Tryptamine Hallucinogens & Consciousness (Terence McKenna) [FULL]


Tryptamine Hallucinogens & Consciousness:
Presented: Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA.
December 1982

“The search for a radio signal from an extraterrestrial source is probably as culture-bound an assumption as to search the galaxy for a good Italian restaurant.”

“It is no great accomplishment to hear a voice in the head. The accomplishment is to make sure it is telling you the truth.”

“The demons are of many kinds. Some are made of ions, some of mind. The ones of ketamine, you’ll find, stutter often and are blind.”

“There is no dignity in the universe unless you meet these things [psychedelics] on your feet. And that means that you have an I/thou relationship, and you say … ‘you’re long on talk, but what can you show me?”

“The testimony that I want to give today is that magic is alive in hyperspace, and you don’t have to believe me or follow me or do anything to validate that except form a relationship with these plant drugs.”

“There is some surety that you are dealing with a creature of integrity if you deal with a plant, but the creatures born in the demonic artifice of laboratories have to be dealt with very, very carefully.”

“DMT is like an intellectual black hole in that once you know about it, it’s very hard for anyone to understand you when you’re talking about it.”

“The future is bound to be psychedelic because the future belongs to the mind.”

“The tragedy of our cultural situation is that we have no shamanic tradition. Shamanism is primarily technique, not ritual.”

“The only intellectual, or noetic, or spiritual path worth following seems to me to be the one that builds on your own experience.”


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