Graham Hancock's Ayahuasca Experiences
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Graham Hancock has shared his use of Ayahuasca, and he says that it is a difficult experience to drink the bitter tea at first. He explains the plant medicine is gathered by scraping the bark of the Banisteriopsis vines found in South America and can also be found in the seeds of the Syrian rue, a desert shrub that carries the psychoactive chemical.
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Hancock suggests that the cultural practices of the shamans in the Amazon Rainforest reveal much more about the plants psychedelic properties than most recreational users in the USA. These shamans know that when one administers this compound they will go through a distinct series of effects that will ultimately teach them more about their own being. His claim is that Ayahuasca will change a person, showing them what is morally right and wrong. Moreover, that the psychoactive chemical produces an effect that will reflect a person’s behaviors and beliefs back to them, which will help to resolve problems in the psyche.
Graham Hancock explains that “Ayahuasca will show you why, and clearly, how you behave. Sometimes you may have been mean to someone, and thought it the right thing to do under those circumstances, yet Ayahuasca will show you it was the wrong thing to do,” says Hancock. He suggest that the effects of use will strip down any and all anger, ego, and even your own pride to expose what is wrong with ones own personality, saying these things aren’t helpful and aren’t really serving us in today’s society.
Graham Hancock says the objective of an ayahuasca ceremony is to put a person through the psychological process to look at ones own life and to have questions asked of it. It details one’s own previous behavior and cleanses them of negative impulses. He calls this trip a “journey” through parallel realms. While some scientists try to debunk the visions on ayahuasca as merely “brain candy” Hancock argues against such ideas suggesting that well developed and ancient shamanistic cultures are centered around the moral ideas of these parallel realms, and the divinatory practices of ayahuasca ceremonies have long shaped their deepest and most meaningful beliefs. He suggests the chemical works in the brain to open us up to a much wider reality, something at larger than society’s constructs and beyond our general perceptions, but very real.
Graham Hancock states that the ayahuasca experience can be disturbing, yet all the while it will be a nourishing thoughtful and informing parallel experience. He states that the medicine made him realize that we are not just part of a finite dot on the earth, but that there is something larger - An awe inspiring reality that he hadn’t seen before.
Hancock’s research further suggests that the ayahuasca plant enhances the human faculty of creativity. The ayahuasca visions themselves open up a pathway of creative thinking, a “creative seeing”, that enriches its creator, and allows for new forms of the creative process to emerge. He suggests looking at Amazonian cultural arts, where shamanistic cultures have left thousands and thousands of documented renditions from their experiences with the ayahuasca.
The opening of the creative channel in the brain due to the administration of the chemical seems to enhance the way one considers the world they live in and the visions of the journey supplement future creative juncture there in.
Hancock says that society needs to become free of fear, that ayahuasca, while a personal choice to use, should at least be available to use without all of the negative stigma that has so long been placed upon it. He says the ideologies against the medicine are false propaganda, and that people should have the liberty to make their own decision to use the psychedelic if they so desire.
Graham Hancock is open about his experience of administering the plant by drinking tea in Brazil in 2003. Reflecting on his experience he states that the plant was helpful to him. He describes having a woman come to him, not necessarily the voice of a woman directly, but an information field through frequency, which spoke to him about the illusionary nature of reality.
He claims the voice told him, “We are going to take you to a place where you come from, so you will better understand where you are and where you are coming back to.” Hancock describes this place as a place “beyond vibration,” a place that for 5 hours these voices would tell him that infinite love was the only truth and all other things were illusionary. Hancock saw this as all silence, a place of infinite possibility, where vibrational forces have been revealed as illusion.
Hancock describes and compares the ayahuasca experience as being similar to the experiences of people who have had near death experiences that lead them to visions of parallel realms.
“I’m not saying I’m a better person by using ayahuasca, but it has showed me where I do things wrong, and so ayahuasca has left me to continue to try to do better while I am here,” Hancock says.
- Brandon Petty