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Terence McKenna – Articulating the Human Condition (Lecture)

I found this lecture by Terence fascinating, from May 1990, Santa Fe, New Mexico:

“We are going to find out the nature of human nature … The real question is, is man good?”
“Its an absolute horse race ….neck and neck……between education and disaster. We ‘re either going to burst out into a millennium of freedom and caring and decency or we’re going to toxify the whole thing, turn it into an ash heap. The responsibility falls mostly on us. The lethal momentum of these institutions is terrifying. Our position is like that of people who are attempting to turn a battle ship 180o with an oar.”

Watercolour by Fabrizio Cassetta

“The world is whatever you say it is if you say it right…..We serve the idea that matter is ultimately at the command of mind, but we need to move that forward as a demonstrable principle…..”

“The concern is to get the word out, to get people to confirm these realities for themselves.”

“We are mental creatures…..we have never taken the imagination seriously…..we have always thought that things should go along like a random walk….we have the design process of the whole planet on our desk and we are being asked to step into the stewardship of the entire planetary environment…..we have to have the vision, the dream, and it can’t come from the personality of human beings, but has to come out of the bones of the planet.”

“We’re aren’t going to understand that this weekend, next week or ever, this is not a relationship of solving a problem, its a relationship of being an initiate to a mystery and then living your life in the light of that. The task of understanding is endless…..nature is pattern upon pattern, level upon level….everything is infinite and everything is animate and everything is filled with a kind of deep concern for humanity……We seem to be cut off from the rest of this.”

“I’m just banking on curiosity doing a lot of the footwork for the revolution, this is too good to miss (psychedelics)…..now that Marxism has collapsed, if we don’t substitute something for consumer values we’re just going to rape the earth in an effort to create crap for everybody.  The only alternative to materialism is spiritualism…..I mean there has to be as much inner richness as there previously was outer richness.”

“Reject everything except gold, it’s hard to take psychedelics, it’s not hard to sweep up around the ashram……’You went to Harvard, we went to ayahuasca’.”

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A Hopi Elders Message

A beautiful message from Floyd ‘Red Crow’ Westerman.

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Dr Fred Alan Wolf talks Quantum Physics on Thinking Allowed

Quantum Physics. What is it? I hear it mentioned in spiritual circles constantly. I know the famous atheist Richard Dawkins sees it as a new crutch for spiritual folk to turn to when cornered by the prickly rational sorts. A get out clause, a new age myth loosely based on science. It gives credibility to any spiritual argument because it is technically scientific, but really based on nothing and completely unexplainable. In this, I find its vital element. The quest to explain the unexplainable will surely fascinate humans at a higher state of consciousness until the end of our days. The shamans are there, but in our concrete boxes, we can only seek crumbs of understanding from people like Fred Alan Wolf, a man I could watch talking all day long.

Here is Dr Wolf on a strange talk show, but he lights it up as he talks of a fascination in magic and a ‘spiritual universe’.

The meeting of the spiritual world with the scientific is a fascinating connection being made in these times. The rational mind meets a concept of infinite potential. I first saw Dr Wolf on a documentary about the Dalai Lama, where he was briefing the Dalai Lama on the advancements in Quantum Physics. A field I know that Tibetan Buddhism is very interested in and sees many parallels with its own teaching.

Dr Wolf talks with Mr Mishlove about philosophy and the spiritual worlds relation to modern science.  What is the soul?

Thinking Allowed (http://www.thinkingallowed.com/)

Is an in-depth independent TV show, that interviews some of the world’s top intellectuals.  For me, it is becoming the education I would have liked to received at school or university, if I’d have had any idea what was going on back then.  Someone should have told me this!  I am now getting this education via youtube.  An enlightening show.

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Kumbh Mela 2010 Haridwar – Video Clips

I’m writing alot about the Kumbh Mela at the moment.  After settling down for a while, those wild, mystical times seem to be flowing through my me again.  I imagine my soul is craving a level of chaos and vibrant energy that the grey island will never offer.

I love anything that challenges western sensibilities.  Wakes us to something else.  Another way of existing.  The Kumbh is ancient, holy and still wild.  I can’t remember so much, more a blur of images.  It was a short time, but deeply effecting.

So I thought I’d look on youtube and see what was out there.  I was pleasantly surprised.  These clips certainly jogged my memory.  I hope you like them.

A few of my favourite clips of the Kumbh Mela 2010 on Youtube:

A long video of the festival with the babas in all their glory –

Another good video of a day at the Kumbh –

A day with a Sadhu at the Kumbh –

A short Italian film with nice images –

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Terence Mckenna – Reclaim Your Mind, Life is an Opportunity

It’s clearly a crisis of two things: of consciousness and conditioning. These are the two things that the psychedelics attack. We have the technological power, the engineering skills to save our planet, to cure disease, to feed the hungry, to end war; But we lack the intellectual vision, the ability to change our minds. We must decondition ourselves from 10,000 years of bad behavior. And, it’s not easy.
—Terence McKenna, “This World…and Its Double”,

We are not fallen beings………….you matter….

“Our institutions, our epistemologies are bankrupt and exhausted; we must start anew and hope that with the help of shamanically inspired personalities, we can cultivate this ancient mystery once again. The Logos can be unleashed, and the voice that spoke to Plato and Parmenides and Heraclitus can speak again in the minds of modern people. When it does, the alienation will be ended because we will have become the alien. This is the promise that is held out; it may seem to some a nightmare vision, but all historical changes of immense magnitude have a charged emotional quality. They propel people into a completely new world.” T.M.

This video is quite poor quality, but you get the message.

Again, try to ignore the music and video and focus on Terence.

Re-empower the imagination……Let’s cure our DIS – EASE X

More Terence here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terence_McKenna

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