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By Anonym 15 Sep

Terence Mckenna

This is the nature of going forward into being: A series of self-transforming ascents of level.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terence Mckenna

In a sense, sexuality is the built-in psychedelic experience that only a very few people manage to evade.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terence Mckenna

The Gaian process is more than a process. It is s self-reflecting entelechy of some sort.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terence Mckenna

Even as the nineteenth century had to come to grips with the notion of human descent from apes, we must now come to terms with the fact that those apes were stoned apes.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terence Mckenna

The psychedelic issue is a civil rights and civil liberties issue. It is an issue concerned with the most basic of human freedoms: religious practice and the privacy of the individual mind.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terence Mckenna

We have changed. We are no longer, as I said, bipedal monkeys. We are instead a kind of cybernetic coral reef of organic components and inorganic technological components.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terence Mckenna

There is not the Newtonian universe deployed throughout the parsecs and kiliocosms of physical space and the interior mental universe. They are the same thing.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Terence Mckenna

No other drug can compete with cannabis for its ability to satisfy the innate yearnings for Archaic boundary dissolution and yet leave intact the structures of ordinary society. If every alcoholic were a pothead, if every crack user were a pothead, if every smoker smoked only cannabis, the social consequences of the ‘drug problem’ would be transformed. Yet, as a society we are not ready to discuss the possibility of self-managed addictions and the possibility of intelligently choosing the plants we ally ourselves to. In time, and perhaps out of desperation, this will come.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terence Mckenna

Even a billion people is too much. There's no way back to the simplicity we once knew, but there may be a way forward to the simplicity that we once knew.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terence Mckenna

Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terence Mckenna

The quality of rhetoric emanating from the psychedelic community must improve radically. If it does not, we will forfeit the reclamation of our birthright and all opportunity for exploring the psychedelic dimension will be closed off.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terence Mckenna

People are, in the confines of their own apartments, becoming Magellans of the interior world and reaching out to this alien thing and beginning to map it and bring back stories that can only be compared to the kind of stories that the chroniclers of the New World brought back to Spain at the close of the 15th century.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terence Mckenna

[This legendary Amazonian substance is] a cybernetic transdimentional medium of some sort that is generated out of the mysteries of the physiology of the human body.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terence Mckenna

This is the message of your life and my life - it’s that nothing lasts. Heraclitus said it: Panta Rhei. All flows, nothing lasts. Not your enemies, not your fortune, not who you sleep with at night, not the books, not the house in Saint-Tropez, not even the children - nothing lasts. To the degree that you avert your gaze from this truth, you build the potential for pain into your life. Everything is this act of embracing the present moment, the felt presence of experience, and then moving on to the next felt moment of experience. It’s literally psychological nomadism is what it is.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terence Mckenna

LSD is different. LSD is like psychoanalytical Drano. It's not a personality.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terence Mckenna

There is an angel within the monkey struggling to get free, and this is what the historical crisis is all about.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terence Mckenna

What is happening, I think, it's really bigger than psychedelics, it's bigger than human evolution. We are not making the waves in this ocean. We are corks, riding the waves of the ocean. But we are privileged, by perhaps chance alone, to occupy a unique moment in the history of the universe. A moment when the universe goes through some kind of self-transforming, evolutionary, inflationary expansion. That's what's happening.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terence Mckenna

I mean everybody knows there's something wrong with the world and if you read left wing politicians or deconstructionists or thoughtful historians they will offer thoughtful critiques of our situation. But the question is, you know, the Tolstoyian question; 'What is to be done?'

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terence Mckenna

We are all cells of a much larger body, and like the cells of our own body it is hard for us to glimpse the whole pattern of the whole of what is happening, and yet we can sense that there is a purpose, and there is a pattern.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Terence Mckenna

We are asked by science to believe that the entire universe sprang from nothingness, and at a single point and for no discernible reason. This notion is the limit case for credulity. In other words, if you can believe this, you can believe anything.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Terence Mckenna

From a historical point of view, restricting the availability of addictive substances must be seen as a peculiarly perverse example of Calvinist dominator thought - a system in which the sinner is to be punished in this world by being transformed into an exploitable, of his cash, by the criminal/governmental combine that provides the addicitve substances. The image is more horrifying than that of the serpent that devours itself - it is once again the Dionysian image of the mother who devours her children, the image of a house divided against itself.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terence Mckenna

It's as though a certain level of intoxication with the mushroom is the precondition for being able to communicate, but is not itself enough.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terence Mckenna

Shamanism is essentially a living tradition of alchemy that is not seeking the stone but has found the stone.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Terence Mckenna

Monotheism exhibits what is essentially a pathological personality pattern projected onto the ideal of God: the pattern of the paranoid, possessive, power-obsessed male ego. This God is not someone you would care to invite to a garden party. Also interesting is that the Western ideal is the only formulation of deity that has no relationship with woman at any point in the theological myth. In ancient Babylon Anu was paired with his consort Inanna; Grecian religion assigned Zeus a wife, many consorts, and daughters. These heavenly pairings are typical. Only the god of Western civilization has no mother, no sister, no female consort, and no daughter.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terence Mckenna

The social consequence of the psychedelic experience is clear thinking -which trickles down as clear speech. Empowered speech.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terence Mckenna

We [psychonauts] are all going to go into the books as pioneers, because it's too early for us to be anything else. There's no map, no finished database, just anecdotes of the crazy, crazy stuff that goes on. That's why it's so important to try and share [our stories].

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terence Mckenna

Psychedelics can carry you farther and faster than most people care to go. Once you get to psychedelics, it's no longer a matter of seeking the answer, you have found the answer. Now the issue changes dramatically, you must face the answer.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terence Mckenna

...situations evolve as matter responds to the conditioning of time and space...If you know what is contained in time from its beginning to its end you are somehow no longer in time. Even though you still have a body and still eat and do what you do, you have discovered something that liberated you into a satisfying all-at-oneness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terence Mckenna

I think the entire message of the psychedelic experience, which is basically the sine qua non of the rebirth of alchemical understanding, the very basis of that understanding is that nature seeks to communicate.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Terence Mckenna

Our culture, self-toxified by the poisonous by-products of technology and egocentric ideology, is the unhappy inheritor of the dominator attitude that alteration of consciousness by the use of plants or substances is somehow wrong, onanistic, and perversely antisocial. I will argue that suppression of shamanic gnosis, with its reliance and insistence on ecstatic dissolution of the ego, has robbed us of life’s meaning and made us enemies of the planet, of ourselves, and our grandchildren. We are killing the planet in order to keep intact the wrongheaded assumptions of the ego-dominator cultural style.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terence Mckenna

The problem is we have to transcend cultural languages and fall into a phase with the communication systems that nature has placed all around us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terence Mckenna

I don’t know what life is like without cannabis, I hear there is such a thing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terence Mckenna

Because this is the world that science built, with the henchmen of capitalism and Christianity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terence Mckenna

Although whenever you have intelligent life in the presence of large explosions, a safe bet is that the intelligent life is responsible for the large explosion.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terence Mckenna

The content of the dialogue with 'the Other' is a content that indicates that man's horizons are infinitely bright, that death is in fact, well, as Thomas Vaughn put it, 'the body is the placenta of the soul'

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terence Mckenna

Cultural conditioning is like bad software. Over and over it's diddled with and re-written so that it can just run on the next attempt. But there is cultural hardware, and it's that cultural hardware, otherwise known as authentic being, that we are propelled toward by the example of the shaman and the techniques of the shaman. ... Shamanism therefore is a call to authenticity.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terence Mckenna

The danger is [in using psychedelic drugs], just to put it out there, is madness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terence Mckenna

I have nothing but scorn for all weird ideas other than my own.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terence Mckenna

'Drugs' and psychedelics are not two members of a family, they are antithetically opposed to each other. The pro-psychedelic position is an anti-drug position.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terence Mckenna

The thing that seemed to me so important about the psychedelic experience was that it happened to me. I wasn't reading John Chrysostom or Meister Eckhart. And so I assumed that I am a very ordinary person, therefore, if it happened to me it could happen to anyone.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terence Mckenna

Nature is not mute, it is a man who is deaf.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terence Mckenna

People without plants are in a state of perpetual neurosis, a state of existential wanting.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terence Mckenna

I believe that the totemic image for the future is the octopus. This is because the squids and octopi have perfected a form of communication that is both psychedelic and telepathic; a model for the human communications of the future. In the not-too-distant future men and women may shed the monkey body to become virtual octopi swimming in a silicon sea.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terence Mckenna

I'm meeting my obligations, somehow, always have, without ever truly working, without ever putting my shoulder to the wheel for the man. Of course I had to deal dope to do this!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terence Mckenna

Cultivate an ongoing stream of self-description, telling yourself what is happening. Get used to the idea that mind can penetrate the immediate surface of being and reveal the tactile density of it as a manifold whose measure cannot be immediately taken by the eyes, that it's deep, it's connected, it's complex. Everything holds within itself the anticipation and the memory of everything else.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terence Mckenna

It's the only hallucinogen I know, where if it's made right, the next day, or the day after the experience, you actually feel better than if you hadn't done it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terence Mckenna

What the psychedelic thing can be seen as, when it's done with plants, as a return to Gaia, an immersion in the feminine.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Terence Mckenna

Marcel Eliade took the position that hallucinogenic shamanism was decadent, and Gordon Wasson, very rightly I believe, contravened this view and held that actually it was very probably the presence of the hallucinogenic drug experience in the life of early man that lay the very basis for the idea of the spirit.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Terence Mckenna

I regard these people who are peddling angst and peddling pessimism and all that stuff as so 'two minutes ago'.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Terence Mckenna

There's something in the Western mind that gets very nervous when you try to talk about the bedrock of ontology.