Food Of The Gods: A Radical History of Plants, Psychedelics and Human Evolution

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Food Of The Gods: A Radical History of Plants, Psychedelics and Human Evolution

Food Of The Gods: A Radical History of Plants, Psychedelics and Human Evolution

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In my country, psychedelics are illegal, but there’s a clear sort of agreement between government and narcos that benefits them both, meanwhile the people suffer. The World Tree or Axis Mundi is a common motif in mythological sequences, from Norse tales of Odin, to the awakening of the Buddha at the foot of the Bodhi tree, to the crucifixion of Christ which takes him down into hell and then up into heaven, spanning a vertical spectrum of consciousness - all use a similar metaphor to describe dramatic transformations and a vertical wooden presence, but framed in different ways according to the culture. What cannot be contained are the effects that psychedelics would have in shaping the cultural self-image if all drugs were legal and available. No matter what subject your into, this book should be mandatory reading for anybody on this planet to become a better, stronger human.

His referaces to existing material is very well referanced and the overall book is presented superbly. A book which I imagine will be read for a long time henceforth, as different cultures work out their own balance on intoxicating substances. At the foundation of the American theory of social polity is the notion that our inalienable rights include “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This book was my choice and it seems to be the best choice for a beginner of Terence McKenna, as the book 'Food Of The Gods' explains a lot of Terence's theories and ideas. A book that promotes a different perspective on personal growth and the change of our society for the better.Finally, McKenna does not talk of other methods, some explicitly shamanic/religious, such as trance-dance, fasting or meditation; others perceived as more universal, such as art and exercise, to achieve 'altered' states of consciousness. A daring work of scholarship and exploration, it offers an inspiring vision for individual fulfilment and a humane basis for our interaction with each other and the natural world. This is the hidden issue that makes governments unwilling to consider legalization: the unmanaged shift of consciousness that legal and available drugs, including plant psychedelics, would bring is extremely threatening to a dominator, ego-oriented culture.

The drive for unitary wholeness within the psyche, which is to a degree instinctual, can nevertheless become pathological if pursued in a context in which dissolution of boundaries and rediscovery of the ground of being has been made impossible. The premise is still almost entirely unsubstantiated, to say nothing of the fact that humans are not the only consumers of hallucinogens. His other books include Food of the Gods, The Archaic Revival and, with Dennis McKenna, The Invisible Landscape.I must say my perception of McKenna has changed now, and although the subject material covers all kinds of substances (most of which I abstain from now ((or use very infrequently)), but most of which I have experimented with to various degrees), the writing style pleasingly mixes academic knowledge and language with a technicolour vision and writing style. This would suggest that there is a structure that is pre-given, but the meaning attributed to that structure would presumably be constructed through an interactive process between the perceiver and the perceived. I’ve always been somewhat taken in with McKenna’s lectures—he has the cadence of a yogi, and quotes like “People are afraid that things are out of control, but that’s nothing to be afraid of. I am very health conscious so I’m a fervent believer of the power of the plants have on the body and mind, and that yes, in fact it’s usually the legal drugs that kill us more. If you can suffer through it, I dare you to try to come up with one thing you learned from hearing him speak.

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