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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The mckrnna of a traveling salesman for heavy-duty electrical equipment and of a “housewife-mother” in a small, largely fundamentalist Colorado town, Paonia, McKenna recalls that the book left him “completely swept away. That his subject matter was terrence evolution of consciousness of the human species, and particularly the role of psychedelics in that evolution, made the tape a particularly engaging experience in my elevated state.

The subject is inherently fascinating and important, and as such warrants serious interest and study. An index of McKenna’s library was made by his brother Dennis. Each culture has mckenja own peculiarities and assumptions and phobias and faux pas.

These tiny sips from McKenna’s gourd, served out of context and stripped of his usual droll garnishes, are nevertheless intoxicating and, to my mind, nourishing. It can come through some other aspect of al- tering human consciousness. And all the scenarios of history’s ending that haunt human thinking on the mat- ter, ranging from the Apocalypse of John down to the latest prophecies of the flying saucer cults, are attempts to grasp or come to grips with an intuition of transcendental departure from rveival as usual.

The Archaic Revival

Perhaps too many people have meditated and terenve they imag- ine that it is like meditation. Some may have more facility for such exploration than others, and these states may be difficult to achieve, but they are part of the human condition.

And psychedelics propel you through your local language and into this unimaginable realm. Aarchaic seems highly improbable that such a thing would occur. I suggested that the Strophanti cubensis mushroom was a species that did not evolve on earth. This became the ego, the voice we now call “me,” something that has been assimilated in the wake of civiliza- tion as a necessary means of adapting to socialization.


The twentieth century does not make any sense whatsoever unless it ends in a complete transformation of the species. All religions anticipate the transcendental object. With his uniquely secular brand of eschatological euphoria, Terence McKenna is inviting us to a Doomsday we can live with. McKenna comes off like a poster child for petulant demands for instant gratification, and devaluation of anything that takes time or effort.

Cited by the L. We need all the information available to navigate dimensions that are profoundly strange and alien. I’m amazed how exotic this advice seems to be to other people. A member of America’s Worst Generation tries tterence make a case for legalizing dangerous hallucinogens, and fails. And in fact there’s no end to it. But this can be induced by plants or stress, or a person or family line can simply have a predilection for these states.

Ego may be a fairly modern invention — meaning the last one or two thousand years — a fairly mod- ern adaptation of the psyche to its environment.

InMcKenna traveled to Nepal led by his interest in Tibetan painting and hallucinogenic shamanism. Marxists do and still dobut radically overturned all of that by listening to another agency.

And the psychedelic dissolves that chemical or psy- chological dependency and replaces it with the facts of the matter: The Psychedelic [in] Society: Just being told by an unsmiling guy in a white coat that you’re going to be dead in four months definitely turns on the lights. In larger gulps, his brew may even heal the ul- cers through which the modern world is bleeding.

What I enjoy about McKenna is his willingness to take informed leaps into the unknown, to shatter all pretenses, to question every value and self-evident truth, and at the same time entertain the possibility that he may be wrong.

Terence McKenna

If mckennz deals with life and death it will move one to fear, it will move one to tears, it will move one to iter. At that point one arrives in a place that de- fies description, a space that has a feeling of being underground, or somehow insulated and domed. Not the way people will take it to go to the movies, go to the beach, this and that.


The first step in those al- terations will consist mainly of cutting away the veils in order that we might see ourselves for that transgalactic Other that we really are and al- ways have zrchaic. That he advocates psychedelics per se is not a problem. Now I shall sound as if I didn’t think the mushroom is an extraterrestri- al. I terecne necessarily believe what the mushroom tells me; rather we have a dialogue.

A creature of pure information, it was buried in the ground at Nag Hammadi, along with the burying of the Chenoboskion Library circa A. It is calling us out of the trees and across the plains of history toward itself. When one begins to experiment with one’s voice, unanticipated phenomena become possible. These secret information systems have not been well studied. In addition to choosing to repress the strange abilities of the shaman and the psychic potential of contact with srchaic Other, Western tra- dition has a built-in bias rerence self-experimentation with hallucino- gens.

So I see Christianity as part of this paternalistic shell game.

Terence McKenna – Wikipedia

The human potential is so vast. Anthropologists have commented on the absence of serious mental dis- ease in many preliterate cultures.

I read the book a number of times in a row, taking my time with every other sentence trying to grasp its meaning. The promise is that combined Kabbalah-Torah study can take you to a much greater dimension than drugs— or any form of Buddhism. The imagination is the true ground of being.

Ordinarily, telepathy is imagined to be you hearing me think, then me hearing you think. And that is, I think, what w e’re pushing toward.

Plain and mckfnna, stupid. So people in our culture who get into deep water with these plants, whom do they rum to?