Podcast 495 – “Our Bridges Have Burned Behind Us”


Become a patron on Patreon

Guest speaker: Terence McKenna

Psychedelic Salon's Flipboard.com magazinePROGRAM NOTES:

[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]

“Trust your perceptions. Trust your intuition. And then accept the consequences, because this is what existential validity must be.”

“Must it not be that humanity is the yeast of of the Gaian alchemical rarefaction, and that human history is the process of catalyzing the alchemical condensation.”

“Speciation of a single plant can occupy fifty or sixty thousand years. It never happens more quickly than that, and the grinding down of glaciers from the poles, these are processes that take hundreds of thousands of years. With the advent of human beings an entirely new ontos of becoming, an entirely new category of becoming is introduced into the entire cosmos, as far as we know, because we cannot verify that there are other self-reflecting beings in the universe.”

“Memory is a time-binding function. It’s a way of somehow taking the past and calling up its essential properties so that they are co-present with the given moment of experience.”

“Our bridges are burning behind us. We see no way back.”

“If you believe in something you have precluded the possibility of believing in its opposite, and you have hence limited your freedom.”

“Every belief has consequences.”


PCs – Right click, select option
Macs – Ctrl-Click, select option

More Terence McKenna and Hermeticism

Podcast 223 – McKenna: “Hermeticism and Alchemy” Part 1

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

Podcast 225 – McKenna: “Hermeticism and Alchemy” Part 3

Podcast 226 – McKenna: “Hermeticism and Alchemy” Part 4

Posted in Alchemy, Consciousness, Creativity, Culture, Hermeticism, Mayan, Terence McKenna (mp3).


  1. I don’t see the download for the unedited version. Maybe i’m just dumb? Someone point me towards it please!

  2. Thanks, Lorenzo, for posting the cut-out portion of Terence’s talk. The value of the content, at least to me, far outweighs the audio quality of the recording. Very fascinating!

  3. Hi, Lorenzo, not sure if you noticed but there is overlapping Terence dialogue between 8:34 and 9:14…

    [COMMENT by Lorenzo: Thanks for letting me know. I’m not sure how I did that, but I’ve now removed the overlap section and reposted it. You may have to flush your cache to get the new version.]

Comments are closed.