Terence Mckenna

 

“You don’t want to become so open minded that the wind whistles between your ears.”


“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles.”


“Human history is a Gaian dream.”


“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.”


“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.”


 


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


“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.”


“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.”


“If you don’t have a plan, you become part of somebody else’s plan.”


“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.”


 


“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.”


“My technique is don’t believe anything. If you believe in something, you are automatically precluded from believing its opposite.”


“If you don’t have a plan, you become part of somebody else’s plan.”


“Only psychos and shamans create their own reality.”


“Nobody is smarter than you are. And what if they are? What good is their understanding doing you?”


 


“Half the time you think your thinking you’re actually listening.”


“The imagination is the goal of history. I see culture as an effort to literally realize our collective dreams.”


“The problem is not to find the answer, it’s to face the answer.”


“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.”


“There is a transcendental dimension beyond language… It’s just hard as hell to talk about!”


 


“The shaman is not merely a sick man, or a madman; he is a sick man who has healed himself.”


“Right here and now, one quanta away, there is raging a universe of active intelligence that is transhuman, hyperdimensional, and extremely alien… What is driving religious feeling today is a wish for contact with this other universe.”


“You see, a secret is not something untold. It’s something which can’t be told.”


“We can begin the restructuring of thought by declaring legitimate what we have denied for so long. Lets us declare Nature to be legitimate. The notion of illegal plants is obnoxious and ridiculous in the first place.”


“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.”


 


“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.”


“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.”


“Time will perfect matter.”


“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.”


“It is not easy to measure the ocean, but we can be measured by it, confront it, and be in it.”