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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...

Probably the Best Cover of Comfortably Numb You Will Ever Hear!

I stumbled across this today and had to share!  Not only is is an amazing cover, but it's on a harp guitar!   Well done sir!  If you have a cover, or want share your thoughts with us on this one, please share in the comments! 

The Human Connection

The Human Connection

The Human Connection is indefeasible, and only can be suppressed as well as brought up. We have all felt what it is like to have a connection with other human beings. Why does this connection make us feel so in sync with the other person and the world? It is one of the most important needs for humans. It fits into each one of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Pyramid, besides the physiological needs. However, that's not to say that physiological needs can't play a part in human connection. Have you ever felt full after a deep conversation or have trouble connecting with people when hungry? I will explain how the human connection fits into Maslow’s Pyramid. The energy and spark of connecting can create a feeling of fullness. It also gives us a feeling of safety. When we connect with someone, we feel more comfortable with that person, allowing us to feel safer with them. The homey feeling when we recognize one another as if we are in the same family or tribe, being able to relate to one another, and to be on the same page. There is a deeper understanding of what it means to be a human being. Martin Luther King said it best, “We are all brothers and sisters.” When connecting on a higher level over the foundation that is the physiological realm, we step closer to the top of the pyramid. Creating that connection to feel safe, leads to a sense of belonging and being loved. This is the next level, but is not attainable without feeling safe. Feeling safe leads to friendship, family and sexual intimacy according to the Pyramid. We all have that inner desire to be loved and have a sense of belonging. Since the beginning of mankind we’ve been working in groups and creating systems, creating a working family. Everyone is dependent on one another to keep the group alive. It is a part of human nature to want to work together. In order to be dependent on others, one must have independence. To give and receive human connection one must be able to hold their own with esteem. One must be confident in what they do and have felt accomplished. If there isn’t a sense...