Dangerous Compassions

brilliant mycelium

I’m a fiend for mushrooms.  They are gorgeous, can remediate polluted soil, are their own kingdom.  Lots of people think mushrooms are plants, but they’re their own thing.

They can be delicious; they’re one of my favorite foods.  And one of my favorite things to find in nature–in a forest, in a bag of soil, in a garden bed.

I read a book more than 20 years ago by Terence McKenna, the Archaic Revival.  I love that guy!  He proposes that apes consumed shrooms, and it helped them turn into humans–that shrooms initiated consciousness.

There’s another book Radical Mycology.  Mycelium is the part of mushrooms that’s the most amazing.  The part we usually see, eat, and call a mushroom is the fruiting body.

As for drug use, I never did hallucinogens, ethnogens, psychotropic, psychoactive kinds of drugs, like shrooms, but I always wanted to.  Never had a good chance.  Then when I became an young adult, I was getting crazier, so I worked hard not to have hallucinations, as I hear voices, that it seemed silly to induce some intentionally.

Maybe I don’t need hallucinogens, because I’m crazy enough already, and talk to the universe enough already.  Well, a band I like Beautiful Chorus has a song about brilliant mycelium.  I thought I’d share it with you.

I was watching also this radical mycology webinar.  Learned a few things.  And I heard a phrase: wood-wide web.  I laughed and laughed.  Mushroom people are the funniest.

By Laura-Marie

Good at listening to the noise until it makes sense.

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