While the world is practicing social isolation, it’s important to slow down and use this as an opportunity to go inward considering outside isn’t an option. Whether or not you choose to integrate plant medicine into your mental health regiment, you might find these quotes are a guiding light in strange times to help remind us of our shared humanity and higher purpose.
Simone de Beauvoir
…was a French feminist, philosopher, and novelist.
“Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it.”
“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation, compassion.”
…was an American philosopher, ethnobotanist, and psychonaut, and one of the most influential speakers on the potential of psychedelics to expand consciousness and empathy.
“You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.”
“The word ‘self’ is as great a mystery as the word ‘other’. It’s just a polarity between two mysteries.”
“If you’re a person of decent intent and moderate intelligence, and you read the great minds of your culture and study their thought, it’s insufficient, because everyone is bound within an illusion of language. The entire enterprise of culture is this illusion of language. Homer was as sick with it as Heidegger. So there’s no going back—no classic recension. What we have to do is reach past to some kind of experience. [Our understanding] must be anchored in an experience.”
“There’s light at the end of the tunnel. The problem is that the tunnel is in the back of your mind. And if you don’t go to the back side of your mind you will never see the light at the end of the tunnel. And once you see it, then the task becomes to empower it in yourself and other people. Spread it as a reality. God did not retire to the seventh heaven, God is some kind of lost continent IN the human mind.”
Stanislav “Stan” Grof
…is a Czech psychiatrist, one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology and a researcher into the use of non-ordinary states of consciousness for purposes of exploring, healing, and obtaining growth and insights into the human psyche.
“Subjects see new dimensions in the universe, have strong feelings of being an integral part of creation, and tend to regard ordinary things in everyday life—such as meals, walks in nature, playing with children, or sexual intercourse—as sacred.”
…was one of the most iconic and prophetic thinkers of the 21st century.
“Then, suddenly, my consciousness was lighted up from within and I saw in a vivid way how the whole universe was made up of particles of material which, no matter how dull and lifeless they might seem, were nevertheless filled with this intense and vital beauty.”
“To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with survival or to a human being obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large — this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone and especially to the intellectual.”
…was a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology whose work was influential in the fields of psychiatry, anthropology, archaeology, literature, philosophy, and religious studies.
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”
“We should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.”
“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”
“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.”
…is a multi-disciplinary artist, environmentalist, and cultural activist best known for advocacy in the areas of psychoactive and psychedelic plants and fungi.
“What if, through responsible exploration with psychedelics, we free our minds? Free-thinkers are more difficult to manipulate and control, which begs the question: Why are psychedelics illegal?.”
…performed the first new human studies with psychedelic drugs in the US in over 20 years.
“Psychedelics show you what’s in and on your mind, those subconscious thoughts and feelings that are hidden, covered up, forgotten, out of sight, maybe even completely unexpected, but nevertheless imminently present. Depending upon set and setting, the same drug, at the same dose, can cause vastly different responses in the same person. One day, very little happens; another day, you soar, full of ecstatic and insightful discoveries; the next, you struggle through a terrifying nightmare. The generic nature of psychedelic, a term wide open to interpretation, suits these effects.”