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.
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 cost of sanity in this society, is a certain level of alienation
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.
Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet.
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.
If you don't have a plan, you become part of somebody else's plan.
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.
Only psychos and shamans create their own reality
My technique is don’t believe anything. If you believe in something, you are automatically precluded from believing its opposite.
Nobody is smarter than you are. And what if they are? What good is their understanding doing you?
Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored.
Half the time you think your thinking you’re actually listening
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.
The problem is not to find the answer, it's to face the answer
I’ll try to be around and about. But if I’m not, then you know that I’m behind your eyelids, and I’ll meet you there
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.
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.
The shaman is not merely a sick man, or a madman; he is a sick man who has healed himself.
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.
My voice speaking is a monkey's mouth making little mouth noises that are carrying agree-upon meaning, and it is meaning that matters. Without the meaning one has only little mouth noises
You see, a secret is not something untold. It’s something which can’t be told.
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.
The bigger you build the bonfire, the more darkness is revealed.
Time will perfect matter.
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.
No one knows enough to worry.
Ideology always paves the way toward atrocity.
A hallucination is a species of reality, as capable of teaching you as a videotape about Kilimanjaro or anything else that falls through your life.
It is not easy to measure the ocean, but we can be measured by it, confront it, and be in it.
Reality is, you know, the tip of an iceberg of irrationality that we've managed to drag ourselves up onto for a few panting moments before we slip back into the sea of the unreal.
Human history is a Gaian dream.
What civilization is, is 6 billion people trying to make themselves happy by standing on each other's shoulders and kicking each other's teeth in. It's not a pleasant situation.
You don't want to become so open minded that the wind whistles between your ears.
It’s pretty simple, the ethical life. It’s just demanding.
A hallucination is to be in the presence of that which previously could not be imagined, and if it previously could not be imagined then there is no grounds for believing that you generated it out of yourself.
We live in condensations of our imagination
There's only the integrity of doing and having done.
There is no question that a society that sets out to control its citizens' use of drugs sets out on the slippery path to totalitarianism.
We are the inheritors of a million years of striving for the unspeakable.
Human beings are co-partners with deity in the project of being. This is the basis of all magic.
The race isn't to the swift, it's to the thoughtful.
The spiritual atrophying of contemporary culture may be due in large measure to its loss of sensitivity to processes in the collective unconscious.
The monkey body has carried us to this moment of release, but we are coming more and more to exist in a world made by the human imagination.
Nature is not mute; it is man who is deaf.
Reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that's being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.
The real truth, that dare not speak itself, is that no one is in control. Absolutely no one.
There is no mundane dimension really, if you have the eyes to see it, it is all transcendental.
Authority will lead you into ruin.
You don’t go on bended-knee to petition the official culture for your rights. You have to take them.
Nowhere is it writ that anthropoid apes should understand reality.
If you cross an onion with a UFO, what you get is a flying saucer that brings tears to your eyes.