I'm typically not one for altered states of consciousness. I don't do drugs. I've never been drunk. In fact, the only time I can claim to have been synthetically high was when, against my will, I was injected with Fentanyl moments before being put under for surgery (and that high was not a pleasant experience). So, when I purchased a book Get High Now (without drugs) at a book sale, many of my friends and loved ones thought it extremely peculiar. When I set out to make an Instructable along the same theme, they felt I had perhaps come unhinged.

This whole endeavor is highly out of character for me. I am not one to seek out altered states of consciousness, and everyone seemed plain confused as to why I suddenly wanted to (and without drugs, no less). Some friends wanted to know if this meant I would go out drinking with them now. Others simply wanted to know who I was, where I came from, and what I did with the real Randy. All of that said, I am not particularly certain what made all of this resonate with me so strongly, but I found it compelling enough to give it a try.

Collected here are are a number of techniques for altering your consciousness. All of these have been vetted by myself and found to be effective for me on some level. That means that I did try and reject a few consciousness altering exercises that might work for others. The most notable rejection was transcendental meditation. I could not get it to do much of anything for me other than make my legs stiff. Really, the only thing I found transcendental meditation good for was striking a nice pose for the main image of this Instructable.

While none of these 10 approaches are as consciousness-altering as being injected with Fentanyl, I can say that they will all make you perceive the world in alternative ways.

Step 1: Sleep Deprivation

The body and mind need rest in order to operate at peak performance. When the body and mind do not get the required amounts of rest time, they start doing weird things. Envision for a moment a talking children's toy with dying batteries. The voice slows down and distorts and the moving parts twitch helplessly as they try in vain to move. In some way, this is a good metaphor for sleep deprivation.

If you have ever gone longer than twenty four hours without sleep, chances are that you experienced some form of altered state as a result of sleep deprivation. In fact, the more days that you go without sleeping, the more dramatic the altered state becomes. A small sample of things that you might expect to experience while sleep deprived include strange social interactions, a slowing of cognitive ability, and a distorted sense of self.

My experience:
The longest that I have stayed awake has been three and a half days. By the middle of the third day I was trying to talk to people, but primarily mumbling incoherently to myself. In turn, people would talk to me and I would answer, but not know what I was saying. There was a strange feeling of detachment from my surroundings. My reaction time slowed down and my actions were lethargic. I was there, but not there. Sometimes I would start doing things and not know why. It was as if everything - even my most immediate concerns - were happening in my periphery.

I finally found myself on the train on my way home from work. I kept falling asleep standing up. I tried to combat this by sitting down for a few minutes and then standing up for a few more minutes. I think I might have also been mumbling to myself to stay awake, but I can't fully remember. At the point, it was hard for me to tell what I was doing. After about eighty-five hours of being awake, I managed to make the seemingly eternal 3-block trek home from the train station. When I finally made it home, I laid down in bed, and passed out for a solid eighteen hours. The whole experience was rather unsettling, but definitely interesting.
Is it just a coincidence that most florescent bulbs in commercial settings (offices) operate at 40Hz, creating a visibly imperceptible strobe light? Are we being brainwashed to be constantly on the verge of Beta / Gamma waves, i.e. our highest alert/ most productive... just a thought...
<p>Haha your comment made me laugh, but like jlanglie says it operates at 40.000 hertz.</p><p>But it gave me a idea, what if I make strobe lights flash at the different waves. Or what if i take a light at 100hz and one at 110hz, when I find the time.</p>
Fluorescent lights operate at the kilohertz range. And a 40 hertz pulse is entirely visible.
I pray every day as a Christian. If I pray for more than say, 5 minutes consecutively, when I open my eyes, I usually have a feeling of sensory overload for a second. I know studies out of Duke University have shown that prayer has actual physical effects (on you, AND the people you pray for, but that is a different topic). I would say that the difference between prayer and meditation is the focus. Meditation focuses inward, prayer focuses OUTWARD. Meditation fosters a sense of self, prayer aligns your mind with the realities of the world, and prompts you with ideas and ways to act them out for the good of the world. It gives you compassion for the person you are praying for. You increasingly become more mature and less selfish.
<p>Having done both, I agree with what you've said about prayer, but I would disagree with your views on meditation.</p><p>Buddhist meditation causes a feeling of no self and Hindu meditation can lead to feelings of being 'at one with the universe'. It is therefore not some form of selfish naval-gazing, but is a path to connecting with and helping those around you (just like prayer).</p>
Ah, yes. I didn't mean for it to sound like meditation was selfish. Sorry! I was thinking more like this-losing self and/or being one with the universe is very different than submitting the self to the will of the Biblical God. The change originator is God, since He is perfect, and we are not. IIRC, Buddah did not declare himself perfectly divine? I know that he is often regarded that way, but was his purpose to speak to each individual as they mediate for all eternity with omnipotent wisdom? That is not a rhetorical question, I do not know.<br>The mind altering experience of prayer is supposed to be a permanent life change conformation to the Biblical God's revealed word. That Word (the Bible) is relentless in its exhortations to put God first, others second, and self third.
<p>First of all...what is god? In the ancient teachings of meditation...the same teachings that Yeshua (Jesus) studied in the Far East, in Tibet, Nepal and in India...he learned that the disfigured and misinterpreted god that Western Christians think of today...IS nirvana. God is not a person...or even an entity, nor even a personality...god is a state of mind...a state of consciousness...a state of being...and when you reach that state...you are what is considered to be in nirvana...at peace with The All That There Is.</p><p>WE are god. God is an expression of The All That There Is...ALL consciousness on all levels, from the Devic Souls that represent the weather, water, and nature spirits, to what we consider the higher forms of consciousness, meaning intelligent, sentient, self-aware and ensouled physical beings, such as humans, cetaceans, great apes...and perhaps pachyderms. There might be others that we are not aware of...but then, we're not perfect, right?...At least...not yet.</p><p>See...religious folk tend to separate themselves out from their intrinsic connection to their true inner self and project outwardly an image (make up whatever image you want...and as we've seen over the eons...many have and still do) of a &quot;fatherly&quot; (or motherly) figure who watches over them. That is O.K., there is nothing wrong with that. We are spiritual beings and we all evolve on different levels and at different rates of time and speed. There is no race for the soul to evolve. Sentient, self-aware (and intelligent?) species (at least those that become highly technologically advanced) destroy planets (and themselves) at an amazing rate. But that is why the universe is such an immense place. Life sustaining planets are a dime a dozen in this almost infinite universe...and to us anyway...it might as well be infinite. </p><p>But then, consciousness is infinite...so why would the universe be any different? Since WE created it anyway!</p><p>I know, I know...Blasphemy!</p>
<p>who told you that Jesus studied in the Far East ? in Tibet, Nepal and in India ? Where you there with him when he studied there ? did you share the same dorm or what ? Christ Jesus is an aspect of the Holy Trinity, of GOD, and so, he existed before the Earth was even created to witness Buddhism ! With all my respect to Buddhism and the wonderful Eastern Wisdom, but Christ Jesus was NOT a scholar of those schools as presumed by many... and, we have not yet reached an evolutionary state where we can destroy planets and build new ones as you stated. We are still Gods in the making. The only known intelligent being to humanity until now, who had the perfect ability to control planet earth from within is the Christ Spirit which was embodied in Jesus, the PERFECT MAN, for a period of 3 years from age 30 till 33 when the pure blood of Jesus on the Cross carried the Christ Spirit to the soils of our earth to be able to work on it from within, purify it from the sin of ignorance, through a continuous process summarized in the Mystery of Golgotha, throughout the years, reaching our present time and beyond until we have become sufficiently purified to meet Christ in the air, or in other words, that we, by living lives of devotion, service and love, will raise our planet to a higher level, until it reaches the Etheric Plane, where we can meet Christ in the air ... Even then, we are still Gods in the making, but when we really become Gods capable of Creation, or Creators of Universes and Cosmos, about that hour, no one knows, not even the Angels and Archangels as by then we would have superseded them in evolution. </p>
<p>Wow! Truly, you are so smart. You ALSO seem to know what's what with what. Well...good for you. Oh yeah...what do self-proclaimed &quot;Christians?&quot; say in response to the years that Jesus seemed to be missing? Where was he from age twelve to when he finally reappeared decades later when he was in his forties?</p><p>Why is YOUR bible THE answer to the history of what people &quot;think&quot; was Yeshua's life? What makes YOU right and ME wrong? Because you have a book that says so? Funny.</p><p>THE INFINITE AND TRANSCENDENTAL SOULS:</p><p>Being nonphysical except in times of manifestation, these high souls do not need a motto.</p><p>The transcendental soul experiences others as itself. Telepathic rapport and psychic union occur. These exalted souls seldom seek reincarnation in the physical body. If they do, it is usually because of the spiritual and/or philosophical ennui existing on the planet, and then they normally precede the decent of the realized masters by less than one hundred years. The transcendental soul can enter the physical body and displace an old soul at any time (as was the case with Yeshau/Jesus) during the life cycle. It has happened that the presence of the transcendental soul alone was enough to provoke the needed spiritual, philosophical, or cultural revolution.</p><p>The infinite soul perceives the Tao.</p><p>The transcendental soul sedom &quot;seeks&quot; any sort of formal education, although it will go along cheerfully unless the education interferes too greatly with its purpose. Then the transcendental soul will gently, but firmly, break away.</p><p>The infinite soul has direct access to to all knowledge and has no need for education of any type.</p><p>The transcendental soul perceives the synthesis and teaches it as such. It will not espouse popular dogma and does not affiliate with organized religion.</p><p>The religion of the infinite soul is the Logos.</p><p>Neither the transcendental soul, nor the infinite soul, pursues physical union. Quite often, however, the high causal body or the high mental body displaces an older soul, and at the time of the manifestation, the sexual activity ceases. These souls are not challenged by maya.</p><p>Question: What can we do to bring about the manifestation of a transcendental or an infinite soul on the physical plane?</p><p>We could do nothing. That is true of all, without the other forces holding the universe together. All of these combined are necessary to perpetuate the cycles. Knowing how it happens does not give you carte blanche to go and do it. Many people were dissapointed in Jesus because he did nothing physical about their woes. This will be the case again. The infinite soul does not come to lead the troops. The infinite soul come to bring the Logos to bear. It is up to you to listen and take your own action.</p><p>Question: And how does all that apply to those of us on the physical plane now?</p><p>Examine the natures of the various stages of growth in the soul. The level of perception and the nature of the soul's understanding within a cycle is critical here. It now happens that on this planet the vast majority of souls are Young and Mature souls, well over one and half billion. The Baby Souls and Infant Souls together equal the number of Old Souls now. This has not always been so, but life on this planet is evolving to the point where there will be no more Infant Soul Entities cast into this frame. At that point the majority will be either Mature or Old Souls. There is an end point of course, to all worlds, when the star exhausts itself. The evolution of life within a given solar system is always geared to not exceed the life of the star. In other worlds, all life on this planet will have evolved and completed long before this star expands to become a red giant and eventually shrinks into a remnant dwarf.</p><p>Human spirits reincarnate in human form without exception. The only karma incurred of importance relates to other people. However, there are sometimes unresolved emotional conflicts in the entity. We have said that astral matter can be used to materialize self and other objects. The entity then chooses to create the hunted and the experience of the hunt. From that dimension this experience is real, in the sense that it is needed to play out a scene.</p><p>Comment: &quot;But that's contrary to most Eastern scripture!&quot;</p><p>We are sorry to distress you, but we must remind you that scripture has been in error before.</p><p>Comment: &quot;I'm certain I can remember being an animal!&quot;</p><p>There are explanations for that. It is possible for the entity not earthbound elemental to throw off fragments (souls) and crate earthbound elemental forms. This does happen, but it is not a true evolution. This is possible only for an entity no longer earthbound. The earthbound entities cannot hold on to the fragments (souls). By earthbound we speak of those with un-burned karmic ribbons who must still return (re-incarnate). The causal entity has the ability to create earthbound elementary forms and throw a fragment (soul) of the entity to that form for its earthbound experiences. This only becomes necessary occasionally and is rare. There are some strong ties with certain earth elementals. The problem has arisen more often than not among those who hunt and eat the flesh of animals. That fragment (soul) sometimes becomes a &quot;restless spirit&quot;.</p><p>Question: &quot;How are all these various soul ages distributed? You have said that this is a Young Soul world. Are you talking about a bell curve or a parabolic curve, or what?&quot;</p><p>You are right about the bell curve. The majority of all creatures of reason are Young and Mature souls right now because of the closeness of the manifestation of the High Mental Body.</p><p>Question: &quot;Wait a minute. If there's limited perception within the cycles, but a kind of astral review between lives, what happens? Isn't the soul limited by its soul age and level?&quot;</p><p>Not between lives. Soul level is the function of the Physical Plane.The soul is not of the Physical Plane. How could it possibly have gender and what good would it be? There is no gender to an entity, and the souls of an entity have no gender. Male and female are factors of the Physical Plane.</p><p>The social behavior of Baby Souls is narmally a dead giveaway. They have none of the smoothness of he older cycles. New situations frighten them. Change of any type is threatening. The Young Soul is usually polished and poised socially. The Mature Soul is sometimes nervous in crowds if the vibrations are bad, but they are exacting in their social relationships. The Old Soul is casual about everything. Baby Souls tend to be immaculate about person and home, have strong feelings about hygiene. They live by standard clich&eacute;s, and after all, &quot;Cleanliness is next to Godliness.&quot; The Young Soul often keeps external appearances: shove everything into the closet before the company comes. The Mature Soul goes in spurts: one day clean, the next day, not too clean. The Old Soul usually does not bother to shove anything into the closet. Who cares? The Baby Soul regularly cleans drawers, cupboards, and the tops of refrigerators. Let it be known that intellect is not a factor in any of these cycles.</p><p>The Infinite Soul manifested through the physical forms of Lao-Tzu, Sri Krishna, Siddhartha Guatma, Mohammed, and through Mohandas K. Gandhi. The Transcendental Soul manifested in Jesus. Jesus is not and was NOT god. Nor did he ever manifest BEFORE the creation of the Earth of even this solar system. That belief is a creation of the ego-mind (false personality) of feeble-minded men who either wanted to truly lead other &quot;lost&quot; souls...or wanted to CONTROL other people through manipulation.</p><p>All spiritual books are written by human beings...not by gods. They may be well-intentioned...but that does not mean that they aren't controlled by their false personalities...i.e., their egos.</p><p>All religious fanatics are the same as all other religious fanatics...they just keep sheepishly referring to their &quot;holy&quot; books as if those books are the [only] answer to the questions of our origins as spiritual beings...and as human beings.</p><p>Luckily, for me...I can think for myself.</p>
Well, I guess you are mostly following Hindu ideas?<br>Christianity is a religion with a historical basis in the real person of Jesus who lived in Nazareth. He claimed to be God and performed many miracles including raising from the dead. This made many people at the time accuse HIM of blasphemy! The Jews were waiting for Messiah to come, but did not believe that Jesus was He. Hence, the crucifixion. You are free to believe what you will, <br>but you come across as kind of arrogant to say all of Christianity is wrong and that basically the whole Bible is inaccurate. Not a great way to prove you are enlightened my friend.
<p>Oh...I never claimed that I am enlightened. I think there is only an extremely small handful of truly &quot;enlightened&quot; human beings on this planet at any given time. By the way...the original &quot;scriptures&quot; that the &quot;bible&quot; are based on weren't even written until between sixty to ninety years AFTER the death of Jesus. Only in the fallible bible does it say that Jesus claimed to be god. In truth, what he actually said was: &quot;I am the son of god...and you are my brothers and sisters.&quot; Meaning: &quot;We are ALL the children of god.&quot; But as is always the case with zealots and religious control freaks (I'm not saying that that is what you are, but the leaders of the main religions of the world throughout human history are and have been), is that human beings, especially small minded, greedy, self-serving, arrogant, ignorant and power hungry little people with tiny little minds, once in power...discover how much they like having the power they hold, and then the true meaning of ANY religion...no matter which one it is...tends to hold no meaning whatsoever any longer.</p><p>And no...I am not &quot;following&quot; Hindu Ideas...as I do not &quot;follow&quot; any particular religion. Instead, I would say that I am a spiritualist. I believe in spirit. I just don't refer to spiritual consciousness as god. I don't need to go to a church or a temple or a mosque to get my spiritual guidance. Some people need that. That's O.K., I respect that. As long as religious folks keep their religions in their homes and in their churches and in their temples and in their mosques...I can respect their religions. Just keep their religious ideologies out of my government...out of my children's schools...out of and off of my mother's...my wife's, my sister's and my daughter's bodies...and perhaps keep them out of and off of my body as well.</p><p>Anyway...no where did Jesus ever claim to BE god and the miracles he did perform were because he was an acultist. He was a master at manifestation. He was a Seventh Level Old King and living his last life on Earth when he finally passed from this plane of existence. But he never actually claimed to BE god. That is a massive misinterpretation by the small minded little people who for all the various reasons small minded little people misinterpret the various spiritual teachings of the enlightened spiritual teachers throughout human history have taught.</p><p>Even Jesus said: &quot;Build no temples in my name.&quot; and what did all the small minded little people end up doing? They placed Jesus on a pedestal and called him a god. That is EXACTLY what he DIDN'T want. One of the problems with two thousand years of time between our culture and the culture of Jesus' time is that there is a massive language barrier as well as a massive cultural barrier. Honestly, no one seems to understand what spiritual teachers ever seem to be teaching. But the basic teachings of the big three were to not judge each other, turn the other cheek...which is why Jesus was talking about and teaching people about Karma. But no one now seems to get it. Why turn the other cheek? Because, what goes around, comes around. Doesn't have to be in THIS lifetime.</p><p>The Jews were smart...very intelligent people. They clearly understood that Jesus was not a god...that he was a man...that he was a rabbi...a teacher...and that obviously he wasn't born in some silly immaculate conception from a virgin. He was a normal human being who lived like all other human beings did on the same biological level as everyone else. The fact that he was a spiritually ascended master is another thing entirely.</p><p>The bible is inaccurate in many things. Much of what Jesus said that was written in the bible is correct...but is misinterpreted by most Christians. But in the end...who cares? When we die...we will all find out what's what. Right? I know that I am not going to a place called heaven nor a place called hell. Those are inventions of the human psyche. But we will all find out soon enough. We do live short lives. So make the best of them. :-)</p><p>Also...you accused me of being arrogant...but doesn't that also go the same for those who call themselves Christian or believe in Christianity? Isn't it arrogant of ANY religious person to tell an agnostic like me that they are right and I am wrong? Could I not then accuse them also of being arrogant?</p><p>Anyway...this has been an excellent subject and a wonderful debate. Thank you all for such lively intercourse. </p>
Well, I'm not sure where you got the authority to declare the world's largest religion, the best selling book of all time and the man that split history &quot;silly&quot;. What exactly are your credentials? How many times have you read the entire Bible? How do you serve mankind? My church in my little town feeds the hungry, visits the sick, takes refugees into their homes, adopts children in foster care, builds wells in several continents, fixes up old cars and gives them to people, adopts special needs teenagers, offers free couseling, I could go on and on. My faith has taken me around the world and I've seen people's lives change from night to day. I've given my life to minister to all kinds of people.<br>If I sound arrogant or exclusive it's because the authority I refer to is indeed exclusive. But it is also truth, and if you are right and I (and my authority) is wrong, no big deal for me. If my authority (God) is right and you are wrong, well it breaks my heart to think of your destiny.
I respect and honor not worship all gods and goddesses I believe all have some form of truth to their tales but the Christian God is the only one I've seen who demands to be worshipped my soul is in its 6th universal cycle I know others who remember lives outside of this tiny planet and personally I have small memories of Aphrodites hot full of herself it's part of her race but yes churches In His name feed and house the poor but not before pushing different sides of their beliefs down their throat I help I listen I don't judge them I go to a local church run hospital er every hour I have to hear a prayer while voices tell me to die people say he's all living but demands to be feared think on that one wether I imagine what I know or not I know for sure I believe in God just enough to hate him he's verm shoved down my throat so much
<p>Hmmm...interesting...also...have you ever heard of punctuation? That was the longest non-sentence I have ever read. Non-sentence because there wasn't even a period at the end of the entire thing...let alone any commas or periods anywhere else in that diatribe. But anyway, interesting.</p>
<p><strong>e-beth</strong>, You&acute;ve been deluded. You&acute;re mixing myths, superstition and dogma with truth and common sense. I had the intention of REFUTING every and each one of your comments, but then realized that <strong>dsantil71</strong> had already given you a clear and good answer to your arroogant claims; he even &quot;played the same game&quot; by using some bible verses. Besides, that would make me into another arrogant humang being, and I don&acute;t want that...I&acute;ve had enough of that already in my life. I also realize that no matter now many good arguments, proof and facts anyone here might present to you, you&acute;d simply not open your ears and eyes to the truth. Not &acute;your&acute; biased truth, nor any religion&acute;s &quot;truth&quot;, but simply THE TRUTH, which is based on facts, not on lies. <br><br>Yours -your mental conditioning- is a deplorable state of affairs characteristic of so many millions of people who have been led astray from what is real---yes, and What is real? That&acute;s precisely what honest, sincere and brave human beings strive to know. Not by blindly accepting everything that&acute;s been fabricated and told to them by an authoritarian religious figure, but by inquiring, by searching, by into the nature of the things they see, hear and experience in this world. </p><p>However, I appreciate your human efforts to bring relief to others less fortunate than you (materially speaking). BTW, there are many other religious and even secular groups that do the same. I am NOT condemning you, but I&acute;d suggest you make an honest effort to inquire more of what it means to be humble, and to do some research regarding the true foundation of your faith and religion...if you do, you might be really and shockingly surprised by your findings. In fact, I challenge you to do it. I challenge you to make full use of your &quot;God-given&quot; potential and skills and to learn by yourself, and to stop repeating teachings and doctrines that only serve a hidden -and sometimes, not so hidden- agenda. </p><p>Some ppl here do not share in the idea and concept of the existence of a &quot;God&quot; and all that this implies. They all have their own motives and reasons for doing so; either bc of the cartoonist misrepresentation of Him- Her-It made by many self- professed believers, or bc of a set of very personal intentions reflected in their inmoral or amoral lives that they do not want to acknowledge, especially on a public internet site...But that&acute;s their right. One&acute;s beliefs are very intimate and personal, and these should not be impossed by force to anyone. Hopefully, we can expect that truth and love will win them to their ranks.</p><p>Peace to you, <strong>e-beth</strong>...really...I wish you the best.</p><p><br></p>
<p>Santa Clause has brought joy to many children in the western world and he is based in a complete lie. Illusions and lies can bring joy and temporary help sometimes, they have in my life. It doesnt make them true. Just because something is popular and infuential or the largest in the world does not mean it is true or has any authority. No one needs credentials to speak of what is real or true. Just because you have helped a lot of people or your religion has served you and many others it does not mean it has the ultimate say in what is truth. Nor does it make you superior to than those that have not. You have invested so much into your religion that you cant see beyond it or yourself beyond it. So stop your self righteousness. A person's life can be changed for the better by many things and may other religions. I don't know if this god entity you pray for exists but if he does I still stand strong that he is not my creator nor my father. Most religious people don't even truly love him. They fear him, have unhealthy submissive obsession that would be creepy if it was towards another person or if not, just pray to win his favor. Actually I think everyone prays to win his favor no matter if their intentions are selfless or selfish. People are so mesmerized by the tales of angels and a beautiful heaven after death and eternal happiness that will be GIVEN to you like you never deserved it before. I find all that so shallow and sad. I might go to hell but this god of yours will never be able to touch my heart soul essence because he did not create me nor can he destroy me and will never own me. My soul is mine and it is all that I am and no one has power over it.</p>
Santa Claus is based on a real man, St. Nicholas. <br><br>The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of&nbsp;Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to &quot;sell what you own and give the money to the poor,&quot; Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made&nbsp;Bishop&nbsp;of&nbsp;Myra&nbsp;while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to&nbsp;those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.<br><br>St. Nicholas is connected with the tradition of secretly giving presents. There was a nobleman in Patana with three daughters but he was too poor to provide them with a dowry for marriage. He was almost on the point of abandoning them to a sinful life when Nicholas heard of his problem. That night he took a purse of gold and threw it in an open window. The nobleman used for a dowry the next day as he did a second purse he found the next night. Curious about his benefactor, the third night he watched and caught Nicholas in the act but he was told not to reveal the Saint's identity or generosity. Ever since, St. Nicholas has been identified with the tradition of gift giving.<br><br>There is centre dedicated to St. Nicholas where you can find much more information about him at http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/home/<br><br>I hope that you find this information interesting.
<p>I think it's wonderful that you and your fellow Christians help people around the world. As long as you are doing so without pushing your religious beliefs onto people of other cultures who already have long established religions of their own. I help people all the time, but I don't go around &quot;spreading the word of my own personal beliefs&quot; onto and into their lives of other people who's cultures I respect. </p><p>I've read several versions of the Christian bible at least once...in order to try and understand why people would blindly believe in something that was written by other men close to two thousand years ago, and again...written sixty to ninety years AFTER Yeshua died. How accurate can ANY of the scriptures actually be if it was written by people who heard it all by word of mouth? And...that being said, what were the original motivations and intentions at the time of the writing of these scriptures?</p><p>I've been called an Atheist, but I am not an Atheist. Maybe I am an agnostic, but I am not an Atheist. I like to think for myself, which is what Athiest's do...but then, so do a minority of other people apparently. I prefer to question everything and seek the facts and the truth. The bible does not represent the truth of anything. It may represent a personal truth to someone who does not seek the truth, but who rather prefers to be told what the truth is so they can be more easily controlled or who knows what? I do not doubt that Yeshua/Jesus actually existed. But to do exactly what he told people NOT to do; i.e., &quot;Build no temples in my name.&quot; in other words; &quot;Do NOT make me your god.&quot; When he said: &quot;I am the son of god...&quot; he also said: &quot;...and you are my brothers and sisters.&quot; Meaning: WE ARE ALL THE CHILDREN OF GOD. He did not mean literally that he IS god. That is absurd. </p><p>I think it's wonderful to be a good person. To live a good and decent life. Be kind to people. Honestly care for people. For me personally, I do not need to believe in a man-made, invented god in order to be a good person or to practice and do good things in order to feel good about myself and to believer (either way) as to whether or not I will go to a place called heaven (or hell) when I die as a reward (or punishment) for how I lived my life. Just because someone presents a book to me that was written by other men and states that those men said that [god] said this thing or that thing, because &quot;spoke&quot; exclusively to them...does not mean that they themselves are any authority either on what is true and what is false.</p><p>Believing in this god or that god...or this goddess or that goddess for that matter...is nothing more than what is called; A Personal Truth. That means that it is only true to the person who believes it, but does not necessarily represent itself as a Personal Truth to someone else. I don't believe in [the] Christian god. That is my personal truth. You DO believe in your religion's god, making that a Personal Truth...a Personal Truth that you share with millions of other believers who are also holding that belief as a Personal Truth as well. That being said, the existence of your god, or anyone else's god no matter what religion it may be...is not a World Truth. A World Truth would be that the Christian religion is at this time, the majority religion on the planet...but so what? But that fact is also not a Universal Truth. In other words, it can at this time, be verified that since we have not traveled out among the stars, i.e., out into the Universe, that none of our truths that we hold here on Earth either as Personal Truths or know as World Truths cannot and are not Universal Truths.</p><p>A man-made book...referring to the bible as an example...does not in any way prove that there is a god, or even prove that this omnipotent being rather lazily I might add, decided to talk directly to, or &quot;inspire&quot; a human being to write the ten commandments or to write not JUST the &quot;holy?&quot; scriptures, but please include ALL the &quot;holy?&quot; writings of ALL the religions of the world, since they all claim that [their] god inspired or ordered or insisted or demanded (who knows?) any particular person (apparently always a man) to write their &quot;holy?&quot; books in the first place.</p><p>If that is the case...then I too can insist that god has also spoken directly to me and I can write a book telling people how to behave, what is spiritual law...because, you know...god told me what is what and I better do as [he] says...unless of course, god is really goddess. And I would know, because she spoke directly to me in the most amazingly gentle, loving, compassionate, empathetic and caring voice...actually, it was sort of a turn-on if I may say so myself. She also said to me that I need to calm the heck down and let all the religious believers believe whatever it is that they want to believe because that is part of their own personal spiritual evolution and that because the soul or spiritual consciousness is infinite, that therefore there is no actual time limit on each individual soul's spiritual evolution. It was so nice of her to tell me that, because I WAS getting all worked up at how religious believers always tend to pick and choose what they want out of their various versions of their &quot;holy?&quot; books.</p><p>I have no credentials except the ones that Goddess bestowed upon me (joking of course). Certainly I don't need to go to a religious college or university to study theology or to call myself an expert on religion or spirituality...although admittedly, I am no expert on Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish or even the Hindu religions...I just think for myself and use common sense and research everything in order to verify for myself if something is a Personal Truth to me or if it is a World Truth or if it is a Universal Truth.</p><p>I am illustrating a book right now for a client who is writing about the origins of religions and the various religious belief systems that exist in the world today, and I have to say, it is extremely fascinating stuff. I cannot speak more of his book because I signed an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) with him. But if the fundatmentalist morons who took Salman Rushdie's so seriously is any indicator for an uneducated...especially spiritually uneducated and a zealously religious reactionary response to his book, then this book that I am working on is going to be incredibly interesting to see how the world reacts to it as well. I can't wait to read it.</p><p>Hey...what does &quot;the man who split history&quot; mean? I've never heard that term before. Are you saying that Yeshua split human history? If so, please elaborate. I am quite curious as to exactly what that means. I have no idea what that means. If human history goes back (if you count all the aboriginal peoples of the world and their histories...which can and do stretch as far back as sixty to eighty thousand years from what scientists...and aboriginal peoples say), all those thousands of years before a few &quot;modern?&quot; (based on historic time-lines, &quot;modern&quot; can include recent history as early as two thousand years ago...heck, throw in six to eight thousand years ago for the hell of it, why don't we) men decided to write the teachings of Yeshua in order to share the good word with as many pagans and/or non-believers as possible. But I wouldn't necessarily say that at that point in human history that Yeshua's teachings &quot;split&quot; human history by any means. I admit that his teachings certainly stand out and have stood out for quite a while now. But then, the teachings of Buddha still stand out as well and the men who wrote down his words did so several thousand years before Yeshua was even alive...and I have to say, I tend to lean more towards the teachings of Buddha than I do not towards the writtings of the various Christian bibles (because there are so many versions), but rather, I have to carefully interpret what is thought to be the teachings of Yeshua in a way that uses common sense and an open and clear mind...just like Buddha himself strove to teach...or at the least, inspire to those who followed his teachings. But I am also NOT a Buddhist either. I practice no religion.</p><p>I'm wondering what the belief in a god has to do with just behaving like a decent human being and extending a helping hand to those in need? I help people and have volunteered myself. I just don't do it under any religious context or precepts. I help people because it feels good and because I can and because at times, I have the financial ability to do so. I went to Japan and volunteered to help the victims of the massive tsunami in 2011. I went there because I can speak Japanese and because I once lived there and did business there during the late 1980's and throughout the 1990's. I enjoy helping people in need when I have the time to do it. God didn't tell me to do it, no church told me to do it...I just did it because as human beings, it's nice to help each other. I don't help others in need in the hope that I might convert any number of them to my beliefs. As a matter of fact, I rarely ever share my beliefs with people I meet, and even shy away from conversations that drift towards religion or have religious overtones. It's energy draining. </p><p>Even my teenage daughter told me yesterday how she felt drained and exhausted after being dragged into a conversation while she was at her high school by some girls who wanted to &quot;spread the good word&quot; with her...and she said she couldn't wait to just get away from them because they were so insistent on sharing biblical mumbo jumbo with her. I told her that yes, oftentimes, I find it quite draining to get dragged into the sometimes hilarious and entertaining rhetoric of religious believers. It often feels like a vampire has latched onto me and is sucking the life out of me. That's not very Christian of them. (laughing)</p><p>Yeshua was a Jew. And yet, he sought out and studied many different religions that existed in his time, especially the teachings of the Buddha and of Krishna...where he got a lot of his beliefs from, and which he incorporated into his Jewish beliefs. We have to keep in mind that Yeshua (Jesus) was a Seventh Level Old King (his soul age) and he was actually living his last life on Earth at that time. He was a Master in his field of study. He was an occult master. This means that he understood manifestation to the nth degree. The miracles that he performed are miracles that can be performed by those now who understand how to manifest energy and form here in the Physical Plane. I've done it a few times myself. I should practice it more so I can get better at it. But I've done it...and I have friends, family and a few other people who witnessed me doing it and said that it was like magic. It's not magic...it's just &quot;Knocking and letting the door open unto you.&quot; and &quot;Asking and then being open enough to receiving without judgment, but with humility and true thankfulness.&quot;. What I have manifested for myself in the past did seem like miracles...but they are not miracles at all...unless you come to the understanding that what Jesus was teaching was that since we ARE the children of god, if that is what you want to call the Creative Consciousness of The All That There Is, that it is a reminder that WE are capable of creating ANYTHING we so desire for ourselves with no judgement or attachment to it. Then and only then will it manifest before us.</p><p>I think you are doing good e-beth when you tithe your money to help those in need, to volunteer to help those in need wherever they are in the world...but I don't think spreading the [word] of &quot;your&quot; god is good work in the long run. Loving others...even strangers without judgement and with compassion and feeling empathy for them is fantastic...it's amazing and wonderful. But just leave it at that. I've had &quot;Christians?&quot; come up to me and want to share their amazing religion and belief in [their] god with me and I don't want that. If a person wants to find that thing in their life that they feel is missing...if it is [your] god, then respect them enough to come to you and ask for it. Please don't come to my front door or stop me on the street and hand me religious propaganda, because I may not want that mumbo jumbo pushed in my face.</p><p>I've said it before...it's nice that you believe what you believe, but keep it in your home, church, temple and mosque and keep it out of my government, my kid's schools and out of and off of the bodies of the women in my life whom I care so deeply for. The women in my life can make their own choices for their own bodies without an outsider who's religion has nothing to do with the medical issues of my family.</p><p>Your god is not the authority of me or any of my family members...and unless your god will prove that [he] exists by showing that [he] is disappointed in me or any of my family members for not following [his] wishes, and if and unless your god can manifest [himself] physically right in front of me or my family in some miracle...because that would be quite the miracle if [he] did so...I feel that I can say with certainty that when your god gave us free will...I believe that that means that every single one of us humans on this planet can literally do whatever the hell we damned well please...no matter what. Now, that doesn't mean that there might be consequences here on this planet within each and every nation or nation state where there ARE laws that might affect your decisions, whatever they may be...good or bad...and which are all different in each and every country, nation or nation state due to all the different cultures that exist. </p><p>Murdering or raping or stealing from someone, we all know has consequences. There are no consequences from [your] god...because so far, [he] has never manifested in a form that so far, anyone can discern to be a verifiable and valid and provable fact that proves that [he] exists. So for all intents and purposes...human beings can go about this planet doing just about anything they want and clearly we see this going on not just today, but throughout human history, and again, for all intents and purposes...they get away with it. Richard B. &quot;The DICK&quot; Cheney and his ilk are an excellent example of humans running amok with no consequences whatsoever. And that is because they not only were &quot;given?&quot; free will...but they know that they can get away with it and clearly, because there is no proof that there is a god...&quot;your&quot; god or anyone else's god...that they will continue to do whatever they want with no consequences and it will only be after they kick the bucket that they will find out what's what in the afterlife. And since none of us really know what's what in the afterlife...why worry about it?</p><p>What would be funny for any of us is I've been telling you that I am a non-believer...and you've been telling me that you believe in your Christian god...then we both die, and find ourselves standing before Mohammed and Allah. HAHAHAHA! THAT would be SO funny! And oddly, I didn't blow myself up and martyr myself...but Allah hands over seventy two virgins to me...and damned if they aren't all virgin beasts! Crap! Oh that Allah...he is such a kidder. I never knew he had such a sense of humor...but then, that's because I didn't believe in [him] either. Oh well...next lifetime, maybe.</p><p>Speaking of the exclusivity of authority...again...you are speaking of &quot;your&quot; personal truth. You have chosen to make this thing that cannot be proven even exists, into &quot;your&quot; exclusive authority. But that is just about as far as that can go. It cannot be applied to me, actually, for that matter, not to anyone else either...as again...for it to work, an individual must choose or decide that this thing that they believe in is their exclusive authority...whatever that actually means anyway...since, this so-called &quot;authority&quot; has never even shown [himself] to the population of this planet...I believe (see...I said: I believe), EVER! And telling me that Jesus is proof that [your] god has manifested here on Earth is no proof at all...especially since Jesus told you people NOT to build any temples in his name. And yet...you did exactly what he told you NOT to do. By that statement of his...he was telling everyone that he is just a man...like all other men.</p><p>Even Buddha was just a man. His mother and father had to have sexual intercourse in order to bring him into this plane of reality....just like Yeshua's mother and father had to. I think the only way Yeshua's &quot;virgin?&quot; mother could have immaculately conceived her son...was if she had been either an earthworm, or she had to have been what is called; a true hermophrodite. Although her chances of giving birth to a healthy child would be fairly low, resulting in a child who would probably be born with brain defects and/or physical defects...and that is only if she could even GET herself pregnant in the first place. Oh...now I'm just getting silly. I better just stop now.</p><p>Well...it's been fun!</p><p>P.S. Please, don't let your heart be broken even if you and your &quot;personal truth&quot; and your god are right and I am wrong...because I create my own reality. Because I know that there is no such thing as destiny. Destiny would suggest that my entire life is planned out for me. Which it isn't. I make choices day to day just like everyone else...just like you. You may say your god makes your choices for you or guides you to make the &quot;right&quot; choices...but in the end, since there is no proof that there IS a god, even though in your &quot;personal truth&quot; there exists a god, you still have to make all the choices that you make every second of every day, and you may attribute your choices to [your] &quot;exclusive authority&quot; to which you label &quot;god&quot;, in the end, you are the one still making those choices no matter what.</p>
<p>For a self-proclaimed christian your comments are very un-christian.</p><p> You said &quot;He claimed to be God and performed many miracles including raising from the dead.&quot;</p><p>But Jesus answered them, &quot;My Father is working until now, and I am working.&quot; This is why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.</p><p>John 5:17-18</p><p>So Jesus said to them, &quot;Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. </p><p>John 5:19</p><p>JESUS NEVER CLAIMED TO BE GOD</p><p>You stated &quot;My church in my little town feeds the hungry, visits the sick, takes refugees into their homes, adopts children in foster care, builds wells in several continents, fixes up old cars and gives them to people, adopts special needs teenagers, offers free couseling, I could go on and on. My faith has taken me around the world and I've seen people's lives change from night to day. I've given my life to minister to all kinds of people.&quot;</p><p>&quot;Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 6:1-4</p><p>I could go on &amp; on &amp; point out more mistakes you said but I think I made my point. To be clear I am a non-practicing Catholic who is christian but I believe everyone has the right to practice &amp; believe in whatever way they desire. I will not condemn, or look down on anyone just because they don't believe in the same thing I do. I feel we are all equal. I even want to learn about other faiths, practices &amp; customs to enrich myself more. </p><p>I just hope you can open your heart to others of whatever practice as well. As Jesus intended </p><p>getting off of my soap box now, lol</p>
You have read my mind on what god is, thank you for being in exsistance. If only everyone could see the truth of everything... I declare you winner of the debate too lol. E beth loses for assuming that what her church does is only possible because theyre a church, were all just people.. She also loses for hinting you will go &quot;hell&quot; for thinking with an open mind, god isnt a 5 year old - &quot;love me and tell me all the time or youll burn!&quot; lol -Anonymous with love
Very well put. And it can't be rebutted because it's not based on a theory; it's fact, and as real as you can get.
<p>Prayer has no scientifically proven efficacy when it comes to acting on others. </p><p>If you want to help other people, then help other people - you don't have to wait for anything or anyone to do that on your behalf.</p>
<p>Meditation and prayer are very much the same thing.</p>
<p>I humbly disagree. I am not a religious person at all. I am agnostic. Since 8th grade, I meditated, back in 1972 I formally gave up on organized fake religions. I along with a friend, who guided me, could achieve total white on a NYC subway car standing up at rush hour. That is, eyes open, with practice I could go blank in a few seconds. No vision, muffled sound and white screen. If you tried to pick my pocket or get around me, like a screen saver I leaped to the occasion. Nano second to full awareness. No Joke. </p><p>I know some people can achieve the same thing with prayer as they are just repeating the same prayer over and over and over. That will do it. But prayer is a one sided conversation with a perceived theoretical personal god. You constantly are asking for stuff. This is not meditation, (to me), this is prayer as I was taught in Cat-Lick School. This a beseeching of god for favors. This does not come close to what I experienced in meditation. And I was a firm believer in my faith and truly prayed Sundays and other days as I felt the need.</p><p>I have tried free Binaural beats, but for me they were useless, but I can't make the generator work to make custom beats. I was considering a home brewed God Helmet or the like, and visual vesion (like the lucid dream machine here on Instructables) added to a sound generator. </p><p>http ://ww w.instructables.com/id/The-Lucid-Dream-Machine/</p><p>Kinda hoping for the state achieved in &quot;Alter States&quot; the movie from 1980 but w/o the drug. </p><p>http: //w ww.imdb.com/title/tt0080360/</p><p>Go in Human, come out primordial slime brooahhhhaaaa!!!~)</p><p>Just think if you can get there w/o drugs and it makes you feel good, you break no laws, you buy no drugs, it is free, recylable and infinitely scalable. Helps aid with digestion, insomnia, anxiety and even obnoxious in-laws. (remember, eyes open and blank)</p><p>thanks fer the post My favorite part was the link to the book, that shows the chronosynclastic infindibulum. I thought that was just a Kurt Vonnegut silliness.</p><p>http :// gethighnow. com/chronosynclastic-infundibulum-aka-rotating-snake/</p><p>AS a kid I used to get nasty head aches and eventually they went away, but I do,(did), get visuals and it looks like a dot , then a cheerio, then it grows into a a boomerang , then a sliver phase of the moon (all were composed of the the illustration as the fill), and it moves and scintillates. Then it floats away. </p><p>Quite pretty, and obnoxious. Neuro MD said, it's visual migraines, well, it is better then the pain type I remember and unlike drugs, free AND legal! And they last exactly 20 minutes every time. </p><p>The ability to show someone what I see to me, is priceless. It is not a perfect description, but it is close enough. Next time I see a Neurologist I will put this past him/her. I have never been able to verbally describe it.</p><p>Again thanks fer this post, and all the comments, even the ones I do not agree with, kudo's to all!</p>
<p>Your nasty headaches you described as a kid, were migraines. My wife suffers from them almost every week. I have had them on and off over the years/decades. I take a homeopathic remedy called: Migraide. Works wonders. My wife tried it and said it didn't do anything for her. She takes a pharmaceutical which works for her. I really don't like taking pharmaceuticals if I don't have to.</p><p>I have practiced transcendental meditation since I was twelve years old. And I refused to go to church (Catholic) when I was nine years old. My dad died when I was eight and an idiot minister who was the only religious rep in town at the time because our Catholic priest was out of town at the time of my father's death, bent down on one knee and put his hand on my shoulder and told me that the reason my dad died was because god needed more angels in heaven. As a kid, I just remember thinking that if god is that much of an asshole, then I don't need to pay any attention to it in the first place. Because I was a kid at that time, I chose to hate god. See...sometimes man-made religions backfire.</p><p>Later on, when I was a teenager, I started seeking the &quot;right&quot; religion and checked out several different religions and discovered that they are all ridiculous, silly, hypocritical, and spiritually retarded. That was even after I had started learning about meditation at age twelve. I probably did this mini-search for the &quot;right&quot; religion because my girlfriend's mother and father were also on a life-long search for the &quot;right&quot; religion...at the time, they were practicing Jahova's Witnesses. Eeeegad! That was a horrible experience having to attend one of their incredibly BORING meetings...get-togethers...whatever you want to call their gatherings. SNORE!</p><p>I've discovered that many people need and want that group high that they get when they are all gathered in one place, praying to something that they all believe in. I discovered that that sort of scene does absolutely nothing for me. I guess the majority of people on this planet need some sort of icon to pray to in order to feel good about themselves. I think that that is OK. I do not however believe that the various versions of the Christian bible or the Jewish good book (whatever that is...and I'm married to a wonderful woman who happens to be Jewish, but who's religious views I find are quite myopic, religiously self-centered [because that is what religions do to their followers...they blind them], and because of her upbringing and all the dogma and karma and propaganda of the Zionist agenda, has been completely blinded by the myopic, arrogant, ignorant and self-centered views of her silly religion, to the point where she has said some really nasty things about Palestinians which disgusted me...and THAT is why religions are so goddess damned !@#$ing stupid!) or the Muslim Koran hold ANY authority over me or my fellow wo/man in any way whatsoever.</p><p>I said it before in this line of religious and spiritual intercourse among us jibber-jabbers...is that you have to remember that because we live here...on the physical plane...that we and only WE are capable of writing books saying that our various versions of the people on this planet's &quot;god&quot; said this thing or said that thing or made this law or made that law. God has done none of these things. Man has. How can any of you silly believers actually set aside the facts that fallible MAN wrote all these silly, stupid religious books. NOT your so-called god!</p><p>God is omnipotent! God judges you! Fear god! Do god's bidding! You mean: Do my bidding. The whole concept of god, once the various wealthy, politically powerful churches got a hold of the so-called scriptures...uh...they re-wrote them, in order to control and manipulate their fearful, cowering followers. The Vatican just got richer and richer and richer as they brainwashed their followers and kept them in line with lies and the fear of those who sin won't get into heaven or be thrown into the bowels of hell. Too funny that people are really that blind.</p><p>We are already spirit. And we were already spirit long before any silly religious jerk or his or her religion came along to twist everything all up. I commend those who are believers who's churches, temples and mosques work to serve the needy. But as someone who lived on the street once... a long time ago...I definitely didn't mind the hot bowl of soup and the slice of bread...that was nice. But then to have to listen to someone proselytizing THEIR religious beliefs to me while I was eating...well...that didn't seem to me to be what Jesus was actually talking about. If you are proselytizing to me in the first place...then you are &quot;judging&quot; me in the sense that you think that I am not a &quot;believer&quot; or that I want to hear it in the first place. Houseless people do not necessarily want to be preached to, especially when all they really want is to get out of the cold or the heat, or they just want a meal to fill their empty stomachs.</p><p>What saved me was me. When a nice Christian person handed me their pamphlet...it always went into the trash. Oh, I've taken the time to read them...trust me...and I never found any solace in any of those pamphlets whatsoever. They are only words, and to me, held no meaning whatsoever. If they help that one person who can be manipulated into becoming a believer...then all the more power to you for doing &quot;god's work&quot;.</p><p>It sounds to me like e beth and her church have done some really nice things out there in the world for other people in need. But while her church was helping those in need, were they also proselytizing to them their religious beliefs, trying to change these people from believing in their own religions or spiritual beliefs? That's what irks me about religious missionaries throughout history. OK...go ahead and help the needy, but respect them enough to let them have THEIR belief system without you &quot;judging&quot; theirs as the &quot;wrong&quot; one.</p><p>I don't tell people that my system of meditation is THE right one. I don't try and get other people to believe what I believe. I don't go from door to door handing out pamphlets and asking if they have time for me to come in and talk to them about how my religion is what will save their souls. I used to get Jehovah's Witnesses at my door in Venice Beach all the time back in the 1980's. E-gad, at eight o-clock in the morning even! One time, I answered the door naked. They never came back after that. I'm sure they are nice spiritually blind, but faithful people, but who wants to be bothered on any day by people like that? The Jews don't go knocking on your door. If you want to become a follower of the Jewish faith, you have to go to them. Why can't other religions be that way too? Leave well enough alone.</p><p>I am not Jewish...but funny that me, an agnostic/atheist is married to a Jew! How funny! And even though my wife is Jewish and has said some really amazingly ignorant things, I know that overall, she is a good person. She is misled, misguided and a wee bit brainwashed by her silly religion...but I love her anyway. She loves me and I love her. We just never discuss what she believes or what I believe. We steer totally clear of any of that subject matter completely. Her parents treat me very well and we all get along very nicely. But I do not ever comment on the ridiculous religious bullshit that I hear coming out of their mouths because there is no use in arguing with religious believers. When they finally leave this plane of existence...this plane of reality (or non-reality...depending on how you perceive it or look at it), then and only then will they be able to see what's what with what.</p><p>What I find funny about the Jewish religion is that they believe that there is nothing after you die. So if that is the case...then why do they believe in a g-d in the first place? What would be the point of it all? That is, what would the point of it all be in the eyes of a religious believer? I'm not a believer...but I AM a spiritualist...and therefore, I DO believe that my consciousness will go on and does go on after my body can no longer sustain physical life. But I do not believe in the Western concept of &quot;god&quot;.</p><p>When I see scumbag war criminals such as Benjamin Netanyahu marching &quot;for peace&quot; in Paris, it disgusts me because that asshole is responsible for terrorizing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians...let alone all the Palestinians he has murdered. But don't worry...there are plenty of &quot;good&quot; reasons why will be his and his fellow countrymen's reasons for doing so. All religions are hypocritical. ALL OF THEM!</p><p>Meditation is the only way I can stay sane in an insane world. </p>
Sleep deprivation is amazing, I love it, it just takes away all my shyness and makes me an enjoyable person everybody likes. I'm probably going to attempt it for an event tomorrow.
<p>Tratka is an ancient method of (gently) staring at a small object or candle flame, without blinking, used in India (and I believe in Asian martial arts) to help create powerful focus. You start off GRADUALLY: the first few times for only a minute or even less. Then over a few weeks, increase the length of time. I've been able to do it up to 20 minutes, and it is amazingly helpful for meditation and focus. I've never had any bad side effects. The after image is a commonly known phenomena which is harmless.</p>
<p>or you could just take a hit of LSD and enjoy a real deep altered experience, don't look in the mirror though!</p>
Don't you get sore eyes?
<p>But aren't half of these just as dangerous (albeit in a different way) as drugs ?</p>
<p>After being in relationship with him for 3 years, he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that never believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the spell caster, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him, that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem and who is different from all the other ones out there. Anybody could need the help of the spell caster, lotto, his email is DRAISEDIONSPELLCASTER@OUTLOOK.COM you can email him if you need his assistance in your relationship or any other problem like wining lottery.</p>
<p>After being in relationship with him for 3 years, he broke up with me, I did everything possible to bring him back but all was in vain, I wanted him back so much because of the love I have for him, I begged him with everything, I made promises but he refused. I explained my problem to someone online and she suggested that I should rather contact a spell caster that could help me cast a spell to bring him back but I am the type that never believed in spell, I had no choice than to try it, I mailed the spell caster, and he told me there was no problem that everything will be okay before three days, that my ex will return to me before three days, he cast the spell and surprisingly in the second day, it was around 4pm. My ex called me, I was so surprised, I answered the call and all he said was that he was so sorry for everything that happened, that he wanted me to return to him, that he loves me so much. I was so happy and went to him, that was how we started living together happily again. Since then, I have made promise that anybody I know that have a relationship problem, I would be of help to such person by referring him or her to the only real and powerful spell caster who helped me with my own problem and who is different from all the other ones out there. Anybody could need the help of the spell caster, lotto, his email is DRAISEDIONSPELLCASTER@OUTLOOK.COM you can email him if you need his assistance in your relationship or any other problem like wining lottery.</p>
<p>Wouldn't the staring at a candle experience just be an optical illusion, as oppose to a visual hallucination? Hallucinations originate without external stimuli. </p>
Hallucinations could be stimulated by an external stimulus. It could be caused by accustomisation of the eyes and brain compensating for the continued unwavering stimulation. What is described is also similar to meditation which can caused altered perceptions.
<p>sleep deprivation is pretty dangerous if you have a job or are a student and your only way to get around is by driving.</p>
<p>I once lasted a week without sleep. I never put my mind to it beforehand but I definitely had some experience with sleep deprivation. I used to be an avid gamer in my teens so it came about naturally. I found out, on this particular occasion, that after a day or two I didn't even mind it all that much - I never, after the first night basically, had any trouble falling asleep or anything like that. I think ( it's really hard to remember this exactly of course) I entered a continuum of conscience - sort of - and it was awesome. By the sixth day, in the morning, I remember smoking a cigarette and feeling how it burned somehow and visualising it differently than what I should've actually seen when looking at it. Same thing when watching at trees, and so on.</p><p>I think it helps if you're concetrating on the same thing indefinitely. So, like, it might be a good idea if you're trying to write a book and want to be super-consistent maybe... Also I think you get better and better at the thing you're doing when you're not stopping too much to do anything else( like sleeping).</p>
Hi e-beth: <br><br>Actually...meditation is not about fostering a sense of &quot;self&quot; at all. It is about releasing self...releasing ego...it is about fostering inner peace...inner sanctity...inner vision...it's about letting go of your Earthbound ego long enough so the soul can recognize that it is infinite...which is what we are. We are infinite beings of light...of consciousness. We come from the Tao...we are cast from the Tao...for you...let's call Tao god. God is not DEMANDING of anything...only the ego or False Personality of ensouled, sentient, self-aware &quot;living&quot; beings, beings who choose to experience life on the &quot;Physical Plane&quot; such as you and me, have False Personalties...egos and therefore are the only beings (False Personalities) who DEMAND anything.<br><br>The bible along with all religious books were written by human beings...mostly by MEN. Men with False Personalities. Those who followed the teachings of Yeshua (Jesus) all had False Personalities (egos) just like you and me. And the people who started writing down their &quot;INTERPRETATIONS&quot; of what they &quot;BELIEVE&quot; Jesus was talking about...that there is absolute certainty that there were and ARE incorrect interpretations, false beliefs, and misinterpretations of Yeshua's teachings. Over time...as different human beings...mostly MEN...again...with False Personalities...with their egos...and we all know that egos can warp perceptions...warp people's personal truths...and cause them to go completely astray from &quot;The Path&quot; enough so, that they decide (choose) to do some pretty &quot;evil&quot; (energy) things to their fellow human beings. Lying is just one of those things that False Personality (fear) causes people to do. Then you can build upon that.<br><br>It's true...[god] the Tao...gave us free will. That means that every single sentient, self-aware, ensouled &quot;living&quot; being throughout the entire Universe...including the Multiverse...and the Higher Planes of Consciousness can do whatever they want with themselves. There IS Karma. Karma is recorded into the Akashic Records. Karma is the exchange of energy between sentient, self-aware, conscious &quot;living&quot; beings. This energy is only energy. Religious thinking people call negative energy exchange &quot;evil&quot;, but the more enlightened souls call it &quot;energy&quot; and energy, whether perceived as &quot;negative&quot; (evil) or &quot;positive&quot; (good)...in the end...is only energy. No one is actually judged by anyone...especially a (your?) god...except by those with strong egos...i.e., False Personalities. The Tao...(god for you) has no Ego...it has no False Personality. Tao is The All That There Is. We come from Tao. We are an intrinsic part of Tao. <br><br>To me...there IS NO god. There is only the Tao. Tao is the source of our disembarkation. We who choose to come to the Physical Plane, do so as volunteers...you, me...everyone. We are ALL on the &quot;Path&quot; to enlightenment...and we are all doing it on our own terms...in our own way...as we see fit. We ARE supposed to follow some rules...but souls as they are...like to experiment, like to break the rules. So this is why there is Karma...to keep track of the &quot;energy&quot; which is recorded into the Akashic Records, so that at some later point in [time?] all energy exchanges are well...exchanged fully and fairly.<br><br>This is what Yeshua was talking about. Turn the other cheek. Revenge is mine sayeth the lord. This means, leave it to the Akashic Records...leave it to the balance of energies, because even Jesus taught everyone that we will reincarnate. THAT is the &quot;rebirth&quot; that is misinterpreted in the Bible. Again...there IS NO GOD who is DEMANDING ANYTHING. Believe what you want to believe. Apparently your &quot;belief&quot; is very strong in you...so good for you. But it is based on a book written by men almost two thousand years ago...a book that has been rewritten by men who have ulterior motives. <br><br>As long as religious folks keep their religions out of the various governments on this planet...and since I live in the United States, I would like religious &quot;fanatics&quot; to keep their religions...whatever they may be...because I don't care if they claim to be &quot;Christian&quot; or &quot;Jewish&quot; or &quot;Muslim&quot; or &quot;Buddhist&quot; or &quot;Hindi&quot; or &quot;Satanist&quot; or any other religion. Just keep your religions in your homes and churches and temples and mosques etc. and keep them out of my government and out of my children's schools and out of and off of the bodies of the women in my life.<br><br>Religions tend very much to be self-righteous.<br><br>Clearly I can see that you know absolutely nothing about meditation whatsoever. Like I have stated previously...I have been meditating since I was twelve years old. It has helped me a lot in my life. It has helped me to connect with my Spirit Guides who have helped me get through some interesting times. I've tried prayer...especially when I was a child...before I realized that it didn't bring any answers to me. Religion did allow me to leave it behind and find meditation. So I thank the Catholic Church for that. <br><br>If your religion helps you to be a better human being...then I am very happy for you. And in your travels around the world as you help the poor...I also hope that you do not proselytize to those whom you are &quot;helping&quot; and that you respect their cultures enough to allow them to believe in what they believe in.<br><br>Religions screw a lot of things up for people. Look at the African country who's leader thinks that gay people should be killed. Not very &quot;Christian&quot; of him...even though he CLAIMS to be a Christian.<br><br>Jesus would NEVER say to kill anyone...for ANY reason whatsoever. Jesus didn't die for anyone's &quot;sins&quot;. He died because he was living by example. He refused to fight or kill any of his accusers or attackers. He said to LOVE your enemies. He meant that from his heart. Love them fully...with deep compassion...with deep love and humility and with empathy. He forgave those who harmed him...those who crucified him. THAT is an enlightened soul.<br><br>He also said: &quot;Build no temples in my name.&quot; and look what all you &quot;believers&quot; did. No one listens, because they have other plans...ulterior motives. Jesus cannot and does not &quot;save&quot; anyone's soul. Only YOU can save your own soul. Maybe you have with your religious beliefs. Who knows?
<p>If you have interest in building your own float tank check out the Facebook group called 'Float tank DIY'. It can be done for under &euro;2500. Unlimited floating at home ;-)</p>
How much clearly sage would<br>You actually use?
<p>A Great Article Thanks Very much, I think I might start the standing upside down things. Could be good to get the blood flowing.</p><p>One other thing I would like to add is eating a really heavy meal before bed. I get awful sleep paralysis when I do this because shortens my breath and makes me catatonic. Its horrible, but you could give that a go. </p>
<p>I&rsquo;ll have to show this to my son. He is very interested <br>in &amp; is always trying to do this. He meditates daily.</p><p>This was with drugs so it doesn&rsquo;t count, I took Ambien for <br>the first time then went to bed. My hubby &amp; kids said I started walking <br>around the house, got in my son&rsquo;s bed &amp; talking gibberish. I barely recall the <br>event, lol. Never took it again!</p><p>Step 2 Binaural Beat - I listened to one, it was awful, I <br>could feel a migraine coming on. Then I got some free ones that were supposed <br>to help with certain things like &ldquo;stop being lazy&rdquo;, &ldquo;increase IQ&rdquo;, didn&rsquo;t see a <br>difference, lol.</p><p>Step 7 - The biofeedback sounds really cool, I want to <br>try it.</p><p>Step 10 - I have been wanting to buy one of those <br>inverter devices that hold you upside, for my herniated discs but no money. <br>That would prob be easier on your head not on the wallet, lol</p><p>Step 4 What you call self hypnotism is now called <br>mindfulness &amp; deep meditative relaxation.</p><p>I cheat, I listen to audios that tell me what to do with <br>relaxing music in the background, lol. I love it.</p><p>You actually did a combination of deep meditatitive relaxation and <br>cognitive behavioral therapy.</p><p>A 2 for 1! Way to go!</p><p>The CBT was the &ldquo;mantra of something private about myself that I would like to <br>change&rdquo;</p><p>The key to CBT is REPETITION! I personally am still <br>working on that part, lol</p><p>&quot;Our thinking is very changeable. If you worked on changing <br>your thinking everyday by reading, listening to the audio exercises, and completing a cognitive diary you <br>will find your thinking changing even within a few weeks.&quot; Monica A. Frank, Ph.D. from <a href="http://www.excelatlife.com" rel="nofollow"> www.excelatlife.com</a></p><p> You can&rsquo;t beat being <br>able to improve/change yourself for the better! </p><p>There are also a lot of health benefits to mindfulness <br>&amp; deep relaxation, here are some links for info.</p><p><strong><u>A BRIEF PRIMER <br>ON THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS AND HOW CBT CAN HELP</u></strong></p><p><a href="http://www.excelatlife.com/articles/stressbiology.htm" rel="nofollow">http://www.excelatlife.com/articles/stressbiology....</a></p><p><strong><u>WHAT ARE THE HEALTH <br>BENEFITS OF DEEP MEDITATIVE RELAXATION?</u></strong></p><p><a href="http://www.excelatlife.com/articles/relaxation3.htm" rel="nofollow">http://www.excelatlife.com/articles/relaxation3.ht...</a></p><p>1) Reduction in Stress and Anxiety. </p><p>2) Reduces Depression and Substance Abuse. </p><p>3) Reduces Symptoms of Various Physical Illnesses. </p><p>4) Improves Cognitive Performance. </p><p>5) Reduces Pain Sensitivity. </p><p>6) Slows Cellular Aging? Maybe</p><p>You don&rsquo;t have to go to a gym, or see a therapist or dr <br>for the deep relaxation. </p>
Very interesting read. Though &quot;hippies&quot; have nothing to do with aroma therapy. Nor binaural beats. I believe you understand now that you have tried them, but everything &quot;hippie&quot; related was once a great breakthrough in the scientific community. Especially lysergic acid (and more importantly DMT, though im unsure of its discovery) LSD (less harmful to the body and mind than citric acid) is excellent for the expansion of conciousness. I could ramble for days about hippies, but &quot;they&quot;, myself included i suppose, understand NOTHING really matters other than unity among the people, following your bliss, and loving yourself. <br>I may have gone off topic a bit. Im tired
<p>I read in a biography of Thomas Edison that he would take mini naps in his lab by sitting on a bench holding a spoon. He would close his eyes, and when he lost consciousness later, the spoon would fall, waking him up. </p>
Yes that is true but it wasn't because of the same topic, it was because he was a workaholic, he felt he only needed very little sleep, once the object he was holding fell he would then go back to working
<p>I have to agree with <em>teslaberry</em>, you strayed off your Instructable by using <strong>clary sage</strong>. If you want to do this right, go get a refillable e-sig and vape it. Mind blowing and quite legal. I recommend the brand by <a href="http://www.lafayetteorganics.com/essential-oils/clary-sage" rel="nofollow">Lafayette Organics</a>.</p>

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