A seminal interview with Dennis McKenna, Ph.D on the evolution of ayahuasca and the entheogenic movement and the imminent tipping point on planet earth the movement parallels. In which experiential journalist Rak Razam quizzes Dennis on his role as a scientist and a leading ayahuasca researcher, while Dennis waxes lyrical on bio-piracy, the proliferating business of shamanism in Peru and around the world, and the urgent need for integration of the plant teacher experience in people’s everyday lives to truly make a difference. Is the sacrament of ayahuasca becoming commercialized? As pharmahuasca – and the startling development of ayahuasca in a pill form – spreads beyond the vine itself, is the wisdom of globaluasca transcending its Gaian roots to connect with a new generation without the plant dogma? Is the future a religious, compartmentalized Entheogenic Evangelism? Or will lodges transform into “psychedelic monasteries” training plant Jedis? Its been ten years now since Dennis’ brother Terence passed on, and Dennis deconstructs some of his theories, from Timewave Zero to the Singularity and provides a critical analysis of the 2012 phenomenon and the unfolding Archaic Revival…
I’m glad to see somebody else recognize this interview for how important it can be for ayahuasca going forward. So many topics are covered, from the political aspects of ayahuasca evangelism to a transformation of the current ayahuasca tourism model into an apprenticeship model, and more.
I made a transcription of the points I felt were most important and posted them at http://ayahuasca.tribe.net/thread/3052c75d-4770-45b0-a9fe-77aecfa7fa5b . These are just the highlights but for anyone with more than a passing interest in ayahuasca it would be worth an hour and some change to listen to the whole interview.
Thanks again for bringing up this interview and posting the notice on the home page.