The morning session at the Hay House event was over. We went off and grabbed lunch and swapped our thoughts with people we bumped into in the queue to the loo or while sharing a table over lunch. The atmosphere at the event is very sweet. It’s so nice to be surrounded by strangers who share the same outlook on life and the same interests. Many people waited patiently to have their books signed by the authors who had spoken in the morning session.
After lunch Graham Hancock opened proceedings with a talk entitled ‘Psychedelics and Civilisations’. If you’re not familiar with his work Graham writes books and lectures on lost civilisations and produces the evidence he has found for their existence. His books include ‘Fingerprints of the Gods’ which came out in 1995 right through over at least 15 different titles up to his latest book, just released, called ‘Magicians of the Gods’. In Graham’s talk he was arguing that the use of psychedelic drugs were prevalent throughout ancient history and he felt that the experiences that ensued from imbibing the products of sacred visionary plants had led to a development in consciousness of many of these early civilisations.
His main beef seemed to be that in modern times these drugs have been made illegal. He questioned whether adults should be prevented from experimenting with these drugs. He pointed out that governments are not against us using consciousness altering drugs in the shape of Prozac or Ritalin. He ventured that the reason for this is that these pharmaceutical drugs tend to create greater passivity in those taking them whereas the psychedelic drugs tend to make people question the status quo. An interesting angle.
He spoke about a drug made into a tea called ‘Ayahuasca’ which he said tasted terrible. Well it has always been my thought that this is nature’s way of telling you not to drink it, but maybe that’s just me. Graham’s presentation is more lecture style. He comes over as a rather friendly university professor who is very passionate about his subject. We saw ancient cave paintings which he told us did not depict hunting scenes as is commonly thought but really describe altered states of consciousness of ancient peoples under the influence of these drugs.
We were told that when someone is under the influence of Ayahuasca they experience the same kind of ‘life review’ that people who have near death experiences report. This kind of experience can not fail to have a lasting effect on the people concerned. An interesting talk, but I wasn’t convinced of the need for psychedelic drugs in order to develop consciousness, Graham Hancock however is, and it was his talk.
Next on stage was Sergio Magana the Mexican author of ‘The Toltec Secret’. The Toltec civilisation existed in Central Mexico from the 10th to the mid 12th century. The Aztecs, who came later, took on many aspects of the Toltec civilisations, and saw the Toltecs as the epitome of civilisation. Sergio told us that despite being brought up in a Catholic family his grandmother maintained much of the indigenous wisdom handed down from the time of the Toltec civilisation. He described how she would ‘blow’ pain away when he was a small boy and she taught him the power of dreams.
He described how she would use an egg to cleanse someone’s energy because, as she explained, an egg is a dream that never came true and therefore can be used to cleanse the negative energy from someone, ensuring their bad dreams never come true. Sounds fascinating.
Sergio’s presentation was very interactive. He explained that the Toltec philosophy about dreaming was that first you dream your future and then you manifest it. He took us through a procedure, to be practised before bed at night, that consisted of breathing techniques and positioning of the head. This, he told, us would get rid of the obstacles to fulfilling our dreams and allow us to produce dreams that would then become a reality. He told us that he used these techniques for creating his own reality. Part of that was to come to England and spread the Toltec knowledge. Sergio is a very famous healer in Mexico with his own radio show and regular audiences in their thousands at his workshops. When he first came to London he found that his first talk only attracted 12 people, his second only 14. After a moment of questioning whether he was dreaming too big he put aside these negative thoughts and dreamt even bigger. He said that his appearance at the I Can Do It event was as a result of that dream.
The final speaker was Diana Cooper. Diana communicates with Angels. Her back story is very interesting. She did not come from a religious, spiritual or psychic background and found that it was when she was at a low point in her life, after a divorce, that Angels first began to communicate with her. She was finally told that she needed to start talking about angels. She has since appeared on numerous TV programmes and written many books. I found that Diana’s presentation relied a large part on the audience already being very familiar with her work, which I wasn’t. She dived straight into asking whether we were prepared for ascension in this lifetime. We all were, although I’m not sure we all knew exactly what she meant. Very quickly we had our eyes closed and there was much talk about rising to the 5th dimension, the 7th and even the 9th. Some of the angels were familiar from religious texts, Michael, Gabriel, Raphael whereas others almost made me fall off my unicorn, Metatron and Sandalphon come to mind.
Oh yes, Diana shared with us that the Unicorns from the 7th dimension were here to help us with our ascension. I’m sure its me, but I found the lack of explanation from Diana on what these dimensions were about and the casual way she threw in Unicorns and Metatron, who I couldn’t help but think sounded like a character from a Transformer movie, made me want to laugh. I’m sure she would have been fine with that as she seemed a very lovely lady, but I bit my lip instead. No disrespect Metatron and I love the idea of Unicorns.