The Invisible Landscape

  Mind Hallucinogens and the I Ching, New York: HarperCollins, 1993. The Invisible Landscape is the most esoteric of the three Terence McKenna books reviewed here. Many of the topics he treats in his other books, he treats here as well, but he presents them under a slightly different light, or in more subtle language. His… Continue reading The Invisible Landscape

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Food of the Gods

  The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution, Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishers, 1993. Food of the Gods of perhaps the best book Terence McKenna has written, and I have read it with an enthusiastic participation that I have rarely experienced in my literary life. It was… Continue reading Food of the Gods

The Archaic Revival

  Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFO’s, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess and the End of History, San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1992. In The Archaic Revival, Terence McKenna lays the groundwork for something like a psychedelic culture, a society based on new values. In the etiology of the group alienation that… Continue reading The Archaic Revival

Shamanism

  Ancient Techniques of Ecstasy, New York: Penguin Arkana, 1989, First published by Pantheon Books, 1964. Shamanism by Mircea Eliade is considered to be the classic on shamanism, and it remains a reference book. However, the book is not an easy read. Especially when compared with Terence McKenna’s books, and those by Richard Schultes, Michael Harner or… Continue reading Shamanism

Science and the Akashic Field

  An Integral Theory of Everything, Rochester: Inner Traditions, 2004. Science and the Akashic Field by Ervin Laszlo is after the books of Paracelsus, Mesmer, Reichenbach, Reich, Burr, Lakhovsky, Capra, Emoto, Hunt and Sheldrake the most important book I have read on the integration of the energy paradigm—associated with the perennial notion of the ‘ether’— into the… Continue reading Science and the Akashic Field