- It is with regret that
we announce the loss of James Arthur under circumstances which remain clouded
and suspicious. A terse news report, disputed on a number of counts by
his associates and family, states he was 'found dead in jail with a sheet
around his neck.' His death has been ruled a 'suicide' according to police.
No other details were released. He was arrested on charges of alleged 'sexual
misconduct' with a minor...charges his associates claim were conveniently
made by a recently-terminated 'secretary' who had reportedly been hired
to type the manuscript of a new book...and then fired.
- There is much more to this story and we will present
further information as is becomes available.
- James Arthur made his first appearance on national radio
on our program and his extraordinary knowledge of human history and Ethnomycology
were truly a marvel.
- James subsequently became a regular and anticipated special
guest every Christmas season and made a fascinating illustrated presentation
on how the little red-capped amanita muscaria mushroom has been not only
a staple of Christmas cards since the first cards were produced, but has,
in fact, been pictured in illustrated history since Roman times. James'
visits were always fun and intriguing, and unquestionably opened new doorways
through which to reconsider many fundamental aspects of human experience
for over two millennia.
- James Arthur was a unique and gifted researcher and will
be missed by many. The work he leaves behind, however, will continue to
enlighten and stimulate all those who seek the truth of our history on
this troubled planet. -Jeff Rense
- The following Bio of James by our friend and colleague
Jordan Maxwell is well worth reading...
- By Jordan Maxwell
- Having become fascinated with religions of all types
at an early age James Arthur hurtled into deep study for 25 years. Having
discovered works by such Pioneers (in Ethno-Mycology) as (1) R. Gordon
Wasson and (2) John Marco Allegro. James set out on a quest to unravel
the mysterious meanings and implications of sacramental ingestion of plants
in a religious context.
- In 1976 R. Gordon Wasson told James, in his opinion,
James was the world's leading expert in the field of Ethno-Mycology, as
it pertains to Christianity. He also referred to James as his dear friend.
This was over 20 years ago and James has never stopped studying since.
James devotes his work to his Mentor and friend R. Gordon Wasson and considers
Gordon's life's work to be "The roots for the most valuable study
- James Arthur has been a long time Student of Tibetan
Buddhism (under the Guidance of Lama Tharchin Rimposhee, Lama Lodro, and
many others). James' Tibetan name "DORJE DROLOD" has deep meaning
- James is also an ordained Christian Priest. This is not
meant to be a condoning of any priesthood or Christian religion but is
only mentioned for reference purposes to show an in-depth familiarity (due
to extensive study) with Christianity. James advises against joining any
priesthood, religion, church or organization that requires a sworn oath
or acceptance of a belief system.
- James exposes faults as well as positive aspects of religion,
a necessary step for anyone in the type of position he is in. As a teacher
he releases the bonds of religious upbringing and indoctrination; empowering
the individual. He considers study of all religions valuable as long as
one is careful to discern between fantasy and reality and understand that
the only universal law is the "Golden Rule".
- James is/has been friends, and/or is associated with:
R. Gordon Wasson, Terence McKenna, Sasha Shulgin, K. Trout, Dan Russell,
Thomas Lyttle, Myron Stolaroff, David Hatcher Childress, William Bramley,
Acharya S., Arthur Horn, Richard C. Hoagland, Stan Tennen, Lloyd Pye, Jordan
Maxwell, Zechariah Sitchin, Neil Slade, Iona Miller, John Major Jenkins,
William Henry, Jason Salzmann, John Allegro, Amado Crowley, David Aurora,
Paul Stamets, Wade Davis, Peter Furst, Jace Callaway, Jochen Gartz, Giorgio
Samorini, Christopher Dunn, Alan Alford, Karena Bryan, Abd el' Hakim Awayan,
Stephen Mehler, Alan Alford, Ananda, Jack Barranger, Robert Eisenmann,
John Allen, Paul Kroeger, Dale Pendell, Ann Shulgin, Andrew Weil, Manny
Salzmann, Wade Davis, Bo Holmstedt, Gary Lincoff, Dennis McKenna, Taylor
Lockwood and many others who have helped him to piece together the fabric
of one of the most fascinating quilts of understanding. The quest for the
meaning of life. It is highly recommended that you further research the
names on this list.
- James has lectured at conferences, given instruction,
and advised in the fields of Ethno-Mycology, Shamanism, Religious Theology
(Ancient and Modern Religions), Psychology, and Soul Healing in The United
States and abroad for the last 19 years. A long time member of the M.S.S.F.,
N.A.M.A., An Ordained Priest, and qualified reader of the Tibetan Book
Of The Dead, he has appeared on Radio talk shows such as Coast To Coast
AM, "The Heart of The Matter" a "Perceptions Magazine"
Radio show with Host Ivie West, "Hilly Rose" (The Master of Talk
Radio), "Strange Universe" with host Sean David Morton, Santa
Cruz based radio show "The Night Hawk" with host Dave Allen,
The Jeff Rense Program, "The Laura Lee Show" with host Laura
Lee, "The Lou Epton Show" with host Lou Epton, "The Jack
Stockwell Show" with host Jack Stockwell, "The X-Zone" with
host Rob McConnell, KPFK's "Roy of Hollywood" with hosts Jordan
Maxwell and Eben Rey, various programs broadcast world-wide on WWCR (World
Wide Christian Radio), "The Mythos Freethought Radio" with Host
Wade Mythos, "Parascience and Beyond" with host Uri Geller. Co-guest
appearances with Jordan Maxwell, and John Rapoport discussing Secret Societies
and Initiatory Rites are the types of programs that have sparked considerable
thought. Special appearances at the Mycological Society of San Francisco's
(M.S.S.F.) 30th anniversary fungus fair, The Consciousness Technologies
Conference in Sisters, Oregon, The Breitenbush Mushroom Festival (Oregon)
and the Ancient Wisdom Conference in Gizeh, Egypt are examples of the various
live speaking appearances in the last few years.
- James has theories that have been making many knowledgeable
people stand up and listen. He pulls no punches when it comes to explaining
the origins of and establishment of religions and the usage of plants as
spiritual tools throughout human history. Controversial and stunning, mind
blowing and thought provoking he is a dynamic speaker that interjects some
great humor into otherwise devastatingly serious topics. As he puts it
and I wholeheartedly agree:
- "The time has come for this knowledge to be revealed
into plain sight. It is no longer the property of those few elite to keep
hidden from the general population. The sleepers must awaken"
- --James Arthur 1998
- I invite you to read very closely a message of profound
importance in our times.
- Jordan Maxwell - 1998
- From Scott Brown
An email to Lloyd Pye...
I suppose you might have already received this news, but it's very sad.
I've more than once been to his web site and spent hours there; in fact,
he's the one who first made me aware of the work of Gordon Wasson and Carl
Ruck, whose books I regularly (as recently as yesterday) cite for my interpretations
of Plato and Nietzsche (Birth of Tragedy; i.e., the style and potency of
the intoxicants involved in the development of ancient tragedy (a word
that means "goat song," in reference to the role of the Satyrs
and the choric origin of tragedy, which Nietzsche says the ancients tell
us was in origin chorus and nothing but chorus--which I've of course also
confirmed from more standard sources). I even write the titles of Wasson
and Ruck on the board for those students interested in following it up.
- James Arthur is entirely responsible for my becoming
aware of this work, which is actually something I've learned about since
the time you and I have corresponding. From his site, I gathered he wasn't
near the accomplished writer that I presume Mckenna was (not able to afford
his books) from the fact that transcripts of his speech, as well as what
I heard live of him on Art Bell on more than one occasion; but talk about
lucid insights: James Arthur conveyed avenues of the relevance of hallucinogens
to philosophy in ways that made it possible, even necessary, to incorporate
this work directly into my lectures even to introductory philosophy students.