Item: The mushroom speaks:
And our opinions rest
upon what it tells eloquently of itself in the cool night of the mind...
"I am old, older than thought in your
species, which is itself fifty times older than your history. Though I have been
on earth for ages I am from the stars. My home is no one planet, for many worlds
scattered through the shining disc of the galaxy have conditions which allow my
spores an opportunity for life.
The mushroom which you see is the part of my
body given to sex thrills and sun bathing, my true body is a fine network of
fibers growing through the soil. These networks may cover acres and may have far
more connections that the number in a human brain. My mycelial network is nearly
immortal, only the sudden toxification of a planet or the explosion of its
parent star can wipe me out.
By means impossible to explain because of certain
misconceptions in your model of reality all my mycelial networks in the galaxy
are in hyperlight communication across space and time. The mycelial body is as
fragile as a spider's web but the collective hypermind and memory is a vast
historical archive of the career of evolving intelligence on many worlds in our
spiral star swarm.
Space, you see, is a vast ocean to those hardy life forms
that have the ability to reproduce from spores, for spores are covered with the
hardest organic substance known. Across the aeons of time and space drift many
spore-forming life-forms in suspended animation for millions of years until
contact is made with a suitable environment.
Few such species are minded, only
myself and my recently evolved near relatives have achieved the
hyper-communication mode and memory capacity that makes us leading members in
the community of galactic intelligence.
How the hyper-communication mode operates
is a secret which will not be lightly given to man. But the means should be
obvious: it is the occurrence of psilocybin and psilocin in the biosynthetic
pathways of my living body that opens for me and my symbiots the vision screens
to many worlds. You as an individual and man as a species are on the brink of
the formation of a symbiotic relationship with my genetic material that will
eventually carry humanity and earth into the galactic mainstream of the higher
is not easy for you to recognize other varieties of
intelligence around you, your most advanced theories of
politics and society have advanced only as far as the
notion of collectivism. But beyond the cohesion of the
members of a
species into a single social organism there lie richer and even more baroque
evolutionary possibilities. Symbiosis is one of these.
Symbiosis is a relation
of mutual dependence and positive benefits for both of the species involved.
Symbiotic relationships between myself and civilized forms of higher animals
have been established many times and in many places throughout the long ages of
my development. These relationships have been mutually useful; within my memory
is the knowledge of hyper-light drive ships and how to build them. I will trade
this knowledge for a free ticket to new worlds around suns younger and more
stable than your own. To secure an eternal existence down the long river of
cosmic time I again and again offer this agreement to higher beings and thereby
have spread throughout the galaxy over the long millennia.
A mycelial network
has no organs to move the world, no hands; but higher animals with manipulative
abilities can become partners with the star knowledge within me and if they act
in good faith, return both themselves and their humble mushroom teacher to the
million worlds all citizens of our starswarm are heir to."
From: Psilocybin - Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide
O.T. Oss &