Leo's Blog: Infinite Insights — Page 8
I couldn't help following up on the presentation by Thomas Ray (see previous post) and reading his PDF, Origins Of Mind. The implications of his research are astounding. If you're really into understanding consciousness and why spirituality is so complex, I highly recommend you read and contemplate this PDF:
The second half of the PDF gets especially profound.
Breaking Convention is the International Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness held annually in the UK. It's one of the top psychedelic conventions. They feature hundreds of world-class pioneers and serious researchers in the fields of consciousness, medicine, and psychedelics.
Check out some of their amazing presentations:
Here's just one mindblowing presentation from their collection:
By the way, the above kind of research is why I conjecture that enlightened masters have it easier than ordinary people. It is very likely that since everyone's brain is slightly different in constitution (due to genetics), it makes sense that a small percentage of the population would have lower seritonin-2 activity than normal, thus effectively making them naturally high on 5-MeO-DMT, which produces pure ego-loss and sense of cosmic consciousness. It would also make sense that certain yogic techniques can train the brain to deactivate seritonin-2 activity, thus producing ego-loss and cosmic consciousness. And this would also explain why New Age people become very woo-woo and into aliens and deities and astral projection and all sorts of trippy things like that, because their brains have a higher activity of seritonin-7 and load more mental organs into consciousness. It would also make sense that certain yogic techniques could train the brain for this too, thus developing siddhis (paranormal abilities).
And yes, NEVERTHELESS, the brain still does not exist! This is all relative talk. The Absolute blows all this talk away.
If this is making your mind choke, that's right! You're grappling with an infinite strange loop. You are not going to get at the fundamental nature of reality without paradox. The paradox must be so deep that it leads to the creation of the entire universe!
And here is a second presentation which I really liked:
And another great one:
I haven't tested this myself yet, but here's a very interesting lead to follow up on:
If this is true, to me, this would explain a lot about how early mankind discovered spirituality. It's such a simple technique that even a caveman can do it. You don't need mushrooms, you don't need fancy extractions of psychoactive substances, you don't need elaborate yogic techniques.
Think about it... Any ancient culture could have stayed in a pitch-black cave for 4 days straight. If that is enough to create a full 5-MeO-DMT whiteout — that is deeper than I have ever tripped on 5-MeO — that is enough to become conscious of the absolute nature of everything, deriving the purest spiritual wisdom directly from the source. Could this be the technique that the ancient Egyptians used? The ancient Jews? The ancient Meso-Americans? It would not be hard to construct a dark room inside a temple or shine or stone monument complex like the pyramids or ziggurats.
How cool would it be to travel back in time 7,000 years to ancient Egypt and learn all of their priests' secret spiritual techniques?
Here's a fascinating report from a woman who completed a 40-day dark room retreat!
If you have experience with 5-MeO-DMT, you know what is feels likes. For the sake of science, try doing a 4 day dark room retreat and see if you can get the same kind of high. If so, this should prove beyond a shadow of doubt that 5-MeO-DMT is endogenously produced, and responsible for the deepest awakenings of the highest enlightened masters. If you run this experiment, be sure to post your results on the forum. I'd love to gather the data.
Here's a place that offers a Dark Room. (I haven't actually done it, so I can't vouch for that place).
If spiritual purification was a song, this would be it:
Always great to listen to...
- After you've failed
- When you're stuck
- When you're feeling depressed
- When you're battling a stubborn addiction
- When you're facing an impossible obstacle
- After a breakup
- When you just want to reflect on life
All of your suffering is just the friction of your ego against the grinding gears of Truth.
Out of your saddest moments will come your greatest growth.
Those moments when you feel the most alone in life — when you feel that bitter sting of reality — are also the most alive. That is true spirituality. Don't run from it. Embrace it. Yes, it's difficult as fuck.
When people hear the word "Nothingess", all too often they get a totally wrong idea about what that word is pointing to. Nothingness is NOT an empty void, a black screen, or a black hole.
Here's a better approximation of what nothingness looks like:
Now keep in mind, this is just an analogy. A pointer. So don't start expecting to see the above flashy object in your meditation sessions. That's never going to happen.
What the object above is showing is the dream-like, immaterial, illusory, quality of consciousness. Consciousness is totally empty, like the above object. It is fluid and can take on an infinite number of shapes, with infinite resolution and zero limitation. It is vibrant, alive, and intelligent.
Can you see why the above object would be called Nothingness? Because it has no substance to it. It's pure appearance, and it can appear as literally anything. So we call it Nothingness, which is identical to Everythingness. Or, we could call it Infinity. Imagine if the above object was infinite in size and dimension such that it depicted every form imaginable. That would be what reality is, with your present experience being one of those forms.
Try this: Look around the room you're in right now, and notice that the whole room is Nothingness, just like the object above. Don't expect the room to disappear! Stop looking for black screen. Instead, notice that the room is pure appearance with no substance behind it. The room is like a hologram. Appearance is none other than Nothingness. The room AS YOU SEE IT RIGHT NOW, is Nothingness!
"Form is emptiness, and Emptiness is form."
-- The Heart Sutra
Here's how my Hawaii solo retreat went down. Lots of dirty details and wisdom in the Nightly Insights videos below.
Note: Keep in mind, the Nightly Insights videos are raw, off-the-cuff, and unpolished. They were shot at the end of grueling sessions of meditation.
I'm back from a week of meditation in Hawaii. Here's what it actually looked like. It's hard to imagine a more beautiful place to meditate.