The Mind Strength Balance Podcast

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November 23, 2020  

Tuning Your Dreams

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Tuning Your Dreams

"It is extremely difficult to teach a person to see holistically once she has been educated to see sequentially."
Christopher Alexander, from The Nature of Order

Your awareness of the world around you is like the teeth of a gear. These teeth have a certain depth and frequency and you are aware of what meshes with them. Events of the world that are too small lack the power to turn your awareness, and events that fail to occur with the rhythm of these mental gears slip out of your consciousness, such as the roll of thunder and the chatter of birds....

 

I can teach you how to wake up, but is that what you want? It’s the way to fulfillment, but the path won’t be clear as you’ll see and feel more. Therapeutic dreaming is a process of waking up...

 


My weekly, six-session, live, online Therapeutic Dreaming class starts Nov. 28, 2020 and you can ENROLL BY CLICKING HERE.

A pre-recorded version of the class is also available. For more information GO HERE.

 

November 20, 2020  

The Time of Your Life

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The Time of Your Life

If time is so valuable, why are you so unaware of it?

We experience being self-aware almost all of our waking lives. Sometimes we space out, but even then we feel that we were present somewhere. Most likely you’re only here less than half the time...

 

We “tick” along. The ticks are rather brief, around a tenth of a second for most of our functions, and between these ticks we’re on automatic pilot...

 

Speed yourself up with amphetamines and your teeth will fall out. Expand your mind with hard drugs and you may be dead before you’re 40. There is an undeniable attraction to living more fully, and, for some people, whatever the cost, it's worth it.

 


To read and to print an illustrated version of this audio, please go to the text version HERE.

November 13, 2020  

How The World Changes

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We are changing the world using our minds.

Everything I know about insight, intellect, psychology, and the brain’s structure has little effect on how humans act to change the world. We still act the same way, we just do different things...

If I could change the patterns of my thoughts,I might change how I perceive the world. I don’t mean the kind of fluff that passes as “free will,” which I don’t much believe in, but rather how ideas come to me. I’m referring to the voices of insight, inclination, intuition, or similar guidance that precedes intellect, reason, and volition. I’m interested in learning as an abstract thing: the question of how we change when, left to ourselves, we can’t...

I want to talk about what’s going on beneath your thoughts and feelings. I believe you can operate there in an altered state of mind.

Here is a little equation relating our stimulation to our consciousness... Actually, it’s not a simple equation... This equation, and others of this sort, are the source of deterministic chaos, fractals, self-similarity, and phase transitions.

 


To read and to print an illustrated version of this audio, please go to the text version HERE.

November 6, 2020  

Your Brain’s Frequencies Are You

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This is the last lecture in the course on brain frequencies in which I describe the importance of controlling your brain frequencies and how this affects your mind and health.

Understanding frequencies is the key to self-awareness. Consciousness begins with rhythm. When you learn to manage your rhythms, you become more conscious.

The brain frequencies course is free, prerecorded, and under 2 hours long. It’s available online at the neurofeedback page of https://www.mindstrengthbalance.com, or you can get there directly by going to http://bit.ly/brainwavecourse.

October 15, 2020  

Psychedelic’s Anti-Therapeutic Promise

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Psychedelic's Anti-Therapeutic Promise

Psychedelics are quickly becoming a new drug of promise, not for what psychedelics can do, but for what mental health practitioners want.

 

People want various things. Certainly, some do want healing, and some want entertainment, but some also want liberation from the normality that psychology aims to restore.

 

I support the renaissance in mind-altering drugs. They will help those people whose mental realities are stuck. Some of these people are labeled mentally ill, others are labeled psychologists, but most of these are just normal people.

Most things in the world are hype. Most things in the world are oversold and under-delivered. But, in my experience, sex, music, and psychedelics deliver. They are actually ‘better than advertised.’
 ― Terrace McKenna

 


To read and to print an illustrated version of this audio, please go to the text version HERE.

October 2, 2020  

Deprivation, Meditation, Psychedelics, and Hypnosis

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Deprivation, Meditation, and Psychedelics

My approach to trance work grew from my interest in having new experiences and my questions about learning. From this outline you may see how our views compare.

“No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
 ― Friedrich Nietzsche

 


To read and to print an illustrated version of this audio, please go to the text version HERE.

September 25, 2020  

What makes a vision meaningful?

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What Makes a Vision Meaningful?

Meaningful visions require both a transcendent perspective and the addition of your own meaningful ingredient. You have to bring something to add to the pot. If you don’t the pot just offers you visions of the transcendent without any way for you to place yourself in it.

I connect the psychedelic dimension to the dimension of inspiration and dream.
Terence McKenna

 


To read and to print an illustrated version of this audio, please go to the text version HERE.

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

 


To read and to print an illustrated version of this audio, please go to the text version HERE.

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

 


To read and to print an illustrated version of this audio, please go to the text version HERE.

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

 


To read and to print an illustrated version of this audio, and for a link to the video that I refer to, please go to the text version HERE.

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