The Spiritual Benefits & History of Reishi Mushrooms

“Reishi Mushroom (Ling Zhi, Ganoderma Lucidum) is ShamanShack’s ‘Emperor herb’, and though we are just hearing about it in the West, it has a long and illustrious history in the far-East. The Chinese have known of its powerful spirit-liberating properties since 2975 B.C., when the first official Chinese herbal pharmacoepia was written. The ruling elite and philosophers of ancient China highly revered Reishi and it is said illuminaries such as Lao Tzu, Confucius, and many other lesser-known Rulers in Ancient China consumed it daily. Reishi is depicted in ancient scroll paintings as a ‘bridge between Earth and Heaven’. The elite of the Classical Golden Ages of China, which lasted from approx 3000 B.C. until 1911 A.D. apparently kept knowledge of the benefits of Reishi to themselves, and during the cultural revolution Mao Tze Tung had Reishi removed from the Chinese Pharmacoepia (no doubt due to its well known empowering potential). Reishi’s many beneficial effects on health are only now being recognized in the West, and may well be the world’s best-kept secret. Ling Chih by Jason Hollinger Reishi, and other ‘advanced fungals’ are thought to be extra-terrestrial. That is, they are thought by mycologists to have originated in other solar systems. We at shaman Shack believe the mycelial mass of these mushrooms may represent the activating principle of consciousness on earth. Our neurological systems are very similar to fungal mycelia, and it is possible they hold agents which may further activate our awareness of higher consciousness. Our founder, Rehmannia, believes this is why Reishi is ‘finding us’ at this time, in order to help fascilitate our pending leap into a more spiritually oriented species. In 1999 Rehmannia discovered that Reishi taken in relatively high amounts, can liberate one of ‘Psychic baggage’, in the form of anger, anxiety, fear, volitility, anxiousness, ego-driven desire etc. One week after taking Reishi, Rehmannia awoke to find the light in the room more vibrant and full of saturated color. Things had a halo around them. His life began abruptly to change for the better. A ‘benevolent cycle of spiritual health’ began to manifest, and he permanently removed many undesirable aspects of his previous personality…”-

“Reishi supplements all 3 treasures (Jing, Chi and Shen) but has the most tonic action on Shen (spiritual radiance). Many Chinese herbalists recognize that wild Reishi mushroom benefits Shen more than any other herbal adaptogen known. The Ganoderma mushroom is a Chinese symbol for longevity. It is often compared to the lotus flower from the Buddhist traditions in terms of its significance as a spiritual symbol. For the Chinese, longevity was inseparable from spirituality and those who pursued life-span development were also seen as spiritually “advanced”. The two pursuits definitely go hand in hand since the longer you live, the more time you have to meditate, pray and do other spiritually advancing practices!

Although it is tonic to the whole body, red (the most commonly cultivated and most medicinally active) Reishi mushroom benefits the Liver and Heart organs foremost. Chinese medicine capitalizes certain organs since they are seen as a group of two or more organs that work in tandem (for further information, google TCM organ systems !) .” – Zak Martin-Kilgour, Secrets of Longevity in Humans

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"Reishi mushroom benefits your immune system more than any other herbal adaptogen on the planet (with the exception of other similar medicinal mushroom species). Through the millennia it has been seen as the single most important herb for Chinese longevity. Chinese herbalism nicknamed the Ganoderma mushroom "the mushroom of immortality" because of the rumoured mystical powers that it granted to those who consumed it. Among the "superior class" (the top of three classes) of herbal adaptogens in Chinese herbalism, the Linzhi (a.k.a. Reishi in Japanese a.k.a. Ganoderma Lucidum in Latin) mushroom ranks at the number one position."