“I always thought death would come on the freeway in a few horrifying moments, so you’d have no time to sort it out. Having months and months to look at it and think about it and talk to people and hear what they have to say, it’s a kind of blessing. It’s certainly an opportunity to grow up and get a grip and sort it all out. Just being told by an unsmiling guy in a white coat that you’re going to be dead in four months definitely turns on the lights. … It makes life rich and poignant. When it first happened, and I got these diagnoses, 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 (via stillnessinthestorm) (via heartmindspirit) (via buddhanature)
Submitted by wildthing on Tue, 06/29/2010 - 06:50.
as much as I enjoyed Terence, read his books, and saw him in person, I still felt there was much to learn from really listening to him, but also, much to take with a grain of alchemic salt.As the DMT thing was not to be part of my psychedelic journey, the machine elves and all that never mattered to me, I just remember that when Terence came along to my attention, in the mid 80’s and I was drawn to his way of picking the psychedelic gauntlet and his tenacity.One thing that bothers me though, is when people graft eastern thought over western thought, and talk about ajna and anahata and then plunge into conjecture about a persons speech patterns.I really don’t care how high and holy you think you are, and how nit picky you are about the style a person like Mckenna happened to manifest.When you speak of feeling and then use terms of well lets be honest, every new age snowflake out there thinks they are coming from their hearts, fine, fine, fine, but when you are speaking of the psychedelic experience there is a different nuance that comes into play, and all the eastern religion terms do not change the way we look at say a work of art, and speak of it in words that come from the heart of the eye in the third place, I could listen to a lecture on chakras and want to learn more about my merridians, and I have and do, but when I think about the journey psychedelics have been on in my life time, and the whole ball of wax that rolls with that, I still will be drawn to James Joyce, William James, and my middle name James, I still will reflect on the first time I took LSD and the last time I ate mushrooms, I will think about eastern mystical texts but I wont mix the orange that looks like a sun now with the apple of forbidden fruit that Eve scarfed, all Bible translations aside.And one other thing, the night Terence died I had a dream about him, I found out the next day.I saw him entering an underground cave.”—Terence on DMT: An Entheological Analysis of McKenna’s Experiences in the Tryptamine Mirror of the Self | Reality Sandwich
“the first time i heard Terence
Submitted by wildthing on Mon, 06/28/2010 - 21:38.
was on free radio, it was a cassette recording, that came as a wild breath of fresh air, right off the bat, Terence weaved a language spell that to my old psychedelic poet’s ear reminded me of being at some of the poetry readings that I attended in the 70’s in that I was caught up in the flow of his musings, it was poetic, philosophical, and I felt a resonance with the thrust of his thought.There was a lot of information that I felt was the kind of philosophical approach that allowed me to enter the wave of his universe, and apply whole layers of his insight to my own.Having never smoked DMT his experience in this area was not something I could question, so I rather listened to the flow of his words and picked up on certain elements that I could expand upon in my own musings.I was impressed with his literary analogies. his unique ability to link James Joyce with Borges with Alfred North Whitehead.So , yes to listen to Terence was entertaining and intriguing.Having come out of the psychedelic explosion of the late 60’s Tim Leary was the voice that I took with me into my own youthful trips, at that time it was all I needed to turn on, I had no philosophical maps, or studies in Eastern spiritual texts.It’s not like I listened to Leary to give an intellectual view to paste over my late 60’s LSD experiences, it was more like he was the only voice that had that positive affirmative that allowed me to feel like I was not so isolated in the teenage wasteland.Terence was another affirmative presence that signaled on the transcendent horizon.”—Terence on DMT: An Entheological Analysis of McKenna’s Experiences in the Tryptamine Mirror of the Self | Reality Sandwich
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.
The apocalypse is not something which is coming.
The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it’s only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege, and social insulation, that we still have the luxury of anticipating the apocalypse.
If you go to Bosnia or Somalia or Peru or much of the third-world, then it appears that the apocalypse has already arrived.