Mind Food of the Gods

collected works by and about

Terence McKenna

The Mushroom Speaks -- from Oss & Oeric's Psilocybin: The Magic Mushroom Growers Guide. "The mushroom which you see is the part of my body given to sex thrills and sun bathing, my true body is a fine network of fibers growing through the soil. These networks may cover acres and may have far more connections than the number in a human brain."
The High Times Interview -- by David Jay Brown and Rebecca McClen, published in the April 1992 issue of High Times. "At still higher doses psilocybin triggers this activity in the language-forming capacity of the brain that manifests as song and vision. Psilocybin may have synergized the emergence of higher forms of psychic organization out of primitive protohuman animals. It can be seen as a kind of evolutionary enzyme, or evolutionary catalyst."
Re: Evolution -- the spoken word portion of track ten of the "Boss Drum" CD from Shamen. "What shamans have to do is act as exemplars, by making this cosmic journey to the domain of the Gaian ideas, and then bringing them back in the form of art to the struggle to save the world."
Time and Mind -- the transcript of a McKenna workshop in New Mexico in May of 1990. "They proceed to sing objects into existence. Amazing objects. Objects that are Fabergé Eggs, things made of pearl, and metal, and glass, and gel, and you, when you're shown one of these things, a single one of them, you look at it and you know, without a shadow of a doubt, in the moment of looking at this thing, that if it were right here, right now, this world would go mad. It's like something falling out of the mind of God -- such objects do not exist in this universe, and yet, you're looking at it."
Alien Dreamtime -- a transcript of Terence McKenna's spoken word performance with Spacetime Continuum at the Transmission theater in San Francisco, February 1993. "The psychedelic experience is an experience of the living fact of the entelechy of the planet, and without that experience we wander in a desert of bogus ideologies, but with that experience, the compass of the self can be set."
New Maps of Hyperspace -- a talk given at the invitation of Ruth and Arthur Young of the Berkeley Institute for the Study of Consciousness in 1984. "We are not primarily biological, with mind emerging as a kind of iridescence, a kind of epiphenomenon at the higher levels of organization of biology. We are hyperspatial objects of some sort that cast a shadow into matter. The shadow in matter is our physical organism."
The Oversoul as Saucer -- what was to be chapter twenty of True Hallucinations. "The saucer, no matter how alien it appears, no matter how advanced its demonstrations of power, is not a vehicle from some other star system, it is the oversoul of humanity up to its oldest trick. If one knows this one can live through the revelation and the destruction of our scientific world and yet evade the immense power of this most powerful of all transference phenomenon and thereby maintain the integrity of one's own soul and spirit."
Open Ending -- what was to be chapter twenty-one of True Hallucinations. "Indeed, the vast and dreamy world that we call imagination, or the unconscious, may merge imperceptibly into autonomously existing worlds we would call 'hyperdimensional,' indicating the paradox of their simultaneous invisibility and their here-and-nowness in the psilocybin trance with a presence which belies the term hallucination."
Tryptamine Hallucinogens and Consciousness -- A talk given at the Lilly/Goswami Conference on Consciousness and Quantum Physics at Esalen, December 1983. "We are going to discover the plasticity, the mutability, the eternal nature of the mind and, I believe, release it from the monkey. My vision of the final human future is an effort to exteriorize the soul and internalize the body, so that the exterior soul will exist as a superconducting lens of translinguistic matter generated out of the body of each of us at a critical juncture at our psychedelic bar mitzvah."
Terence McKenna interviewed by Gracie & Zarkov -- from Mondo 2000 "You've heard me talk about meme wars, and how, if we could have a level playing field, these ideas would do very well. The theory I'm putting forth -- to disprove it you would have to get your feet wet and get stoned. Anybody who doesn't want to do that should rule themselves off the case."
The Non-Ordinary Conhibition Rhetoric of Terence McKenna -- an excerpt from Non-Ordinary States Through Vision Plants. "We're playing with half a deck as long as we tolerate that the cardinals of government and science should dictate where human curiosity can legitimately send its attention and where it cannot. What we're talking about here is the repression of a religious sensibility. In fact not 'a' religious sensibility, the religious sensibility. Not built on some con game spun out by eunuchs, but based on the symbiotic relationship that was in place for our species for 50,000 years before the advent of history riding priestcraft and propaganda."
Richard Evans Schultes reviews Food of the Gods -- from American Scientist September/October 1993. "It is, without question, destined to play a major role in our future considerations of the role of the ancient use of psychoactive drugs, the historical shaping of our modern concerns about drugs and perhaps about man's desire for escape from reality with drugs."
The DMT Experience -- an excerpt from Food of the Gods. "The world becomes an Arabian labyrinth, a palace, a more than possible Martian jewel, vast with motifs that flood the gaping mind with complex and wordless awe. Color and the sense of a reality-unlocking secret nearby pervade the experience. There is a sense of other times, and of one's own infancy, and of wonder, wonder and more wonder. It is an audience with the alien nuncio."

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