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Archaic Revival, The

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Speculations on psychedelic mushrooms, the Amazon, virtual reality, UFOs, evolution, shamanism, rebirth of the Goddess and the end of History.

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In these essays, interviews, and narrative adventures, McKenna takes us on a mesmerizing journey deep into the Amazon as well as into the hidden recesses of the human psyche and the outer limits of our culture, giving us startling visions of the past and future.

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"A cyclone of unorthodox ideas capable of lifting almost any brain out of its cognitive Kansas."   ~Tom Robbins

"McKenna's (Invisible Landscape) wild theories about how hallucinogenic experiences are the last best hope of a world gone mad are at the center of these essays and interviews, most previously published. McKenna interprets three decades of flying through the deepest and highest levels of consciousness, encountering extraterrestrials, unknown languages and 'the Other', the self seeking new levels of interior human existence. Much of his experience comes from trips - physical and drug-induced - to and with Amazonian Indian shamans.

McKenna is best when he describes the multicolored landscapes and backgrounds of his visions and their settings. Such description, though, is rare; the author serves mostly as millenarian missionary, predicting an apocalypse for the year 2012. He gives short shrift to the demonstrable healing properties of the Amazon drugs, neglecting the most persuasive data as to why natural hallucinogens ought to be taken more seriously. He opts instead to promote hallucinogens as a messianic panacea for the individual psyche, not unlike the New Agers and pop psychologists against whom he rails incessantly."    ~Publishers Weekly

Excerpt

"In the twentieth century a global civilization has lost its bearing, and as we look back in time for a model to anchor us we have to go back before history to around twelve or fifteen thousand years ago. So the important part of the human potential movement and the New Age, I believe, is the reempowerment of ritual, the rediscovery of shamanism, the re-cognition of psychedelics, and the importance of the Goddess. There must also be an authentic religious mystery driving this. Psychedelics put you in touch with something that is both real and immediate - the mind of the planet. This is the oversoul of all life on earth. It's the real thing. The Gain hypothesis, which began by proposing that the entire planet is a self-regulating system, has now been brought to the level where some people are saying, 'It's almost alive.' But I would go much further than that. Not only is it alive, but it is 'minded.'

I take very seriously the idea that the Logos is real, that there is a guiding Mind - an Oversoul - that inhabits the bamboo of the planet, and that human balance, dignity, and religiosity depend on having direct contact with this realm. This is what shamanism is providing. It was available in the West until the fall of Eleusis and the Mystery traditions - to some people - but then it was stamped out by barbarians who didn't understand what they had destroyed."

Author McKenna, Terence
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 288 pp.
Publisher HarperCollins 1991
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