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Ode to Sensory Deprivation: 4

There have been  previous odes to sensory deprivation all filed in the inner sense category.

Now it is time for a quote from one of the true messengers of The Light (no time to go into what “The Light” is now). His name was Walter Russell and you owe it to yourself to read his works.

From “The Secret of Light”, there are numerous excellent references in the chapter “Unconsciousness, Sleep and Pain”:

We cannot be unconscious. We have always been conscious without the slightest awareness of it. Our confusion in this respect lies in mistaking sensation and thinking for consciousness. When we stop thinking, whether asleep or awake, we do not stop KNOWING, nor do we cease being consciously aware of our Being.

Conscious Mind does not sleep. Sleep is merely the negative half of the wave cycle of electrical awareness of sensation. Wakefulness is the positive half.

And most importantly:

When the body is in balance, it has no sensation. When the body is unbalanced, sensation informs it when and where, otherwise it could not function.

 We continue to Chapter VII, “Think”:

All mystics describe their revelations as coming to them in flashes of great light. Paul, Buddha, Isaiah, Baha’u’llah and other mystics have vividly described this mental experience to such an extent that in the old days that experience was known as “The Illumination.”

That experience is, in reality, a severance of the cosmic seat of consciousness from the electric seat of sensation. The brain feels that severance electrically as a blinding flash. The consciousness, thus freed from sensation, suddenly becomes cosmically aware of cause instead of being hampered by the sensation of effect. That is what is meant by the biblical statement “And ye shall know all things.”

 

 

odes to sensory deprivation – ECKANKAR

A friend of mine (minorwork) on Facebook provided some text books which offer techniques and discussion of subtle body separation/analysis: 

Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth by Robert Johnson. Or my fav. Experiment in Depth by P.W. Martin which is a look at the “separation” from three perspectives. Jung for technique. Historian Arnold Toy

nbees assessment of its influence in history, and T.S. Eliots view from one who has accomplished the “withdrawal and return.”

On 2/25/2011 2:18 AM, Terrence Brannon wrote:

I continue to use the term ‘sensory deprivation’ even though Lilly made it clear that only certain people who had not done tank work themselves used this term.Technically, we are liberating ourselves from the distraction of physical senses. From ch.11 in “The Spiritual Notebook” (The Higher and Lower Powers) we read further confirmation of the power of Sensory “Deprivation”

“””
Consciousness is beyond the worlds of thought. It is the foundation of ECK, and the whole of ECK teachings. It is the explanation for the difference between the mental and Soul plane. It is the hardest dividing line to cross. … The secret of entering into the consciousness state is detaching one’s self from the outer, or sense world, and withdrawing one’s attention from all sensory objects. Then the chela begins to concentrate his attention on something inside. So far this is the general method of all systems. But the secret is that the mental world — which consists of the tools of thought — and every plane below it, comprise the negative worlds.
“””

Hmm, so after separating physical from emotional and emotional from thought, we must also separate thought from consciousness. Arunachala Ramana of AHAM.com said the same thing: “the only spiritual practice is separating thought from awareness. Anything else is not worthy of the title of spiritual practice.”

odes to sensory deprivation – ECKANKAR

I continue to use the term ‘sensory deprivation’ even though Lilly made it clear that only certain people who had not done tank work themselves used this term.Technically, we are liberating ourselves from the distraction of physical senses. From ch.11 in “The Spiritual Notebook” (The Higher and Lower Powers) we read further confirmation of the power of Sensory “Deprivation”

“””
Consciousness is beyond the worlds of thought. It is the foundation of ECK, and the whole of ECK teachings. It is the explanation for the difference between the mental and Soul plane. It is the hardest dividing line to cross. … The secret of entering into the consciousness state is detaching one’s self from the outer, or sense world, and withdrawing one’s attention from all sensory objects. Then the chela begins to concentrate his attention on something inside. So far this is the general method of all systems. But the secret is that the mental world — which consists of the tools of thought — and every plane below it, comprise the negative worlds.
“””

Hmm, so after separating physical from emotional and emotional from thought, we must also separate thought from consciousness. Arunachala Ramana of AHAM.com said the same thing: “the only spiritual practice is separating thought from awareness. Anything else is not worthy of the title of spiritual practice.”

“there’s nothing happening” – oh yes there is – overcoming the chief block in meditation

I had a friend who took an initiation. He wasnt happy with the system because he felt that nothing was happening when he did the meditation. I have two responses to this#1 – the tank always awaits a chance to loosen you

I just finished an hour in the tank. For the most part I was certain that “nothing was happening” and guess why? Because I was locking my body into place in the tank. The second I relaxed just a bit, the tank took the opportunity to loosen all sorts of muscle groups – across the spine, up and down the sides, the neck, you name it. Then I started pointing and flexing my toes and one toe would not flex back as fast as the rest – it had a mini Charley Horse. But then it worked its way out.

I was literally creating a limited tank experience by holding my body fixed. The tank destructured me and exposed my attempt to create a limited body-tank relation.

I’m so impressed with the ability of the tank to loosen up the physical body that “floating”, the secular term for what we do, is called “loosening” in the vocabulary of my religious organization devoted to floating [0]

#2 – expect the unexpected instead of filtering your environment

The instructions to John C. Lilly from E.C.C.O. [1] were: “Expect the unexpected every moment 24/7” – when you simply sit down and expect the unexpected, then your awareness expands and all sorts of trivial things you would never notice come to your attention – the refrigerator turning on, an ant walking across the rug, the wind rustling outside, a cabinet door creaking. You realize that “you” typically are a stick in a fast flowing river of phenomena.

But the ego is so focused on filtering the environment so that only stimuli which enhance/threaten survival come to your attention, that you actually dont even notice 1% of what is usually happening!

#3 Praise to Lilly

We results-oriented Westerners would not have ever had a crack at samadhi (samadhi being that crack between events which allows us to create and control as we learn to widen the GAP) because we are so fixated, locked down and focused. The whole lot of meditative experience has been gifted to the West thanks to the bold research efforts of John C. Lilly.

# References

[0] http://git.thedeepself.org/definitions/#loosening
[1] http://www.evolver.net/user/drongo23/blog/dr_john_c_lillys_earth_coincidence_…

Further odes to sensory deprivation

Chapter 3 in “The Spiritual Notebook” by Paul Twitchell (founder of ECKANKAR)  provides more rationale for liberating oneself from the physical senses: 

“… the inner universe cannot be realized unless we are able to separate Soul from mind and physical senses, and visualize Truth directly.” 

later in the same chapter, Twitchell describes the 3 common states of deep sleep, dream, and waking. The he says:

 

“The next ascending step is the immortal state. Once we have taken this step we have consciousness of the higher planes where all things are subtle and Truth is the Ultimate Reality. At this stage the brain and the physical organs cease to operates … only by our spiritual senses do we function within these worlds.” 

still later:

 

“The nine doors of the outer world are (list of orifices and sense organs… he omitted the skin)… all attention must be withdrawn from these lower doors and placed upon the spiritual eye.” 

finally:

 

“When Soul passes through the spiritual window it enters into the astral world. We cannot see this world with physical eyes, but instead we view everything on this plane with astral senses. This is true of every higher plane we pass into.” 

I tried focusing on the 3rd eye during my last float but I fell asleep. Maybe I should play HU in the float room to tune myself to the God worlds? Oh yeah, in ECKANKAR you need the help of the Living ECK Master to guide you to the Soul plane. You could only get to the mental plane by yourself – you would never cross the great void – http://santmat.livingcosmos.org

Praise the Lord! I am ordained!

On this day, 12/29/10, I ordained into The Church of Ju-Jitsu Janissaries of Saturday Saints under Patron Saint Rebecca Romjin.

Inner Sense Liberation – Sensory Deprivation from the Metaphysical Viewpoint : religion 1

INTRODUCTION

Sensory deprivation is a physical term – it admits that the physical senses are reduced. But let’s notice that worlds and awareness unfold with this deprivation. The metaphysical standpoint is: the ever alive inner sense is liberated when the outer senses are reduced, or as Glenn put it: when we subtract the body.

Let’s take a trip through the metaphysical writings for references to this alive inner sense.

This exploration is Religion 1 – religion means to reconnect to something (re ligare in Latin). So reconnecting to the alive inner sense is Religion 1.

Religion 2 – ECCO-CAR – The Modern Science of Soul Travel is a post for another time 🙂

KEN OGGER, Freezone Scientologist

In the Motions Universe, we have the beginning of real sensation as we know it now. …  And as people became more attached to sensation, it became possible to control and confuse them by hitting them with waves of sensations. And so we have the individual much more at effect than he was previously.

— “Super Scio” 15. THE MOTION UNIVERSE ( http://www.freezoneamerica.org/pilot/sscio/index.html )

ANALYSIS: the creative spiritual being, Our Real Self, known as a “thetan” in Scientology, exists prior to sensation. The initial creative being existed as a nothing but over time created the ideas of motion and sensation. By reducing sensation, we naturally become more Our Real Self, prior to sensation.

THERAVADA BUDDHISM

Theravada Buddhism’s primary practice is satipatthana – observation of the rise and fall of body, feelings, mind and mental objects with equanimity.

ANALYSIS: Buddhist nirvana occurs when one no longer craves or rejects sensation. Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk, set himself on fire and remained perfectly still ( )

He was free and happy of the senses. A floater does not master his senses, but he does get away from them.

ASTRAL PROJECTION (aka OBE, OOBE)

When a person leaves their body and views it from above, they do not feel the pain of that physical body. They have achieved sensory deprivation via a Near-Death experience. This obviously means there is a YOU who is ALIVE and watching the body and that YOU is eternally sensory deprived.

In the Western Wisdom Teachings

According to Max Heindel‘s Rosicrucian ( http://rosicrucian.com/ ) writings, called Western Wisdom Teachings, there are in the brain two small organs called the pituitary body and the pineal gland. This last gland is also called by medical science as “the atrophied third eye”; however, these teachings describe that none of them are atrophying: the pituitary body and the pineal gland at the present time are neither evolving nor degenerating, but are dormant. It is said that in the far past, when man was in touch with the inner worlds, these organs were his means of ingress thereto, and they will again serve that purpose at a later stage. According to this view, they were connected with the involuntary orsympathetic nervous system and to regain contact with the inner worlds (to reawaken the pituitary body and the pineal gland) it is necessary to establish the connection of the pineal gland and the pituitary body with the cerebrospinal nervous system. It is said that when that is accomplished, man will again possess the faculty of perception in the higher worlds (i.e. clairvoyance), but on a grander scale than it was in the distant past, because it will be in connection with the voluntary nervous system and therefore under the control of his will.

ANALYSIS: In “The Quiet Center” John Lilly said (paraphrase) “I think the yogis were right. I found that in isolation I could put my body anywhere I wanted in spacetime”

MEISTER ECKHART – Concept of Mystical Union With God

If only you could suddenly be unaware of all things, then you could pass into an oblivion of your own body… memory no longer functioned, nor understanding, nor the senses, nor the powers that should function so as to govern and grace the body…
In this way a man should flee his senses, turn his powers inward and sink into an oblivion of all things and himself.” ( http://tupamahu.blogspot.com/2010/03/meister-eckharts-concept-of-mystical.html )

ANALYSIS: “suddenly unaware of all things” is exactly what a tank gives you. The tank is a recipe for Eckhart’s Mystical Union with God.

Saint Teresa of Ávila

The kernel of Teresa’s mystical thought throughout all her writings is the ascent of the soul in four stages… The fourth is the “devotion of ecstasy or rapture,” a passive state, in which the consciousness of being in the body disappears (2 Corinthians 12:2-3). Sense activity ceases; memory and imagination are also absorbed in God or intoxicated.

During the short time the union lasts, she is deprived of every feeling, and even if she would, she could not think of any single thing… She is utterly dead to the things of the world… The natural action of all her faculties [are suspended]. She neither sees, hears, nor understands.”

— William James quoting from St. Teresa of Avila, “Interior Castle”
( http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/tic/index.htm )

ANALYSIS: I think this verse speaks loudly and clearly of the role of sensory deprivation (by whatever means necessary) for what she considers religious experience

THE BIBLE

2 Corinthians 4:16, 18

4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE

Some unfortunately suppose that Christian Science leads us to ignore the body, but this is a mistaken view of its teaching and practise. The redemption of the human mind and body begins the moment that truth is accepted by one as a remedy for the ills which afflict mankind, and the work of the Christian Science practitioner is to lift thought above mortal sense, up to the true consciousness of man’s being as the likeness of God. It should not be forgotten that this lifts one above bodily consciousness into mental freedom and spiritual power, and the price paid for freedom is the surrender of material and sensual belief respecting man for the Christ-ideal of being and doing. Mrs. Eddy says, “Rightly understood, instead of possessing a sentient material form, man has a sensationless body” (Science and Health, p. 280). Sensation in the body implies a diseased tendency. Even on the human plane we are not conscious of heart, lungs, eye, or ear, unless mortal mind is offering a report of some discordant condition, and the remedy for this is to lift the discordant thought from the body, or, as the Master has bidden us, “Look up, and lift up your heads.”

YOGA

  1. Yama: codes of restraint, abstinences (2.302.31)
  2. Niyama: observances, self-training (2.32)
  3. Asana: meditation posture  (2.46-2.48)
  4. Pranayama: expansion of breath and prana (2.49-2.53)
  5. Pratyahara: withdrawal of the senses (2.54-2.55)
  6. Dharana: concentration (3.1)
  7. Dhyana: meditation (3.2)
  8. Samadhi: deep absorption (3.3)

ANALYSIS: there are numerous shortcuts to samadhi. You could practice ethical living all your life and maybe eventually get there. You could do physical asana for 10-15 years and get there. It certainly is not a rapid approach as I’ve done both bikram yoga and ashtanga yoga and I like them, but they do not lead to samadhi very quickly. Pranayama can do it in 4-6 weeks of diligent practice. I used to work with a person who left the Self-Realization Fellowship and I was able to get to some nice thoughtless states.

So now let’s get to pratyahara – withdrawal of the senses.
The yogic way to do this is called Sambhavi Mudra ( http://goo.gl/BzdVH ) … the tank is a pratyahara device automatically. So we move up to stage 5 of 8 just by climbing in. And I can vouch for the existence of John C. Lilly’s Quiet Center as being a real achievable thing just by laying in the tank.

UPANISHADS

In the Upanishads, a human being is likened to a city with ten gates. Nine gates (eyes, nostrils, ears, mouth, urethra, anus) lead outside to the sensory world. The third eye is the tenth gate and leads to inner realms housing myriad spaces of consciousness.

The vision of the brilliant Soul in the perfect unity of Yoga (Maitri Upanishad)

25. Now, it has elsewhere been said: ‘He who, with senses indrawn as in sleep, with thoughts perfectly pure as in slumber, being in the pit of senses yet not under their control, perceives Him who is called Om, a leader, brilliant, sleepless, ageless, deathless, sorrowless—he himself becomes called Om, a leader, brilliant, sleepless, ageless, deathless, sorrowless.’

SADE

“the more we know, the less we see” — Sade, Never as Good as the First Time

E. J. Gold

Our vanity convinces us that the machine is awake and supports this illusion with activity, sensation, and associative thought. — Human Biological Machine as a Transformational Apparatus.

CONCLUSION

More than one spiritual system pleads with the aspirant to flee the senses. I know it sounds prudish and I like my share of sex, drugs and rock and roll as much as the next person. But this article is focused on the automatic and lasting religious value of sensory deprivation – inner sense awakening.

My true powers

  1. I can be anywhere I choose faster than the speed of light
  2. I create my entire internal and external world through my causative thinking

Club 365 Resolution

I am being mired in a horde of spiritual practices at the moment –

  • beta-blocker
  • saint germain
  • dreamspell
  • tai chi

And it is leading to confusion about what to do when!

Floatation is the only one of things which allows for progressive and certain relaxation.

Each time I float, I automatically get rid of tension with no conscious effort on my part. Relaxation and peace are powers, though I may not realize it at the moment.

I have to float every day. Dont worry about when, but just do it. It’s for your own good.

who am i (kundalini style)

Hello, I’m glad to join Phoenix Tools. In an attempt to describe who I am, I will do my best to list what I do and what I have, since that is probably the best I can do (grin). I encountered Phoenix Tools through the gracious video response of Betsy to a video of mine on youtube entitled Largely Shakti-Driven Movements.  At that time, I had taken my initiation from Guru Siyag recently. As is typical of me, after about 3 months of this system, I lost interest. I had been doing a focusing technique in Franz Bardon’s “Initiation into Hermetics” where you simply watch all thoughts with a neutral perspective. I began to ask myself: “why am I doing this kundalini system?  Do I really think I am here in this body in need of this?” and then I stopped it. It was quite powerful, I had a few visions and certain sounds indicative of Sant Mat style soul travel. But anyway, I quit my regular daily practice and went on to other things. Primarily at this moment, my enjoyable practices are:

  1. Dreamspell calendar – I am deprogramming myself from the Gregorian chaos and into the syncretic old-age new-age 13-moon calendar inuited primarily by Jose Arguelles
  2. SomaEnergetics tuning forks – Betsy speaks of entrainment on her website. After a tuning fork session, my breathing is silky smooth and perfectly rhythmic and completely effortless – it was never that way when I was doing Leonard Orr’s rebirthing breathwork. It was more forced rhythmic breathing then. I really love striking the high-pitched angel tuners against a piece of crystal
  3. Isolation tank – AKA sensory deprivation tank, floatation tank. I own a tank and it is maybe the greatest thing for me. It has obvious physical, mental benefits. And I am now sleeping in my tank and I awake super hydrated and having lightly surfed along with the body as it ran out it’s subconscious programming.
  4. Phoenix Tools – I’m attracted to the copper ring and will post separately on my efforts thus far
  5. psychedelics – I am the Columbus president of the Cannabis Protection Union and am an avid San Pedro cactus fan. I respect all the shamanic psychedelics. I love smokeable DMT. San pedro seems to be the most kundalini based psychedelic. It methodically forces you to defect and perhaps throw up. Then King San Pedro starts contracting your stomach and perhaps contracting your anus in and out as MOther Kundalini makes her way up. One of the best video sessions I had with Guru Siyag was captured to youtube as “Signposts of Kundalini’s Ascent” – it discusses in no-nonsense terms what you can expect as kundalini makes her way up. I have had some of these signs, but I am too lazy for regular diligent practice
  6. blood pH dieting. There are many many many ways to look at diet, but pH ties directly into the alkaloid aspect of the positive psychotropics. Most dieting and illness-producing things like pollution acidify our blood. I am happy that psychedelics, a certain diet and alkaline water (whether in my float tank or from a water ionizer) balance this out. I chanced across the phIon balance family of products and their youtube videos. They are quite impressive and much cheaper than a water ionizer.
  7. Scientology – I never can get totally away from Scientology. It was one of the greatest influences on me ever. The Freezone is certainly safer than the Church, but even in the freezone, there are always new developments. The cross-link between Betsy’s website and scientology occurs when she speaks of how to do self-healing by doing nothing. The buddhists call this “bare attention” and Franklin Merrel Wolff called it “high indifference” I was working with this last night in a creative way… we humans have awareness and creativity as are king and queen powers… I choose creativity over awareness. So, the instructions to John Lilly from ECCO (earth coincidence control office) were: expect the unexpected. It’s just that simple. In a single moment, you are running 10,000 tape loops based on conditioned expectations. Just a microsecond in the imaginal realm and re-chart your phenomenal realm outcome (to borrow from Volume III of Jose Arguelles’ cosmic history). And in spiritologie they refer to it was “zero perception”
  1. Lawanna Rine – now I found lawanna because I wanted to do 10 rebirthing sessions, but I quickly found out I found someone who grabs any and everything to get the job done. She is a certified rebirthing breathworker, but she will bring in Saint Germain’s Violet Flame and Theta Therapy and whatever else to get the job done. And amazingly, she has no website. She lives on a 23 acre 500,000 dollar property by herself in the woods and yet draws enough people to her in Strasburg, OH to cover all finances! She is 83-years old and an advocate of physical immortality. And she has no gray hair.