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Download é Food of the Gods The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge È PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free The first time in paperback the counterculture mani I first encountered McKenna in a New Age bookshop in Brighton whilst perusing for material to flesh out an essay on Shamanism I was writing I came home with The Archaic Revival which introduced me to ideas such as the Logos a rather funky formulation than the Christian use of the word the Mayan Calendar and 2012 My humanistic psychology professor Brian Bates suggested that McKenna was rather difficult to deal with academically but nevertheless I proceeded to give a talk on how I was starting to perceive that The Logos was gleaming out of the faces of the homeless on the streets of Brighton in my case my visionary awakening was due to rather large amounts of skunkweed being consumed I later read The Invisible Landscape on a Buddhist retreat inventing my own programme which supplemented meditation for copious amounts of time spent reading other people s books in the dormitoryI had been aware of The Food of the Gods for many many years but had avoided this book due to its explicit dealing with drugs I had rather gone off them though had lodged in my head a recommendation by a poetry teacher Tom Sherrin to give it a go so a month or two ago I ordered the book basically to get it out of the way 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 infreuently 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 I am very happy to engage with this kind of writer who steers a multidimensional route between the dangers of a too dry arid manner and completely losing himself in gushy poetry McKenna traces the evolution of humanity s relationship with drugs according to his own historical understanding from our early archaic roots where he posits a polyamorous tribal cattle rearing psychedelic culture which was supplanted by a patriarchal horse riding dominator society The history of the world becomes one not of class struggle but of substance use and repression He is clearly down on our present day reliance on alcohol tobacco and TV and looks forward to a revival of the archaic period where people embracing a pluralistic democratic spirit will break through into a wider better exciting and celebratory culture in communion with a re sacralised nature and awakened to buried dimensions of spiritual intelligence whether in our own being or that of elves angels and so forth He ends the book with a manifesto and political blueprint for how to get there which surprisingly from my perspective relies on taxation in large part He would have alcohol and tobacco taxed at 200% with warning of their dangers cannabis legalised and the rest legalised a year later McKenna thinks popular fears of the conseuences of the legalisation of drugs are analogous to Establishment fears of the eradication of slavery or emancipation of women in the past On a philosophical note one of my criticisms of the book is his insistence that the modern belief in the meaninglessness of the world and also the belief that meaning is context dependent are both wrong He posits God as a Wholly Other and presumably bearer of a fixed pre given Meaning as revealed perhaps in psychedelic experience I would suggest that on analysis it is hard to argue that meaning is not to some degree context dependent but I certainly have experienced an archetypal substratum to existence that he may be hinting at in which certain patterns seem to be playing out behind the surface veil of people s lives 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 So for example a tree has a structure and pattern behind it but different people might interpret the meaning of it in stories or art depending on their own perspective and the context in which the tree was presented The World Tree or Axis Mundi is a common motif in mythological seuences 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 My feeling is that McKenna has been so seduced by the beauty of his own psychedelic experience and the rush of information received through sometimes overwhelming revelation see The Invisible Landscape that he let his own academic rigour be swayed by the poetry of the vision What we see how we interpret what we see and then how we present what we see are three different things and tricky if not impossible to tease apart the three Brian Bates may have been correct in his warnings of McKenna s visionary glow obscuring a paucity of analytical thinkingI would also uery the pre history that he talks about as being a rough sketch of something much complex and varied These things are hard to prove but no doubt some of early humanity liked to get high just as many animals do whether by accident or intention It must be a temptation though to project experiences of post modern psychedelic culture and aspirations onto a pre modern template On his treatment of recent history he doesn t really do justice to the dangers of psychedelic use though he does recommend the establishment of a contemporary neo shamanism which would guide people through their experimentation and I wonder if his inference that intelligence services were hand in glove with criminal drug distribution cartels is uite as black and white as he states Something I would like to research myself I ve often heard this accusation and don t know to what extent it is true Finally McKenna does not talk of other methods some explicitly shamanicreligious such as trance dance fasting or meditation others perceived as universal such as art and exercise to achieve altered states of consciousness These things may be used in an ascetic culture or as compliments to drug experience We are clearly moving into a visual culture a shift which has its roots in the development of photography and then film and TV which has happened as far as I know independently of or at least in parallel to psychedelic use The explosion in the 1960 s of psychedelic use will have certainly fueled a momentum which was already happening which has always been latent in the human psyche and will have had periods of flourish cave painting Dionysian celebration Renaissance art and then repression Protestant smashing of the stained glass windows and insistence on scripture over sacraments Taliban destruction of Buddhist statues ISIS destruction of Palmyra and the rest But I think McKenna makes too strict an association between the use of drugs and visionary experience There are ways to crack open the egg of consciousness than he gives credit to in his book and I wonder if he is leading people down a hippy cul de sacdead head end rather than relativising drug use into just one possibility for entrance into the Age of Imagination which he prophecisesMcKenna does deserve applause for his positive vision and affirmation of the value of expansion of consciousness He is a pleasure to read and preferable to the youtube videos which filter his rather nasal monotonous psychedelic guru voice into your living room A book which I imagine will be read for a long time henceforth as different cultures work out their own balance on intoxicating substances

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    Read · PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Terence McKenna Terence McKenna ↠ 2 Review Free read Food of the Gods The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge I'm not going to spend a lot of time trying to convince you why this book is FUCKING AMAZING so you'll just have to trust

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    [Food of the Gods The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge] E–pub Ê Terence McKenna Terence McKenna ↠ 2 Review Free read Food of the Gods The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge I first encountered McKenna in a New Age bookshop in Brighton whilst perusing for material to flesh out an essay on Shamanism I was writing I came home with 'The Archaic Revival' which introduced me to ideas such as the Logos a rath

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    Read · PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Terence McKenna [Food of the Gods The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge] E–pub Ê Terence McKenna A lot of people write off Mckenna as a charlatan or performer but having just discovered him I'm impressed by his creative thinking and pathos I encourage everyone to read him I think his voice is necessary in a world where addictions run rampant and our understanding of ourselves has hit a trough where value is measured by productivity and c

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    [Food of the Gods The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge] E–pub Ê Terence McKenna      This is a pretty amazing book and a lot of new subject matter for me and also my first encounter with Terence McKenna's work I will probably read this again someday and learn just as much as I did the first time Interesting subjects such as shamanism evolution philosophy language DMT cave art classical art addictions religion rituals and also very old short stories and the authors interpretation on how they relate to the m

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    [Food of the Gods The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge] E–pub Ê Terence McKenna Terence McKenna ↠ 2 Review Read · PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Terence McKenna This book is great much than a treatise on shrooms and dope Have you ever thought about the mind altering power of purified sugar the

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    [Food of the Gods The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge] E–pub Ê Terence McKenna I have listened to several lectures and interviews by and with McKenna but this is the first book by him I have read With McKenna there are always things I agree with disagree with think to myself well maybe and some things I write off as sheer kookery but I always found him and his ideas interestingThere is a lot I tot

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  • Paperback
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  • Food of the Gods The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge
  • Terence McKenna
  • English
  • 13 September 2019
  • 9780553371307