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Much visual deterioration is due to an unwillingness to observe the world closely. Our eyes lose their ability to “shift” from one detail to another, resulting in a frozen stare that stresses our eyes tremendously. Yet when we are under emotional stress, the last thing we want to do is look at the details of our situation. It is less painful, at times like this, to partially “blind” ourselves to the reality of our experience. Our vision becomes fuzzy in an attempt to protect us emotionally. Unfortunately, our typical reaction to this situation is to force our eyes to perform as usual. We acquire glasses, or get a stronger prescription.
If you strained your back by using it to lift heavy objects, you would not think of just getting a back brace and continuing to use your spine in the same way. Yet this is precisely how we treat our eyes. It would be much better for your long-term visual health if you simply acknowledged your need to see less clearly for a while. This is a time to rest and support your eyes, your body, and your mind. In a world dedicated to functionality, this might be difficult to do - yet to ignore physical and emotional distress signals is to risk permanent damage to your ability to function. If you nurture your eyesight through the hard times, it will return to its previous capacity when things start (literally) looking up again.
- Meir Schneider, Yoga for Your Eyes
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Let’s suppose that you were able every night to dream any dream you wanted to dream, and that you could for example have the power within one night to dream 75 years of time or any length of time you wanted to have, and naturally as you began on this adventure of dreams you would fulfill all your wishes. You would have every kind of pleasure you could conceive and after several nights of 75 years of total pleasure each you would say “Wow, that was pretty great”.
Now let’s have a dream which isn’t under control where something is going to happen to me that I don’t know what it’s going to be. And you would do that and come out of that and say “Wow, that was a close shave, wasn’t it?” and then you would get more and more adventurous and you would make further and further out gambles as to what you dream, and finally you would dream where you are now. You would dream the dream of living the life that you are actually living today.
Imagine for a moment that modern astronauts were to find a piece of space junk inscribed with hieroglyphics indicating that there was life on a distant planet. What do you think the reaction of academia would be if the clergy were to demand that we ignore the text because it didn’t fit the Creation paradigm? Yet that is precisely the scientific response to the supernatural aspects of the ancient world. Scientists are quick to marvel at the great intellect of the Egyptians and Mayans when their hieroglyphics affirm the astronomy and mathematics of modern science, yet they totally discount the unequivocal testimony of the ancients that they received this knowledge from the gods.
It doesn’t matter what poetry is going on in your head; a very restricted repertoire of behaviors controls your interaction within small groups.
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After a study of modern painters, the biologist C. H. Waddington articulated the following argument: As a species we transmit information over generations both genetically and through speech and writing. Speech and writing inevitably result in authority structures, someone telling someone else what to do. The child is told, “No, don’t touch, the oven is hot.” His or her perceptual system is stunted and his or her behavior is linked up to the language commands of others.
Based on his examination of how modern painters had learned to see nature without language, Waddington suggested institutionalizing this artistic achievement for the human species as a whole. He thought we could generalize the silent success of painters such as Monet, Cezanne, and van Gogh and evolve an information transmission system based on shared perception of environmental realities rather than language.
source: The Earthscore Notational System
In the Javanese world view, each individual’s life is nothing but a ‘mampir ngombe’ (a short stop on the Path to have a drink of tea), a moment that sometimes will be memorable, but anyhow will remain just a moment on the Path and perhaps not so very important as it seems to us.
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The point is not to stop fantasizing about waffles and ice cream. The point is to eat it, be aware that you are eating it, get the satisfaction (the CPDR) your brain is requiring, and move on to the next life experience. If you get what you want you won’t need to be constantly thinking about what you don’t have. It’s that simple.
Just imagine what else that applies to.
Been thinking about the conundrum of wanting to take a drug as a human being for a particular experience, only to find out that the other aspects of Self reached thereby have no interest in the human motives for having done so — or even for continuing the human life which was just trying to do some psychic spelunking.
I’ve sometimes heard the saying, “Maybe this is all God having a dream. Let’s do our best not to wake him up.” I think certain drugs (such as the dissociative psychedelics Salvia and Ketamine) have precisely that effect — jarring the Sleeper out of his dream momentarily. There is no guarantee that He will want to continue dreaming you up after that.
So you may have a million human reasons for wanting to stick around with those you love in this form, but compared to a whole palette of other potential experiences and depths — will they really look so appealing, so important on the other side? Will you really care about the feelings of a handful of mere mortals, when at that level you are directly and permanently in communion with their originating selves?
This is, incidentally, my reason for getting so serious about journaling and trying to get a firm hold on my subjective experiences inside of the objective world. I want to ensure that my future psychedelic experiences are firmly nested in — if not bolted down to — my continued physical existence, and not liable to balloon to a size completely disproportional to my will to live as a human being. Controlled ascent is the idea. Bring sufficient ballast!
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One of the special capacities that we develop in the course of our Process Meditation practices is the ability to proceed toward goals that have not yet been announced to us.
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