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Belief without direct knowledge
Religion has taken us places and has come close to destroying us, so what's it
all about and do we really need it?
The War on Consciousness by Graham Hancock
In this lecture, the topic of consciousness and the benefits of psychedelics are discussed at length. Can the shamanistic brew, ayahuasca, really change a person's life for the better?
According to Graham, this potent brew can literally show you the mistakes you are making in your life and even help the user kick a nasty habit or addiction. He then moves on to talk about how consciousness still isn't completely understood, even by today's most brilliant minds.
Graham offers the controversial theory that our brains don't produce consciousness, but act as an "antenna" for it. Could that point to life after death being a possibility? He closes the lecture by telling the audience about how our society needs find spirit and become open to altered states once again.
In the section on the origins of religion, we have videos and commentary from well know thinkers and researchers. But how ever we think of religion or our own lives, life and religion must be put into context with our real history as best we can understand.
"In my experience, everyone will say they want to discover the Truth, right up until they realize that the Truth will rob them of their deepest held ideas, beliefs, hopes, and dreams. The freedom of enlightenment means much more than the experience of love and peace. It means discovering a Truth that will turn your view of self and life upside-down. For one who is truly ready, this will be unimaginably liberating. But for one who is still clinging in any way, this will be extremely challenging indeed. How does one know if they are ready? One is ready when they are willing to be absolutely consumed, when they are willing to be fuel for a fire without end." ~ Adyashanti