Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.

— Terence McKenna

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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.


You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.


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

Terence McKenna quote If you don't have a plan, you become par

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


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


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.


You are not naked when you take off your clothes.

You still wear your religious assumptions, your prejudices, your fears, your illusions, your delusions. When you shed the cultural operating system, then essentially you stand naked before the inspection of your own psyche.

Terence McKenna quote Nature is not mute, it is man that is de

Nature is not mute, it is man that is deaf.


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


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


Culture is a perversion. It fetishizes objects, creates consumer mania, it preaches endless forms of false happiness, endless forms of false understanding in the form of squirrelly religions and silly cults. It invites people to diminish themselves and dehumanize themselves by behaving like machines.


We have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of the ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of looking inward to ourselves because we sense that is where all the contradictions flow together.


The problem is not to find the answer, it's to face the answer


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


About Terence McKenna

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Birthday October 16

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


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.


Chaos is what we've lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control.


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.


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.


Worrying is betting against yourself.


Claim your place in the sun and go forward into the light.

The tools are there; the path is known; you simply have to turn your back on a culture that has gone sterile and dead, and get with the programme of a living world and a re-empowerment of the imagination.


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


Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up.


For talking monkeys to speak of truth is hubris of the highest degree.

Where is it writ large that talking monkeys should be able to model the cosmos? If a sea urchin or a racoon were to propose to you that it had a viable truth about the universe, the absurdity of that assertion would be self-evident, but in our case we make an exception.


If the ego is not regularly and repeatedly dissolved in the unbounded hyperspace of the Transcendent Other, there will always be slow drift away from the sense of self as part of nature’s larger whole. The ultimate consequence of this drift is the fatal ennui that now permeates Western Civilization.


What happens with DMT is you leap over all the barriers in the first few seconds. Unlike mushrooms where over hours and hours on a high dose you might navigate yourself to the center of the mandala, DMT is like being struck by metaphysical lightening.


How do we fight back? By creating art.


It is true that when you smoke DMT, for example, at a sufficiently high and prepared dose, you get elves, everybody does. All you need do, is inhale deeply three times, and you know... You want contact? You want elves? You want alien contact? You'll have that!


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?


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.


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.


Our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas


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.


The most beautiful things in the universe are inside the human mind.


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

Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored.


We are caught inside a mystery, veiled in an enigma, locked inside a riddle


Psychedelics are probably responsible for every aspect of human evolution apart from the decline in bodyhair.


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.


Knowledge, or verbal facility, is no proof that you know what you're talking about.


The truth for sure, when it arrives, will make you smile.

If it doesn't, you should seek a deeper truth.


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


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


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.


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.


Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness


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


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.


Human beings are co-partners with deity in the project of being. This is the basis of all magic.


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


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.


I think really what unites psychedelic people is the faith in the power of the imagination.