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Entering the Light: The Eleusinian Mysteries, the Soma Cult and the Civilizing Effects of Entheogenic Ceremonies Throughout History

Broadcast on September 29, 2021
With David Crow, LAc
Hosted by Sajah Popham

Historians believe that the Soma cult of ancient India and the Eleusinian Mysteries of ancient Greece both used a psychoactive sacrament that produced profound changes in consciousness and enabled worshipers to enter into divine realms. Both of these ceremonial traditions lasted for centuries, and had far-reaching impacts on culture, art and religion, and attracted initiates and participants from all over the old world. Join David Crow as he discuss what relevance could collective visionary experiences have in our modern world.

In This Session You'll Discover:

  • Characteristics of Soma and Kykeon, the entheogenic sacraments used in the visionary celebrations of ancient India and Greece
  • The long lasting effects on culture, art and religion that both mystery cults produced
  • The relevance that visionary entheogenic plants have in modern society, especially when experienced in the containers of ceremony and prayer for purpose of contacting Divinity
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David Crow, LAc

World-Renowned Plant Medicine Pioneer & Leading Grassroots Healthcare Expert

David Crow, LAc, is a master herbalist, aromatherapist, and acupuncturist with more than 40 years of experience. An expert in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, he is one of the world’s foremost authorities and leading speakers in the field of botanical medicine and grassroots healthcare. David has presented his vision of grassroots healthcare, preservation of botanical medicines, and the use of plants for ecological restoration to hundreds of audiences, including an internationally broadcast discussion with the Dalai Lama.

David is a renowned author, a poet, and the founding director of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures. Floracopeia was created as a way to preserve and promote the use of botanical medicines as solutions to numerous interrelated global problems, such as lack of healthcare, poverty, environmental destruction, and loss of ethnobotanical knowledge.

He has given numerous keynote speeches, taught at conferences and colleges of naturopathic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Ayurvedic medicine, and has been interviewed on numerous radio programs. He has published in several magazines, and his book, In Search of the Medicine Buddha, has been translated into three foreign editions. David travels and teaches throughout the world. Through his visionary synthesis of medicine, ecology, and spirituality, he has helped transform the lives of thousands.

David Crow, LAc