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Psychoactives: Is there a connection?

Introductory post

By David Pursglove | May 17, 2007

Terence McKenna* on high doses of psilocybin mushrooms often encountered what he called “machine elves”. These guys were from elsewhere/when. He found their contributions beneficial to his mind**. Possibly a good sign for our inquiry here. Others have reported similar positive results with various psychoactives of contacts with “teachers”, some of whom seemed “unearthly” both in the sense of from the “other side” and/or non-human.  (See Graham Hancock’s latest, Supernatural Meetings with Ancient Teachers of Mankind.)

I have a hunch narratives linking psychedelic experience to UFO contact are hard to find in the literature, not because they are infrequent, but because experiencers are reluctant to report in print two bizarre episodes rolled into one. The psychedelicos and the Ufolks have enough to defend on their own turfs without giving both debunkers and drug warriors double grounds for ridicule. (Such concerns didn’t slow McKenna down, of course. Not even for a beat.)

“True Hallucinations” or not, this is murky ground, and any illuminating comments or posts could be a big help. For instance, are there any reports of contacts with allegedly off-planet beings among the psychoactive-using shamans?  If yes, could these experiences be emulated?  Graham Hancock offers positive reports.  Others?


*His books include True Hallucinations; The Archaic Revival; Trialogues at the Edge of the West: Chaos, Creativity and the Resacralization of the World (with Ralph Abraham and Rupert Sheldrake) including a to-die-for intro essay by Jean Houston!

**from a ’93 interview with “UFO” magazine’s editor, Vicki Cooper (quoted in Zen in the Art of Close Encounters: Crazy wisdom and UFOs, p.180):

[McKenna]: Well, so what that means is that a hallucination is datum for reality in the same way that ordinary perception is. Shamans have been talking to aliens for a hundred thousand years. For some reason, it is ruled not [in the same category] as what we’re talking about – we the flying saucer people. It’s a puzzling thing to me, because the experience is repeatable. The one thing which science always says of the flying saucers is, “Well, you can’t produce them on demand.” But with DMT [Dimethyltryptamine, a powerful, fast-acting psychedelic] you can produce encounters with elves on demand.

Vocabulary note: Psychoactives are the compounds typically in the mind-expanding/enabling category. Psychotropics are the psychiatric meds that typically function in the opposite way.

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