‘William Blake said, If the truth can be told so as to be understood, it will be believed. In other words understanding compelled belief, you don’t have to hammer on to somebody, your task is to refine your message into an understandable form and then let the dynamics of intellectual competition decide what is the best model to follow’. Terance Mckenna
Terence McKenna is a legend in the psychedelic community: He is remembered as a radical philosopher, futurist, raconteur, and cultural commentator. He was and is one of the most articulate spokesmen for the post-psychedelic zeitgeist. He is one of the prime originators of the 2012 mythos with all its attendent apocalyptarian anxiety.
As opposed to Thomas Campbells non substance method of exploration, knowledge seeking and consciousness research, Mckenna believed that humanity had arrived to a point where time was to short to provoke global change without using psychedelic substances. He believed psychedelics had already played their role in human development.
In his book Food of the Gods, (Mckenna’s Bookshop introduction) McKenna proposed that the transformation from humans’ early ancestors Homo erectus to the species Homo sapiens mainly had to do with the addition of the mushroom Psilocybe cubensis in its diet – an event which according to his theory took place in about 100,000 BC (this is when he believed that the species diverged from the Homo genus). He based his theory on the main effects, or alleged effects, produced by the mushroom. One of the effects that comes about from the ingestion of low doses, which agrees with one of scientist Roland Fischer’s findings from the late 1960s-early 1970s, is it significantly improves the visual acuity of humans – so theoretically, of other human-like mammals too. According to McKenna, this effect would have definitely proven to be of evolutionary advantage to humans’ omnivorous hunter-gatherer ancestors that would have stumbled upon it “accidentally”; as it would make it easier for them to hunt.
Mckenna was born in 1946 in Colorado. In 1967, while at college he discovered and begun studying shamanism through the study of Tibetan folk religion. Led by his “interest in Tibetan painting and hallucinogenic shamanism McKenna traveled to Nepal in 1969. In 1971 McKenna, his brother Dennis, and three friends traveled to the Colombian Amazon in search of oo-koo-hé, a plant preparation containing dimethyltryptamine (DMT). Instead of oo-koo-hé they found various forms of ayahuasca, or yagé, and gigantic Psilocybe cubensis which became the new focus of the expedition. At the urging of his brother, he was the subject of a psychedelic experiment which he claimed put him in contact with “Logos“: an informative, divine voice he believed was universal to visionary religious experience. The voice’s reputed revelations and his brother’s simultaneous peculiar experience prompted him to explore the structure of an early form of the I Ching, which led to his “Novelty Theory“
In the early 1980s, McKenna began to speak publicly on the topic of psychedelic drugs, lecturing extensively and conducting weekend workshops. Though associated with the New Age and human potential movements, McKenna himself had little patience for New Age sensibilities.
He repeatedly stressed the importance and primacy of felt experience, as opposed to dogma……. Click for fuller biography.
His teaching are a must for anybody interested in reaching states of higher consciousness. They provide incredible insights to his psychedelic experiences, articularity expressed with profound meaning. To mark his own 2012 projections a 12 part omnibus presentation on his work has been created . They are a great introduction to the man.
Part One: Who am I
Part Two: Who are We ?
Psychedelics are some kind of inoculation against paranoia.
Paranoia is the failure to perceive the pattern and instead to impute or guess the pattern. We say. ‘Well I guess the Pope must be running things, I guess it’s the CIA doing it’. It means that in that absence of understanding you faulter & there comes an error of thought. There maybe evil in the universe but what a rough row it has to hoe. I wouldn’t bet on it, that’s for sure, as the appetite of the universe is for connectivity, novelty, life, meaning, identity.’
Part 3: Who are we?
Part 4: History Lesson
Part 5: Topography of Arousal
Part 6: Keep the Faith
Part 7: The Vaudevillian Impulse
Part 8: Totality Symbol
Part 9: The More Perfect Logos