POWER PLANTS FOR PILL BUGS?
According to the rule of the Nagual, all living beings are granted the power
to seek an opening to freedom. Man is not special or unique. I've often
wondered how an insect, for instance, might ever learn to move its assemblage
point. A possible method occurred to me years ago while picking magic mushrooms
(purely for study, I don't eat them). I noticed that I had competition from
the pill bugs. Psychedelics are known to affect insects.
My own experience with power plants has been decades of disappointment.
In the absence of a Nagual leader, power plants don't seem to produce any
lasting results. Instead, they give a false feeling of progress and waste
Still, the history of Nagualism is as it is. I continue to study power plants
because they are part of our past. For this issue, I decided to collect
some hallucinogenic mushrooms and feature them. After dropping off some
newsletters at the post office, I walked a block to a nearby park. I selected
it because there was a lot of well watered grass. The park is right across
from a police station. It took all of 10 minutes to locate and collect the
mushrooms shown here. As I photographed the mushrooms, a ladies civic group
watched. They probably thought it was charming someone took such an interest
These mushrooms are a variety very common to Southern California. I have
found them as far north as Pasadena and as far south as Temecula. They are
found year round growing in grass or in places which have been fertilized
with horse manure. One need not even leave the confines of one's home to
pick them. Find a horse trail and collect a trash can bag of dried horse
manure. Crush it (wear a mask) and spread onto any lawn. If the lawn is
watered twice a day, there will be many different mushroom varieties within
two weeks. With knowledge, you will probably find the ones shown here.Caution!!!
There are deadly ones with a similar look. These instructions shouldn't
be taken as an invitation to eat them, if you intend to do that, first take
a course in Mycology at the local university.
These mushrooms are a member of the Panaeolus genus (which has several active
members), probably Panaeolus subbalteatus (the spore print is black). The
dosage is 20 mushrooms. By contrast, the dosage of the mushroom suspected
of being don Juan's favorite is about 2. A mutation of this mushroom variety
can be found in Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora. It's much stronger
and is often found in association with this one. It has a smoother cap,
often no darker ring, and tends to grow in clumps. Pill bugs ravenously
devour both varieties.
Those new to hunting mushrooms will be pleasantly surprised. The hallucinogenic
variety are not uncommon. The first step to finding them is a thorough acquaintance
with the procedures of identification. This requires care, patience, and
a lot of study, but it's not too difficult. A spore print is taken first
(very easy and fun). This is followed by an examination of external traits.
Personally, I feel that it is important to follow up and use a microscope
for verification of spore shape. Life is very fragile and some mushrooms
are very deadly.
Through the use of power plants, don Juan taught Carlos intense concentration,
dedication to purpose, and the ability to exert himself beyond his limits.
For instance, Carlos spent four hours just grinding one clump of seeds of
the Devil's Weed. The procedure required to produce the little smoke was
equally demanding. Producing either "ally" required more than a year of
dedication. Carlos was forced to push himself far beyond ordinary exertion
levels. In light of his most recent books, it would be interesting to ask
him which was more important, the effort or the effect.
The ability to exert oneself far beyond ordinary levels is the fuel of unbending
intent. It is the same force that drives us to recapitulate our lives away.
It is the skill required to overcome dreaming barriers. A stubborn assemblage
point will yield to extreme effort even without power plants. Power plants
tend to dampen a person's ability to exert extreme effort because they produce
subtle hangovers and weaken the body.
The mushrooms pictured below are mild and will displace your assemblage
point for about 6 hours. In my opinion, 6 hours of recapitulating would
be more profitable. Besides, picking them might deny a pill bug a chance
Probable Panaeolus subbalteatus. The cap
color in the above photo is misleading, cap is light brown.
Nagualist Newsletter and Open Forum /
2 Aug. /Sept. 1994