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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.
 
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Roguer1 month ago

SMFH

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.
DanL133 months ago

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.

ErnestS3 DanL131 month ago

or you could just take a hit of LSD and enjoy a real deep altered experience, don't look in the mirror though!

T0BY DanL132 months ago
Don't you get sore eyes?
ErnestS31 month ago
ErnestS31 month ago
MarkForsythe3 months ago

Wouldn't the staring at a candle experience just be an optical illusion, as oppose to a visual hallucination? Hallucinations originate without external stimuli.

T0BY MarkForsythe2 months ago
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.
sdcharle8 months ago

sleep deprivation is pretty dangerous if you have a job or are a student and your only way to get around is by driving.

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.

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).

DanL133 months ago
e-beth8 months ago
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.

Having done both, I agree with what you've said about prayer, but I would disagree with your views on meditation.

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).

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.
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.

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.

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.

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 "fatherly" (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.

But then, consciousness is infinite...so why would the universe be any different? Since WE created it anyway!

I know, I know...Blasphemy!

Well, I guess you are mostly following Hindu ideas?
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,
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.

Oh...I never claimed that I am enlightened. I think there is only an extremely small handful of truly "enlightened" human beings on this planet at any given time. By the way...the original "scriptures" that the "bible" 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: "I am the son of god...and you are my brothers and sisters." Meaning: "We are ALL the children of god." 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.

And no...I am not "following" Hindu Ideas...as I do not "follow" 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.

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.

Even Jesus said: "Build no temples in my name." 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.

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.

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. :-)

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?

Anyway...this has been an excellent subject and a wonderful debate. Thank you all for such lively intercourse.

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 "silly". 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.
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.
AivaWolf  e-beth4 months ago
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

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.

Abnertgu  e-beth4 months ago

e-beth, You´ve been deluded. You´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 dsantil71 had already given you a clear and good answer to your arroogant claims; he even "played the same game" by using some bible verses. Besides, that would make me into another arrogant humang being, and I don´t want that...I´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´d simply not open your ears and eyes to the truth. Not ´your´ biased truth, nor any religion´s "truth", but simply THE TRUTH, which is based on facts, not on lies.

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´s precisely what honest, sincere and brave human beings strive to know. Not by blindly accepting everything that´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.

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´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 "God-given" 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.

Some ppl here do not share in the idea and concept of the existence of a "God" 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´s their right. One´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.

Peace to you, e-beth...really...I wish you the best.


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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.

Santa Claus is based on a real man, St. Nicholas.

The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of 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 "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.

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.

There is centre dedicated to St. Nicholas where you can find much more information about him at http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/home/

I hope that you find this information interesting.
dsantil71  e-beth7 months ago

For a self-proclaimed christian your comments are very un-christian.

You said "He claimed to be God and performed many miracles including raising from the dead."

But Jesus answered them, "My Father is working until now, and I am working." 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.

John 5:17-18

So Jesus said to them, "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.

John 5:19

JESUS NEVER CLAIMED TO BE GOD

You stated "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."

"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

I could go on & on & 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 & 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 & customs to enrich myself more.

I just hope you can open your heart to others of whatever practice as well. As Jesus intended

getting off of my soap box now, lol

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 "hell" for thinking with an open mind, god isnt a 5 year old - "love me and tell me all the time or youll burn!" 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.
cfuse  e-beth7 months ago

Prayer has no scientifically proven efficacy when it comes to acting on others.

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.

rf  e-beth8 months ago

Meditation and prayer are very much the same thing.

spark master rf8 months ago

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.

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.

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.

http ://ww w.instructables.com/id/The-Lucid-Dream-Machine/

Kinda hoping for the state achieved in "Alter States" the movie from 1980 but w/o the drug.

http: //w ww.imdb.com/title/tt0080360/

Go in Human, come out primordial slime brooahhhhaaaa!!!~)

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)

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.

http :// gethighnow. com/chronosynclastic-infundibulum-aka-rotating-snake/

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.

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.

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.

Again thanks fer this post, and all the comments, even the ones I do not agree with, kudo's to all!

Blaise_Gauba4 months ago
Hi e-beth:

Actually...meditation is not about fostering a sense of "self" 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 "living" beings, beings who choose to experience life on the "Physical Plane" such as you and me, have False Personalties...egos and therefore are the only beings (False Personalities) who DEMAND anything.

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 "INTERPRETATIONS" of what they "BELIEVE" 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 "The Path" enough so, that they decide (choose) to do some pretty "evil" (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.

It's true...[god] the Tao...gave us free will. That means that every single sentient, self-aware, ensouled "living" 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 "living" beings. This energy is only energy. Religious thinking people call negative energy exchange "evil", but the more enlightened souls call it "energy" and energy, whether perceived as "negative" (evil) or "positive" (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.

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 "Path" 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 "energy" which is recorded into the Akashic Records, so that at some later point in [time?] all energy exchanges are well...exchanged fully and fairly.

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 "rebirth" that is misinterpreted in the Bible. Again...there IS NO GOD who is DEMANDING ANYTHING. Believe what you want to believe. Apparently your "belief" 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.

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 "fanatics" to keep their religions...whatever they may be...because I don't care if they claim to be "Christian" or "Jewish" or "Muslim" or "Buddhist" or "Hindi" or "Satanist" 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.

Religions tend very much to be self-righteous.

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.

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 "helping" and that you respect their cultures enough to allow them to believe in what they believe in.

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 "Christian" of him...even though he CLAIMS to be a Christian.

Jesus would NEVER say to kill anyone...for ANY reason whatsoever. Jesus didn't die for anyone's "sins". 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.

He also said: "Build no temples in my name." and look what all you "believers" did. No one listens, because they have other plans...ulterior motives. Jesus cannot and does not "save" anyone's soul. Only YOU can save your own soul. Maybe you have with your religious beliefs. Who knows?

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TheJMan8155 months ago
How much clearly sage would
You actually use?
DanatTLFN7 months ago

A Great Article Thanks Very much, I think I might start the standing upside down things. Could be good to get the blood flowing.

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.

dsantil717 months ago

I’ll have to show this to my son. He is very interested
in & is always trying to do this. He meditates daily.

This was with drugs so it doesn’t count, I took Ambien for
the first time then went to bed. My hubby & kids said I started walking
around the house, got in my son’s bed & talking gibberish. I barely recall the
event, lol. Never took it again!

Step 2 Binaural Beat - I listened to one, it was awful, I
could feel a migraine coming on. Then I got some free ones that were supposed
to help with certain things like “stop being lazy”, “increase IQ”, didn’t see a
difference, lol.

Step 7 - The biofeedback sounds really cool, I want to
try it.

Step 10 - I have been wanting to buy one of those
inverter devices that hold you upside, for my herniated discs but no money.
That would prob be easier on your head not on the wallet, lol

Step 4 What you call self hypnotism is now called
mindfulness & deep meditative relaxation.

I cheat, I listen to audios that tell me what to do with
relaxing music in the background, lol. I love it.

You actually did a combination of deep meditatitive relaxation and
cognitive behavioral therapy.

A 2 for 1! Way to go!

The CBT was the “mantra of something private about myself that I would like to
change”

The key to CBT is REPETITION! I personally am still
working on that part, lol

"Our thinking is very changeable. If you worked on changing
your thinking everyday by reading, listening to the audio exercises, and completing a cognitive diary you
will find your thinking changing even within a few weeks." Monica A. Frank, Ph.D. from www.excelatlife.com

You can’t beat being
able to improve/change yourself for the better!

There are also a lot of health benefits to mindfulness
& deep relaxation, here are some links for info.

A BRIEF PRIMER
ON THE BIOLOGY OF STRESS AND HOW CBT CAN HELP

http://www.excelatlife.com/articles/stressbiology....

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH
BENEFITS OF DEEP MEDITATIVE RELAXATION?

http://www.excelatlife.com/articles/relaxation3.ht...

1) Reduction in Stress and Anxiety.

2) Reduces Depression and Substance Abuse.

3) Reduces Symptoms of Various Physical Illnesses.

4) Improves Cognitive Performance.

5) Reduces Pain Sensitivity.

6) Slows Cellular Aging? Maybe

You don’t have to go to a gym, or see a therapist or dr
for the deep relaxation.

croftsjoey7 months ago
Very interesting read. Though "hippies" have nothing to do with aroma therapy. Nor binaural beats. I believe you understand now that you have tried them, but everything "hippie" 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 "they", myself included i suppose, understand NOTHING really matters other than unity among the people, following your bliss, and loving yourself.
I may have gone off topic a bit. Im tired
cbessette18 months ago

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.

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
Exocetid7 months ago

I have to agree with teslaberry, you strayed off your Instructable by using clary sage. 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 Lafayette Organics.

gainsun8 months ago

You have fast for longer than 24 hrs to be able to mark any changes. Recently I did a 3 day fast and the main takeaway was an improvement of the 5 senses- particularly eye sight. The eyes are the fastest healing organ in the body and since the body does not need to expend energy in processing food and waste during a fast it can free up more resources and energy to perceive the immediate reality in finer detail. Colors where much more vibrant- almost like I could sense them vibrating. While out on a nature hike I instinctively was relaxing my vision while trying to shut down delineating construct of the mind. The problem is that people are under the illusion that they are their minds. That , that alone is the totality of their awareness/existance. This has been scientifically been proven to be false for thousands of years. I will leave you with this thought: You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it. Free your mind and come to your senses....

There is an non- local experience of reality that doesn't even involve what the author (although useful to an extent) has presented here. Check out the science of Kriya Yoga if you want to go up the ladder of broader awareness- the world need it.

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