This isn’t necessarily easy to explain.
It’s a notion from the unquiet mind of Terence McKenna — a way by which we can drastically and dramatically redefine our perception of how time flows and, more importantly, how we perceive ourselves to exist in our universe through our frightfully limited comprehension of it.
To get a full grasp on this idea, one has to fundamentally reconsider everything they currently presume to know about how time works and how the universe itself is structured; while it’s tedious and quite possibly fruitless by comparison to other more digestible conceptualizations of time, it’s undeniably an exercise in philosophy that gets the mind wrapped around itself in knots — a workout of a thought experiment that is rare to come across from the mind of a man that had been (and seemingly remains) both under and overrated.
“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.”
Time is a construct that we’ve co-existed with since long before we could even begin to understand how the universe works. In countless forms, from celestial processions to sand grains in an hour glass, time is a law that we abide by without too much of an actual understanding.
Like McKenna believed, time is weaved into the fabric of life and matter in a much more intimate way than we can even begin to understand, a way that may be observable on a different level of comprehension from that which we’re used to.
McKenna’s quotes, presented below, are derived from a lecture he gave under a context of dark energy and the makings of the universe — it helps to acknowledge this, first and foremost, as we wade through the murky theory that he sought to elucidate.