Elves Amongst Hallucinogenic Landscapes
Terence McKenna is one of my favorite philosophers and speakers of all time. He studied and talked about a great deal of topics which have had a profound impact on the way I view reality and my own consciousness.
Listening to a full talk will have him exploring topics ranging from philosophy and language to mushrooms and native uses for plants.
In some of his talks, he mentioned the times that he smoked the pure form of the entheogen called DMT. It is very difficult to pull out, or remember the trips, but Terence had a trick of combining multiple trips into a kind of amalgamation of information from the DMT space.
Here is a perfect two part description from one of Terence’s talks:
The Machine Elves visit…
It stands for dimethyltryptamine and is the most potent psychedelic known to man in its smoked form. The interesting thing is that this neurotransmitter is also found all throughout nature and in the human body normally.
When he went into “the DMT space”, he says that he encountered entities. He was never sure if they were extraterrestrials, human souls, or something else. To me, that was one of his most important teachings.
This is the fact that hallucinogens show us that we don’t really know shit about reality or our own consciousness. We think we do, but when we start to strip away our ego and all of the programming that we undergo every day, our Universe becomes much more strange and amazing.
Anyways, Terence called these little beings “Self Transforming Machine Elves”. He said that they often bounded up to him and jumped in and out of his chest. They also love to make impossible shapes and figures with their voices.
McKenna said that they urge you not to give in to astonishment and to learn from them. He said that they bounce up to you and yell, “Look at this one!!” For some reason, I always loved pondering the Machine Elves, and here are some of the ideas I have gathered from listening to many McKenna talks.
I even had a few run ins with Machine Elves in the MDMA, acid and Ketamine light realms as I like to think of the journeys of my early 20′s!
I Believe that the Machine Elves are Us and Here is Why:
- We are all “self transforming” at all times. Our minds and bodies are in a constant state of transformation. When we decide on optimism and loving thoughts, it has been proven that these transform not only ourselves, but our surroundings as well.
- Don’t we all create with our own language, too? McKenna said that “the Universe is made of language”. This is only true in the way that we humans interact with the Universe. We use language. We label and categorize. We describe and complain. It is the primary way that we all interact with our Universe.
- I believe that a Self Transforming Machine Elf represents the infinity of possibilities at every point is space and time. I believe Machine Elves are pure consciousness waiting to have an interaction with other levels of consciousness to see what arises. As self reflecting beings ourselves, we are capable of very advanced manipulation of the Universe around us.
- When we direct our intention and actions towards something, we manifest it in reality. It goes along with the saying that, “believing is seeing”.
I believe each point in space and time holds infinite possibilities. It seems like we are all here to learn and interact with the Machine Elves. When we direct our positive loving intention at these beings, they become a major force of powerful positive change.