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The Immortality Key

The Secret History of the Religion with No Name
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This program includes a foreword written and read by Graham Hancock, the New York Times best-selling author of America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization.

A groundbreaking dive into the role psychedelics have played in the origins of Western civilization, and the real-life quest for the Holy Grail that could shake the Church to its foundations.

The most influential religious historian of the 20th century, Huston Smith, once referred to it as the "best-kept secret" in history. Did the ancient Greeks use drugs to find God? And did the earliest Christians inherit the same secret tradition? A profound knowledge of visionary plants, herbs, and fungi passed from one generation to the next, ever since the Stone Age?

There is zero archaeological evidence for the original Eucharist - the sacred wine said to guarantee life after death for those who drink the blood of Jesus. The Holy Grail and its miraculous contents have never been found. In the absence of any hard data, whatever happened at the Last Supper remains an article of faith for today’s 2.5 billion Christians. In an unprecedented search for real answers, The Immortality Key examines the archaic roots of the ritual that is performed every Sunday for nearly one third of the planet. Centuries in the making, religion and science converge to paint a radical picture of Christianity’s founding event - and to solve history’s greatest puzzle once and for all.

Before the rise of Christianity, the ancient Greeks found salvation in their own sacraments. Sacred beverages were routinely consumed as part of the so-called Ancient Mysteries - elaborate rites that led initiates to the brink of death. Athens’ best and brightest flocked to the spiritual capital of Eleusis, where a holy beer unleashed heavenly visions for 2,000 years. Others drank the holy wine of Dionysus to become one with the god, achieving immortality. In the 1970s, renegade scholars claimed this beer and wine - the original sacraments of Western civilization - were spiked with mind-altering drugs. In recent years, vindication for the disgraced theory has been quietly mounting in the laboratory. The constantly advancing fields of archaeobotany and archaeochemistry have suggested the use of psychedelic drinks in antiquity. And with a single dose of psilocybin, the psycho-pharmacologists at Johns Hopkins and NYU are now turning self-proclaimed atheists into instant believers.

If these sacraments survived for thousands of years in our remote prehistory, from the Stone Age to the ancient Greeks, did they also survive into the age of Jesus? Was the original Eucharist of Christianity, in fact, a psychedelic Eucharist? Is this the real secret behind the Holy Grail?

With an unquenchable thirst for evidence, Muraresku tours the ruins of Greece with its government archaeologists. He gains access to the hidden collections of the Louvre Museum to show the continuity between pagan and Christian wine. He unravels the ancient Greek of the New Testament with the world’s most controversial priest. He spelunks into the catacombs under the streets of Rome to decipher the lost symbols of Christianity’s oldest monuments. He breaches the secret archives of the Vatican to unearth documents never before translated into English. And with leads from the archaeological chemists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania, he unveils the first hard data for the ritualistic use of psychedelic drugs in antiquity.

The Immortality Key reconstructs a suppressed history of women consecrating the forbidden, drugged Eucharist that was later banned by the Church Fathers. Women who were later targeted as witches during the Inquisition, when Europe’s sacred pharmacology largely disappeared. If the scientists of today have resurrected this technology, then Christianity is dead. Unless it returns to its roots.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press

©2020 Brian C. Muraresku and Graham Hancock (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Deeelicious!!!!

A culmination of my knowings, feelings, thoughts and now Proof! Bless you for this work of art, herstory, botany and beyond! I feel inspired, vindicated and released to grow forward. With this tool we can gently melt ignorance, to the willing...so that all who seek shall find👌 Now go Enjoy some true sacraments brother🖖🧙‍♂️💫💚🤓

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Incredibly well researched and bipartisan

A fascinating record of lost history, a huge wake up call that our society is losing our classical languages, and a rediscovering of our cultural roots. The new generation of spirituality, predicted by Huxley, starts here. I can’t wait for a documentary.

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Soooo interesting

fascinating in terms of religion, alcohol and psychedelics, history, languages and so many more things

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Incredible research novel! Great reading voice. 5⭐

Highly recommend for those with a keen interest in history. Brian has a dynamic approach in both his research methods and his voice acting. Well done. Hours and hours of great stuff.

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Remarkable

Prior to “reading” Brian Muraresku’s work, I had been fascinated with the notion that humanity has a hidden ancient past where the seemingly sudden explosion of human consciousness was nurtured in the cradle of psychedelics. I’ve read Graham Hancock’s “Supernatural” which then lead me to Dr. Rick Strassman’s “DMT: The Spirit Molecule”. Brian’s “The Immortality Key” not only compliments the previous books, it unlocks the mystery behind why this ancient practice has disappeared. This is a brilliant book. Thank you, Brian.

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Fascinating!

well written, intersting and utterly fascinating the whole way through!! Who knew there was so much compelling evidence for psychadelic use in early christianity. Loved it!

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  • Ian
  • 2020-10-20

Eye opening

Incredible book although dense it is a mind blowing book filled with so many bits of info I will need to listen to it a couple times. Amazing research conducted by the author who is uniquely qualified for finding these interesting facts from the Vatican’s archives.

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A fascinating unraveling of an ancient mystery

I may be biased as this book just happened to be the perfect cross section of several of my current interests - antiquity, religion, and psychodelics. the historical information is fascinating. searching through untranslated ancient Greek and Sanskrit sources, botanical chemical analysis of ancient pottery, and searching through the vast private library of the Vatican. The story between is also a remarkable journey. How the auther, working off of earlier and extremely contested reaserch, traveled the globe finding little nuggets of evidence that lead him across the Mediterranean to Spain to the Pope's private library in the Vatican. It's a ride as wild as it is fascinating and I truly hope the auther continues his investigation and shares his research in the coming years!

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amazing research and journalism

a topic seemingly swept under the rug. brian poses compelling evidence to fire imagination

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  • 2020-10-13

The Catholic Church has become the "manual"

As Alan Watts said; "...the organism always transcends the manual". I knew there was more to the Catholic (Greco-Roman, Greco) than just Roman Catholicism. This is the patriarch we need to question; the all male order in control of the ever reaching "faith", always watching and listening for "Heretics". Women held the secret for a reason, and enlightenment men understood this. The Neo-Christians wanted control, the masses and the wealth that came with it. They have it. All current European and American (continent) legal systems steam from Neo-Christian influence. The plants they outlaw (the organisms), are the key to transcendance. The Neo-Christians Eucharist is in a sense the carrot on a stick to it's followers. The Faithfull sheep or flock (as literally refered to in writing) keep walking, hoping to obtain it, as its masters have and continue to use it as needed. If you control the method, you control access. Psychedelics are and have been part of our "existencing/experiencing" ever since we've been able to consume and methabolize them. It's time to remember. it's time to die before we die; wake up. An absolutely great and timely book. I greatly appreciate the research you conducted and efforts you put in. Keep going.

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  • 2020-10-01

PJ

PJ, be proud! Exceptional author! Incredible passion. Great legacy to leave behind! I would join him on this adventure if I could!

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  • J-Keeler
  • 2020-10-02

Most important book of the now.

I listen to a lot of really good books. I honestly can't remember if I've ever given a review before. This book hits on so many truths I feel if I don't write this review I'll regret it forever. What Brian has accomplished here is a masterpiece. As an atheist I've explored my relationship with the universe via psychedelic's many times, so to have a book that explains the history of our ancestors path of finding god through the use of these taboo tools is so refreshing. I feel that spirituality is something we all feel at one level or another, yet a large majority of our species aren't aware that you can connect with the cosmos via these organic tools provided. This book is hands down the best yet at revealing the vast history of mans use of drugs to expand the collective consciousness, and the influence these compounds had on early religions. It's also a grim reminder of how some groups are threatened by these ideas and will stop at nothing to conceal them. Fight the war on consciousness and buy this book. This work is an eye opener. Brian and PJ, Thank you. You both made it happen. P.S. Graham Hancock presents the forward to the book and knocks it straight out the F#%KING PARK!

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  • Wolfhound
  • 2020-10-01

Minus the bias, would be a 5☆ book

The author is clearly a brilliant linguist and scholar, and the subject matter is fascinating. He repeatedly rails against Christians, forgetting that all humans are fallible, even those who comprised the Classical culture he clearly worships. If Christianity is to be condemned and discarded due the individual and collective sins of Christians, we would be forced to condemn all human endeavor and progress. An epic first try. I look forward to a revised edition when his compassion and wisdom have grown to match his intellect.

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  • Matt
  • 2020-10-02

I hope this saves your marriage

I purchased this audio book to save the authors marriage. I hope things are well Brian. I heard you on Joe Rogan and loved the interview. I enjoyed hearing about the book and your process of writing it. I am writing this review before I listened to the book. If this saves your marriage please name you first born after me Matthew lol jk. looking forward to listening to this.

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  • MKid
  • 2020-10-02

Science helping shed light on history/religion!

I'm not the best with reviews, but if you're into science and facts supporting ideas that challenge the rigidity of what seems to be a false narrative force-fed to us as truth through modern day academia, then this will be up your alley. All of that told very elegantly but without overwhelming the audience with big words or scientific jargon. I hope you enjoy!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-03

haven't read yet.

bought to save Brian's marriage. I'm sure Brian has more work to do and the only way its going to get done is if this PJ realizes this book is a certified banger.

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  • Sarah
  • 2020-10-03

Phenomenal research and great story telling

Read by the author and feels more like he is telling us the story of his adventure in discovering rare gems hidden in dark corners of history. The historical information is remarkable. I am personally a believer in his theory. I think he has made a great case. An absolute must read!

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  • 2020-10-02

So gooood

Haven’t finished it yet but had to hop on and give a great review before I forgot ! It’s a great read !

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  • Robert B.
  • 2020-10-01

PJ He was right!! :)

Thanks for going on Rogan. I bought this immediately after hearing the podcast. Still in the middle of it but I already know it's a big game changer.

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  • thomas S.
  • 2020-10-02

Great book that opens your mind

such a great book that opens your eyes to psychedelics, the author has never done any but he understands that you meet a higher power when you take them

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2020-10-03

Excellent

This book enquires the very important mystery of the ancient world. The roots of western civilization may contain the cure the modern world needs.