Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge, Terrence McKenna

"The shaman is more than merely a sick man, or a madman; he is a sick man who has healed himself, who is cured, and who must shamanize in order to remain cured."

"Drumming, manipulation of breath, ordeals, fasting, theatrical illusions, sexual abstinence - all are time-honored methods for entering into trance necessary for shamanic work."

"A shaman is one who has attained a vision of the beginnings and the endings of all things and who can communicate that vision."

"Consciousness has been called awareness of awareness and is characterized by novel associations and connections among the various data of experience."

"We need to think back to that last sane moment that we, as a species, ever knew and then act form the premises that were in place at that moment." (Regress vs Progress vs Regress to Progress ~ Henry Miller)

"Ritual, isolation and sensory deprivation are the techniques used by the Archaic shaman seeking to journey in the world of the spirits and ancestors."

"Television, while chemically non-invasive, nevertheless is every bit as addicting and physiologically damaging as any other drug:

Not unlike drugs or alcohol, the television experience allows the participant to blot out the real world and enter into a pleasurable and passive mental state."

"The content of television is not a vision but a manufactured data stream that can be sanitized to "protect" or impose cultural values."

"The flight of the alone to the Alone." - Plotinus

"Many people yearn to be introduced to the facts concerning their true identity. Not to know one's true identity is to be a mad, disensouled thing - a golem. And, indeed this image, sickeningly Orwellian, applies to the mass of human beings now living in the high-tech industrial democracies. Their authenticity lies in their ability to obey and follow mass style changes that are conveyed through the media. Immersed in junk food, trash media, and cryptofascist politics, they are condemned to toxic lives of low awareness. Sedated by the prescripted daily television fix, they are a living dead, lost to all but the act of consuming."

"Most people are addicted to some substance and, more importantly, all people are addicted to patterns of behavior."