Drugs and Power

Its victim list is a long one that includes some of the most famous personalities of the 20th century. But it’s the less well-known stories that make us catch our breath. The quiet, intelligent teenager down the street who overdoses. The cousin who doesn’t make it through rehab. The childhood friend who gets in with the wrong crowd and is shot in a drug deal gone sour.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Drugs and Power.

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an episode of TWSEH. I’ve been busy with a new and related project to let you know about … a live radio call-in show I’ve been conducting with Dr. Claudia Bernhardt Pacheco, vice-president of the International Society of Analytical Trilogy here in São Paulo. Claudia’s a much in-demand Trilogical psychoanalyst with extensive international experience in treating all manner of human relationship, health, work and personal issues. My idea for the past copule of years has been to create a forum where she and I could take live calls from listeners and offer our unique perspective on the problem.

You see, I receive many emails from listeners to this Podcast asking specific questions about problems or difficulties. There’s the young woman from the Balkans who’s terrified of AIDS. The young guy in the Pacific Northwest who’s concerned about his inability to stop sabotaging his relationships. The 2 brothers who struggle with depression. I help them as much as I can – I do special Podcasts on the themes, I write personally to all who write to me, I suggest books and other resources. But I cannot do what a psychoanalyst trained by Dr. Norberto Keppe can do.

Keppe’s science of Analytical Trilogy is vast, and provides an analysis of the human psyche that no one – not Freud or Klein or Jung or Rogers, any of them – was able to accomplish. And that means that when this science is applied in a therapeutic way to personal or social issues, the analysis that emerges is right on the target. And that’s what we want to do with this live call-in radio show.

We’re calling the program, Healing Through Consciousness, and all the information is on our site at www.healingthroughconsciousness.com, or of course you can email me at rich@richjonesvoice.com. This show is a marvellous opportunity to get some real overview of your problems or issues or questions about anything. So do join us.

Our Podcast today is taken from our program actually, and entails Dr. Claudia’s long response to a listener’s question, about … drugs. That enormous social problem. And the war on drugs? Welll, that’s a deceiving name. Anyone who saw Ridley Scott’s American Gangster film saw the movement of drugs into the U.S. from the Vietnam War. Afghanistan opium production climbed back to 96% of the world production after the American-led invasion there after 9/11. In some circles, the introduction of hallucinogenic drugs into the changing consciousness of the ’60s was a direct plan to subvert that idealistic movement.

And then there’s the CIA’s Bluebird Project to remember – a planned study to analyze the effect of drugs on mind control … and we can imange what’s happened with all that research.

So when the question came up on our Healing Through Consciousness show, Dr. Pacheco jumped right into the heat of it. She’s no stranger to the issue in truth, having published a searing critique of the role of governments and so-called law enforcement agencies in organized drug trafficking back in the late ’80s. The American Drug Multinational she called it, and it pulled no punches. And Claudia didn’t pull any punches in how she answered our caller’s question either.

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The Inversion Driving Substance Abuse

We’ve been seduced by them, and horrified by them. Encouraged to tune out with them, and spurn them violently as instruments of the devil. We’ve seen them reduce users to living in hovels, and elevate dealers to palacial mansions. Legal or illegal, they’re being used and abused in record numbers in our so-called evolving society.

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, the Inversion Driving Substance Abuse.

Well, this is some topic to consider, let me tell you. Drug abuse is a monumental topic because there are so many aspects to consider. There’s the personal aspect first. Probably all of us have some direct experience with it – from our favorite uncle with a drinking problem, to horror stories of close friends destroying lives and familes with out-of-control substance abuse problems.

There’s the social aspect of modern life being so bereft of meaning and purpose and spiritual values.

There’s the psychopathic aspect which is always present when astronomical profits are involved.

But there is some considerable comfort to be found in the work of Brazilian-Austrian psychoanalyst and social scientist, Norberto Keppe, whose work we will be discussing in great detail at our International Conference of Analytical Trilogy (Keppe’s science), Sept. 24 – 27, 2008 in San Diego. Write me for more information on that at rich@richjonesvoice.com, or visit our website, http://www.wcatus.org

Shakespeare said, “How far that little candle throws his beams. So shines a good deed in a weary world.” That is a perfect description of Keppe’s work. Reaching to the core of our difficulties and offering a strong hand up and out, and into our true position as beautiful, good and true beings in a loving universe.

But we have some problems to see along the way.

Sofie Bergqvist is a teacher here at our International Society of Analytical Trilogy, and she’s been developing deep work in the roots of substance abuse for our September conference. She looks at this important topic today on our program.

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Altered States of Consciousness – The Truth Behind Illegal Drugs

They’ve been used for centuries as doorways to mystical experiences and new levels of consciousness. They’ve been injested to help escape the seemingly insupportable problems of everyday life. They’ve been tacitly encouraged by governments to assuage the misery of underpaid factory workers. Can there be any new dimensions to consider regarding drugs?

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head, Altered States of Consciousness: the Truth Behind Illegal Drugs.

First, thanks for all your emails and requests for Norberto Keppe’s book on the pathology of power, something we’ll be considering again a bit in today’s program, since the world of drugs walks hand in hand with those who stroll the corridors of power. So I’ll continue giving away Keppe’s book this week because it directly analyzes through a keen psychological lens the sickness that exists in the human psyche … and which is exacerbated in those who lust for power. Great reading. Just email me for your free copy of this landmark book, rich@richjonesvoice.com

Back in the mid 1980s, Claudia Pacheco was researching deeply into the connection between drug trafficking and power. She wasn’t the only one writing about this, of course, but she was the first and only one to apply Keppe’s psychological analysis to the area, and this lent her research an intellectual heft missing from other writers on the subject.

And because of this, her research had a bomb-like effect on the powerful. Actually, all of Keppe’s work did. He and Claudia were finally arrested at the peak of their activities in the U.S. for trumped up customs charges (a fact Claudia mentions in this Podcast) right after the extraordinary campaign they’d been mounting for some years to try to make American conscious of the decadence their country was entering because of the very maliciously intentioned policy of Reagonomics. Reagan’s policy was, incidentally, a disaster for the U.S. and the rest of the world who followed blindly along. And Keppe and Pacheco’s research into the pathology of power led them directly to confront worldwide governmental involvement in many illegal activities – something Pacheco was writing about at the time. Interestingly, shortly after this period, Iran Contra broke out.

This is pretty incendiary stuff. And today, Claudia Pacheco joins us to look at this situation more closely and bring us up to date.

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