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Terence McKenna Quote: “We have outlived this embryo, this human cradle, and now it’s time to be up and about the great business of becoming citizens of the galaxy and at home with our own heart.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Ideologies are cultural memes. They are the most confining of the cultural memes. That’s where culture gets real ugly. It is when you rub up against its ideologies.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Without sounding too cliche, the Internet really is the birth of global mind.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “If you charge off with some political agenda that is not informed by clarity, you are going to end up with business as usual. The road to hell is paved with good intentions but it is not paved with clarity.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We are consciousness. We may not always be monkeys.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “All psychedelic explorers should be aware of the concept of what is called a cognitive hallucination. The is a much more insidious phenomenon. This is, quite simply, an out-and-out delusion.”
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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “So part of what being psychedelic means, I think, is relentlessly living with unanswered questions.”
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: “To date, the enterprise of thinking has moved us radically away from understanding anything.”
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: “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: “Chaos is roving through the system and able to undo, at any point, the best laid plans.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it’s a feather bed.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Experientially there is only one religion, and it is shamanism and shamanic ecstasy.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The only real experience that counts, is your own.”
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: “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: “All time is is how much change you can pack into a second.”
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: “If the world is made of language, then you can hack it in the sense that you can hack code.”
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: “It’s a product of the fractal laws that govern the world at an informational level. There is no deeper truth.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Alchemy is really the secret tradition of the redemption of spirit from matter.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The human brain is the god of technological innovation.”
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: “Time will perfect matter.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “There is no mundane dimension really, if you have the eyes to see it, it is all transcendental.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Certainly the central Platonic idea, which is the idea of the ideas, these archetypal forms which stand outside of time is one which is confirmed by the psychedelic experience.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Nothing comes unannounced, but many can miss the announcement. So it’s very important to actually listen to your own intuition rather than driving through it.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “That’s the core puzzling experience, when you meet the Other organized as a speaking mind.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.”
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: “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: “Ultimate novelty must be a situation where all boundaries are dissolved.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “And what is the primary datum? It’s the felt presence of immediate experience. In other words, being here now is the primary datum.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Culture is the greatest barrier to your enlightenment, your education, and your decency.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The plants are the pipeline into the Gaian intention. It’s just not a coincidence that these plants carry this immense spiritual message. They are the pipeline of Gaian intentionality.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Notice that the whole story of Eden is the story of the struggle over a woman’s relationship to a psychoactive plant.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “LSD is different. LSD is like psychoanalytical Drano. It’s not a personality.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “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.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “It is the imagination that argues for the Divine Spark within human beings. It is literally a decent of the World’s Soul into all of us.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The movement of a single atom from one known position to another known position changes an experience from nothing to overwhelming. This means that mind and matter at the quantum mechanical level are all spun together.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Shamanism, on the other hand, is this world wide, since Paleolithic-times, tradition which says that you must make your own experience the center piece of any model of the world that you build.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “What is revealed through the psychedelic experience, I think, is a higher dimensional perspective on reality. And I use ‘higher dimensional’ in the mathematical sense.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “To my mind this is what shamanic training must really be, is mnemonic training. If you want to bring the stuff back you have to train yourself to bring it back.”
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