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Terrence Mckenna Artwork Quotes

Terence McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was an American philosopher, ethnobotanist, lecturer, writer and author who spent much of his life speaking and writing about a variety of subjects. He was very passionate about shamanism, psychedelic drugs, plant-based entheogens, metaphysics, language, environmentalism, culture, technology, and the nature of human consciousness as a whole. You can learn a lot from spending some time reading through some of his words or giving a listen to some of the many discussions available online.  As an introduction to the great mind of Terrence here are a handful of some amazing quotes to get you thinking! 1. “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.”   2. “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.”   3. “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." art by Alex Grey   4. “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.”   5. “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 behavior and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”   6. “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.”   7. “The shaman is not merely a sick man, or a madman; he is a sick man who has healed himself.”   8. “If you don’t have a plan, you become part of somebody else’s plan.”   9. “Nature is not our...

Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindsight

The world that we live in is actually pretty simple, but we as humans can create our own chaotic environment. More often than not we cause our own suffering. The Buddha once said, "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional." and I believe this sentiment to be very true. Now I do not categorize myself to any one religion or philosophy, however I do absorb different teachings from each culture and integrate it to my everyday life. I believe at the root of it all, before we can create ourself to who we want to be, we must know who we are at the present moment. There is no use putting shingles on mud and calling it a house. We must build a foundation in which we can then begin to add a frame, then eventually a roof. Even before all of this we must have a blue print. Even before this we must know what kind of land we are working with. My point is that we must understand the basics, before we build ourselves, so we know what we are working with. Having knowledge of mindfulness and mindsight is our ability to check out our "minds landscape."   According to Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn author of Mindfulness For Beginners, "Mindfulness is awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a sustained and particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. It is one of many forms of meditation, if you think of meditation as any way in which we engage in (1) systematically regulating our attention and energy (2) thereby influencing and possibly transforming the quality of our experience (3) in the service of realizing the full range of our humanity and of (4) our relationships to theirs in the world."By creating this sense of allowing oneself to simply be, we can then observe our own self without judgement. By having compassion, acceptance and forgiveness towards oneself, we can then move on and address the bigger picture: what is the meaning of our life.Dr. Dan Siegel coined the term "mindsight", and is the author the book Mindsight. "Mindsight is a kind of focused attention that allows us to see the internal workings of our own mind. It helps us to be aware of our mental props...