Terence McKenna’s True Hallucinations is an experimental documentary by Peter Bergmann which has managed to perfectly stitch together much of McKenna’s interviews and recordings from hundreds of different sources to tell the tale of Terence McKenna’s adventure into the Amazon basin and the ideas which this trip gave birth to.
In 1971, Terence McKenna, along with his brother Dennis and three other companions, ventured by plane, boat, and foot to the paradisical Colombian mission town of La Chorrera, where they hoped to encounter the elusive psychedelic oo-koo-hé. Fate would have it otherwise. Their attention soon turned to the large numbers of Stropharia Cubensis that they lucked upon, and before long, Terence and especially Dennis were formulating the psychopharmacological “experiment at La Chorrera” which would eventually give rise to Terence’s expanded Jungian notion of the UFO as human oversoul, and his I Ching based TimeWave Theory which holds, among other things, that history as we know it is accelerating and, in fact, will come to a major concrescence.
Based on the underground classic book and talking book ‘True Hallucinations: Being an Account of the Author’s Extraordinary Adventures in the Devil’s Paradise’, this tale of alchemical understanding is a deep dive into the young minds of the McKenna brothers, and an effort to provide some kind of visual aid and emotional center to a much larger story, with details scattered through hundreds of talks. Featuring unearthed photos and notebook pages which have never been seen by the public since generated in 1971.