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TOTD 22 January 2002

Shamanic cultures have always defined themselves within that transcendent reality which we have belatedly identified as "expanded consciousness." Although perceived by us as "primitive," these usually tribal societies retain a discernment which we have lost to everyone's peril. They do not recognize themselves apart from their surroundings and often attribute their deepest wisdom to insights provided by psychedelic catalysts.

-Jim DeKorne, Psychedelic Shamanism: The Cultivation, Preparation and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants

Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored. Shamanism has always known this, and shamanism has always, in its most authentic expressions, taught that the path required allies. These allies are the hallucinogenic plants and the mysterious teaching entities, luminous and transcendental, that reside in that nearby dimension of ecstatic beauty and understanding that we have denied until it is now nearly too late.

-Terence McKenna, Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution

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gucky
Jan. 23rd, 2002 01:04 am (UTC)
Food of the gods
I think I've bought that book 7 times now.

I lend it to people saying, "you absolutely have to read this book!" and then I find myself lost without a spare copy to force down people's throats.

I can't even imagine what my 11th grade English teacher thought when I wrote it down in my reader's profile as my favorite non-fiction book
kmo
Jan. 23rd, 2002 10:17 am (UTC)
Mr. Mushroom
Hi Amanda,

Yeah, he really had some good things to say and the gift of gab to say them with. So much so that at first I had a hard time reading his books because my initial exposure to his ideas came via audio versions of his rants. For me, reading Terence McKenna, William S. Burroughs, or David Sedaris requires that I get over the initial hump of not hearing their voices which simply reek of individuality and character.

To the best of my knowledge, I've read all of his books except for the one on mushroom cultivation that he wrote with his brother Dennis under the pseudonyms O.T. Oss and O.N. Oeric, and I've taken many a TOTD from his writing.
chicagojo
Jan. 23rd, 2002 07:26 am (UTC)
Glad you are back,
Very thought provoking quote of the day.
Thank you for all the work you put in for us.
kmo
Jan. 23rd, 2002 10:21 am (UTC)
Re: Glad you are back,
Thank you, Deborah, for the much appreciated feedback.
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