The Mind Strength Balance Podcast

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December 11, 2020  

The Brain Frequency Course

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The Brain Frequency Course

 

A free, online, video mini-course on brainwaves and the foundations of awareness.

 

Everyone should understand brainwaves because attention is critical to all of our brain functions. What I can teach you about brainwaves is something you can use without therapy or formal training. You can incorporate an understanding of your brainwaves into your meditation, mindfulness, yoga, dreamwork, learning, or psychedelic practice.

 

I’m offering a free, online, video-based, mini-course on brainwaves. It consists of seven 10-minute videos interspersed with text and sprinkled with links to my related blog posts. You can access the course page by subscribing to my blog HERE, or at:

bit.ly/brainfrequencies


For an illustrated, printable version of the podcast go to the Articles page of my website at www.mindstrengthbalance.com, or click HERE.

December 4, 2020  

It Comes From Space

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It Comes From Space

 

The notion of distance as it applies to a network theory
of our thought processes.

 

Imagine that you understood yourself as the network of thoughts. Different nodes of your map might represent different thoughts or points of view. They might represent different people. You might map your personalities as if they were other people, other people who you might be rather than the person you are.

 

Mind-space is something that emerges dynamically from the way thoughts build themselves. Without a theory of our mental network, psychology is sterile. With such a theory who knows how far you can go.

 

 


For an illustrated, printable version of the podcast go to the Articles page of my website at www.mindstrengthbalance.com, or click 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.

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


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.

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


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

June 27, 2020  

Consilience, Reason and Emotion

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The virus is a lesson in the reconciliation of opposites and the shepherding of resources.

I've collected my pieces on COVID-19 into a book that follows the virus's public appearance, my experience with it, and its effect on science and government. Most of all, the book is a hypnotic learning tool to strengthen immunity and spirit.

Where does the virus fit in our ecology? What have we done to create this ecology, and what can we do about it?

This is the final chapter.

The rationalist in me would like to say that developing a sustainable ecology is a practical problem, but it's suspect not. It is a spiritual problem, as it certainly is for those who revere the earth. It certainly requires of people something more than a rational commitment. It is spiritual in the sense that spirit motivates action.

Salvation is not a reward for the righteous, its is a gift for the guilty..” Steve Lawson

 


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

May 22, 2020  

COVID-19 and Spirit

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“Think of the earth as a living organism that is being attacked by billions of bacteria whose numbers double every forty years. Either the host dies, or the virus dies, or both die.”
― Gore Vidal

Maybe all parasites feel entitled to their hosts. You wouldn’t feel entitled if you were at a loss whenever you went out of balance, you’d recognize your role. I’d like to say this virus experience will teach us something about our own parasitic relationships.

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I’ve created a guided visualization called Spirit and Reason that explores what we know in order to find greater peace in the state of not knowing; to be more settled, quiet, and relieved in both the immediate present, and with regard to existential questions, also.

This piece, COVID-19 and Spirit, is an introduction to that piece, Spirit and Reason.

"Our imagination is struck only by what is great; but the lover of natural philosophy should reflect equally on little things."
— Alexander von Humboldt


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

April 10, 2020  

Poor Sleep is an Addiction

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Your sleep problems are in your mind, but, if you're like most people, you don't want to hear it.

Everyone appreciates good sleep, but few people will put themselves at risk to get it.There is something subtle going on here because sleep is something which you work toward indirectly.

Good sleep is a consequence of certain habits, just as bad sleep is. The habits are cognitive, they pertain to how you think. Thinking habits are the root of all addictions

In this piece, I make the argument that you must view your sleep problems as an addiction. I have a solution: my book and my online course. You can find information about the book and the course by clicking here.


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

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