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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Sometimes repetition is not a bad thing. Among aspiring shamans there must be some sign of inner strength or a hypersensitivity to trance states.

What has been your experience with it?

The Archaic Revival By Terence McKenna – Psychedelic Press UK

The AIDS epidemic is playing right into the hands of the people who want to repress and distort human misery. McKenna was a colleague and close friend of chaos mathematician Ralph Abrahamand author and biologist Rupert Sheldrake. Better than Food of the Gods.

You’re long on talk, but what can you show me? Perhaps the flying saucer or UFO is the central motif to be understood in order to get a handle on reality here and now. And we are moving toward the brink of global catastrophe herence using the tools present at hand that might save us.

That is what Stropharia cubensis itself suggests. Some may have more facility for such exploration than tegence, and these states may be difficult to achieve, but they are part of mckenns human condition. In the book by my brother and myself, The Invisible Landscape, I de- them as self-transforming machine elves, for that is how they ap- pear. I am a political activist, but I think that the first duty of a political activist is to become psychedelic.

The elfclowns of hyperspace are al- ready juggling in the center ring. An ascending tone is heard. If this can happen on DMT, it means it is at least, under some circumstances, accessible to human beings. McKenna poses ways of looking at natural psychedelic experiences psilocybin mushrooms and DMT, not LSD as gateways into other realities and parallel universes.

It reviival allows you to read and contemplate small servings of modern archaic philosophy, which I thi Terence McKenna was a genius of philosophy and science who had a knack for poetic realization. The signs that are not all around us, acrhaic that are known to the aficionados of psychedelic substances, are the transformations of consciousness that are simultaneous with the transformation of technical culture.


Yet strangely, both often try and bolster their views by selectively cherry-picking from scientific findings. The trick is to know that, so that one can contribute to it, rather than being frozen anxiety. The number of people and cultures that have gone to maturi- ty and then to death without an inkling of this archwic to me the most shock- ing thing about the human situation.

But to see people so transformed, so back in tune with na- ture on a mass level, would mean we were collectively prepared to put such low-consciousness matters as planetary pollution or the Arab- Israeli struggle behind us virtually overnight. Ina joint ethnobotanical expe- dition composed of people from Harvard and the University of British Columbia went to Iquitos in the far east of Peru. Nevertheless, people had never stood at a cultural crossroads quite like that.

So such things as working with the kundalini, hypnosis, mantras, and physical activities — psycho- physical manipulations of consciousness — seem to be safe ground and acceptable as areas for investigation. They silent because we cannot understand them. As an anarchist and skeptic, I saw India basically as a very stratified kind of con game. In this post I will share my introspective review of his book: This is no longer cen- turies or millennia away. I believe that the mediation of the shaman and through him the contact to the centering Logos, this source of information or gnosis, is probably the cause of this ability to heal or minimize psychological disorders.

Speaking of empowered speech, one of your raps that I found particularly perspicacious was about the octopus as the symbol of the dawning age.

The main problem with searching for extraterrestrials is to recognize them. Their anointed spokesman, the late Terence McKenna, is a major case in point. A Brief Cultural History of Tripping”. A great psychotherapist to my mind would be a great shaman— and there are some very good ones.

Terence McKenna

Strangely, McKenna and his enthusiasts, in their intellectual prejudices, resemble the very right-wing fundamentalists they dislike.

McKenna goes off the deep end in numerous parts, but he is also surprisingly lucid and rational when discussing seemingly bizarre subjects such as the “stoned ape” theory of evolution.


When Hurricane Terence sets one’s mind back down, however, one will find that it is on solid ground; for, far from Oz-built, the theories and specu- lations of McKenna are rooted in a time-tested pragmatism thousands of years old. Yet, how- ever much we may be hedonists or pursuers of the bizarre, we find DMT to be too much.

Cleansing the Doors of Perception: We have the technological power, the engineering skills to save our planet, to cure disease, to feed the hungry, to end war; But we lack the intellectual vision, the ability to change our minds. Instead of paying attention to what he was bringing personally to his trips, he chose to remain OUTSIDE of himself to inte As far as Terrence McKenna books go, this one is actually the easiest to read.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. What my brother Revuval McKenna was saying in his talk was that humanness was formed out of the interphase between the plants and primates.

The Archaic Revival

He was very right in reading me and the ideas already strewn about in my head. I think that it will come, but I think it will come in the late nineties, that we still have much to go through.

In fact, we do not represent the pinnacle of understanding of the nature of reality. I say, “Well, so at’s what you think. The author and the publisher of this book disclaim liability for any adverse effects resulting from the use of any hallucinogenic plant or other psychedelic substance that is discussed herein.

McKenna stated that due to the desertification of the African continent at that time, human forerunners were forced from the increasingly shrinking tropical canopy in search of new food sources. Wikiquote has quotations related to: Alles andere ist eigentlich eh, schon allein aufgrund der Wartezeiten, zum Scheitern verurteilt. Open Preview See a Problem? What the shaman sees is that the mo- mentum of negative activity is, in fact, an illusion.