“If we could sniff or swallow something that would, for five or six hours each day, abolish our solitude as individuals, atone us with our fellows in a glowing exultation of affection and make life in all its aspects seem not only worth living, but divinely beautiful and significant, and if this heavenly, world-transfiguring drug were of such a kind that we could wake up [the] next morning with a clear head and a undamaged constitution - then, it seems to me, all our problems (and not merely the one small problem of discovering a novel pleasure) would be wholly solved and the earth would become paradise.
Aldous Huxley”—www.psychedelic.info World Psychedelik Forum (via neo-psychedelia)
“The alternative physics is a physics of light. Light is composed of photons, which have no antiparticle. This means that there is no dualism in the world of light. The conventions of relativity say that time slows down as one approaches the speed of light, but if one tries to imagine the point of view of a thing made of light, one must realize that what is never mentioned is that if one moves at the speed of light there is no time whatsoever. There is an experience of time zero. … The only experience of time that one can have is of a subjective time that is created by one’s own mental processes, but in relationship to the Newtonian universe there is no time whatsoever. One exists in eternity, one has become eternal, the universe is aging at a staggering rate all around one in this situation, but that is perceived as a fact of this universe — the way we perceive Newtonian physics as a fact of this universe. One has transited into the eternal mode. One is then apart from the moving image; one exists in the completion of eternity.”—Terence Mckenna (via intrepidwanderer) (via exidental)
“The basis of my extreme optimism is that I think that everything is under control; we are in the grip of a force so powerful that the notion that we could jeopardize or overthrow it is completely preposterous, because we are acting in accordance with a resonance that was set millions and millions of years ago.”—Terence McKenna, 2012 and the Nature of Time (via the5d) (via exidental)
Q: Why don’t some people get high when they take psychedelics?
A: “The way to do psychedelics is, I believe, at higher doses than most people are comfortable with and rarely, and with great attention to set and setting.”
“But these boundary-dissolving hallucinogens that give you a sense of unity with your fellow man and nature are somehow forbidden. This is an outrage. It’s a sign of cultural immaturity, and the fact that we tolerate it is a sign that we are living in a society as oppressed as any society in the past. We are caged by our cultural programing, and this is the most powerful imprisoning factor in our lives. If we could train ourselves to simply remember our dreams, psychedelics would become obsolete.”
“Culture is a mass hallucination, and when you step outside the mass hallucination you see it for what it is worth. Language is partially the key here. We cannot move into a reality we cannot describe. If we can’t describe a world, we can’t be there. As long as we let the establishment set the language agenda we will be imprisoned in the tiny, rather pedestrian, world of consumerism and schloko values that the establishment has prepared for us. The way I think of these psychedelics are a different way, is that they are catalysts for the imagination.” - Terence McKenna
“Cannabis is not a health problem, the problem is that it promotes social values and attitudes that are unwelcome in capitalist, market based societies. It is just that simple. A drug like coffee, with a horrendous health profile when compared to Cannabis, is completely welcomed into the market place and the home and the lifestyle of modern people. We value certain states of mind and we fear and suspect others.”—
“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 (via hackr)
“The basis of my extreme optimism is that I think that everything is under control; we are in the grip of a force so powerful that the notion that we could jeopardize or overthrow it is completely preposterous, because we are acting in accordance with a resonance that was set millions and millions of years ago.”—Terence McKenna, 2012 and the Nature of Time (via the5d)
“I think the real drugs of the 20th century are petroleum, propane, and nuclear fissionable material. We are sinking towards grim death by our inability to reverse our habitual use of these things. When you take psychedelics at large doses you have to be straight with yourself. If you are hiding a part of yourself you’re not going to enjoy the experience. It’s essentially an anti-drug position because it really demands and empowers an examination of conscience that I think leads to a better human being.”—Terence McKenna (via poortaste)
“It is not a matter of choosing from a smorgasbord of ideologies and rejecting the flawed, the self-contradictory, and the over-simple, in favour of the unflawed, the complex enough. Where is it writ in adamantine that semi-carnivorous monkeys can or should be capable of understanding reality? That seems to me one of the first illusions – and one of the more prideful illusions – of human culture: that a final understanding is possible in the first place. Better, I think, to try and frame questions which can do it… and leave off searching for answers, because answers are like operating systems: they’re being upgraded faster than you can keep up with it.”—Terence McKenna (via hackr)
“We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you…