Reishi Mushroom (aka Ganoderma and Spritual Enlightenment, Ling Zhi, or Mannentake) For thousands of years, spiritual seekers have regarded Reishi as the top herb for spritual growth because of it's reknowned ability to helpus increase our spiritual wisdom known as "Shen" in China.
Known as the "spirit herb", Reishi was particularly revered by
the followers of the Taoist tradition who use it to enhance meditationand other spiritual practices.
They continually claim it sharpens yet calms the mind, enhances intelligence and wisdom, builds willpower, and revere it's ability to expand ones level of consciousness so we can access the higher realms and connect with spirit in our search for "enlightenment."
While you cannot "reishi" your way to God, it does improve the intensityand quality of our Shen spiritual energy to support the expansion of consciousness and the unfolding of the kundalini.
Spiritualy speaking, it helps open your "crown chakra."
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FORAGING REISHI MUSHROOMS
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Reishi mushrooms are one of the easiest mushrooms to identify, and a great place to start for beginning mushroom foragers. They have no poisonous look-alikes, so they’re relatively safe as well. Though reishi are generally too tough to eat, their medicinal properties have been well documented.
There are a number of different species, and each grows in a different region around the world. For the most part, their medicinal properties are the same and there is some argument that they’re actually the same species occupying different habitat niches.
All species grow on dead and dying trees and produce annually. Once you find reishi on a particular log or stump, they will continue to produce there every year until they’ve consumed all the wood substrate.
Reishi mushrooms are also known by the names lingzhi, mushroom of immortality, ten-thousand-year mushroom, herb of spiritual potency, varnish shelf and artists conk.
REISHI MUSHROOM IDENTIFICATION
The mushroom itself is kidney or fan-shaped and has a distinctive red to orange color, and a shiny lacquered finish on the top. It’s a polyspore, so it lacks gills, but the underside is white (or tan or grey in older specimens) and has pinprick like dots. The flesh on the underside develops a brown/tan bruise when pressed. Only harvest fresh mushrooms with white undersides as they can potentially harbor dangerous molds when the mushrooms are past their prime or bruised and damaged.
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