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Podcast 478 – “Breaking The Spell On You”

Guest speaker: Shonagh Home

From the "Married to Nature" series by Terra HolcombPROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Shonagh Home.]

“The mushroom has a wildness to it because it is wild, just as our minds once were wild.”

“I see the mushroom as the ultimate test of the initiate because you’re on your own. There’s no shaman to guide you, and so it is up to you to determine how this [experience] is about to look.”

“What is the point of doing these medicines if you are not going to break the spell of your perceptions, of who and what you think you are, and what you perceive this world to be.”

Exploring Psychedelics Conference, 2015

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Podcast 472 – “The Timewave & The Watkins Objection”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“An interesting thing about drugs is often, when a new drug is discovered, it takes a long time to figure out how do you do it.”

“In 1948, television was introduced, and millions and millions of people lead larval, low-awareness, warehoused lives mainlining an electronic drug straight into their brains.”

“I would argue that it’s almost better to do heroin than to watch TV. At least when you’re doing heroin you’re responsible for your own reveries and thought processes. When you’re mainlining TV what is it but endless messages to fetishize products?”

“If the world is made of language, then you can hack it in the sense that you can hack code.”

“My idea of enlightenment is when ego and Tao are fused, and Tao is perceived as ego. Then everything happens with complete appropriateness.”

“I think of the mainland as Blade Runner Land.”

“Anything which must be understood by millions of people is so hopelessly divorced from how it is that it becomes a form of fiction.”

“I think what we have to do is convince people that matter is tacky.”

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Hyperborea – Terence McKenna’s Website

Autopsy for a Mathematical Hallucination? by Matthew Watkins Introduction by Terence McKenna

2012 and the “Watkins Objection” to Terence McKenna’s “Timewave Theory” . . . by Matthew Watkins

Terence McKenna’s Reading List

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Podcast 463 – “Novelty is to be Cherished”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
Typical cabin for attendees at the Palenque Entheobotany Conferences

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]
“I describe myself as a tall man with a cheap watch.”

“If reality is code, then it can be hacked in some way that we had not suspected before.”

“In a sense, the Italian Renaissance IS the medieval lead turned to the secular gold of reform and rebirth.”

“You aren’t an object. You’re a process of some sort.”

“What foods are, essentially, are idea-neutral drugs.”
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Podcast 460 – “Our planetary birth process”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

TWO BOOKS: The Museum Dose and Trip
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“Language is the software without which we wouldn’t be people.”

“Culture is a strategy for intensifying the dimensionality of an animal species.”

“Somehow, the psychedelic experience is related to this bootstrapping process of climbing, organizationally, from one dimension to another, deeper and deeper into complexity. It’s almost as though the psychedelic experience is a viewing of the process from the highest dimension in the plane.”

“What you experience in the psychedelic experience is eternity, all of time.”

“A shaman is someone who has seen the end.”

“Ideas are the signposts of our destiny.”

“It’s an absurd question to ask the question, ‘What will the world be like in 500 years?’ What the world will be like in 500 years is unimaginable.”

“Language is an informational creature of some sort.”

“[Quantum physics] is our truth [about reality]. How crazy are you if your truth is something you can’t even understand? And that’s the situation that we are in.”

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Trip
by Kelly Matten & Walker Farrell

The Museum Dose: 12 Experiments in Pharmacologically Mediated Aesthetics
by Daniel Tumbleweed

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Podcast 430 – “The Danger is Madness”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High Directed by Brett Harvey

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“I sort of see [cannabis] as the pilot light of Gian consciousness.]

“The danger is [in using psychedelic drugs], just to put it out there, is madness.”

“LSD is different. LSD is like psychoanalytical Drano. It’s not a personality.”

“Matter is simply a concept. The world is made of language.”

“If you’re truly psychedelic the difference between living and dying is quite immaterial. No pun intended.”

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The Union: The Business Behind Getting High
Directed by Brett Harvey


The Hasheesh Eater & The Poem of Hashish
By Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Charles Baudelaire

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Podcast 424 – “The Magic of Language”

Guest speakers: Shonagh Home & Diana Reed Slattery

The Maze Game by Diana Reed Slattery

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Today’s podcast features a conversation between Shonagh Home and Diana Reed Slattery who is a practicing xenolinguist and psychonaut. She has been investigating linguistic phenomena in the psychedelic sphere for over 15 years. Her website, Psychedelics & Language, details this research. Her science fiction novel, The Maze Game, tells the story of one such language, Glide. Her latest book, Xenolinguistics: Psychedelics, Language, and the Evolution of Consciousness comes out in January, 2015, from North Atlantic Press.

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Shonagh Home
is a teacher, shamanic practitioner, and the author of
‘Ix Chel Wisdom: 7 Teachings from the Mayan Sacred Feminine,’
Love and Spirit Medicine,’
and the upcoming, ‘Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissae Speaks.’

Website: www.shonaghhome.com
Contact: shonagh.home (at) comcast (dot) net

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Podcast 418 – “Death By Astonishment”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Books mentioned in this podcast

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Every drug problem can usually be traced to a previous drug problem.”

“I think drugs are much safer than gurus.”

“I’ve never been absolutely certain that psychedelics have anything whatsoever to do with the spiritual quest.”

“Academic culture runs very heavily on alcohol.”

“It’s hard to live a life where you don’t eventually get your mind altered.”

“Anything which changes your mind can be abused as a drug.”
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Podcast 417 – “Earth Mind and Monkey Mind”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Alcohol could hardly be more different than psilocybin in terms of the social values that it promotes.”

“Warfare is the natural consequence of agriculture.”

“I really see psilocybin as a kind of inoculation against the primate nature.”

“Noting on Earth is as much like a man as a woman. We tend to forget this. And ego is not now a male problem. We are all completely infected by ego.”

“We do not have group values. The reason the planet is dying is because we cannot place the good of the group above our own desires, consistently.”

“The big news is that the rise of the ego has suppressed a portion of reality, which is that nature is an animate and minded thing of some sort.”

“Culture is the condensation of language.”

“Every society is based upon a lie of some sort.

“Drug smuggling is like assassination, if the government isn’t involved it never seems to really happen.”

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Podcast 408 – “What Do You Make Of This?”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna - Spring 1999 . . . photo taken by Jim Essex at Terence's home in Hawaii

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Even a billion people is too much. There’s no way back to the simplicity we once knew, but there may be a way forward to the simplicity that we once knew.”

“The human imagination, which is our great glory, has grown so powerful that we can barely unleash it on the surface of the planet.”

“Ideologies are cultural memes. They are the most confining of the cultural memes. That’s where culture gets real ugly. It is when you rub up against its ideologies.”

“What we now have is the freedom which attends decadence, or the decadence which attends freedom.”

“For me it’s an issue of are we afraid of ourselves? And we inherit a huge bunch of idealogical baggage, not only Christianity, but Freudianism, and Marxism . . . We inherit all kinds of idealogical baggage designed to make us fear ourselves.”

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Book mentioned in this podcast

The Movement of the Free Spirit
By Raoul Vaneigem

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Podcast 398 – “Where Does Reality Begin & End”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Terence McKenna

PROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Occam’s Razor is fine in the formation of physical theory, but it doesn’t take us far in understanding human motivation.”

“What the psychedelics seem to me to argue for is that reality is not reality. There may be no reality, but certainly this is not it. This is some kind of highly provisional, culturally sanctioned, hallucination that we are all participating in.”

“Reality, whatever it is, is temporary and yields to non-existence.”

“Thought can’t go where the roads of language have not been built.”

“Culture is a kind of environment that we have learned how to interpose between ourselves and whatever is really out there.”

“I just don’t think that a monkey species had the wherewithal to evade the mechanisms of control and constraint that guide and direct everything on the planet. There is a purpose to history.”

“What is to be done? You can’t begin to answer that question until you have some notion of what reality is.”

“But all it takes [when two people are sitting together in silence] is somebody breaking that silence and stating the contents of their mind for the assumption of our shared reality to completely collapse upon us.”

“I think great relationships are built in silence, because then nobody ever finds out what’s really going on.”

“Reality is a naive concept and should probably be abandoned as quickly as possible.”

“What we call reality is, in fact, nothing more than a culturally-sanctioned and linguistically reinforced hallucination of some sort.”

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