Those of you at Dr. Joe's Advanced Followup in Seattle in November will understand the significance of the Pine Cone and the Pineal Gland. This important gland is considered the doorway to the subconscious mind. Remember: Your brain and body is one of the greatest pharmacy's and can manufacture the chemicals of transformation without the need to ingest substances to do so.
The correlation of the Amanita Muscaria mushroom to the story of Christmas and Santa Claus is a truly fascinating tale. The legend, or more accurately, the myth of Christmas, began very differently from what we have come to believe in today.
Saint Nicholas (270-346 AD), it was said, was a real person and widely recognized as an actual Christian saint. He has origins in Greece around the third century AD. Saint Nicholas, became well known as the patron saint of sailors, and most especially, of children. His popularity became widespread throughout Russia, and, most particularly, Siberia.
It is purported that Saint Nicholas was persecuted for his Christian faith by the brutal Roman Emperor Diocletian (284-305 AD). Yet, perhaps, the story of his oppression may be more about supporting the Christian myth, than to historical accuracy, simply due to the fact that this appears to be a common thread. Wherein there have been numerous distortions and outright falsehoods centered around the legend of Christmas.
However, in parts of eastern Siberia, a much different tradition was honored at this momentous time of year we have come to know as Christmas. In these ancient villages, the tribal shaman or medicine man, would be the one to co-ordinate a celebration that was meant to mark an act of expanding consciousness.
During those times, it was a tradition for the shaman to venture out into the forest in search of the Amanita Muscaria mushrooms, which were found growing primarily under pine or evergreen trees. The shaman would collect the mushrooms into a sack or satchel for all the people of his village, as part of this celebration. In keeping with the ritual, the shaman would be dressed in a red and white clothing (pictured right), sometimes with white fur around the collar, to symbolize the colors of the Amanita Muscaria mushroom.
The people of his village all lived in yurts, which were tent-like structures covered with reindeer skins. In the winter time, the main entrance to the yurts would often become buried in deep, heavy snow. So, out of necessity, the shaman would have to enter the home through the secondary entrance, which would be found at the top of the roof or the smoke hole, which would be considered to be the chimney in a modern home.
The shaman entering through the chimney was seen as both a symbolic, as well as, a necessary gesture, as he came bearing his gifts of the sacred Amanita Muscaria mushrooms, as if descending down from the heavens. Hence the legend of Santa Claus entering the home by way of the chimney.
Christmas, at its very inception, actually represents a celebration of expanding consciousness, as symbolized by the green pine tree/Christmas tree, aka, the pine cone, aka, the pineal gland.
Once the shaman delivered his "presents" to his villagers, the mushrooms would then be hung to dry above the home fires or the fireplace, suspended from strings or stockings. The shaman himself, may have even have placed them on the pine trees to dry in the sun, as he gathered them in the forest. Thus, our tradition of hanging stockings by the fireplace and placing brightly colored ornaments on the green Christmas tree.
The mushroom itself, (pictured right), could be seen as a symbol for the shaman (pictured above), or Santa Claus, with its red and white cap (Santa's hat), the long white stem with the hanging skirt (Santa's beard) and the soiled black roots (Santa's black boots).
To add even more irony to the story, it turns out that caribou, or reindeer, are also fond of eating the Amanita Muscaria mushrooms and just as humans, they too experience a psychedelic euphoria and may wander about high on a psychedelic experience of their own. Therefore, this is where the legend of Santa and his "flying" reindeer that pull his sleigh across the night sky on Christmas Eve comes into play.
The celebration of Christmas has lost much of its spiritual, and even to some extent its religious importance and has become completely overshadowed by its commercial significance
So in essence, Christmas, at its very inception, actually represents a celebration of expanding consciousness, as symbolized by the green pine tree/Christmas tree, aka, the pine cone, aka, the pineal gland. The pine tree also serves as symbology for the "Tree of Life" or the "World Tree", while the lights or garlands we wrap around it represent the kundalini energy rising up the chakra ladder, or the tree found within the human body.
While the colors of red and white would symbolize the shaman (aka Santa Claus), or the gifts found under the tree, or in other words, the Amanita Muscaria mushrooms that are found growing under the pine or evergreen tree.
While the modern day image of Santa Claus that we have come to accept in this country, essentially was spawned in the marketing department of the Coca-Cola company in the 1930's, as a ploy to sell more Coke to children. And as was noted earlier, soft drinks, such as Coca-Cola, are some of the main inhibitors in the healthy function of the pineal gland.
Coincidence? You decide.
So thus, the legend of Santa Claus, which was once strongly associated with a celebration of expanding consciousness in the pineal gland though the sacred mushroom and DMT, was rechristened by a soft drink company, whose ingredients are known to contribute to the calcification of said pineal gland. (See picture of The Pine Cone pillar or Pineal Gland at the Vatican - right)
Regardless, it is undeniable that the celebration of Christmas has lost much of its spiritual, and even to some extent its religious importance and has become completely overshadowed by its commercial significance. Once again, another common thread that now runs through all holidays such as Easter, Halloween, Valentine's Day and even, to a lesser degree, our own birthdays.
The commercialization of religious holidays can be traced back to the implementation of the Gregorian calendar, which significantly altered the concept of time as was practiced and followed by indigenous peoples around the world.
Particularly, the Mayan calendar, which was destroyed on orders by the Spanish King, who just happened to be the head of the Holy Roman Empire.
Reindeer, are also fond of eating the Amanita Muscaria mushrooms and just as humans, they too experience a psychedelic euphoria and may wander about high on a psychedelic experience of their own