Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mind & Perception Quotes

"I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities."
Dr. Seuss

"As we've noted language is a very strong force binding us to our cultured perceptions of reality, dominating the internal landscape of mind, so much so that it can become an obstacle to the goals of the metaprogrammer. Logic and rationality, it seems, serve more to re-enforce our conditioned beliefs than allow us to bypass them and change their foundations."

"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new dark age."
H.P. Lovecraft

"We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds, our planet is the mental institution of the universe."
Friedrich Nietzsche

"Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
Martin Luther King, Jr

"You might call it existencial crisis, I simply call it the bravery of emptyness."
Kashmir - Surfing the Warm Industry

"A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt." (or a fanatic girl, see Saved, I catched a part of it on cable, by accident! ;p)
Aldous Huxley

"People are afraid, very much afraid of those who know themselves. They have a certain power, a certain aura and a certain magnetism, a charisma that can take out alive, young people from the traditional imprisonment. The awakened man cannot be enslaved - that is the difficulty - and he cannot be imprisoned. Every genius who has known something of the inner is bound to be a little difficult to be absorbed; he is going to be an upsetting force. The masses don't want to be disturbed, even though they may be in misery; they are in misery, but they are accustomed to the misery. And anybody who is not miserable looks like a stranger. The awakened man is the greatest stranger in the world; he does not seem to belong to anybody. No organization confines him, no community, no society, no nation."
Osho The Zen Manifesto: Freedom from Oneself Chapter 9

"Given the fact that there are these 20% of highly suggestible people, it becomes quite clear that this is a matter of enormous political importance, for example, any demagogue who is able to get hold of a large number of these 20% of suggestible people and to organize them is really in a position to overthrow any government in any country."
Aldous Huxley. March 20, 1962 Berkeley (haha, 20%, that's rich)

"He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe."
Marcus Aurelius

"Whether drugs lead to illumination or degradation depends on the spirit in which one takes them."
George Andrews

"Cut off from the world by our own despair."
Douglas P., Death in June

"Single-mindedness is all very well in cows or baboons; in an animal claiming to belong to the same species as Shakespeare it is simply disgraceful."
Aldous Huxley

"One may say that evil does not exist for Subjective man at all, that there exist only different conceptions of good. Nobody ever does anything deliberately in the interests of evil, for the sake of evil. Everybody acts in the interests of good, as he understands it. But everybody understands it in a different way. Consequently men drown, slay, and kill one another in the interests of good".
G.I. Gurdjieff

Picture sources have been linked, found in random google image searches.

Bedtime Stories, Belief Systems and the 'Annoying Entities'

A hotel handyman's (Sandler) life changes when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew start to magically come true.
"Your fun is only limited by your imagination."
Marty Bronson

"[during the gumball shower] This... is... spooky."
Skeeter Bronson

I saw this with one eye. I didn't like the movie really, though I have to admit often I just can't help myself and when watching a movie I just get bored quickly and pick up the guitar, now that I see the trailer again I didn't even know the Bedtime Stories came true. I guess the music got more attention! Ok so I saw it with one half eye, hehe. Anyway that doesn't stop me from doing an interesting post on it.
Bedtime Stories has the same abbreviation as Belief System. If we 'upgrade' our Belief System or Reality Tunnel with the concept of synchronicity for instance we will obviously be experiencing more synchronicities, meaningful subjective coincidences, not only cause of the concept of confirmation bias, the tendency to search for or interpret new information in a way that confirms one's preconceptions and avoids information and interpretations which contradict prior beliefs. But also cause well, reality is weird I guess. I don't pretend to understand how or why this happens, simple consciousness before matter? But it's a lot of fun! More fun than seeing reality as a meaningless machine in my opinion. Gumballs don't fall out of the sky necessarily, but things can get hilariously interesting and weird. This 23 enigma vid illustrates synchronicity nicely.

The Belief System goes both ways, it both has the capability to enhance as well as limit our lives by what we include into it (mostly unconsciously). One way to overcome limitations, is using catmas, relative meta-opinions of which multiple even contradicting ones can be held in one's consciousness at a time, instead of dogmas... regular beliefs, which are emotionally and territorially defended, not rationally.

A part of Bedtime Stories, is we used to be teased as kids by grownups, that at midnight the ghosts come out. I don't recommend doing this with kids personally, it's not too beneficial for Circuit 1 & 2 imprinting.

Yesterday I went to a buddy's house. His girl said she had been experiencing really weird things, she had contacted people on a forum who had gotten her all riled up. She said she felt pains, her cellphone acted weird, her dog and cats acted weird, she felt temperature changes. These are obviously common "ghost symptoms" that are told and probably were told to her on that forum. Funny that these people think they were helping her, by laying incredible amounts of B.S. on her.
She asked me what I thought and I give my "I believe nothing but explore it all", I told her about confirmation bias, mental projection, and that she most likely has nothing to worry about, and should be careful what she reads online as there are so many charlatans and people whose belief systems have gotten ahead of them. So she shows us a movie in her car that she filmed when feeling weird things in her neck. We watched her movie and holy freaking superlatives it really looked like a terrifying entity biting in her neck from behind her seat 3 times in a row, sticking around the third time for a longer bite.
My buddy asked her to send it to his cell, mean while regardless of what is going on and to make sure this stuff is done with, I teach her a grounding and shielding visualisation exercise, along with the deep breathing I posted about earlier, and letting her anchor it pressing her thumb and index finger together. So anytime she uses it, all she has to do is do the hand motion, and she knows she's safe, no matter what is really going on.
I was really kinda startled, the movie was pretty impressive and freaky. "Okaay... that's interesting" I said, "heh, I thought this stuff was nonsense but may be there's something to it after all, still I believe nothing." At the least, the girl had been understood so she could feel a little better and now had a simple technique to relax again. My buddy upped the video from the cell to his computer and through the tv-out we watched the video on the tv. It was... the girl's hair. Haha, incredible how confirmation bias can color something so profoundly.
"'Seeing' is not a function of the eyes alone, but of the eyes-and-brain working together. A popular proverb says, 'Seeing is believing,' but as the philosopher Santayana once pointed out, humans are much better at believing than at seeing." (that goes for hearing, feeling, etc too)
Robert Anton Wilson
I said, "haha, AWESOME!", my buddy laughed along "yeah?" he said, I said "yeah man, geez the opposite would have been f'd up" ;p She, and her favorite movies are scary ones btw, wanted to find another video. Then the dog started whining in the bedroom, she said "see, when there's something up he always acts up too." So she got him out and he was whining from the room, to the couch, and from the couch, to the floor again. Though he hasn't been in optimal health for a some time.
But then... we were startled from hearing three loud noises on the window, "what the hell's going on now!", but we quickly realized it was a buddy taking the way around the house as often happens, but not so much in winter. He came in, drunk with a colleague we hadn't met before, also drunk. There were the annoying entities lol!