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Terence McKenna Quote: “I believe that what makes the psychedelic experience so central is that it is a connection into a larger modality of organization on the planet, which is a fancy way of saying it connects you up to the mind of Nature Herself.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “There will be difficult moments in a five-gram trip, but on the other hand certain questions will be solved forever for you, because you will validate the existence of this dimension. You will see what your relationship to it is.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Cultures are virtual realities made of language.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Transformation of language through psychedelic drugs is a central factor of the evolution of the social matrix of the rest of the century.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “If psychedelics are, on any level, to be taken seriously as catalyzers or expanders of consciousness, then we need them, because it’s an absence of consciousness that is making this historical transition so excruciating.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “There is no knowledge without risk taking.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The lack of a sense of history makes us really prey to manipulation.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “It’s getting funnier because everybody’s categories are disintegrating, and the cult of political correctness dictates that we never point out that other people don’t make 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.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Once you have the psychedelic tool in hand then some real choices have to be made.”
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: “A history-stopping archetype is being released into the skies of this planet, and if we are not careful it will halt all intellectual inquiry in the same way that the Christos archetype halted intellectual inquiry in the Hellenistic Age.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “This is in fact what shamanism is all about, what the end of history is all about, what psychedelic drugs are all about, we are edge-walking on an ontological transformation of what it means to be human.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The state in the matter of drugs should not, any more than in the matter of sex, act as the secret agent for the agenda of the church.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “History, call it 15,000 or 25,000 years of duration, is the story of an animal, some kind of complex animal, becoming conscious.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Ultimately, I think, what the psychedelic experience may be is a higher topological manifold of temporality.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “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.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We do not birth our children into the world of nature. We birth our children into the world of culture.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The Gaian process is more than a process. It is s self-reflecting entelechy of some sort.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “And science, when it examines psychedelics, as it will and must, is going to discover a revolution, I believe, that will put all the previous revolutions in perspective.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “What we need to change is our minds, that’s the part that’s doing us dirt and dragging us under. How can we change our minds.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “There is no liberation to compare with freeing oneself from the illusions and delusions of the age in which one lives.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “That’s what a god is. Somebody who knows more than you do about whatever you’re dealing with.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The real truth, that dare not speak itself, is that no one is in control. Absolutely no one.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The miracle of our predicament is not how long everything has been in place but how brief it all has been.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Time is a series of fluctuating variables.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I think what’s really happening is that a dialogue opens up between the ego and these larger, more integrated parts of the psyche that are normally hidden from view.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Everything will come true in cyberspace. That’s the whole idea. What cyberspace is, on one level, it’s simply the human imagination vivified, hardwired.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “One thing that these Buddhists have certainly gotten right is that attention to attention is the key to taking control of your mental life.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “This unique strategy that the advanced primates created, the strategy of using language to bind time, is what the process we call ‘civilization’ has been all about.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Psychedelics are actually a kind of miraculous reality that can stand the test of objective examination.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “It’s our machines and our technologies that are now the major evolutionary forces acting upon us. It’s not our political systems.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Flying saucers are nothing more than miracles, and they occur essentially to bedevil science.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “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...”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The mind is the cutting edge of the evolving event system.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “That’s the core puzzling experience, when you meet the Other organized as a speaking mind.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “You could almost describe psychedelics as enzymes for the activity of the imagination.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “In the absence of good scientific data about the effects of artificial hallucinogens it’s good to stick to the natural ones.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “This is a general comment that you should take a committed dose of whatever it is you’re taking so that there is no ambiguity, because there’s nothing worse than a sub-threshold psychedelic experience.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The world could be anything, you know, It could be a solid state matrix of some sort. It could be an illusion. It could be a dream. I mean it really could be a dream.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The data stream has been corrupted, return to first principles.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “If in fact the conservation and complexification of novelty is what the universe is striving for, then suddenly our own human enterprise, previously marginalized, takes on an immense new importance.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Having lived long enough to go at least once or twice around the block, I’m noticing that the strangeness is not receding The strangeness seems to be accelerating.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We are like caterpillars contemplating pupation.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Closure is a neurotic and infantile demand to make upon reality, other people, or language.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The mystery is in the body and the way the body works itself into nature.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “This is a general law of the universe, overlooked by science, that out of complexity emerges greater complexity. We could almost say that the universe, nature, is a novelty-conserving, or complexity-conserving engine.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The momentum now is inevitable. Now it’s about each of us individually arranging the furniture of our own mind to deal with what has become inevitable.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “What blinds us, or what makes historical progress very difficult, is our lack of awareness of our ignorance.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Beauty is self-defined, perceived and understood without ambiguity. It’s the stuff that lies under the skins of our individual existences.”
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