"Hark ye yet again- the little lower layer. All visible objects, man, are but as pasteboard masks. But in each event- in the living act, the undoubted deed- there, some unknown but still reasoning thing puts forth the mouldings of its features from behind the unreasoning mask. If man will strike, strike through the mask! How can the prisoner reach outside except by thrusting through the wall? To me, the white whale is that wall, shoved near to me. Sometimes I think there's naught beyond. But 'tis enough. He tasks me; he heaps me; I see in him outrageous strength, with an inscrutable malice sinewing it. That inscrutable thing is chiefly what I hate; and be the white whale agent, or be the white whale principal, I will wreak that hate upon him. Talk not to me of blasphemy, man; I'd strike the sun if it insulted me. For could the sun do that, then could I do the other; since there is ever a sort of fair play..."
All videos in this playlist are uploaded here with the kind permission of Eden123 of The Pyromania Arts Foundation. If you want more Mckenna, Tim Leary, Albert Hofmann, Genesis P-Orridge, Rupert Sheldrake, definitely go subscribe and have a look through the video catalog. There are treasures there spanning 25 years of The Pyromania Arts Foundation, pointing their camera and providing a window onto the German psychedelic community.
These tapes recorded by Paul Herbert will be uploaded here in chronological order as they are aired on The Psychedelic Salon Podcast. The recordings have been digitized from Paul's original cassettes by Lorenzo Hagerty, some are already featured on this channel and may differ in length and quality, these being professional recordings.
Where possible images of the original cassette will be featured with these uploads and all videos will be this playlist, The Paul Herbert Collection.
These talks have been made available and were originally aired by Lorenzo Hagerty on The Psychedelic Salon Podcast:
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.
Raving In The Light Of The Third Millennium
Language About The Unspeakable
Maui, Hawaii, February 1994
Firstly, many thanks to Kevin Esbensen for making this upload possible. Kevin had a VHS copy from the original event (Recorded by AXIOM, I can't find them on the net and these recordings seem to be no longer available, I will gladly remove them upon request) which he then converted to DVD and kindly sent copies to me at his own expense to be shared with the community here. I'm very grateful to be able to present this for you on Kevin's behalf.
This talk has only appeared in audio format as far as I know on The Psychedelic Salon as, "In Praise Of Psychedelics" and here as, "Speaking The Unspeakable". As a host of a channel that archives McKenna material it's a great pleasure to be able to bring you something new (to the web) that may have been lost to time if not for the foresight and generosity of Mr. Esbensen, thank you Kevin.
Divine Nation (Salvia Divinorum)
" I always thought death would come on the freeway in a few horrifying moments, so you'd have no time to sort it out. Having months and months to look at it and think about it and talk to people and hear what they have to say, it's a kind of blessing. It's certainly an opportunity to grow up and get a grip and sort it all out. Just being told by an unsmiling guy in a white coat that you're going to be dead in four months definitely turns on the lights. ... It makes life rich and poignant. When it first happened, and I got these diagnoses, I could see the light of eternity, a la William Blake, shining through every leaf. I mean, a bug walking across the ground moved me to tears. "
~ Terence McKenna