Graham Hancock: The War on Consciousness
What is the war on consciousness? According to journalist and activist, Graham Hancock, our government is systematically controlling our very consciousness.
While altered states of consciousness are not wholly banned, only some altered states are allowed. These legal altered states of consciousness do not interfere with the status-quo and generally do not make you question the foundations on which our society is built.
In this BANNED Ted Talk, Graham Hancock discusses the role of altered states of consciousness and how the government uses legislation to control our perception of reality. Much of the talk centers on the ancient healing medicine Ayahuasca and its role in consciousness.
Altered States of Consciousness
Our default state is our waking-state. For argument’s sake, let’s call this our “normal” state of consciousness – free from medications and substances of any kind. In general, we spend two-thirds or more of our life in this state.
From this perspective, sleeping and dreaming are considered “altered states” of consciousness, as they are a deviation from the normal state of consciousness.
Taking mind-altering substances are another form of altered states of consciousness. This includes caffeine (which stimulates your central nervous system), alcohol, medications like anti-depressants, and drugs.
Why are many Altered States Illegal?
Our government has no problem with altered states of consciousness – that is, when they serve a purpose or at least when they don’t interfere with the dominant culture’s world view.
We are encouraged to drink caffeine to stay awake, take anti-depressants to be happy, and drink alcohol to relax. Even wholly harmful substances like cigarettes are allowed, and many children are encouraged to take medication to control symptoms of ADD and ADHD.
So why is it, if altered states of consciousness are in fact acceptable, certain altered states are illegal?
This question is of particular importance when we consider the fact that many of these substances have been around for millennia, have been proven to be safe, and have both psychological and physical healing properties.
Psilocybin, Ayahuasca, San Pedro, and Cannabis all produce altered states of consciousness, and for the most part, are banned in the US and much of the Western World. Yet they all have been proven to be safe and are effective in treating a variety of conditions.
What is Ayahuasca?
In this Ted Talk, Graham Hancock talks about his experiences with Ayahuasca.
Ayahuasca is a visionary plant medicine native to the Amazon. Its active ingredient DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) is a naturally occurring hormone produced in small amounts by the pineal gland – also known as the third eye. DMT is produced during sleep and is responsible for the visions you see while dreaming.
Ayahuasca contains large amounts of DMT and when taken orally produces dream-like visions and induces spiritual experiences.
So what does Ayahuasca have to do with consciousness? Ayahuasca’s psychedelic properties induce altered states of consciousness and allow the journeyer to connect with spirit realms. Ayahuasca has been used for millennia, has been proven to be safe, and has numerous healing properties.
Graham Hancock and his Life-Changing Vision
Graham Hancock describes his own experiences with the sacred brew and recounts his life-changing encounter with Mother Ayahuasca. His visions show him his own death – and the hellish experience it will be if he does not stop certain self-destructive behaviors.
After this experience, Graham Hancock immediately changes the way he lives and is rewarded with greater creativity, focus, and clarity. This is not an isolated incident. Thousands of people can attest to the healing properties of Ayahuasca.
The War on Consciousness
Account after account reveals the healing and life-enhancing properties of Ayahuasca and other sacred plant medicines. So that begs the question: Why are visionary medicines like Ayahuasca and psilocybin demonized in our culture? Why are some altered states acceptable, but visionary states are not?
Graham Hancock offers a simple answer: it’s because altered states induced by alcohol, caffeine, and other socially acceptable substances do not challenge the status-quo. And visionary medicines do.
So what is the war on consciousness? It’s simply the fact that we, as adults living in this society, do not have sovereignty over our own consciousness.
We are only “allowed” to experience certain approved states of consciousness – states which keep us alert and focused. But it is illegal to experience states of consciousness which do not fit into this paradigm.
Ayahuasca, psilocybin, and other visionary plants are illegal, not because they are harmful, but because they challenge the current standard set by the powers that be.
The War on Dreams
This talk made me question the role of dreams in our society. We are not a “dreaming culture” and in general our society dismisses dreams as “random imagery produced during sleep.” I suspect this is partly because dreams come to us while we are in an altered state of consciousness – one that is not deemed “acceptable.”
Instead, dreams are often dismissed as “woo-woo” and not taken seriously, despite compelling evidence to the contrary.
This view completely dismisses the psychological and physical healing properties of dreams. Not to mention the fact that dreams can connect us with the future, help us navigate our lives better, and allow us to connect with loved ones through time and space.
If there is a war on consciousness, dreams are included in this war.
Why was this Ted Talk Banned?
The management at TED Talks can say whatever they like about this talk not being “scientific.” But if that was truly the case, Graham Hancock would not have been invited to speak in the first place.
I have a different theory about why this talk was banned. And it has to do with the fact that Graham Hancock blatantly challenges the established scientific community. He presents powerful and compelling information that invites you to question what you’ve been told. In doing so, he subverts the dominant paradigm and tips what many people consider to be sacred cows.
I’m a huge fan of BANNED information. Why? Because I know it challenges beliefs and is likely to make you think. Agree with it or not, nothing gets banned if it’s not pissing someone off. This talk hurts no one and the information merely challenges the status quo.
Will fewer people see this talk because it was banned? Maybe. And maybe not. I watched it. And so have hundreds of thousands of others.
It’s quite possible that banning the talk may even generate more attention just for the simple fact that it was banned. It certainly got my attention and made me think about consciousness in a different way.
It’s your turn, Dreamer
What experiences have you had with visionary plants and altered states of consciousness? How have your experiences affected your life? Why do you think this talk was banned and what affect has it had? Share your comments and stories below.