Falling Down the TM Rabbit Hole, How TM Really Works, a Critical Opinion Why Terence McKenna Matters If anyone ever wanted to get to know me (i.e., what makes Daniel tick) the first thing I would have to tell them is, "Read Terence McKenna." In online forums and real life scenarios alike, I quote McKenna like Jules Winnfield quotes Ezekiel in Pulp Fiction. Passionate. With conviction. My armor and weapon when I'm ready to blast the meandering monotony of day-to-day living. However, most people ask, who is this guy? A few weeks ago my friend Michelle suggested I write a "Terence for Dummies" piece. The Background Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 -- April 3, 2000) was born under the auspices of a conventional upbringing. Settling on the outskirts of the Mission at La Chorrera, it was the events that transpired during this crusade that became the catalyst of McKenna's ideas. The Experiment It was here that Terence and his party became acquainted with Stropharia cubensis fungi (now known as Psilocybe cubensis). In essence, you can change reality while tripping on shrooms. The Revival
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Terence McKenna rotten > Library > Biographies > Mad Science > Terence McKenna Terence McKenna was the Magellan of psychedelic head space, and humanity's first ambassador to the hyperdimensional machine elves of the Eschaton. McKenna was a true child of the '60s, graduating from UC Berkeley with one of those majors you could only get in Berkeley in the '60s — Ecology, Resource Conservation and Shamanism. When he got out of school, he set off for the Amazon, where he "studied" the native hallucinogenic drugs used in various South American shamanic traditions. While pursuing these scientific studies, McKenna experienced some interesting effects on his consciousness, not surprisingly. His work has influenced a generation of writers and philosophers, and his writings have been as influential as that of better-known contemporaries like Timothy Leary and Abbie Hoffman. McKenna had a brilliant mind that moved so fast it was hard to tell whether he was reaching escape velocity or just running in circles.
Meditate From Wired How-To Wiki Photo by Renee Barron/Flickr/CC Meditation isn't just something for yogis or crystal-collecting New Age fanatics. It's also for overworked, gadget-loving geeks who need a little bit of downtime in their busy schedules. Meditation is a scientifically demonstrated method of lowering stress levels and helping your body and mind relax. This article is part of a wiki anyone can edit. Getting started There are many different kinds of meditation, but nearly all of them share a common goal -- focusing and quieting your mind. Although it may seem like you're just sitting there doing nothing, it turns out that sitting and doing nothing is actually very difficult -- especially when you first get started. Tips for beginners Start small. Find a comfortable chair that you can sit up straight in with your feet flat on the floor. There's no "best time" to meditate, though being very hungry or very full can be distracting, so avoid both of those times. The wandering mind Apps Conclusion
Terence McKenna Vault Terence McKenna was a psychedelic author, explorer, and showman. He was born in 1946 and grew up in Paonia, Colorado. In high school he moved to Los Altos, California, and from there attended U.C. Berkeley for two years before setting off to see the world. He travelled widely in Europe, Asia, and South America during his college years. In 1975, Terence graduated from Berkeley with a degree in ecology, resource conservation, and shamanism. In 1985, Terence co-founded the non-profit Botanical Dimensions, with Kathleen Harrison-McKenna, to collect and propagate medicinal and shamanic plants from around the world. He spent the last few years of his life living in Hawaii, and died of brain cancer at the age of 53.
Be Still. | zen habits By Leo Babauta Be still. Just for a moment. Listen to the world around you. Be at peace with being still. In this modern world, activity and movement are the default modes, if not with our bodies then at least with our minds, with our attention. We are always on, always connected, always thinking, always talking. This comes at a cost: we lose that time for contemplation, for observing and listening. And worse yet: all the rushing around is often counterproductive. And when we are forced to be still — because we’re in line for something, or waiting at a doctor’s appointment, or on a bus or train — we often get antsy, and need to find something to do. Take a moment to think about how you spend your days — at work, after work, getting ready for work, evenings and weekends. Is this how you want to spend your life? If so, peace be with you. Then after a minute or two of doing that, contemplate your life, and how you’d like it to be. Then be that vision. Savor the stillness.
Timothy Leary Vault Timothy Francis Leary was born is Springfield, Massachusetts in 1920. He attended West Point in the early '40s (where he didn't exactly fit in) and then served in the military during WWII. He earned his PhD in psychology from U.C. In 1962 Leary was introduced to LSD for the first time by Michael Hollingshead. In 1965, while crossing into the U.S. from Mexico, Leary's daughter was caught with marijuana. In 1970, Leary was convicted once again of marijuana possession and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Leary became interested in virtual reality and cyberculture and spent the last twenty years of his life writing and lecturing.
The 7 States of Consciousness - Psycanics: A Science of Being and Life Consciousness is not a fixed energy or quantity. Consciousness varies greatly from person to person, some people being much more aware, alert, wise, causal, loving, and happy (the Essence Energies) in life than others. Consciousness of Self (and therefore, consciousness of Essence) also varies in the same person in the normal daily cycle of sleeping and waking. They also vary according to how much vital energy we have used and wasted in thinking and emoting and resisting life. Spirituality is all about the accumulation, conservation, and wise use of energy. Note: There are 10 easily identified stages of human consciousness on the journey from Materiality to Spiritual Illumination. Your Consciousness is your ability or your amount of awareness of both Self and Other (anything in the psycanic or physical universes). The Seven States are: Dreamless Sleep Dreaming Sleep Walking Sleep Awake, Enlightenment Samadhi Illumination, Unity Cosmic Consciousness Brief explanation of each State
Timothy Leary rotten > Library > Biographies > Mad Science > Timothy Leary Timothy Leary (October 22, 1920 - May 31, 1996) "Six words: drop out, turn on, then come back and tune it in... and then drop out again, and turn on, and tune it back in... it's a rhythm... most of us think God made this universe in nature-subject object-predicate sentences... turn on, tune in, drop out... period, end of paragraph. Turn the page... it's all a rhythm... it's all a beat. You turn on, you find it inside, and then you have to come back (since you can't stay high all the time) and you have to build a better model. But don't get caught - don't get hooked - don't get attracted by the thing you're building, cause... you gotta drop out again. Okay, so it's a little over six words, but it's the debut pop-culture rap delivered by counterculture guru Dr. The government was indeed alarmed by how quickly teenagers flocked to Leary in the sixties and seventies. Leary promptly escaped. Dr. See also: Drugs.