Guest speaker: Terence McKenna
Date this lecture was recorded: April 1995
[NOTE: All quotations are by Terence McKenna.]
“Nothing is unannounced.”
“[A psychedelic truth:] Nothing lasts.”
“The lie of Western psychology is that something is stable. . . . And because of this lie we are in a state of perpetual anxiety because the truth of our experience is nothing lasts.”
“The central truth of being is the felt presence of immediate reality. That’s all you will ever have.”
“I think this ability to accept the inevitable passing and coming to be of phenomenon is what psychedelic wisdom is really about.”
“Community is the enemy of authoritarian organization.”
“They don’t hand out rights around here. The only people who have any rights are people who demand them.”
“Don’t people understand that the essence of sophistication is tolerance?”
“I think Americans are paranoid of nature.”
“This is very important work. Whether we succeed or fail, it would be tragic to not make the effort, because I think we really align ourselves with the Gaian intent when we bring these things to the community and share them.”
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So nothing lasts. Does that mean we should all just walk away from the institution that we have erected? Should we not save money for our futures? Should we not attempt to prolong anything at all because it won’t last? He didn’t really say what should be done in the light of this truth.
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Hi. It’s interesting to analyze this. What if I can become independent from circumstances and make that last? Maybe there could be some technique for ultimate tolerance of anxiety.
I must admit that my life isn’t going that good. I just hope that I’m ready when this psychedelic truth reaches an unassimilable intensity.
By the way I saw some very waking-up hypnagogia with people and a way to hack into reality.
You know there could exist an undisturbed mode or way of existence. It’s just so hard to grasp and it’s an idea.
This truth helps me to push physical strenuous activity to high levels. The payback is more energy to channel into contemplation of the truth.
Perhaps more to respect and appreciate things for what they are and when they are . .