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Author: Gary Z McGee

5 Ways to Launch Meta-mind: From Cognitive Kansas to Imaginative Oz

5 Ways to Launch Meta-mind: From Cognitive Kansas to Imaginative Oz

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” ~ Albert Einstein Writing a review for Terence McKenna’s book Archaic Revival, Tom Robbins wrote, “A cyclone of unorthodox ideas that will raise every any-mind out of its cognitive Kansas.” This concept struck a chord. How can individuals raise their own mind out of its cognitive Kansas? How can we inject the mundane with the ... »

Seven Signs You May Be Unfuckwithable

Seven Signs You May Be Unfuckwithable

“When you are truly genuine, there will invariably be people who do not accept you. And in that case, you must be your own badass self, without apology.” ~ Katie Goodman What does it mean to be unfuckwithable? It means being, becoming, and overcoming the pinnacle of yourself, in the moment, despite self-doubt or the doubt of others. It means full engagement with being, becoming, and overcoming the... »

Then Again, I Could Be Full of Shit: On The Inherent Hypocrisy of the Human Condition

Then Again, I Could Be Full of Shit: On The Inherent Hypocrisy of the Human Condition

“We understand nothing! If you understand this, you understand everything.” ~ Paul Mic The title of this piece (minus the subtitle) is the last sentence in a book I’m writing, entitled Self-inflicted Philosophy. Why is it the last sentence, you might ask? Because I’m aware that everything I wrote could somehow be false. More than likely a great percentage of what I wrote reeks of ill-logic, false ... »

How to Get Out of Your Own Way in Five Not-so-easy Steps

How to Get Out of Your Own Way in Five Not-so-easy Steps

“Surrender is the ultimate sign of strength and the foundation for a spiritual life. Surrendering affirms that we are no longer willing to live in pain. It expresses a deep desire to transcend our struggles and transform our negative emotions. It commands a life beyond our egos, beyond that part of ourselves that is continually reminding us that we are separate, different and alone. Surrendering a... »

7 Signs You May Be an Urban Shaman

7 Signs You May Be an Urban Shaman

“All of us, Westerners and indigenous peoples alike, are descended from tribal ancestors if we go back far enough… and they all had great shamans. This fact reveals that the shaman’s path is part of the cultural heritage of all people, everywhere. Interestingly, shamanism is not a religion. It’s a method. And when this method is practiced with humility, reverence and self-discipline, the sha... »

shatter your beliefs

Ten Quotes That Will Shatter Your Beliefs

“Quotations are like wayside robbers who leap out, brandishing weapons, and relieve the idler of his certainty.” ~ Walter Benjamin Ah quotations, those little packets of redemption, those tiny bundles of emancipation. They take our tiny bowls of fixed thinking and stir them up into giant bowls of flexible thinking. They eclipse both certitude and uncertainty, intermittently. They intellectually cr... »

A Wolf Howl, a Photon, and a Dribble of Dark Molasses: A Humorous Inquiry into Soulcraft

A Wolf Howl, a Photon, and a Dribble of Dark Molasses: A Humorous Inquiry into Soulcraft

“If you need to visualize the soul, think of it as a cross between a wolf howl, a photon, and a dribble of dark molasses. But what it really is, as near as I can tell, is a packet of information. It’s a program, a piece of hyper-spatial software designed explicitly to interface with the Mystery. Not a mystery, mind you, the Mystery. The one that can never be solved.” ~ Tom Robbins If, as Bil... »

Five Ways to Become a Nexus of Creativity

Five Ways to Become a Nexus of Creativity

“This human capacity to become a nexus of the inner and outer, of non-being and being, of what is written and what is not yet written, is key to aligning the worlds and keeping life in balance. Life was meant to function not as just the outer plane of reality, but as a multidimensional, interrelating reality. And there need to be those who know this secret.” ~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee Those who learn... »

Jovial Chaos: Humorous Heroism and the Power of Crazy Wisdom

Jovial Chaos: Humorous Heroism and the Power of Crazy Wisdom

“Real compassion kicks butt and takes names and is not pleasant on certain days. If you are not ready for this FIRE, then find a new-age, sweetness and light, perpetually smiling teacher and learn to relabel your ego with spiritual sounding terms. But, stay away from those who practice REAL COMPASSION, because they will fry your ass, my friend.” ~ Ken Wilber Forget “I think, therefore I am.”... »

Five Ways to Exemplify Fictional Heroes

Five Ways to Exemplify Fictional Heroes

“The real struggle of the heroic individual is not solely to liberate himself from conflict with society, but rather to use the conflict within himself as a source for self-regeneration.” ~ Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen The original title of this piece was a mouthful: Becoming an Icon of Iconoclasm: Cinematic Invocation and the Power of a Proactive Imagination. Or, in other words: embodying the chara... »