I am old, older than thought in
your species, which is itself fifty times older than your history.
Though I have been on earth for ages I am from the stars. My home is
no one planet, for many worlds scattered through the shining disc of
the galaxy have conditions which allow my spores an opportunity for
life. The mushroom which you see is the part of my body given to sex
thrills and sun bathing, my true body is a fine network of fibers
growing through the soil. These networks may cover acres and may
have far more connections than the number in a human
My mycelial network is nearly
immortal--only the sudden toxification of a planet or the explosion
of it's parent star can wipe me out. By means impossible to explain
because of certain misconceptions in your model of reality all my
mycelial networks in the galaxy are in hyperlight communication
through space and time.
The mycelial body is as fragile as a spider's
web but the collective hypermind and memory is a vast historical
archive of the career of evolving intelligence on many worlds in our
spiral star swarm. Space, you see, is a vast ocean to those hardy
life forms that have the ability to reproduce from spores, for
spores are covered with the hardest organic substance
Across the aeons of time and
space drift many spore forming life-forms in suspended animation for
millions of years until contact is made with a suitable environment.
Few such species are minded, only myself and my recently evolved
near relatives have achieved the hyper-communication mode and memory
capacity that makes us leading members in the community of galactic
intelligence. How the hyper-communication mode operates is a secret
which will not be lightly given to humans.
But the means should be obvious:
it is the occurence of psilocybin and psilocin in the biosynthetic
pathways of my living body that opens for me and my symbiots the
vision screens to many worlds. You as an individual and Homo sapiens
as a species are on the brink of the formation of a symbiotic
relationship with my genetic material that will eventually carry
humanity and earth into the galactic mainstream of the higher
Since it is not easy for you to
recognize other varieties of intelligence around you, your most
advanced theories of politics and society have advanced only as far
as the notion of collectivism. But beyond the cohesion of the
members of a species into a single social organism there lie richer
and even more baroque evolutionary possibilities. Symbiosis is one
of these. Symbiosis is a relation of mutual dependence and positive
benifits for both species involved.
Symbiotic relationships between
myself and civilized forms of higher animals have been established
many times and in many places throughout the long ages of my
development. These relationships have been mutually useful; within
my memory is the knowledge of hyperlight drive ships and how to
build them. I will trade this knowledge for a free ticket to new
worlds around suns younger and more stable than your own.
To secure an eternal existence
down the long river of cosmic time, I again and again offer this
agreement to higher beings and thereby have spread throughout the
galaxy over the long millenia.
A mycelial network has no organs
to move the world, no hands; but higher animals with manipulative
abilities can become partners with the star knowledge within me and
if they act in good faith, return both themselves and their humble
mushroom teacher to the million worlds to which all citizens of our
starswarm are heir.
-- Taken from Psilocybin:
The Magic Mushroom Growers Guide