Sure thing!Fascinating statements. Would you please list your source material to help us vet the comments? Thanks!Thus, Earth-based reverence to Gaia has been appropriated to political machinations. Religious commandments (biblical Ten Commandments) have arisen as an appropriation of the earlier shamanic experiences.
In the sacred Mysteries, as we know, there was the order of Druids who acted cohesively in a hierarchical manner, to educate people. Initiates,"baby Christs," were first guided to train their Minds for clarity. Meditation techniques were abundant. Whether sitting in solitude by the river's edge, or in day to day activities. By the end of the day, you are mindfully "remembering" your day's earlier activities and thoughts. Being self-critical.
This training, included amongst others, such as bodily fasting, prepared one to enter the "temple" whereupon the hierophants and oracles entered into inebriation. It was an extensive ceremony of psychoactives akin to that of Eleusis.
On another thread here on The Druid Grove Message Board, I posted a link to what's called "The Pharmacratic Inquisition." I can re-link that, as I think it's relevant to this thread as well.
I'll link the whole playlist so you can choose which version you'd like to view.
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL ... ature=plcp
There is an unusually abundant "subtle" ancient works of art, particularly that of the early Christian era. One great site to check out is Dr. Rush's "Clinical Anthropology. As you scroll down, you can see it's pretty extensive.
And, one of my favorite sources, respectfully, is John Lash. His website is:
That website is bundled with a plethora of data via multiple source material.
Another excellent source is Michael Tsarion's work. I recall I posted a thread entitled "The Irish Origins of Civilization."
In dealing with Literalist Christianity, I'll refer you to his work on Aton. The Atonist cult of Akhenaten and beyond. Aton (Adonai) is the precursor of Judaism and Judeo-Christianity.
Michael Tsarion on the Druids:
And finally, here is a magnum opus, as it were, evidencing the widely practiced entheogenic practices, meditation techniques and worldview of the ancient philosophers, who we could call "druids."
Looking forward to more discussion.