Podcast 246 – “Elves, Egos, and Avatars”

Guest speakers: Bruce Damer and Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: The following quotations are by Bruce Damer.] “In life if you let yourself be ruled by fear life becomes a fearful experience.” “If you shake the Earth, all of the loose objects end in the West Coast of North America.” “There’s nothing useful thinking about […]

Podcast 234 – “The World Soul”

Guest speakers: Terence McKenna, Ralph Abraham, and Rupert Sheldrake PROGRAM NOTES: “I think that creativity depends on having sufficient indeterminacy around for a new pattern to arise up within it.” –Rupert Sheldrake When asked if he believed in randomness, Terence quickly said, “No,” and then he went on to say, “Randomness is the least likely […]

Podcast 224 – McKenna: “Hermeticism and Alchemy” Part 2

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “I think, when it’s all sorted out, it ALL happened in Africa. I mean, language, religion, symbolic activity, theater, all of this stuff was in place in Africa from, say, 20,000 B.C. up until around 9,000 B.C.” “The African ‘Cradle of Civilization’, […]

Podcast 217 – McKenna “Under the Teaching Tree” Part 3

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The UFO community is just fraught with the most crack-brained, peculiar, self-serving, unstable, mush-minded group of people you would ever hope to get together in one place. I mean it’s like a magnet for screwballs.” [Terence then went on, at great length, to […]

Podcast 216 – McKenna “Under the Teaching Tree” Part 2

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “I was able to jack it [the strength of the ayahuasca brew] up, and jack it up until finally it was truly horrifyingly strong, and that’s what you want. We’re not interested in colored lights and dancing mice here.” “A language which could […]

Podcast 215 – McKenna “Under the Teaching Tree” Part 1

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “The surface of things is not where attention should rest.” “I’ve never actually seen it [smoked DMT] hit anybody quite as hard as it hit me. For about fifteen minutes all I could say was, ‘I can’t believe it!’ … This is no […]

Podcast 206 – “Appreciating Imagination” – Part 6

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “Your inherited allotment of drug synapses is unique, and this is why some people are sensitive to drugs, some people insensitive, some people extremely sensitive. And one of the things about exploring consciousness with substances is you have to sort of learn what […]

Podcast 191 – “The Ethnobotany of Shamanism” Part 5

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.] “It seems to me that right under the surface of human neurological organization is a mode shift of some sort that would make language beholdable.” “This is in fact what shamanism is all about, what the end of history is all about, what […]

Podcast 190 – “The Ethnobotany of Shamanism” Part 4

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna]. “Ayahuasca, in a way, is somehow more open to suggestion. These other things have their own agenda. Ayahuasca will work with you.” “The possibility seems to be that what we call styles, or what we call motifs, are actually categories in the unconscious.” […]

Podcast 189 – “The Ethnobotany of Shamanism” Part 3

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna PROGRAM NOTES: [NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.> “Think about this for a moment, we grow so inured to these religious forms, think about the notion of instituting at the center of your religion a rite where you eat your god. … [This] is probably a memory of a relationship to […]