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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

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.


Quote: The central point about the psychedelic experience is the content of the experience. And this has been occluded or obfuscated by the behavioral and statistical and scientific methods that have been brought to bear to study hallucinogenic experience. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The central point about the psychedelic experience is the content of the experience. And this has been occluded or obfuscated by the behavioral and statistical and scientific methods that have been brought to bear to study hallucinogenic experience.


Quote: The artist's task is to save the soul of mankind; and anything less is a dithering while Rome burns. Because of the artists, who are self-selected, for being able to journey into the Other, if the artists cannot find the way, then the way cannot be found. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The artist's task is to save the soul of mankind; and anything less is a dithering while Rome burns. Because of the artists, who are self-selected, for being able to journey into the Other, if the artists cannot find the way, then the way cannot be found.




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




Quote: Apparently, in the Avesta classical period no one would have dreamed of having a spiritual experience without resort to drugs. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Apparently, in the Avesta classical period no one would have dreamed of having a spiritual experience without resort to drugs.


Quote: The psychedelic experience is the beginning of the spiritual path. That's why it's not important that yogas' claim that they can deliver you the psychedelic experience, because it begins with the psychedelic experience, and then you go from there. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The psychedelic experience is the beginning of the spiritual path. That's why it's not important that yogas' claim that they can deliver you the psychedelic experience, because it begins with the psychedelic experience, and then you go from there.


Quote: We can't sell short the spiritual power of cannabis, especially when eaten. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

We can't sell short the spiritual power of cannabis, especially when eaten.


Quote: The Earth itself is stepping in to aid in the agenda of cultural transformation. There are too many doorways in nature that lead to heaven, there are too many paths to the mystery for any institution or social policy to be able to thwart the intent of the human species to evolve. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote; white text on black background

The Earth itself is stepping in to aid in the agenda of cultural transformation. There are too many doorways in nature that lead to heaven, there are too many paths to the mystery for any institution or social policy to be able to thwart the intent of the human species to evolve.


Quote: Having lived long enough to go at least once or twice around the block, I'm noticing that the strangeness is not receding The strangeness seems to be accelerating. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Having lived long enough to go at least once or twice around the block, I'm noticing that the strangeness is not receding The strangeness seems to be accelerating.


Quote: Ultimately what we're touching is the invisible, all-pervasive intelligence that surrounds us and penetrates us. It is grooming us to be able to tolerate its splendor. It can't just reveal itself openly because we would be forfeited; we'd never know what hit us. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Ultimately what we're touching is the invisible, all-pervasive intelligence that surrounds us and penetrates us. It is grooming us to be able to tolerate its splendor. It can't just reveal itself openly because we would be forfeited; we'd never know what hit us.


Quote: If you play the cultural game, it's like playing only with clubs or something, or playing only with the red marked cards. You have to play with a full deck, and that includes this pre-linguistic surround in which we are embedded. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

If you play the cultural game, it's like playing only with clubs or something, or playing only with the red marked cards. You have to play with a full deck, and that includes this pre-linguistic surround in which we are embedded.


Quote: I would argue that it's almost better to do heroin than to watch TV. At least when you're doing heroin you're responsible for your own reveries and thought processes. When you're mainlining TV what is it but endless messages to fetishize products? by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

I would argue that it's almost better to do heroin than to watch TV. At least when you're doing heroin you're responsible for your own reveries and thought processes. When you're mainlining TV what is it but endless messages to fetishize products?


Quote: The intellectual tension that seems to work its way through this society almost like fat through meat is the tension between scientific reductionism and the deeply felt intuition of most people that there is a spiritual dimension, or a hidden dimension, or a transcendental dimension. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote: The intellectual tension that seems to work its way through this society almost like fat through meat is the tension between scientific reductionism and the deeply felt intuition of most people that there is a spiritual dimension, or a hidden dimension, or a transcendental dimension.- black text on quotes background

The intellectual tension that seems to work its way through this society almost like fat through meat is the tension between scientific reductionism and the deeply felt intuition of most people that there is a spiritual dimension, or a hidden dimension, or a transcendental dimension.






Quote: I'm not an advocate for everything that rolls out of the laboratory. I'm an advocate for things sanctioned by millennia of usage. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

I'm not an advocate for everything that rolls out of the laboratory. I'm an advocate for things sanctioned by millennia of usage.


Quote: I believe that great weirdness stalks the universe. That's not the issue with me, but it is not tacky. It is not tacky. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

I believe that great weirdness stalks the universe. That's not the issue with me, but it is not tacky. It is not tacky.


Quote: Reality is, you know, the tip of an iceberg of irrationality that we've managed to drag ourselves up onto for a few panting moments before we slip back into the sea of the unreal. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Reality is, you know, the tip of an iceberg of irrationality that we've managed to drag ourselves up onto for a few panting moments before we slip back into the sea of the unreal.


Quote: The just say no campaign at this point is a lot like drawing sea-monsters over certain unexplored areas of the map and expecting people to stay away. It may work for some, but explorers live for this kind of thing. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The just say no campaign at this point is a lot like drawing sea-monsters over certain unexplored areas of the map and expecting people to stay away. It may work for some, but explorers live for this kind of thing.


Quote: The psychedelic viewpoint is becoming more and more legitimate, but psychedelic drugs are not. That's the odd paradox of it. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The psychedelic viewpoint is becoming more and more legitimate, but psychedelic drugs are not. That's the odd paradox of it.


Quote: So the conclusion that I reach, visa vie the individual and civilization, is this: Culture is not our friend. Culture is not your friend. It's not my friend. It's a very uncomfortable set of accommodations that have been hammered out over time for the convenience of institutions. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of Terence McKenna quote; white text on black background

So the conclusion that I reach, visa vie the individual and civilization, is this: Culture is not our friend. Culture is not your friend. It's not my friend. It's a very uncomfortable set of accommodations that have been hammered out over time for the convenience of institutions.


Quote: In a sense, what's happening is that the unconscious mind is a luxury the human species cannot afford at this point in our dilemma, and so the unconscious mind is simply rising into consciousness by being hardwired into this global infrastructure. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

In a sense, what's happening is that the unconscious mind is a luxury the human species cannot afford at this point in our dilemma, and so the unconscious mind is simply rising into consciousness by being hardwired into this global infrastructure.


Quote: Fine tuning the institutions built by powdered wig guys two hundred years ago is a long shot at holding the whole thing together. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Fine tuning the institutions built by powdered wig guys two hundred years ago is a long shot at holding the whole thing together.




Quote: The psychedelic species of visual beauty is something we don't see in our furniture styles and our architecture. It seems to be coming in, literally, from another dimension, and yet it is undeniably moving. It's beautiful. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The psychedelic species of visual beauty is something we don't see in our furniture styles and our architecture. It seems to be coming in, literally, from another dimension, and yet it is undeniably moving. It's beautiful.


Quote: A great turning point is in the offing. The world is changing. It's changed before, but not for a long time in our lives, not since before our lives. But now it's changing, and there are many many possibilities. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

A great turning point is in the offing. The world is changing. It's changed before, but not for a long time in our lives, not since before our lives. But now it's changing, and there are many many possibilities.


Quote: We are living in a state of constant scientific revolution. There is not a single area that you can name that is now seen as it was seen a hundred years ago. Nothing is left of the world view of one hundred years ago. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

We are living in a state of constant scientific revolution. There is not a single area that you can name that is now seen as it was seen a hundred years ago. Nothing is left of the world view of one hundred years ago.






Quote: History, call it 15,000 or 25,000 years of duration, is the story of an animal, some kind of complex animal, becoming conscious. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

History, call it 15,000 or 25,000 years of duration, is the story of an animal, some kind of complex animal, becoming conscious.




Quote: Well, you could almost say, I suppose, that the scientist seeks what is similar between any two days, or bluebirds, or glaciers. And the poet seeks what is different. The artist seeks to celebrate the unique. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Well, you could almost say, I suppose, that the scientist seeks what is similar between any two days, or bluebirds, or glaciers. And the poet seeks what is different. The artist seeks to celebrate the unique.




Quote: Nobody is smarter than you are. And what if they are? What good is their understanding doing you? by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Nobody is smarter than you are. And what if they are? What good is their understanding doing you?


Quote: Only psychos and shamans create their own reality. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Only psychos and shamans create their own reality.


Quote: I'm meeting my obligations, somehow, always have, without ever truly working, without ever putting my shoulder to the wheel for the man. Of course I had to deal dope to do this! by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

I'm meeting my obligations, somehow, always have, without ever truly working, without ever putting my shoulder to the wheel for the man. Of course I had to deal dope to do this!


Quote: Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.




Quote: The creative act is a letting down of the net of human imagination into the ocean of chaos on which we are suspended, and the attempt to bring out of it ideas. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The creative act is a letting down of the net of human imagination into the ocean of chaos on which we are suspended, and the attempt to bring out of it ideas.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The creative act is a letting down of the net of human imagination into the ocean of chaos on which we are suspended, and the attempt to bring out of it ideas.

It is the night sea journey, the lone fisherman on a tropical sea with his nets, and you let these nets down -- sometimes, something tears through them that leaves them in shreds and you just row for shore, and put your head under your bed and pray.

At other times what slips through are the minutiae, the minnows of this ichthyological metaphor of idea chasing.
But, sometimes, you can actually bring home something that is food, food for the human community that we can sustain ourselves on and go forward.


Quote: It is the imagination that argues for the Divine Spark within human beings. It is literally a decent of the World's Soul into all of us. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

It is the imagination that argues for the Divine Spark within human beings. It is literally a decent of the World's Soul into all of us.


Quote: 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

The mystery is in the body and the way the body works itself into nature.


Quote: Even as the nineteenth century had to come to grips with the notion of human descent from apes, we must now come to terms with the fact that those apes were stoned apes. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Even as the nineteenth century had to come to grips with the notion of human descent from apes, we must now come to terms with the fact that those apes were stoned apes.


Quote: Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet.




Quote: This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed.


Quote: We tend to disempower ourselves. We tend to believe that we don't matter. And in the act of taking that idea to ourselves we give everything away to somebody else, to something else. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

We tend to disempower ourselves. We tend to believe that we don't matter. And in the act of taking that idea to ourselves we give everything away to somebody else, to something else.


Quote: The real secret of magic is that the world is made of words, and that if you know the words that the world is made of you can make of it whatever you wish. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The real secret of magic is that the world is made of words, and that if you know the words that the world is made of you can make of it whatever you wish.


Quote: Ego is a structure that is erected by a neurotic individual who is a member of a neurotic culture against the facts of the matter. And culture, which we put on like an overcoat, is the collectivized consensus about what sort of neurotic behaviors are acceptable. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Ego is a structure that is erected by a neurotic individual who is a member of a neurotic culture against the facts of the matter. And culture, which we put on like an overcoat, is the collectivized consensus about what sort of neurotic behaviors are acceptable.




Quote: If the words 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

If the words 'life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' don't include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn't worth the hemp it was written on.


Quote: Ideology always paves the way toward atrocity. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Ideology always paves the way toward atrocity.




Quote: The cost of sanity in this society, is a certain level of alienation. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The cost of sanity in this society, is a certain level of alienation.


Quote: If you don't have a plan, you become part of somebody else's plan. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

If you don't have a plan, you become part of somebody else's plan.


Quote: No one is in charge of this process, this is what makes history so interesting, it's a runaway freight train on a dark and stormy night. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

No one is in charge of this process, this is what makes history so interesting, it's a runaway freight train on a dark and stormy night.




Quote: We have to recognize that the world is not something sculptured and finished, which we as perceivers walk through like patrons in a museum; the world is something we make through the act of perception. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

We have to recognize that the world is not something sculptured and finished, which we as perceivers walk through like patrons in a museum; the world is something we make through the act of perception.


Quote: Our task is to create memes... Launch your meme boldly and see if it will replicate. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Our task is to create memes... Launch your meme boldly and see if it will replicate.


Quote: There is no knowledge without risk taking. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

There is no knowledge without risk taking.


Quote: The purpose of life is to familiarize oneself with this after-death body so that the act of dying will not create confusion in the psyche. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The purpose of life is to familiarize oneself with this after-death body so that the act of dying will not create confusion in the psyche.


Quote: Half the time you think your thinking you're actually listening. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Half the time you think your thinking you're actually listening.


Quote: Human history is a Gaian dream. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Human history is a Gaian dream.


Quote: Life lived in the absence of the psychedelic experience that primordial shamanism is based on is life trivialized, life denied, life enslaved to the ego. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Life lived in the absence of the psychedelic experience that primordial shamanism is based on is life trivialized, life denied, life enslaved to the ego.


Quote: The imagination is the goal of history. I see culture as an effort to literally realize our collective dreams. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The imagination is the goal of history. I see culture as an effort to literally realize our collective dreams.


Quote: Liberate yourself from the illusion of culture. 
Take responsibility for what you think and what you do. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Liberate yourself from the illusion of culture.
Take responsibility for what you think and what you do.


Quote: You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding.


Quote: Nature conserves, prefers novelty. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Nature conserves, prefers novelty.


Quote: Animals are something invented by plants to move seeds around. An extremely yang solution to a peculiar problem which they faced. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

Animals are something invented by plants to move seeds around. An extremely yang solution to a peculiar problem which they faced.


Quote: What is unusual about Earth is that language, literally, has become alive. It 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

What is unusual about Earth is that language, literally, has become alive. It has infested matter. It is replicating and defining and building itself. And it is in us.


Quote: The imagination is the golden pathway to everywhere. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

The imagination is the golden pathway to everywhere.


Quote: We are so much the victims of abstraction that with the Earth in flames we can barely rouse ourselves to wander across the room and look at the thermostat. by author Terence McKenna overlaid on photo of photo of author Terence McKenna with quote

We are so much the victims of abstraction that with the Earth in flames we can barely rouse ourselves to wander across the room and look at the thermostat.


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