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Terence McKenna Quote: “This is what I believe: That we are not pushed from behind by the casual unfolding of historical necessity, but that we are in the grip of an attractor of some sort, which lies ahead of us in time.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Inevitably out of the psychedelic experience emerges not despair, not self-indulgence, but wild-eyed idealism, that’s the inevitable product of any psychedelically driven social process.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I believe reality is a marvelous joke staged for my edification and amusement and everybody is working very hard to make me happy.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The Imagination is the golden pathway to everywhere.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Our destiny is to become what we think, to have our thoughts become our bodies and our bodies become our thoughts.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The drugs of the future will be computers. The computers of the future will be drugs.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The felt presence of immediate experience – this is all you know. Everything else comes as unconfirmed rumor.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Chaos is roving through the system and able to undo, at any point, the best laid plans.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “So part of what being psychedelic means, I think, is relentlessly living with unanswered questions.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The psychedelic viewpoint is becoming more and more legitimate, but psychedelic drugs are not. That’s the odd paradox of it.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “In the way that the 15th Century discovered the New World, the 20th Century discovered the parallel continuum.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I think what we have to do is convince people that matter is tacky.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We are part of a symbiotic relationship with something which disguises itself as an extra-terrestrial invasion so as not to alarm us.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “When your time is turned into money, the felt presence of immediate experience is analogous to being enslaved. I mean, let’s be frank about it, it is enslavement.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Death is the black hole of biology. It’s an event horizon, and once you go over that event horizon, no information can be passed back out of the hole.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Patanjali specifically says that there are three paths to the goal of yoga. And they are, control of the breath, control of posture, and light-filled herbs. It says it right there. Stanza 6 of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The world is not an unsolved problem for scientists or sociologists. The world is a living mystery.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “If the world is made of language, then you can hack it in the sense that you can hack code.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “An interesting thing about drugs is often, when a new drug is discovered, it takes a long time to figure out how do you do it.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “What civilization is, is 6 billion people trying to make themselves happy by standing on each other’s shoulders and kicking each other’s teeth in. It’s not a pleasant situation.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Culture is the greatest barrier to your enlightenment, your education, and your decency.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “DMT is the most powerful hallucinogen there is. If it gets stronger than that I don’t want to know about it.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The testimony of DMT, for me, is that there is a nearby dimension, teeming with intelligences, that from one of the more conservative perspectives seems like an ecology of souls.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Think about our dilemma on this planet. If the expansion of consciousness does not loom large in the human future, what kind of future is it going to be?”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “To me it begins and ends with these psychedelic substances. The synergy of the psilocybin in the hominid diet brought us out of the animal mind and into the world of articulated speech and imagination.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “My technique is don’t believe anything. If you believe in something, you are automatically precluded from believing its opposite.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Well, certainly the Voynich Manuscript is the ‘limit text’ of Western occultism. No one can read it. It is truly an occult book.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “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.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Science is the exploration of the experience of nature without psychedelics. And I propose, therefore, to expand that enterprise and say that we need a science beyond science. We need a science which plays with a full deck.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The human brain is the god of technological innovation.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Inform yourself, inform your children, talk to your friends! And let’s try to make a better, stonier world than the one we inherited!”
Terence McKenna Quote: “History is rooted in the future.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Without an understanding and a familiarity of the psychedelic experience you should be sued for fraud if you’re practicing psychotherapy.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Buddhism is a heresy on Hinduism. It was Hinduism that did the dirty work for Buddhism, by the time Buddha came along priest-craft was an ancient tradition in India.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We are creatures of information and the imagination. The monkey we are already beginning to transform and shed. We don’t look like the other monkeys, and we look less like them all the time.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The apocalypse is not something which is coming. The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it’s only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege and social insulation that we still have the luxury of anticipating the apocalypse.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “No one is in charge of this process, this is what makes history so interesting, it’s a runaway freight train on a dark and stormy night.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We cannot evolve faster than our language. The edge of being is the edge of meaning, and somehow we have to push the edge of meaning. We have to extend it.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The Internet is the global brain, the cyberspacially connected, telepathic, collective domain that we’ve all been hungering for.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The purpose of life is to familiarize oneself with this after-death body so that the act of dying will not create confusion in the psyche.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Ultimate novelty must be a situation where all boundaries are dissolved.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “If reality is code, then it can be hacked in some way that we had not suspected before.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “For all we know, we know nothing.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “LSD is different. LSD is like psychoanalytical Drano. It’s not a personality.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We are alienated, so alienated that the self must disguise itself as an extraterrestrial in order not to alarm us with the truly bizarre dimensions that it encompasses.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I have nothing but scorn for all weird ideas other than my own.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Within the context of the alchemical vocabulary, the psychedelic experience, as brought to us through plants long in the possession of Aboriginal people, appears to be the identical phenomena.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Time will perfect matter.”
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