Plants and mushrooms that refer to each other

An interview with M.H.H. Benders, poet and sage staying with the Venus of Mierlo

Can you tell us exactly what a Sage is? Is it a kind of Druid?

Druids were Celtic healers who had an incredible knowledge of the forest. That knowledge has been destroyed by the parasite, and if we had chosen to call ourselves ‘Druids’, we more or less claim to be Celts (we are not) and to have their knowledge (no idea). That is a problem for us. Amanita Muscaria or Waertstool grows all over the world. It is a universal medicine. The Druids knew and used it, but so did hundreds of other tribes around the world. The word Sage comes from the Rig Veda, mankind’s oldest writing. We are ‘Seers and Sages by sapience’, and that has common ground with the Druids, whom we consider friends of the forest.

Why Amanita Muscaria and not one of the dozens of other teacher plants or teacher mushrooms?

It is not an either/or. We often get referrals from the Jungle Mother Ayahuasca, for example. I know two female sages who, during their Ayahuasca trip, were shown this mushroom with the message: that’s the place to be. That is very special, when you think about it, plants and mushrooms house intelligences that refer to each other.

How can you become a Sage and what does it mean to be one?

A Sage is someone who has used the medicine and has vowed to help the Forest and be its representative in the human world. Everyone is welcome. Nobody is excluded, we don’t sell anything, the medicine grows for free in the forest. There are no diplomas, there is no hierarchy, the only condition is that you are going to help the forest. Sage means wise and it is an honorary title. Our main goal is to restore silence as the main nourishment of man.

Your movement seems to consist largely of women, why?

Our Waertstool aims to restore the planet and to achieve that it has to teach women to become assertive and to learn to say NO. Microdosing with the Amanita Muscaria is one of the best methods to do that. It activates a very old network in your body, the muscarine network, and whoever uses this mushroom notices that she changes from a shy, timid person who is lived by others in to an assertive, powerful woman for whom everybody is watching out. That is an enormous change, and that is why it is a very strong medicine, exactly the medicine that will help this planet that is weighed down by a parasitic patriarchal cramp of useless, childish men who are only good at squandering and spoiling.

But I am a man and I want the Viking birch-zerk experience!

Welcome and be our guest. But a warning to men: testosterone and Waertstool can be an explosive combination. Use it in moderation in human-social settings if you have a testosterone or anger management problem. It’s not worse than alcohol, that’s for sure, because it keeps you clear-headed. But you become more assertive than 80 Brucelees stacked on top of each other, so use it and channel that assertiveness into useful purposes. The fact that the Vikings used this remedy in battle and became invincible warriors is no joke.

Do I have to register somewhere?

Your registration form grows in the forest. Always research the right amount and the right preparation method.

How often can you use this medicine?

You should ask the medicine itself. Of course, it also depends on what your problems are exactly. You can use it as an antidepressant, or as a painkiller, or as a sleep aid, or as a dream companion – Amanita has many, many faces. And with it, many different types of use.

Here are some more great quotes and links:

The female seers of the Rig Veda

Ancient seer-poets, or ‘sages’, to whom the hymns of the Ṛg Veda were said to have been revealed. According to Brahmanical theology, they constitute the third group, alongside the pitṛs and the devas, to whom a debt (in the ṛṣis’ case, Vedic studentship) is owed by all twice-born men.

Oxford definition of ṛṣi

What is special about the Rig Veda is that as a scripture it is one of the few which simply has the brutal honesty to say I don’t know:

“Who really knows, and who can swear,
How creation came, when or where!
Even gods came after creation’s day,
Who really knows and who can truly say,
When and how did creation start?
Did she do it? Or did She not?
Only She, up there, knows, maybe;
Or perhaps, not even She.”

  • Rig Veda

How miraculous is that? In an age where 99% of people are made up of know it alls who all have a help desk trauma. Yup, that’s 99% of society. Just look at social media. Every single one of them know it alls with a helpdesk trauma. Someone asks a question, and hundreds of different answers pop up all by themselves, leaving everyone unable to see the forest…for the trees.

Sage Martinus

Mountains, giants and mushrooms – in this fairytale-like collection, magic whirls and swirls, yet another reality breaks through as well – the whole world turned into The Shining, and the pilgrimage to Szymborska’s grave, a simple stone in Krakow, fails at the last minute; a journey without check marks across sixteen national borders to his daughter, however, succeeds. In its combination of fairy-tale nature, historical background and eerily topical reality, this collection of poems is Benders’ best since he lost count.


You have no time to read this, but that is because you are no longer human. If something of the original person were still alive in you, the old mycelia of childhood, then you would learn a lot from this book, indeed, with its magical knowledge, it might become your most useful possession. A book about the human imagination, and how it managed to get into the iron grip of trans-dimensional cockroaches. Furthermore, there are also magical tips to substantially improve your life and your time acceleration, and M.H.H. Benders also makes light-hearted mincemeat of the entire Dutch literature, what more could you want!

If you don’t want to crawl around mars like a cyber insect under a scrubbed boot – which is on the agenda – then you’d do well to read this book.

The first collected work of Martinus Hendrikus Hogervorst-Benders comprises no fewer than 712 pages and weighs in at least 1.4 kilos in thin print. It is the most ambitious collection written in the last thirty years, and certainly one of the highlights of Dutch literature as a whole, in line with Snoek and van de Woestijne. Anyone with a heart for literature and who wants to read an ambitious book brimming with cast-iron poems instead of yet another typical Dutch-language ‘masterpiece’ will be delighted with the purchase of this brick.

The Microdose Bible is the worlds most comprehensive and complete oversight of mind altering substances, teacher plants and mushrooms. Dutch mycologist and philosopher M.H.H.Benders takes you on a magical journey full of wonder about what teachers nature has to offer. Includes the Psychosupersum, a guide that describes all known mental disorders and offers wisdom for their treatment. 

This book will be published end of 2022.