Terence McKenna – Under The Teaching Tree, April 1985


Ojai Foundation in April of 1985

Terence speaks about death and DMT among other things, such as: “I came to feel, and I still sometimes offhandedly refer to it like this, that it [DMT] is secret. It is not a secret. It is THE secret. There is a secret, and this is it. It is the secret that the world is not only not the way you think it is. It’s that the way the world is, is a way that you can’t think it is, because you simply do not have the imaginative capacity to conceive of such overwhelming peculiarity.”

The surface of things is not where attention should rest.”

“I’ve never actually seen it [smoked DMT] hit anybody quite as hard as it hit me. For about fifteen minutes all I could say was, ‘I can’t believe it!’ … This is no drug. It’s magic. It masquerades as a drug. It’s a doorway into another world.”

“We’re a society where people jump out of airplanes on weekends because their lives are so boring and empty. Well then, if you think jumping out of an airplane is a thrill to write home about you should try this stuff. No one would jump out of an airplane if they had DMT on their menu.”

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

“Without this [the smoked DMT experience] in the picture, half the world is missing.”

“What we have discovered in DMT is, literally, a chemical doorway to the bardo.”

“One thing psychedelics will do for you, for sure, is to convince you that what’s real is what I call the felt presence of immediate experience. That’s what’s real.”

“The biological object is made of time itself as much as it’s made of space and matter.”

“I’ve come to see the body as basically the placenta of the soul.”

“The Twentieth Century is analogous to the birth canal of human history.”

“What’s interesting about DMT is that it occurs naturally in the human brain. We all make it all the time. And so, in a sense, this is not a drug at all. This is a human metabolite that you’re getting a tremendous of, but the fact that it occurs naturally in the human brain means that you have chemical pathways, bio synthetic pathways, that can deal with it.”

Art: Gustav Klimt ‘The Tree Of Life’ – 1909
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