Home Remedies for Optimal Rest

taking the pressure off of going to sleep by telling yourself your going for optimal rest.

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If you’re having trouble sleeping at night try taking the pressure off of going to sleep by telling yourself your going for optimal rest. Then if you fall asleep during your optimal rest period it’s a good bonus.

I’ve worked for over 20 years in the mental health field facilitating groups on relaxation meditation, and sleep hygiene.

caffeine can disrupt your sleep up to 11 hours after you drink it

Sleep is part of a daily cycle. Children and teenagers need more sleep sometimes up to 10 or 11 hours. Adults average about 8 hours up to the age of 55. Those over the age of 55 need less sleep – about 8 to 6 hours. These figures are not set in stone and there are always exceptions to every “rule”.

Since the time of the industrial revolution mainly the advent of electric light and more recently television, computers, smart phones and the internet the natural rhythms of our bodies have been disrupted due to light pollution.

Your bedroom should always be slightly on the cool side

Before Sleep – The Experts Report Our bodies adjust to light dark cycles so if you’re having trouble sleeping at night you may want to consider making changes to your daily routine:

Exercise – in the morning or afternoon. Avoid exercise in the evening or at night this can signal your body to become more awake or alert. Exercise is important for a good night’s sleep even if it is a short or long walk in the morning or afternoon.

Caffeine – The experts report that caffeine can affect your body and disrupt your sleep up to 11 hours after you drink it. This can affect your ability to fall asleep and your ability to stay asleep.

Television, Smartphone or computer use – excites the brain. Sleep experts recommend to stop using these devices at least 2 hours before retiring

Snacking – Sleep experts recommend that you wait 3 hours after eating to go to sleep for a better night’s sleep.

Technique – If you do sleep poorly and assuming your morning is sunny you can re-set your body clock by sitting in the sun from 40 to 60 minutes in the morning.

Sleeping Timing – experts suggest going to sleep at the same time each night. I have observed that this has to do with body memory. Disrupting body memory where we experience a burst of energy hurtling passed our ordinary bedtimes usually comes from caffeine or a late night snack of sugary foods or refined carbohydrates.

 No Alcohol Before Bedtime – I almost did not include this because many people already know that while alcohol can put you to sleep it can often wake you up several times during the night. A drink or a glass of wine with an early dinner is okay.

Minimize Electrical Gadgets in your Bedroom – a lamp is good with an incandescent bulb is best for reading and a feeling of warmth, an alarm clock (without excessive lighting) if you need one (not an alarm on your electronic device). Watching television in-bed, surfing the net from your smartphone or tablet is bad for your sleep hygiene. Best to turn off your cell phone or tablet if you are keeping them in your bedroom.

Light and TemperatureYour bedroom should be as dark as possible, no light at all. But if you startle waking-up in a dark room, a light in a different room or a very dim nightlight is okay. If you have equipment such as a CPAP machine for your sleep prescribed then of course that’s okay. Your bedroom should always be slightly on the cool side, in summer and winter. Our body temperatures drop at night and by cuddling with ourselves under the covers we warm to an optimal sleeping temperature.

 

muse on your day, begin the letting go process

 

One to Three Hours Before Sleep  – These are nightly rituals, that when I use them assist me in getting a better night’s sleep. Admittedly I don’t use them as much as I could.

The Wind-DownBegin with a hot beverage – an herbal tea, or warm milk, or a non-alcohol hot-toddy-for sleep:https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/a-non-alcoholic-hot-toddy-for-sleep/

As you begin to enjoy your beverage muse on your day, begin the letting go process.

Next take care of brushing your teeth and all those to-do things before laying down to engage in optimal rest.

If you get in bed before the 40-minute period before closing your eyes, plan on reading, listening to music or dong some breath work, but ideally this should occur after taking medications and/or supplements.

LET GO AND BREATHE

Thirty (30) to forty (40) minutes before lying down take any nighttime medications or supplements

 

Here are the supplements I take at night for their sedating effects:

GABA  – It’s an neurotransmitter that blocks impulses between nerve cells in the brain. Its uses include but are not limited to: improved sleep, lowering anxiety, help with chronic pain and lowering blood pressure;

Calcium – most calcium is derived from a dairy product which may have a sedating effect

Sometimes I take:

Aconitum Napellus 30c – four to five pellets under the tongue – It’s for anxiety but it can aide in falling to sleep.

 

Immediate Preparations for Optimal Rest

These techniques can be used in preparations can be used just prior to closing your eyes or if sleep doesn’t come.

The Body Clench – this is a systematic clench of muscle groups and their release in your body. Begin by scrunching up your feet and clenching your toes. Don’t let go. Next tightening your calf and thigh muscles. Next tighten your butt muscles, then you chest and abdomen. Next make fists tight the muscles in your forearms and biceps, stretch your neck by moving your head towards your chest and scrunch up the muscles in your face.

Don’t beat yourself up because your suppose to be sleeping

Then LET GO AND BREATHE.

The idea is to make your body tighter so you can release tense muscles and allow yourself to feel your body in a more relaxed state.

 

Sleep experts suggest you sleep on your side. Sleeping on your abdomen (belly) inhibits your breath so not good for optimal rest

 

Close your Eyes – (30 to 40 minutes after taking your medications and/or supplements)When you close your eyes there may be an automatic response for you to think about everything your worried about, or to criticize yourself in someway. Worry may manifest as thinking about something repeatedly (obsessing) – trying to figure it out. Or maybe you’re trying to solve a problem or review something that happened that day.

Let yourself do this for a few minutes. Make it okay. Don’t beat yourself up because your suppose to be sleeping even it goes on you five to ten minutes or so. Also you might want to engage in some soothing self-talk such as: “I’m a gentle person”, I’m applying compassion towards others and myself” “I like _____ about myself” or think of a peace scene in nature – a sunset over a lake or behind a mountain, floating or flying over fields, seeing waves at the beach.

It’s okay… it’s okay… I’m safe. I can let go.

Then tell yourself that it time to dive deeper into optimum rest.

Begin this next process by scanning your body with your mind for any areas of your body where your holding tension and imagine breathing them out (with your out breath). Let go.

Next, focus on your breath. Usually, what happens when we begin to focus on our breath is that we take control. That’s okay. Breathing in this way soon becomes like work. When you start to realize that its work then begin to watch your breath as it moves in and out of your body. You’re just matching your thoughts with what’s happening in your body automatically, that can be a lot easier.

I may just practice watching my breath achieving optimal rest

Your mind may wander back to your negative or problem solving thoughts without you realizing it. Let them go and move back to your witness mind watching your breath. The rhythm of your breath is similar to waves coming to shore.

Focus on your breath in this way for at least 20 to 40 minutes. Usually what happens for me is I fall asleep, but I only know this has happened when I awaken the next morning. I realize I have released and fallen asleep.

Sometimes it doesn’t happen and I catch myself on the edge of letting go and pull myself back into a wakeful and circular thought process – knee-jerk response. Here I may do some soothing self-talk (silently saying to myself):

“It’s okay… it’s okay… I’m safe. I can let go. I can be a deep diver. I can let go. I am letting go, letting go…”

If after 20 minutes to an hour I may get up and go to the bathroom, drink a glass of water. Then go back to bed. If the cycle of wakefulness continues I may just practice watching my breath achieving optimal rest.

 

Being on Time

 

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It’s rare to find people who arrive at their destination on time.

“I’m late, I’m late for a very important date.”

There are at least two definitions of being on time:

  • Arriving the minute that you intended to be there – at work, at a meeting etc.
  • Arriving five minutes early so you can “shake off” the trip and prepare for being fully present for your meeting.

 

The Illusion of Multi-Tasking

Part of the problem of being on time has been an illusory belief held by our egos that we are Masters of all situations. In the post-modern era this has been compounded by additional illusory beliefs that multi-tasking is the way to complete many tasks simultaneously. The accompanying emotion to increased multi-tasking is a frenetic frantic obsessiveness. This may be comparable to the White Rabbit in Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” as in “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date.”

Being on time is about being present.

We try to take the impossible and make it possible in a finite time frame. This becomes a race to finish first under impossible conditions of finite time constraints. The multi-tasking work ethic spills into everything we do. Part of the multi-tasking illusion spills into texting or hands-free texting while driving, lengthy conversations (hands free) while driving. Its no wonder we are late for many meetings.

 

Being On-Time is more than Punctuality

Being on time is about being present. When we are chronically late we miss a very important opportunity to practice being present. Our consciousness gets increasingly scattered through our attempts to do more than one thing at a time (unless you have an AADD brain). Even with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder (AADD the aim for being present is to bring chronic distractability to fruition.) The ego is a wandering lazy beast easily distracted – taken away through whim to different places. The Internet and in particular social media sites feed on an AADD model of attention.

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The work of being present is within the purview of all of the esoteric and/or spiritual wings of all religions. It is work that never ceases because as long as our egos hold sway over us (ego is invoked as soon as we say or think “I”) it leads us away from being present into fractured realities.

 

A Being Practice

Each discipline has its own practices for working on being present. The one I suggest below may be right for you or not. It may work from time to time or not.

 

If you are standing (or sitting) notice your breath moving in and out of your body. What we ordinarily do is control our breath (an ego thing) and that is okay. Eventually we may find that it’s easier to “watch” or “notice” our breath than it is to try and control it. 

Ground. Imagine/visualize an energy or grounding cord emanating from the root chakra just in front of the end of the spine going down through all layers of Earth, through magnetic core; passing through molten core and anchoring to your spot in crystalline core of Earth. There is an iron ore spherical crystal that spins in the molten core. 

Allow yourself to feel your connection to Earth – to your home – the planet.  

Continue to notice your breath.  

Feel the physical sensations in your body. Notice what your emotions are without trying to change or judge them. Notice any thoughts, especially the thoughts that take you away from the now – what is happening now. Use your will to bring your thoughts to this present moment.

 

A Report about Being On-Time

I was with most of my classmates awaiting the first class about history when the instructor asked if everyone was there. People were arriving as he spoke. He had been speaking about the dinosaurs, our use of oil/gasoline eating the future by abusing (using the resources) of the past every time we drove down the road in our automobiles.

He asked us – as a group how we had shirked our responsibility toward our classmates. He admonished those that were late as leaking energy from the room and doing a disservice to the ones here on-time.

He cancelled the course of history all together because we had not learned our responsibility of being on time – arriving before the appointed time and practicing being present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dinosaur Compost and…

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…Karma

Dinosaur Compost and Karma

Millions maybe billions of dinosaurs died with plant matter in  a mass extinction event. Eventually the dinosaurs composted and compressed into oil.

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The effects of oil and industrialization aka air pollutants are leading to an extinction event.

Have we inherited the karma of the dinosaurs? Yes.

Can we overcome this through our dharma? Yes.

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Will it be in time? Maybe.

 

Talking to Plants about the Weather

orangeflorCanna Flower to the left and plant belowAfter

I’m not talking about talking to plants about tomorrow’s weather or a week or a month from now. I mainly have talked with plants about the winter.

In the 1980s my lover had given me a pot of Chinese Chives (chives that have a hint of garlic taste in them). In 1990 I moved to a place on Trinity Road where I lived for ten years. The seeds from the potted Chinese Chives spread to the ground outside my dining room window and created a lawn there.

I began receiving impressions from them about the upcoming winter. They “told” me whether it would be a warm wet winter or a cold dry (drought based) winter. I believe that part of the reason we don’t hear plants or trees besides the obvious spoken and written language differences is we are in our heads moving too fast to notice what they are saying.

Chinese Chives are bulbs and can survive very cold – freezing temperatures and rebound in the spring (unfortunately they didn’t survive the move from the mountains to the valley). The same is true of the Canna Flower – also a bulb. When I saw them in early spring (2018) the leaves were low and one shoot went up high and a flower bloomed.

I asked about the coming winter and received impressions:

Winter of 2018 – 2019, in Sonoma, California (Northern California)

Rains can come as early as October or November, get heavy in December, January, February and March

This year the impression from my fiend the Canna: a dry cold winter through December, Rains beginning in January.; mid to late January through February moderate to heavy rains punctuated by very cold days between fronts. In March coastal fog and showers with possible heavy rains for a few days at the end of the month. In April – cool and clear.

Zombies

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Zombie and other ghoulish movies and television series abound in our present culture. Part of the reason why I hate these kinds of films besides the terror feel is that they trigger memories of sexual abuse that I choose to avoid.

 

Zombies are everywhere.

Zombies are us.

 

Definition of Zombie in The Merriam-Webster Dictionary

1a : a will-less and speechless human (as in voodoo belief and in fictional stories) held to have died and been supernaturally reanimated

b : the supernatural power that according to voodoo belief may enter into and reanimate a dead body

2a : a person held to resemble the so-called walking dead; especially :automaton

b : a person markedly strange in appearance or behavior

 

Have you ever seen someone watching (and mesmerized) by television? Zombie. Or someone lost at a mega store – like Costco? In a world where we are constantly being bombarded by stimuli it’s no wonder that we are all entering a variety of degrees of dissociative states that are in modern nomenclatures – zombie behaviors.

Being present is the aim / goal of every spiritual discipline – an expanded awareness of the present moment. All of us are encouraged into the Maya or illusion of sleep. Our egos are too busy naming this or that and entrenched in illusion to notice we as a civilization are increasingly zombie-like.

 

A Native American Ritual for Bringing Rain

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This technique uses multiple sensory modalities as part of a visualization tool to bring rain. Of course it can be modified to whatever you are working towards.

Remember that we are beings of Earth, our sacred home.

What you will need:

  • Water enough to wet dry dusty earth (a bucket, canteen, bottles of water)
  • Bare feet
  • A towel (optional)

 

What to do:

  • Find a spot where the dirt is dusty enough to make mud
  • Sanctify the spot in the following ways. Burning white sage and / or setting up a crystalline grid
  • Take off your shoes and socks
  • Pour water on the spot and make mud.
  • Put your bare feet in the mud.

 

The Next Waking Dream Flow:

Feel how the water has made mud against your feet. See a low front/ rain clouds moving in the direction where you thirst for rain. See the rain falling and making mud and quenching the thirst of Earth. Feel the sacredness of rain.

 

Thank Earth for producing the rain (present tense). Bow to the four directions. Remove the crystals, re-sage the area.

 

Walk back to your vehicle or house and use towel.

Memory, Time and Identity

“The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”  Einstein

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Linear time is the kind of time we know and we are often unaware of it and rarely question its veracity due to its invisibility.

Memory is the foundation of identity, time, space, intent, purpose, meaning and perhaps destiny. Without memory humans as we know the species could not exist.

Sense Organs and Memory

Senses

Memory, both long and short term, appears to be stored and processed in the human neo-cortex. It is created through a variety of perceptual filters through a variety of senses that are organ-based for external stimuli:

  1. Visual
  2. Auditory
  3. Tactile
  4. Olfactory
  5. Gustatory (taste)
  6. Itch
  7. Pressure
  8. Temperature
  9. Hunger
  10. Thirst
  11. Pain
  12. Direction
  13. Muscle Tension
  14. Proprioception -the ability to tell where your body parts are, relative to other body parts
  15. Equilibrioception – spatial orientation, balance, body movement, acceleration and decceralation, directional changes
  16. Stretch Receptors – these are found in such places as the lungs, bladder, stomach, blood vessels, and the gastrointestinal tract.)
  17. Chemoreceptors – these triggers areas of the medulla in the brain that is involved in detecting blood born hormones and drugs. It also is involved in the vomiting reflex.
  18. Sexual stimulation

Non-organ sensations cannot be separated from memory and they include but may not be limited to:

  • Attention – may be the only sense involves the shifting or changing focus to internal or external stimuli in present time and involves memory as an adjunct
  • Time / Memory- time* cannot exist without memory and memory cannot exist without time
  • Agency – meaning a subjective feeling of having chosen an action
  • Familiarity – recognition (grounded in long and short term memory cues)

All the sense organs / filters listed above interact with memory and help form a sensation of the passage of time and cement individual and species identity. Memory is processed through and interacts with a number of perceptual filters that we as humans create our environment (see figure 1 below):

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Senses, Memory and Attention

Individual memories exist and are malleable. Memory is selective depending on how we cultivate focused and diffused attention within conscious memory. Our brains hold more information than the conscious memories that we can recall. That information could consist of our unconscious memories. It is possible to access unconscious memories in the present through a variety of techniques (practiced divided attention, trance-work, hypnotherapy to name a few).

Language, ego, learning, familial prejudices and biases, beliefs and emotional states are some of the factors that are screeners for the focus of attention. The amount of information that impinges on all our sense organs and their combinations are much more than we remember consciously. This unregistered data may represent some of the information that comes through to us in dreams and /or it could be useful in long term memory retrieval and reconstruction and / or it could represented shared memory consciousness, “past, future or parallel lives”. Until we access the unconscious materials we may never know what the specifics of unregistered data, how it is stored, where it is stored and how it can be retrieved.

All of us know how to focus our attention because we have been inculcated with this method of “paying attention” since we entered elementary school. Most American public education systems have been organized along a Prussian military system of rows and columns dictated for order with attention drawn exclusively to the teacher. This way of directing attention besides being an active method is built on a hierarchical system that implies strata or a class system.

Active attention is a subject focusing on an object as directed by a intermediary mainly a teacher. Television, Cinema, and some computer applications are examples of active attention systems. Networks of roads and automobile travel also follows the active attention system.

Receptive attention is invisible mostly because the habituation of active / focused attention. Receptive attention could be relegated to daydreaming and is mostly discarded as a learning strategy. Receptive attention involves subtly shifting focus from one point to an aggregate field. This kind of focus is one of dividing attention by shifting from different foci. For example look at the dot at the center of figure 3.

 

AttentionExercise

Blur your focus. Then use your peripheral vision to attend to the field. This can be done in your house as well: 1. Stare a point on the wall opposite of where you are sitting; 2. While continuing to stare at the dot pay attention to the surround “aggregate” field with your attention taking note of what you glean in your visual field. Exercises like this one are designed to stretch or lengthen attention span while allowing the receptive information that your senses are registering to be acknowledged and cataloged to some degree.

Attention is the building block of consciousness. Memory recall allows attention to expand based on previous experiences. The main danger and/or benefit of operating from memory are assumptions. The danger of some assumptions based on memories of previous experiences could be premises that are faulty for a variety of reasons. The benefit of making assumptions based on memories are streaming lining habits that become part of autonomic processing. Driving a car is an example. Once we learn the processes of driving they become habit and go into autonomic processing flow.

Repetitive acts become habits seamlessly so our conscious minds can pay attention to other stimuli in our immediate environments.

 

Space-Time and Memory

Linear time is the kind of time we know. We know this kind of time so well we don’t call it linear. We don’t see it as illusion or a system we invented unless we have been alerted that it exists in this way. Linear time is invisible and seamless. We continually make assumptions about “the past” as if it is a place that exists – in the past because we remember it. We remember past events that have been ordered by language and linear-spatial time because our parents and the current epoch of civilization have taught us to structure reality in this way. We learned aural language to communicate with our parents and define ourselves – “this is me and this is not me” etc. The structure of language follows a pattern of past, present and future.

Most of our identity is recorded in our memory. The past exists in the present accessible through memories. Assumptions about “the future” are extrapolations based on past assumptions of commonly observable events currently stored in memory.

Families, friends, groups, communities, states, nations and historians holding a particular point of view agree upon shared memories of recorded histories. These consensual memories are sometimes built on entrenched philosophical stances and highly charged emotional states. Conservative Republicans have different interpretations of facts presented by historians than Left leaning Liberal Democrats. Sometimes facts are disputed and sometimes not but the course of action differs based on belief etc.

Memories record the passage of time and provide the illusion that the past exists in a place. The reason for this is memories recreate the passage of time in a full sensory 3-D memory replete with emotional content etc. Past memories are not the literal past. Memories are merely a record of past events.

It’s easier to see that the future doesn’t exist because we have no memory of it. We anticipate future events base on past memories, extrapolations, assumptions and expectations etc.

The fleeting present that disappears into short term memory can barely be grasped if at all. Memory, associative thought and emotion are the factors that help create identity.

 

Collective / Shared Memory

Our human species while having features in our brains and bodies for memory storage there may be a shared weak EM (electromagnetic) field that may hold memories in common. However there is mutual agreement for collective memory as recorded in history books and writings made by individuals in history itself. Individual memories interact with others to form a collective memory system (see figure 2 below):

MemoryNet

 

Memory is both individual and shared. A human cannot thrive alone completely. Infants need parents for care and learning – creating the basis for shared and eventually collective memories. This not only defines individual identity but it also ensures the survival of the species.

Strong recognition appears to be based on emotional bonds that are reinforced by memory recall as well as many accompanying perceptual filters (organs). I recognize my mother’s face and she recognizes mine. There is an emotional bond that sparks memory with the bond of love. This is one example of how we create an individual in an interdependent social world.

In NDE (Near Death Experiences) people sometimes report passing through a tunnel of light and meeting relatives that have passed on. Are these memories of “dead” relatives or are these actual relatives?

When my father passed to the next life I watched different vibrational fields create the tunnel of light that his consciousness passed through. He “met” his dead relatives and conjured them up as he remembered them. They in-turn used these conjurings to interface in a recognizable medium for the purpose of communication. (Could this also be happening as we meet friends and relatives still living?)

Many quantum physicists are admitting that reality is created by us and projected “out there” to be experienced. If we as a species are creating reality based on the 18 senses listed below:

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Tactile
  • Olfactory
  • Gustatory (taste)
  • Itch
  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Hunger
  • Thirst
  • Pain
  • Direction
  • Muscle Tension
  • Proprioception -the ability to tell where your body parts are, relative to other body parts
  • Equilibrioception – spatial orientation, balance, body movement, acceleration and decceralation, directional changes
  • Stretch Receptors – these are found in such places as the lungs, bladder, stomach, blood vessels, and the gastrointestinal tract.)
  • Chemoreceptors – these triggers areas of the medulla in the brain that is involved in detecting blood born hormones and drugs. It also is involved in the vomiting reflex.
  • Sexual stimulation

And 4 non-organ sensations cannot be separated from memory (or 22 senses in all) and they include but may not be limited to:

  • Attention – may be the only sense involves the shifting or changing focus to internal or external stimuli in present time and involves memory as an adjunct
  • Time / Memory – time* cannot exist without memory and memory cannot exist without time
  • Agency – meaning a subjective feeling of having chosen an action
  • Familiarity – recognition (grounded in long and short term memory cues)

 

All 22 senses listed above rely on memory to function. If memory did not exist we would not know about them. Time and Memory are so inexorably bound and belong together as a sense and involve all other senses.

All the senses listed above including time/memory work in concert with others of our human species. It would seem that memory and the “passage of time” that composes the identity of individuals is necessary for the survival of the species. It follows that our species might also interact with other collective memories of species such as mammals, animals, vegetation, bacteria and viruses.

There are two types of time-space-memory modalities one is explicit and the other implicit. The explicit or more obvious time/space/memory modality is oral and written history, archeology – most written and is based on consensual historical agreements of past memories. There are histories of the Holocaust as perpetrated by Hitler and the Nazis is a matter of eye-witness accounts. There are oral histories – both in person and through media as films and television documentaries and written histories in books. However its safe to report that there is no one still alive to give an oral report of the American Revolutionary War. Our collective memories arise from written histories after the fact and documents written during the time of the war. An implicit modality is only a theory that there is a collective time/space collective memory net in a low frequency EM field.

The discovery of magnetite produced in the human brain that assists in generating a low level EM (Electromagnetic) field that coordinates with the electromagnetic energy of Earth and with geomagnetic storms. Since memory is stored as electric impulses in the brain it can be extrapolated that the low EM field could relate to an exo-corporeal field that the members of the human species create in a group memory net.

Memories accessed from the group memory net (GMN) could be a form time travel via consciousness transfer alone. Authors writing similar themes in distant locations could have easily accessed the GMN. The GMN could define the human species as a whole via access and group subsets within that whole that may supersede the connectivity of the Internet.

 

NOTES:

*Time – time may be experienced in a wider consciousness and lose memory as we know it. This is nearly impossible to explain because it supersedes ordinary human experience

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/coming-to-grips-with-the-implications-of-quantum-mechanics/

 

https://www.gaia.com/video/brain-crystals-and-psychic-powers?fullplayer=feature

 

Consciousness, Memories, Multiple Realities and “Past Lives”

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Arising Questions and Background

In the previous piece I posited that Past Lives could be just memories of past lives instead of having lived a past life or lives.

  • Is it One or the Other?
  • But why can’t it be both?
  • Does it have to be limited to two possibilities?
  • Or is it none?

Before I discuss the possible answers to these questions here there are some experiences I’ve gathered during my service as a shaman:

I was asked to “look in on” a recently passed mother. I saw her in a rocking chair looking out a bay window at a field of clouds with angels playing harps. She was in a two story white house flanked by a very large oak tree on a mound surround by “fields of clouds”. Her son told me that she had a favorite rocking chair and the house I described was her family home in Kansas surrounded by wheat fields. A man was on a four-masted schooner at the wheel clad in beige foul-weather garb from head to toe in a raging storm having the time of his life after his death. I was told he loved sailing. I entered a dream of a man taking field trips to the other side riding around in an Indian Motorcycle with a side-car in Ohio and Illinois of the 1940s. He woke from his dream and said tell him (meaning me) I’m not ready to go yet. His relative said he told her this as he woke up and used my name. A friend who passed a number of years ago told me “There is so much love here.”

A man went to a local hospital for routine surgery and died on the operating table. His ghost walked home to his home in the mountains. For a few years he didn’t know he was dead. When he realized it I opened a space so he could “pass” to the “next world”.

I worked with a woman in her family home and a ghost that had haunted the place. She found out the story after she moved in. The story was a teenage boy lived with his father who was a retired military officer – his mother had passed years ago. He killed himself by firing a shotgun in his mouth. She had had psychics from a local “psychic institute” come to exorcise the ghost. When the ghost threw things at them they ran away. The young man didn’t know he was dead. He thought of the woman’s teen daughter as his girlfriend and didn’t want to leave. She didn’t want him to leave either. And there was some service he was to do for his “girlfriend”. A number of years later just after the young woman got her automobile license she was driving through her town and hit a tree. He pulled her down and the steering wheel went through where she had been. I gave her instructions on how to release him and she did and he “went to the next world”. She went to college.

My Guides came to me four days before my father passed and told me that he didn’t have enough light to get to the other side. (The energies of light and love are of equal vibration when love has no object. The killer of love is fear that is often expressed through acting-out anger. Acting out anger is addictive because it creates the illusion of power and is accepted in our hierarchical patriarchal epoch as the norm. My father’s light was eaten by his anger and fear). My Guides asked me if I would give some of my light to my Father to assist him to pass to the world of Higher Love. I said yes. On the day of his death – the 55th anniversary of my birthdate I watched the process of his death, which was a learning experience set-up my Guides.

Inside each of us is our essence – a core of light that “resides” within us beginning at the crown chakra at the top of our heads – a light that follows the spine to the root chakra near the end of our spines. This light frequency is held in place by the variety of frequencies in our physical bodies. Outside of our bodies are layers of our EM (electromagnetic fields) sometimes referred to as an aura. The aura is our light body. Excessive anger / fear and other chronic negative emotions may eat away the light body.

When life ceases and the brain goes dead, approximately twenty minutes later the light of the essence combines with the light of the body to create the tunnel of light reported in near-death experiences. This is what I saw during my father’s passing. His presence in image form appeared to me twice and he spoke once immediately after his passing.

Granted, these are experiences after this life ceases and it does lend credence to the continuation of life – as in reincarnation.

  • Is it One or the Other?
  • But why can’t it be both?

It’s at least both: meaning reincarnation (past lives) really happens and /or we can access memories of past lives.

  • Does it have to be limited to two possibilities?

No it can be more than two possibilities and I don’t think I have the mental capacity to hold more than these two possibilities at this time that could be plausible.

 

 

Deconstructing the Present

 Taking suggestions from the line of thinking that emerges from this piece and the previous one we could construct a linear past and a method to “travel” there at least theoretically.

memories created “one or two seconds ago” are mediated experiences of reality and is not reality itself.

The simplest answer is: by folding space we can “travel” to a past that we co-create based on our projected memories and ideas from consensual public history. Before we get “there” in the “past” it may be important to deconstruct how we live in the “present”.

First: Our most sophisticated ideas are mediated and shaped by a symbolic technological system called language. So any reality we may experience even the most ineffable and spiritual experiences are changed when we think (verbal or visual thinking), talk or write about the experience.

filters constricts/allows/defines how we receive information from our environment and is shaped by how we interact with it through biological, genetic, societal, familiar and individual both cultivated in the present and based on historical beliefs

Second: If memories are parts of our personalities instead of stand-alone objective observations of history this raises profound questions about our personal memories of our own past. Even collective memories such as The American Revolutionary War and the beginnings of the USA nation in 1776 are based on information organized around agreed-upon facts and woven into narratives created by individuals. All shared memories appear to be mediated experiences even through reflection we are sharing memories with ourselves. As such memories created “one or two seconds ago” are mediated experiences of reality and is not reality itself.

Without memory we would have no identity.

Third: What is reality? Reality as we experience it is filtered through a variety of perceptual faculties including: sight, sound, olfaction, auditory, tactile, sense of direction, sense of balance, sense of orientation in space and time and language, thought and emotional / intuitive experiences, memory and its constant reference to other thoughts in an associative fashion and more… Each of these filters constricts/allows/defines how we receive information from our environment and is shaped by how we interact with it through biological, genetic, societal, familiar and individual both cultivated in the present and based on historical beliefs. Quantum physics has proven that observation of quanta phenomenon changes when an observer experiences / participates with it. In other words our participation of what’s “out there” is created through perceptual filters, mediated by thought and communication and is essentially created by us and projected out into the world. This is a cool idea but when we begin to examine it more closely it means that the reality that humans experience is an agreed upon lie or an illusion. Perhaps it is only a lie or illusion because as a species we don’t or can’t yet take responsibility for the reality we create both individually and collectively. Inside the human experience – that excludes the quanta world it is not a lie or an illusion. It seems real. The laws of Newtonian Physics are only true when quantum physics are not considered.

Fourth: Space and Time. Time cannot exist without space in a Newtonian world. Present time is fleeting. It quickly becomes memory. We don’t ordinarily think of memory as a perceptual facility, but it is. Without memory we would have no identity. The tragic advance of Alzheimer’s shatters identity by destroying long and short-term memory. Both Dementia and Alzheimer’s are diseases that are considered terminal. When long-term memory is destroyed the personality disappears and disorientation abounds. Short and long term memory are parts of the personality that is a sense like sight or olfactory sensations. The memory is a sensation that displays some evidence of the passage of time. The passage of time is also evident in thinking and recording past events as we remember them and they are always associated with space. Observations recorded in the present moment based on the number of rings in a tree, for example are built on previous observations which in-turn are based on personal and /or collective memories.

Being or Eternal time is rarely experienced because it exists outside language and outside biological time

Fifth: Language, Memories and Consciousness in linear time and space assist in co-creating reality. In NDE (Near Death Experiences) sometimes people report meeting relatives that have passed on. When my father passed through the tunnel of light it was his auric field in spin. Meeting his passed-on relatives was at the end of his dispersing auric field. At first he met his relatives as he remembered them and they were just his memories. A little while after connecting with his memories of them their essences or spirits merged with his memories of them to create interactions. A similar principle is at work when we reunite with friends and relatives in our current life – memory and other perceptual filters interact with the person or persons we are meeting to create a space for communication and sharing. It isn’t just memory based on recognition of the person we are meeting it is the richness of experiences or a personal history contained within our memories as encoded in our neural net. From the time we mastered language and communication our brains have been re-wired to filter all other perceptual filters through language. Verbal and written languages are the passports to link with community, society and civilization; and help define our place in that culture.

Sixth: Beyond Linear Time. Being or Eternal time is rarely experienced because it exists outside language and outside biological time. Being time can be experienced in rare moments of expanded consciousness that seem to happen by accident or they can occur through the meditative experience. Being time is impossible to be adequately described in words because it exists outside linear time. However once we begin to describe it, it automatically loses value because our ego gets attached to it and says: “Hey look at me, I’m special I have gone outside of time.” Being time transcends a linear time experience of the present and can include past, present and future as one large present moment. In trying to explain or describe it, it loses its meaning. Being time is consciousness transcending linear time to live in a larger place.

Seventh: I am reminded of sharing a stupid game I used to engage in while at church to occupy my time while the priest mumbled words in Latin. I used to call it: “If there wasn’t a me, what would there be” game. I’d think back to being a small child, imagine being a baby, imagine being in the womb and before birth and driving myself a little crazy – going to the brink as it were. “Okay, its time to come back now,” I’d coax myself and soothe myself to “returning” to life as a pre-teen. Later in Senior Literature class we discussed unusual experiences. I shared the experience and one of my classmates told me that I was trying to conceive of nothingness. Because it had been given a name I could no longer summon the experience. Shamans often go to the void. The void is the place of nothingness. When I “go there” there is no “I” that experiences the nothingness. I only know that I’ve been there by the results – all that is superfluous is stripped away. Others people have claimed they have experienced “nothingness” and found God or have mistaken insignificance and being infinitesimal for nothingness. Some shamans having “returned” from the void are catatonic for days and even weeks due to the residuals of nothingness.

Eighth: The world as we know it is built on quantum dimensions we would consider to be counterintuitive. Yet when we interact with quantum phenomena the experiences are defined by our participation strongly suggesting that the reality we experience is an internal experience projected “outside”. Quantum physicists suggest that as many as nine dimensions help support the world that we co-create with our surrounding immediate Newtonian world.

Humans seem to have the ability to reflect on their actions or thoughts.

Ninth: Every human experience is filtered through a perceptual faculty. The obvious senses: visual, olfactory, tactile, auditory, kinetic, and so on are the obvious perceptual faculties. The less obvious fall into the realms of biology, time, language and consciousness. Biology consists of systems such as endocrine cycles through hormone baths in the body are ways to gauge time outside language. The survival of a species depends on memories of events which threaten the life of the species and this is recorded in the patterns of genes and chromosomes, hormonal cycling, neuron firing patterns – these are some of the biological features of survival that also includes procreation of said species. Denial of climate change is a kind of sensory blocking that threatens species survival and reinforces specific artificial environments that are divorced from biological cues for a species survival for example.

Tenth: Humans seem to have the ability to reflect on their actions or thoughts. Consciousness may also be a perceptual faculty. Wikipedia defines Consciousness as –

Consciousness is the state or quality of awareness, or, of being aware of an external object or something within oneself.[1][2] It has been defined variously in terms of sentience, awareness, qualia, subjectivity, the ability to experience or to feel, wakefulness, having a sense of selfhood or soul, the fact that there is something “that it is like” to “have” or “be” it, and the executive control system of the mind.[3] In contemporary philosophy its definition is often hinted at via the logical possibility of its absence, the philosophical zombie, which is defined as a being whose behavior and function are identical to one’s own yet there is “no-one in there” experiencing it.

It may be that consciousness is the only state that can survive the death of the physical body. From a being perspective consciousness can experience a lifetime as one present moment. As modern peoples we are so identified or attached to the stuff of life and ego this is “me” and this is “not me” that being – that which is not attached to anything or person or to the self can experience a lifetime of being – an ineffable quality that transcends to mundane. It’s also impossible to describe or define it without diminishing or making the experience profane.

 

Some thoughts about time travel

 Theoretically time travel could be generated through enormous amounts of electromagnetic energy to fold space and “travel” back in time. There may be a interaction between my memory and the denizens to re-create time with the memories of those in that time space continuum. Part of the problem with “the past” as language teaches us to conceive of it as a “place” when it is just a memory of place. If we were to literally pin-point a “place and time” in the past would we not recreate that past as we remember it. It wouldn’t be the past as we experienced it when it first happened but as we remember it now. So-called paradoxes of meeting yourself in the past wouldn’t be you, but they would be you as you remember them now with a different perspective etc. so they might resemble you in some fashion but there would be differences.

set off a series of 100-megaton nuclear bombs

Early time travel science-fiction stories reported minor changes in the time-line that significantly changed the present time line when the travelers returned to it. I think major changes – such as stopping or instigating a cataclysmic event could be the only way to alter the time line. Would there be an alternate reality? Probably not. The alternate reality might exist in a potential state but not in a corporal state. One altered reality might be formed in the past, but participants in that reality would not return to the original reality that they had left and would not know the difference because their memories would be altered too fit the new time-line.

“Traveling” or expanding through consciousness may be the only entree into “the past”.

Time Travelers Z, D and M travel to a specific date in the past and set off a series of 100-megaton nuclear bombs. The new reality going forward is supported by 8 to 9 quantum realities some of which may temporarily manifest as corporeal, but eventually fade to support one corporeal world. When Z, D and M return to their starting point they forget the world they started from by the nature of the changes they made in the past. Memories are recreated the present based on the new present they created in the past.

Or if time traveler P went “back” in time ten years to save her husband from a drowning accident and then traveled forward to the time she left then:

  • Her husband may have died in another or similar accident in the interim
  • Her return to present time she may find a different woman, similar to herself and married to the husband she saved.
  • She may return to find no husband and no record of her ever having existed.
  • She returns to find that her husband has survived and is married to another woman because she died.
  • She travels to the past and is absorbed into the person she was then thus merging with her old self and her husband drowns
  • She travels to the past saves her husband and is absorbed into the person she was then thus merging with her old self and lives on.

If we operate along the merging of memories when we meet someone we know creating reality as we go then we may cease to exist when we meet ourselves in the past or may not recognize ourselves because of the different memories especially if memory is one of the chief perceptions that create reality.

 

Lots of theories, lots of ifs…

 

“Traveling” or expanding through consciousness may be the only entree into “the past”.

 

 

NOTES:

https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2017/03/05/transcend-space-time-be-in-the-light/

 

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/coming-to-grips-with-the-implications-of-quantum-mechanics/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consciousness?wprov=sfii1

 

Past Lives – The Other Explanation

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or Explorations into Memories and Consciousness

Beginning in the 1960s many people in the Western World became fascinated with “past lives” due to emerging contacts with eastern religions. The fascination with past lives continues to persist today for many people.

memory is of another life that we lived previous to this one

How can many people claim to have had a past life of a famous person? How can this be true? How many thousands claim to be the King of Prussia or Cleopatra? How could it be possible that many people claim to be famous persons? Is this not impossible?

From a linear perspective if could be true if we could hold composite beings within us – 2 or 3 personalities in us simultaneously not just with regard to famous people but anyone. Or from multi-dimensions many people could have been a famous person from the past.

All of “the past” is built on memory

If we begin to look at past life memories from a quanta perspective then past life memories take on a different mindset. Quantum physics experiments that have been replicated report that our inner experience is projected on the “outer” world and that is our reality.

The past is a made-up fiction.

When someone mentions “past lives” our automatic association lead us to think that the memory is of another life that we lived previous to this one, as in reincarnation and the working out of karma. When talking about past lives the only access we have to them is through memory.

Memories are part of our personalities

Therein lies the rub. All of “the past” is built on memory whether it is personal memories or agreed-upon collective memories often recorded in books; written or re-written by the victors in war.

The past is a made-up fiction. The past doesn’t exist in the past along a time line of past, present and future – that’s a structure we use to organize memories. The “past” exists in the present as memories. The “past” doesn’t exist as an event that happened “back there”. Memories are part of our personalities and exist in part based on artificial constructs of the tech of language and a creation we invented called: linear time. The technology of language as a base allows us quite organically to create time and the precise measurements of time. The structures of language both oral and written have encoded our neuronal pathways with associations that are part of memories. Other parts of memories may include visual stimuli – photographs, cinema, and nuances in our immediate environment, olfactory triggers and so on. Our personal histories are composed of memories which define who we are as humans in the present. All of our memories, conscious and unconscious exist in the brain in present time.

Maybe our thinking is backwards

Dipping into “past life memories” could be as likely as having lived those lives. Past life memories could be accessed in the present from any life needed to help complete our story. In other words – we weren’t Napoleon, Saint Francis of Assisi, and Thomas Jefferson / Mother Theresa, Isis, and Margaret Sanger, we just dipped into the memories of one life or other and were wowed by the feeling or reality, the details we couldn’t have known (but someone did – not public knowledge).

As humans we think of ourselves as separate from others

Just as Jung wrote about the Collective Unconscious, these are collective memories. Where are collective memories stored? How do we access them? Maybe our thinking is backwards regarding the Collective Unconscious, collective memories and collective consciousness. The neuronal structures of the brain are transmitters for the collective consciousness and other collectives such as the unconscious and memories. The brain housed within a human body is not as separate from one another as we might think. If we originate from a larger collective consciousness and are expressed as an individual person we no longer have the capacity to think or remember the larger consciousness in the same way the collective consciousness acts through a planet Earth human.

have accessed the memory from collective consciousness

As humans we think of ourselves as separate from others and this is reinforced through the tech of language. Through the perception of sight I see objects in space. I see these objects in space because the space appears invisible. This assures me that I am separate and separated from another person. Invisible space is filled with a variety of energies including electromagnetic (EM) energy as generated by my physical body. The EM field surrounds and interacts with others in my vicinity and may be augmented by other artificial fields generated by cell phones, WiFi and infrared signals. Biological and non-biological forms emit EM energy. The EM energy could either hold collective consciousness or be a lens for parts of collective consciousness or collective memories to become available to an individual.

So when someone claims to have lived a life in the past an alternative explanation could be that they have accessed the memory from collective consciousness. Examples of collective consciousness could be displayed in a number of ways. When I was about 14 years old I wrote a short about a submarine shrunk down and injected into the body of a human to destroy a clot in the heart. Many months later Isaac Asimov published his book “Fantastic Voyage”. My first thought was he had stolen it from me. But logically that wasn’t true – it would have been more likely that I had stolen it from him – which I knew wasn’t true either. I decided it came from a kind of collective consciousness. There have been times in the Los Angeles area that movies with similar themes have been made without the writers knowing about they other writers…

A Search through Dreams

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In late September of 1990 I called out to the Spirit World to guide me to a new place to live. I worked through my network while searching for a new place to live. The house I was sharing with two housemates had become intolerable due to addiction issues with one housemate and the co-dependence of the other.

We found a peace school

I asked for a dream to guide me:

I dreamt that I was traveling with a friend from the Sonoma Valley to Napa Valley on a secret road that paralleled Trinity Road and Dry Creek Road into Napa County. We found a peace school and a few others secret places where I felt drawn to on a heart level.

Iris at a church service recommended Jim Hallock who as it turned out at purchased her old house on Trinity Road in Glen Ellen about 1,000 feet above the valley. He had an unlisted phone number. Iris gave me the address and I wrote him a letter.

He called me. I went and looked at the small apartment beneath his house. I brought deposit cash with me. He told me that just before he picked up the mail his tenant gave notice that he was moving out. Jim was delighted with the synchronicity. I offered him deposit dollars and he said:

“No, I take you at your word.”

I moved in on November 1, 1990. A few months Jim told me he was lowering my rent because he liked me.

We became good friends and we played Ping-Pong often.

In 1998 Jim sold the house to Klaus. He moved to Colorado with his wife Nora and began building houses with an adobe brick making machine.* Klaus gave me 6 months notice because he liked me and wanted to remain friends with Jim

In July of 2000 when Klaus gave me notice ( 6 months) I asked for a dream and I did a vision quest for a new place.

I moved out 10 years and 1 month later in December of 2000.

*Jim was invited by the State Department to go to Mexico to help rebuild after a major earthquake. He started a second business of building adobe homes in Mexico. After dealing with wealthy people in the US and Mexico with whom didn’t pay their debts he started a non-profit and one of his projects was building a clinic somewhere in Africa to treat children with HIV.

 

My next dream finding place was a house with a tall tree at the front of the house. The owner was a tall lanky man that bore a resemblance to Sam Shepard, the playwright and actor. I took the dream to a vision quest.

had forgotten about my dream

In the waking vision I saw a house surrounded by nature. The house itself may have been built in the 1930s or 40s. The kitchen was on the left side towards the back with a screened in porch on the right overlooking a field. There may have been a detached garage.

In the living room there was a fireplace or maybe one that was sealed up. The place had one or two bedrooms.

The Redwood in the front yard became my teacher.

A friend suggested an ad in the paper and she wrote the ad for me.

When I looked at the place I had forgotten about my dream. It was within the city limits of Sonoma and was on a half-acre of land, a big field with a few tall trees. I walked through the backyard and saw that the TV antenna had fallen over since my arrival. That triggered me to remember the dream. The lawyer – landlord did resemble an older Sam Shepard. The layout of the house was dyslexic and there was no screened-in porch in the back.

I took the place.

 

The Redwood in the front yard of about 65 feet tall became a teacher.

https://psychesweather.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/journey-with-a-spirit-guide-the-redwood-tree/