35 Terence McKenna Quotes (Turning Point Of Your Consciousness)

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Terence Kemp McKenna born on 16th of November 1946 was an American author, lecturer, mystic, psychonaut, ethnobotanist and an advocate for proper use of psychedelic plants. He has written books on various subjects like shamanism, metaphysics, alchemy, technology, philosophy, culture, environment, entheogens and origin of human consciousness.

Terence McKenna was born and raised in Paonia, Colorado. He appreciated nature from a very young age and was always curious about the scientific reasons behind everything. He also developed interest in psychology when he was just 10 years old. One of the first things from natural psychedelics that caught his attention was magic mushrooms. He started smoking cannabis everyday since he was a teenager.

He travelled to different places and countries to explore and study on his subject of interests. He went to Jerusalem in Israel, the then went to Nepal for his interest in Tibetan art and hallucinogenic shamanism. He there became a hash smuggler but one day one of his Bombay-to-Aspen shipments was detected and caught by the United States customs. He then went to different places in southeast Asia and then he ended up in Indonesia for sometime collecting butterflies.

He returned to U. S. in 1972, finished his college and got his degree on conservation of natural resources, ecology and shamanism. Him and his brother Dennis McKenna came up with a unique method to grow psilocybin mushrooms with spores they got from the Amazon. Both the McKenna brothers then wrote and published a book called Psilocybin: Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide.

McKenna is one of the first few people who spoke about psychedelics publicly. His public speaking subjects were based on cannabis, ayahuasca, plant derived DMT and of course psilocybin mushrooms. He soon then started to give lectures and workshops on how to use psychedelics to understand mysteries of the Universe, expansion of the human consciousness and connecting on a deeper level with nature. He became so famous due to his contribution to the psychedelic community, thought process and out of the box thinking that he was introduced as “one of the five or six most important people on the planet” By Timothy Leary.

In 1985 he founded Botanical Dimensions an NGO ethnobotanical preserve on the Big Island of Hawaii with his wife Kathleen Harrison. The purpose of this nonprofit preserve was to protect, propagate, understanding plants of ethno-medical significance and their lore and appreciate, study, educate others about plants and mushrooms and spiritual well-being.

McKenna suffered from migraine from a long time. He got collapsed due to brain seizure and was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a very aggressive form of brain cancer which became the cause of his death.

Terence McKenna died on 3rd of April, 2000, at the age of 53 in San Rafael, California.

Some of his notable works are The Archaic Revival, Food of the Gods, The Invisible Landscape, Psilocybin Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide, True Hallucinations.

22 Quotes on Universe that will Expand your Thinking.

Terence McKenna Quotes on Science, Reality and consciousness:

I think of going to the grave without having a psychedelic experience like going to the grave without ever having sex. It means that you never figured out what it is all about. The mystery is in the body and the way the body works itself into nature. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetI think of going to the grave without having a psychedelic experience like going to the grave without ever having sex. It means that you never figured out what it is all about. The mystery is in the body and the way the body works itself into nature. – Terence McKenna

LSD is different. LSD is like psychoanalytical Drano. It's not a personality. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetLSD is different. LSD is like psychoanalytical Drano. It’s not a personality. – Terence McKenna

If the words ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetIf the words ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on. – Terence McKenna

You are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetYou are a divine being. You matter, you count. You come from realms of unimaginable power and light, and you will return to those realms. – Terence McKenna

The message of psychedelics is that culture can be re-engineered as a set of emotional and spiritual values rather than products. This is terrifying news. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetThe message of psychedelics is that culture can be re-engineered as a set of emotional and spiritual values rather than products. This is terrifying news. – Terence McKenna

The artist’s task is to save the soul of mankind; and anything less is a dithering while Rome burns. If artists cannot find the way, then the way cannot be found. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetThe arist’s task is to save the soul of mankind; and anything less is a dithering while Rome burns. If artists cannot find the way, then the way cannot be found. – Terence McKenna

Animals are something invented by plants to move seeds around. An extremely yang solution to a peculiar problem which they faced. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetAnimals are something invented by plants to move seeds around. An extremely yang solution to a peculiar problem which they faced. – Terence McKenna

The purpose of life is to familiarize oneself with this after-death body so that the act of dying will not create confusion in the psyche. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetThe purpose of life is to familiarize oneself with this after-death body so that the act of dying will not create confusion in the psyche. – Terence McKenna

The shaman is not merely a sick man, or a madman; he is a sick man who has healed himself. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetThe shaman is not merely a sick man, or a madman; he is a sick man who has healed himself. – Terence McKenna

We have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of the ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of looking inward to ourselves because we sense that is where all the contradictions flow together. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetWe have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of the ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of looking inward to ourselves because we sense that is where all the contradictions flow together. – Terence McKenna

My technique is don’t believe anything. If you believe in something, you are automatically precluded from believing its opposite. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetMy technique is don’t believe anything. If you believe in something, you are automatically precluded from believing its opposite. – Terence McKenna

We need to interact with like-minded people throughout the world to establish the new intellectual order which will be the salvation of mankind. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetWe need to interact with like-minded people throughout the world to establish the new intellectual order which will be the salvation of mankind. – Terence McKenna

Nothing comes unannounced, but many can miss the announcement. So it’s very important to actually listen to your own intuition rather than driving through it. Terence McKennaNothing comes unannounced, but many can miss the announcement. So it’s very important to actually listen to your own intuition rather than driving through it. – Terence McKenna

Television is by nature the dominator drug par excellence. Control of content, uniformity of content, repeatability of content make it inevitably a tool of coersion, brainwashing, and manipulation. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetTelevision is by nature the dominator drug par excellence. Control of content, uniformity of content, repeatability of content make it inevitably a tool of coersion, brainwashing, and manipulation. – Terence McKenna

The syntactical nature of reality, the real secret of magic, is that the world is made of words. And if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetThe syntactical nature of reality, the real secret of magic, is that the world is made of words. And if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish. – Terence McKenna

 It is the imagination that argues for the Divine Spark within human beings. It is literally a decent of the World's Soul into all of us. Terence McKennaIt is the imagination that argues for the Divine Spark within human beings. It is literally a decent of the World’s Soul into all of us. – Terence McKenna

The apocalypse is not something which is coming. The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it’s only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege and social insulation that we still have the luxury of anticipating the apocalypse. If you go to Bosnia or Somalia or Peru or much of the third-world then it appears that the apocalypse has already arrived. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnet
The apocalypse is not something which is coming. The apocalypse has arrived in major portions of the planet and it’s only because we live within a bubble of incredible privilege and social insulation that we still have the luxury of anticipating the apocalypse. – Terence McKenna
We are so much the victims of abstraction that with the Earth in flames we can barely rouse ourselves to wander across the room and look at the thermostat. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnet
We are so much the victims of abstraction that with the Earth in flames we can barely rouse ourselves to wander across the room and look at the thermostat. – Terence McKenna
The problem is not to find the answer, it's to face the answer. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnet
The problem is not to find the answer, it’s to face the answer. – Terence McKenna
The real tension is not between matter and spirit, or time and space, the real tension is between information and nonsense. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnet
The real tension is not between matter and spirit, or time and space, the real tension is between information and nonsense. – Terence McKenna
People are so alienated from their own soul that when they meet their soul they think it comes from another star system. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnet
People are so alienated from their own soul that when they meet their soul they think it comes from another star system. – Terence McKenna
The culmination of man's effort in time will be the perfection and the release of the human soul. And it's not that we are 'doing' it. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnet
The culmination of man’s effort in time will be the perfection and the release of the human soul. And it’s not that we are ‘doing’ it. It’s that a natural law that we are still unaware of is inexorably unfolding. – Terence McKenna
Culture is not your friend. Culture is for other people’s convenience and the convenience of various institutions, churches, companies, tax collection schemes, what have you. It is not your friend. It insults you. It disempowers you. It uses and abuses you. None of us are well treated by culture. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnet
Culture is not your friend. Culture is for other people’s convenience and the convenience of various institutions, churches, companies, tax collection schemes, what have you. It is not your friend. It insults you. It disempowers you. It uses and abuses you. None of us are well treated by culture. – Terence McKenna
Personal empowerment means deconditioning yourself from the values and the programs of the society and putting your own values and programs in place. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnet
Personal empowerment means deconditioning yourself from the values and the programs of the society and putting your own values and programs in place. – Terence McKenna
Chaos is what we’ve lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnet
Chaos is what we’ve lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existence is defined in terms of control. – Terence McKenna

You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding. - Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetYou have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding. – Terence McKenna

The cost of sanity, in this society, is a certain level of alienation. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetThe cost of sanity, in this society, is a certain level of alienation. – Terence McKenna

We are so much the victims of abstraction that with the Earth in flames we can barely rouse ourselves to wander across the room and look at the thermostat. - Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetWe are so much the victims of abstraction that with the Earth in flames we can barely rouse ourselves to wander across the room and look at the thermostat. – Terence McKenna

Our need to feel part of the world seems to demand that we express ourselves through creative activity. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetOur need to feel part of the world seems to demand that we express ourselves through creative activity. – Terence McKenna

Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetNature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored. – Terence McKenna

Inevitably out of the psychedelic experience emerges not despair, not self-indulgence, but wild-eyed idealism, that’s the inevitable product of any psychedelically driven social process. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetInevitably out of the psychedelic experience emerges not despair, not self-indulgence, but wild-eyed idealism, that’s the inevitable product of any psychedelically driven social process. – Terence McKenna

The only difference between a drug and a computer is that one is slightly too large to swallow. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetThe only difference between a drug and a computer is that one is slightly too large to swallow. – Terence McKenna

You have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetYou have to take seriously the notion that understanding the universe is your responsibility, because the only understanding of the universe that will be useful to you is your own understanding. – Terence McKenna

We are asked by science to believe that the entire universe sprang from nothingness, and at a single point and for no discernible reason. This notion is the limit case for credulity. In other words, if you can believe this, you can believe anything. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetWe are asked by science to believe that the entire universe sprang from nothingness, and at a single point and for no discernible reason. This notion is the limit case for credulity. In other words, if you can believe this, you can believe anything. – Terence McKenna

If you don't have a plan, you become part of somebody else's plan. Terence McKenna quotes sayings with pictures photos pigmagnetIf you don’t have a plan, you become part of somebody else’s plan. – Terence McKenna

 

 

 

 

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