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Psychedelic Transmissions


“I believe that what makes the psychedelic experience so central is that it is a connection into a larger modality of organization on the planet, which is a fancy way of saying
it connects you up to the mind of Nature Herself.”

- Terence McKenna

Psychedelic  psy•che•del•ic (sahy-ki-del-ik) - adjective/noun

A mental state characterized by a profound sense of intensified sensory perception, sometimes accompanied by severe perceptual distortion and hallucinations and by extreme feelings of euphoria. Also of, relating to, or referencing a variety of substances producing this state, such as LSD25, mescaline, or psilocybin.

Resembling, characteristic of, or reproducing images, sounds, or the like, experienced while in such a state:
psychedelic painting, psychedelic music, psychedelic prose, etc.

Referencing a psychedelic drug or a person who uses such a substance.

Etymology: The term "psychedelic" is derived from the Ancient Greek words psychē (ψυχή, "soul") and dēloun (δηλοῦν, "to make visible, to reveal") ...translating to "soul-revealing."

Psychedelia  psy•che•del•ia (sahy-ki-del-yə) - noun

A modern (late 20th, early 21st century) subculture of those who have experienced psychedelic realities, in the tradition of and as experienced and observed by preceding entheogenic and shamanic cultures, world wide.  Often associated with modern psychoactive compounds such as LSD25 or MDMA. The term is also used to describe a style of psychedelic artwork and psychedelic music. Psychedelic art and music typically try to recreate or reflect the experience of altered consciousness. Psychedelic art uses bright, neon colors, highly distorted and surreal visuals and full spectrum audio to evoke and convey to a viewer or listener the artist's experience of psychedelic realities, or to enhance the understanding of psychedelic experience. Psychedelic music uses distorted electric guitar, Indian music elements such as the sitar, electronic effects, sound effects and reverberation, and elaborate studio effects, such as playing tapes backwards or panning the music from one side to another.

Psychedelic states may be elicited by various techniques, such as trauma, sensory stimulation or deprivation, meditation, athletics, and most notoriously, by the use of psychedelic substances. When these psychoactive substances are used for religious, shamanic, or spiritual purposes, they are termed entheogens.

Entheogen  en•the•o•gen (ĕn-thē′ō-jən) - noun

From Greek, literally meaning “generating the divine within,” is any psychoactive substance, usually one derived from plants or fungi but also from the secretions of animals such as toads,  that induces a spiritual experience and is aimed at spiritual development. Traditionally ingested by a shaman or another participant in a ritual in order to produce visions or gain mystical insight. In the recent past, commonly called “hallucinogens,” “psychedelics,” “psychotomimetics,” etc.

- Tek-Gnostics Lexicon

“I am convinced that the way forward for the human race is to recognize and protect the fundamental right of sovereignty over consciousness, to throw off the chains of our divisive religious heritage, to seek out forms of spirituality (or no spirituality at all if we so prefer) that are truly supportive of liberty and tolerance, to help the human spirit to grow rather than to wither, and to nurture our innate capacity for love and mutual respect. The old ways are broken and bankrupt and new ways are struggling to be born. Each one of us with our own talents, and by our own choices, has a part to play in that process.”

- Graham Hancock

Explorations into the nature of psychedelia, found within this archive, moves beyond mere Pop” connotations as outlined in mundane definitions, such as those above. Words cannot do justice to this profound experience. The transmissions herein focus upon the sovereignty and exploration of consciousness and the associated revelatory epiphanies or flashes of insight, often described as psychedelic in nature. Our mythology of psychedelia describes and defines it as a realm, with its unique topography and governing laws of physics. We utilize and extend the pop metaphor of the vernacular:trip to illustrate the navigational nature of this most profound experience...

For to venture into the realm of psychedelia is to undertake an incredible journey  into the deepest dominion of the mind. 

We recognize decades-past portrayals of the psychedelic experience to be sensationalized tabloid trope, published by media platforms of past eras... if not outright propaganda, driven by the dominator culture's media machine (that we have identified as Babylon Bandwidth). Such rhetoric of the past was used to sell copy at best, and to promote a fear-mongering, thought control, dis-informational, party-line position of psychedelia, at worst.

We seek instead to illuminate the awe-inspiring ramifications of the psychedelic experience and document the unbroken thread of psychedelic knowledge that reaches back to the very foundation of human culture. Through this site and our associated social media platforms, we seek to chronicle the psychedelic renaissance currently taking place within academia, pop culture and through the mass migration of shamanic culture from South to North America, a phenomena we deem to be a "Psychedelic Diaspora."

We subscribe to the hypothesis that entheogenic substances, or plant teachers as they are often described by shamanic traditions, have played a crucial role in the evolution of domesticated primate consciousness. In this regard, we subscribe to the body of work published by the brothers McKenna, as an honest chronicle of the explorations of a vast psychedelic territory, previously explored by few intrepid Western adventurers. The McKenna brothers approached these expeditions from a comprehensive, experiential perspective, while adhering to scientific rigor as best as they could, given the conditions on the ground.

Find below pertinent hyperlinks from within the Tek-Gnostics network, and beyond. We link to network pages and third-party sources, to bring the latest in relevant and irreverent information streams.

Disclaimer: and this is important... we believe this information to be eminently integral to the human experience. However, we do not advocate the use of psychedelic compounds, simply because we do not dare presume. Such a consequential decision may only be made by each sovereign individual. Great care must be taken in regard to mental and physical health, legality, intention and maturity. Accordingly, we refrain from any such advocacy. In the words of the great American sage, Ram Dass: "One must first learn to become someone, before they choose to become no one."   

“The collective unconscious, the same as other transpersonal phenomena, is evidence that our mind is not an isolated entity but is constantly in touch with other minds as well as with the world around us. We are never entirely detached from the outside world; never entirely enclosed within our skin. Our mind and our body resonate with our environment, including other people in our environment. Our mind is coherent with the world,
and when we do not repress the intuitions that link us with other people and with nature,
we can become aware of our oneness with the universe.”

“These days, when I knock on the doors of the Tryptamine Palace, I am no longer greeted with unconditional love, but instead, I am reminded of the responsibility that comes with ultimate knowledge: an undeniable responsibility to myself, to my tribe, to my species, to my planet.”

- James Oroc, from: Tryptamine Palace: 5-MeO-DMT and the Sonoran Desert Toad


Network Links

Book of the Dead
Portal to the lyrics of pioneering 20th century psychedelic band, the Grateful Dead...
Leary Archives
Portal to psychologist, philosopher, explorer & revolutionary avatar of the mind...
Terence McKenna-Land
Portal to the works and philosophy of that legendary psychonaut: Terrence McKenna...
Chapel Perilous
A perhaps inevitable feature of the psychedelic realm, this foul portal leads to a world of myth, magick & synchronicity...
Obscure Origins
of the Hindu 8 Circuit/24 Stage Model of Evolution, often attributed to Timothy Leary...
Cosmic Joke
Is the entire Universe one big, cosmic gag? If you don't have a sense of humor... it's just not funny any more...
A Yaqui Way of Knowledge
The psychedelic teachings of Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan Matus...
Tryptamine Hallucinogens and Consciousness
Transcript from a talk given by Terence McKenna at Esalen, 1983...
Guide to Hallucinogenic Substances
There are a variety of tools available to anyone interested in exploring altered states of consciousness...

Outsourced Links

A multi-disciplinary project devoted to the Spirit Vine Ayahuasca, and its home, the great forests of the Amazon...
A History of Lysergic Acid Diethylamide from Wikipedia...
Psychedelic Research Group
Researching the Action of Psychedelic Drugs in the Brain - Imperial College, London England...
CIA & Psychedelics
Exposé on the "Liberal CIA's control of psychedelics, from the ISGP...
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies...
Psychedelic Science
Held in 2017 in Oakland, California USA...
Documenting the complex relationship between humans & psychoactives...
From the Psychonaut Wiki...
The Third Wave
Microdosing & Responsible Psychedelic Use...
Exploring Psychedelics Conference
Southern Oregon University, Ashland Oregon, USA...
Psychedelia Collection
A superb archive of  recorded resources surrounding the psychedelic experience...
Tryptamine Palace
The Information Source for DMT, 5-MeO-DMT and Visionary Culture...


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