“We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to 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.”—Terence McKenna (via dirtcrumbgoddess)
“One popular human strategy for dealing with difficulty is autosuggestion: when something nasty pops up, you convince yourself it is not there, or you convince yourself it is pleasant rather than unpleasant. The Buddha’s tactic is quite the reverse. Rather than hide it or disguise it, the Buddha’s teaching urges you to examine it to death. Buddhism advises you not to implant feelings that you don’t really have or avoid feelings that you do have. If you are miserable you are miserable; that is the reality, that is what is happening, so confront that. Look it square in the eye without flinching. When you are having a bad time, examine that experience, observe it mindfully, study the phenomenon and learn its mechanics. The way out of a trap is to study the trap itself, learn how it is built. You do this by taking the thing apart piece by piece. The trap can’t trap you if it has been taken to pieces. The result is freedom.”—Henepola Gunaratana, Mindfulness in Plain English (via lucifelle)
“Some guy came up to me with a pill and asked me if I wanted to take it, I asked him what it was and he told me it was ecstasy. I said “well I’ve never done that, what does it do?” and he said “it makes you love everybody.” and I said “well no, I definitely don’t want that.”—Marilyn Manson (via antichristsuperstar)
“री अत लसत
Free at last.
री फ़्रोम् योउर पस्त
Free from your past.
री फ़्रोम् थे थिङ्ग्स तहत ओन्चे तिएद यौ दोव्न
Free from the things that once tied you down.
बुत मोस्त ओफ़् अल्ल् फ़्री फ़्रोम् योउर ओरिगिन्स
But most of all free from your origins.”—(via psychedelicism)
“I’m not sentimental—I’m as romantic as you are. The idea, you know, is that the sentimental person thinks things will last—the romantic person has a desperate confidence that they won’t.”—F. Scott Fitzgerald; This Side of Paradise (via 15natives)