Through my LSD experience and my new picture of reality, I became aware of the wonder of creation, the magnificence of nature and of the animal and plant kingdom. I became very sensitive to what will happen to all this and all of us.— Albert Hofmann
Delighting Psychedelic Experience quotations
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.
Whenever in doubt, turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream.
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.
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.
Nobody can have your psychedelic experience for you;
you just have to screw your courage up and raise the cup to your lips or smoke the pipe or whatever it is and face what's in there.
Psychedelics are probably responsible for every aspect of human evolution apart from the decline in bodyhair.
Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life.
Know what [drug] you're using, decide just why you're using it, and you can have a rich experience.
Of course, the drug does not produce the transcendent experience.
It merely acts as a chemical key — it opens the mind, frees the nervous system of its ordinary patterns and structures.
Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness
I am 100 percent in favor of the intelligent use of drugs, and 1,000 percent against the thoughtless use of them, whether caffeine or LSD. And drugs are not central to my life.
LSD is a psychedelic drug which occasionally causes psychotic behavior in people who have NOT taken it.
The cultural integration of psychedelics won't happen overnight, and the question of young people is perhaps the most difficult involved. The first step is for people who have knowledge of these substances to share it, "coming out" about their own experiences. Drug education should be honest and present a balanced picture of risks and benefits.
When you get the message, hang up the phone.
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.
Art's task is to save the soul of mankind.. anything less is a dithering while Rome burns.
Whoever uses psychedelics should treat them with greatest respect.
When Aldous and I used them, we prepared the ambience and ourselves the day before. The day of the session was kept as a holy day, and there were beautiful fruits and flowers around. The result was, that we had no negative experiences.
To me, the psychedelic experience is the experience of trying to make sense of reality.
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.
I declare that The Beatles are mutants.
I think it's the sheer power of the hallucinogens that puts people off.
You either love them or you hate them, and that's because they dissolve world views. And if you like the experience of having your entire ontological structure disappear out from under you, if you think that's a thrill, you'll probably love psychedelics.
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.
I think the entire message of the psychedelic experience, which is basically the sine qua non of the rebirth of alchemical understanding, the very basis of that understanding is that nature seeks to communicate.
I believe it’s true to say that everyone who has experienced LSD or another psychedelic would look on that experience, especially the first one, as a major life-changing event.
The mystery is in the body and the way the body works itself into nature.
I think I might have been stupid in some respects, it if weren't for my psychedelic experiences.
That's why I always recommend a psychedelic experience because it makes you realize that all you've learned is in fact just learned and not necessarily the truth.
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.
Without an understanding and a familiarity of the psychedelic experience you should be sued for fraud if you're practicing psychotherapy.
My first psychedelic experience with Aldous still directs my life today.
What the churches are peddling is high abstraction, and you really have to work yourself up into a lather to be able to accept that as worthy of that kind of attention. The psychedelic subset of society is into an experience, and it's accessible.
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.
I was looking for something and I wasn't sure what it was.
[After experimenting with] certain funguses, I had a psychedelic experience where I looked up at the clouds and went, 'Oh!' I realized that we all have our own power, and that whatever I wanted to do, I had to make happen.
The psychedelic experience is simply a compressed instance of what we call understanding, so that living psychedelically is trying to live in an atmosphere of continuous unfolding of understanding, so that every day you know more and see into things with greater depth than you did before. This is a process of education.