Terence McKenna on the Ego

Here's a very interesting video of a talk, by Terence McKenna, on the subject of the Ego. Terence McKenna is most well-known for his exploration of psychedelics, but this talk is more philosophical and environmental in nature. I haven't personally been investigating psychedelics, I've been focussing more on lucid dreaming and remote viewing, but I agreed entirely with what Terence says in this talk.

In many ways, it doesn't matter if a person is taking hallucinogens, or not. Our body, in particular our pineal gland, is perfectly capable of manufacturing a whole host of tryptamines. It produces serotonin and melatonin regularly, to enable us to be awake and to sleep and dream.There's no doubt it can produce DMT (di-methyl-tryptamine) and other potent hallucinogens if it feels in the mood. Meditation, yoga, focussed mental effort and other practices can stimulate our pineal gland to produce these exotic tryptamines without any need to ingest anything. Nevertheless, Terence's experiences seem to have given him a deep understanding of identity, ego, spirituality and the nature of reality. Definitely recommended.