October, 1990. Terence McKenna live in Southern California. A fresh talk emphasizing the challenge of artistic creation. If we take seriously the shamanic model as a basis for our authentic art, then in the modern context what we see missing from the repertoire of the artist are shamanic techniques. Terence was brought here for the discussion of these shamanic techniques. The break between abstract expressionism and what preceeded it was the most radical break in American art in this century. Abstract expressionism actually carried us into a confrontation with what the quantum physicists were telling us, that the universe is field upon field of integrated vibration, that there is no top level, there is no bottom level, that the ordinary strucrures of provisional space-time are simply that; if we can rise out of the human dimension then we discover these larger, more integrated dimensions where mind and nature actually somehow interpenetrate each other.
“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.” ― William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
The Doors of Perception The Doors of Perception is a 1954 book by Aldous Huxley detailing his experiences when taking mescaline. The book takes the form of Huxley's recollection of a mescaline trip that took place over the course of an afternoon, and takes its title from a phrase in William Blake's poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.