By Terence McKenna
Brought up via the L.A. Weekly as "the culture's preferable spokesman for the psychedelic experience," Terrence McKenna is an underground legend as an excellent raconteur, adventurer, and professional at the experiential use of mind-altering plants.
In those essays, interviews, and narrative adventures, McKenna takes us on a captivating trip deep into the Amazon in addition to into the hidden recesses of the human psyche and the outer limits of our tradition, giving us startling visions of the prior and future.
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Moses, I’ve shown that era now,’ God said, ‘And opened up for you a path ahead, For, though you live now, with him you belong— But don’t expect your life to last that long! * Were it not for his eﬀorts, wouldn’t you Still worship idols like men used to do? From bowing down to idols you’ve been freed To learn His rightful claim from the true creed. If you should speak, give thanks for this salvation, Gain, from your inner idol, liberation! From idols now your head has been unchained, So free your heart too with the strength you’ve gained.
5 25 30 35 6 Exordium In winter crows arrive, and from that day The nightingales stay mute and ﬂy away; Without the rose, the nightingales fall silent, As daytime ends the hour the sun is absent. O sun, you leave our garden far from sight To ﬁll the other side of earth with light! The sun of gnosis has no motion, though; It rises in the souls of those who know, The heaven’s perfect sun especially— By day and night it shines, perpetually. With Alexander, ﬁnd its rising place,* To be forever ﬁlled with royal grace; Its rising-place will always stay with you— The East, in love, will seek your sunsets too!
The servant stepped up to the shaikh, to say His greetings and to hand to him the tray— When he removed the tray’s lid, everyone Could see the miracle that had been done; Soon gasps and sighs were all that men could hear: ‘Our shaikh of shaikhs, what’s this you’ve made appear! What is the secret? What sheer majesty, Great lord of lords of every mystery! Forgive us, for we didn’t understand! Confused, we uttered words we hadn’t planned. Like blind men we waved sticks, and heedlessly Broke all the lamps in our vicinity.
The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History by Terence McKenna