“There are forces friendly to our struggle to birth ourselves as an intelligent species.” (15) The elf component is the spice in the Terence McKenna flavor.
It is the supernatural entities encountered during his tryptamine experiences that compose the language of McKenna’s Archaic pulpit. “In the phenomenon of Stropharia cubensis, we are confronted with an intelligent and seemingly alien life-form.” (16) McKenna recounts time and time again the analogous experiences with these entities, what he calls “self-transforming machine elves” which one can make contact with in the psychedelic universe. “Right here and now, one quanta away, there is raging a universe of active intelligence that is transhuman, hyperdimensional, and extremely alien.” (17) What this suggests is that the psilocybin experience opens the pathways to a sort of parallel dimension, where one can speak and interact with otherworldly beings. The intrigue of this lies in its repeatability of these alien forms and the nature of their interactions: