“Turn on, tune in, drop out”

During out stay in Thailand, one of our favorite meditation teachers used to tell us: “Turn on, tune in, drop out!”. Timothy Leary used this expression in the 1960’s during the hippie movement.

“Turn on” meant go within to activate your neural and genetic equipment. Become sensitive to the many and various levels of consciousness and the specific triggers that engage them. “Tune in” meant interact harmoniously with the world around you – externalize, materialize, express your new internal perspectives. “Drop out” suggested an active, selective, graceful process of detachment from involuntary or unconscious commitments. “Drop Out” meant self-reliance, a discovery of one’s singularity, a commitment to mobility, choice, and change.

Source: Timothy Leary, 1983 autobiography Flashbacks.