Paul Rademacher on “digital drugs” and reality

August 11, 2010

Paul Rademacher is the CEO of the Monroe Institute, which knows more than a little bit about enabling people to  produce altered-state experiences on demand. The piece, which appeared recently on TMI’s email newsletter,  speaks for itself.

I once said that there wasn’t a thing that could be invented or thought of that somebody couldn’t find a way to make into a damned nuisance. Here’s the latest example. Take a distorted news report, add fear, and voila, a new “threat” to be countered by some stupid new means.

Paul didn’t give a headline to his piece but I would have called it

Digital Drugs, the Latest Fantasy

by Paul Rademacher

Today I was interviewed on the radio about the latest hysteria concerning the welfare of our youth. For those of you who haven’t heard, they are supposedly “digital drugs” delivered via the internet (for a fee) that promise to deliver highs akin more traditional hallucinogenics.  The basis for these digital highs are binaural-beats.


I must admit to a bit of irritation over this story that is making the rounds and at first I thought it best to ignore it until our news media moved onto the next crisis manufactured for our consumption.  The irritation came from the fact that so much that is being written and said is wildly distorted.

At The Monroe Institute we have been working with binaural beat technology for over 30 years and the effects are nothing like what is being portrayed.  Rather than mind bending trips into uncontrollable states that leave teens writhing in agony, our experience is that when combined with a supportive and educational environment there are enormous benefits for increased self awareness, intuition, creativity, compassion, peace, and more.  Our more than 30,000 graduates will testify to that.  But as I reflected on this coverage of this story, I began to realize the ultimate irony: our news media is selling us the most pervasive drug of all. It is the altered consciousness of fear, hysteria and outrage.  These altered states take us out of the present moment and land us in a terrain that is it own high.

Outrage is intoxicating in the extreme because we can leave behind the troublesome, inconvenient and irritating need to discover for ourselves what’s really going on and thereby learn something new.  Instead we get to move immediately to the euphoria of knowing we are right, regardless of the facts.

It doesn’t matter whether we are by nature conservative or liberal.  Both Fox News and MSNBC are equally happy to push our rage buttons and sell us something that promises to fill the emptiness.

Being “right” is a powerful elixir, it allows us to immediately simplify this complex world into categories of white hats and black hats.  Being right allows us to embark on one crusade after another that is deeply satisfying to the ego.  We don’t need to listen to anyone else because we already know the truth. Ignorance, as they say, truly IS bliss.  However, it’s a bliss we can no longer afford. There comes a time when we must say enough is enough. There comes a time to turn off the constant din of media driven hysteria and begin to listen to the inner voice.  And that, in itself, is an altered state of consciousness. It is called “sanity.”  We hope that you will join us in spreading the word about the life-long benefits of controlled binaural beat technology, and please point anyone with any questions to the TMI website for more information!

Sincerely,

Paul Rademacher

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