This headline caught my attention:
Really? Are there drugs that block free will? Can I become a zombie?
People of personal responsibility say that it’s not possible for others to control you without your consent. You are the captain of your ship!
People of victim-consciousness, say that it’s easy for others to control your mind without your consent. It happens all the time!
Which is true?
I say it depends level of consciousness (see my book series on Levels of Energy). At a high level, you cannot be subjected to outside control without consent. At a low level, you have given up conscious will and can be forced.
An adult person can sometimes go unconscious and lose their will. But before they became victimized from the outside, they, in some way, victimized themselves.
Quoting from an article on the Mind-Control Drug Scopolamine:
There are stories circulating that a chemical known as “Devil’s Breath” is making its way around the world, being blown into faces and soaked into business cards to render unsuspecting tourists incapacitated. The result? A “zombie-like” state that leaves the victim with no ability to control their actions, leaving them at risk of having their bank accounts emptied, homes robbed, organs stolen, or raped by a street criminal.
… the compound is said to lead to hallucinations, frightening images, and a lack of free will. Amnesia can occur, leaving the victim powerless to recall events or identify perpetrators.
… According to a 1995 Wall Street Journal article, about half of all emergency room admissions in Bogota, Colombia were for burundanga poisoning. Scopolamine is also present in Jimson Weed (Datura stramonium), a plant found in most of the continental U.S.
…The State Department notes on their website that scopolamine can render a victim unconscious for 24 hours or more. In Colombia, where its use seems to be most widespread, “unofficial estimates” of scopolamine events are at roughly 50,000 per year.
And quoted from another article on the Drug Rohypnol:
Since the 1990s Rohypnol has been used illegally to lessen the depression caused by the abuse of stimulants, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, and also as an aid for sexual assault. The so-called “date-rape drug” was placed unknowingly in the drinks of victims, often at a bar or party (“club drug”). Due to the strong amnesia produced by the drug, victims would have limited or no memory of the assault.
But: Drugs don’t have the desired effect in healthy, mentally lucid adults. They could affect people who are already weakened. Apathy makes one suggestible. There are many who have had drugs put into their drinks and got nothing more than a headache and slight nausea. Maybe if they were beaten into submission or tortured, their Will might have been overwhelmed by drugs. But only temporarily.
Unfortunately, “the Government” has done a lot of “scientific” research into mind control, hypnosis and the breaking of peoples will. I wish taxpayers money were put into more positive endeavors. Prisoners of war, for example, have been subject to combinations of sleep deprivation, starvation, sensory deprivation, torture through sound or pain, forced repetition of commands, etc. It turns out that some peoples Will can and others cannot be broken. Those whose Will cannot be broken usually have deep spiritual beliefs that supersede worldly assault.
Some people believe in a “leadership”, “schooling” or “management” style that reduces peoples will, so that they can be “formed”. This philosophy is called authoritarianism. Authoritarians do not want thinkers, they want workers. The world is run by authoritarians, because anti-authoritarians can’t be bothered to run it. To counter-balance the authoritarian tendency, it’s good to know your rights and never feel intimidated by peer-pressure, force or coercion. Develop your free-will, within the framework of respecting your fellow humans.
The answer to the question “can others control your mind?” is this: If you exercise your will, then others can’t control your mind. If you do not exercise your will, then others can control your mind. Simple as that!
Things are a little different in childhood. A child will do things it doesn’t want to do, in order to get approval and avoid punishment from adults. So it is easier to victimize a child and they should receive more protection. But even kids aren’t entirely victims, as anyone knows who has heard a baby shout its lungs out until it gets its way.
Becoming a victim is usually a gradual, subtle process and so is becoming free. Every day that passes makes you a little more free or a little more dependent. This week I recall doing three things that made me more independent. These are small things, but they ultimately add up: I repaired my own watch instead of taking it to a repair shop. I chose to quit doing Business with a company that mandated vaccines for its employees (boycott is an effective way to use your power for positive change). I chose to self-heal a knee-pain I had been carrying around for weeks from playing Tennis (it healed!). Don’t get me wrong, I am not against getting help from others and I am certainly not against community. Every one of us thrives when we have the support of friends and family. It is too much dependence that’s the problem. If you don’t want others to control your reality, then exercise your ability to think and decide for yourself.