Founded in Seattle in 1974 by Richard Alan Miller, OAK was relocated to southern Oregon in 1984. Crrently located in Grants Pass, OR OAK's primary orientation is lecturing, writing, and research. Lecturing includes a number of diversified workshops and national speaking engagements, TV and radio. Writing includes a wide variety of topics, and numerous magazine articles. Recent book titles include. The Potential Of Herbs As a Cash Crop" (Acres), "Native Plants Of Commercial Importance" (OAK), The Magical & Ritual Use Of Perfumes (Destiny), and Successful Farm Ventures (New Farm). to be continued...
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NEW MILLENNIUM PSI RESEARCH
ESP, Hypnosis, Paraphysics, and Remote Viewing
Iona Miller and Richard Alan Miller, 2003
Organization for the Advancement of Knowledge, Grants Pass, Oregon
"One really should start thinking in terms of biomind receptors,
rather than in terms of ESP" --Ingo Swann
SHOT IN THE DARK-SIDE OF THE MOON
While on his journey to the moon and back, astronaut Edgar Mitchell conducted an unscheduled experiment of his own. On June 22, 1971, he informed the New York Times that:
"During the Apollo 14 lunar expedition I performed an extrasensory-perception experiment the world's first in space. In it five symbols a star, cross, circle, wavy line and square were oriented randomly in columns of 25. Four persons in the United States attempted to guess the order of the symbols. They were able to do this with success that could be duplicated by chance in one out of 3,000 experiments.”
He claimed, in effect, that his demonstration showed that ESP was independent of shielding, locale, distance, or time. When he got back to planet Earth, he founded The Institute of Noetic Science (IONS), noetic meaning consciousness studies. That program, now run by parapsychologist Dean Radin, is still thriving and the Institute recently moved to larger quarters in an old school in Petaluma, California. IONS is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
MAKES ME WANT TO PSI
The spontaneous event commonly called psychic experience, perception or ability is called 'psi' in scientific arenas. Even more precisely, it is now often referred to as anomalous cognition (AC). A particular form of intentional AC is known as Remote Viewing. Between 1978-1995 the U.S. government sponsored the Stargate Program, in conjunction with Stanford Research Institute (SRI), a psyops development think tank.
The existence of psi or ESP abilities has been hotly debated among scientists for decades, since J. B. Rhine began his experiments in 1927. Both the pro (Dean Radin; Ingo Swann; Jessica Utts, Russell Targ; Hiroshi Motoyama) and con (James Randi, Susan Blackmore, CSICOPS) positions have their "true believers", and it seems never the twain shall meet.
Psi is still a paradigm that lives on the outskirts trying to become a sanctioned science. But just because a subject is controversial, and happens to be a space and time transcending experience, doesn't mean we shouldn't investigate it. In fact, it beckons us to focus on it even more thoroughly to reveal the truths hidden there. We simply need to do it with stringent, critic-proof methodology.
There are a variety of psi powers, known for centuries in Eastern philosophy as siddhas, exceptional human abilities. The uninitiated or skeptical may be perplexed or daunted at the prospect of coming to any rational conceptual understanding of these anomalous phenomena, which have been associated with the realm of mysticism, superstition and the supernatural.
In actual fact, research by the authors, who are both certified hypnotherapists (A.C.H.E.), and others (Miller; Ryzl) shows that nearly anyone can improve their psi ability through simple techniques of self-hypnosis.
Psi is also at the root of focused intent, distant mental interactions, distance healing and therapeutic rapport, where there is a subtle shared consciousness and often brainwave synchronization. This capacity is within everyone’s grasp, as the human potential movement demonstrated with such trance phenomena as fire walking and guided imagery.
We've virtually all had those uncanny or awesome experiences where we seemed to intuit, dream, or "know" something in advance of conventional means. Sometimes it is called pre-sentiment. Around 55% of reported incidents occur in dreams. Another example, is the synchronicity at work in the affairs of “star-crossed lovers.” When we are in love, we seem to share the same “wavelength,” virtually able to read one another’s minds. Who hasn’t thought of a friend or acquaintance only to have the phone ring?
Often the most compelling stories come from those who don't even "believe" in the phenomenon, but find themselves experiencing it, usually in the unfortunate circumstance of the illness, injury or death of a distant loved-one. Psi is not just a mental perception or conception; we feel it in our guts, in our bones, in our marrow. It is first and foremost a holistic mind/body experience.
According to leading parapsychologist Dr. Stanley Krippner, "At one level of investigation, there already are 'replications' and 'battle-tested' results, specifically the finding that about 50% of an unselected group will report having had a 'psychic experience,' supposedly involving those psi phenomena that have been given such labels as 'telepathy', 'clairvoyance', 'precognition', and 'psychokinesis' [mind over matter]. This percentage may vary from one culture, age group, and educational level to the next, but it has been repeated, in one study after another, for the last several decades."
The move in biophysics is to take psi research from endless theorization, proofs of existence and boring replications into innovative and practical experimentation. The problem is that in order to do that scientifically, one has to risk credibility and professional suicide, as well as being underfunded. MORE
Organization for the Advancement of Knowledge, Grants Pass
A model of the mind-brain relationship is developed in which novel biophysical principles in brain function generate a dynamic possessing attributes consistent with consciousness and free-will. The model invokes a fractal link between neurodynamical chaos and quantum uncertainty . Transactional wave collapse allows this link to be utilized predictively by the excitable cell, in a way which bypasses and complements formal computation. The formal unpredictability of the model allows mind to interact upon the brain, the predictivity of consciousness in survival strategies being selected as a trait by organismic evolution.
Recent discoveries by Russian scientists Peter Gariaev and Vladimir Poponin shed tremendous light on our proposal that the human being is a transducer of universal energy and consciousness -- essentially a biocomputer. The new feature of this research is the ability to physically demonstrate subtle fields emerging from the quantum foam or vacuum potential. This makes the effect quantifiable and measurable -- objective.
This takes the phenomenon and subjectivity of consciousness out of the realm of quantum metaphysics and plants it firmly under the rubric of hard science. It heralds the unification of quantum mechanical and chaotic dynamics in human consciousness. We can now model the human bio-computer. MORE
SOME THOUGHTS ON THE PHENOMENA OF ASTRAL PROJECTION
by Richard Alan Miller, ©1974
The phenomena known as astral projection or out-of-body experience (OBE) has become increasingly important to the research direction and study of the paranormal. An out-of-body experience is now defined as one in which the subject appears to view the external world from some position other than that of his or her physical body.
Traditionally in the field of Parapsychology out-of-body experiences are grouped into two main types: "parasomatic" and "asomatic." The parasomatic type of experience is that in which the subject appears to himself to be located in a duplicate body, more or less resembling his physical body. In the second type of experience, the asomatic, the subject does not appear to himself to be associated with a body, rather he or she is just a disembodied consciousness or a "pin-point of presence."
It is important at this point to consider the definition used. Namely, once a structure or classification is structured, the way in which the data is gathered immediately sets up limits in which the phenomena can be studied. It would seem almost unnecessary to point out that the "mystical tradition" underlying most of the major religions have certain similarities. In surveying these coincidences, the phenomena of astral projection is one of the most overt.
Psychical phenomena exert a strong influence on the foundation of religious heritage. The appearance of astral projection among them is probably the most common of the various genres. As an allusion to Dr. Robert Crookall's classic STUDY AND PRACTICE OF ASTRAL PROJECTION, the late Professor Hornell Hart states: "Initiates into ancient mystery cults clearly included the deliberate production of astral projections....Catholic saints and Quaker ministers have reported undergoing such projection." The Egyptian script PERETEMHERU speaks of the Ba and Ka (often incorrectly thought to be analogous to each other), which are ancient suggestions of what we call the astral and fluidic bodies, respectively. Qabalism also has a parallel. In the ZOHAR, reference to the silvery "astral cord" is made.
Referring to this allusion, A.E. Waite writes: "When the good soul is preparing to leave this world, and while it is suspended from the body only at the larynx, it beholds three angels to whom it must confess its sins." Even Christianity is not exempt from this phenomena. St. Paul's description of the astral body and the Old Testament reference to the astral body are classics (1 COR. 15:44, and ECCLES. 12:6), and the appearance of Peter's double before Rohda may be found in ACTS 12:14-17 (A.V., KING JAMES version). MORE
ESP and DREAMS
ESP, or extrasensory perception, refers to the acquisition of information without the use of any the normal five human sense organs. It is the scientific designation for psychic, intuitive, mediumistic, prophetic, and related phenomena. Related terms are telepathy, which indicates information originating from the mind of another person. Clairvoyance (literally, ‘clear seeing’), refers to psychic sensitivity (particularly) in the form of visual information. Precognition is the perception of information about future events.
Paranormal dreams fall within the range of research on extrasensory perception, although the dividing line between them and normal dreams is often difficult to draw. Various distortions or displacements of details frequently occur. Also, some go unnoticed by an outside researcher or even by the dreamer.
Individuals who experience paranormal dreams usually describe them as being vivid and intense. The paranormal character of telepathic and prophetic dreams is usually quite clear. Sweating and trembling often occur, the dreams produce an impression lasting for days, and they tend to be repeated.
The frequency and thematic content of paranormal dreams can be determined by examining surveys of psychic cases. The largest survey of documented cases, that is, those corroborating the existence of a correspondence between a distant event and the person’s report of a psychic experience, is contained in the two-volume work Phantasms of the Living, published in 1886 by the Society for Psychical Research. Of the 5,000 individuals who were asked about possible psychic experiences, 702 reported evidence of telepathy. Most of these cases occurred while the participants were awake.
In the book On Prophetic Dreams: An Experiment with Time (1927), J. W. Dune claimed that precognitive dreams are to be expected as much as dreams of past events. By putting his own dreams down immediately on awakening and by keeping a record of them, he found that a considerable part of them anticipated future experiences. The results of his study were corroborated by fellow experimenters. The largest survey of non-documented cases is the collection of about 3,200 cases analyzed at the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University by E. L. Rhine, who reported that 68 percent of the ESP events occurred during dreaming. MORE
Introduction to Malkuth
All that is physical is energetic.
All that is metaphysical is synergetic. (B. Fuller, 1976)
In our approach to true self-knowledge via the Tree of Life, we begin with Malkuth, the Sphere of Earth, the Four Elements, and the Physical Body. At this initial point on the Path of Return, we seek the wisdom of nature and develop a zealous dedication to the principles of the Great Work. We come to understand the value and necessity of placing our self-unfoldment as our main priority. Everything in nature desires to return to its root, and our soul desires attachment to its Root on high in Kether.
But mysticism is not meant for everyone, and only earnest seekers will continue to be motivated. When we know we are in the dark, we begin to consciously seek the Light. To climb the spiritual ladder, we ascend from one qabalistic Universe to the one above it, from the physical to astral to causal to archetypal. We attach our mind to that which is on high--attachment to the spiritual. If you wish to ascend, you must go from one stage to the next, holistically incorporating more levels of awareness as you go.
To begin, a basic understanding of physics, physiology, chemistry, botany and biology is helpful. We get to know the scientific basis of reality before we delve into the metaphysical. This is the realm of empiricism and phenomenology. We begin with the things of the world, the things that can be perceived by our senses. Our study replaces ignorance of these subjects, and helps us overcome magical superstitions about "how things work."
The Holy Grail of science is the Grand Unified Theory of Everything. We study the objective universe, realizing that all theories about its nature are still hypothetical. As in the case of all observations, our senses are prone to distortions, and we need to learn about the limitations of our sensory apparatus, as well as tricks our mind can play on us. Biofeedback is effective for learning biophysical control; neuralfeedback teaches control of brainwave states. Through all these means we seek to understand the apparently hidden laws of material existence.
Everything we can know about our experience comes to us through sensory experience or our mental sensory impressions of these sensations. Experiential metaphors--what experiences are like--are always clothed in quasi-sensory metaphors of sight, sound, feeling, etc. All our understanding of the laws of life is grasped through this sensory modality. Through practice and study we can cultivate a more accurate interpretation of inner sense reports. We develop our ability to concentrate or focus attention, which prepares us for more subtle understanding. MORE
The Universe, Path XXXII
The Universe is the Unity which embraces all. To say "the Universe," with a capital U, implies that we know the universe in its essence the world process. But the Universe, in itself, remains as mysterious and unknown as ever. What we do know are masks of the Universe or models. These universal models may be shamanic, religious, artistic, philosophical or scientific--but they are still world pictures, represented from a number of possible interpretations. So when we speak of models we can use the lower case version, universe. When we refer to its true nature, which not even our wildest dreams can imagine, it is the Universe. When refered to as a transition on the Path of Return, it is The Universe.
The modern use of the term cosmology is as the study of universes, using sciences such as physics and astronomy. It is the science of the Universe and our current understanding of its past, present, and future. But in ancient times, cosmology was the matrix of our place within the Whole, the Divine Order. Mankind developed countless culturally-biased "world pictures" to provide an explanation of nature and our place in it. They were formulated in religious and philosophical language, and were therefore theological or metaphysical in nature.
The art of creating such world pictures probably has its roots in protohistorical shamanism. Shamans were healers, seers, and visionaries who had mastered death. This practice is more than 15,000 years old, and continues in some primal cultures. They were technicians of the sacred and masters of ecstasy. One of their primary ecstatic rituals was the practice of "shamanic flight," to unearthly realms. In these flights, the spirit was entranced. The shaman defined the culture's relationship to the cosmos.
These flights were "journeys to Other Worlds,"out-of-body experiences produced by induction of trance states which gave participants the sensations of flying up from the earth and into the cosmos. This rapture was induced by the soul leaving the body, transcending into the realm of spirits and gods. Since they were familiar with both cosmic and physical geography, these were more than flights of fancy, for they contained a fundamental element of intuition and valid information about the nature of reality.
The direction that the psyche takes is oriented toward the cosmos, the ground of being that is the universe, and the life field is therefore amplified to include all dimensions of "Unconcealed Being." The passageway to greater life is opened and traversable.
The central symbol of shamanism is the Sacred Tree, or World Tree, the axis of the world, the center of life. The mortal and finite dimension was transcended by climbing the sacred tree, considered the path to rebirth through directing the spirit heavenward. The vehicle of ascension to the sky realm of the sun, to the territory of illumination, is the drum, whose pulse can induce initiatory trance states through resonance effects.
The shaman's spirit ascends beyond the plane of death, soaring to a timeless place. The soul is transformed into a magical bird and the soul ascends into the sky realm of the spiritual sun, the light of awakened consciousness unfettered by gravity, the boundaries of space, materiality, and time. Some shamns find themselves "being nurtured in nests high in the World Tree." The higher the nest, the more powerful the shaman will be, the more he will know, the further he will see.
Thus, we came to think of reality not in terms of things, but as a ladder of process, a great movement and exchange of energies. A teaching then is a copy of this cosmic process on the scale of human time on earth. Initiation into such a teaching in our own lives means that one's own life becomes yet another copy of this process--a microcosm. MORE
BOOK II: THE UNIVERSE, Path 32
Path 32 bridges the Physical Plane to the Astral Plane. As it is ruled astrologically by the planet Saturn, it has to do with space/time and the propagation of recurrent patterns, (from archetypal manifestations to habits). As the connecting link between Malkuth and Yesod, Path 32 graphically depicts how space/time connects EM fields to matter.
Path 32 is the first path encountered when the aspirant is initiated into the Way of Return up the Tree of Life. It is a path of equilibrium, since it is found on the Middle Pillar. It represents both the beginning and perfection of the Great Work.
LADDER OF LIGHTS
Do you hear the music
in the soft silent moving breeze of Vibrants?
Can you see the shifting
energy or manipulate your essence?
Have you ever been caught
suspended in a dream's after-current
to awake with a shock
and find yourself silenced in darkness?
You are potent
to influence sensation
as you climb for ever more heights.
through necessary duration,
and rise upon the Ladder of Lights.
True, it's such a rush, all of a sudden
to find that same "ALL" by your Self.
Chained to your foregone confusion,
Persona clinging to consciousness' shelf.
You are latent
to influence Creation
as you die through your 10 pacts a day;
To find thine spirit's inner relation
the Ladder of Lights is a Way.
XXI, THE UNIVERSE; Path 32 and Extrasensory Perception
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“THE UNIVERSE IS OBSOLETE”
A Gallery of Multiverse Theories By Iona Miller and Richard Alan Miller,
O.A.K.©2003 “The key idea, the central core of all the quantum paradoxes,
is that possibilities-universes conspire. It’s a quantum conspiracy.”
--Fred Alan Wolf, Parallel Universes No Boundaries So you think you have “boundary issues”? We have been challenged to overcome provinciality and learn to think regionally, nationally and globally. Global thinking is still a challenge. Now the siren call of Mystery invites us to explode our cosmic boundaries. The limits of our observable universe (14 billion light-years and roughly 100 billion galaxies) have erupted out the top end and penetrated the infinitely small. Our universe may be even older, but time as we know it did not exist, nor can we see through the Big Bang to gauge it. This universe is characterized by certain interacting life-supporting values (Rees):
1). The strength of the force that binds atomic nuclei making atomic structure possible;
2). The strength of the forces that hold atoms together;
3). The density of material in the universe;
4). Cosmic antigravity that controls the expansion of space;
5). The amplitude of ripples in the expanding universe that seeds macro-structures such as galaxies, solar systems, and planets;
6). The number of spatial dimensions (3-D).
How can it be a “uni-verse” if ours is only one of many? Universe used to mean “All that there is.” That attribution has been co-opted by the term multiverse, although technically there can be many multiverses. We are reluctant to believe that parallel universes are a true description of nature. Still, we (along with our myriad of virtual clones and alters) are invited to embrace this wider canvas, this grander vision.
Our vision of the multiverse is more vast than even a few years ago as there is evidence for many possible forms a universe can take. There is a greater collective, more than one universe embedded in higher dimensional space or hyperspace. Our worldview must change to a multiverse view, even though it may be difficult to wrap our minds around the notion. The multiverse is the set of all possible universes throughout time, including our observable universe. Physicists say the multiverse resembles boiling water with bubbles that form and rapidly expand. Our place in cosmic history depends on the delicate interplay between the very big and the very small. Chaos and complexity theory have shown us that patterns tend to repeat and persist (like fractals) at all levels of observation:
“As above; so below.” There is a hierarchy of observational levels: subquantal, quantal, photonic, atomic, electromagnetic, chemical, cellular, organismic, planetary, solar systems, galaxies, universes. At both ends of this open-ended spectrum, we can infer what we may not observe.
Many Mansions We have found other worlds looking both ways, through the lenses of cosmology and quantum physics. Observations demand we change our worldview to include these parallel universes. Whether we look above or below, we see our universe with its 100 billion galaxies embedded in an even larger reality – the multiverse, with separate closed volumes of space and time. Infinite space far exceeds the limits of our observable universe. Webs of parallel universes are equally possible. We can image them like balloons connected to one another by rubbery necks of spacetime – wormholes.
The regions inside and outside the balloons and wormholes are outside spacetime. They don’t exist. In shows like Twilight Zone, Star Trek, Quantum Leap, and Sliders the heroes traverse wormholes and black holes, travel through time, enter alternate dimensions, battle their own alter egos, or mysteriously begin living different life stories. Many of our common ideas about the nature of parallel universes come from these well-worn scifi themes. We get the idea we might be able to detect them, share information with them, interact with them, even pop in and out of them. Most people embrace a single simple notion of parallel universes, if any. But there is no convergence of alternate views of parallel universes.
The truth of these theories is that they are far more complicated and numerous than any scifi, comic or movie has depicted, including Jet Li’s “The One,” LeGuin’s The Lathe of Heaven, or the Carl Sagan storyline, “Contact.” As you read this you could be splitting into a virtual infinity of alternatives, unseen worlds each unaware of the others. In most theories, you are unlikely to see your other selves, even if you can imagine their existence. Physics calls this their “non-fungible” nature, which means they cannot be viewed or experienced. But don’t worry about comprehending this; it has nothing to do with fungi although many-worlds seem to sprout like mushrooms. Perhaps in some parallel universe, you’ve already gotten it.
If you find the notion of an endless progression of universes sprouting from one another hosting an infinity of unconscious doppelgangers unsettling and hard to fathom, you are not alone. Even physicists who embrace the concept find the idea deeply disturbing. Most researchers now believe the many worlds hypothesis is an accurate view of reality, backed by well-tested theories such as relativity and quantum mechanics. It makes our paradigm of the observable universe obsolete, even though only a century ago we couldn’t see out of the Milky Way or into the atom.
Many Worlds; Many Theories There is not just one theory of parallel universes, but a variety of them ranging from bubble universes, accelerating universes, expanding universes to branching universes. We are confronted with self-reproducing universes, mini-universes, chaotic universes, alternative universes, quantum universes. The fabric of our universe is flat, as shown by the acceleration of space (Goldsmith).
Nearly every luminary in the field, from cosmologists to theoretical physicists, seems to suggest a different variant. That is hardly surprising since there are also a variety of theories about the fundamental nature of the known universe. Different theories account for different assumptions and observations, make different predictions, and lead to different conceptual and mathematical models. For example, Princeton’s Paul Steinhardt argues for the “ekpyrotic model,” an extension of string theory called M-theory. In M-theory fundamental objects are two-dimensional membranes living in eleven-dimensional spacetime.
It can contain objects of five-dimensions. In M-theory our universe and others result from collisions between membranes in this 11-dimensional space. Unlike the universes in the “quantum multiverse”, these universes can have completely different laws of physics – anything is possible; all potentials can be realized. Before the Big Bang our universe consisted of two perfectly flat four-dimensional surfaces. One of these sheets is our universe; the other is a parallel universe. Random fluctuations in this unseen companion universe caused it to distort and reach toward our universe. The energy of the collision was transferred into the matter and energy of the Big Bang. In superstring theory there are 10 dimensions, but most of them are thought to be tightly curled up. Now scientists say the extra dimensions aren’t as small as they originally thought. One or more of the extra dimensions could be perhaps a millimeter across. If so, our visible universe is one of “parallel universes” crammed into this unseen space. It looks big in three dimensions, but could be tiny in other dimensions.
We can’t travel between them, since the matter and energy of our universe are confined to our standard three dimensions. But, many big universes could fit in such a small area, like sheets of paper stack together. Another theory, “quantum cosmology” seeks to marry the irreconcilable theories of relativity with quantum mechanics, which it claims applies to the entire universe at all times and to everything in it. There is no fundamental difference between observer and observed. The wave function of the entire universe can’t collapse each time an observation is made. In cosmology there is only one system that is measured only once.
In quantum cosmology, the universe appears from quantum fuzz, tunneling into existence and then evolving classically. Both the no boundary and tunneling proposals predict the conditions necessary for inflation. Together parallel universe theories constitute a virtually unbridled proliferation of universes, dimensions, membranes, superpositions, timewarps, Hilbert and hyperspaces. Splitting and merging, some are near; others impossibly far off. Some are similar to our local universe, others quite bizarre. MORE
Sphere of the Moon
One of thee main tasks of Yesod, Sphere of the Moon, is to acquire a firm foundation in Qabalistic theory before beginning any actual practice. Yesod is the automated consciousness or habit mind which is also sometimes called the Vital Soul, or realm of instincts.
In physics, this astral dynamism is known as electromagnetic fields, the force which lies behind and patterns all forms. Thus, the subconscious underlies and directs our mundane awareness in an analogous way to that in which EM fields are the subtle basis of matter. Behavior precipitates, as it were, from hidden subconscious dynamics. We can raise much of this unconscious motivation to awareness.
Magical tradition asserts that the human faculty of imagination is capable of creating impressions in the astral substance which guide and direct subsequent manifestation. In modern language, creative visualization or dwelling on a though consciously or subconsciously, increases the chance of altering EM field patterns.
This is neither objective nor subjective, since the wave fronts involved operate both externally in the environment and internally in the organ of perception, the CNS. Therefore, magical exercises, carried our properly, are designed to establish and strengthen specific EM field patterns (or archetypes) with great clarity in the consciousness of the practioner. (Ref. Netzach on EM Fields & the Astral).
Misuse of imagination has created chaos, error, and confusion in the collective consciousness. Generations of wrong thinking have left a groove on the cultural mind, which manifests mostly as emotional fragmentation or misplaced zeal. Imagination is an essentially spiritual power whose expression has been distorted.
In Yesod we seek to reestablish emotional balance and control of responses and reactions which are usually below our threshold of awareness. At Yesod, this applies particularly to the channelling of intense reproductive urges. We seek connection with the uplifting aspects of sexual energy, rather than its animalistic expression which might sap our vitality.
This vitality is presented in the magical image of the sphere. But here it represents the power of regeneration of the inner person. The force works through the nervous system and interior centers. In yoga these centers are called chakras, and the Serpent Fire or Kundalini represents the dynamics of ascending consciousness. This energy goes by many names including prana and chi. It can be channelled by visualization.
Yesod work helps us hone and correct our creative visualization capacity. If our mental images are improperly formulated, disharmony results. Pain is an emotional signal which helps us correct our attitudes and images of our goals. Yesod is the center of the formative world before it crystallizes into manifestation. But we must not only work against our own lower impulses (shadow), but those of the collective (Adversary).
Focusing on right application of our self-conscious image-making faculty, we can release old blocks or habit patterns. Hypnotherapy may be helpful in this process. Old destructive habits are easily given up when better solutions are internalized and become part of your new self-image. At first it takes conscious effort to divert the flow into the new channels of reaction. But soon constructive new habits become the norm.
Yesod is the realm of instincts. After purifying the body comes the work of purifying the psyche. It means becoming aware of one's shadow and responses that are not in harmony with the goals of the Higher Self. It doesn't mean suppressing emotions, because bottled up feelings explode like a pressure-cooker. We create a channel for the liberating powers of the Self, which facilitates our natural, organic growth. MORE
ASTROLOGY & ALCHEMY
a. The Age Factor in Astrology, and Transits
b. Saturn, Lord of Boundaries
c. The Nigredo in Alchemy
4. ORIENTATION & EXERCISE
a. Time Perception and Sensory Filtering
b. 32nd Pathworking: The Personal Experience of Time; Hypnosis and Time Experiments
c. Life Extension Practices (Aging, Rejuvenation, and Immortality)
3. ASTROLOGY AND ALCHEMY
a. Major Astrological Correspondences with the Age Factor
Age 7 Waxing square of Saturn to its natal place.
Age 12 First return of Jupiter to its natal place.
Age 14 Saturn opposition natal Saturn.
Age 19- New nodal cycle begins.
Age 21 Waning square of Saturn to its natal place.
Age 24 2nd return of Jupiter to its natal place.
Age 27+ Progressed Moon returns to its natal place.
Age 28 Uranus trine natal Uranus; inversion of the position of the Moons nodes. Part of Self of Astrological Spiritual Birth.
Age 29 Saturn returns to its natal place.
Age 30 The natal Sun-Moon aspect repeats itself in the progressions. Jupiter opposes natal Jupiter.
Age 36 2nd waxing square of Saturn to its natal place. 3rd return of Jupiter to its natal place.
Age 38- New nodal cycle begins.
Age 42 Uranus opposition natal Uranus; Neptune in waxing square to natal Neptune; Jupiter opposition natal Jupiter.
Age 44 2nd opposition of Saturn to its natal place.
Age 47 Inversion of the position of the Moon's nodes.
Age 48 4th return of Jupiter to its natal place.
Age 51 2nd waning square of Saturn to its natal place.
Age 55 Progressed Moon returns for second time to its natal place.
Age 56 Uranus in waning trine to Uranus; beginning of 4th nodal cycle.
Age 59 2nd return of Saturn to its natal place; 5th return of Jupiter to its natal place; Pluto in waxing square to its natal place; the natal Sun-Moon aspect repeats itself for the second time in the progressions.
Age 63 Waning square of Uranus to its natal place.
Age 65 Inversion of the position of the Moon's nodes.
Age 66 3rd waxing square of Saturn to its natal place.
Age 72 6th return of Jupiter to its natal place.
Age 75 Beginning of 5th nodal cycle; 3rd opposition of Saturn to its natal place.
Age 80 3rd waning square of Saturn to its natal place.
Age 82 2nd return of progressed Moon to its natal place.
Age 84 Uranus returns to its natal place; 7th return of Jupiter to its natal place; inversion of the position of the Moon's nodes. MORE
Ultimate Nature of Physical Reality
It is proposed that the widespread and pervasive distinctions between people (race, nation, family, profession, etc., etc.) which are now preventing mankind from working together for the common good, and indeed, even for survival, have one of the key factors of their origin in a kind of thought that treats things as inherently divided, disconnected, and "broken up" into yet smaller constituent parts.
Each part is considered to be essentially independent and self-existent.
(David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order)
The notion that all these fragments is separately existent is evidently an illusion, and this illusion cannot do other than lead to endless conflict and confusion. Indeed, the attempt to live according to the notion that the fragments are really separate is, in essence, what has led to the growing series of extremely urgent crises that is confronting us today.
Thus, as is now well known, this way of life has brought about pollution, destruction of the balance of nature, over-population, world-wide economic and political disorder and the creation of an overall environment that is neither physically nor mentally healthy for most of the people who live in it.
Individually there has developed a widespread feeling of helplessness and despair, in the face of what seems to be an overwhelming mass of disparate social forces, going beyond the control and even the comprehension of the human beings who are caught up in it.
(David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, 1980)
Reality cannot be found except in One single source, because of the interconnection of all things with one another. (Leibniz, 1670)
We are a part of Nature as a whole whose order we follow. (Spinoza, Ethics, 1673)
A Very Brief Introduction
The following article on David Bohm’s Wholeness and Implicate Order is very consistent with the Wave Structure of Matter. That at a fundamental level reality is not made of discrete and separate parts (particles), but One interconnected whole.
The Wave Structure of Matter agrees as the following brief summary explains:
If we abide by the rules of Science, which aims to unite a posteriori / empirical evidence from our Senses with a priori reason / logic from Principles, it is clear that we can now describe Matter (Reality) more simply in terms of Spherical Standing Waves in Space (rather than discrete particles and forces in space and time).
The purpose of this article is to explain and solve previous philosophical problems that arose because of the wrong metaphysical foundations of our language (currently founded on four separate things - Matter as ’Particles’ generating ’Forces’ in ’Space’ and ’Time’).
Very briefly summarized:
To unite these four separate things we must describe Reality from One Thing. The Metaphysics of Space and Motion and the Wave Structure of Matter is founded on One Principle which describes One Substance, Space, and its Properties as a Wave-Medium. Matter Exists as Spherical Standing Waves in Space.
Time is caused by wave Motion (as spherical wave motions of Space which cause matter’s activity and the phenomena of time). The discrete ’particle’ effect of matter is formed by the Wave-Center of the Spherical Waves. (See Diagrams below.)
Forces result from wave interactions of the Spherical In and Out Waves with other matter in the universe which change the location of the Wave-Center (and which we ’see’ as a ’force accelerating a particle’.
This rough diagram shows how the Spherical In and Out Waves
form a Standing Wave around the Wave-Center ’particle’
I have added a few comments (GH - Geoff Haselhurst) to the David Bohm article below, though I think the comments are pretty obvious once you understand the Wave Structure of Matter.
Essay on Life & Ideas of David Bohm
(1917 - 1992)
Blinded by the (DMT) Light
A version of this appeared in Paranoia Magazine #44
Prophets, Procreation, & Parallel Worlds
“I am created by Divine Light. I am sustained by Divine Light. I am protected by Divine Light. I am surrounded by Divine Light. I am ever growing into Divine Light.”
~Swami Sivananda Radha,
“Realities of the Dreaming Mind” (1990)
This is Your Brain on Youth
We are hardwired to seek pleasure, to seek ecstasy. As children we expressed our authentic, core selves – that which can neither be taught nor learned. But the whole “self-help” and “new age” movements are based on trying to get back that golden state of innocence, childlike wonder and awe with spiritual connection.
When religion suggests we “become as little children” again, who could imagine this implies a shamanic return to the womb and the natural psychedelic state of an uncalcified pineal gland? In early childhood, we are perpetually immersed in cascades of trance-inducing theta rhythms of the brain, with the feel-good chemical brew it creates for metaprogramming.
Until roughly age 8, we can’t really distinguish between fantasy and reality, due to our own natural hallucinogen, DMT, (dimethyltryptamine). DMT molecules are similar to serotonin and target the same receptors. Meditation has been suggested as a means of preserving youthful appearance and mental flexibility. Dr. Rick Strassman and others claim this spiritual technology encourages production and release of natural DMT (Soma Pinoline) in the mindbody throughout the lifespan.
DMT is implicated in the wild imaginings of our nightly dreams, near-death phenomena (NDEs), alien abduction experiences, and dream yoga. It is also a source of visionary phenomena in therapy, such as unusual psychophysical states attained in waking dreams, shamanic or psychotherapeutic journeys. Synthetic and botanical DMT crosses the blood-brain barrier and bonds to the same synaptic sites as serotonin. Psychedelic chemist, Sasha Shulgin claims, “DMT is everywhere.”
Each night in dreams we experience an essentially psychedelic state. The principal difference between dreams and hallucinations is the way the stages of wakefulness are organized, with the suppression of REM sleep and the intrusion of PGO waves in the arousal (waking) stage and in NREM (or slow) sleep.
The stages include: waking (arousal) stage, stage of PGO waves, hallucination stage, sleep stage and hallucinatory manifestations. The waking dream eliminates “residues” stirred up by the PGO wave pattern in the absence of REM sleep. These visions resemble those at the approach of death, or what are called near death experiences (NDEs). In another context, they are perceived as visions. They include the characteristics of two phases of NDEs (Sabom, 1982):
Autoscopic phase includes 1) subjective feeling of being dead; 2) peace and well-being; 3) disembodiment; 4) visions of material objects and events.
The Transcendental phase includes 5) tunnel or dark zone; 6) evaluation of one’s past life; 7) light; access to a transcendental world, entering in light; 9) encounter with other beings; 10) return to life.
The Path of Light: Primordial In-Sight
The pineal sits, well protected in the deep recesses of the brain, bathed in cerebrospinal fluid by the ventricles, the fluid-filled cavities of the brain that feed it and remove waste. It emits its secretions to the strategically surrounding emotional, visual and auditory brain centers. It helps regulate body temperature and skin coloration. It secretes the sleep hormone melatonin. Generally, after the more imaginative period of childhood, the pineal calcifies and diminishes at the onset of puberty’s sex hormones, around age 12.
The pineal is the only unpaired gland in the brain. Curiously, this solitary gland is light sensitive and actually has a lens, cornea, and retina. Is there a retinal circus of biophotons deep in the brain, which only the Third Eye sees or even creates: the Light of Wisdom?
This “Third Eye,” in the center of the brain, is implicated in the production of endogenous or natural DMT, dubbed the Spirit Molecule. The pineal synthesizes natural hallucinogens in response to certain psychophysical states, and raises serotonin levels in the brain. There is a functional decline in the gland with advancing age.
This master gland is responsible for the internal perception of Light, the raising of Kundalini the serpent power, and for awakening inner sight or in-sight. The key to a successful meditation is the withdrawal of the sensory currents to the eye focus or the third eye. Once there, the gaze focuses on the middle of whatever appears without any distractions or intrusive thought.
The groundbreaking work of Dr. Rick Strassman (2001) focuses on the role natural body chemistry plays in creating spiritual life. He calls DMT the Spirit Molecule; an endogenous hallucinogen, which he boldly asserts, is an active agent in a variety of altered states including mystical experience.
To explore his theory, Strassman conducted extensive testing, injecting volunteers with the powerful psychedelic, synthetic DMT (N,N-dimethyltryptamine; N,N-DMT). DMT is so powerful it is physically immobilizing, and produces a flood of unexpected and overwhelming visual and emotional imagery. Taking it is like an instantaneous LSD peak. DMT crosses the usually impenetrable blood-brain-barrier, suggesting its fundamental role in consciousness. But, concluding his 5-year studies early, Strassman admitted despite their growth potential, there were no viable therapeutic or neurological applications. He does NOT recommend recreational use. MORE
Emotional Alchemy of our Ecstatic & Transcendent Nature
The mystical effects of Tantric Sex are the result of spiritual and sexual technologies which manipulate the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems of arousal in the psychosexual body. The interaction and paradoxical union of these two systems of arousal is implicated in tantric bliss states. One system, ergotrophic, energizes us; the other, trophotropic, tranquilizes us. The E-system is Yang, while the T-system is Yin. The orchestration of these systems during the sexual sacrament is the essence of tantra.
Max-ing out your system physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually with Tantra can lead through ego death to cosmic consciousness. Rather than falling in love, Tantra is rising in love. As in the case of trance-induced transcendence by overwhelming the senses, at tantric full-body orgasm there is a paradoxical switch from maximal arousal to a profound state of emptiness and deep calm which can be lengthened or deepened even further in post-coital meditation into a direct perception of the mystic Void.
As a metaphor of this process, imagine the fabulously beautiful and infinitely detailed structure of the fractals produced by the Mandelbrot set. When this form is generated all numbers of the equation either fall into the black void at the center of the figure because they are decreasing; or if they are increasing they wind up as part of the infinitely dynamic fractal set that forms the beautiful filigree around the voids.
Our consciousness does much the same kind of processing in the flow state of psychosexual expression. When aroused we expand our sense of self even to the cosmic scale even as our focus narrows (cosmic consciousness). After orgasm, our focus is free to expand infinitely while our sense of the body and our personal orientation can virtually vanish (the mystic Void).
Tantra works within the natural cycle of ergotropic and trophotropic processes, governed by the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. They mediate cycles of arousal and calm, and are therefore implicated in a variety of mystical experiences and also disorders which display states of hyperarousal and hypoarousal. They are mediated by the neurotransmiters noradrenalin and serotonin. The interhemispheric balancing mediates the harmonization of the left and right hemispheres of the brainmind. They mediate fight-flight responses, and pain-pleasure cycles. They can be chemically related to cycles of inflation, desire, acting out, guilt, remorse, high wellbeing, self-acceptance, and self-esteem. At their extremes, meditative and exalted states reflect as psychological and physiological paradox.
Emotional Alchemy of Arousal and Transcendence
We exist within a complex network of cycle within cycles. One of the fundamental cycles of our human lives centers around hyper- and hypoarousal. The activated state of ergotropic arousal is mediated by the sympathetic nervous system; while the trophotropic arousal is mediated by the parasympathetic nervous system. They are related to CRP (Consciousness Restructuring Process) Journeys as the source of the psychophysical imagery of the hallucination-perception-transcendence continuum. MORE
SYNTHETIC TELEPATHY AND THE EARLY MIND WARS
By Richard Alan Miller © copyright 2001
[Presented at the Consciousness Technologies Conferenc-July 19-21, 2001,on Saturday, July 20th, 2001, in Sisters, OR] updated 03/04/2003 Introduction I first became aware of Allan H. Frey's work at Willow Grove in 1972, just after completing "The Holographic Concept of Reality."
I was working with Dr. Carl Scheicher (MRU) at the time, and was asked about the significance of this work. Realizing its possible use in mind control, my first reaction was to go on "red alert." Full significance was not yet understood at this time. Basically, Frey had discovered another sensory motor input in the higher blue-band frequencies of 0.3-3.0 GHz. - at very low amplitudes of power. It was "as if" we had another type of "vision," but did not know how to "see" what was being received. It constituted the next generation of subliminal communications. My work at the time was involved with an AI database for paranormal references (Project Parafile). A second paper was also presented at the Omniversal Symposium, California State College at Sonoma, (September 29, 1973).
This was titled "Embryonic Holography," and was an application of "The Holographic Concept of Reality" model. It dealt with biogenesis and neurological regeneration, and included speculation on the origins of cancer, faith healing, psychic surgery and more technical aspects of mind-body energetics. One week after the delivery of that paper, four men came into my place of business, two in suits and two in full Army dress. The two suits held me under close arrest, while the two Army personnel went through my files, pulling anything related to "
The paper was rewritten from old notes and memory, but it was not the same. What got this paper classified "top secret" for almost 20 years was that it was critical for the use of Allan Frey's study, and its possible application to mind control. I never was able to draw what was so important in that initial paper until I began researching this paper, more than 24 years later. I will discuss those aspects further into this document. In 1961, Allan Frey, a freelance biophysicist and engineering psychologist, reported that humans could hear microwaves. Most United States scientists dismissed this discovery as the result of outside noise. James C. Linn offered a more technical description of the experiment. "Frey found that human subjects exposed to 1310 MHz and 2982 MHz microwaves at average power densities of 0.4 to 2 mW/cm2 perceived auditory sensations described as buzzing or knocking sounds. The sensation occurred instantaneously at average incident power densities well below that necessary for known biological damage and appeared to originate from within or near the back of the head."
Pulsed Microwave Technology
Pulsed microwave voice-to-skull (or other-sound-to-skull) transmission was discovered during World War II by radar technicians who found they could hear the buzz of the train of pulses being transmitted by radar equipment they were working on. This phenomenon has been studied extensively by Dr. Allan Frey, (Willow Grove, 1965) whose work has been published in a number of reference books.
What Dr. Frey found was that single pulses of microwave could be heard by some people as "pops" or "clicks", while a train of uniform pulses could be heard as a buzz, without benefit of any type of receiver. Dr. Frey also found that a wide range of frequencies, as low as 125 MHz (well below microwave) worked for some combination of pulse power and pulse width. Detailed unclassified studies mapped out those frequencies and pulse characteristics which are optimum for generation of "microwave hearing". MORE
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