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Podcast 362 – “Flashbacks”

Guest speaker: Timothy Leary

PROGRAM NOTES:

Today’s podcast features Dr. Timothy Leary reading a few selected chapters from his autobiography, Flashbacks. Interestingly, he begins this recording with Chapter 19, which details with his departure from Harvard.

[NOTE: All quotations are by Timothy Leary.]

“We agreed that as much as we loved and respected Harvard University, this finishing school for Fortune 500 executives was not the place for philosophic activists bent on changing practically everything.”

“The State of California should be run like a successful business enterprise. . . . Anyone smart enough to live in California should be paid a dividend.”

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Podcast 306 – “Terence McKenna & Ram Das in Prague”

Guest speakers: Ram Das, Terence McKenna, and Angeles Arrien

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“The thing that seemed to me so important about the psychedelic experience was that it happened to me. I wasn’t reading John Chrysostom or Meister Eckhart. And so I assumed that I am a very ordinary person, therefore, if it happened to me it could happen to anyone.” –Terence McKenna

“Psychedelics are a miracle, yes. They may not be the only miracle. I think they may have already done what they were to do. I think what is done is so much more powerful than anybody recognizes.” –Ram Das

“I see all this destruction as just the process of transformation. The question is whether we’ll keep it together in the process of transformation.” –Ram Das

“So I really see the psychedelics as directly intervening in the core process, which is running us over the edge, which is our inability to connect with the consequences of what we’re doing.” –Ram Das

[Speaking of the Sixties: “The fact that they noticed us was because we were busy making statements, instead of just being it.” –Ram Das

[McKenna] “So it isn’t enough to just say, the system will take care of itself?” [Ram Das] “Well I am part of the system that is taking care of itself.”

“I lead a continuous paradox that suffering stinks and suffering’s great. And I live with both of those all the time.” –Ram Das

“To me, the most amazing the most amazing transformation in my lifetime is not the revolution of the Sixties but the counter revolution of the Seventies, where they managed to put the cuckoo clock back together again” –Terence McKenna

“I think that the crisis that came to Marxism is coming now to the RepubliCrat oligarchy in America.” –Terence McKenna

“No more do we create cultural artifacts that are simply our furniture, but now it’s our thoughts, our values, are embodied in this [digital] stuff.” –Terence McKenna

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Signs of Life: The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them By Angeles Arrien

World Council of Indigenous Peoples

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Podcast 285 – “The Revolution Continues with Timothy Leary” Part 2

Guest speaker: Timothy Leary

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Occupy Segment alone is available at: Occupy Updates Day 24

[NOTE: All quotations are by Timothy Leary.]
“Looked at it pragmatically, the trick of taking intelligence tests is to get the highest score possible in terms of intelligence as defined by middle class intellectuals who designed the test.”

“It’s the nature of the game that a philosopher who’s proposing radical new ideas will be opposed by 80% of society.”

“My responsibility is to the genetic process and evolutionary process as I see it.”

“We have to be gentle with each other because we are going through a period of mutations.”

“I think, though, that there has never been a cultural change in history that was as profound, as pervasive, and as bloodless as the cultural revolution of the Sixties. . . . By and large it was a smiling revolution.”

“By and large I’m very proud of what happened in the Sixties, every aspect of our culture was reformed and revised and reviewed and improved.”

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Occupy Wall Street: The Most Important Thing in the World Now

By Naomi Klein, The Nation
Posted on October 6, 2011

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Podcast 279 – “Peter Gorman Interviews the Elders”

Guest speakers: Allen Ginsberg, Ram Das, Laura Huxley, Peter Gorman

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As us Monty Python fans love to hear, “Now for something completely different.” Well, not really. But today’s program is a little different in that instead of featuring just one speaker we have an audio collage that includes Allen Ginsberg, Ram Das, and Laura Huxley. A finer collection of psychedelic elders you would be hard-pressed to find.

First of all is a rare recording of a telephone interview of Allen Ginsberg by then “High Times” editor, Peter Gorman. When Gorman asked for a story about Timothy Leary, Ginsberg tells of the time that Leary came to his New York apartment to meet Jack Kerouac and they took psilocybin together Next is a brief conversation that Peter has with Ram Das during which we learn some more of the background of the early days at Millbrook and the interesting series of events that led up to going there. The last segment is another Peter Gorman interview, this time with Laura Huxley in which she tells of some of her own experiences with LSD. It’s a short program but packed with interesting historical ancetdotes.

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Personal Message
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Tripping the Bardo with Timothy Leary

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Podcast 253 – “Whatever Happened to Timothy Leary?”


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Guest speakers: Timothy Leary and Ram Das

PROGRAM NOTES: This is an audio collage of three talks. The first is by Dr. Leary in 1966. That is followed by a 1973 interview with Ram Das on his current feelings about Leary. The final segment is a 1986 appearance by Dr. Timothy Leary on the Larry King show.

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Dr. Timothy Leary.]

“Psychedelic art is the public face, a communication device, of our new religion.”

“Psychedelic drugs, which include marijuana, should be totally supervised by the state. That is, quality should be established, and you should have to be trained in how to use them, and they should be prescribed, and if you screwed up they’ll take your license away. You’d have to show that you knew how to use them like [you do] an automobile.”

“I would say 90% of the kids who are under the age of 40 who are in computers now, ninety percent of them, have had some kind of experience in brain-change, or neurotransmission. That’s why I may be misunderstood or not liked among certain segments of the country. But computer people really understand where I’m coming from and they welcome me.”

“The only defense against totalitarianism has always been, Jefferson said it too, constant vigilance on the part of the individual. There ain’t no one going to protect us against Big Brother and Big Sister except ourselves linked up as free agents.”

“So go over there [India]. Try it all. Don’t get hooked. Don’t follow leaders. Watch your parkin’ meters, and stay away from gurus. But try it all out!”

“The basic trajectory of my life, no matter whether you agree with me (you don’t have to agree with this) is to free yourself, to think for yourself, to question authority.”

“I love institutions. They’re intelligence tests. Institutions are prisons that you have to escape from. . . . The only thing is don’t get trapped in them. The most addictive, dangerous, mind-screwing thing in the world is conformity to an organization.”

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Eldridge Cleaver denouncing Timothy Leary in 1971

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Eldridge Cleaver’s friendly private message to Timothy Leary in 1995

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Podcast 243 – “Beyond the Doors of Perception”

Guest speakers: Ram Das, Timothy Leary, Paul Krassner, and Tom Van Sant

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“LSD produces religions experiences, but it’s less evident that it can produce a religious life.” Houston Smith

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Timothy Leary.]

“The origins of most great religions go back to groups of people who made this discovery that you don’t look for god, you don’t look for power in the Caesars or in the temples or in the churches and all that. You look within.”

“The fun has hardly begun.

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Ram Das.]

“But inside myself, as you all understand, that what you see [during a psychedelic experience] to turn it into what you be is a really subtle and sensitive trip.”
“And that’s part of the integrity of this experience, of growing into seeing the relative nature of reality and the paper mache quality of social institutions and the way in which personalities turn into style rather than substance.”

“And it’s interesting that it’s taken many years to grow into the kinds of visions that [Leary] was having in those days and to appreciate how much what happened to me through psychedelics transformed my consciousness in such a way that death meant something different to me that allowed me to be in the presence of somebody that was dying in a way that honored the drama of the process without getting lost in it.

“What I have experienced in the past twenty five years, if I were to look at what the essence of the matter is, is that having touched the unconditioned and having seen the relative nature of reality and the way the mind creates the dream, that has given me a faith in the possibility of who we are.”

“And it feels to me that as long as I live I will still be growing into what happened to me on the first psychedelic experience.”

“And allow my heart to be open, like keeping your heart open in hell, keeping your heart open in the presence of suffering, because even at the moment when the suffering is most intense, right behind it inside you is an incredible equanimity, because one of the things that I touched through acid was an extreme appreciation of the perfection of the laws of form, the perfection of the unfolding of the law.”

“But I can feel, when I look at what our spiritual journeys are on this plain, it feels so obvious to me, that the stuff we are handed is the grist for the mill of awakening out of the illusion until we can be in the form without being entrapped by it so that we can play lightly. We can dance sweetly. We can have joy in the presence of the hell-realms and do what we can do to relieve the suffering without getting burned out and lost and bitter and cynical and frustrated. And we have the tolerance to deal with chaos and uncertainty.”

“What has happened is that the Sixties unleashed something extraordinarily powerful that is still reverberating and echoing in this culture, and actually in the world. And what that released was a recognition in people that they were free to change, institutions and themselves.”

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Podcast 235 – Osmond, Stolaroff, & Hubbard Discuss Psychedelics

Guest speakers: Myron Stolaroff, Humphry Osmond, & Al Hubbard

PROGRAM NOTES:

On October 30, 1964, Dr. Humphry Osmond, Myron Stolaroff, Willis Harman, and Al Hubbard took LSD together. The next day they discussed what was learned. This is a recording of that gathering, and it is the first of the recovered recordings from The Stolaroff Collection, hosted at Erowid.org.

“There’s a central power system, and here’s the source. And the guidance system simply involves getting the person as close as possible to that source. The closer he gets the more aware he is, the more he sees who he is, the more he sees that everything he does is really of his own making and his own creation, and the more he sees his total responsibility. Now it’s inconceivable to me that you could move toward that source without increasing responsibility. And to me, Leary has found a way of moving in that direction but not going toward it, because he’s obviously missed his responsibility level.” -Myron Stolaroff

“From our crowd I think very, very few people get off the beam the way I would consider Leary and Alpert are off the beam, for example.” -Myron Stolaroff

“[We should use these substances] in a way which will not simply allow us to become aware of what any decent mystical saints have been aware of for a long, long time, but to become aware of how to produce a rise in the social level of communication, which will, indeed, transform the species from a biological animal to a communicating animal, which is what Teilhard had in view.” -Humphry Osmond

“[The map of the noosphere] is not to be created by mucking up bits of the Book of the Dead and saying how smart chaps were. This is a fraud.” -Humphry Osmond

“When you most need help is when you least want it.” -Myron Stolaroff

“This is the life that I’ve seen: Live or die. Be intelligent enough to get along. Don’t walk in two places without knowing where you’re going.” -Al Hubbard

“The ten year delay in our work brought about through our struggle with NIH in Washington and through being unable to cope with a large and powerful power-system there has produced, it’s resulted in probably several million people being quite unnecessarily damaged.” -Humphry Osmond (November 1, 1964)

“You have to understand the specific risks that [using psychedelics] involves. Now the specific risk is that every person involved will be altered whether they like it or not. And that the result of this will, in a sense, alter every other relationship they have whether they like it or not.”

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Podcast 233 – Ram Das and Timothy Leary – “1983 Harvard Reunion”

Guest speakers: Dr. Timothy Leary and Ram Das

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[NOTE: The following quotations are by Ram Das.]

“The next thought I had that I can remember was, Wow you can be anything this time around, you’re free. You can do anything, because it became so apparent to me the way in which mind creates. And I suddenly experienced myself as the creator rather than the victim.”

“Methods are methods are methods. Meditation’s a method and psychedelics are a method. Methods are all traps. A method by its nature is a trap. It has to entrap you into itself in order to eject you at the end. You just hope it self-ejects.”

“Psychedelics was one of the major forces in a shift in consciousness in this culture.”

“Wisdom is what you are. Knowledge is what you know.”

“I don’t for one moment wish that I was not thrown out of Harvard . . . anymore.”

“All form in the universe, including your mind and your thought, is part of law, it’s unfolding lawfully, it’s the karma unfolding, just law. And within that there is no freedom. There really is no freedom in form. The freedom comes as the formless creates the form. There’s where the freedom is. And that freedom, of the formless coming into form, is a place from which you stand, or you don’t stand, in which you experience the creation of your own universe around you.”

[NOTE: The following quotations are by Timothy Leary.]

“[So Emerson] came to Harvard Divinity School, gave that famous speech in which he said, ‘Don’t look for god in the temples, nor in the buildings, nor in the pulpits, look within, find divinity inside yourself, drop out, become self-reliant (translated as do your own thing) and for, I believe thirty-three years, he was not allowed back on this sacred territory. We’re back after twenty!”

“We were smart enough to know how little we knew.”

“Once you put that pill in your mouth, YOU were the Principle Investigator … like it or not.”

“The problem with running Happiness Hotels is that nobody wants to leave.”

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