Terence McKenna Explains his Most Fundamental Concept “The Archaic Revival”

Terence McKenna Explains his Most Fundamental Concept “The Archaic Revival”


Consciousness is the domain of immediate experience How are we going to? Save this planet. How are we going to take the lethal cascade of toxic? technological and ignorance producing habits that are loose on this planet and Channel them toward some kind of a sane and livable world. Well the answer is emerging in Culture out of the collectivity of global consciousness it is what I call the archaic revival It is this very large Turnover in the mass mind some people call it a paradigm shift It’s an effort to recover the sensory ratios the feelings and the attitudes of fifteen to twenty thousand years ago before fear before ego before male dominance before hierarchy hoarding warfare propaganda child abuse all of these things And the answer lies as was indicated last night in integration into the dynamics of nature Well so far as I my analysis gives it to me The only way you can abandon yourself to the dynamics of nature is to break through the language shell you must cut through the aura of Programming and cultural assumptions that surround us from the moment We are able to speak the only way this can be done is by dissolving the boundaries of ego ego is a structure that is erected by a neurotic Individual who is a member of a neurotic culture Against the facts of the matter and culture which we put on like an overcoat Culture is the collectivized consensus about what sort of neurotic behaviors are acceptable Now I don’t know so you see what I see going on in the Amazon is a very radical psycholytic therapy where they are dissolving literally dissolving the boundaries of self culture and and ego assumption and then what you discover is not The white light or what William James called a blooming buzzing confusion Although in the first few minutes, it can be like that But what you really discover is? sentient organized living loving nature That nature is a force nature is a mind of personality organized with intentionality organized with feeling humor grace and Conviction conviction and If you can get right with that conviction Then that’s the secret of dancing in the waterfall. That’s the secret of the shamans apparent transcendence of the rules of mundane statistics Because that is what it is the shaman doesn’t violate physics He just he or she simply knows how to push the improbable to its greatest extent and In in Eastern philosophy. This is called the Dowell, you know abandonment to the flow a bidding of the small pattern into the larger pattern well, I think these things are very important because I think that Psychology psychiatry psychoanalysis It’s a good idea, but it will never reach any kind of operational effectiveness until we look to these native healers all over the world and study their methods and their methods are Chemical and Personal it’s a combination of care attention intention and chemistry that allows consciousness to be made malleable and then recast in other forms so I Find myself this weekend Explaining myself. That’s what I feel like I’m doing Why does someone who extol the self transforming elf machines of the DMT space? also claimed to be a conservationist Also, you know have a mathematical dog and poodle show well, it’s because all of these things emerge out of the concrescence of Consciousness its intention toward its own transformation Nature is the answer not it’s not enough to be like Wordsworth It’s not enough to this is not you know Mao Zedong said the revolution is not a dinner party and Certainly, the ecological revolution is not a dinner party poetic sensitivity to the death of the planet is not what we’re striving for here What we’re striving for is to halt Overturn and back out of the impending death of the planet. It is very clear now that Consciousness will decide that the planet there are not rosy futures of suburban housing and ratatouille To be extended endlessly into the future We are approaching a bifurcation where it is either going to become heaven or hell one or the other and I think that this archaic intuition, which I see reaching clear back to the birth of the 20th century in the 19th century back to people like Alfred jari and You may Apollinaire and the patter physicists pata physicians the Surrealists the physicists around Einstein Freud modern art modern dance jazz all of this stuff is an effort to reclaim the primitive to reclaim the archaic to reject all that powdered wig algebra, that comes down through the French English German tradition of constipated male dominance and Instead, you know into it, that’s what it is in Freud and Jung and and the New Age and into it our way out but now We’re closed it. The intuition is Rising to the surface. We no longer have to operate without the presence of the goal Firmly in hand. The goal can now be stated what this is all about is a return to archaism With the lessons learned in history, that’s where we were happy. The fall was a fall into a veil of Tears into a world of Limitation and pain and suffering and infectious disease and so forth and so on it’s a prodigal journey into a lower dimension that can now be Ended by a collective cultural decision to commit to this taoist shamanistic feminized cybernetic caring aware Present kind of being I mean it’s nothing more than what each of us is in our very best moments But we have to extend those very best moments to fill whole lifetimes you know think of the Number of people who suffered and died that we could sit under this tree this morning I mean in the last million years nine times the glaciers have drowned south from the poles Freezing the world into ice and confining human populations to subtropical valleys and the warm tropics Nine times the interglacial periods have come and human populations have spread out over the earth they had They didn’t have radio. They didn’t have antibiotics contraception Statistical analysis or the partial differential equation and yet somehow they managed to get us here are we then as The heirs of that wave front of the inheritors of a billion year process Are we in one generation to turn it into a massive pottage? I think not I certainly hope not I would like to believe that we could make that leap to conscious awareness That would allow us to take hold now the problem it was easy the first ten years That I sat before you because what we were doing was getting to know each other to verify that we in fact Existed that I wasn’t crazy you weren’t crazy so forth and so on now what looms ahead is the masses of politics and this I’m sure you have no stomach for I certainly don’t I’d rather be stoned and rocked in the arms of the goddess But as a matter of fact this dominator thing is not going to be unhooked and put to bed without a struggle everyone is going to have to be counted I’ve talked to you in recent months about memes Memes being the smallest potential units of ideas. They’re like genes We are the nucleus of a mutant meme the meme of plant consciousness Hallucinogenic consciousness shamanistic consciousness we have to refine this meme Replicate it through repetition and spread it through society in the same way that a plan Seeds into an echo system. The idea will compete the idea is a good one It’s adaptive its clever. It’s tough. It’s invasive it can make use of many Contexts to promote its own existence, but it can’t do any of that if we don’t replicate it and get it out So I see these kinds of meetings as an opportunity for building community as an opportunity for people to look around themselves and Connect with the other people who are here We cannot be told from the rest of the population unless we self select and gather together At a single point in space and time when we do that We recognize each other when this meeting is concluded We will merge back into the larger stream of the body politic But carrying this meme of the Gaian Resurgence the guy lamech wave that must come I mean people say it’s so wonderful that you articulate these feminist ideas and so far I do it because I don’t want to be dead I do it because I don’t want my children to have No world to live in there is no choice it’s The walls are high and the current is moving very fast. What we need to do is merely keep our spirits high and Learn to sing the song

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