The "Last Supper" of Roman Mithras

Photo of a Mithraeum at the Baths of Mithras in Italy.

Mithra initiates would partake of an entheogenic Sacred Meal in their ceremonies, invoking The Out Of Body experience. The Mithraic temples of worship, known as Mithraeum, are designed like few other temples on earth. Inside the place of worship would be rows of bathtubs (tubs) along the two side walls, or lined in two parallel rows from the rear wall to the front of the main room, providing places where many initiates could lie down during ceremonies.

The tubs were tools in the mechanics of producing a communal religious experience. Filled with salt water, these tubs would become instant sensory deprivation tanks to allow the congregation to float together as the psychedelic communion took effect. Chanting inside the stone Mithraeum would also entrain the brain and guide the communal experience.

The purpose of this ritual was to relink or "re-ligion" the minds of the participants with the universal mind. Their goal was to exit the planet (physical realm) in a spiritual flight to the heavens (stars). Of course, this is a bold expectation, so the communal approach helped convince everyone that what they had seen was real and served to unify the congregation's beliefs.

The religion of Mithras centered around the initiate's ability to communally astral travel. The out-of-body experience was facilitated through the eating of the sacred meal which was then enhanced by weightlessness and sonic entrainment. The initiates could traverse the galaxies, witnessing, as the ancient Egyptians, first hand, the reality that the spirit of the human being is not restricted to the physical universe, or the physical body for that matter.

Such visions were taken as proof of immortality of the soul, or at least the realization of such. This practice is very similar to the Egyptian initiatory rites and provides solid evidence of some of the hidden traditions of the ancients that descended into later religious orders.

Extracted from “Mushrooms and Mankind” by James Arthur.