Oliver Kothe

Vancouver B.c, Canada

About Oliver

Bio

I was born in Germany and travel wherever the wind blows. Momentarily i'm in Vancouver, BC to enjoy the beautiful nature by Kayak, Bike or Foot. I have been working in many different Jobs like picking Zucchinis on a farm in Australia or Airport Security at Berlin Airport for the German Government. Through my travels i have become to acknowledge and respect other cultures even if their beliefs don't necessarily resonate with my own accumulated experiences. Music has been my constant companion throughout my so called life and i don't know, where i would be without it. I used to be a Dj in Berlin several years ago and have never really stopped mixing or creating music ever since, even if it's mostly just putting together my own Soundtrack.

Languages

English, German

Areas of Expertise

Painting, Traveling (with and without Body)

An idea worth spreading

I would like to see a TED talk that is concerned about the fact that ancient Builders (Pyramids, Monolithic Structures etc) knew a lot more about how to build with 100, 200 or even a 1000 ton blocks of stone then we do today. How much longer can we neglect the fact that there's a building mystery we can't wrap our minds around with our modern understanding?

I'm passionate about

Freedom, Music, Books and Audiobooks, the Outdoors, Hiking

Talk to me about

Consciousness, Being, Meditation, Psychedelics, Ayahuasca, Out of body experience, The eternal Now! Free and green Energy for everyone! Extraterrestrial Exploration, How to make the planet green again

People don't know I'm good at

Being who i am!

My TED story

I came across TED a couple of years ago and was fascinated by a lot of talks i watched. Especially Ken Robinson blew me away and opened up the door to new possibilities for me. I love the variety of topics available, even if i don't agree with everything that is being presented or talked about. But since i know about TED, i am sure that we are able to create a wonderful world even if there are some topics that are more or less filtered out (i.e. Graham Hancock and Rupert Sheldrake Talks). I am very confident even those topics considered pseudoscience today will become more acknowledged by TED and others in the next few years because, in my opinion, we can't afford living like a parasite on planet earth much longer. Many people come to realize this for themselves and we will need to find new solutions that are not just solely mind created. Thanks to TED and all the Tedsters around the world.... We can make a difference! Namaste

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Oliver Kothe
Posted about 1 year ago
Question - Should we make increasing our consciousness as important a topic in schools as the 3 Rs.
Scientists like Gopnik are great in explaining the processes they observe of how things work on a physical level, that means, if they don’t get lost in meaningless labels and descriptions. Science in general does an amazing job explaining a lot of the facts and wonders our world has to offer and i’m sure it will continue to do so. That’s one reason why i love TED. I honestly don’t claim to know a lot about science either, but to me, It sometimes just lacks the sacredness we’ve almost completely banned out of our world and which i have found to be an essential part of myself. In science, many things are often made to look like dead matter, machinelike and completely random. Which, in my opinion, they are not! Evan Grant: http://www.ted.com/talks/evan_grant_cymatics.html Your statement: “Consciousness is brain dependent” doesn’t explain Near Death Experiences millions of people have almost every day. Why is it for example, that when the brain stops functioning, that the deceased are able to perceive themselves and others from the outside? Deepak Chopra and Stuart Hameroff: http://youtu.be/erSd5xep30w Sogyal Rinpoche: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tibetan_Book_of_Living_and_Dying
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Oliver Kothe
Posted about 1 year ago
Question - Should we make increasing our consciousness as important a topic in schools as the 3 Rs.
In general, it’s true that spiritualism is a belief system. It requires a belief or concept to be kept alive. Unless someone experientially learns something to be the truth of what they belief, a belief system, if adapted without question, can't be confirmed nor denied. But if it is experienced, it doesn’t stay only a belief any longer. It becomes a knowing! The consciousness i am referring to, is something that can’t be described with words but that i encountered myself through vision quests and, as arrogant as this might sound, know to be a fundamental part of our world. That’s why i use statements like: “in my opinion” and “as far as i understand it!” I have encountered a state of “Being” i was never told about by my friends or family, schools or churches while growing up because only very few people used to know about it. After that, i looked for people who are talking about what i’ve experienced and experience ever since it “started” in my everyday life. The people i found are Eckhart Tolle and others i mentioned before. Eckhart tolle: http://youtu.be/1FPjxnLicJw What would you do if you come to realize a truth that is so contrary to the world you grew up in and that goes against everything you’ve ever learned to believe? How would you deal with that? Eventually you’d have to acknowledge and live it, matter what anybody else says!? Because you experience it, you simply know it to be true and would like to share it! But everyone you try to tell about it, is so consumed by their minds (like you were before) that they can’t hear you. Their thoughts make to much noise! The more you talk about it, the more they don’t want to hear what you would like to tell them. The only thing you can do is accept it as it is and continue to live your life with the knowing of what you’ve experienced, regardless of what the majority of the world tries to tell and teach you. Adyashanti: http://youtu.be/3cPwAGbkl6Y
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Oliver Kothe
Posted about 1 year ago
Question - Should we make increasing our consciousness as important a topic in schools as the 3 Rs.
Thank you for your question and statement. The level of consciousness i am referring to, doesn’t seem to be any kind of level at all! It appears to be the origin of consciousness. Which is inaccurate in itself because, as far as i understand it, consciousness can’t be explained, described, categorized or analyzed. It IS itself. It can only be felt or pointed to because it is the one thing which makes perceiving, feeling and thinking possible. (Dao, Dharma, Buddha-Nature, Now, Great Spirit). It can’t be understood intellectually, only experientially! You say it yourself: Babies do not have a sense of self or another until the THEORY OF MIND slowly enters it’s brain. That in itself suggests we are all one to begin with (Beings coming from and returning to the same source) but through conditioning we forgot the natural state of “being-ness”, “timeless-ness”, or “I am-ness” many spiritual teachers have pointed to throughout the ages and are still pointing to in modern times. If you look into the eyes of a newborn animal, without being completely consumed by your mind, you will see a natural, unconditioned and curious attention that’s looking back at you, ready to be formed by life, to learn and experience whatever there is to come. This, in my opinion, is the same attention that is looking out of the eyes of a newborn human baby and is what i am referring to. All the best
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Oliver Kothe
Posted about 1 year ago
Question - Should we make increasing our consciousness as important a topic in schools as the 3 Rs.
You can't understand consciousness because the mind can't grasp anything that's not intellectual. You can only feel it in yourself. The statement: "I think, therefore i am" can't be true. A baby IS before any thought enters it's mind! Fully complete and perfect as it is. The newborn looks at you with pure awareness without any distracting thoughts until the conditioning begins.... This is good - This is bad. Being conscious doesn't mean when you wake up in the morning that you are actually conscious. Usually the mind starts chatting right after waking up. Oh i have to do this or that have to be here or there in an hour. This is being lost in the mind. How many of you actually feel their body breathing or their heart beating when waking up. Have you ever really felt your sheets or your pillow? How does your skin FEEL? How does it feel to loose your mind and just feel your being inside yourself? Do you need a thought like: "i'm going to breathe in now" to breathe... No, it's the body's intelligence that's doing it and it doesn't have anything to do with our minds. We would die on the spot if we had to control any of our body functions ourselves. Consciousness or awareness is there before anything else. No thought actually exists or is good nor bad. Only the mind makes it either. It's literally just in our heads and we believe every thought that comes up as if our lives depend on it. What we need to teach in schools is not to identify with what we think and that kids don't need to become anything besides what they already are..... which is themselves! Don't believe me? No Problem: Find out for yourselves: Eckhart Tolle, Adyashanti, Pema Chödrön, Paramahansa Yogananda, Ramana Maharshi, Alan Watts, Gurdjieff, Osho, etc. All the best
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Oliver Kothe
Posted over 1 year ago
Do we have an opinion about everything? If not, should we?
Thank you for asking this important question. I don’t think we have to have an opinion about everything! What’s an opinion anyway? Accumulated knowledge or thoughts throughout a lifetime? Right or wrong thoughts? Which thought is considered right or wrong? How is an opinion created or adapted? Lets look at religions for example: Many groups believe in something they consider the truth and live it. A very simple question that comes up here is: Which belief is a true belief? They could all be untrue! Still millions of humans put their faith in something they consider the truth without knowing if it is! Our minds take all bits of information, true or false, and twist thoughts around them all the time. This could be considered insane! How important is all the stuff we know? What’s worth knowing and what’s just junk? How do we find out what we believe wasn't just given to us and is actually true? Any thought could be considered right and wrong from different viewpoints. I’ve read this next part a while ago and it seems to fit in here: The sun is rising every morning, which is true from one point of view, but someone could also say the sun never sets nor rises, which is also true, if you are in space above earth. This brings up the question: How credible is any thought, belief or opinion in it’s origin? Any belief can quickly turn into a dogma, law or regulation, but it can also disappear as quickly once a new level of understanding is reached! This shows the impermanent nature of a belief. So how do we know that any belief or opinion is more true than another? I have a feeling that there’s something that is more important than a belief or an opinion. This something might be the awareness in each and everyone that enables us to believe in something, the consciousness that is there before any thought. However, i "believe" it is “good” to believe in something even if it’s an untrue belief, because how else could we come to realize it’s falsity!? All the best
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Oliver Kothe
Posted over 1 year ago
The debate about Graham Hancock's talk
People all over the world have spiritual experiences through plant medicines which are more real then anything they've ever felt before that it even changed their lives to the extend that they consider themselves spiritual beings. Because the majority of the western world is so afraid of anything out of the so called ordinary, we are having a debate about censoring this and other talks. Good luck btw trying to keep those people from telling about Ayahuasca :)  Some humans have been waking up from the collective dream throughout history and have presented their teachings to experience a higher consciousness to the rest of the world, but what has men done instead of listening to them? What is the public doing today if someone tells us there might be something we've been missing out on our whole lives, which was there all along right in front of us. We say: Oh well, it's a little to occult or to far fetched!? How could we have missed it? Not a credible source anyway, right!? Nothing to worry about. Put it in that pseudo drawer over there and keep snoring. That's just another way the human mind tries to neglect reality once again. We've reached a point where we can't afford living solely in mind made structures or systems that have been outdated for decades and we need to allow people like Hancock, or Sheldrake to present what they have researched/experienced because in the end, they are a representation of the public interest. This Ted debate might be over in a couple of days, but in truth, the real talk just started! The people who know that Ayahuasca showed them truth won't stop spreading the message. If Ted is in or not! Quote: "Not for one moment do i believe that such an awakening would deprive us of energy or social concern. On the contrary, half the delight of it - though infinity has no halves - is to share it with others, and because the spiritual and the material are inseparable this means the sharing of life and things as well as insight! Alan Watts Namaste
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Oliver Kothe
Posted over 1 year ago
The debate about Graham Hancock's talk
Thanks for censoring this talk! It ignited a debate we finally need to have in the public. One major issue is that the people who have experienced Ayahuasca aren't always taken very seriously by the public. How do you explain water to a fish? How do you explain cosmic consciousness to a human? The human mind uses concepts to label things, but cosmic awareness doesn't work with concepts….. it just works! How do you explain something that can't be explained with concepts? In our days we need somewhat of a middle man! There are so many different kinds of altered states (some more accepted then others) and it seems to me we need another alternate state that points us to the actual and natural state of being! If someone understands this or not. With all the men made stimuli there needs to be something real or natural someone can rely upon which centers us in the present moment of our lives. We're raised to believe in this or that from the moment we are able to perceive without knowing how genuine any belief is and nobody (or let's say very few people) realizes that there is a completely different dimension which doesn't contain any belief or thought whatsoever. (Alan Watts, Adyashanti, Buddha, Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle, Meister Eckhart, Pema Chödrön) Each of us needs to realize that science and spirituality are researching or contemplating the same source and that there are a myriad of ways to access “it”, not just one right way. Hancock, Terrence & Dennis McKenna (Entheogens), Rick Strassman - (The spirit molecule) have researched, written and talked about DMT + so called psychedelics quite scientifically, which makes them, in my opinion, the pioneers of modern times. They've shown that plant medicines and certain native rituals can help loosen the grip of illusion on humanity if someone likes to hear this or not!