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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Each culture has its own peculiarities and assumptions and phobias and faux pas. After reading this book I actually have a decent amount of respect for the guy whereas before I kind of giggled at him.

In Finnegans Wake such a space is called the “merry go raum,” from the German word raum, for “space. The politics of propaganda. The individual terenfe of the I Ching are made up of both Yin broken lines and Yang solid lines. The fractal elves seem to be reassuring, saying, “Don’t worry, I’t worry; do this, look at this.

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Despite the fact in the past i haven’t enjoyed his writing, the essays allowed him to further expand on many topics introduced in the interviews and i am n Having read “food of the gods” and unfortunately found it fairly boring and dull i wasn’t sure that this book would offer anything of interest to me. The trick is to know that, so that one can contribute to it rather than being frozen by anxiety. The theory that I put forth in Psilocybin: As I said, I am an explorer, not a scientist.

It archxic arises through a shift in the interior chem- istry of the body and the brain. That he advocates psychedelics per se is not a problem.

Terence McKenna

ference Here we have a collection of essays dealing with a wide range of topics all connected by the unifying theme; psychedelia. You’re probably not ready for this. Is it possible that these mushrooms never evolved on earth? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The Elf-Clowns of Hyperspace”.

It’s uncontrollable mcckenna the degree that it is not well under- stood. The shaman may appear to be a member of the culture, but he’s broader, deeper, higher, and wider than the culture that created him. We need all the information available to navigate dimensions that are profoundly strange and alien. I read the book a number of times in a row, taking my time with every other sentence trying to grasp its meaning. But what truly converted me into a McKenna fan was the level on which he explored what had been for some time one of the major strains in my own thinking — that history as we know it and define it is ending.


Let’s go back to the ego structure. If you made a chart of the levels of the unconscious you’ve experienced, how would you schematize it?

We were also looking at a very little-studied hallu- cinogen called oo-koo-hey or kuri-coo, which is used by the Witoto, Boro, and Muinane people. And no cul- ture, so far as I am aware, has ever consciously tried to evolve its lan- guage with the awareness that evolving language was evolving reality. Speaking of empowered speech, one of your raps that I found particularly perspicacious was about the octopus as the symbol of the dawning age.

July 4, at 7: Since this book is organized by interviews standing for chapters, even if the book lacks some overall coherence making it a bit harder to take it as a whole work, this also allows you to read it as what it is, a compilation, something to be read in many sits, not necessarily tying the whole reading together. Such experiences naturally raise the question of independent validation — at least for a time this was my question.

It stretches from the prehistoric veldt of Africa to the unimaginable world beyond the transcendental object at the end of history. Novelty theory is a pseudoscientific idea [10] [11] that purports to predict the ebb and flow of novelty in the universe as an inherent quality of time, proposing that time is not a constant but has various qualities tending toward either “habit” or “novelty”.

In archaic societies where shamanism is a thriving institution, signs are fairly easy to recognize: But in the Amazon.

The Archaic Revival By Terence McKenna – Psychedelic Press UK

If we can get away from the idea of making a buck, get into the idea of using this idea to save our skins, then the tran- scendental object moves that much nearer. It deserves respect and caution, not frivolous denial or trivialization. Shamanism is primarily techniques, not ritual. These are the two things that the psychedelics attack. It is mcmenna neces- sary to believe me, only to form a relationship with these hallucinogenic plants.


You may not be able to bring to bear on these things the kind of in- sight they did, but on the other hand no devival can measure the ocean, not Meister Eckhart or anybody else. Sexuality is the glory of the living experi- ence, and so forth and so on. On a mass scale, were people able to break free from the psychological patterns and deadlocks of history, I reasoned, then all our views of human mckkenna would change and history as we’d learned it — the battle of arrchaic, the struggles between classes, the endless fight for human equality — would in fact become mere foot- notes in the annals of the species.

Friends in the many dozens helped form these ideas. And if you only do heroic doses, then every trip will count.

You are commenting using your WordPress. I was told to read this book by my gr I read this one awhile ago, but i distinctly remember this book kept me awake into the long hours of the night. New Maps of Hyperspace 90 8. Ecstasy is the contemplation of wholeness.

The mind-set that I always bring to it is simply aechaic and Baconian— the mapping and gath- ering of facts. Well, at least I had the courage to make arcnaic specific prophecy.

The Archaic Revival

On one level, this information is a matter of no great consequence, for many cultures have understood this for millennia.

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I think that if you do these things it, they give you plenty to think about. Breaking Open the Head: