Brian Muraresku - Are our religions psychedelic?


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Today my guest is Brian Muraresku and his book has a similar game changing effect as Michael Pollan’s “How to change your mind”.… except that Brian makes us rethink psychedelics and religion. So just what will the pope have to say? Brian Muraresku graduated from Brown University with a degree in Latin, Greek and Sanskrit and he has been practicing law internationally for fifteen years. In 2016, Muraresku became the founding executive director of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation. In arbitration with the NFL in 2018, Muraresku represented the first professional athlete in the United States to seek a therapeutic use exemption for cannabis. So, what brings the man on a podcast about psychedelics? Brian and I met in an unusual place—yet a very one common for our times—in a Zoom Meeting.This is where I learned about Brian's recently released amazing book, “The Immortality Key: The Secret History of the Religion with No Name”. The Immortality Key is incredible, a journey into the psychedelic origins of the world's great spiritual practices and what those might mean for how we view ourselves and the world around us. Brian researched for 12 years, was able to get in the archives of the Vatican and check if there are any psychedelic hints (pssst …there are!). He travelled Europe to find out how ancient rituals were supported by psychedelic experiences. So did the Ancient Greeks use psychedelics to find God? And did the first Christians inherit the same, secret tradition? Brian's book and theories changed my whole idea coming from a Catholic culture, and growing up as a Catholic girl. So what if our cultures and religions were always based on psychedelic rituals? Just imagine…(

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