myth : consciousness
Paleolithic consciousness or hunter-gatherer forager consciousness
is characterized by a non-dualistic acceptance of That Which Is
A mistrust set in and there arose the desire to attempt to control
Nature rather than to follow Her and conform to Her rhythms.
compulsion to gather food for a "rainy day" was initiated by a
thought of future need that originated in a remembrance of past times of
The moment the
desire to control nature began is the moment God kicked Adam and Eve out of the
Pagan shamanistic nomadic type religions relate directly to
brain while settlement based agricultural based cultures relate directly to
Our emotions, originating in the
brain, directly sense the energies of Reality.
The natural self,
brain, enjoys change and relishes the novel.
The natural self
glories in a life that is an ever-unfolding adventure into the Divine.
Once the split from Nature occurred the individual no longer felt, as
the early forager did, those body energies that we call core emotions -
brain recognition of actual
emotions did not go away even
though the individual was no longer conscious of them after the
had taken control.
To compensate the
brain for the wall the
had erected to filter out those core emotions the
allowed the right brain
access to parts of itself it was only subconscious of.
unaware of the secret agreement entered into by the two hemispheres of their
brains "act out" in a ritual manner those inner
core emotions/feelings/realities/experiences which the conscious
is cut off from.
As long as the secret agreement stands they will deny
this as they are numb to it and unaware of it.
The manner of the "act
out" is always symbolic of the (truly)
motivating inner core
emotions/feeling/reality/experience that has been repressed.
brain experiences makes itself known, not consciously but indirectly and
This symbolism will be based on
brain uses to understand reality.
It is exclusive
settlement modification of Nature thinking that is causing all humanities
This would not have
been an issue without the global corporate revolution which hid future decline
behind glossy marketing.
It is a part of the
Cartesian mode to think of
consciousness as being something
peculiar to the mind, that
the mind is the organ
mind does not originate
mind is an organ that
inflects consciousness in a certain
direction to a certain set of purposes.There is a consciousness here in the
whole living universe is informed by consciousness.
Consciousness is a form of energy, a
Where you really see life energy, there is
There is a
wonderful story of the
deity, of the self that thought,
"I am". As soon
as it thought "I
am"," it was afraid. It was an entity now, a
self, locked in time. Then It thought,
"What should I be afraid of,
"I am" the only
thing that is."
As soon as It thought
"I am" alone
It imagined that if there were another
It would not be
lonesome, and so
It felt desire.
It swelled, split in two, became
male and female,
and begot the universe.
Stanislav Grof found some
patients re-experienced birth and, in the re-experience of birth, the first
stage is that of the fetus in the
womb, without any
sense of "I"
or of being.
At childbirth there are two
participants . The trauma of childbirth is imprinted on the both the mother's
and the child's psyche . The trauma they both experienced of being joined, then
seperated, will be reenacted over and over again when they come into
conflicting contact over worldview, as we inevitably do
Fear is the first emotional experience of the fetus
in the womb.
Shortly before birth the rhythm of the uterus begins,
and there's terror! (The walls are closing in!) Fear is the first emotion, the
emotion that says "I".
Then comes the
horrific stage of getting born, the difficult passage through the birth canal,
and then - my God, bright light, loud sounds and
Can you imagine!
Isn't it amazing that this
repeats just what the myth says - that self said,
"I am", and
immediately felt fear?
It was alone, Self felt desire for companionship and became two.
Self breaks into the world of light and
pairs of opposites.
There is the plane of consciousness
where one identifies and communes with that which transcends pairs of
The nature of our experience of reality is I and you,
this and that, true and untrue, male and female,
good and evil, black
and white - every
one of them has its opposite. This is
duality - a simple method to differentiate reality by putting reality into a
linear box with end points. An example of this seen today is paralleled in
"Republican" or "Democratic" or Left against Right.
When we are turned
outward, we seem to see imperfections in reality.
If we look inward, we
see that our inability to accept reality as reality truly is - is the source of
our attitude that reality is imperfect.
Once we look inward at our own
consciousness - our self - we begin to
understand our inner reality and we can then
judge if that inner reality reflects outer
existent reality - the field of
There are dimensions of
your being, a potential for realization and
consciousness that are not included in
most peoples concept of self.
Life is much deeper and broader than most
conceive it to be.
live with only a fractional inkling of
reality, and fail to see within
themselves what gives life breadth and depth.
You can live in terms of that
depth of your life - awaken !
is possible to experience a plane of consciousness where one identifies and
communes with that which transcends pairs of opposites and if you experience
it, you will suddenly see that all the religious mystical experiences are the
Time and space form the sensibilities that bound our
experiences. Our senses are enclosed in the field of time and space, and our
minds are enclosed in a frame that consists as categories of thought.
To be touched by God we must
allow our consciousness to expand beyond the field of enclosure.
We enclose God when we try to think of
We wall God out if we are
Instinctual reason is
one category of thinking.
Figuring out how you can solve a problem is
not instinctual reason.
Instinctual reason lies within sensing the
fundamental structure of the order of the universe.
-adapted from Joseph
Grof treated psychological problems with
for several years while it was still
"LSD and other
function more or less as nonspecific catalysts and amplifiers of the
psyche. In the dosages used in human experimentation, the classical
such as LSD,
mescaline, do not have any specific
pharmacological effects. They increase the energetic niveau in the psyche and
the body which leads to manifestation of otherwise latent psychological
processes. The content and nature of the experiences that these substances
induce are thus not artificial products of their pharmacological interaction
with the brain ("toxic psychoses"), but authentic expressions of the psyche
revealing its functioning on levels not ordinarily available for observation
and study. A person who has taken
LSD does not
have an "LSD
experience," but takes a journey into deep recesses of his or her own psyche."
- Stanislav Grof
"The potential of
LSD seems to be
extraordinary and unique. The ability of
LSD to deepen,
intensify and accelerate the psychotherapeutic process is incomparably greater
than that of any other drug used as an adjunct to psychotherapy, with the
exception perhaps of some other members of the
group." - Stanislav Grof
LSD was first
suggested as a tool in psychotherapy in 1949. The following year saw the first
studies in medical/psychiatric journals. By 1970, hundreds of articles on the
uses of LSD in
therapy had appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association,
the Journal of Psychology, the Archives of General Psychiatry,
the Quarterly Journal of Studies of Alcoholism, many
non-English-language journals, and elsewhere. Psychiatric and psychotherapeutic
conferences had segments devoted to
LSD, and two
professional organizations were formed for this specialty, one in Europe and
the other in North America. International symposia were held in Princeton,
London, Amsterdam, and other locations. From 1950 to 1965,
LSD was given in
conjunction with therapy to an estimated 40,000 people
"LSD has a high-risk/high-reward
ratio. Lysergic acid diethylamide requires
a time commitment - an
LSD trip can last as long as
20 hours. Early rituals suggested a deliberate, even thoughtful approach to
drug taking. Although he got a little lax about it as time went on, Timothy
Leary's ideas about "set and setting," which emphasized the importance of the
psychological state of the user as well as the environment in which the drug
would be used, recognize that the way to avoid a bad hallucinogenic experience
has a lot to do with how well you know
yourself and how willing you are to remove yourself from bad-vibe people
and excessive external stimuli, like televisions or ringing phones.
we're looking for a yardstick to
measure how people's
feelings about consciousness have changed over
40 years, we could do worse than to consider the enormous philosophical gulf
between LSD and, say,
Whereas one expands consciousness, the other belongs to a
class of drugs whose phenomenal success rests largely on their ability
to keep the mind from expanding into
uncomfortable places (ie facing reality squarely).
Whereas one reduces a person's 'functionality' in the interest of
questioning reality, the other is about becoming 'more functional' while
questioning very little." - Meghan Daum
"Over his long life,
Albert Hofmann (the first chemist to synthesize lysergic acid diethylamide)
took LSD many times. Albert
Hofmann developed a personal mysticism involving
nature, for which he had a lifelong passion. One thing this very tolerant man
decried in the Western drive for facile
satisfaction was an alienation from
nature. The use of LSD
made him more and more conscious of
it. In nature Albert Hofmann saw "a miraculous,
powerful, unfathomable reality." - Robert
A massive dose of
lysergic acid diethylamide increases sense
experience to the point where it will cause the subject's
voice", to experience a "white out" which leads to a vacant memory of the
experience in the
The amount of disruption of
thinking is directly proportional to the dose - the higher the dose, the more
disruption. The best way to describe to a left brain what it is like in the
brain visual would be
of Alex Grey. But that is only visual and a poor description as the colors
are heard and not seen, they taste weird, smell funny, and keep slapping,
pinching, caressing and sticking you with more and more sensory
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