My Top 3 Intellectual Influences

Through reading books and watching various documentaries my findings thus far have lead me to three individuals I consider as intellectual influences. They include Terrance McKenna, Ram Dass and Timothy Leary.

McKenna, was a lecturer and author who spoke on a variety of topics ranging from plants, language, alchemy psychedelics and shamanism to name a few. I confess I have not read any of his books yet but look forward to reading some which include “Food of The Gods” “The Archaic Revival” and “The Evolutionary Mind.” I have often worked or spent time in nature listening to the words of McKenna’s lectures.

Ram Dass, also known as Dr. Richard Alpert is an author and spiritual teacher. Set for a prestigious career as a Harvard Professor, Dr. Alpert left it all behind and went to India where he was given the name “Ram Dass.” His journey to enlightenment led him to write the infamous book “Be Here Now” which to this day, is one of my favorite.

I’ll never forget the day I stumbled across Dr. Timothy Leary. My first thought was “How have I never heard of this guy?!” Dr. Leary was a psychologist and writer who was also a Harvard Professor alongside Dr. Alpert before being forced to leave for their involvement in the psychedelic movement. With his famous saying “Turn on, Tune in and Drop out” and “think for yourself and question authority” Tim lectured all across the country and was once named “the most dangerous man in America” by president Nixon.

I encourage all of you if you have never read any of these men’s work to take a look. They encourage outside the box thinking and stood up for what they believed in even when “society” deemed them not fit. All three are pioneers in their own right and I feel blessed to have been introduced to their teachings.

Who are some of your intellectual influences?

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