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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.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The culture cannot evolve faster than the language. The language is the flashlight that shows the path.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The traditional manner of taking psilocybin is to take a very healthy dose, in the vicinity of 15 mg. on an empty stomach in total darkness.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “You put two egos together and you’ve either got a conflict, which is always interesting, or better yet, a love affair.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “What history is, essentially, is a careening, out-of-control effort to find our way back to this state of primordial balance.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “There is a spiritual obligation, there is a task to be done. It is not, however, something as simple as following a set of somebody else’s rules.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We can’t sell short the spiritual power of cannabis, especially when eaten.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “What is always left out of descriptions of the psychedelic state, the deep psychedelic state, is how weird it is.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “What the psychedelic thing can be seen as, when it’s done with plants, as a return to Gaia, an immersion in the feminine.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The message of psychedelics is that culture can be re-engineered as a set of emotional and spiritual values rather than products. This is terrifying news.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “When we really understand time travel we may find out it’s as common as dirt and has been going on all around us is all kinds of physical processes.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “History is like self-reflection through the medium of language propelling itself into self-recognition.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “History is the siren song of the soul.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “As I see it, Being, the Cosmos, whatever you want to call it, is a struggle between two implacable forces: Novelty on the one side and habit on the other side.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Nothing is as boundary dissolving, except for psychedelic compounds, as travel. Travel is up there.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Ecstasy is not simply joy. Ecstasy is an emotion of great complexity that hovers almost on the edge of terror sometimes.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “It doesn’t matter what your cultural conditioning is, it falls into question under the influence of the psychedelic. And for most people that’s frightening.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “What was created by the era of the proper gentleman was excellent table manners and genocide over most of the surface of the planet.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “In 1948, television was introduced, and millions and millions of people lead larval, low-awareness, warehoused lives mainlining an electronic drug straight into their brains.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “People are concrescences of ambiguity.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Psychedelics are probably responsible for every aspect of human evolution apart from the decline in bodyhair.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The long night of human history is drawing at last to its conclusion.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “In a sense, sexuality is the built-in psychedelic experience that only a very few people manage to evade.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “What we drug people have, that you don’t, is repeatability.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I think the cybernetic matrix is a tremendous tool for feminizing, and radicalizing, and psychedelicizing the social matrix. I see computers as entirely feminine.”
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: “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: “A lot of people pass through the thinking I’m a guru and take enough trips to understand that no, I was just a witness. I was just a witness.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “And the psychedelics, I believe, are the key to moving from wearing culture like cloths to recognizing that culture is this intensifying reflection of an aspect of the self and integrating it into the self.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The notion of illegal plants and animals is obnoxious and ridiculous.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Television, introduced at the close of World War II, has become a form of electronic heroin, and it isn’t even your trip. They don’t even let you go on your own trip, you get a trip designed by Madison Avenue.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “There is no hierarchy of elder knowledge in my social region of things. There are only people learning and sharing in a very complex environment.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “My voice speaking is a monkey’s mouth making little mouth noises that are carrying agree-upon meaning, and it is meaning that matters. Without the meaning one has only little mouth noises.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Memory training is great psychedelic training.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We are the inheritors of a million years of striving for the unspeakable.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “You’re immortal as long as you live.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “How can we know who is the other until we know who is the self?”
Terence McKenna Quote: “What you call man is time.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “We were essentially torn from the Gaian womb, thrust into the birth canal of history, and expelled sometime around the fall of the Roman Empire into the cold hard world of modern science, existentialism and all the rest of it.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Could any symbol be any more appropriate of the ambiguity of human transformation? What mushroom is it that grows at the end of history? Is it Stropharia cubensis, or is it the creation of Edward Teller? This is an unresolved problem.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The drug may not be toxic, but you may be self-toxic, and you may discover this in the drug experience.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Cyberspace is the human transition into a mathematical super space where we as a collectivity become optionally a single point of view.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Human history is a Gaian dream.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I think that a lot of people are making a lot of money spreading anxiety. Anxiety sells.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “It was the fall into history that enslaved us to the labor cycle, to the agricultural cycle. And notice how fiendish it is.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “If I can paraphrase Teilhard de Chardin for a moment, he said, or I will paraphrase in this way, ‘When the human race understands the potential of the hallucinogenic drug experience, it will have discovered fire for the second time.’”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Human populations that do not have contact with the psychedelic tremendum are neurotic because they are male ego dominated.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “I don’t believe that shamanism without hallucinogens is authentic shamanism or comfortable shamanism.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “The obligation on us is to communicate the truth so that it is understood. The belief will take care of itself.”
Terence McKenna Quote: “Psychedelic experiences are beyond the reach of cultural manipulation, and discovering this and exploring it is somehow the frontier of maturity. Culture is a form of enforced infantilism. It’s the last nursery, and most people never leave it.”
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