Was reading Stripping the Gurus which gives a great exposé of Jiddu Krishnamurti. What is it about people that they feel this need to change consciousness? Ie, these gurus -nearly always men- offer the promise that they have changed their own consciousness to a more blissful state, and that if you follow them, buy their books, go to their talks, and apply what they say, you TOO will have what they claim to have. So the formula goes like this:
They have, you lack,
you want what you think they have
Of course this is how cults work also, and religions (which are really just larger cults, with branched-off cults), for the promise of some end result where your consciousness will be changed 'purified', 'in the wink of an eye', 'redeemed' etc etc etc and you will gain 'immortality'. There meaning being living for ever and ever and everrrr
This want for a change of consciousness is a big reason people take drugs, which includes alcohol (in our culture it is often never admitted alcohol is a drug. And thus people who drink will swear they don't do drugs). It is a desire to escape one's present sense of consciousness which feels uncomfortable, bored, and can give exceeding pain. This maybe because of thoughts about troubles in the past, present, and future, feeling numb, hurt, and so on.
So in this scenario it can be quite easy and lucrative for certain people to exploit this boredom and pain and urgent need to change consciousness, especially when the promise is that this change can be permanent and even for all time.
It is now becoming clear thanks to researchers like John Allegro (The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross), and Mike Crowley (The Secret Drugs of Buddhism), that mythical 'gods' were really metaphors for consciousness-changing psychedelic vegetation. 'Dionysos', 'Siva', 'Krishna', 'Indra', 'Quetzalcoatl', 'Jesus', etc are really personified psychedelic mushrooms including concoctions made of shrooms and also possibly other psychoactive plants and recipes. Hence the very basis of mythos begins with the induced changes of consciousness inspired with psychedelics, and other types of consciousness changing plants and concoctions!
Even in the secular corporate world which wages a war on such drug, it simultaneously makes its own drugs it pays millions to push which promise to treat chemical imbalances--ie, change consciousness, so that you will fit into its conveyor-belt productive-consumerist oppressive hellhole --which it is for the majority of us.
So, what if we grasp that all these mythologies of the past with their complex stories, many of which induce deep ingrained guilt, that the basis of all are about psychedelic vegetation that when ingested helps to change consciousness from the usually ordinary state to one that can be extraordinarily ecstatic? How does this help us understand about the exploitation of our consciousness by those who promise non-ending consciousness bliss or the 'normalcy' that every law-abiding educated upwardly-aspiring citizen should have?
I recently watched a documentary about this female therapist who was asked to help violent children. The programme showed these young per-adolescent children, seeming to be totally out of control. and violent. Usually in the way of things in this culture the child would be targeted immediately as being to blame, and then drugged, but this therapist as well as observing the child also observed and questioned the parent (in the two episodes I saw there was a single parent responsible for the kid) about their past relationship with their parents, and it was found that because they had suffered trauma from their parents, this was affecting how they were bringing up their own child, and thus exacerbating the child's troubled and often violent behaviour! But really the problem for us does not just stop with damaged parents , but involves the wider community, and the very culture, and 'world'---the corporate world--- which is being imposed on more and more people worldwide.
It is notable that gurus, and those who swore they weren't gurus, as did J Krishnamurti, and cults, and major religions, and secular society--they all are against and forbid the taking of psychedelics! I think this shared proscription against consciousness-changing psychedelics exposes their underlying shared patriarchal authoritarianism which demands consciousness be managed and controlled according to the rules of whatever story is being pushed and regime has been established.
“If you are nothing more than a biological machine, then what you think doesn’t matter. There is no you. Confirming this, deciding this, is the technocrat’s wet dream.” (The Magician Awakes, Jon Rappoport)
Consciousness really, in its natural state, is not a static thing, but it is twisty and turny, always changing, moods, emotions, feelings, thoughts~~~a continuous stream which reflects also what is happening out there surrounding it. There are extreme states such as negativity, and positivity, and notice that cults such as the New Age cults always accentuate the 'positive' and blame you if you dare show any 'negativity', like questioning their bullshit, or the culture. They rather want to implant in you a suggestion of a static state where must always have a 'positive' consciousness.
Same is so for the bliss-merchants, the gurus, who promise a static reality of all-the-time-bliss. And of course the traditional religions which promise heaven and eternal life, as well as Eastern beliefs like Buddhism promising Nirvana after escaping 'ordinary consciousness', the physical body, and the whole natural world.