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Worlds Beyond: Reishi Mushroom and the Evolution of Conscious Life

Reishi is a tree fungus that is highly revered throughout the history of Asian herbalism. The Japanese name, reishi, is most commonly used. In China it is called lingzhi, and the Vietnamese name is linh chi; all of which mean “soul/spirit mushroom” or “supernatural mushroom.” Reishi is said to support a long, vibrant and beneficial life, and has earned the titles “mushroom of spiritual immortality,” and “good luck herb.” Its Western pharmaceutical name is Ganoderma lucidum, so named for its shiny upper surface. 

Reishi is a member of a class of tree mushrooms called Polypores, due to their fine porous bottom surface, as opposed to the gilled underside of most common and edible mushrooms. Polypore mushrooms grow in forests on dead wood. Hi quality semi-wild ganoderma is grown outside on cut logs, and commercial varieties are cultivated in controlled environments on moistened rice, oats, hay, and other substrates, with varying degrees of quality. [1] Polypore mushrooms are generally not edible, as the cellulose is tough and fibrous, with a lignin structural matrix similar to cork wood. The fruiting body and mycelia are used to create reishi products, but the fruiting body is thought to be the most valuable part for health. Cracked spore and spore oil products are recently available, but I believe breaking the spore cell wall is destructive to reishi’s natural design and intention. 

Polypore mushrooms include varieties of reishi that vary in color, and its many cousins (ex. Ganoderma Oregonese), chaga (Inonotus obliquus), maitake (Grifola fronderosa), Phellinus lintaeus and turkey tail (Coriolus versicolor). These mushrooms are found growing in many regions, with ganoderma varieties occurring almost universally around the world.   

Many studies have proven the effectiveness of polypores for supporting general immunity, [2] but reishi is also said to enhance spiritual perception. This illustrious reputation was cultivated over thousands of years of experiential observation, and a great deal of Asian art and literature has documented reishi as a spiritual herb, although modern scientific analysis has not developed the mechanisms to evaluate these properties. 

Ancient Chinese folklore attests that one who takes reishi can attain immortality, and that regular consumption can “initiate benevolent cycles of health.” My favorite saying is that reishi is a “bridge between Heaven and Earth.” We can view this in the scroll painting below. 


In the lower portion, people are dwelling on Earth, sipping tea and walking in the forests. The venerable Lao Tzu leads a group of young scholars. Quan Yin ponders harmony in natural beauty, and young lovers revel under the trees. In the center, a reishi mushroom grows on a rock, and above, the Emperor and Empress dwell in the Imperial Palace and ascended Immortals ride celestial dragons among the clouds. Reishi is said to imbue immortality when taken regularly. “Celestial Immortals” have been described throughout Chinese literary history. Many of these Immortals are still said to dwell in the high realms of China’s five sacred mountains. The Queen Mother of the West, China’s Matriarch, lives atop Kunlun Mountain and holds a reishi mushroom in her lap. Historically, writings in the Shennong Bencao, possibly dating to 5975 B.P (before present) state that reishi can “prolong life so as to make one an immortal.” Ge Hong (1734 B.P.) created an elixir with gold reishi that was sought after by Emperors. He stated that reishi could pertain to “an intermediate dimension between mundane and transcendent reality,” and that the mushroom could “produce geniehood.” Li Shizhen (437 B.P.) stated that it could “lengthen life to that of the Immortal fairies.” 

Since discovering reishi, I have sought to decipher the possible biochemical pathways responsible for its purported spiritual enhancement and its ability to support long life. I began with the impressive modern research on reishi’s immune-supporting potential. Analysis reveals polypores contain a class of powerful polysaccharides called Beta 1-3-6 glucans, which are found to activate cytokines, special enzymes that penetrate and invigorate white blood cells, or macrophages ~ our body’s primary immune defense agents. When macrophages are empowered, the immune system will be engaged in cellular protection from anti-microbial activity through phagocytizing and general blood cleansing. Reishi also contains organic germanium (up to 6000 pts. Per mil.), and is high in triterpenes, also called ganodermic acids, which comprise the bitter component and are measureable as the therapeutic biomarker [3] (bitter is better). 

When the body’s internal defenses are strong, we feel safer and protected, which relieves the adrenals of stress from worry and insecurity. When empowered, we are confident and willing to engage in life’s adventures. This optimistic attitude can brighten one’s light. Confident people will attract many friends and admirers, and in time, we become “The Light,” inspiring those around us. We then find we can help people, and we receive help. Thus, we unveil the “benevolent cycles of health” mentioned before.  

This represents a potential psycho-somatic side benefit of taking reishi, but, mushrooms are also known to affect the psyche and perception in ways that aren’t yet scientifically documented. Reishi does not induce psychotropic experiences, but it appears to expand perception. So, let me attempt to explain some possibilities for this potential, as well as delve into many mysteries around the origins of life on Earth and the role advanced fungi may play in consciousness.

Some revelations may exist in the study of Astrobiology. Many Mycologists believe that mushrooms are extra-terrestrial life forms, due to their taxonomic sovereignty, and because fungal spores are capable of surviving space travel; mushroom spores are microscopic and light enough to drift out of our atmosphere and into space (gravitropism), potentially making Earth a cosmic fungal sporulation lab (the spores are initially launched from the fruiting body cells through ballasting processes that may involve diamagnetic electrostatic repulsion, propelling them high enough into the air to be caught in wind currents).[4]

Beginning in the 1970’s, Astrobiologists proposed that basic archaea and much prokaryotic (single celled) life is extra-terrestrial, having originally blown into our atmosphere or arrived in blocks of ice and on meteorites.[5] In the case of the mysterious red rain of Kerala, scientists discovered the tinting was caused by moisture capturing an extraterrestrial algae that was drifting into Earth’s atmosphere. The event was preceded by a sonic boom that may have been from a meteorite that entered our outer atmosphere and exploded, dispersing the algae.[6] Such microbes are called extremophiles, due to their resilience under heat, cold and pressure. Extremophilic organisms are now thought to be responsible for seeding planets with biologically active life.   

During Earth’s early stages, it is thought that bacteria sought refuge from solar radiation inside the permeable fat walls of algae cells, forming colonies that eventually created cooperative intercellular organelles and mitochondria, leading to the rise of complex multi-cellular (Eukaryotic) life. [7] I discussed in my book Threshold to the 4th Chakra that it is unlikely that bacteria alone created these cellular components. Bacteria remain in their own kingdom and perform many symbiotic actions within their milieu, but they do not become functioning DNA of larger organisms. These scientists overlook another important kingdom responsible for the rise of complex life; fungi may have supported the development of microtubules of cellular cytoplasm ~ the information transport system of the cell. By this, I believe that bacteria, algae and fungi combine to create higher life forms.   

Fossils reveal that Earth’s earliest masses of carbon material, called stromatolites, were composed of lasagna-like layers of algae and bacteria, enabling nitrogen fixing, molybdenum oxidation and other important components for life. As this material decomposed, “carbon substrates” formed, creating a medium conducive to fungal sporulation, and tiny filaments of mycelia permeated the substrates, creating nutrient-delivery systems that were remote, thus introducing the conscious transfer of information. I believe that without fungal mycelia, life would merely be composed of tiny organisms living and dying to create sandwiched mounds of matter. While bacteria and algae do function consciously, they would have continued within this cooperative environment into perpetuity. It wasn’t until mycelinating fungi created neurologic systems that symbiotic multicellular life with higher consciousness evolved. 

Cytoplasm in eukaryotic cells has no physical similarities to colonized bacteria, but does resemble fungal mycelia in structure and function. In fact, they can hardly be distinguished, as revealed in the images below. On left is a Human neurological cell and right is fungal mycelia. Both are information-transport networks. 

 

And now, for the mystery question; if fungi, bacteria and algae combined to create higher conscious life, when and where did this original evolution take place? If these microbes, archaea, diatoms and spores have been transported to Earth over potentially vast distances and time-travel, then where did they come from? The only answer we can assume is: everywhere. 

Earth’s oldest rock samples (approx. 3.5 billion years B.P.) contain fossilized cyano-bacteria (algae-mimicking bacteria).8 This indicates they evolved somewhere long before Earth’s atmosphere was established. These considerations imply that Earthly life follows a pre-established order that is symbiotic with all life in the cosmos, and indicates a universal Blueprint. Every celestial body in the universe may be dusted with bacteria, algae and spores, and, depending on a planet’s proximity to a star, they will begin a long process of creating and regulating an atmosphere conducive for life, where evolutionary patterns will progress to create environments and organisms that share common biology with our planet.

Then again, we must ask, where did all this begin? We can only humble ourselves in the face of this mystery, but we can also know that there are worlds beyond - before and after, for, if these lifeforms arrived on early Earth, they must have evolved on planets identical to ours. As mentioned, bacteria are functional symbionts of biological activity; algae create oxygen atmospheres, which, along with bacteria can congeal to create carbon substrates, but the advanced fungi appear to be the harbingers of consciousness, allowing organisms to cooperate and contemplate life, and by which Humans might even someday discover and communicate with life on other worlds.   

We have long known that mushrooms benevolently affect consciousness. Reishi is not psychotropic and does not alter perception, but benefits mental clarity and helps instill a reverent attitude. Reishi enhances spiritual enlightenment, and seems to “weave us into the mycelial web of life.” The subterranean relationship of fungi with plants is called mycorrhiza. Humans attempted to sever ourselves from this relationship through disassociation with the ground (pavement, shoes, tires, etc.). Protracted taking of reishi appears to resuscitate our connection to everything else; plugging us back into our Earth. Nature is calling us to reunite for common survival, and that is why I believe reishi and other tonic herbs and superfoods are emerging in our consciousness that this time.

It is relatively simple to create and maintain the microenvironments and conditions for growing our own reishi, therefore, it cannot be controlled, usurped, sequestered or denied from us. Wild reishi is a world-wide phenomenon that could never be exhausted or endangered, therefore, we all have access to this lifechanging messenger. By taking reishi, we could quickly experience the rapid unfoldment of our higher stage of evolution, which could metaphorically correlate with the 4th Chakra energy of the Heart - the energy of giving. Of reishi’s five colors, the red reishi is associated with the Heart. Curiously this is the variety that is revealing itself to us as we walk in the woods, and is even seen growing on trees in city streets.  

The timing is impeccable for our advent into a higher phase of evolution, as Earth will not continue to provide the seemingly inexhaustible resources we have been used to consuming. Now, as we take reishi, we understand our destiny as propagators and managers of life on Earth rather than simple usurpers and consumers. In our pending advanced evolutionary phase, we begin replenishing the fruits of Mother Earth. We will be required to redirect the majority of our activities to collective remediation of nature. Our unfolding awareness of reishi carries the messages of this new empowerment. After twenty years of personal use and observation, I believe that taking reishi, along with other tonic herbs and a wholesome living-food diet will provide the accelerated progression of our evolution into caring beings that live symbiotically with our planet. As more people take reishi, we may quickly and effectively adapt to and apply the changes that are immanent, and the Human race and our world will be healed and preserved.

The Real Meaning of Shifting To 5D Consciousness

If you have been on any kind of awakening journey, you have most likely heard that we are being called to raise our consciousness – that we are going to be shifting from the 3rd dimensional (3D) to the 5th dimensional (5D) world.

There are many questions that arise from this. What does this mean practically? How do you actually raise your consciousness? How do you actually shift your vibration? How do you know if you are in 3D or 5D and what is the difference? Do you have to become a fruitarian? A breatharian? Do you have to get rid of your physical body?

Let’s clear up all the confusion about this transition that is taking place so you can be clear on what is happening to you.

What The Transition Is, Really:

Simply speaking, the transition that is taking place is one of frequency. The Earth herself and many individuals on Earth are moving to a place where the amount of energy that they hold and emit from their being is higher than the amount of energy they were holding and emitting before. It is an energetic upgrade.

What You Are

You are first and foremost an energetic being. You are not a ‘solid’ structure. Everything that exists in this universe is made up of waves or particles of energy. Science is now showing us what the sages of old have known forever. This whole existence is an expression of energy in motion. There is no stagnation in existence. Even in death, the moment the body stops expressing as a human being, it begins the process of becoming the earth. It transforms, but never stops. Life is all about motion, expansion, and creation. This existence is the perpetual reflection and expression of creative energy in motion. Everything about you is energy, expressing in different forms of density.

Density is one of the words we use to describe the quality of the energy we are experiencing. The body is often considered to be a denser (or seemingly solid) expression of energy than the emotions. Physical reality is often considered denser than spoken word. Everything at its core is energy in motion - a frequency being emitted and represented - but the expression is different. When you are sensitive to energy, you notice that the distinction of density actually runs much deeper than the comparison of something that is ‘solid’ and something that is ‘less solid.’ Some emotions feel much denser or heavier than others. Some physical bodies feel much denser than other physical bodies. You will start to discover that it is not the way a particular wave of energy expresses in and of itself that determines its density, but rather the amount of energy that the particular expression carries that determines its density. You can have a very light physical body or a very dense physical body. It is not the fact that you have a body that is determining your density, but rather the amount of energy flowing through your body, or its frequency that is the determining factor.

Frequency is the word we use to describe the speed at which the waves/particles that make up the energetic pattern we are looking at are moving. Something that is said to have a ‘high frequency’ is simply something that is moving faster than something that has a ‘low frequency.’ For instance, we know that the color red has a lower vibration than the color blue - meaning the wave form that makes up the color blue is moving faster than the wave form that makes up the color red. This applies to all areas of existence. The faster the particles or waves that make up a certain energetic expression are moving, the higher its vibration is. The slower things are moving, the lower the vibration and the denser it appears to be.

What is energy?

Energy is information. When something is carrying a higher frequency, this means that it is holding and expressing a greater amount of energy than something that is holding a lower frequency. In this, it is holding more information.

With more information comes greater levels of structure, organization, and complexity.  For instance, when building a house the more complex the design, the more energy, resources and materials will be required compared to a house that is simpler.  With more information, will come more complexity. With more energy comes the capacity for more complex ideas.

Another way to see how energy equals complexity is this - the college mathematics student has more information about math than the grade one student does, and therefore can handle much more complex calculations. The college student holds higher consciousness, higher amounts of information, higher amounts of energy in his being than the grade one student, and has built up his vessel over time in order to consistently hold this higher level of energy. Information or energy means greater levels of order, structure and organization, because these things are more complex than chaos and randomness. The more order and structure we want something to have, the more energy/information is required to create that order and structure.

This is why higher consciousness individuals can hold more complex ideas - like the idea of unity among all people - than those with lower consciousness. It requires more energy or information, a higher frequency, to be able to understand big picture concepts like how your choices affect the whole of humanity, than it does to consider simply what is going on in your life in this immediate moment. The more energy you are allowing to flow through your being, the more information you have, the higher your frequency, the less dense you are and the more capable you are of complex order and structure.

What Creates Low Frequency:

The ‘cause’ of low consciousness is simply a lower amount of energy or information, creating a state of lower complexity and lower organization.

With this information, you see why there is no such thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ energy and raising your frequency is simply a matter of increasing the amount of energy that your vessel can receive and hold.

Just like the two factors that determine the amount of light a light bulb can emit are the amount of energy flowing to it, and the lightbulbs capacity to hold that energy, so it is with consciousness. When there is resistance along the wire carrying energy to the bulb, the bulb will be dim. Where the lightbulb is only able to hold a certain number of volts, it will shine as brightly as it can, and if more energy is carried to the bulb, it will burn out rather than shine brighter.

It takes both low resistance to energy and a capacity to hold higher amounts of energy to raise consciousness.

There is never a time when ‘bad’ or ‘dark’ energy is flowing to the bulb and causing it to be dim. There is no good or bad energy. Just one energy, that is either being resisted or received, and a vessel that has an upper limit in its capacity to hold that energy and thus emit it.

Love And Fear

To be in a state of fear is simply to be in a state of resistance. To be in a state of fear is to say that what is happening should not be happening, or that what is not happening should be happening. When you are in this state, you are resisting the information that this moment is trying to send to you, lowering your frequency. When you have repeated patterns of resistance, this creates a vessel that is only capable of holding low amounts of energy, and thus puts a cap on your consciousness’s level.

When one is in a state of love, they are allowing for more information to flow into their vessel. At the same time, when one is allowing their vessel to expand/become less dense it can then carry more information at once without burning out. Here we have someone who is raising their consciousness. The combination of relaxing resistance to the flow of information and the building of the vessel to be able to hold higher levels of information is what creates a raise in vibration.

A 5D existence still has density. It still has structure and form. What makes it different from a 3D existence is simply the amount of information that the beings existing in this state can hold, and thus the amount of structure, order and complexity they are capable of creating in their reality. 5D beings hold higher amounts of energy, and emit higher amounts of energy. They are capable of big picture thinking, and living in accordance with larger, more complex understandings of how we are all connected and what that really means. The earth is shifting in a way where she herself will be holding higher amounts of energy to support the human consciousness in doing the same. The difference between those in 3D and those in 5D is simply the amount of energy that is being received, held and emitted by each individual.

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