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Quotes by Terence McKenna

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Wikipedia Summary for Terence McKenna

Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was an American ethnobotanist and mystic who advocated for the responsible use of naturally occurring psychedelic plants. He spoke and wrote about a variety of subjects, including psychedelic drugs, plant-based entheogens, shamanism, metaphysics, alchemy, language, philosophy, culture, technology, environmentalism, and the theoretical origins of human consciousness. He was called the "Timothy Leary of the '90s", "one of the leading authorities on the ontological foundations of shamanism", and the "intellectual voice of rave culture".

McKenna formulated a "novelty theory" regarding the nature of time based on fractal patterns, which he claimed to discover in the I Ching, and predicting a transition of consciousness in the year 2012. Despite the pseudoscientific nature of novelty theory, promotion of its ideas and its connection to the Maya calendar helped fuel widespread beliefs about 2012 eschatology.

Quote: You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of closeup photography of brown and gray concrete bricks
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms.


Quote: Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of brown wooden hanging bridge surrounded by green trees during daytime
Photo Credit: Cory

Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature

is ourselves, to be cherished and explored. Shamanism has always known this,

and shamanism has always, in its most authentic expressions, taught that the

path required allies. These allies are the hallucinogenic plants and the

mysterious teaching entities, luminous and transcendental, that reside in that

nearby dimension of ecstatic beauty and understanding that we have denied until

it is now nearly too late.


Quote: You put two egos together and you've either got a conflict, which is always interesting, or better yet, a love affair. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

You put two egos together and you've either got a conflict, which is always interesting, or better yet, a love affair.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: The leading edge of reality is mind, and mind is the primary substratum of being. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The leading edge of reality is mind, and mind is the primary substratum of being.


Quote: The tension in the world is the tension between the ego and the feminine, not between the masculine and the feminine. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The tension in the world is the tension between the ego and the feminine, not between the masculine and the feminine.


Quote: Television is by nature the dominator drug par excellence. Control of content, uniformity of content, repeatability of content make it inevitably a tool of coercion, brainwashing, and manipulation. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Television is by nature the dominator drug par excellence. Control of content, uniformity of content, repeatability of content make it inevitably a tool of coercion, brainwashing, and manipulation.


Quote: We are caged by our cultural programming. Culture is a mass hallucination, and when you step outside the mass hallucination you see it for what it's worth . by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

We are caged by our cultural programming. Culture is a mass hallucination, and when you step outside the mass hallucination you see it for what it's worth .


Quote: All information is everywhere. Information that is not here is nowhere. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

All information is everywhere. Information that is not here is nowhere.


Quote: Alcoholism isn't a disease. It's a failure of self-image. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Alcoholism isn't a disease. It's a failure of self-image.


Quote: Alchemy is really the secret tradition of the redemption of spirit from matter. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Alchemy is really the secret tradition of the redemption of spirit from matter.


Quote: People are concrescences of ambiguity. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

People are concrescences of ambiguity.


Quote: Culture is the greatest barrier to your enlightenment, your education, and your decency. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Culture is the greatest barrier to your enlightenment, your education, and your decency.


Quote: Capitalism is not a human being. Capitalism is a Moloch, a god, a god of bloody sacrifice that sees human beings as ants. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Capitalism is not a human being. Capitalism is a Moloch, a god, a god of bloody sacrifice that sees human beings as ants.


Quote: Without sounding too cliché, the Internet really is the birth of some kind of global mind. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Without sounding too cliché, the Internet really is the birth of some kind of global mind.


Quote: The message coming back at all of us is: live without closure. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The message coming back at all of us is: live without closure.


Quote: The way I think of the psychedelics is, they are catalysts to the imagination. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The way I think of the psychedelics is, they are catalysts to the imagination.


Quote: It is of the first order of importance to remember this, that the shaman is more than merely a sick man, or a madman; he is a sick man who has healed himself, who is cured, and who must shamanize in order to remain cured. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

It is of the first order of importance to remember this, that the shaman is more than merely a sick man, or a madman; he is a sick man who has healed himself, who is cured, and who must shamanize in order to remain cured.


Quote: Nature is not mute, it is a man who is deaf. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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


Quote: In cyberspace things are built out of light. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

In cyberspace things are built out of light.




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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: Ecstasy is not simply joy. Ecstasy is an emotion of great complexity that hovers almost on the edge of terror sometimes. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Ecstasy is not simply joy. Ecstasy is an emotion of great complexity that hovers almost on the edge of terror sometimes.


Quote: Notice that the whole story of Eden is the story of the struggle over a woman's relationship to a psychoactive plant. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Notice that the whole story of Eden is the story of the struggle over a woman's relationship to a psychoactive plant.


Quote: To carry language from two dimensions into three is the task of the poets, and the rebels in the 20th Century. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

To carry language from two dimensions into three is the task of the poets, and the rebels in the 20th Century.


Quote: Don't diddle the dose. Once you have done your homework, go for it. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Don't diddle the dose. Once you have done your homework, go for it.


Quote: Every step into freedom contains within it the potential for greater bondage. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Every step into freedom contains within it the potential for greater bondage.


Quote: Psychedelics are actually a kind of miraculous reality that can stand the test of objective examination. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Psychedelics are actually a kind of miraculous reality that can stand the test of objective examination.


Quote: It's pretty simple, the ethical life. It's just demanding. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

It's pretty simple, the ethical life. It's just demanding.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: Don't worry. You don't know enough to worry... Who do you think you are that you should worry, for cryin' out loud. It's a total waste of time. It presupposes such a knowledge of the situation that it is, in fact, a form of hubris. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Don't worry. You don't know enough to worry... Who do you think you are that you should worry, for cryin' out loud. It's a total waste of time. It presupposes such a knowledge of the situation that it is, in fact, a form of hubris.


Quote: The human brain is the god of technological innovation. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The human brain is the god of technological innovation.


Quote: We have to claim anarchy and realize that systems have a life of their own that is anti-humanist. There is definitely an anti-humanist tendency in all systems. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

We have to claim anarchy and realize that systems have a life of their own that is anti-humanist. There is definitely an anti-humanist tendency in all systems.




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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: There is no liberation to compare with freeing oneself from the illusions and delusions of the age in which one lives. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

There is no liberation to compare with freeing oneself from the illusions and delusions of the age in which one lives.


Quote: There is an angel within the monkey struggling to get free, and this is what the historical crisis is all about. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: The real justification for psychedelics is that they feed new data into your model. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The real justification for psychedelics is that they feed new data into your model.




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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: Right here and now, one quanta away, there is raging a universe of active intelligence that is transhuman, hyperdimensional, and extremely alien... What is driving religious feeling today is a wish for contact with this other universe. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Right here and now, one quanta away, there is raging a universe of active intelligence that is transhuman, hyperdimensional, and extremely alien... What is driving religious feeling today is a wish for contact with this other universe.




Quote: I think that's the job of each of us -- to show our best toys and our best tricks that lift us and our friends to higher and higher levels. There is no end to this bootstrapping process. The future of the human mind and body and the future of humans together is endlessly bright. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote; white text on black background

I think that's the job of each of us -- to show our best toys and our best tricks that lift us and our friends to higher and higher levels. There is no end to this bootstrapping process. The future of the human mind and body and the future of humans together is endlessly bright.


Quote: I think what we have to do is convince people that matter is tacky. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

I think what we have to do is convince people that matter is tacky.


Quote: Time is a series of fluctuating variables. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Time is a series of fluctuating variables.


Quote: Earth is a place where language has literally become alive. Language has infested matter; it is replicating and defining and building itself. And it is in us. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Earth is a place where language has literally become alive. Language has infested matter; it is replicating and defining and building itself. And it is in us.


Quote: A birth is a death. Everything you treasure, and believe in, and love, and relate to is destroyed for you when you leave the womb. And you are launched into another modality, a modality that perhaps you would not have chosen but that you cannot do anything about. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

A birth is a death. Everything you treasure, and believe in, and love, and relate to is destroyed for you when you leave the womb. And you are launched into another modality, a modality that perhaps you would not have chosen but that you cannot do anything about.


Quote: This is the nature of going forward into being: A series of self-transforming ascents of level. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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


Quote: History is a series of approximations of the final singularity. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

History is a series of approximations of the final singularity.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.






Quote: As the bonfires of knowledge grow brighter, the more the darkness is revealed to our startled eyes. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

As the bonfires of knowledge grow brighter, the more the darkness is revealed to our startled eyes.


Quote: The bigger you build the bonfire, the more darkness is revealed. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The bigger you build the bonfire, the more darkness is revealed.




Quote: Every click of the cosmic clock brings us closer to the process for which the planet called us into existence. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Every click of the cosmic clock brings us closer to the process for which the planet called us into existence.


Quote: So I submit to you that what we represent is a Fifth Column, a Fifth Column that represents the best aspirations that human community is capable of, a Fifth Column that is willing to look at the structure of the psyche in contrast to the mess of society, and willing to dream. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote; white text on black background

So I submit to you that what we represent is a Fifth Column, a Fifth Column that represents the best aspirations that human community is capable of, a Fifth Column that is willing to look at the structure of the psyche in contrast to the mess of society, and willing to dream.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: I think there is a global commonality of understanding coming into being. And it is not necessarily fostered by institutions. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

I think there is a global commonality of understanding coming into being. And it is not necessarily fostered by institutions.




Quote: The 'hard swallow' built into science is this business about the Big Bang. ... This is the notion that the universe, for no reason, sprang from nothing in a single instant. ... Notice that this is the limit test for credulity... It's the limit case for likelihood. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The 'hard swallow' built into science is this business about the Big Bang. ... This is the notion that the universe, for no reason, sprang from nothing in a single instant. ... Notice that this is the limit test for credulity... It's the limit case for likelihood.


Quote: You are the cutting edge of a thirteen billion year old process of defining novelty. Your acts matter. Your thoughts matter. Your purpose? To add to the complexity. Your enemy? Disorder, entropy, stupidity, and tastelessness. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

You are the cutting edge of a thirteen billion year old process of defining novelty. Your acts matter. Your thoughts matter. Your purpose? To add to the complexity. Your enemy? Disorder, entropy, stupidity, and tastelessness.


Quote: Standing outside the cultural hysteria the trend is fairly clear. It is a trend toward temporal compression and the emergence of ambiguity. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Standing outside the cultural hysteria the trend is fairly clear. It is a trend toward temporal compression and the emergence of ambiguity.


Quote: Clearly, what is happening, I think, is there is a kind of global emergence of a new mental order. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Clearly, what is happening, I think, is there is a kind of global emergence of a new mental order.


Quote: The only frontier now left to exploit is not a frontier in space but a frontier in time. We steal the future from our children by plunging massively deeper and deeper into debt. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The only frontier now left to exploit is not a frontier in space but a frontier in time. We steal the future from our children by plunging massively deeper and deeper into debt.


Quote: I'm not an abuser. It takes me a long time to assimilate each experience. And I never have lost my respect for it. I mean I really feel dread. It is one of the emotions I always feel as I approach it, because I have no faith that my sails won't be ripped this time. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote; white text on black background

I'm not an abuser. It takes me a long time to assimilate each experience. And I never have lost my respect for it. I mean I really feel dread. It is one of the emotions I always feel as I approach it, because I have no faith that my sails won't be ripped this time.




Quote: Ayahuasca, unlike mushrooms and all these other things is only as good as the person who made it... The ayahuasca is a combinatory drug, and so it brings the human interaction and the lore of it into a much more central position. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Ayahuasca, unlike mushrooms and all these other things is only as good as the person who made it... The ayahuasca is a combinatory drug, and so it brings the human interaction and the lore of it into a much more central position.


Quote: My idea of enlightenment is when ego and Tao are fused, and Tao is perceived as ego. Then everything happens with complete appropriateness. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

My idea of enlightenment is when ego and Tao are fused, and Tao is perceived as ego. Then everything happens with complete appropriateness.


Quote: I don't know what life is like without cannabis, I hear there is such a thing. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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


Quote: I think psychedelics are sort of like doing calisthenics in preparation for the marathon at the end of time. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

I think psychedelics are sort of like doing calisthenics in preparation for the marathon at the end of time.


Quote: We are like caterpillars contemplating pupation. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

We are like caterpillars contemplating pupation.


Quote: The psychedelic inner astronaut sees things which no human 
 being has ever seen before, and no other human being will ever see again. But in fact this has no meaning unless it is possible to carry it back into the collectivity. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The psychedelic inner astronaut sees things which no human
being has ever seen before, and no other human being will ever see again. But in fact this has no meaning unless it is possible to carry it back into the collectivity.


Quote: Cyberspace is the human transition into a mathematical super space where we as a collectivity become optionally a single point of view. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Cyberspace is the human transition into a mathematical super space where we as a collectivity become optionally a single point of view.




Quote: The main thing going on in the 20th century is a dissolving of boundaries, all the boundaries that historical civilization put in place. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The main thing going on in the 20th century is a dissolving of boundaries, all the boundaries that historical civilization put in place.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.






Quote: We're not dropping out here, we're infiltrating and taking over. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

We're not dropping out here, we're infiltrating and taking over.


Quote: Wherever we press beyond the thin curtain of rationalist culture, we discover the incredibly rich, erotic, scary, promising presence of this intelligent Other, that beckons us out of history, and says, you know: 'The galaxy lies waiting.' by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Wherever we press beyond the thin curtain of rationalist culture, we discover the incredibly rich, erotic, scary, promising presence of this intelligent Other, that beckons us out of history, and says, you know: 'The galaxy lies waiting.'


Quote: What the psychedelics are for us as a species, rather than for each one of us as an individual, what they are for us as a species is an enzyme that catalyzes the language-making capacity. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

What the psychedelics are for us as a species, rather than for each one of us as an individual, what they are for us as a species is an enzyme that catalyzes the language-making capacity.


Quote: You could almost describe psychedelics as enzymes for the activity of the imagination. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

You could almost describe psychedelics as enzymes for the activity of the imagination.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: I'll try to be around and about. But if I'm not, then you know that I'm behind your eyelids, and I'll meet you there. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

I'll try to be around and about. But if I'm not, then you know that I'm behind your eyelids, and I'll meet you there.


Quote: We can move no faster than the evolution of our language, and this is certainly part of what the psychedelics are about: they force the evolution of language. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

We can move no faster than the evolution of our language, and this is certainly part of what the psychedelics are about: they force the evolution of language.


Quote: Technique to me is a kind of a ... I'm reluctant to talk about it because it seems so obvious to me what good technique is. I mean, you sit down, you shut up, and you pay attention is basically the good technique. And then the footnotes add; on an empty stomach, in a dark room, feeling comfortable. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote: Technique to me is a kind of a ... I'm reluctant to talk about it because it seems so obvious to me what good technique is. I mean, you sit down, you shut up, and you pay attention is basically the good technique. And then the footnotes add; on an empty stomach, in a dark room, feeling comfortable.- black text on quotes background

Technique to me is a kind of a ... I'm reluctant to talk about it because it seems so obvious to me what good technique is. I mean, you sit down, you shut up, and you pay attention is basically the good technique. And then the footnotes add; on an empty stomach, in a dark room, feeling comfortable.






Quote: What we call reality is in fact nothing more than a culturally sanctioned and linguistically reinforced hallucination. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

What we call reality is in fact nothing more than a culturally sanctioned and linguistically reinforced hallucination.


Quote: If you actually look at the etymology of the word 'hallucination', what it's come to mean in English is a delusion. But what it really means in the original language is to wander in the mind. That's the meaning of 'hallucination', to wander in the mind. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

If you actually look at the etymology of the word 'hallucination', what it's come to mean in English is a delusion. But what it really means in the original language is to wander in the mind. That's the meaning of 'hallucination', to wander in the mind.


Quote: I'm fascinated by hallucinations. I mean, to me that is the sina qua non that you're getting somewhere. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

I'm fascinated by hallucinations. I mean, to me that is the sina qua non that you're getting somewhere.




Quote: For unknown reasons, there is a tremendous concentration of psychoactive plants on the South American continent. The South American continent has more known hallucinogens than the rest of the planet combined. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

For unknown reasons, there is a tremendous concentration of psychoactive plants on the South American continent. The South American continent has more known hallucinogens than the rest of the planet combined.


Quote: If the world is made of language, then you can hack it in the sense that you can hack code. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

If the world is made of language, then you can hack it in the sense that you can hack code.


Quote: Life, carefully examined, is actually a form of allegorical literature with a very tight constructural grid laid over it. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Life, carefully examined, is actually a form of allegorical literature with a very tight constructural grid laid over it.


Quote: Because this is the world that science built, with the henchmen of capitalism and Christianity. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: The question is being asked, 'Are we alone?' And though we now focus on that question we need to think beyond that to what if we're not alone? Then what becomes the next imperative question? by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The question is being asked, 'Are we alone?' And though we now focus on that question we need to think beyond that to what if we're not alone? Then what becomes the next imperative question?




Quote: Safety is really a concern of mine, and what I've been telling people recently is that until there's animal and human data on a drug it should probably be looked at very carefully. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Safety is really a concern of mine, and what I've been telling people recently is that until there's animal and human data on a drug it should probably be looked at very carefully.


Quote: At the interface of the say-able and the unsay-able is the novel, the new, the never before seen, said or done. And that's what I think it's important to try and bring out, ideas. Because I think we are the animals that bring back ideas. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

At the interface of the say-able and the unsay-able is the novel, the new, the never before seen, said or done. And that's what I think it's important to try and bring out, ideas. Because I think we are the animals that bring back ideas.


Quote: The things I encounter that I call elves or gnomes, it's just a gloss. I mean, they're small, and they have the archetype. They're more like leprechauns, and this maybe raises a racial issue. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The things I encounter that I call elves or gnomes, it's just a gloss. I mean, they're small, and they have the archetype. They're more like leprechauns, and this maybe raises a racial issue.




Quote: The truth for sure, 
 when it arrives, 
 will make you smile. 
 If it doesn't, 
 you should seek 
 a deeper truth. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The truth for sure,
when it arrives,
will make you smile.
If it doesn't,
you should seek
a deeper truth.


Quote: The thing that is so powerful about the psychedelics is that they perform on demand, which almost in principle you cannot expect of a mystical experience because that would be essentially man ordering God at man's whim, which is not how it's supposed to work. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The thing that is so powerful about the psychedelics is that they perform on demand, which almost in principle you cannot expect of a mystical experience because that would be essentially man ordering God at man's whim, which is not how it's supposed to work.


Quote: 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 author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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.


Quote: Science works its miracles by turning its enterprise into a kind of parlor game confined to the category matter and energy. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Science works its miracles by turning its enterprise into a kind of parlor game confined to the category matter and energy.


Quote: Your memories are eroding away. The futures you anticipate, will mostly not come to pass, and the real richness is in the moment. And it's not necessarily some kind of 'Be Here Now' feel-good thing because it doesn't always feel good. But it always feels. It is a domain of feeling. It's primary. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote: Your memories are eroding away. The futures you anticipate, will mostly not come to pass, and the real richness is in the moment. And it's not necessarily some kind of 'Be Here Now' feel-good thing because it doesn't always feel good. But it always feels. It is a domain of feeling. It's primary.- black text on quotes background

Your memories are eroding away. The futures you anticipate, will mostly not come to pass, and the real richness is in the moment. And it's not necessarily some kind of 'Be Here Now' feel-good thing because it doesn't always feel good. But it always feels. It is a domain of feeling. It's primary.


Quote: There's something in the Western mind that gets very nervous when you try to talk about the bedrock of ontology. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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


Quote: The word 'self' is as great a mystery as the word 'other'. It's just a polarity between two mysteries. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The word 'self' is as great a mystery as the word 'other'. It's just a polarity between two mysteries.


Quote: These religions that are so freighted with their own pomposity are no better than inspired guesses. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

These religions that are so freighted with their own pomposity are no better than inspired guesses.


Quote: What the churches are peddling is high abstraction, and you really have to work yourself up into a lather to be able to accept that as worthy of that kind of attention. The psychedelic subset of society is into an experience, and it's accessible. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

What the churches are peddling is high abstraction, and you really have to work yourself up into a lather to be able to accept that as worthy of that kind of attention. The psychedelic subset of society is into an experience, and it's accessible.


Quote: If we were to place our power at the service of our imaginations rather than our primate politics we would create a civilization worthy of the name. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

If we were to place our power at the service of our imaginations rather than our primate politics we would create a civilization worthy of the name.


Quote: The danger is in using psychedelic drugs, just to put it out there, is madness. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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


Quote: There has been no progress in 60,000 years in reducing the psychedelic experience to a known quantity. It is as terrifying, as awesome, as ecstatic, as irreducible to us as it was to them. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

There has been no progress in 60,000 years in reducing the psychedelic experience to a known quantity. It is as terrifying, as awesome, as ecstatic, as irreducible to us as it was to them.


Quote: Think about this for a moment, we grow so inured to these religious forms, think about the notion of instituting at the center of your religion a rite where you eat your god is probably a memory of a relationship to some kind of a psychedelic experience of some sort. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote; white text on black background

Think about this for a moment, we grow so inured to these religious forms, think about the notion of instituting at the center of your religion a rite where you eat your god is probably a memory of a relationship to some kind of a psychedelic experience of some sort.


Quote: What I've observed, and I think it's fair to give credit to the psychedelic experience for this, what I've observed is that nature builds on previously established levels of complexity. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

What I've observed, and I think it's fair to give credit to the psychedelic experience for this, what I've observed is that nature builds on previously established levels of complexity.


Quote: In a sense, sexuality is the built-in psychedelic experience that only a very few people manage to evade. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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


Quote: What I like to talk about, and what I have very little competition in terms of talking about, is the content of the psychedelic experience. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

What I like to talk about, and what I have very little competition in terms of talking about, is the content of the psychedelic experience.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: Psychedelic experiences and dreams are chemical cousins; they are only different in degree. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Psychedelic experiences and dreams are chemical cousins; they are only different in degree.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.




Quote: The Gaian mind is what were calling the psychedelic experience. Its an experience of the living fact of the entelechy of the planet -- and without that experience we wander in a desert of bogus ideologies. But with that experience the compass of the self can be set. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote; white text on black background

The Gaian mind is what were calling the psychedelic experience. Its an experience of the living fact of the entelechy of the planet -- and without that experience we wander in a desert of bogus ideologies. But with that experience the compass of the self can be set.


Quote: Alchemy is about the generation of a psychic construct, a wholeness, a thing which has many properties, which is paradoxical, which is both mind and matter, which can do anything. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Alchemy is about the generation of a psychic construct, a wholeness, a thing which has many properties, which is paradoxical, which is both mind and matter, which can do anything.


Quote: We are like coral animals in a vast reef of excreted technological material that is wired for solid state data transfer. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

We are like coral animals in a vast reef of excreted technological material that is wired for solid state data transfer.


Quote: 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 author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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.


Quote: We are like coral animals embedded in a technological reef of extruded psychic objects...All our tool-making implies our belief in an ultimate tool. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

We are like coral animals embedded in a technological reef of extruded psychic objects...All our tool-making implies our belief in an ultimate tool.


Quote: What we call imagination is actually the universal library of what's real. You couldn't imagine it if it weren't real somewhere, sometime. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

What we call imagination is actually the universal library of what's real. You couldn't imagine it if it weren't real somewhere, sometime.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: Shamanism is just show business and philosophy is just a branch of that vaudevillian impulse. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Shamanism is just show business and philosophy is just a branch of that vaudevillian impulse.


Quote: Experientially there is only one religion, and it is shamanism and shamanic ecstasy. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Experientially there is only one religion, and it is shamanism and shamanic ecstasy.


Quote: I don't believe that shamanism without hallucinogens is authentic shamanism or comfortable shamanism. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

I don't believe that shamanism without hallucinogens is authentic shamanism or comfortable shamanism.


Quote: Shamanism is about shape shifting. Shamanism is about doing phenomenology with a tool kit that works. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Shamanism is about shape shifting. Shamanism is about doing phenomenology with a tool kit that works.


Quote: Shamanism is not some obscure concern of cultural anthropologists. Shamanism is how religion was practiced for its first million years. Up until about 12,000 years ago there was no other form of religion on this planet. That was how people attained some kind of access to the sacred. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote: Shamanism is not some obscure concern of cultural anthropologists. Shamanism is how religion was practiced for its first million years. Up until about 12,000 years ago there was no other form of religion on this planet. That was how people attained some kind of access to the sacred.- black text on quotes background

Shamanism is not some obscure concern of cultural anthropologists. Shamanism is how religion was practiced for its first million years. Up until about 12,000 years ago there was no other form of religion on this planet. That was how people attained some kind of access to the sacred.


Quote: Terror of the future can be put out to pasture with psychedelic shamanism. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Terror of the future can be put out to pasture with psychedelic shamanism.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: Skywalker is a direct translation of the word shaman out of the Tungusic, which is where Siberian shamanism comes from. So these heroes that are being instilled in the heart of the culture are shamanic heroes. They control a force which is bigger than everybody and holds the galaxy together. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote: Skywalker is a direct translation of the word shaman out of the Tungusic, which is where Siberian shamanism comes from. So these heroes that are being instilled in the heart of the culture are shamanic heroes. They control a force which is bigger than everybody and holds the galaxy together.- black text on quotes background

Skywalker is a direct translation of the word shaman out of the Tungusic, which is where Siberian shamanism comes from. So these heroes that are being instilled in the heart of the culture are shamanic heroes. They control a force which is bigger than everybody and holds the galaxy together.


Quote: In a way, this is a definition of shamanism. A shaman is a person who by some means has gotten out of their own culture. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

In a way, this is a definition of shamanism. A shaman is a person who by some means has gotten out of their own culture.


Quote: Shamanism is essentially a living tradition of alchemy that is not seeking the stone but has found the stone. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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






Quote: History is like self-reflection through the medium of language propelling itself into self-recognition. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

History is like self-reflection through the medium of language propelling itself into self-recognition.




Quote: The psychedelic mind is a higher dimensional mind, it is not fit for three dimensional space time. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The psychedelic mind is a higher dimensional mind, it is not fit for three dimensional space time.


Quote: Spaceflight is nothing less than the exterior metaphor for the shamanic voyage. In other words, in our terms, the hallucinogenic experience. This is the way engineers get high. They go to the moon! by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Spaceflight is nothing less than the exterior metaphor for the shamanic voyage. In other words, in our terms, the hallucinogenic experience. This is the way engineers get high. They go to the moon!






Quote: We need a pharmacological intervention on anti-social behavior or we are not going to get hold of our dilemma. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

We need a pharmacological intervention on anti-social behavior or we are not going to get hold of our dilemma.


Quote: And I want to thank all the women that support me. I have wonderful support systems from women of all types who seem dedicated to the notion that Terence McKenna can always be improved. I'm extremely grateful for that. The frontiers are enormous in that dimension. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

And I want to thank all the women that support me. I have wonderful support systems from women of all types who seem dedicated to the notion that Terence McKenna can always be improved. I'm extremely grateful for that. The frontiers are enormous in that dimension.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: Psychedelic telepathy is you 'see' what I mean. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Psychedelic telepathy is you 'see' what I mean.


Quote: Ultimately, I think, what the psychedelic experience may be is a higher topological manifold of temporality. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Ultimately, I think, what the psychedelic experience may be is a higher topological manifold of temporality.


Quote: Thinkers are not a welcome addition to most social situations. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Thinkers are not a welcome addition to most social situations.


Quote: The social consequence of the psychedelic experience is clear thinking -which trickles down as clear speech. Empowered speech. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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


Quote: 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 author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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.


Quote: All of you who have been through high dose psychedelic experiences know that it's very hard to carry stupid baggage through that keyhole. In fact you're lucky if you just get your soul and yourselves through and intact. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

All of you who have been through high dose psychedelic experiences know that it's very hard to carry stupid baggage through that keyhole. In fact you're lucky if you just get your soul and yourselves through and intact.


Quote: It's a relationship like to a crusty Zen master, or something like that. And it is really like another entity because you cannot predict the answers. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

It's a relationship like to a crusty Zen master, or something like that. And it is really like another entity because you cannot predict the answers.


Quote: One has, you know, a window of opportunity somewhere between zip and a hundred to solve, or understand, or penetrate, or appreciate, or come to terms with the conundrum of being, this amazing circumstance in which we find ourselves, both individually and collectively. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote; white text on black background

One has, you know, a window of opportunity somewhere between zip and a hundred to solve, or understand, or penetrate, or appreciate, or come to terms with the conundrum of being, this amazing circumstance in which we find ourselves, both individually and collectively.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.




Quote: Information is just simply bootstrapping itself to higher and higher levels of self-reflection and self-coordination using whatever means are necessary. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Information is just simply bootstrapping itself to higher and higher levels of self-reflection and self-coordination using whatever means are necessary.


Quote: We are the damaged heirs of a damaged cultural style which has been practiced now for about seven thousand years. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

We are the damaged heirs of a damaged cultural style which has been practiced now for about seven thousand years.


Quote: A hallucination is a species of reality, as capable of teaching you as a videotape about Kilimanjaro or anything else that falls through your life. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

A hallucination is a species of reality, as capable of teaching you as a videotape about Kilimanjaro or anything else that falls through your life.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: Television is, to my mind, the most insidious drug that the 20th Century has had to deal with. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Television is, to my mind, the most insidious drug that the 20th Century has had to deal with.


Quote: For me, the glory of the human animal is cognitive activity. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

For me, the glory of the human animal is cognitive activity.




Quote: The shaman has access to a superhuman dimension and a superhuman condition, and by being able to do that he affirms the potential for transcendence in all people. He is an exemplar, if you will. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The shaman has access to a superhuman dimension and a superhuman condition, and by being able to do that he affirms the potential for transcendence in all people. He is an exemplar, if you will.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: We're not going to save the monkey unless we can shed the monkey. And the greatest impetus, the greatest inspiration to the expression of our higher selves comes in the confrontation with psyche that occurs in the psychedelic experience. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

We're not going to save the monkey unless we can shed the monkey. And the greatest impetus, the greatest inspiration to the expression of our higher selves comes in the confrontation with psyche that occurs in the psychedelic experience.


Quote: 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 author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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.


Quote: The long night of human history is drawing at last to its conclusion. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The long night of human history is drawing at last to its conclusion.


Quote: If psychedelics are exopheromones that dissolve the dominant ego, then they are also enzymes that synergize the human imagination and empower language. They cause us to connect and reconnect the contents of the collective mind in ever more implausible, beautiful, and self-fulfilling ways. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote: If psychedelics are exopheromones that dissolve the dominant ego, then they are also enzymes that synergize the human imagination and empower language. They cause us to connect and reconnect the contents of the collective mind in ever more implausible, beautiful, and self-fulfilling ways.- black text on quotes background

If psychedelics are exopheromones that dissolve the dominant ego, then they are also enzymes that synergize the human imagination and empower language. They cause us to connect and reconnect the contents of the collective mind in ever more implausible, beautiful, and self-fulfilling ways.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: What's popularly known as the evolution of consciousness, in other words that the expansion of cognitive repertoire that occurs in human beings, which has always been a great puzzle to evolutionary theory, I believe, occurred in the presence of a kind of catalyst for the human imagination. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote: What's popularly known as the evolution of consciousness, in other words that the expansion of cognitive repertoire that occurs in human beings, which has always been a great puzzle to evolutionary theory, I believe, occurred in the presence of a kind of catalyst for the human imagination.- black text on quotes background

What's popularly known as the evolution of consciousness, in other words that the expansion of cognitive repertoire that occurs in human beings, which has always been a great puzzle to evolutionary theory, I believe, occurred in the presence of a kind of catalyst for the human imagination.


Quote: The monkey body has carried us to this moment of release, but we are coming more and more to exist in a world made by the human imagination. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The monkey body has carried us to this moment of release, but we are coming more and more to exist in a world made by the human imagination.


Quote: The Logos is a voice heard, in the head. And the Logos was the hand on the rudder of human civilization for centuries, up until, in fact, the collapse of the ancient mystery religions and the ascendancy of Christianity to the status of a world religion. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The Logos is a voice heard, in the head. And the Logos was the hand on the rudder of human civilization for centuries, up until, in fact, the collapse of the ancient mystery religions and the ascendancy of Christianity to the status of a world religion.




Quote: So the idea is to triangulate a sufficiently large number of data points in your set of experience that you can make a model of the world that is not imprisoning. That's why, second to psychedelics, I think travel is the most boundary-dissolving, educational enterprise that you can get mixed up in. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote: So the idea is to triangulate a sufficiently large number of data points in your set of experience that you can make a model of the world that is not imprisoning. That's why, second to psychedelics, I think travel is the most boundary-dissolving, educational enterprise that you can get mixed up in.- black text on quotes background

So the idea is to triangulate a sufficiently large number of data points in your set of experience that you can make a model of the world that is not imprisoning. That's why, second to psychedelics, I think travel is the most boundary-dissolving, educational enterprise that you can get mixed up in.


Quote: Human populations that do not have contact with the psychedelic tremendum are neurotic because they are male ego dominated. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Human populations that do not have contact with the psychedelic tremendum are neurotic because they are male ego dominated.


Quote: Impressionism is simply twenty minutes into LSD. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Impressionism is simply twenty minutes into LSD.


Quote: 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 author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: 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 author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: The only evil that associates itself with mushrooms is taking too little. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The only evil that associates itself with mushrooms is taking too little.


Quote: The apocalypse is the millennium, and the psychedelics move you into the future. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The apocalypse is the millennium, and the psychedelics move you into the future.


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.' by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.'


Quote: 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 author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

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.


Quote: We get to the point then with modern science where you could almost say that modern science is the art of describing those systems so crude in their structure that they are not subject to temporal variables. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

We get to the point then with modern science where you could almost say that modern science is the art of describing those systems so crude in their structure that they are not subject to temporal variables.


Quote: The real nature of our predicament is completely opaque to us. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The real nature of our predicament is completely opaque to us.


Quote: You are not naked when you take off your clothes. You still wear your religious assumptions, your prejudices, your fears, your illusions, your delusions. When you shed the cultural operating system, then essentially you stand naked before the inspection of your own psyche. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote; white text on black background

You are not naked when you take off your clothes. You still wear your religious assumptions, your prejudices, your fears, your illusions, your delusions. When you shed the cultural operating system, then essentially you stand naked before the inspection of your own psyche.


Quote: Culture is your operating system. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Culture is your operating system.


Quote: In the way that the 15th Century discovered the New World, the 20th Century discovered the parallel continuum. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

In the way that the 15th Century discovered the New World, the 20th Century discovered the parallel continuum.


Quote: It's our machines and our technologies that are now the major evolutionary forces acting upon us. It's not our political systems. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

It's our machines and our technologies that are now the major evolutionary forces acting upon us. It's not our political systems.


Quote: The way out then is personal responsibility, new operating systems downloaded from outside of culture, which means from the deeper wisdom of the psychedelic plants and then a commitment to community and a motto of To the future, without fear! Without fear! by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The way out then is personal responsibility, new operating systems downloaded from outside of culture, which means from the deeper wisdom of the psychedelic plants and then a commitment to community and a motto of To the future, without fear! Without fear!


Quote: This is what magic is. It's being able to speak in a voice which makes things happen, being able to speak in a voice which causes facts to be beheld by groups of people in a way that has been purged from profane language, for us relegated to poetry and that sort of thing. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote; white text on black background

This is what magic is. It's being able to speak in a voice which makes things happen, being able to speak in a voice which causes facts to be beheld by groups of people in a way that has been purged from profane language, for us relegated to poetry and that sort of thing.


Quote: I think the experience over the past thousand years is that ideology is poisonous... The world seen through the lens of ideology is a very limited world. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

I think the experience over the past thousand years is that ideology is poisonous... The world seen through the lens of ideology is a very limited world.


Quote: So part of what being psychedelic means, I think, is relentlessly living with unanswered questions. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

So part of what being psychedelic means, I think, is relentlessly living with unanswered questions.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: What the psychedelic experience really is, is opening the doorway into a lost continent of the human mind, a continent that we have almost lost all connection to, and the nature of this lost world of the human mind is that it is a Gaian entelechy. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

What the psychedelic experience really is, is opening the doorway into a lost continent of the human mind, a continent that we have almost lost all connection to, and the nature of this lost world of the human mind is that it is a Gaian entelechy.


Quote: LSD burst over the dreary domain of the constipated bourgeoisie like the angelic herald of a new psychedelic millennium. We have never been the same since, nor will we ever be, for LSD demonstrated, even to skeptics, that the mansions of heaven and gardens of paradise lie within each and all of us. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote: LSD burst over the dreary domain of the constipated bourgeoisie like the angelic herald of a new psychedelic millennium. We have never been the same since, nor will we ever be, for LSD demonstrated, even to skeptics, that the mansions of heaven and gardens of paradise lie within each and all of us.- black text on quotes background

LSD burst over the dreary domain of the constipated bourgeoisie like the angelic herald of a new psychedelic millennium. We have never been the same since, nor will we ever be, for LSD demonstrated, even to skeptics, that the mansions of heaven and gardens of paradise lie within each and all of us.






Quote: One of the things that people don't do enough of when they do psychedelic work is spend time in the library. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

One of the things that people don't do enough of when they do psychedelic work is spend time in the library.


Quote: I think that understanding man's place in nature is going to require integration of the psychedelic experience. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

I think that understanding man's place in nature is going to require integration of the psychedelic experience.


Quote: Eros is an ego-overwhelming, boundary dissolving, breakthrough creating force scripted into human life that is pretty intrinsically psychedelic. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Eros is an ego-overwhelming, boundary dissolving, breakthrough creating force scripted into human life that is pretty intrinsically psychedelic.


Quote: Our culture difinitely takes an egocentric dominator view. The fear of the psychedelic experience is quite literally the fear of losing control. Dominator types today don't understand that it's not important to maintain control if you are not in control in the first place. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote; white text on black background

Our culture difinitely takes an egocentric dominator view. The fear of the psychedelic experience is quite literally the fear of losing control. Dominator types today don't understand that it's not important to maintain control if you are not in control in the first place.


Quote: I think the world is growing more psychedelic every day. I'm completely hopeful... This is how it should be. This is what it's like when a species prepares to depart for hyperspace. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

I think the world is growing more psychedelic every day. I'm completely hopeful... This is how it should be. This is what it's like when a species prepares to depart for hyperspace.




Quote: I think of going to the Grave without having a Psychedelic Experience is like going to the Grave without ever having Sex. It means that you never Figured out what it is all about. The Mystery is in the Body and the way the Body Works itself into Nature. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

I think of going to the Grave without having a Psychedelic Experience is like going to the Grave without ever having Sex. It means that you never Figured out what it is all about. The Mystery is in the Body and the way the Body Works itself into Nature.


Quote: I think with the work we do with these drugs we are the earliest pioneers in what over the next 100 years will lead to an understanding of consciousness almost as a thing apart from the monkey body and brain. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

I think with the work we do with these drugs we are the earliest pioneers in what over the next 100 years will lead to an understanding of consciousness almost as a thing apart from the monkey body and brain.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: Nature and the imagination seem to be the precursors to involvement in the psychedelic experience. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Nature and the imagination seem to be the precursors to involvement in the psychedelic experience.


Quote: Without an understanding and a familiarity of the psychedelic experience you should be sued for fraud if you're practicing psychotherapy. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Without an understanding and a familiarity of the psychedelic experience you should be sued for fraud if you're practicing psychotherapy.


Quote: You don't go on bended-knee to petition the official culture for your rights. You have to take them. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

You don't go on bended-knee to petition the official culture for your rights. You have to take them.


Quote: Biology seems to be a chemical strategy for amplifying quantum mechanical indeterminacy so that it leaves the subatomic realm and can be present in a hundred and forty five pound block of meat. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Biology seems to be a chemical strategy for amplifying quantum mechanical indeterminacy so that it leaves the subatomic realm and can be present in a hundred and forty five pound block of meat.


Quote: And the whole schtick of the psychedelic experience, I think, is reclaim immediate experience, realize that you out vote all parliaments, police forces, and major newspapers on the planet because, who knows, they may be illusions. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

And the whole schtick of the psychedelic experience, I think, is reclaim immediate experience, realize that you out vote all parliaments, police forces, and major newspapers on the planet because, who knows, they may be illusions.




Quote: My normal lectures deal with the psychedelic experience as a generalized and historical phenomenon, but this effort at communication is slightly more personal in that it's an effort to impart just one idea that came out of an involvement with psychedelic substances. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote; white text on black background

My normal lectures deal with the psychedelic experience as a generalized and historical phenomenon, but this effort at communication is slightly more personal in that it's an effort to impart just one idea that came out of an involvement with psychedelic substances.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: I see the psychedelic experience as both the centerpiece of prehistoric life and destined to be the centerpiece of any future that we want to be part of. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

I see the psychedelic experience as both the centerpiece of prehistoric life and destined to be the centerpiece of any future that we want to be part of.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


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. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with 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.


Quote: The major adventure is to claim your authentic, true being, which is not culturally given to you. The culture will not explain to you how to be a real human being. It will tell you how to be banker, politician, Indian chief, masseuses, actress, whatever, but it will not give you true being. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote: The major adventure is to claim your authentic, true being, which is not culturally given to you. The culture will not explain to you how to be a real human being. It will tell you how to be banker, politician, Indian chief, masseuses, actress, whatever, but it will not give you true being.- black text on quotes background

The major adventure is to claim your authentic, true being, which is not culturally given to you. The culture will not explain to you how to be a real human being. It will tell you how to be banker, politician, Indian chief, masseuses, actress, whatever, but it will not give you true being.


Quote: Nature has an economy, an elegance, a style, that if we could but emulate it we could rise out of the rubble we are making out of the planet. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote