Terrence McKenna and the Psilocybin Abduction Experience

Is there a more Disinfo.com article than this? I mean, the company did put out Graham Hancock’s Supernatural back in the day and man is that a great fucking book. Seriously, if you haven’t read that by now, what are you even doing with your life?  If you’re not hip, it has to do with the similarities between modern day supposed alien abduction experiences and ancient shamanic initiation rites. As it turns out, there are quite a few. A+. Anyway, this is a fun article about the strange familiarity between the Mckenna boys wigging the fuck out on mushrooms in the Amazon and sober contact encounters from the always excellent Daily Grail. It’s funny that I’ve had to explain to Jake on the podcast how utterly strange and psychedelic UFO shit is. We’ve all sort of been programmed to look at it mockingly and the only reason I don’t has to do with me somehow reading Whitley Streiber right after my first psilocybin mind explosion.

It was cool to see that Dennis Mckenna actually did a conference organized by Jeremy Vaeni where Whitley spoke a few years back and finally making the connection. I have no idea if that’s what inspired this article, but I mean, what else d0 you have to do with your day other than read this shit? (From the Daily Grail):

“Dennis McKenna was abducted by aliens.

His brother, the late Terence McKenna, became the appointed ambassador of the aliens –following in the footsteps of the UFO Contactees of the 1950’s and 60’s– in charge of laying the ground for their arrival.

Both of them were subjected to profound mental and biological changes which effectively transformed them into human-alien hybrids.

That could be one interpretation extracted from the two famous brothers’ surreal experiences during their little expedition at the Amazonian rain forest in 1971, popularly known as the La Chorrera Experiment. It could easily have been the conclusion reached by UFO investigators if they had ever bothered to interview them after their return from South America; that is, if the McKennas had decided to omit the tiny little detail that their whole purpose of traveling to Colombia was to look for an orally active version of DMT, the most potent psychedelic substance known to man –oh, and that failing to discover it, they were all-too happy to settle with the abundant clumps of pan-tropical psilocybin mushrooms they serendipitously found all around the tiny jungle village they settled into.

Terence knew all too well that when it comes to the mere mention of mind-altering substances involved before or after an exchange with non-human intelligences, UFO buffs are just as puritans as the arch-skeptics who love to invoke the stereotypical ‘pink elephants’ meme, in order to explain anomalous sightings as a result of “one-drink too many at the pub”. He made a point to mention this during his presentation (“Shamanic Approaches to the UFO”) at the Angels, Aliens & Archetypes conference in San Francisco, in November of 1987, where Whitley Strieber and Jacques Vallee were also speakers, turning him into a heretic among heretics:

“(…)Had (Whitley) prefaced his story with the comment that before it all happened he took five grams of mushrooms, I doubt he could have sold it to his mother. Because in a world where mushrooms and other psychedelic plants are imbibed, such stories are commonplace. It’s no big deal!”

3 decades have passed since Terence, who departed this planet in April 3rd of 2000 –4-3-2(000) for those who like to check on numerological stuff– made this point of contention to the UFO research community, and yet barely anyone bothered to hear him amid all the shouting between those defending the legitimacy of the MJ-12 papers, and those who decried them as hoaxes. “Don’t talk to us about taking drugs in order to meet the aliens, you hairy hippie! We wanna know where the government is hiding all the crashed saucers!”

(Read the rest at the Daily Grail)

Thad McKraken

Thad McKraken

Thad McKraken is a psychedelic writer, musician, visual artist, filmmaker, Occultist, and pug enthusiast based out of Seattle. He is the author of the books The Galactic Dialogue: Occult Initiations and Transmissions From Outside of Time, both of which can be picked up on Amazon super cheap.
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