This text is from Disembodied Eyes

Preying Mantis Entity Reports

This is an informal collection of tales regarding the strangest of possibilites- encounters with praying-mantis like entities which occur after ingesting enteogenic compounds. Why is this so common? Nobody seems to mention spiders or grasshoppers, always mantids! There is not enough inforamtion here to draw any conclusions, but i believe there is enough to demonstrate something weird and heavy is going on in the human mind.

I also call your attention to McKenna's _True Hallucinations_ where he describes a somewhat hostile encounter with "pirate mantids" his wife endured.

These are editied for length but not content.

[this was induced by an oral dose of hashish]

I was lying on what seemed to be a large marble slab, cold and hard. Surrounding me were four tall(7' ?) emerald green mantis type creatures, all chittering at me in some high pitched language(?). I felt no fear, no threat. It seemed they were trying to communicate, though none of their sounds made any sense to me. This went on for what seemed like about a half hour. Then I began to wonder how I would get back, and as that thought crossed my mind, it was like a rubber band contracting, as I snapped back from hyperspace, and into my body. Overhead, the fan continued its' lazy circles.

I don't know quite what to think about this experience. Though I've tried, I've been unable to duplicate this experience. Tripping on hash is not easy, hallucinogenic doses are very close to the level where you fall asleep, or pass out. And the hangover, from large doses, is large also. One feels slow, thick, and stupid for much of the next day, sometimes with a mild but lingering headache.

Last summer while talking with the echo of one of my past lives, discussing the possibilities of calling forth a great and powerful object called the "orb" to focus and add power, it was revealed to me that the orb would and could impose its own order on the person using it, but since i, and possibly others had orriginally made it a long time ago, there was at least something about it that was familiar, i rejected this order, and debated making another, more controleable orb, and poof, there behind and to the left of me was a mantis in scarlet robes...under the influence of my agent i had 360 degree vision, and the mantis urged me to make my own orb, reject the harsh order of the original orb, and make my was not threatening, but there was an undertone of the idea that my doing so would allow it and its kind to enter the realm of humans and creat *GREAT* change...not necessarily bad, but just different....the time frame that i got for this (gulp) coincided nearly exactly with what i later found out to be the nadir of the timewave's prediction with full novelty.....keep in mind that this all happened before i ever heard about the program or that anyone else had seen this damn mantis......i was also told that by doing so, i would enter a chaotic period of my life which would straighten out around the tail end of winter....and gulp again, this cooincided with the last nadir in the novelty wave..... i have scared myself over this one.
I have met the Mantis entity on a few occasions, but one in particular comes to mind. I was sitting in meditation after having ingested 5 grams of Ps. cubensis (Terence McKenna's Brillo Nuevo strain distributed through Lux Nutura back in the early 80's), when a powerful, insectoid feeling state descended upone me. I opened myself to it completely to see where it was going to go, and I became completely possessed by the insectoid intelligence. Consciousness clicked into a state of machine like lucidity unlike anything I had experienced before or since. The state of mind was extraordinarily clear, but marked by a type of crystalline, insectoid, mechanical mentation that still defies my skills in articulating it so that it could be understood by another who hadn't experienced it. I observed this intelligence move and gain understanding as it directed its attention through my eyes and sensory apparatus. At one point, our consciousnesses blended to the point that I felt my head swivel on exoskeletal joints as its gaze was passed over the room I was seated within. I noticed that it viewed my ordinary, then still undeveloped human consciousness as a fairly primitive mode of operation, and that its awareness was much broader than my own, though only in a certain respect.

I have had contact with it again over the years; though it's awareness now seems quite restricted to me as I have matured my own understanding. I have the feeling that it is more interested in what it can learn from us, though it may have some technical knowledge that we can acquire from it. It lacks that refined awareness that the open heart of the human being can generate: compassionate understanding; it's understanding seems more insectoid, mechanical, though precise and accurate. Sometimes I think that it is a projection of a certain aspect of my own brain.

[Several grams of dry P. cyanescens] Eventually an entity came and delivered me unbidden personal attention. I was quite relieved to see another creature, for I suspected I was one myself (although not sure). At first I was captivated by its fluid motions and methodical actions. It was moving in rythyms, doing a dance of sorts. Eventually it occurred to me that the "dance" it was doing involved horrifying probes of my own form, and that it was moving faster than I could comprehend while doing so. I was paralyzed. I wasn't sure if I had a body or not, but this thing was doing something to ME, which was still intact. As I concentrated more and more upon its "physical" form (which is a term I use as loosely as possible), it occurred to me that it looked somewhat familiar. Not anything I had ever seen, but close. It was a giant praying mantis, although it had mental appendages and cartoon details about it. It also looked more squat than the terrestrial version of the insect, shorter and more robust. Its many arms worked up and down my existence, probing and testing every bit. It seemed to put no effort into comforting me, yet it did through some sort of telepathy imply that it would be easier for both of us if I stopped struggling. Eventually I did, and it left. I use the term "mental rape" as a gloss of what it "did" to me.
1993. psilocybe cyanascens, 4 grams. i am a 170 lb female. use entheogenic fungus twice yearly, with spiritual/shamanic/ritual intent. use no other drugs with the exception of beer.

very intense deep trip, fairly recent hand gathered shroomies...twisting thru the beginnings....dark..scary.....cavern....up to Emergence into a brilliant kaleidoscopic Upperworld...domes of the infinite heavens stretching astral body whirling about the cosmos, meeting various entities and forces corresponding to the directions of my spiritual path (feminist Wicca) total understanding of the forces behind the tools and rituals of my path. My physical pody, naked (connected to the astral by a thin silver light coming out of the top of my head).......dancing gracefully, sinuously...circularly in the dark candlelit cabin On previous trips involving p. cubensis, the journeys were decidedly mexican/southwestern in coloring, feel and imagery...and Coyote was a guide (as well as an brilliantly feathered Mayan(?) Jaguar entity) Not so on P.cyanascens....more space-oriented...Mantis appeared, silent, strong, wise.........indicated the Pleiades as an important source of knowledge. my visuals included faint but visible overlays of the spiral and lemniscate (infinity symbol) with the bright green Mantis. I had never seen a mantis in "nonaltered" reality, so it seemed strange to see one. i had no prior connections with them. Now i seem to see them with some regularity outdoors.......and they do not object to being picked up and examined by me. have not met the mantis in more recent trips. having experienced a horrifically bad shroom trip last fall, the Shroom Goddess told me to hold off until further notice. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I ran into something like that last night - or maybe they ran into me. Five fair-sized dried cubensis ground up via orange juice. Fast onset.

Laid down in my darkened music studio to let things happen. As soon as I was still, an entity or entities materialized out of headspace and completely engulfed my consciousness. I have met quite a few different things in similar states, but these things were different: aggressive, confusing, assimilating. I started to panic. I couldn't shake the intruders; all my usual tricks seemed to be useless, as if they had learned enough about me to counter all my defenses. They even knew my name - or one of them, jhno - as they explained that resistance was futile, you will be devoured.

I found I could, drive them temporarily from my head by physically moving, and not allowing my mind to settle into that tryptamine trance state. However, they were still very present, and I felt very threatened - as if they were invading me, or possibly others, or the whole planet, and that we were in danger of being consumed or eradicated.

I got more and more frightened by what was going on. There has been a storm in the bay area, and so the city was more chaotic than usual... flooding, accidents, power outages. I thought that something terrible was happening to San Francisco. There was one friend who I thought of calling for help, but i could not locate his number, and directory assistance was not working - confirming my fears that things were going awry.

I have a good friend that is not on the list, so I will try to retell the story verbatim for you. "I was under the influence of 7 g of p.c. w/ an mao i. (wow, so many abreviations!). I was then transported to a vast black nothingness, in which a world appeared. I hovered over it. When I could no longer see the curvature of the sphere because of close proximity, i noticed a beam of light that shot out of it. It was guarded by insectoid creatures who were very aware of my presence. I moved over the beam and it engulfed me, shooting light into my brain. I was virtually plummeted into an entheogenic hell, they were shoewing me all of the atrocities of man at once...war, disease, famine, etc..." He was then taken to a hospital and sedated by a friend.
>4. There is continued mention of galactic preying mantids in trip >reports. I'd like to consolidate several mantis-encounter reports, as a >companion to my "alien contact" report. I think there may be enough now, >so if you have met these things in hyperspace, let me know all about it! >I'm very intrigues by the fact that so many people (on compounds ranging >from mushrooms to cannabis to salvia) have seen these usually menacing >mantids. Rarely do we hear about people tripping and seeing grasshoppers >or ants, what is it with mantids? Is it the North American equivelent to >the ayahuasquero's jaguar? Do we, as neo-shaman, assume the form of a >mantis where the old-school shaman became jaguars?

before i ever heard of the mantis or joined vpl, i saw them last july or august...they told me that there was a great power struggle that could be happening on earth and that ..well it was a long talk, but yes i have talked with them.