Scientists have recognized for some time that people suffering from depression often experience a substantial reduction in symptoms when given a placebo. In fact, this observation has led some researchers to propose that up to 75 percent of the apparent efficacy of antidepressant medicine may actually be attributable to the placebo effect.
“If we have emotions, we have then only memory. In imagination, we are free from emotion. That is why daydreamers resort to imagination to lift them up from depression. If society’s scientists and medical doctors, neuroscientists, and neurophysicists destroy imagination, they have destroyed the natural Prozac of human luster.”
And even more:
“In the old days, really old days, leaders of continents, nations, and principalities taught people how to think. To help them along, they used to put an herb called rauwolfia in the community water well. In other words, quietly they endeavored to put the herb equivalent of Prozac in the village water well. The reason they did that was because leaders of peoples a long, long time ago had a very different responsibility than the famed and fortunate ones of today. They had the exquisite duty of reinstating confidence, protection, and equalness within the people, and rauwolfia was a wonderful drug in water that relieved people’s insecurity.”
This remembers me of Soma which is mentionned in the Indian Vedas. Unfortuneately nobody knows what Soma really was. But it was a “Plant Helper” for more wisdom, freedom and happiness.
And what Ramtha said raises also the question about Marihuana. Why not smoke sometimes and feel better and even – the morst important – relax and get deep insights? If we had some education about using these plants in a kind of ritual way there would be no reason to so much afraid. But of course, it is not fear of these “drugs”. It is the fear of meeting oneself.
And Ramtha continues on Neuroscience and Prozac:
Prozac isn’t a drug. It is an inhibitor. The part of your brain you use every day is your ‘beefy’ brain. It is the brain that takes the lion’s share of serotonin to get up and get moving those chemicals. If we are living exclusively for our brain chemistry, we have a collapse of emotion. Eventually we are going to get bored with what we are doing and we are going to collapse and start being manic-depressive. What that means is that no matter what you do, you see that you have already done it so the joy is going to be short-lived. That is called manic- depressiveness. It is a chronic condition.”
“Prozac takes up serotonin and holds it so there are new parts of your brain that actually come alive. The old neuronet doesn’t get the lion’s share of serotonin so you don’t have a tendency to be depressed. You don’t have a tendency to be habitual. You will not have a tendency to overeat. You will not have a tendency to be oversexual. You will not be violent. You will not have fantasies that grow within ‘the corral’ over there. You will start living from a new part of your brain. All Prozac does is make sure that this new part of the brain takes up serotonin, keeps it there, and uses it.”
All this can be reached also without plants or pills, i.e. by meditation and imagination. However if plants and pills facilitates to open new areas of the brain, it can be very helpful, especially at the beginning of self-awareness. Anyway, I agree with Ramtha that there are “physical facilitators” to open new regions in consciousness, like our Plant-Allies as the shamans say.