There is a vast queendom hiding in plain sight all around us. It's something you can read about, study, and wormhole your way into madness on the internet about; but these are only basic methods of learning when compared to the true magical embrace of the dark mycelium underworld. Mushrooms have been marveled at, feared and worshipped, continuing to form dedicated disciples and cults of curiosity. If you've breached the surface of what the mushrooms have to offer, you might understand the spark of allurement that the fungi so effortlessly create.
Sprouting up seemingly overnight, mushrooms have held a special place in magical circles across the world from continent to continent. Their relationship spans land and sea, with the largest living mycological organism living in the Malheur National Forest, right here in Oregon. It spans 3,726563 square meters, and is estimated to be around 8,650 years old. These fungi, acting as magical agents of Life, Death and Rebirth, come with an urgent message. They are one and many. They are ancient and newborn. There is a triple goddexx quality to the fungi queendom, embodying all phases without trackable distinction. It is a very old, and very real magic.
But what exactly is this message that they share with such vivid and longstanding intensity? Ultimately, the lesson of the mushroom is to support us in approaching and healing a far-reaching spectrum of affairs that we as a species are collectively causing and experiencing at once. They ask us to integrate the methods of the mycelia into human life by demonstrating it themselves, and to ground into our individual and collective beings. Can this mycelial wisdom be mirrored back into cooperative existence, social movement and community development? Is it possible? The mushrooms, as always, say yes.
Mushroom genomes are more sophisticated than human genomes - but related, as well. They total in at about 2 billion more base pairs than us hominids. Because we know this, we also know that they are more related to humans than they are plants. So what does this all mean? In short, it means listen. Our ancestors are here, popping up everywhere all the time. And their lessons are huge. As said by Portland Oregon mycologist Peter McCoy:
"These fungi, found in healthy forests, help plants literally connect their root systems together and share nutrients. In the bigger picture, this fungi is going beyond itself to keep the larger forest healthy. This can teach us something about social organizing; thinking long-term about how we live, how we work with our resources, how we use them efficiently, and how we take care of each other, supporting not only each other but the other things on this planet."
Mushrooms in their varieties show us how to be autonomous individuals, rooting into our own beautiful being, while simultaneously existing together over a web of creation - sometimes close, sometimes far away - unafraid to grow together even when apart. They give us constant yet ever-changing examples of how to thrive in less than perfect conditions, change according to our environments, and adapt when necessary. And they do all of this while employing great mystery. They don't give away all of their secrets, and are constantly surprising us. The magic they contain is the same within us. We are similarly boundless, and unquestionably, mutably magical.
UNDERWORLD MYCELIA MEDITATION & GROUNDING RITUAL
Connect with the mycological queendom through this simple (and delicious) exercise using our adaptogenic mushroom blends:
You will need:
- Either our Rad Roast Coffee Alternative, or our Radical Cacao adaptogenic hot chocolate mix
- A mug or thermos
- Any kind of milk or hot water for blending
Make yourself a blend of either mushroom-boosted hot chocolate or a hot coffee alternative. Fill your mug or thermos and go outside. If you feel so called and are able, this would be a wonderful welcoming to a hike or extended walk, either in the brisk morning or cool early evening. When you find a spot to pause, either stand or sit comfortably. Listen along with the guided meditation, and sink into the sensation of grounding with the mycelium. When you've felt these messages become integrated, let yourself to return and slowly sip your warm drink, allowing the healing effects of these mushrooms be felt and appreciated. See if you can spot any fungi, whether it be a mushroom on the ground, a conk on a tree, or the white threads decorating dead logs. Pour the smallest bit of your drink to the earth as an offering.
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