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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data McKenna, Terence K. The archaic revival: speculations on psychedelic mushrooms, the Amazon, virtual re- . Cited by the L.A. Weekly as “the culture’s foremost spokesman for the psychedelic experience,” Terrence McKenna is an underground legend as a brilliant racon. One of the main themes running through McKenna’s work, and the title of was undergoing what he called an “archaic revival”.

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I wonder if that is true. He then collapsed due to a brain seizure. Hence the mushroom stands at the end of history. What’s your sense of Western culture now? The flying saucer is warming up its linguistic engines.

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The universe is being pulled from the future toward a goal that terejce as inevitable as a marble reaching the bottom of a bowl when you release it up near the rim. The fact is that the gnosis comes from plants. It deserves respect and caution, not frivolous denial or trivialization. I would think that if you wanted to talk about the heart opening, the rebirth of the Goddess is a more viable metaphor.

The transcenden- tal object, which has been well described since the sixteenth century, is the union of spirit and matter.

Terence the Tailor has got the sharpest shears in town. The mushroom consciousness is the consciousness of the ther in hyperspace, which means in dream and in the psilocybin rnce, at the quantum foundation of being, in the human future, and af- – death. Acceleration is visible in all the processes around us: People will do anything other than take a psychedelic compound.

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The subject is inherently fascinating and important, and as such warrants serious interest and study. In Finnegans Wake such a space is called the “merry go raum,” from the German word raum, for “space. Shamanism is primarily techniques, not ritual. My vision of the final human future is an effort herence exteriorize the soul and interiorize the body, so that the exterior soul will exist as a supercon- of us at a critical juncture at our psychedelic bar mitzvah.

Terence McKenna, The Archaic Revival

One of the great takeaways is that all those buttoned up scientists of the first world initially learned about the medical efficacy of plants from indigenous shamans who received their knowledge twrence a direct pathway from the plant world itself in the form of ayahuasca or similar vegetal means. I have noth- ing against hedonism, and I certainly bring something out of it.

The main problem with searching for rachaic is to recognize them.

What does extraterrestrial communication have to do with this family of hallucinogenic compounds I wish to discuss? The repression of witchcraft is really the repression of botanical knowledge, of shamanism.

It seemed only a matter of a couple of cen- turies. This is the aston- ishing conclusion that I draw out of the psychedelic experience.


It’s inconceivable in the present milieu. They are deep, deep purple — the color that they would have to be to absorb the deep ultraviolet end of the spectrum.

Unless you shed your language and enter into these cultures entirely, you will always have the point of view of a stranger and an outsider.

Virtual Reality and Electronic Highs What the shaman sees is that the mo- mentum of negative activity is, in fact, an illusion. From that point on, we will be eternal somewhere in the solid-state matrix of the translinguistic lens we have become. The ideas expressed here were formed and often recast in the en- vironment of Esalen Institute, where I have done some of my best think- ing; to the management, staff, and seminarians of Esalen I offer deep appreciation.

Yes, and I recognized that the information was not some- thing that I could have come up with. How probable was that before it existed? So most of the ideas covered in this book, which is an anthology of articles, essays, travelogues and interviews, won’t be unfamiliar to the regular McKenna fan.