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Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 April 3, 2000) was an American ethnobotanist, mystic, psychonaut, lecturer, author, and an advocate 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 concept about the nature of time based on fractal patterns he claimed to have discovered in the I Ching, which he called novelty theory, proposing this predicted the end of time, and a transition of consciousness in the year 2012. His promotion of novelty theory and its connection to the Maya calendar is credited as one of the factors leading to the widespread beliefs about 2012 eschatology. Novelty theory is considered pseudoscience.

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1:The problem is not to find the answer, it's to face the answer ~ Terence McKenna, [T5],
2:The world which we perceive is a tiny fraction of the world which we can perceive, which is a tiny fraction of the perceivable world. ~ Terence McKenna,
3:Reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engeineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that's being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world. ~ Terence McKenna,
4:A real index of intelligence is humour, you know? It requires great affection for people and the world and the act of being, a forgivingness and a bemusement. The sure sign of the fanatic is an absence of humour.
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5:Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you might jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structure and culturally laid down models of behavior and information processing.
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6:To merely gaze upon the images of alchemy, is to in a sense, enter into a kind of psychoanalytical process because what alchemy was, and I should stress this or the rap makes no sense at all alchemy was not the vulgar pursuit of the transmutation of lesser metals into gold or silver. That was the charlatan's game played in every market in Europe for centuries among the simple people. Alchemy is the body of symbols and of literature that accreted around the effort to extract a universal medicine out of Nature for the transformation of societies and human beings. ~ Terence McKenna,

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1:Language betrays, ~ Terence McKenna
2:The truth for sure, ~ Terence McKenna
3:You will ride the Tao ~ Terence McKenna
4:Time will perfect matter. ~ Terence McKenna
5:What you call man is time. ~ Terence McKenna
6:Culture is another dimension. ~ Terence McKenna
7:No one knows enough to worry. ~ Terence McKenna
8:Take it easy man, but take it. ~ Terence McKenna
9:History is rooted in the future ~ Terence McKenna
10:Human history is a Gaian dream. ~ Terence McKenna
11:Every click of the cosmic clock ~ Terence McKenna
12:What is needed, is an awakening. ~ Terence McKenna
13:Culture is your operating system. ~ Terence McKenna
14:For all we know, we know nothing. ~ Terence McKenna
15:Authority will lead you into ruin. ~ Terence McKenna
16:Mind conjures miracles out of time. ~ Terence McKenna
17:You're immortal as long as you live. ~ Terence McKenna
18:Worrying is betting against yourself. ~ Terence McKenna
19:History is the siren song of the soul. ~ Terence McKenna
20:How do we fight back? By creating art. ~ Terence McKenna
21:People are concrescences of ambiguity. ~ Terence McKenna
22:You know what, I'm stoned, and I'm proud. ~ Terence McKenna
23:Nature is not mute; it is man who is deaf. ~ Terence McKenna
24:The engineers of the future will be poets. ~ Terence McKenna
25:There is no knowledge without risk taking. ~ Terence McKenna
26:Time is a series of fluctuating variables. ~ Terence McKenna
27:We live in condensations of our imagination ~ Terence McKenna
28:Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. ~ Terence McKenna
29:In cyberspace things are built out of light. ~ Terence McKenna
30:Nature is not mute, it is a man who is deaf. ~ Terence McKenna
31:Our assumptions are the edges of our worlds. ~ Terence McKenna
32:Behind us: the unknown. Before us: the secret. ~ Terence McKenna
33:Ideology always paves the way toward atrocity. ~ Terence McKenna
34:Memory training is great psychedelic training. ~ Terence McKenna
35:Astonishment is the proper response to reality. ~ Terence McKenna
36:Psychedelic telepathy is you 'see' what I mean. ~ Terence McKenna
37:Cultures are virtual realities made of language. ~ Terence McKenna
38:Impressionism is simply twenty minutes into LSD. ~ Terence McKenna
39:Liberate yourself from the illusion of culture. ~ Terence McKenna
40:We are like caterpillars contemplating pupation. ~ Terence McKenna
41:Only psychos and shamans create their own reality ~ Terence McKenna
42:It's meanings that we need to coax into our lives. ~ Terence McKenna
43:Nature is actually the goal at the end of history. ~ Terence McKenna
44:The only real experience that counts, is your own. ~ Terence McKenna
45:Our medium is meat, but we are made of information. ~ Terence McKenna
46:We are consciousness. We may not always be monkeys. ~ Terence McKenna
47:Our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas ~ Terence McKenna
48:The Imagination is the golden pathway to everywhere. ~ Terence McKenna
49:The race isn't to the swift, it's to the thoughtful. ~ Terence McKenna
50:There's only the integrity of doing and having done. ~ Terence McKenna
51:What foods are, essentially, are idea-neutral drugs. ~ Terence McKenna
52:You aren't an object. You're a process of some sort. ~ Terence McKenna
53:The imagination is a dimension of nonlocal information ~ Terence McKenna
54:The mind is a far bigger domain than we ever imagined. ~ Terence McKenna
55:The human brain is the god of technological innovation. ~ Terence McKenna
56:Culture as we're practicing it is causing a lot of pain. ~ Terence McKenna
57:The central figure in the archaic revival is the shaman. ~ Terence McKenna
58:The real truth is splintered and spread throughout time. ~ Terence McKenna
59:Alcoholism isn't a disease. It's a failure of self-image. ~ Terence McKenna
60:Culture is a plot against the expansion of consciousness. ~ Terence McKenna
61:The surface of things is not where attention should rest. ~ Terence McKenna
62:All time is is how much change you can pack into a second. ~ Terence McKenna
63:It’s pretty simple, the ethical life. It’s just demanding. ~ Terence McKenna
64:Matter is simply a concept. The world is made of language. ~ Terence McKenna
65:Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature ~ Terence McKenna
66:The mind is the cutting edge of the evolving event system. ~ Terence McKenna
67:The psychedelic inner astronaut sees things which no human ~ Terence McKenna
68:What we drug people have, that you don't, is repeatability. ~ Terence McKenna
69:For me, the glory of the human animal is cognitive activity. ~ Terence McKenna
70:History is anomalous, and there is no way to get used to it. ~ Terence McKenna
71:Wife beating without alcohol is like a circus without lions. ~ Terence McKenna
72:I'm not an advocate of drugs. I'm an advocate of psychedelics. ~ Terence McKenna
73:I spend as many hours a day as I possibly can smoking cannabis ~ Terence McKenna
74:Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness ~ Terence McKenna
75:The message coming back at all of us is: live without closure. ~ Terence McKenna
76:The problem is not to find the answer, it's to face the answer ~ Terence McKenna
77:The real nature of our predicament is completely opaque to us. ~ Terence McKenna
78:Thinkers are not a welcome addition to most social situations. ~ Terence McKenna
79:Half the time you think your thinking you’re actually listening ~ Terence McKenna
80:History is a series of approximations of the final singularity. ~ Terence McKenna
81:How can we know who is the other until we know who is the self? ~ Terence McKenna
82:I have nothing but scorn for all weird ideas other than my own. ~ Terence McKenna
83:The data stream has been corrupted, return to first principles. ~ Terence McKenna
84:The bigger you build the bonfire, the more darkness is revealed. ~ Terence McKenna
85:We're not dropping out here, we're infiltrating and taking over. ~ Terence McKenna
86:Hallucinogenic plants act as enzymes which stimulate imagination. ~ Terence McKenna
87:It's the impossible become possible and yet remaining impossible. ~ Terence McKenna
88:Being imposes some kind of obligation to find out what's going on. ~ Terence McKenna
89:If you don't have a plan, you become part of somebody else's plan. ~ Terence McKenna
90:I sort of see [cannabis] as the pilot light of Gian consciousness. ~ Terence McKenna
91:Nowhere is it writ that anthropoid apes should understand reality. ~ Terence McKenna
92:Only responsible human beings can exist in an anarchistic society. ~ Terence McKenna
93:You either have a plan or you become part of somebody else's plan. ~ Terence McKenna
94:Don't diddle the dose. Once you have done your homework, go for it. ~ Terence McKenna
95:I think what we have to do is convince people that matter is tacky. ~ Terence McKenna
96:Life must be a preparation for the transition to another dimension. ~ Terence McKenna
97:The lack of a sense of history makes us really prey to manipulation. ~ Terence McKenna
98:The most beautiful things in the universe are inside the human mind. ~ Terence McKenna
99:The cost of sanity in this society, is a certain level of alienation ~ Terence McKenna
100:The long night of human history is drawing at last to its conclusion. ~ Terence McKenna
101:The notion of illegal plants and animals is obnoxious and ridiculous. ~ Terence McKenna
102:All information is everywhere. Information that is not here is nowhere. ~ Terence McKenna
103:Drugs induce paranoia and psychosis in people who have never taken any. ~ Terence McKenna
104:Eschaton comes from the Greek word 'echatos', which just means the end. ~ Terence McKenna
105:National governments are under paid, under staffed, and under talented. ~ Terence McKenna
106:Ultimate novelty must be a situation where all boundaries are dissolved. ~ Terence McKenna
107:Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet. ~ Terence McKenna
108:Nobody should be allowed more than fifty years to get their act together. ~ Terence McKenna
109:The mystery is in the body and the way the body works itself into nature. ~ Terence McKenna
110:The only evil that associates itself with mushrooms is taking too little. ~ Terence McKenna
111:We are the inheritors of a million years of striving for the unspeakable. ~ Terence McKenna
112:Why does mathematics describe nature. That's a deeper question than most. ~ Terence McKenna
113:Is there a necessary succession in style, or are these things pure chance? ~ Terence McKenna
114:Terror of the future can be put out to pasture with psychedelic shamanism. ~ Terence McKenna
115:Belief is a form of infantilism. There is no ground for believing anything. ~ Terence McKenna
116:If we could feel what we are doing to the Earth, we would stop immediately. ~ Terence McKenna
117:We are caught inside a mystery, veiled in an enigma, locked inside a riddle ~ Terence McKenna
118:We can't sell short the spiritual power of cannabis, especially when eaten. ~ Terence McKenna
119:One way of assessing the toxicity of a drug is how do you feel the next day? ~ Terence McKenna
120:The psychedelics are this immense tool for the inspection of our own nature. ~ Terence McKenna
121:Every step into freedom contains within it the potential for greater bondage. ~ Terence McKenna
122:LSD is different. LSD is like psychoanalytical Drano. It's not a personality. ~ Terence McKenna
123:The problem is not to find the answer, it's to face the answer ~ Terence McKenna, [T5], #index,
124:I connect the psychedelic dimension to the dimension of inspiration and dream. ~ Terence McKenna
125:I don’t know what life is like without cannabis, I hear there is such a thing. ~ Terence McKenna
126:There are conditions under which time and space come apart and reweave itself. ~ Terence Mckenna
127:The way I think of the psychedelics is, they are catalysts to the imagination. ~ Terence McKenna
128:You see, a secret is not something untold. It’s something which can’t be told. ~ Terence McKenna
129:Alchemy is really the secret tradition of the redemption of spirit from matter. ~ Terence McKenna
130:The history of man that you don't know is what your unconscious is made out of. ~ Terence McKenna
131:A singularity is a place where the rules are broken. A miracle is a singularity. ~ Terence McKenna
132:The apocalypse is the millennium, and the psychedelics move you into the future. ~ Terence McKenna
133:The danger is [in using psychedelic drugs], just to put it out there, is madness. ~ Terence McKenna
134:The leading edge of reality is mind, and mind is the primary substratum of being. ~ Terence McKenna
135:There is nobody who is so enlightened that they don't need to work on themselves. ~ Terence McKenna
136:You don't want to become so open minded that the wind whistles between your ears. ~ Terence McKenna
137:History was an incredibly damaging experience, and now it's over . . . in a sense. ~ Terence McKenna
138:Once you have the psychedelic tool in hand then some real choices have to be made. ~ Terence McKenna
139:So when you look at the eschaton what you see, strangely enough, is your own face. ~ Terence McKenna
140:Knowledge, or verbal facility, is no proof that you know what you're talking about. ~ Terence McKenna
141:The main thing to understand is that we are imprisoned in some kind of work of art. ~ Terence McKenna
142:The real justification for psychedelics is that they feed new data into your model. ~ Terence McKenna
143:Who is to say what is real and what is not?'Real' is a distinction of a naïve mind. ~ Terence McKenna
144:Experientially there is only one religion, and it is shamanism and shamanic ecstasy. ~ Terence McKenna
145:It is slowly becoming understood that the modality of being is the modality of mind. ~ Terence McKenna
146:Our task is to create memes... Launch your meme boldly and see if it will replicate. ~ Terence McKenna
147:I believe that the place to search for extraterrestrials is in the psychic dimension. ~ Terence McKenna
148:The drugs of the future will be computers. The computers of the future will be drugs. ~ Terence McKenna
149:Our ability to destroy ourselves is the mirror image of our ability to save ourselves. ~ Terence McKenna
150:Plants seem like an excellent model for the kind of future that we should be building. ~ Terence McKenna
151:You could almost describe psychedelics as enzymes for the activity of the imagination. ~ Terence McKenna
152:Chaos is roving through the system and able to undo, at any point, the best laid plans. ~ Terence McKenna
153:If reality is code, then it can be hacked in some way that we had not suspected before. ~ Terence McKenna
154:To me, the psychedelic experience is the experience of trying to make sense of reality. ~ Terence McKenna
155:We can will the perfect future into being by becoming microcosms of the perfect future. ~ Terence McKenna
156:Culture is the greatest barrier to your enlightenment, your education, and your decency. ~ Terence McKenna
157:I think that a lot of people are making a lot of money spreading anxiety. Anxiety sells. ~ Terence McKenna
158:Each stage of cosmic development proceeded more quickly than the stage which preceded it. ~ Terence McKenna
159:The Gaian process is more than a process. It is s self-reflecting entelechy of some sort. ~ Terence McKenna
160:Art's task is to save the soul of mankind.. anything less is a dithering while Rome burns. ~ Terence McKenna
161:That's the core puzzling experience, when you meet the Other organized as a speaking mind. ~ Terence McKenna
162:The shaman is not merely a sick man, or a madman; he is a sick man who has healed himself. ~ Terence McKenna
163:We are going through the eye of the needle; make sure you leave what you don't need behind ~ Terence McKenna
164:Without sounding too cliché, the Internet really is the birth of some kind of global mind. ~ Terence McKenna
165:Closure is a neurotic and infantile demand to make upon reality, other people, or language. ~ Terence McKenna
166:If the world is made of language, then you can hack it in the sense that you can hack code. ~ Terence McKenna
167:I think really what unites psychedelic people is the faith in the power of the imagination. ~ Terence McKenna
168:People without plants are in a state of perpetual neurosis, a state of existential wanting. ~ Terence McKenna
169:Psychedelic experiences and dreams are chemical cousins; they are only different in degree. ~ Terence McKenna
170:The Aeon is a child at play with colored balls.

(translation/paraphrase: Terence McKenna) ~ Heraclitus
171:The real truth, that dare not speak itself, is that no one is in control. Absolutely no one. ~ Terence McKenna
172:There is a transcendental dimension beyond language... It's just hard as hell to talk about! ~ Terence McKenna
173:To date, the enterprise of thinking has moved us radically away from understanding anything. ~ Terence McKenna
174:We’re moving toward a time when our technology is indistinguishable from us. ~ Terence McKenna, Evolving Times
175:Flying saucers are nothing more than miracles, and they occur essentially to bedevil science. ~ Terence McKenna
176:It is not easy to measure the ocean, but we can be measured by it, confront it, and be in it. ~ Terence McKenna
177:Shamanism is just show business and philosophy is just a branch of that vaudevillian impulse. ~ Terence McKenna
178:That's what a god is. Somebody who knows more than you do about whatever you're dealing with. ~ Terence McKenna
179:Television is, to my mind, the most insidious drug that the 20th Century has had to deal with. ~ Terence McKenna
180:We need a metaphor that can contain the daemon of the future that we have conjured into being. ~ Terence McKenna
181:Because this is the world that science built, with the henchmen of capitalism and Christianity. ~ Terence McKenna
182:There is no mundane dimension really, if you have the eyes to see it, it is all transcendental. ~ Terence McKenna
183:This is the nature of going forward into being: A series of self-transforming ascents of level. ~ Terence McKenna
184:We are led by the least among us - the least intelligent, the least noble, the least visionary. ~ Terence McKenna
185:But what I really am interested in is not the end of the world but everything which precedes it. ~ Terence McKenna
186:Human beings are co-partners with deity in the project of being. This is the basis of all magic. ~ Terence McKenna
187:Let's not underrate cannabis, for cryin' out loud. Cannabis should be the glue of the community. ~ Terence McKenna
188:This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed. ~ Terence McKenna
189:What we now have is the freedom which attends decadence, or the decadence which attends freedom. ~ Terence McKenna
190:If you cross an onion with a UFO, what you get is a flying saucer that brings tears to your eyes. ~ Terence McKenna
191:Nobody is smarter than you are. And what if they are? What good is their understanding doing you? ~ Terence McKenna
192:Clearly, what is happening, I think, is there is a kind of global emergence of a new mental order. ~ Terence McKenna
193:Nature and the imagination seem to be the precursors to involvement in the psychedelic experience. ~ Terence McKenna
194:The psychedelic mind is a higher dimensional mind, it is not fit for three dimensional space time. ~ Terence McKenna
195:As the bonfires of knowledge grow brighter, the more the darkness is revealed to our startled eyes. ~ Terence McKenna
196:I'm as against restricting access to drugs as I am to burning books. It offends me in the same way. ~ Terence McKenna
197:Nothing is as boundary dissolving, except for psychedelic compounds, as travel. Travel is up there. ~ Terence McKenna
198:So part of what being psychedelic means, I think, is relentlessly living with unanswered questions. ~ Terence McKenna
199:The entire drug phenomenon of the 1960s happened without the concept of shamanism to help it along. ~ Terence McKenna
200:These religions that are so freighted with their own pomposity are no better than inspired guesses. ~ Terence McKenna
201:The world is not an unsolved problem for scientists or sociologists. The world is a living mystery. ~ Terence McKenna
202:You don’t go on bended-knee to petition the official culture for your rights. You have to take them. ~ Terence McKenna
203:I don't believe that shamanism without hallucinogens is authentic shamanism or comfortable shamanism. ~ Terence McKenna
204:Part of what being involved in the psychedelic experience is about is reclaiming your own experience. ~ Terence McKenna
205:Shamanism is about shape shifting. Shamanism is about doing phenomenology with a tool kit that works. ~ Terence McKenna
206:The tryptamine molecule has this unique property of releasing the structured self into the over-self. ~ Terence McKenna
207:Language is something that springs from the biological matrix, and the neurological matrix, within us. ~ Terence McKenna
208:Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored. ~ Terence McKenna
209:The psychedelic sets you at the beginning of the path, and then people do all kinds of things with it. ~ Terence McKenna
210:The word 'self' is as great a mystery as the word 'other'. It's just a polarity between two mysteries. ~ Terence McKenna
211:History is like self-reflection through the medium of language propelling itself into self-recognition. ~ Terence McKenna
212:I'm fascinated by hallucinations. I mean, to me that is the sina qua non that you're getting somewhere. ~ Terence McKenna
213:Many people never observe nature except when psychedelics force it upon them. ~ Terence McKenna, Appreciating Imagination
214:The culture cannot evolve faster than the language. The language is the flashlight that shows the path. ~ Terence McKenna
215:The drug may not be toxic, but you may be self-toxic, and you may discover this in the drug experience. ~ Terence McKenna
216:We do not birth our children into the world of nature. We birth our children into the world of culture. ~ Terence McKenna
217:Psychedelics are actually a kind of miraculous reality that can stand the test of objective examination. ~ Terence McKenna
218:If you're truly psychedelic the difference between living and dying is quite immaterial. No pun intended. ~ Terence McKenna
219:In a sense, sexuality is the built-in psychedelic experience that only a very few people manage to evade. ~ Terence McKenna
220:The miracle of our predicament is not how long everything has been in place but how brief it all has been. ~ Terence McKenna
221:If you’re not the hero of your own novel, then what kind of novel is it? You need to do some heavy editing. ~ Terence McKenna
222:It seems to me that it is psyche in a way that has become occluded by the perverse development of language. ~ Terence McKenna
223:The western mind, because of it's unique history, is the most sensitive mind to the impact of psychedelics. ~ Terence McKenna
224:DMT is the most powerful hallucinogen there is. If it gets stronger than that I don't want to know about it. ~ Terence McKenna
225:I think psychedelics are sort of like doing calisthenics in preparation for the marathon at the end of time. ~ Terence McKenna
226:Now, through the catalytic interaction with technology, the human species is getting set to redefine itself. ~ Terence McKenna
227:One of the things that people don't do enough of when they do psychedelic work is spend time in the library. ~ Terence McKenna
228:One of the things that's so striking about shamanism in the native context is the absence of mental illness. ~ Terence McKenna
229:Ultimately, I think, what the psychedelic experience may be is a higher topological manifold of temporality. ~ Terence McKenna
230:What blinds us, or what makes historical progress very difficult, is our lack of awareness of our ignorance. ~ Terence McKenna
231:It's a product of the fractal laws that govern the world at an informational level. There is no deeper truth. ~ Terence McKenna
232:Psychedelics are probably responsible for every aspect of human evolution apart from the decline in bodyhair. ~ Terence McKenna
233:Shamanism is essentially a living tradition of alchemy that is not seeking the stone but has found the stone. ~ Terence McKenna
234:The felt presence of immediate experience-- this is all you know. Everything else comes as unconfirmed rumor. ~ Terence McKenna
235:By passing into the psychedelic phase, the space-faring phase, the entire species is passing into adolescence. ~ Terence McKenna
236:In the way that the 15th Century discovered the New World, the 20th Century discovered the parallel continuum. ~ Terence McKenna
237:The imagination is the goal of history. I see culture as an effort to literally realize our collective dreams. ~ Terence McKenna
238:To carry language from two dimensions into three is the task of the poets, and the rebels in the 20th Century. ~ Terence McKenna
239:We need a pharmacological intervention on anti-social behavior or we are not going to get hold of our dilemma. ~ Terence McKenna
240:I regard these people who are peddling angst and peddling pessimism and all that stuff as so 'two minutes ago'. ~ Terence McKenna
241:I think that understanding man's place in nature is going to require integration of the psychedelic experience. ~ Terence McKenna
242:The obligation on us is to communicate the truth so that it is understood. The belief will take care of itself. ~ Terence McKenna
243:I can't think of a society on Earth where people don't take drugs that any of us would want anything to do with. ~ Terence McKenna
244:Science does not deal with subjective experience... Well that's too bad because that is all any of us ever have. ~ Terence McKenna
245:There is an angel within the monkey struggling to get free, and this is what the historical crisis is all about. ~ Terence McKenna
246:There's something in the Western mind that gets very nervous when you try to talk about the bedrock of ontology. ~ Terence McKenna
247:We are the damaged heirs of a damaged cultural style which has been practiced now for about seven thousand years. ~ Terence McKenna
248:What is always left out of descriptions of the psychedelic state, the deep psychedelic state, is how weird it is. ~ Terence McKenna
249:Ninety percent of the difficulty in your intellectual life would never have happened if you just had better taste. ~ Terence McKenna
250:Our destiny is to become what we think, to have our thoughts become our bodies and our bodies become our thoughts. ~ Terence McKenna
251:And psychedelics now, as we de-condition ourselves from the post-medieval world, they are present to hand as tools. ~ Terence McKenna
252:Mystery is alive in the moment, in the here and now. It just simply lies on the other side of a barrier of courage. ~ Terence McKenna
253:The world is not made of anti-mu mesons, quarks, and photons, and electromagnetic fields. Reality is made of words. ~ Terence McKenna
254:You may miss the end of the world, but you definitely are going to have a front row seat for the end of your world. ~ Terence McKenna
255: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 ~ Terence McKenna
256:‎The way you understand and investigate time is by moving inward, into metabolism. The human body is a knot in time. ~ Terence McKenna
257:Bandwidth is broadening as we speak. The whole world is being brought into the domain of electricity. ~ Terence McKenna, Evolving Times
258:Because the planetary culture is becoming ever more closely knitted together all its parts are becoming co-dependent. ~ Terence McKenna
259:It is the people who are 'far out' who are gaining advantage in the evolutionary jostling for efficacious strategies. ~ Terence McKenna
260:Notice that the whole story of Eden is the story of the struggle over a woman's relationship to a psychoactive plant. ~ Terence McKenna
261:The tension in the world is the tension between the ego and the feminine, not between the masculine and the feminine. ~ Terence McKenna
262:As a society we cannot seem to make peace with nature. As individuals, it's hard for us to be at peace with ourselves. ~ Terence McKenna
263:It seems to me far more likely that an advanced civilization would communicate inter dimensionally and telepathically. ~ Terence McKenna
264:There is no liberation to compare with freeing oneself from the illusions and delusions of the age in which one lives. ~ Terence McKenna
265:What we call reality is in fact nothing more than a culturally sanctioned and linguistically reinforced hallucination. ~ Terence McKenna
266:You put two egos together and you've either got a conflict, which is always interesting, or better yet, a love affair. ~ Terence McKenna
267:Culture is a simplification and a lie. It's the currency by which fools navigate the world. Smart people get beyond it. ~ Terence McKenna
268:I believe that great weirdness stalks the universe. That's not the issue with me, but it is not tacky. It is not tacky. ~ Terence McKenna
269:Capitalism is not a human being. Capitalism is a Moloch, a god, a god of bloody sacrifice that sees human beings as ants ~ Terence McKenna
270:Ecstasy is not simply joy. Ecstasy is an emotion of great complexity that hovers almost on the edge of terror sometimes. ~ Terence McKenna
271: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. ~ Terence McKenna
272:The immediate future of man lies in the imagination and in seeking the dimension where the imagination can be expressed. ~ Terence McKenna
273:We are like coral animals in a vast reef of excreted technological material that is wired for solid state data transfer. ~ Terence McKenna
274:Life, carefully examined, is actually a form of allegorical literature with a very tight constructural grid laid over it. ~ Terence McKenna
275:The possibility seems to be that what we call styles, or what we call motifs, are actually categories in the unconscious. ~ Terence McKenna
276:What the psychedelic thing can be seen as, when it's done with plants, as a return to Gaia, an immersion in the feminine. ~ Terence McKenna
277:Human populations that do not have contact with the psychedelic tremendum are neurotic because they are male ego dominated. ~ Terence McKenna
278:If nature represents a principle of economy, then culture surely must exemplify the principle of innovation through excess. ~ Terence McKenna
279:It was the fall into history that enslaved us to the labor cycle, to the agricultural cycle. And notice how fiendish it is. ~ Terence McKenna
280:Science works its miracles by turning its enterprise into a kind of parlor game confined to the category matter and energy. ~ Terence McKenna
281:What people notice about [when they are on] LSD is either what's right or wrong with themselves or how freaky the world is. ~ Terence McKenna
282:I believe in extraterrestrials, but I believe that real extraterrestrials are so peculiar that the job is to recognize them. ~ Terence McKenna
283:In the absence of good scientific data about the effects of artificial hallucinogens it's good to stick to the natural ones. ~ Terence McKenna
284:The psychedelic viewpoint is becoming more and more legitimate, but psychedelic drugs are not. That's the odd paradox of it. ~ Terence McKenna
285:I think there is a global commonality of understanding coming into being. And it is not necessarily fostered by institutions. ~ Terence McKenna
286:What history is, essentially, is a careening, out-of-control effort to find our way back to this state of primordial balance. ~ Terence McKenna
287:What we need to change is our minds, that's the part that's doing us dirt and dragging us under. How can we change our minds. ~ Terence McKenna
288:An interesting thing about drugs is often, when a new drug is discovered, it takes a long time to figure out how do you do it. ~ Terence McKenna
289:Apparently, in the Avesta classical period no one would have dreamed of having a spiritual experience without resort to drugs. ~ Terence McKenna
290:I finally realized that this 'place' that I kept bursting into [on a psychedelic experience] was somebody's idea of a playpen. ~ Terence McKenna
291:The social consequence of the psychedelic experience is clear thinking -which trickles down as clear speech. Empowered speech. ~ Terence McKenna
292:History, call it 15,000 or 25,000 years of duration, is the story of an animal, some kind of complex animal, becoming conscious. ~ Terence McKenna
293:Look at the reputation they gave him. [Giordano] Bruno without the pyre is a whiskey priest laying waste to the maids of Umbria. ~ Terence McKenna
294:The Internet is the global brain, the cyberspacially connected, telepathic, collective domain that we've all been hungering for. ~ Terence McKenna
295:Well, certainly the Voynich Manuscript is the 'limit text' of Western occultism. No one can read it. It is truly an occult book. ~ Terence McKenna
296:Animals are something invented by plants to move seeds around. An extremely yang solution to a peculiar problem which they faced. ~ Terence McKenna
297:Fine tuning the institutions built by powdered wig guys two hundred years ago is a long shot at holding the whole thing together. ~ Terence McKenna
298:I'm not an advocate for everything that rolls out of the laboratory. I'm an advocate for things sanctioned by millennia of usage. ~ Terence McKenna
299:It's our machines and our technologies that are now the major evolutionary forces acting upon us. It's not our political systems. ~ Terence McKenna
300:My technique is don’t believe anything. If you believe in something, you are automatically precluded from believing its opposite. ~ Terence McKenna
301:Television, while chemically non-invasive, nevertheless is every bit as addicting and physiologically damaging as any other drug. ~ Terence McKenna
302:The future holds no terrors for a person who knows how process inevitably unfolds. They are always right and with it each moment. ~ Terence McKenna
303:What I think is going on is that probably language was entertainment long before it was meaning. It's a kind of tuneless singing. ~ Terence McKenna
304:For me, what all these years of psychedelic taking came to was a new model of how reality works, a new model of what the world is. ~ Terence McKenna
305:I believe reality is a marvelous joke staged for my edification and amusement and everybody is working very hard to make me happy. ~ Terence McKenna
306:I really think that the psychedelic realm is the realm of ideas, and that ideas which change the world come first from that place. ~ Terence McKenna
307:The human imagination, which is our great glory, has grown so powerful that we can barely unleash it on the surface of the planet. ~ Terence McKenna
308:And what is the primary datum? It's the felt presence of immediate experience. In other words, being here now is the primary datum. ~ Terence McKenna
309:Anything which must be understood by millions of people is so hopelessly divorced from how it is that it becomes a form of fiction. ~ Terence McKenna
310:I see the psychedelic experience as a birthright, and we can't have a free society until people are free to explore their own mind. ~ Terence McKenna
311:Since the very beginning of culture, what we seem to be are animals which take in raw material and excrete it imprinted with ideas. ~ Terence McKenna
312:The numinous depth of the mystery that seems to have called us out of the animal mind is completely impenetrable to modern analysis. ~ Terence McKenna
313:What was created by the era of the proper gentleman was excellent table manners and genocide over most of the surface of the planet. ~ Terence McKenna
314:Inform yourself, inform your children, talk to your friends! And let's try to make a better, stonier world than the one we inherited! ~ Terence McKenna
315:The world which we perceive is a tiny fraction of the world which we can perceive, which is a tiny fraction of the perceivable world. ~ Terence McKenna
316:We are part of a symbiotic relationship with something which disguises itself as an extra-terrestrial invasion so as not to alarm us. ~ Terence McKenna
317:I don't believe consciousness is generated in the brain any more than television programs are made inside my TV. The box is too small. ~ Terence McKenna
318:Language, thought, analysis, art, dance, poetry, mythmaking: these are the things that point the way toward the realm of the eschaton. ~ Terence McKenna
319:Our theories are the weakest part of what we say. What we're working from is the fact of an experience which we need to make sense of. ~ Terence McKenna
320:The state in the matter of drugs should not, any more than in the matter of sex, act as the secret agent for the agenda of the church. ~ Terence McKenna
321:The world which we perceive is a tiny fraction of the world which we can perceive, which is a tiny fraction of the perceivable world. ~ Terence McKenna,
322:Basically, for me the psychedelic experience was the path to revelation. It actually worked on somebody who thought nothing would work. ~ Terence McKenna
323:Cyberspace is the human transition into a mathematical super space where we as a collectivity become optionally a single point of view. ~ Terence McKenna
324:It's no big deal about how you get language to evolve. You cause language to evolve by saying new and intelligent things to each other. ~ Terence McKenna
325:What is happening here is we are living past the age, by the millions, living past the age where cultural values make any sense at all. ~ Terence McKenna
326:It is the imagination that argues for the Divine Spark within human beings. It is literally a decent of the World's Soul into all of us. ~ Terence McKenna
327: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. ~ Terence McKenna
328:The good news about psychedelics is that they are incredibly democratic. Even the clueless can be swept along if the dose is sufficient. ~ Terence McKenna
329:The main thing going on in the 20th century is a dissolving of boundaries, all the boundaries that historical civilization put in place. ~ Terence McKenna
330:When we free ourselves we are not freed into a void. When we free ourselves we are freed into a dimension in which Art is an obligation. ~ Terence McKenna
331:If you go to Paris you know more about reality than people who don't. If you smoke DMT you know more about reality than people who don't. ~ Terence McKenna
332:There is no question that a society that sets out to control its citizens' use of drugs sets out on the slippery path to totalitarianism. ~ Terence McKenna
333:Without an understanding and a familiarity of the psychedelic experience you should be sued for fraud if you're practicing psychotherapy. ~ Terence McKenna
334: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. ~ Terence McKenna
335:Beauty is self-defined, perceived and understood without ambiguity. It's the stuff that lies under the skins of our individual existences. ~ Terence McKenna
336:One has attained a very fortunate incarnation, I think, to be in a culture, in a place, in a time when psychedelic knowledge is available. ~ Terence McKenna
337:The purpose of life is to familiarize oneself with this after-death body so that the act of dying will not create confusion in the psyche. ~ Terence McKenna
338:Transformation of language through psychedelic drugs is a central factor of the evolution of the social matrix of the rest of the century. ~ Terence McKenna
339: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. ~ Terence McKenna
340:I have a skeptical and cranky side, and I'm forever puzzled why people believe the, seeming to me, dumb things that they choose to believe. ~ Terence McKenna
341:My idea of enlightenment is when ego and Tao are fused, and Tao is perceived as ego. Then everything happens with complete appropriateness. ~ Terence McKenna
342:One thing that these Buddhists have certainly gotten right is that attention to attention is the key to taking control of your mental life. ~ Terence McKenna
343:Standing outside the cultural hysteria the trend is fairly clear. It is a trend toward temporal compression and the emergence of ambiguity. ~ Terence McKenna
344:The terror of drugs is a terror of giving up control. This is what people are most alarmed about by psychedelics, is the giving up control. ~ Terence McKenna
345: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. ~ Terence McKenna
346:I could see the light of eternity, a la William Blake, shining through every leaf. I mean, a bug walking across the ground moved me to tears ~ Terence McKenna
347: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 ~ Terence McKenna
348: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. ~ Terence McKenna
349:The traditional manner of taking psilocybin is to take a very healthy dose, in the vicinity of 15 mg. on an empty stomach in total darkness. ~ Terence McKenna
350:The whole of the Amazonian narcotic complex, as it's called in the old literature, is based on activation of DMT by one strategy or another. ~ Terence McKenna
351:A lot of people pass through the thinking I'm a guru and take enough trips to understand that no, I was just a witness. I was just a witness. ~ Terence McKenna
352: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. ~ Terence McKenna
353:The 'person' is not an interchangeable part. The 'citizen' is. ... The person is harking back to a pre-print model. It's what the hippies were. ~ Terence McKenna
354:Eros is an ego-overwhelming, boundary dissolving, breakthrough creating force scripted into human life that is pretty intrinsically psychedelic. ~ Terence McKenna
355:It seems to me that right under the surface of human neurological organization is a mode shift of some sort that would make language beholdable. ~ Terence McKenna
356:There is a spiritual obligation, there is a task to be done. It is not, however, something as simple as following a set of somebody else's rules ~ Terence McKenna
357:The problem is we have to transcend cultural languages and fall into a phase with the communication systems that nature has placed all around us. ~ Terence McKenna
358:There is no hierarchy of elder knowledge in my social region of things. There are only people learning and sharing in a very complex environment. ~ Terence McKenna
359:We're not mere spectators, or a cosmic accident, or some sideshow, or the Greek chorus to the main event. The human experience IS the main event. ~ Terence McKenna
360: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. ~ Terence McKenna
361:DMT seems to argue, convincingly I might add, that the world is made entirely of something, for want of a better word, we would have to call magic. ~ Terence McKenna
362:History is the in-rushing toward what the Buddhists call the realm of the densely packed, a transformational realm where the opposites are unified. ~ Terence McKenna
363:No more do we create cultural artifacts that are simply our furniture, but now it's our thoughts, our values, are embodied in this [digital] stuff. ~ Terence McKenna
364:The spiritual atrophying of contemporary culture may be due in large measure to its loss of sensitivity to processes in the collective unconscious. ~ Terence McKenna
365: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. ~ Terence McKenna
366: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. ~ Terence McKenna
367:We don't have to look far for miracles because they're all around us. Everything is astonishing. The universe on it's surface is alive with mystery. ~ Terence McKenna
368:When we really understand time travel we may find out it's as common as dirt and has been going on all around us is all kinds of physical processes. ~ Terence McKenna
369: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. ~ Terence McKenna
370:Death is the black hole of biology. It's an event horizon, and once you go over that event horizon, no information can be passed back out of the hole. ~ Terence McKenna
371:There is a morphological enfoldment occurring on this planet. It is bringing forth some entirely new order of being. We are a privileged part of this. ~ Terence McKenna
372:By manipulating queuing, by manipulating expectation, you can lead people to a fundamental confrontation, not only with themselves, but with the Other. ~ Terence McKenna
373:The discs which haunt the skies of Earth indicate that the unconscious cannot be kept waiting forever. These things are going to have to be dealt with. ~ Terence McKenna
374:The momentum now is inevitable. Now it's about each of us individually arranging the furniture of our own mind to deal with what has become inevitable. ~ Terence McKenna
375:Everything will come true in cyberspace. That's the whole idea. What cyberspace is, on one level, it's simply the human imagination vivified, hardwired. ~ Terence McKenna
376:Information is just simply bootstrapping itself to higher and higher levels of self-reflection and self-coordination using whatever means are necessary. ~ Terence McKenna
377: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. ~ Terence McKenna
378: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. ~ Terence McKenna
379:The human world is simply a catalyst for nature’s intentions. We are speeding up nature’s program of dimensional transcendence. ~ Terence McKenna, Appreciating Imagination
380:Think about our dilemma on this planet. If the expansion of consciousness does not loom large in the human future, what kind of future is it going to be? ~ Terence McKenna
381: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. ~ Terence McKenna
382:I have never felt that the primary use of these things was to cure what is called in modern parlance neurosis, what I call unhappiness. It isn't for that. ~ Terence McKenna
383:The message of psychedelics is that culture can be re-engineered as a set of emotional and spiritual values rather than products. This is terrifying news. ~ Terence McKenna
384:Ayahuasca loves to take prideful people and rub their nose in it. I mean it can make you beg for mercy like nothing. You have to really approach it humbly. ~ Terence McKenna
385:Part of what is wrong with our society, and hence with ourselves, is that we consume images, we don't produce them. We need to produce, not consume, media. ~ Terence McKenna
386: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. ~ Terence McKenna
387: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. ~ Terence McKenna
388:We cannot evolve faster than our language. The edge of being is the edge of meaning, and somehow we have to push the edge of meaning. We have to extend it. ~ Terence McKenna
389:Culture is more and more consciously becoming a project carried out in the domain of language by, for instance, propaganda both governmental and commercial. ~ Terence McKenna
390:It doesn't matter what your cultural conditioning is, it falls into question under the influence of the psychedelic. And for most people that's frightening. ~ Terence McKenna
391:Life lived in the absence of the psychedelic experience upon which primordial shamanism is based is life trivialized, life denied, life enslaved to the ego. ~ Terence McKenna
392: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. ~ Terence McKenna
393: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. ~ Terence McKenna
394:Nothing comes unannounced, but many can miss the announcement. So it's very important to actually listen to your own intuition rather than driving through it. ~ Terence McKenna
395: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. ~ Terence McKenna
396:As I see it, Being, the Cosmos, whatever you want to call it, is a struggle between two implacable forces: Novelty on the one side and habit on the other side. ~ Terence McKenna
397:'Drugs' and psychedelics are not two members of a family, they are antithetically opposed to each other. The pro-psychedelic position is an anti-drug position. ~ Terence McKenna
398:I think what electronic culture permits is incredible diversity, and what the print-created world demanded and created was tremendous suppression of diversity. ~ Terence McKenna
399: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. ~ Terence McKenna
400:There is not the Newtonian universe deployed throughout the parsecs and kiliocosms of physical space and the interior mental universe. They are the same thing. ~ Terence McKenna
401: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. ~ Terence McKenna
402: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. ~ Terence McKenna
403: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. ~ Terence McKenna
404:Science is the special province of the ego. And magic and art are the special province of something else. I could name it, but I won't. It prefers to be unnamed ~ Terence McKenna
405:The reason I am so passionately committed to the psychedelic thing is because I see it as radical, and if this is not the moment for radical solutions, what is? ~ Terence McKenna
406:To my mind this is what shamanic training must really be, is mnemonic training. If you want to bring the stuff back you have to train yourself to bring it back. ~ Terence McKenna
407:The thing is that it is incredibly frustrating to anyone who would control it, because you can't predict the impact of any technology before you put it in place. ~ Terence McKenna
408:I think the cybernetic matrix is a tremendous tool for feminizing, and radicalizing, and psychedelicizing the social matrix. I see computers as entirely feminine. ~ Terence McKenna
409:The artist’s task is to save the soul of mankind; and anything less is a dithering while Rome burns. If artists cannot find the way, then the way cannot be found. ~ Terence McKenna
410:When your time is turned into money, the felt presence of immediate experience is analogous to being enslaved. I mean, let's be frank about it, it is enslavement. ~ Terence McKenna
411:Having lived long enough to go at least once or twice around the block, I'm noticing that the strangeness is not receding The strangeness seems to be accelerating. ~ Terence McKenna
412:The shaman is the figure at the beginning of human history that unites the doctor, the scientist and the artist into a single notion of care-giving and creativity. ~ Terence McKenna
413:Ideologies are cultural memes. They are the most confining of the cultural memes. That's where culture gets real ugly. It is when you rub up against its ideologies. ~ Terence McKenna
414:This unique strategy that the advanced primates created, the strategy of using language to bind time, is what the process we call 'civilization' has been all about. ~ Terence McKenna
415:Belief is a toxic and dangerous attitude toward reality. After all, if it's there it doesn't require your belief- and if it's not there why should you believe in it? ~ Terence McKenna
416:Buddhism is a heresy on Hinduism. It was Hinduism that did the dirty work for Buddhism, by the time Buddha came along priest-craft was an ancient tradition in India. ~ Terence McKenna
417:I think what's really happening is that a dialogue opens up between the ego and these larger, more integrated parts of the psyche that are normally hidden from view. ~ Terence McKenna
418:[This legendary Amazonian substance is] a cybernetic transdimentional medium of some sort that is generated out of the mysteries of the physiology of the human body. ~ Terence McKenna
419:The only difference between a drug and a computer is that one is slightly too large to swallow. ... And our best people are working on that problem, even as we speak. ~ Terence McKenna
420:The world could be anything, you know, It could be a solid state matrix of some sort. It could be an illusion. It could be a dream. I mean it really could be a dream. ~ Terence McKenna
421:This is a society, a world, a planet dying because there is not enough consciousness, because there is not enough awareness, enough coordination of intent-to-problem. ~ Terence McKenna
422:The human imagination, in conjunction with technology, has become a force so potent that it really can no longer be unleashed on the surface of the planet with safety. ~ Terence McKenna
423:What is revealed through the psychedelic experience, I think, is a higher dimensional perspective on reality. And I use 'higher dimensional' in the mathematical sense. ~ Terence McKenna
424:We are alienated, so alienated that the self must disguise itself as an extraterrestrial in order not to alarm us with the truly bizarre dimensions that it encompasses. ~ Terence McKenna
425:And science, when it examines psychedelics, as it will and must, is going to discover a revolution, I believe, that will put all the previous revolutions in perspective. ~ Terence McKenna
426: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. ~ Terence McKenna
427:I discovered early in life a stunning truth that's made my life very complicated in its wake, but that I still think is true, and it's that people are very easy to love. ~ Terence McKenna
428:This rising global humanism is, in fact, the rising into consciousness of a tribal god similar to the kind of tribal god that functioned in these pre-Hellenic societies. ~ Terence McKenna
429:The machines are extensions of ourselves—not our hands, as the age of mechanical technology was, but they are literal extensions of our minds. ~ Terence McKenna, Spirituality and Technology
430:The thing that excites me about these informational technologies is I think we are going to be able to use virtual reality to show each other the insides of our own heads. ~ Terence McKenna
431: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. ~ Terence McKenna
432:We have outlived this embryo, this human cradle, and now it's time to be up and about the great business of becoming citizens of the galaxy and at home with our own heart. ~ Terence McKenna
433:I think that the whole thing, the crux of the whole psychedelic issue, is that it accentuates personal responsibility by making people take their own experiences seriously. ~ Terence McKenna
434:I have realized that cultures are like operating systems. We are like hardware. The human animal is a piece of biological wetware/hardware. ~ Terence McKenna, Dreaming Awake at the End of Time
435:In 1948, television was introduced, and millions and millions of people lead larval, low-awareness, warehoused lives mainlining an electronic drug straight into their brains. ~ Terence McKenna
436:The psychedelic experience is not a journey into the human unconscious, or into the ghost bards of our human civilization. It's a journey into the presence of the Gaian mind. ~ Terence McKenna
437:Certainly the central Platonic idea, which is the idea of the ideas, these archetypal forms which stand outside of time is one which is confirmed by the psychedelic experience. ~ Terence McKenna
438:In the silence, in the darkness, swept away by these alien alkaloids and the plant-mind behind them, you find out a truth that can barely be told. And most of it can't be told. ~ Terence McKenna
439: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! ~ Terence McKenna
440: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. ~ Terence McKenna
441:What civilization is, is 6 billion people trying to make themselves happy by standing on each other's shoulders and kicking each other's teeth in. It's not a pleasant situation. ~ Terence McKenna
442:It's getting funnier because everybody's categories are disintegrating, and the cult of political correctness dictates that we never point out that other people don't make sense. ~ Terence McKenna
443:The testimony of DMT, for me, is that there is a nearby dimension, teeming with intelligences, that from one of the more conservative perspectives seems like an ecology of souls. ~ Terence McKenna
444:What we call three dimensional space, and what we call the imagination actually have a contiguous and continuous transformation from one into the other, ... and THIS is big news! ~ Terence McKenna
445: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. ~ Terence McKenna
446: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. ~ Terence McKenna
447: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. ~ Terence McKenna
448:The history of man that you don't know is what your unconscious is made out of. Just as the history of yourself that you don't know is what your personal unconscious is made out of. ~ Terence McKenna
449: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. ~ Terence McKenna
450:I think ideology is toxic, all ideology. It's not that there are good ones and bad ones. All ideology is toxic, because ideology is a kind of insult to the gift of human free thinking. ~ Terence McKenna
451:The plants are the pipeline into the Gaian intention. It's just not a coincidence that these plants carry this immense spiritual message. They are the pipeline of Gaian intentionality. ~ Terence McKenna
452:And so, these are the things, the exploration of which, the singing about of which, makes us human beings. The exploration of the universe of the unseen is the business of human beings. ~ Terence McKenna
453: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. ~ Terence McKenna
454:What I always hoped for out of the psychedelic voyaging was to bring back something. I always felt, and still feel, that that is the attitude with which you should go into these things. ~ Terence McKenna
455: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. ~ Terence McKenna
456:Inevitably out of the psychedelic experience emerges not despair, not self-indulgence, but wild-eyed idealism, that's the inevitable product of any psychedelically driven social process. ~ Terence McKenna
457:My voice speaking is a monkey's mouth making little mouth noises that are carrying agree-upon meaning, and it is meaning that matters. Without the meaning one has only little mouth noises ~ Terence McKenna
458:The syntactical nature of reality, the real secret of magic, is that the world is made of words. And if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish. ~ Terence McKenna
459:We have wandered into a state of prolonged neurosis because of the absence of a direct pipeline to the unconscious and we have then fallen victim to priestcraft of every conceivable sort. ~ Terence McKenna
460: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. ~ Terence McKenna
461:Inside the boundaries of the old paradigm there's no hope, there's no way out of the box of capitalism, monogamy, consumer fetishism, egoism, money worship, no way out. No way. No way out! ~ Terence McKenna
462: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. ~ Terence McKenna
463:I'm proposing on one level that hallucinogens be thought of as almost as social pheromones that regulate the rate at which language develops, and therefore regulate human culture generally. ~ Terence McKenna
464:It's as important to be well informed in this area, if you're going to do it, as it is to be well informed about procedures in skin diving and that sort of thing if you're going to do that. ~ Terence McKenna
465: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. ~ Terence McKenna
466:You are some kind of a mystery suspended between two eternities. And in that moment, when a mind looks out at a world and asks the question, ‘What is it?’ In that moment art can be created. ~ Terence McKenna
467:All psychedelic explorers should be aware of the concept of what is called a cognitive hallucination. The is a much more insidious phenomenon. This is, quite simply, an out-and-out delusion. ~ Terence McKenna
468:I think transcending our cultures is going to be extraordinarily necessary for our survival. I don't think we can carry our cultures through the keyhole of the stretch of the next millennium ~ Terence McKenna
469:Obviously, it's some kind of freely commanded modality in the psyche with which we can have a relationship if we will but evolve a control language and a dialogue. And it remains mysterious. ~ Terence McKenna
470:Psilocybin, tryptamine, is in my opinion the means to eliminating the future by becoming cognizant of the architecture of eternity, which is modulating time and causing history, essentially. ~ Terence McKenna
471:We are creatures of information and the imagination. The monkey we are already beginning to transform and shed. We don't look like the other monkeys, and we look less like them all the time. ~ Terence McKenna
472:Ideology is toxic. All ideology. It’s not that there are good ones and bad ones. All ideology is toxic because ideology is a kind of insult to the gift of human free thinking. ~ Terence McKenna, Evolving Times
473: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? ~ Terence McKenna
474: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. ~ Terence McKenna
475:Escape into the dream. Escape, a key thing charged against these drugs, that they are for escapists. I think the people who make this charge hardly dare dream to what degree they are escapist. ~ Terence McKenna
476:Everything appears to me to be authored, in some strange way. And I wonder if this is not the spreading assumption of the psychedelic   illusion/delusion/revelation that life is in fact art. ~ Terence McKenna
477:Within the context of the alchemical vocabulary, the psychedelic experience, as brought to us through plants long in the possession of Aboriginal people, appears to be the identical phenomena. ~ Terence McKenna
478: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. ~ Terence McKenna
479:Shamanism, on the other hand, is this world wide, since Paleolithic-times, tradition which says that you must make your own experience the center piece of any model of the world that you build. ~ Terence McKenna
480: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. ~ Terence McKenna
481: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, ~ Terence McKenna
482: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. ~ Terence McKenna
483:It seems to me that information is the thing which uses matter, uses light, uses spirit, uses whatever it can put its hands on to organize itself into higher and higher levels of self-reflection. ~ Terence McKenna
484:It [culture] invites people to diminish themselves, and dehumanize themselves by behaving like machines, meme processors of memes passed down from Madison Avenue, and Hollywood, and what have you. ~ Terence McKenna
485: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! ~ Terence McKenna
486:Television is by nature the dominator drug par excellence. Control of content, uniformity of content, repeatability of content make it inevitably a tool of coersion, brainwashing, and manipulation. ~ Terence McKenna
487:This is what I believe: That we are not pushed from behind by the casual unfolding of historical necessity, but that we are in the grip of an attractor of some sort, which lies ahead of us in time. ~ Terence McKenna
488:If in fact the conservation and complexification of novelty is what the universe is striving for, then suddenly our own human enterprise, previously marginalized, takes on an immense new importance. ~ Terence McKenna
489:The party impulse is a very subversive impulse. I mean, you know, a lot of artists have too much integrity to sell their art as a brand; but who has so much integrity that they would turn down a party? ~ Terence McKenna
490:This is a general comment that you should take a committed dose of whatever it is you're taking so that there is no ambiguity, because there's nothing worse than a sub-threshold psychedelic experience. ~ Terence McKenna
491:To me it begins and ends with these psychedelic substances. The synergy of the psilocybin in the hominid diet brought us out of the animal mind and into the world of articulated speech and imagination. ~ Terence McKenna
492: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. ~ Terence McKenna
493: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. ~ Terence McKenna
494:Just because you have a nut theory it doesn't mean that you agree with other nut theories. In fact, it often makes you very hostile to them. After all, there's a limited pool there that we're all after. ~ Terence McKenna
495:Reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that's being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world. ~ Terence McKenna
496:You can stand back and look at this planet and see that we have the money, the power, the medical understanding, the scientific know-how, the love, and the community to produce a kind of human paradise. ~ Terence McKenna
497:This is in fact what shamanism is all about, what the end of history is all about, what psychedelic drugs are all about, we are edge-walking on an ontological transformation of what it means to be human. ~ Terence McKenna
498:Reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engeineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that's being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world. ~ Terence McKenna,
499:And I don't mean this metaphorically. I want to be taken seriously as proposing that the ennui of modernity is the consequence of a disruptive symbiotic relationship between ourselves and vegetable nature. ~ Terence McKenna
500:And the psychedelics, I believe, are the key to moving from wearing culture like cloths to recognizing that culture is this intensifying reflection of an aspect of the self and integrating it into the self. ~ Terence McKenna


1.08 - The Depths of the Divine, #Sex Ecology Spirituality, #Ken Wilber, #Philosophy
  Many mystically inclined writers have made this assumption; it does make a certain amount of first-blush sense.
  From the "Aquarian Conspiracy" to Teilhard's "final Omega-point," from the dawn of a "New Age" to "Timewave Zero"-the millenarian End of History has been exuberantly announced. Such theorists as Terence McKenna and Jos Arguelles have even been good enough to calculate the actual date of this final omega point, and it is December 2012-"Timewave Zero."60
  Nor, of course, is this the first time we have seen such "End of History" notions, and in chapter 2 we saw why such notions actually make a certain amount of sense and have some degree of truth to them. To summarize that discussion:


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