By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness (With excerpts from Terence McKenna’s ‘True Hallucinations’)
Terence McKenna once wrote that he doesn’t think UFO sightings come from extraterrestrials, but from the oversoul of humanity. According to him, the oversoul has been guiding our evolution and trying to put us back on track when we lead ourselves astray, and this help can manifest in many ways.
One way is a series of UFO sightings that precede telepathic contact with advanced craft, the inhabitants of which share wisdom and teachings about peace, love, and respecting the planet before flying off and leaving us to either live by the teachings or abandon them and catapult ourselves further into destruction.
Along with being a manifestation of the oversoul that encourages us to take the right direction as a species, McKenna hypothesized that UFO sightings result from a temporary shift in consciousness in the people who witness them. He theorized that a UFO sighting is an inherently psychedelic experience that can happen naturally, and when we begin to witness something we can’t explain, the mind/imagination takes over and we create it in our own image, giving ourselves more of what we expect to see.
When we’re in the first stages of witnessing something we might call divine or even paranormal, the mind and imagination will immediately, out of confusion, relate it to something that fits our culture or beliefs. Religious people could interpret it as the return of their savior, whereas extraterrestrial and UFO enthusiasts could interpret it as a sighting. In McKenna’s opinion, we basically cover up this genuine manifestation of the oversoul with whatever we believe and subsequently create.
I used to channel, and I’ve always been interested in UFOs and extraterrestrials. I’ve had some interesting UFO sightings that I can’t logically explain to this day, and some of them even happened after I thought to myself how great it’d be to witness something in that moment. It’s as if the sighting was a response to my thoughts, and it opened me up to the idea that a greater spiritual force with which we’re wholly connected is looking after us.
Terence McKenna’s perspective has urged me to rethink what I thought I knew about UFOs, and the idea that the UFO is a manifestation of the oversoul fascinates me and makes me want to explore the phenomenon more.
I’m not saying I totally support his theory or take it as fact, and it’s a hypothesis that’s never been proven or disproven. I’ll share his writing on the subject below, and you can take it however you want. I’m not trying to offend those of you who are passionate about extraterrestrials, disclosure and other related subjects, because I’ve been passionate about them for a long time too. I just want to offer his perspective and see what you all think.
Some aspects of his writing on it are hard to take in if you believe extraterrestrials will land soon and usher us into a new age. He does believe something similar will happen: The UFOs will land and share telepathic teachings about love, harmony and ditching our corrupted sciences. After that, he believes the saucers will leave and the people who, by that point, will be devoted to them like a religious person to God will struggle with confusion, disappointment and feelings of abandonment.
His opinion was that we can avoid the extreme attachment to UFOs associated with religion and its deities by realizing now that, as he wrote, “The saucer, no matter how alien it appears, no matter how advanced its demonstrations of power, is NOT a vehicle from some other star system, it is the oversoul of humanity up to its oldest trick.”
The idea is that we can take back our power and reconnect with the oversoul within when we realize it uses the appearance of a UFO to send us a message. I know it’s radical, and I’m not asking you to accept it without looking into it more. It doesn’t bother me whether you take it as gospel or nonsense, but as a spiritual seeker who tries to be open-minded, I feel somewhat of a responsibility to put it out there.
I should note that McKenna never looked down on the idea that UFOs exist, and he described his own sightings and contacts in writings and lectures. He did, however, offer an obviously different perspective on the subject that some ET/UFO advocates might not be comfortable with, but I think his theory is worth exploring anyway.
We don’t have to cling to our beliefs when someone proposes something new, and we can explore them instead and see if they have any basis in reality. If they do, then they’ll help us to spiritually and intellectually grow. If not, we can move on.
Terence McKenna was passionate about psychedelic drugs and the doorway they provide into higher states of consciousness, and his perspective on UFOs and extraterrestrials is derived from his experiences with various psychedelics. The UFO subject was one of many mind-boggling things he talked about, and I’d encourage anyone to check out his books and listen to his lectures on YouTube.
There’s a lot more I could write about the subject, but I’ll just have to let you read the excerpt below and form your own opinion.
I recommend reading everything here before deciding what you think, and again, I offer it as a curious spiritual seeker and not someone who wants to claim without a doubt that it’s the truth. I don’t know the truth, and not knowing is half the fun.
I’ll share two chapters from Terence McKenna’s book, ‘True Hallucinations’, which, interestingly enough, weren’t shared in later releases. Both chapters are long, so be advised; you might want to take breaks when reading. Thanks to Erowid.com, where these chapters were found.
Excerpted from the TalkingBook version of Terence McKenna’s “True Hallucinations.” These chapters are not included in the recent mass-market HarperCollins printed edition for conspiratorially obvious reasons.
Chapter 20: The Oversoul as Saucer
There is building in global society an increasingly intense expectation of the intervention into human history by UFOs. It is very similar in tone to the buildup of messianic expectation in the Hellenistic world in the several centuries preceding the birth of Christ. The leaders of Roman society may have been caught off guard by the appearance of Christ, but they had no one to blame but themselves since milllions of people in the ancient world were expectantly awaiting some kind of messiah. So today, science and govenment koo-koo the idea of world contact with the UFOs, while the contact cults grow ever larger and more insistent that contact is about to occur.
Imagine, therefore, what you may never have seriously imagined before. Imagine what would happen if the UFOs were to appear. Imagine a spaceship of the close encounters of the third kind variety suddenly appearing in orbit around the Earth. Television and mass media would carry its image to every man, woman and child on the planet. Governments would be paralyzed. Science would be helpless to explain where it came from or how it got here. Millenarian hysteria would break out everywhere.
The UFO would be hailed as savior and denounced as antichrist. The end of the world would appear imminent, and all this would occur before the contact was more than a visual image. Then the UFO would begin its revelation. Vast displays of beneficent power can be expected. Perhaps it would mysteriously neutralize all weapons of mass destruction, or it might use some sort of ray to cure all terrestrial cancer. Whatever it does one may be sure that its actions will be impressive. Its actions will convert millions to the UFO religion in a space of hours. Indeed, its actions will be specifically designed to overwhelm us with the reality of its power and presence. That will close the first stage of the revelation.
The second stage will be the teachings. Telepathically imparted, the specifics of the teachings cannot be anticipated, but they will urge love, voluntary simplicity, concern for one another, renunciation of war, perhaps renunciation of the destructive application of science. Whatever the teachings, the UFO will promise immense reward to those who follow them and dire consequences for those who do not. And the teachings will be delivered in so poetically perfect a way, so rich in understanding and appealing nuances that no one will doubt their origin in a being wise and good and immensely superior to ourselves. The delivery of the teachings will set the stage for the third and last and most shocking phase of the revelation: the departure.
The saucer, promising vaguely to return, will simply disappear. The entire process could take less than a month. If this seems a short time recall that the entire public career of Christ lasted only three years. Christ’s career occured in a world where information could move no faster than a horse’s gallup. Yet three years in one small part of the world was all that was necessary to launch a world religion that was vital for 1500 years. In a world of electronic communication the impact of the saucer’s arrival, miracles, teaching and departure would be incalculable – even if it all occured within a month.
The saucer would leave in its wake a science utterly unable to provide any answers to the important questions concerning what had gone on. The vast majority of people would be fanatical converts to the teachings of the saucer, and any institution in opposition to those teachings could expect to be swept away almost overnight. The departure of the UFO would create a sense of abandonment, the agony of which could be expected to echo in the human psyche for centuries. The only panacea would be the religion of the saucer, the religion left behind. Science would be discredited and soon abandoned in favor of a thousand or more years of exegesis of the saucerian message. Is it not a familiar pattern in the light of our discussion of Christ and Rome?
What will never be said in the wake of such an event and so must be said now while there is still time for all of the above to occur and yet still be deception. A benign deception designed to save us from our advanced science and infantile ethics, but a deception nevertheless. The saucer, no matter how alien it appears, no matter how advanced its demonstrations of power, is NOT a vehicle from some other star system, it is the oversoul of humanity up to its oldest trick. If one knows this one can live through the revelation and the destruction of our scientific world and yet evade the immense power of this most powerful of all transference phenomenon and thereby maintain the integrity of one’s own soul and spirit.
Remember, I am not a debunker of flying saucers or a defender of science, I am a contactee, and this book is the painstakingly told story of my own involvement with the UFOs. I am one of those Vallee has pinpointed as being a carrier of ideas that pave the way for the scenario I have just described. Yet from it all I have learned that there is no religious revelation more satisfying than the hard won fruits of simple understanding. And there is no liberation to compare with freeing oneself from the illusions and delusions of the age in which one lives.
I reach these conclusions through my use and familiarity with psilocybin and other psychedelic drugs. They immerse their user in the world of the oversoul and make one privileged to at least a part of its mechanics of operation. They allow a private dialogue with the oversoul that is outside the context of the struggle between science and revelation that leaves no choice between the alienation of the rationalist and the tired formulas of the fanatic believer. Psychedelic drugs hold out the possibility of healing the breach between science and morality at the level of the individual, thus freeing one to evolve independent of the chaos and transformation the UFOs may soon bring to humanity.
Vallee’s recent book ‘Messengers of Deception’ vibrates with fear of the unconscious and alienation from the matrix of the larger psyche out of which rational thought has emerged. He fears the destruction of rationalism and scientific thought, yet never once does he mention the potential world wrecking crisis that the undirected development of science and technology has brought into being. He paints himself as an open-minded investigator of UFOs, yet never questions the motives of the retired and unnamed intelligence officers in which he places so much faith.
It is impossible that the CIA is unaware of the social impact belief in UFOs is having? If they were unaware of it before then surely the recent writings of Vallee himself must have alerted them to the potential challenge UFO beliefs pose to orthodox institutions. Based on Vallee’s own ideas of an informational struggle between rational and irrational elements, how was he able to ignore the possibility that the mutilations which he is so eager to connect with UFOs are nothing more that a govenment agency’s clumsy attempt to discredit the genuine UFO phenomenon?
It is a typical method of the intelligence community to discredit human groups it opposes by faking atrocities in such a way that they appear to have been committed by the group whose discrediting is sought. Vallee gives examples of this but never suspects that some government agency might be using this technique to impede the transfer of loyalties from political institutions to the UFOs. He mentions the proximity of animal mutilations to high-security government installations but never suggests this might be because such installations are the source of these mutilations.
Few UFO sightings involve confusion among witnesses over whether or not what they saw was aUFO or a helicopter. Yet in the animal mutilation cases many witnesses insist a helicopter was involved. Vallee is at pains to say no physical evidence of a UFO has ever been collected. Yet later he passes over the fact that a quite ordinary surgical scalpel was found at one cattle mutilation site.
It seems possible to me that some people in government have read Vallee and are familiar with his theories regarding UFOs as a factor introducing shifts in belief systems and institutional loyalties on a global scale. Without knowing what UFOs really are these persons and agencies have launched smokescreen operations designed to cast doubt on the motives and harmlessness of UFOs and so to retard or halt the shift of loyalties and beliefs now reaching epidemic proportions. I suspect that Vallee’s book may be the opening shot in a media war whose purpose will be to connect the occult, right-wing fanatacism, and animal mutilations to the UFO, all in an effort to cast doubt on the vast power and benign intent of the saucer phenomenon. Vallee’s title ‘Messengers of Deception’ bears a curious resemblance to J. Edgar Hoover’s ‘Masters of Deceit’. There the boogey man was communism. In Vallee’s book we are told the new boogey man is UFO phenomenon.
Who chose the title for Vallee’s book? Was it Vallee or the mysterious major who was so helpful in guiding Vallee down these new avenues of speculation? I believe that Vallee whether wittingly or unwittingly is himself a messenger of deception and has become the spearhead of a conscious effort to sow even deeper confusion in society regarding UFOs. We might say it is an effort foredoomed to failure. The collective overmind of our species is the source of the UFO and its designs cannot be deflected or turned aside. Its viewpoint is one of thousands of years and its means visionary and charismatic belief systems which act to restore the balance between understanding of and reverence for the universe is a message more powerful than any offered by the profane materialist societies that have grown so foolish as to imagine themselves the stewards of human destiny. Humanity alone and each of us individualy is the steward of human destiny. This is the real meaning of the UFOs and the experiment at La Chorrera.
I’ll share the rest in Part 2 tomorrow.