world, such as pink lotuses blooming from the feet of Krishna. But the blue lotus was particularly special, depicted in nearly every hieroglyphic; it was as a plant, connected to both their mystic religious observation and their wild recreation.

The enchanting flower is considered a symbol of the sun, opening its petals with the dawn, and closing with the dusk. The plant has a unique biology where it only blooms in water temperatures around that of the human body. The plant is part of the Ancient Egyptian creation myth, that the flower emerged from the primordial void, like from the waters, and from it sprung Ra and thus creation, like the radiance of the sun.

The flower is also depicted on some of the earliest examples of pornography, around the heads of the women depicted auto stimulating, and having sex with their hair pulled, as if to signify intoxication under the plant. In fact, the Ancient Egyptians were so raunchy, they were regarded as debauched by their private orgy holding roman peers; for example when they had plays depicting the birth of Horus, they had real sex on stage in the play.

Ancient Egyptians were big on body hygiene. They used oils to moisturize and deodorize their bodies. Blue Lotus was a staple.

The flower might be an amazing ornamental with rich symbolism, but it is also a drug of sorts. A very mild one, but quite unique. The ancient Egyptians would mix the flowers oils into wine for both ritual and celebration.

Aromatic Sacrament

Its sweet mild aroma is a hint to its psychoactivity. As an aromatic is broadly used in perfume to these days as well, and smell alone I can see why. It's sweet, slightly earthy but subtly intoxicating. If you are into aromatherapy, spirituality or perfume making, despite being expensive, I fully recommend this plant.

As a consumed sacrament, the plant is reportedly somewhat empathogenic but in an understated manner. It’s also somewhat erotic at the same subtle level. According to the users, it enhances the appreciation of natural beauty, and creates a still mind calm, hypnotic, vaguely like cannabis. All of these at levels so subtle that many reject the plant as inactive.

Serenity in the brain

A relative plant, possessing a similar chemical profile, the Asian pink lotus has been shown to have 5ht1a agonist properties, the so-called serenic receptor responsible for increased empathy with MDMA and antidepressive activity from SSRI antidepressants. I suspect the same is true of the Blue Lotus.

Indeed that plant, the pink lotus, matches well the description of the fabled “Souma” in the Upanishads; the process of making such a drug apparently crushing and juicing the stamens on rocks, the most active part of these plants. Souma itself, in Sanskrit, when examining the word segments seems to mean something like “Possessed of serenity and radiance”. An apt description of the effects of the Blue Lotus as well, apparently.

According to science, stimulating the serenic receptor has lasting effects on consciousness. It lowers anxiety, increases trust and improves mood, all in a medium-term scale; and unlike other drug pathways, this mammalian bonding mechanism also related to oxytocin does not experience drug tolerance to the same degree as other brain mechanisms.

Beyond their particular growing and blooming properties, this pharmacological and subjective experience, explains also the special place blue lotus took in ancient Egypt, as well as the relative lotus plants elevated place in Hindu Mythology, Buddhism and Chinese medicine. 

Disclaimer Information

This article is educational, for those interested in shamanism, spirituality, symbolism, and history. It is not endorsing the use of legal drugs, all drugs have risks and can suffer issues from overuse.

The brain is a delicate organ. To put it in shamanic terms, teacher plants are sacred. Subtle or not plant drugs are powerful. Ideally, the brain thrives well on its own, via exercise, sunlight and good company.

Blue lotus is legal everywhere and will remain so; it's subtle effects are too mild to be of much interest to drug seekers.

There are alternate means of alteration of consciousness such as; Meditation, sensory deprivation, lucid dreaming, chanting, dance, drumming, binaural entrainment, essential oils, and moving meditation. Whatever makes you work hardest is usually better.