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by Terence McKenna Friday, Aug. 20, 2010 at 3:59 AM


Hello.. alright. Have you ever noticed how ahh, there's this quality to

reality which comes and goes, and kind of ebbs and flows and nobody ever

mentions it or has a name for it except some people call it a 'bad hair day'

...or some people say 'Things are really weird recently.' And I think we never

notice it and we never talk about it because we're embedded in a culture

that expects us to believe that all times are the same, and that your bank

account doesn't fluctuate except according to the vicissitudes of your own

existence. In other words, every moment is expected to be the same and yet

this isn't what we experience. And so what I noticed was that running

through reality is

the ebb and flow of novelty. And some days, and some

years, and some centuries are very novel indeed, and some ain't. And they

come and go on all scales differently, interweaving, resonating. And this

is what time seems to be. And Science has overlooked this, this most

salient of facts about nature: that nature is a novelty conserving engine.

And that from the very first moments of that most improbable big bang,

novelty has been conserved because in the very beginning there was only an

ocean of energy pouring into the universe. There were no planets, no stars,

no molecules, no atoms, no magnetic fields; there was only an ocean of free

electrons. And then time passed and the universe cooled and novel structures

crystallized out of disorder. First, atoms; atoms of hydrogen and helium

aggregating into stars. And at the center of those stars the temperature

and the pressure created something which had never been seen before which

was fusion. And fusion cooking in the hearts of stars brought forth more

novelty: heavy elements - iron, carbon, four-valent carbon. And as time

passed there were not only then elementary systems but because of the

presence of carbon and the lower temperatures in the universe, molecular

structures. And out of molecules come simple subsets of organism. The

genetic machinery for transcripting information, aggregating into

membranes, always binding novelty, always condensing time, always building

and conserving upon complexity, and always faster and faster and faster.

And then we come to ourselves. And where do WE fit into all of this. Five

million years ago we were an animal of some sort. Where will we be five

million years from tonight? What we represent is not a sideshow, or an

epiphenomenon, or an ancillary something-or-other on the edge of nowhere.

What WE represent is the nexus of concrescent novelty that has been moving

itself together, complexifying itself, folding itself in upon itself for

billions and billions of years. There is, so far as we know, nothing more

advanced than what is sitting behind your eyes. The human neocortex is the

most densely ramified complexified structure in the known universe. We are

the cutting edge of organismic transformation of matter in this cosmos. And

this has been going on for a while; since the discovery of fire, since the

discovery of language. But now, and by now I mean in the last 10,000 years,

we've been into something new. Not genetic information, not genetic mutation,

not natural selection, but epigenetic activity: writing, theatre, poetry,

dance, art, tattooing, body piercing and philosophy. And these things have

accelerated the ingression into novelty so that we have become an idea

excreting force in nature that builds temples, builds cities, builds

machines, social engines, plans, and spreads over the Earth, into space,

into the micro-physical domain, into the micro-physical domain. We, who five

million years ago were animals, can kindle in our deserts and if necesary

upon the cities of our enemies the very energy which lights the stars at

night. Now, something peculiar is going on here. Something is calling us

out of nature and sculpting us in it's own image. And the confrontation

with this something is now not so far away. This is what the impending

apparent end of everything actually means. It means that the de-no-ma(?) of

human history is about to occur and is about to be revealed as a universal

process of compressing and expressing novelty that is now going to become

so intensified that it is going to flow over into another dimension.

You can feel it. You can feel it in your own dreams. You can feel it in

your own trips. You can feel that we're approaching the cusp of a

catastrophe, and that beyond that cusp we are unrecognizable to ourselves.

The wave of novelty that has rolled unbroken since the birth of the

universe has now focussed and coalesced itself in our species. And if it

seems unlikely to you that the world is about to transform itself, then

think of it this way: think of a pond, and think of how if the surface of

the pond begins to boil - that's the signal that some enormous protean form

is about to break the surface of the pond and reveal itself. Human history

IS the boiling of the pond surface of ordinary biology. We are flesh which

has been caught in the grip of some kind of an attractor that lies ahead

of us in time, and that is sculpting us to its ends; speaking to us through

psychedelics, through visions, through culture, and technology,

consciousness. The language forming capacity in our species is propelling

itself forward as though it were going to shed the monkey body and leap

into some extra-surreal space that surrounds us, but that we can not

currently see. Even the people who run the planet, the World Bank, the IMF,

you name it, they know that history is ending. They know by the reports

which cross their desks: the disappearance of the ozone hole [?], the

toxification of the ocean, the clearing of the rain forests. What this means

is that the womb of the planet has reached its finite limits, and that the

human species has now, without choice, begun the decent down the birth canal

of collective transformation toward something right around the corner and

nearly completely unimaginable. And this is where the psychedelic shaman

comes is because I believe that what we really contact through psychedelics

is a kind of hyperspace. And from that hyperspace we look down on..., we look

down on both the past and the future, and we anticipate the end. And a shaman

is someone who has seen the end, and therefore is a trickster, because you

don't worry if you've seen the end. If you know how it comes out you go back

and you take your place in the play, and you let it all roll on without

anxiety. This is what boundary dissolution means. It means nothing less

than the anticipation of the end state of human history. A return to the

archaic mode. A rediscovery of the orgiastic freedom of the African

grasslands of 20,000 years ago. A techno-escape forward into a future that

looks more like the past than the future because materialism, consumerism,

product-fetishism, all of these things will be eliminated and technology

will become nanotechnology and disappear from our physical presence. If we

have the dream, if we allow the wave of novelty to propel us toward the

creativity that is inimitable to the human condition. That's what we're

talking about here: psychedelics as a catalyst to the human imagination,

psychedelics as a catalyst for language; because what cannot be said,

cannot be created by the community. So what we need then is the forced

evolution of language. And the way to do that is to go back to the agents

that created language in the very first place. And that means the

psychedelic plants, the Gaian Logos, and the mysterious, beckoning,

extraterrestrial minds beyond. Hooking ourselves back up in to the chakras

of the hierarchy of nature, turning ourselves over to the mind of the total

other that created us and brought us forth out of animal organization. We

are somehow part of the planetary destiny. How well we do determines how

well the experiment of life on Earth does, because we have become the

cutting edge of that experiment, we define it, and we hold in our hands the

power to make or to break it.

This is not a dress rehearsal for the apocalypse. This is not a pseudo-millenium.

This is the real thing folks. This is not a test. This is the

last chance before things become so dissipated that there is no chance for

cohesiveness. We can use the calender as a club. We can make the millenium

an occasion for establishing an authentic human civilization, overcoming

the dominator paradigm, dissolving boundaries through psychedelics,

recreating a sexuality not based on monotheism, monogamy and monotony. We..

All these things are possible if we can understand the overarching metaphor

which holds it together which is the celebration of mind as play, the

celebration of love as a genuine social value in the community. This is

what they have suppressed so long. This is why they are so afraid of the

psychedelics, because they understand that once you touch the inner core of

your own and someone else's being you can't be led into thing-fetishes and

consumerism. The message of psychedelics is that culture can be re-engineered

as a set of emotional values rather than products. This is

terrifying news. And if we are able to make this point then we can pull

back, we can pull back and we can transcend. Nine times in the last million

years the ice has ground south from the poles pushing human populations

ahead of it and those people didn't fuck up. Why should we then? We are all

survivors. We are the inheritors of a million years of striving for the

unspeakable. And now with the engines of technology in our hands we ought to

be able to reach out and actually exteriorize the human soul at the end of

time, invoke it into existence like a UFO and open the violet doorway into

hyperspace and walk through it, out of profane history and into the world

beyond the grave, beyond shamanism, beyond the end of history, into the

galactic millenium that has beckoned to us for millions of years across

space and time. THIS IS THE MOMENT. A planet brings forth an opportunity

like this only once in its lifetime, and we are ready, and we are poised.

And as a community we are ready to move into it, to claim it, to make it

our own.

It's there. Go for it, and thank you.

That we are no longer this poor little stranger and afraid in a world it

never made. But that YOU ARE THIS UNIVERSE and you are creating it in

every moment...Because you see it starts now, it didn't begin in the

past, there was no past. See, if the universe began in the past when

that happened it was now, see, but it still now. and th...e universe is

still beginning now, and it's trailing off like the wake of a ship from

now, and that wake fades out so does the past. You can look back there

to explain things, but the explanation disappears. You'll never find it

there... Things are not explained by the past, they are explained by

what Happens Now. That Creates the past, and it begins here... That's

the birth of responsibility...

Alien Dreamtime

Terence McKenna

if a group claims to be the "only" way like you see in most organized religion run the other way! so

you wont endup with rigid belief that eslave you

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