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There is a sort of fair play. You've been told from the cradle that the deck is stacked against you —fall of man, original sin, and so on and so on— its bullshit. Its absolute bullshit.

There is a sort of fair play, and if you can get in touch with that in your life, if you can have that perception, the world will begin to work for you, it will begin to move toward you... Nature loves courage, and it shows you that loves courage because it will remove obstacles.

You make the commitment, and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream, and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick! This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood, this is the shamanic dance in the waterfall, this is how magic is done: it's done by hurling yourself into the abyss, and discovering that it's a feather bed. There's no other way to do it.

—Terence McKenna   

distilled from the public talk     
"Unfolding the Stone"    
June 01, 1991: Los Angeles     

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