The Anointed Ones is like no book before it. To some it may seem blasphemous, to others astonishing and enlightening.
This book explores what the author calls "The Messiah Medicine", a special OINTMENT applied to the skin of one who forever after would be known as the ANOINTED ONE in Hebrew, the hakohen hamashia. From this comes the word "MESSIAH".
According to the BIBLE, the result of this anointing was the ability to "PROPHESY", see" VISIONS" and" DREAM DREAMS."
The formula is found in EXODUS. It contained myrrh, calamus root, cinnamon. All are pharmacologically active.
In ancient times, myrrh was used as a pain reliever and sedative. Modern studies show opium-like activity. Another ingredient, calamus root, produces LSD-like effects, and has been used in ayurvedic medicine and by Native Americans.
The book follows the origins of the sacrament in Egypt, where the Pharaoh was initiated into his office through an ointment that would "make a spirit of him."
Was a psychedelic drug the "KEY TO THE KINGDOM" for early Christians?
Scholars believe that the Mosaic Jews took the ointment out of Egypt. For some 1000 years they used it to sanctify high priests, kings and prophets, who were all referred to as Messiahs, until it was lost with the Babylonia wars.
According to Dr. Albert Puleo, Board Certified Family Physician interested in plant medicine, Jesus of Nazareth received the rite more than 5 centuries later, and passed it on to Apostles. The Bible and early Christian literature record that whosoever was anointed with the unguent would experience the Holy Spirit and "know all things"...that he would "need no other teacher." At one time, every anointed Christian was actually referred to as "Christ" from the Greek CHRISTOS, meaning the "Anointed One."
The author provides a treasure trove of insights on everything from Egyptian tomb art to early Christian writings, herbal folklore to modern scientific studies, Greek mythology to the "Calamus " poems of Walt Whitman and the musings of Timothy Leary.