14. Stress Imagery

May 17th, 2011 | spirit tracks

UFOs leaking out of the earth. UFOs as stress imagery: the stress of living, the stress of the event, turning electromagnetic noise into pictures of something ghostly and alien. The future oozing up through cracks in the ground like a ghost from its grave.

In the book FOOD OF THE GODS, ethnobotanist and psychedelic evangelist Terence McKenna describes his own UFO experience, seeing a glowing machine rising out of the Brazilian rain forest. He says of UFOs that, in his conception, they might be (and I’m transcribing from, badly, McKenna’s own reading of the relevant section at a talk) "mirages in time, reflections of distant technologies that haunt space…. the UFO is a reflection of a future event that promises humanity’s eventual mastery of time and space and matter… coaxed nature into throwing out great burning scintilla of pure contradiction."

He was a hippie and he took a shitload of drugs. Died of a brain tumour. His doctor said to him, I’ve heard that smoking cannabis can shrink brain tumours. McKenna said, if that were true, believe me, I wouldn’t be sitting in your office today.


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