I like material that questions the current paradigm on mind. In this excellent short film, Dr. Stanley Krippner explains his research executed at the Maimonides Dream Research lab in Brooklyn, NY in the 1960s. The lab set out to prove that in altered states of consciousness, phenomena such as telepathy, pre-cognition, out of body experiences and clairvoyance were scientific possibilities
Decent short documentary on fear, well worth watching. I will post some written material in the next week or so. Stay tuned.
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in strange positions.)
Note: Mindfulness is useful as an adjunct and can really make a difference in our lives. My only concern is that it is often touted as a panacea for all of life’s ills and it is not that.
I have not read the book Self Made Man, but I intend to after I watched this video. Lesbian Feminist Norah Vincent lives as a man for 18 months, goes nuts and is happy to get back to life as a woman. How important is gender in our identity makeup?
Beneath anger lays what is really important to us.
A number of years ago I had a client who had the most beautiful, grand, vivid dreams. Each dream seemed to be a tapestry of beauty, imagination and creativity. Her predominate feeling on waking was that she wished she could go on dreaming. The dreams occurred nightly without fail and each morning she would have this longing to return to her dreams. While many insights were gained from the dreams the insights did not seem to make a difference to how she was feeling on a day to day basis.
In her waking life she was constantly sad and teary eyed, almost to the point of being clinically depressed. In her own words she was bored with her life and did not think much of life overall. She was not a happy woman.
In going through her history it became apparent that some of her important ambitions were stifled later in life. […]
So many men and women set standards and set about meeting the “right” person, yet do little about becoming the “right” person themselves.
“Prospero is here enunciating the doctrine of Maya. The world is an illusion, but it is an illusion which we must take seriously, because it is real as far as it goes, and in those aspects of the reality which we are capable of apprehending.
Our business is to wake up. We have to find ways in which to detect the whole of reality in the one illusory part which our self-centered consciousness permits us to see. We must not live thoughtlessly, taking our illusion for the complete reality, but at the same time we must not live too thoughtfully in the sense of trying to escape from the dream state. We must continually be on our watch for ways in which we may enlarge our consciousness. We must not attempt to live outside the world, which is given us, but we must somehow learn how to transform it and transfigure […]