Contemplation, meditation and prayer are the three cornerstones of religious experience and they are practical, evolutionary adaptations utilized by conscious, self-aware, social creatures such as humans.
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The other day my cousin posted a link regarding the war on consciousness. That link led me to Graham Hancock’s TEDx Talk which you can watch below. One of the many fronts of modern civilization’s war on consciousness is the war on drugs. When you think about it, all psychedelics are outlawed, and the only consciousness-altering drugs that are legal are antidepressants (Prozac, et. al.) and those that encourage concentration (caffeine) or checking out (alcohol).
Our culture just doesn’t encourage expanded consciousness or connection with the Universe. But there are still plenty of folks who are hungry to expand their minds. Ayahuasca getaways are all the rage these days, and I can see why. It really looks like the experience of a lifetime. But if you’re like me, you probably can’t afford to go and even if you could you might not be confident it’s morally right to appropriate another culture’s sacred rites. Or maybe you aren’t excited about taking a powerful herbal hallucinogenic cocktail.
The good news is that there are methods for expanding your consciousness that are part of your own culture that are completely free.
If you’re looking for a place to start, read my free eBooklet Wisdom of the Raven. It’ll provide you with the basic info you need to start practicing meditation, contemplation, and prayer. From there you move on to pathworking, guided meditation, etc. When you’re ready, progress to journeying.
The Universe is everywhere. You don’t need a plane ticket to go see it or drugs to commune with it.