Friday, September 20, 2013

Terence McKenna: The Evolution of a Psychedelic Thinker

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The Psychedelic Salon Podcast Episode 367
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This recording is from the first day of a month long session at Esalen Institute back in June of 1989. Featuring a great introduction to Terence McKenna, his background & ideas. I recommend it to everyone, those foreign or familiar to all things McKenna. If you never had an opportunity to experience an intensive workshop like this in person, this one episode of the Salon really encapsulates the magic that happened on the cliffs & hot springs at Big Sur. Listen and envision a small group of amazing minds, bodies & souls with our teachers coming together in the tradition of the classical philosophers in one of the most beautiful places in space-time.


[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“This is a very central part of the psychedelic attitude toward the world, to entertain all possibilities but to never commit to belief. Belief always being seen as a kind of trap, because if you believe something you are forever precluded from believing its opposite. So you have run a line down the center of the cognitive universe and divided things into the believable and the unbelievable.”

“In a sense, sexuality is the built-in psychedelic experience that only a very few people manage to evade.”

“Eros is an ego-overwhelming, boundary dissolving, breakthrough creating force scripted into human life that is pretty intrinsically psychedelic.”

“One of the core elements of this psychedelic thing is freedom, on the broadest scale.”

“Nothing is as boundary dissolving, except for psychedelic compounds, as travel. Travel is up there.”

“I have nothing but scorn for all weird ideas other than my own.”

“Without an understanding and a familiarity of the psychedelic experience you should be sued for fraud if you’re practicing psychotherapy.”

“The archaic revival is an invitation to historical humanity to view itself as a kind of a prodigal son.”

“What the psychedelics are for us as a species, rather than for each one of us as an individual, what they are for us as a species is an enzyme that catalyzes the language-making capacity.”

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