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