Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Problem with Lucid Dreaming

In Lucid Dreaming the Conscious Mind remains actively awake so that it can observe the workings of the SubConscious Mind. The danger in this is that the Conscious Mind can override the SubConscious and / or misinterpret the symbolic language the SubConscious Minds uses as its communication. (This is why Astral travelers often attach a silver cord to their astral bodies. It is the Conscious Mind maintaining a connection to the physical self for fear of losing its identity.)

Lucid Dreaming, like most Spiritual lessons, is not a thing to hold onto. It is to be experienced and let go of so that the newly discovered SubConscious Mind may continue its work unhindered by the limited scope of understanding which characterizes the Conscious Mind.

Enlightenment & Schizotypal Personalities

Schizotypal Personality: a mild genetic version of schizophrenia.

Schizotypal personalities are characterized by odd forms of thought, perception and beliefs. They may have bizarre mannerisms, an eccentric appearance, and speech that is excessively elaborate and difficult to follow. However, these cognitive distortions and eccentricities are only considered to be a disorder when the behaviors become persistent and very disabling or distressing.

Shamans, witch doctors, mystics, psychics and clairvoyants - all have schizotypal personalities.

“Enlightenment” is a neurological phenomenon that occurs when an individual is able to simultaneously and accurately comprehend (or utilize) all four cognitive functions - Thinking, Intuition, Sensation and Feeling*. There appears to be some form of cascade effect that causes an alignment of information in all four quadrants. Unconscious memories of seemingly contradictory perceptions are instead understood to be complementary. After enlightenment when not alone with one’s thoughts there is a tendency to live in the moment. I believe this is a result of finding a balance between intuition, which is future oriented, and sensing, which is past oriented. Prior to enlightenment a person with a dominant perceiving preference will tend to be preoccupied with the past or future. Enlightenment doesn’t mean that someone will suddenly acquire facts that they had never experienced, as this is physically impossible. Instead relationships are found between different memories so that a new and more complete understanding of the world is obtained. The first experience is that of tremendous clarity of thought. You wake up and you understand the world so completely and can’t understand why no one else understands because it is so obvious. There is a startling realization of thousands of things simultaneously.

*The difference between the Feeling Function and Emotions can be understood more clearly. The Feeling Function is a cortical capacity to recognize the presence or absence of harmony – between colors, tones, or human beings. By contrast, emotions are a limbic capacity to experience delight, anger, fear, grief.


The Biology of Religion

The Biology of Religion

Prof. Robert Sapolsky Bio 150/250, Spring 2002 Human Behavioral Biology

This is a long, long lecture; but very interesting.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Memory, the Imagination, and the Here & Now

What happens to Memory when the Conscious Mind stays focused on the Here & Now?

One thing that happens is that Memory ceases to function as fully as it once did. Short term events are easily forgotten or better stated, are not easily recalled. Dream events happen, yet the Conscious Mind has difficulty recounting them, even though it was easily done before.

The Conscious Mind is aware, but not conscious of, the Dream World. This may seem confusing until you realize the Dream World is where the SubConscious Mind / Higher Self plays with the Imagination and creates the Future. Memory deals with the Past.

The Past and the Future - Memory and the Imagination - are not functions of the Here & Now Consciousness.