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Podcast 444 – “The Longest 100 Seconds You Will Ever Know”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Live streaming psymposia conference

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Today’s talk by Terence McKenna takes us on an in-depth description of what he experiences on a DMT trip. While it is a story that we have heard before in various guises, Terence once again manages to tell his DMT stories in a way that makes it seem like you are hearing it for the first time, and with new detail if that can be imagined. Who else, for example, would describe a DMT trip as feeling like you are a baby in a maternity ward’s playpen. And this was new for me, at one point Terence says that when it comes to DMT, “I like to do it outside on a sunny hillside.” His description of a new delivery method that he was developing for smoked DMT sounds almost medieval. Followers of Terence will find his answer about his health quite revealing. And in regards to machine elves, et al, he says it’s all a lie, but a lie which points toward a truth that cannot be told. If you only intend to listen to Terence McKenna talk about DMT one time, then this is the talk for you.

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Podcast 442 – “The Extraterrestrials Are Here!”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“One of the reasons I’m so fond of psychedelics is because they transcend rhetoric.”

“Meditation and all these other things I take to be co-options organized by beastly hoards of priests.”

“One of the most uncool things you can say to another human being is, ‘Could you explain to me what it is I just said?’”

“We are held together by our expressed assumptions.”

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Podcast 441 – “The Technology of Spirituality”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“The absolute victory of habit is death itself.”

“Life is apparently a phenomenon in this universe considerably more tenacious than stars.”

“When the democratic crunch hits, democratic values will go down the drain long before they turn off the lights and stop delivering the food.”

“The Net is a tremendous permission for eccentricity.”

“Freakery is the wave of the future.”

“If you’ve never read Moby Dick you certainly should. It’s a crash course in psychedelic metaphysics.”

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Podcast 440 – “The Tao of the Ancestors”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“The present is this hairline division between the past and the future, and the past exists in memory largely for the coordination of some agenda in the future. And that’s history!”

“We have thought of history as something that we do. History is something that is done to us, and therefore we are not responsible. This is the first thing to understand. History is a process. It’s like waves in the ocean, and you are a cork.”

“That’s what the psychedelic experience is. It opens the inner eye, and what the inner eye sees is time.”

“A human being is a kind of a plant/animal combination when they are at perfection. That’s why shamanism is such a high ideal, because what shamanism really is is a symbiosis with the plant world.”

“Western civilization is the bundled group of civilizations that have been most distant from plant hallucinogens for the longest time.”

“Without doubt, in my mind, the most unique feature of psilocybin is that it speaks. It speaks in your native tongue.”

“All other spiritual disciplines drive with the accelerator to the floor. That’s how you do it. When you come to psychedelics suddenly there arises a great interest in locating the brakes.”

“Technology is biology pursued by other means.”

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Podcast 439 – “A Resolute Optimist of a Complicated Sort”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Now all that stands between us and some kind of angelic completion of some sort is the dark side of ourselves and the unpaid bills of the historical process.”

“I am a resolute optimist of a very complicated sort.”

“If you have the psychedelic experience in your inventory of experiences, you are able to make a different model of reality than if you lack it.”

“I don’t think that what the shaman is doing is something metaphorical, or analogical, or allegorical. What the shaman is doing is something real that is couched in a language that we find difficult to understand.”

“Consciousness seeks the shape of its vessel. It’s like water.”

“At the center of the archaic impulse is the shaman. At the center of the shaman’s understanding of the world is the boundary-dissolving experience of psychedelics.”

“I don’t believe me. I hated theology. And I think the way to keep it light is to not believe. I will attempt to convert you in the course of these meetings to all kinds of things that I don’t believe.”

“Ideology is poisonous. We’re not trying to figure out the best thing to believe. What we’re trying to do is not believe anything and somehow have a return to the direct empowering of common sense and common senses.”

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Podcast 430 – “The Danger is Madness”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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

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[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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Podcast 429 – “Leprechauns, Elves, or Dead Souls?”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Dak Ring (circa 1999)

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“History is anomalous, and there is no way to get used to it.”

“The miracle of our predicament is not how long everything has been in place but how brief it all has been.”

“Each stage of cosmic development proceeded more quickly than the stage which preceded it.”

“A singularity is a place where the rules are broken. A miracle is a singularity.”

“That’s part of the nature of a fractal cosmos, nothing is utterly unannounced.”

“History is a series of approximations of the final singularity.”

“I believe in extraterrestrials, but I believe that real extraterrestrials are so peculiar that the job is to recognize them.”

“So when you look at the eschaton what you see, strangely enough, is your own face.”

“The things I encounter that I call elves or gnomes, it’s just a gloss. I mean, they’re small, and they have the archetype. They’re more like leprechauns, and this maybe raises a racial issue.”

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Podcast 428 – “Aliens from Hyperspace”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“After you fiddle with psilocybin for a while the question of whether or not there is an alien intelligence becomes moot.”

“We are embedding ourselves in a matrix of silicone and glass.”

“ We are beginning to embed ourselves into a cultural membrane of some sort.”

“What is happening is a globalizing of intelligence.”

“The reductionists who want to say these drugs just perturb the brain I don’t think have taken enough of these things.”

“Our problem is that we are in denial of our circumstance.”

“I think psilocybin three or four times a year definitely means that you are a psychedelic person. For sure it means that your every waking moment is informed and transformed by your relationship to this stuff. It doesn’t take very much because it’s a way of thinking.”

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Podcast 426 – “Alien Footprints”


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Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Once you encounter [the psychedelic experience] you see that this is an aspect or an activity as informing of what it means to be human as something as inimical to our nature as sexuality.”

“What we lack is the will to change our minds.”

“WE are the anomalous factor in the natural world.”

“I think part of what being psychedelic is about, the real shock of psychedelics comes from the realization of the relativity of cultural positions.”

“Dissolution of boundary is somehow the precondition for understanding reality.”

“The truth about reality is that nowhere is it writ large that monkeys should be able to elicit the final understanding of it.”

“No theory of consciousness is going to be worth anything that doesn’t come to terms with the perturbation of consciousness by drugs.”

“This is how I think of mind, that put through the crucible of the psychedelic experience, and I use this kind of alchemical terminology deliberately, put through the crucible of the psychedelic experience the mind becomes fluid and then is recast in a higher dimensional manifold.”

“Culture is about to go hyperdimensional. That’s what’s creating the crisis at the end of history.”

“If consciousness doesn’t loom large in the human future then it is not a human future.”

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Podcast 424 – “The Magic of Language”


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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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