The trial by fire is particularly interesting as it involves a substance called lycopode, the hydrophobic pollen of lycopodium or clubmoss, that has been blown through a pipe containing an open flame, thereby causing a blast of fire to be expelled from the opposite end of the pipe near the candidate for initiation.
Interestingly, lycopodium contains the potent acetylcholinesterase huperzine A which, according to Felgenhaur et al, is highly intoxicating. Additionally, Thomas Yuschak, in his book “Advanced Lucid Dreaming: The Power of Supplements,” relates that acetylcholinesterase inhibitors are used to promote lucid dreaming via the prolongation of REM cycles.
How much this short exposure effects the mental state of the candidate is uncertain. However, what is certain is that a highly intoxicating compound is incinerated and blown in the general direction of the candidate being initiated.
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