Nightshade Plants as Spiritual Aides: In Theory & Practice
This post has been long overdue as it is my hope to clear up any confusion, misunderstandings, and misnomers about how these plants as spiritual aides are supposed to work in any spiritual work/experience (astral travel, clairvoyance, etc.) My intention is to give you the most accurate picture of using these plants in the way I myself and others with experience, use and understand them.
Although they can be utilized for other areas such as an analgesic, an aphrodisiac, or an anxiolytic, etc. I would say the majority of people that buy nightshade ointments or from me, buy them for aide in spiritual applications. So that will be the majority of focus here.
Some will surely disappoint themselves to put an expectation on these plants for which they are not totally responsible for. Some will lose the anxiolytic/analgesic effects if used repeatedly over and over again without a break in between as the more consecutive days it is used the more tolerance soars exponentially.
Some will be disappointed to expect a ‘high’ or ‘trip’ from these products when that was not really the mechanism to be used in bringing on the benefits in the astral realms. There are subtle psychoactive effects that help with various spiritual practices but the ointments will not make you trip. I use a fairly decent amount of plant matter in all my recipes and use techniques to draw the most out of them, but even still it is highly unlikely to make you hallucinate. They can make you more relaxed and calm, and can also be in some ways stimulating.
Some will expect to have the skills of an experienced shaman or spiritual adept from using the ointments without any practice or experience navigating in the astral realms before this. It would be quite a nice reality if all that was true. But that’s just not the way these plants work. It will not carry the experience. They will however, aide in the skills you do possess and help you to reach some of those you are still practicing to reach. It is best to use them sparingly, or at least take a few days rest in between each time.
Although they have been used in hallucinogenic doses by experienced shaman, it usually won’t bring on a very useful experience unless you have considerable practice and understanding of the astral/spiritual realms and how to operate in them, especially while in a state like that. The shaman and spiritual adepts who used these plants in that context already had fairly exceptional skills in meditation, lucid dreaming, translating visionary experience, clairvoyance, and so on. It was meant to aide the practitioner to better use the abilities they already had or reach the ones they were currently within reach of. Its not recommended that anyone use hallucinogenic doses unless you are highly experienced, and even then, would do so with extreme caution.
One thing I have learned in my experience with these plants is that you have to rid yourself of building up all these specific expectations and let the spirit realm open up to you. When the plant is pressed upon with demanding expectations, I’ve noticed it will just close the doors. This happens in times where you’re trying to command the plant to live up to your expectations of what you want to happen. From my experience this always results in a negative effect or an undesirable outcome. I have learned that she does not respond well to this and many times if there is a response to this it will be in a nasty way.
The ones that learn from this lesson will keep going, killing this pretext of expectation will serve you well. You will gain good insight and for that knowledge will push you further into the mysteries of this plant and its being. Those that don’t heed to this lesson will either walk away or keep applying the same approach with minimal results. But I hope you will move beyond this to persist and continue, because it is worthwhile.
This is just one of many tests I have learned within the teachings of this plant.
Then there will be these surprise experiences when you get much more than you bargained for. She likes to remain unpredictable and uncontrollable- she likes to control the rules and not the other way around. She does not like to be confined or controlled. I’ve mentioned this nature about her in previous posts. It lies at the core of this plant’s personality. But I will elaborate more. This plant loves to put the character of the spiritual apprentice to the test and see what you’re made of, which also helps you to see what you’re made of. Do you catch on quickly and learn to adapt to new ways and paradigms or do you fall into the stagnancy of stubborn refusal and unwillingness to change?
Ever since I started working with this plant I’ve experienced many things, some good, some bad. But the drawbacks never stopped me from moving forward on the quest of knowledge and apprenticeship in this plant’s teachings. Because I was learning from the plant and not the plant learning from me, I had to get over all the expectations I had built in the initial stages. I hope you will do the same and pursue deeper into it’s lessons. Working with this plant requires a lot of work on you, and that’s not always a desirable place to be. But you really can’t expect to get far in life unless you start being honest with yourself and making the work more important than the comfort you tend to get accustomed to. This path is just one avenue of which there are many and may not be for everyone.
I would say its a path that a very small handful will truly be called to. Because not a whole lot of people care enough to search deeply into it. But I hope you will.
It is all about adaptability, change within much more than without. You are shaping reality and shifting the self to be more adaptable to align yourself to the world outside of you, since that is the world we are all forced to operate within at some cohesive level. First comes the change inside of you, and that is applied to the outside you exist in. What good is any work if it does not carry any practical applications for this world? Otherwise it would just be more like an escape.
Within all times and places there are core elements of being, some might call this timeless wisdom, something that remains true in all times, all places, and in all situations. Teachings or laws that operate in this physical/mental continuum and never change. They govern the laws of man indefinitely as we are always bound to them. And if we are not in line with those laws we will experience being weighed down by them. This is called Natural Law. There are many techniques and countless books written on it.
Spiritual tools or aides are never really any useful unless we use them to spark the motivation within us, towards a change internally and that practice is equally applied externally in the life we lead in physical reality, the world we use to grow in. Its kind of like the way an aphrodisiac is meant to fuel the condition or arousal within you to make all the necessary moves forward but not responsible to bring the experience in and of itself.
This is about learning how to get the subconscious mind to work in harmony with the conscious mind to affect change. Along the subconscious mind there is a connection to a vast ocean of other subconscious minds and energies that form a vast, infinite ocean of consciousness. This you could call the astral realm, the spirit world, etc. There is some degree of socializing in that world as you do in this one. It can be just as complex so take the necessary steps to learn about the ways of that reality. Read up on it. There are many techniques and countless books written on it.
Getting to know this landscape is not an easy thing to do unless there is sufficient practice and study involved. And I will point out that anyone who fails to do this- expecting to learn it all at once or in one night from working with this plant is basically expecting the impossible. Not a very fair expectation to place upon the plant to carry out all the work.
And too many people have trapped themselves into thinking the more alkaloids the better opportunities and deeper experience, but early on, I have found this to be false. There were times when I had even more outstanding results working with it in other capacities other than ingesting the alkaloids. I realized early on that the experience I gained was not necessarily from alkaloids as much as the occult energies within the plant’s being. This is a living energy, not simply a drug. Many people out there fall into this line of thinking and this will ensnare you.
Some might argue that perhaps they might have an easier time by taking a hallucinogenic dose, but that doesn’t necessarily leave you with any more of an advantage over being there every night when you sleep, and it is much more dangerous. Because of the nature of how a hallucinogenic dose of tropane alkaloids work on the brain, most people would not remember why they even took them to begin with. This is because when you are under its spell, the flow of acetylcholine is drastically reduced to the point where memories are barely being formed and in the short term you are operating at a much more basic capacity. This is why it has gained so much favor among criminals using it to take advantage of people. Once they are under the spell of such a large dose, they don’t have the line of reason or critical thinking that is present when acetylcholine is acting in its normal capacity. This leaves the person operating at a very minimal level, just as we are in the sleep process.
We have the ability to fly every night when we are in the dream state, but how many of you actually remember that you want to fly when you are in that dream? You would if you could remember to, but you always forget that you want to and have very little control over yourself in the dream. Because you have to take time and learn the necessary steps to learn how to become self aware in this state in order to navigate and operate within it even at the most basic levels. This takes practice. There are many techniques and countless books written on it.
This would essentially be the same result if you were to take a hallucinogenic dose of nightshade alkaloids, given that you don’t overdose, most of you would forget what you came there to do. And upon awakening if you did not take note of the experience, you would many times forget most of the experience as time went on, just as you would have done if it was a dream. It works on memory in much the same way.
I point this out because a good number of people who want to experiment with this plant at hallucinogenic doses do not understand the difficulties that arise and come with using it in such a way. They don’t fully grasp the mechanism of how it acts on the brain and therefore do not see it in a realistic light. These are not like other hallucinogens such as mushrooms, LSD, or even DMT. They are much more complicated and troublesome to work with in that type of application. Its not advisable to try to work in such capacity, unless you have gotten to know the plant slowly over a time- such as a number of years. Working with this plant calls for a lot of patience and careful attention. There is simply no way to fast track it and expect beneficial results.
What I offer with my products is to begin to work with it in a lighter capacity where you can start to get to know the plant without all the dangers of its deeper teachings. It really comes down to setting a foundation and building from there, which goes for all areas of practice. You can’t expect to operate a highly advanced machine without starting on more basic forms of it.
But even with all that said, the ointments are still highly effective in the various ways one can work with it. I find them exceptional in forming trance states and anything that requires a great deal of attention or care. They have an excellent way of allowing you to slip into that fluid state of mind we use in meditation, automatic writing, interpretation of abstract ideas or dreams, and amplifying intuition and inner being.
it isn’t t very fair or realistic to expect the plant to do all the work and expect the same as someone who has a good deal of practice and experience in that arena, or someone who has gotten to know the plant slowly over time. It just isn’t a very realistic outcome to arrive at because you cannot fast track these abilities. There is a give-and-take relationship with this plant spirit, not a take-and-take relationship. Forming this relationship means that the plant also gets to know and trust you. I find that like mother nature, she can be cruel in her teachings when the proper approach or attention is not given. And I don’t say any of this to be negative or to deter anyone from pursuing these sacred plants. I’m trying to give you honest, worthwhile, practical advice that I learned from many hours of research, contemplation, study, and devotion to. Something you can constructively use. Working with these plants just takes time, dedication, patience, care, and honesty.
This is a plant of Saturn, which represents the harvest of life’s work coming into fruition, showing you the results of what you worked to create. You could call this karma, divine retribution, or what have you. It is a force in which comes to reap what you have sown, be it positive or negative. The mind is like the garden of our thinking patterns, in which action and circumstance is reflected in the fruits of our labor. Those that take the time to practice, and devote a careful study of, will see fruits that reflect that. Those that do not tend to this metaphorical garden with care, respect, or accommodations to the growing needs will see the fruits produce disease and rot.
Those that keep going, working to understand the essence of the plant and its teachings, will be blessed with experiences and revelations that make any disappointing times worth it. When each secret is revealed it serves to remind one why they did the work to begin with. It makes it all worth while.
Those that expect the world and then some from this plant without doing much in the practice of your own work, don’t expect this plant to do a whole lot for you, lest you become heavily disappointed. I’m sorry to say this but I’m just being honest. As I said before, there is a give-and-take relationship with this plant. Working with this plant is not really about working with alkaloids. Its working with a living energy. Some will have tread tirelessly and still fail to grasp this core principle, but those that take the time and try, it will arrive and welcome you. Shamanism and spiritual practice is much about the give-and-take relationship we form with our Earth, a living being or conscious energy. And this paradigm is no different when working with this plant.
I don’t make these products for the sole purpose of making $. I do a lot better with other endeavors. And sometimes I feel this is more a hassle than its worth, but for now, I continue to do this for the few that want to take the time to study and learn about this sacred plant. Because working with these plants is almost a forgotten practice. Sure there are those that jump on-board for a short while as it occupies a passing phase or interest in their mind, but for a great many it will always remain just that – a passing phase that comes and goes.
There will only be a handful of devotees that actively search to find the sacredness of what these plants hold. Strengthened by the fact that in today’s world and society, there is not much that is sacred anymore, and what do I mean by sacred? I mean not too many will to take the time to learn the depths of such wonderful things.
It might be held in high regard just as long as they don’t have to make much of an effort to understand it. Once the plant spirit engages and tests them with fair amount of work, no longer will the plant be sacred enough to pursue. Not too many will take the time and study to work on their own spiritual development because let me repeat- it is WORK. There will be a great many that demand all the benefits of the plant’s teachings without any time in practice or study towards it.
It is unfortunate because this is basically the foundation of all spiritual development. Learning patience, humility, overcoming adversity, gaining insight, changing one’s behaviors to move beyond the current level, and all the in between. Much of the mystical lore that draws most people into the Occult unfortunately does so for more of an escapist bent. All of our spiritual journeys were meant to in some way benefit our character, knowledge, or wisdom. But also benefit the world we live in. The world demands a give-and-take relationship and we are tested by it at every step. Herein lies the timeless wisdom present in every age- making true initiates few and far between.
It is for these principles that I keep the fruits of my work up for study and exploration. This is the give-and-take I have committed to. A sacrifice of tireless effort that does not always benefit me, and sometimes even creates more than I want to deal with. It is the relationship I have formed with this plant, who called me here years ago at a time when I wasn’t even looking for it. But nonetheless, it was a call I took with seriousness and responsibility. It goes beyond just me. It is this fire that shall keep burning, so the dedicated few keep rekindling the dying flames of wisdom for all time to come, going to great lengths to keep it from extinguishing forever…
There are many techniques and countless books written on it.