This presentation was given by David Nickles at Liminal Village at the 2014 Boom Festival in Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal.
Forty-three years after the UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances imposed global prohibition on psychedelic compounds, demarcating governmental efforts to end the first psychedelic revolution, a second major psychedelic awakening is underway. Set amidst the landscape of late capitalism, this resurgence is unfolding in the forms of renewed focus on sanctioned psychedelic research, the emergence of significant underground psychedelic research, and the rhizomorphic spread of global festival cultures.
The role of DMT in this “archaic revival” is impossible to ignore. From Nick Sands’ discovery that DMT freebase could be smoked in the early 60’s, to Terence McKenna’s discussions of the vaporized DMT experience sowing seeds in countless imaginations during the 80’s and 90’s, to the rise of internet forums and the DMT-Nexus in the 21st century, distributing information rendering the molecule accessible worldwide, DMT has manifested itself into popular consciousness at a truly astonishing rate.
This presentation explores manners of engaging with entheogenic experiences as well as their possible implications. How can participation in the divine mystery inform our actions in waking life? What is “radical psychedelic engagement” and how can it affect political action? What can the life of a psychonaut and DMT traveler look like?