Terence McKenna On DMT: What Is DMT Like?

By Austin Dixon | Updated January 3, 2022 | DMT
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What is DMT like?

In this video playlist titled “Terence McKenna On DMT,” also know as the “voice” of mushrooms, details his experience on the use of DMT.

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Terence McKenna On DMT

Who Is Terence McKenna?

Terence McKenna was a man who knew all too well the healing power of plants.

He dedicated his life to studying them, and he practiced what he preached by using psychedelics himself in order for others can experience this firsthand as well.

This led him into becoming one those alternative thinkers that people often ignore or malign because they don’t understand where their inspiration comes from.

In a world filled with chaos, Terence McKenna was an anchor.

He spoke and wrote about the many subjects that made up his eclectic mind, including psychedelic drugs, microdosing, plant-based entheogens, shamanism, metaphysics, alchemy, language, philosophy, culture, technology, environmentalism, and the theoretical origins of human consciousness.

Terence McKenna Quotes

“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.”
“Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”
“The cost of sanity in this society, is a certain level of alienation”
“You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 Click To Tweet
“If you don't have a plan, you become part of somebody else's plan.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored.”
“The problem is not to find the answer, it's to face the answer”
“The problem is not to find the answer, it's to face the answer” – Terence McKenna Click To Tweet
“Nobody is smarter than you are. And what if they are? What good is their understanding doing you?”
“Life lived in the absence of the psychedelic experience that primordial shamanism is based on is life trivialized, life denied, life enslaved to the ego.”
“There is a transcendental dimension beyond language... It's just hard as hell to talk about!”
“The imagination is the goal of history. I see culture as an effort to literally realize our collective dreams.”
“Right here and now, one quanta away, there is raging a universe of active intelligence that is transhuman, hyperdimensional, and extremely alien... What is driving religious feeling today is a wish for contact with this other universe.”
“The shaman is not merely a sick man, or a madman; he is a sick man who has healed himself.”
Alcohol is used by millions of people, both men and women, and I will make no friends by taking the position that alcohol culture is not politically correct. Yet how can we explain the legal toleration for alcohol, the most destructive of all intoxicants, and the almost frenzied efforts to repress nearly all other drugs? Could it not be that we are willing to pay the terrible toll that alcohol extracts because it is allowing us to continue the repressive dominator style that keeps us all infantile and irresponsible participants in a dominator world characterized by the marketing of ungratified sexual fantasy?”
“Even as the nineteenth century had to come to grips with the notion of human descent from apes, we must now come to terms with the fact that those apes were stoned apes.”
“Even as the nineteenth century had to come to grips with the notion of human descent from apes, we must now come to terms with the fact that those apes were stoned apes.” – Terence McKenna Click To Tweet
“We tend to disempower ourselves. We tend to believe that we don’t matter. And in the act of taking that idea to ourselves we give everything away to somebody else, to something else.”
“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.”
“You don't want to become so open minded that the wind whistles between your ears.”
“No one knows enough to worry.”
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About the Author

Austin Dixon is a recently converted psychonaut with a newfound interest in psychedelics and their affects on mental health. After thinking psychedelics were "weird hippie drugs" for 28 years, his mission is to now help educate others who are new to psychedelics.

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