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Podcast 396 – “A Freely Evolving Topology of Light & Sound”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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“It is not that culture is evolving. The evolution of culture is an epiphenomena attendant upon the evolution of language. Language is the part of man that is evolving. Culture carries along.”

“I think people have a greater sensitivity to the mysteries of human interaction simply because so much LSD was taken in the Sixties.”

“The world is not nearly as chaotic and random as we suppose. We are actually trapped inside a giant organism. And it is not Gaia. That’s a much larger organism. We are trapped inside a large organism which is the human collectivity, and that’s why we are such different monkeys.”

“But really the psychedelic experience is like an intimation of immortality. And at varying distances in time from the point you occupy it shows you ever more vague intimations of the future, but they are there nevertheless.”

“What the psychedelics really do, I think, is release us from cultural machinery.”

“There is a potential for immortality, but it isn’t assured. It is something which comes to the courageous.”

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Podcast 393 – “A Serious Look At Our Planetary Future”

Guest speaker: Daniel Pinchbeck
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“If you step back from it and really think about what the mass media does on a global scale, the most significant thing it does is coordinate behaviour.” -Daniel Pinchbeck

Today we feature Daniel Pinchbeck’s 2013 Palenque Norte Lecture. This talk/conversation took place late one night during the Burning Man Festival in the big tent at Camp Soft Landing, which hosted the annual lecture series. Prompted by questions from the audience, Daniel touches on a wide range of topics that included Rudolph Stiener, reincarnation, ecology, shamanism, mysticism, planetary crisis, morphagenic fields, and he even touches on Bitcoin.

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Podcast 391 – “Nothing Lasts”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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“I have been underwhelmed by the accomplishments of Indian spirituality, personally; overwhelmed by the accomplishments of Amazonian spirituality.”

“I’m also very suspicious of secrets. I mean, if you tell me one it’s finished. I took a pledge long ago to tell all secrets as quickly as possible. . . . Secrets are a way of controlling other people.”

“Post-historical existence would be non-linear. People would live in time the way now live in space.”

“That’s how I think of psychedelics. When I say boundary dissolution, the real boundaries I’m talking about are the boundaries of dimensionality. The way a shaman is able to do what shamans do is by transcending Newtonian space and time.”

“Here’s my model: The mind is like a crystal growing under pressure, and the pressure is the pressure of Newtonian space/time. And so the crystal grows and takes the shape of its confinement. But when you liquefy the crystal matrix with a psychedelic, it has another preferred geometry. And it unfolds into this second geometry. And the second and alternative geometry is more hyper-spacial. Culturally, our minds are confined by cultural pressure and cultural phase-space to reflect cultural concerns. . . . When you take a psychedelic and you dissolve the confinement . . . then it’s like taking [the mind] out of its box, and it can configure itself in a more comfortable geometry, and it’s free.”

“In a sense, chess is like good practice for shamanism, because good chess players see deeply into the future. That’s how you win chess games.”


Interview with Shonagh Home on Shamanic Freedom Radio

Podcast 360 with Shonagh Home – “Medicine Oracle & Spellbreaker”

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Podcast 386 – “Loose Ends Time”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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“That’s the key thing that the archaic world knew that we don’t know: How do you live in equilibrium so that your children may live in equilibrium, because otherwise you get a cycle started that’s going to shove somebody over the cliff. And that somebody in the present case is either ourselves, our children, or their children. It’s no further away in time than that.”

“We love to congratulate ourselves on the forward-leaning liberal society that we live in, and the truth is it’s a bunch of rattle snake-handling fundamentalists that are much closer to Stalin than they are to FDR or anybody else like that.”

“If you look at the fossil record, 95% of all the species that have ever lived on the Earth are extinct. From that point of view it looks as though biology is a process for producing extinction.”

“You talk about a well-kept secret that’s only two tokes away? How do they keep the lid on this? That’s the miracle to me. How do they keep the lid on this?” [smoked NN-DMT]
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Podcast 383- “A Psychedelic Point of View”

Guest speakers: Terence McKenna & Edward Snowden
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“Everything flows. Nothing lasts.”

“Language is like an informational creature of some sort.”

“This problem of language is central, I think, to understanding the psychedelic experience.”

“Language is something unfinished in us. It is something that was catalyzed out of animal organization by hallucinogenic activation of brain states, and it is something that is in the act of perfecting itself.”

“When you go into a culture, you’re going to make a choice. And all cultures represent narrowing of choices.”

“We’re about to have a chance to create a global culture, to essentially clean our basement and decide what we’re going to save and what we’re going to keep.”

“It’s the monotheistic religions that have to take a real knock for the present situation.”

“Monotheism, as a philosophical reflex, is understandable but simple minded. It’s what an eight year old would get to.”

“Taking a psychedelic is an experiment. It’s not an act of religious devotion.”

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Podcast 374 – “Bootstrapping Ourselves”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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“Ego is the absolute impediment to Tao.”

“We live in a domain of triviality that we have created.”

“Do we embody the radiant correctness of what we say we are pursuing.”

“I see the psychedelic experience as a birthright, and we can’t have a free society until people are free to explore their own mind.”

“I’m as against restricting access to drugs as I am to burning books. It offends me in the same way.”

“If you’re interested in drugs, the first stop is the library. And it’s a long stop. And you educate yourself.”

“In order to be free I must not believe anything. Then all things can be freely commanded in the mind.”

“It takes months to assimilate a large psychedelic trip.”

“I think the worst thing you can do is diddle with low doses. The nibblers of this world are no friends of mine. It should be overwhelming, and it should be an act of courage”

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Podcast 367 – “The Evolution of a Psychedelic Thinker”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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“This is a very central part of the psychedelic attitude toward the world, to entertain all possibilities but to never commit to belief. Belief always being seen as a kind of trap, because if you belief something you are forever precluded from believing its opposite..”

“In a sense, sexuality is the built-in psychedelic experience that only a very few people manage to evade.”

“Eros is an ego-overwhelming, boundary dissolving, breakthrough creating force scripted into human life that is pretty intrinsically psychedelic.”

“One of the core elements of this psychedelic thing is freedom, on the broadest scale.”

“Nothing is as boundary dissolving, except for psychedelic compounds, as travel. Travel is up there.”

“I have nothing but scorn for all weird ideas other than my own.”

“Without an understanding and a familiarity of the psychedelic experience you should be sued for fraud if you’re practicing psychotherapy.”

“The archaic revival is an invitation to historical humanity to view itself as a kind of a prodigal son.”

“What the psychedelics are for us as a species, rather than for each one of us as an individual, what they are for us as a species is an enzyme that catalyzes the language-making capacity.”

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Podcast 357 – “Fungi Questions”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

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The culture cannot evolve faster than the language. The language is the flashlight that shows the path.”

The psychedelic universe, whatever it is, is the major datum of experience. It’s larger than this planet. Nobody knows how large it is. The further in you go the bigger it gets. We don’t know what to make of something like that. It’s the reverse of our expectations.”

Psychedelic telepathy is you ‘see’ what I mean.”

The testimony of DMT, for me, is that there is a nearby dimension, teeming with intelligences, that from one of the more conservative perspectives seems like an ecology of souls.”

Look at the reputation they gave him. [Giordano] Bruno without the pyre is a whiskey priest laying waste to the maids of Umbria.”

The fungi became, or is for some mysterious reason still to be
discovered, a pipeline into a mind, an entelechy, which we can only image as feminine and can only associate somehow to the environment, to the ecosystem. This is the Gaian mind. This is what the goddess really is. The goddess is a network of connective intelligence that is operating on this planet.”

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Podcast 347 – “This counts, somehow it matters”

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
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“Our best efforts are nothing more than half-completed stories told around the campfire. We don’t actually know what our predicament is. We are up against a phenomenon which we can barely bring into focus in our cognitive sphere, and it’s the phenomenon of our own existence”

“These religions that are so freighted with their own pomposity are no better than inspired guesses.”

“Science works its miracles by turning its enterprise into a kind of parlor game confined to the category matter and energy.”

“In other words, all these things you might cling to, Catholicism, democratic ideals, Hasidism, Marxism, Freudianism, all of these things are exposed [through use of psychedelics] as simply quaint cultural artifacts, tainted masks and rattles assembled by people of good intent but clearly not great grasp of the situation.”

“To date, the enterprise of thinking has moved us radically away from understanding anything.”

“For me, what all these years of psychedelic taking came to was a new model of how reality works, a new model of what the world is.”
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