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Heavenly highs! The trippy truth of the Three Wise Men

🌌 Desert sky and the journey: The story begins under a starry desert sky, symbolising a connection to something larger and a journey towards understanding the significance of the gifts brought to baby Jesus by the Three Wise Men.

🎁 The art of gifting: The Magi’s gifts to Jesus were chosen with intention and meaning, reflecting the art of gifting as a reflection of the giver, receiver, and the moment.

🌿 Frankincense as a communicator: Frankincense, used as a medium for communication with the divine in ancient rituals, is now being explored for its natural psychedelic properties and potential to induce a calming, trance-like state.

🌀 Myrrh’s dual nature: Myrrh, known for its use in embalming and spiritual rituals, also possesses psychedelic qualities. It represents the bittersweet nature of life and the cycle of birth and death.

💰 Gold’s universal value: Gold, representing value across cultures, was gifted to signify the potential and esteem of the newborn Jesus.

  Psychedelic perspective on gifts: The traditional substances brought by the Magi are seen as having the potential to unlock doors of perception and understanding, much like modern entheogens used in various cultures.

🍄 Modern relevance of ancient wisdom: The growing interest in entheogens for treating modern issues like depression and addiction highlights the continuing relevance of the Magi’s wisdom in today’s world.

Our story starts under a starry desert sky, the kind that makes you feel small but connected to something infinitely larger. It’s about a journey. A journey to understanding what the gifts the Three Wise Men brought to baby Jesus were really all about.

Disclaimer

I’m writing this as someone who doesn’t fully believe in the existence of Jesus Christ – certainly not the Jesus portrayed in the New Testament.

The birth and life of Jesus has many similarities to other sons of God stories, such as the Egyptian God Horus, Persian God Mithra and Indian God Krishna. 

But, the symbolism of the gifts given to Jesus is incredibly interesting and not something we generally hear about in Sunday School.

The art of gifting: A tale retold

Gifting is an art, and like all art, it’s a reflection of the giver, the receiver, and the moment. It’s the Magi, those wise travellers from the East, who understood this art well. 

The Magi marked the birth of a child who was said to change the world with gifts which weren’t chosen from a catalogue or picked up in a hurry. 

They were selected with intention, each holding a story, a meaning, and a promise.

Frankincense: More than just a pleasant aroma

Consider frankincense. not just as a fragrance but as a communicator. In the ancient world, its smoke was a signal, a way to carry thoughts and prayers from the mortal realm to the divine. 

When you burn frankincense, even today, you’re not just filling the room with scent; you’re participating in an ancient dialogue, one that’s been spoken in whispers and echoes for thousands of years.

This resin has been a staple in religious and spiritual rituals, but today, its potential as a natural psychedelic is capturing the imagination of wellness enthusiasts and researchers alike.

The psychoactive effects of frankincense are attributed to incensole acetate, a compound that interacts with the brain’s emotional centres. 

This interaction is believed to induce a calming, almost trance-like state. So, perhaps more of a gift for mum and dad, not the Baby Jesus..?

Myrrh: The bittersweetness of life

Then there’s myrrh. A prized trading commodity and a key component in spiritual and medicinal rituals. Egyptians used myrrh in embalming practices and as an offering in religious ceremonies

However, It’s not just for embalming the dead; it’s about honouring life. It’s about acknowledging the bittersweet truth that everything begins and everything ends. 

In the mesmerising world of myrrh, there’s a little-known twist… it’s not just a fragrance; it’s also – you guessed it – a psychedelic. Packed with curious compounds like terpenoids and sesquiterpenes, myrrh might just tickle the brain in unexpected ways.

While science is still piecing the puzzle together about how myrrh interacts with your brain, stories swirl about its power to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

When the Magi gifted myrrh, they weren’t just giving a valuable item; they were sharing wisdom, a reminder of the cycle of life that we all participate in.

Gold: A universal language of value

And of course, gold. It doesn’t just glitter; it communicates value across cultures and ages. It’s the currency of kings and the treasure of nations. 

But when placed in the hands of a child in a manger, it tells a story of potential, of what might be, and of the esteem in which this newborn was held.

The psychedelic perspective

It’s a fascinating idea that these traditional substances could unlock doors of perception and understanding. A world where wisdom comes not from what we can see and touch, but from what we can envision and feel. 

That’s the potential power of these ‘psychedelic’ gifts – not in the hallucinogenic sense, but in their ability to expand the mind and spirit.

Across the world today, we find echoes of this idea in the use of entheogens – substances like peyote, ayahuasca, or magic mushrooms – used by indigenous cultures for centuries to heal, to learn, and to connect. 

There’s a growing interest in the potential of these substances to treat modern maladies, from depression to addiction, showing us that the wisdom of the Magi is as relevant now as it was two millennia ago.