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September 18, 2020  

The Fundamental Question

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The Fundamental Question

What would you say is the most fundamental question? Would it be the origin of the universe, or the meaning of life? What about, “Does God exist?” or “Is there other intelligent life in the universe?”

I suggest there is a deeper question that underlies them all. I suggest the most fundamental question is, “How do we understand anything that we don’t already know?”

You only live once, but if you do it right, one is enough.
Mae West

 


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September 11, 2020  

How Do You Feel?

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How Do You Feel?

It takes a lot of thinking to feel emotional about something. Even the simplest emotion, such as the startle reaction, requires knowing what you’re seeing...

You don’t really remember any “thing,” you build memories on demand to represent experiences you’ve stored away in some coded form. You may think you remember a red car on a dirt road or a friend’s face on a summer evening, but you really don’t...

Here is the crux of the matter: there is much that you are missing. There is much more that you could feel. How do you feel? By exploring the depth and breadth of your emotional repertoire. Can you expand your emotional repertoire? Yes, you can.

“You need to become fully conscious of your emotions and be able to feel them before you can feel that which lies beyond them.
― Eckhart Tolle

 


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September 4, 2020  

What Psychedelics Can Do

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What Psychedelics Can Do

Before moving into the practical territory of preparing for the use of a mind-expanding substance it would be worthwhile to consider what these substances do. I believe that they do just about anything.

Psychedelics can reframe your concept of reality. They can do this to a greater or lesser extent. They can challenge or disable you, or they can do nothing at all. Their potential is largely determined by what you allow yourself to experience, and what novelty you can manage to build into your understanding of the world...

Psychedelics are the parachute jump master that shouts you out the airplane’s door to the open sky. It’s your job to have your parachute packed and to take it from there. What they can do, then, is to show you a larger and older world. This can be a rite of passage or a waste of time.

There are things known and there are things unknown,
and in between are the doors of perception.

Aldous Huxley

 


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August 28, 2020  

Preparing For a Psychedelic Experience

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Preparing For a Psychedelic Experience

When you take a psychedelic you are enlisting in a struggle that’s much larger than you can imagine. Depending on who you are and what you take you may find yourself well beyond anything you expect...

You may be responding to an advertisement that says you’ll visit paradise but, once the ship leaves shore, where it goes is not up to you. You will be sent where you are needed...

I’ve written a list of aspects of mind and character that can be approached as separate issues. These are piers on which we build our character. Like a foundation, each pier bears a separate weight...

Each of these aspects can play a role in the psychedelic experience. Each of them should be under your control. You can strengthen each of them through focus and exploration. Consider them as questions and spread the answers out in front of you like a hand of cards...

Leaping into the beautiful sunrise sky,
I am overwhelmed with feeling,
and awaken with tears of joy.
Steven LaBerge, lucid dream researcher


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August 21, 2020  

The Preparation For and Integration Of Psychedelics

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The Preparation For and Integration Of Psychedelics

I’m now a therapist; I make it my business to enable and explain the process of transformation. I might say I was always a therapist except that I was my only client. I can now see the psychedelic experience in everyday life in the form of manufactured reality and disordered thinking. On that basis, I’m qualified to describe psychedelics as a normal part of life.


A good recipe only gets you started. You need to take it from there.


I know many people more experienced with psychedelics than I, but I can claim some insight. First, I’ve always been focused on my personal growth not entertainment, and while my progress has been slow, I’ve been careful. I’ve been at it for over 50 years.

"There is a groundswell of interest in the use of psychedelics for psychotherapy, and I really object to this. These are transformative medicines that are abused when their use is limited to psychology’s main goal of returning people to normal. I have this problem with psychologists in general: they are not trained and they are not selected to support change but rather to restrain it....

"One of psychedelic’s main purposes is to teach people that medicines are not necessary. In this, I take a very Buddhist stance: changes of mind are best achieved through mind alone. Psychedelics expand the mind, but they do so as a can opener. They can bust open a stuck lock, but the world that’s revealed is the real world, not a hallucination."

“After some time, with my eyes closed, I began to enjoy this wonderful play of colors and forms, which it really was a pleasure to observe.”
Albert Hoffman, chemist and inventor of LSD


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August 14, 2020  

The Purpose of Dreams

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Dream Building

To use dreams therapeutically, play a role in designing them.

This piece addresses the role of dreams in creating our reality. Dreams are the laboratory where we can match our thoughts and feelings with our perception of reality. In our dreams, our more fundamental mental functions express themselves.

"If you want to play a greater role in designing your life, you’ll have to develop skills that are above average. The fact that we’re talking about this means you have already elevated your vision. Vision is where growth starts and what keeps it going...

"It may be correct to say that the first and last step in becoming a master craftsman of the mind is recognizing the fluid nature of reality. It is both a prerequisite for playing a constructive role in developing your identity, and a powerful tool for reshaping your dreams."

“Dreams are illustrations… from the book your soul is writing about you.”
Marsha Norman, playwright

 

 


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August 7, 2020  

When Science Doesn’t Work

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Is It Science, Yet?

Science prides itself on transparency, but rarely can anyone except a scientist can see through it. For the most part, the commoners have no idea what science is founded on and, instead, follow it dogmatically.

 

Everyone wants a scientific solution to end the pandemic. In this, people are throwing themselves at preliminary research and expecting it to be as good as finished science.

 

The real process of science involves many attempts to do many things, and many things that don’t work. It’s only after a good deal of failure that a particular direction gains focus. This is what began to happen with Hydroxychloroquine.

 

One angry, black doctor, harping on the phrase, “We have a cure; it’s called hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and zithromax!” may have restarted HCQ research. Science journalists are refusing to follow this issue because they see it as providing political ammunition for Donald Trump.

 

It finally appears that research is focusing on a proper theory, protocol, and test for the use of HCQ against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This was almost quashed by political infighting and institutional ignorance.

 

In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world,
not to the man to whom the idea first occurs
.
― Sir William Osler, MD

 


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July 31, 2020  

COVID-19, Frontline Doctors

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On July 27th an unofficial press conference was held on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. A newly formed group called America’s Frontline Doctors, consisting of GPs, hospital doctors, and colleagues presented their perspective on the COVID-19 experience.

 

Six doctors spoke. They did not speak in politically guarded statements. They made several statements that have been widely recognized as fact, and some that sounded overly optimistic.

 

I have been following the publications and information they were referring to for the last six weeks, ever since these issues came to light. I concluded, even before this press conference, that a number of the criticisms these doctors are making are correct.

 

What the Frontline Physicians were advocating was the necessity to grant clinical medicine the power to exercise its intuition and, in this, provide inspiration for others. The official response to this has been to shut them down.

 

I read a report that said 88% of adults trust their doctors — well, 100% of dead people don’t.
Stewart Stafford

 


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July 24, 2020  

The Benefits of Hysterical Thinking

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I've written a book on COVID-19 which is a combination memoir, analysis, suggestion, and indictment. It offers suggestions pertaining to how to maintain one's health and others about how to treat the SARS-Cov-2 infection. It suggests you reappraise the information being fed to you. It’s a creative book.

 

Emotions are gaining increased respect and attention in research. This is a sea-change in our thinking. It is a recognition that emotion is not some defective feminine aspect, but a system that sets off an alarm when the rational mind gets out of balance.

 

It’s nice to advocate passive resistance and reasonable response, but, when playing a rigged game or confronting a person with a personality disorder, these tactics do not work. Hysterical thinking is break-out thinking, and, break-out thinking triggers episodic changes.

 

If you'd like to learn more about my book, visit mindstrengthbalance.com, where I sell books, offer free posts, and periodically offer classes on awareness, awakening, sleeping, and dreams.

The only way to change someone's mind is to connect with them from the heart.
Rasheed Ogunlaru

 


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July 17, 2020  

Dreams and Foggy Thinking

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The keys to dream recall are gaining awareness of the dream while the dream is occurring, and applying a sufficiently quiet level of awareness so that your retrieval of the dream is not derailed by your thoughts. I want to focus on the second of these: learning to think quietly...

If you'd like to learn more about dreams, visit mindstrengthbalance.com, where I sell books, offer free posts, and periodically offer classes on sleeping and dreams.

“A busy mind is full of thoughts, a blissful mind is full of ideas… a conclusive mind cannot be a creative mind.”
Amit Kalantri


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