What’s the Connection Between Magic Mushrooms, Elves and Extraterrestrials?

Many people report that hallucinogenic mushrooms allow them to communicate with extraterrestrials, nature spirits, or God. Should we take these people seriously?


Mysterious references to elves, fairies, spirits, extraterrestrials, and deities appear repeatedly throughout magic mushroom experience reports.

Many people report that an intelligent, living spirit resides inside the flesh of the sacred mushrooms--which contain the potent psychedelic substance psilocybin--and that under the enchantment of the mushroom, this spirit speaks to them  in their native tongue.

A substantial number of people believe that they’ve held compelling conversations with this ancient mushroom entity, which, some say, claims to be extraterrestrial in origin, the voice of the Earth, or the mind of God.

The late ethnobotanist Terence McKenna built a career largely upon the seemingly far-fetched notion that psilocybin mushrooms are not only a chemical message from another star system, but that they can serve as a portal for telepathic communication with our Heavenly neighbors.

McKenna speculated that tightly-insulated and well-protected mushroom spores could travel across the vast expanse of interstellar space by hitching a ride inside of comets, seeding planets, forming symbiotic relationships with technologically-sophisticated primates, and spreading their mycelium network of higher consciousness across the universe.

The somewhat less radical idea that life itself spreads across the universe in a similar fashion--through the “fertilization” of warm, egg-like ocean planets, by chemical amino acid chains inside of sperm-like comets--was originally proposed by Nobel laureate Francis Crick.

Crick, who co-discovered the double-helix structure of the DNA molecule--a major contribution to biology, that advanced the hereditary science of genetics considerably--called this theoretical process of life propagating itself through the universe “directed panspemia.”

The mushroom reports of communications with various forms of non-human intelligence resemble experiences that people have had with DMT (dimethyltryptamine, a naturally occurring psychedelic molecule, chemically similar to psilocybin).

In laboratory settings, subjects under the influence of DMT commonly describe themselves as being studied, or experimented on, by highly-advanced, extraterrestrial, insectoid scientists.

These incredible, alien abduction-like experiences reported on DMT both resemble and differ from the powerful “entity” encounters that are commonly reported on ayahuasca journeys--experiences with the hallucinogenic jungle brew, that has been used in the Amazon for centuries, during shamanic healing rituals.

Ayahuasca blends plants that contain DMT and a chemical known as an “MAO-inhibitor”--specifically, “harmaline”--that not only makes the DMT orally-active, but also changes the nature of the experience, by extending its duration, and slowing down the speed of experience. 

Interestingly, the DMT experience with harmaline often becomes less frightening, and the “entities” that people report encountering seem less extraterrestrial and alien, less mechanical and insectoid, and more like helpful, healing, teaching spirits from our own earth.

In this respect, I’ve noticed that magic mushroom reports tend to be similar to both DMT and ayahuasca experiences.

It seems that some people on psychedelic mushrooms report extraterrestrial communications from futuristic biomechanical beings in faraway star systems, while others report contact with bygone ancestors, animal, and plant spirits from species native to the earth’s biosphere.

Irish and Celtic literature suggest that some people have also long reported encounters with “fairies” or “elves” while under the influence of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

More than a few scholars have pointed out the similarities between old European fairy adduction “myths” and recent alien abduction reports.

In my previous columns about mysterious, unexplained phenomena, like Bigfoot sightings and Crop Circles, I theorize that some of this phenomena may be understood by considering the possibility that there might be an advanced race of otherworldly beings, historically referred to as “daimons,” toying around with our evolutionary development.

For whatever reason, it sometimes appears as though a race of highly-evolved pranksters may be orchestrating strange, unexplained phenomena in our world, that appears “paranormal” to us, perplexing our best minds, and rendering our cherished scientific theories and religious beliefs inadequate.

It may be that these beings have been interacting with us, throughout our history, by providing us with compelling evidence for strange phenomena--that stands outside the boundaries of our known science--yet, maddeningly, because of our limited mindsets and incomplete  paradigms, never allowing us to witness any evidence that would offer definitive proof of what’s actually happening.

In other words, it may be possible that, like crop formations, sasquatch sightings, cattle mutilations, and alien abductions, telepathic communications with the mushroom beings could be just one more example of how these hidden interdimensional tricksters are playfully having their way with us.

I’ve been reading neurochemist Dennis McKenna’s recently-released autobiography, The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss, these past few weeks with great delight, savoring the insights from his psychedelic journeys, and relishing the descriptions of his mind-bending adventures with his late brother, ethnobotanist Terence McKenna.

Among the many fascinating mental excursions explored in this extraordinary book, Dennis McKenna delves into ideas about the intelligence that appears to reside within magic mushrooms, and it’s hard to know what to make of these consistent and uncanny reports.

Since 2005, Johns Hopkins University neuroscience researcher Roland Griffiths has been studying the clinical effects of psilocybin, the psychoactive component of the magic mushroom.

Amidst a wealth evidence for psilocybin’s potential therapeutic value, Griffiths’ research has confirmed that religious experiences can sometimes be achieved with psilocybin that are indistinguishable from those reported by mystics throughout history.

Griffiths is currently conducting “an anonymous, web-based survey to characterize difficult or challenging experiences that people sometimes have on psilocybin mushrooms (i.e., “bad trips,” whether the person later regards them negatively or positively).” 

Griffiths believes that “this new survey is an important extension of our research because of the potential therapeutic applications for psilocybin that are currently being investigated.”

To participate in the survey, see: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bt5

To learn more about The Psilocybin Research Project at Johns Hopkins see:  csp.org/psilocybin.

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Sam Gandy February 09, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Recent research giving strong indication that psilocybin increases neurogenesis within the hippocampus of the brain. Which if true really puts the magic into mushrooms... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRNSEG1DY2s
Phillip Martin February 09, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Michael, Hallucination as I understand it means a delusion,not an illusion. Only idiot's take psychedelic's and think what they are seeing is real, we know what we are seeing is a visual illusion.
Sam Gandy February 12, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Michael I'm afraid that just taking drugs as a whole and saying "they're all bad, mmmkay" is not a view supported by science or common sense. Please provide evidence of the damage psilocybin in particular (the focus of this article, not 'drugs' as a whole) has inflicted on society, I would love to read about it. I think I will stick with what the science says on the matter, in that psilocybin can increase openness to new experiences, increase well being and life satisfaction in the long term, and may have antidepressant properties and therapeutic applications through its power on memory recall. This research was conducted by highly trained scientists at reputable medical and university institutions; you are just one man with no scientific experience on these matters, just your very biased and short sighted opinion.
Perry Coke March 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM
After reading all the comments I had to leave my own. I took a rather tremendous leap down the magic mushroom rabbit hole about two years ago. I will be the first to admit that they drove me insane, but it was because I was abusing them. Though, over the months I was consuming, I learned an immeasurable amount of knowledge that has helped me in phenomenal ways. In fact, I still reflect on those experiences now and come up with new knowledge every time. This article is not suggesting that you do what I did and gorge on psychedelics. This article is, though, informing you of the potential to use these medicines as such, medication. This was a very good article. Keep up the great work. Don't fall victim to these blinded people and become CNN, or any other mainstream media.
Gary Hannah July 20, 2013 at 08:32 AM
"There is a real world, a real planet, a real Universe, a real human body. It's called reality, that which doesn't disappear when we stop believing in it". -- this is complete nonsense. No one can prove that the universe objectively exists, hence the hundreds upon hundreds of years of philosophical debate on the issue and the different schools of thought, such as Rationalism, Empiricism, Skepticism, Solipsism. Although, if you, Michael, have come across some amazing proof that the universe IS objective (that no one else happens to know yet), please, provide the evidence.


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