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azozeo:

Philip Jaekl
Aeon
Thu, 13 Sep 2018
I think, therefore I am,’ the 17th-century philosopher René Descartes proclaimed as a first truth. That truth was rediscovered in 1887 by Helen Keller, a deaf and blind girl, then seven years of age: ‘I did not know that I am. I lived in a world that was a no world … When I learned the meaning of “I” and “me” and found that I was something,’ she later explained, ‘I began to think. Then consciousness first existed for me.’ As both these pioneers knew, a fundamental part of conscious experience is ‘inner speech’ – the experience of verbal thought, expressed in one’s ‘inner voice’. Your inner voice is you.



https://aeon.co/essays/our-inner-narrator-gives-us-continuity-and-a-sense-of-self

https://www.sott.net/article/396065-The-new-science-of-inner-speech

azozeo:

George Hoben Estabrooks (1895 – 1973) was a Canadian-American psychologist and hypnotist. He fully fit the standard “made man” pedigree that we write about so often on this website. Estabrooks was a Harvard University graduate, a Rhodes Scholar and became a 32nd-degree Knight Templar Freemason. His primary books were “Hypnotism,” “Spiritism,” and “Man, the Mechanical Misfit.”

In “Hypnotism,” first published in 1943, Estabrooks candidly acknowledged that his “main interest has always been the military application of hypnosis.” He estimated that five percent of people were excellent hypnosis candidates. Programs at various levels were pursued. Manchurian-candidate assassins, or the use of patsies, was a common theme. Infiltration of targeted governments and key positions to control a country through kakistocratic infestation or in the interest of a foreign power is right out there.

The best candidates of all were subjects suffering from what used to be termed as multiple-personality disorder (MPD), and what is now termed dissociative-identity disorder (DID). The Crime Syndicate has root-level programs to find and develop such subjects. They can also be created by the therapist.




https://www.winterwatch.net/2018/09/george-estabrooks-sick-godfather-of-hypnotic-mind-control/

azozeo:

The first “social network” of brains lets three people transmit thoughts to each other’s heads
BrainNet allows collaborative problem-solving using direct brain-to-brain communication.

    by Emerging Technology from the arXiv September 29, 2018


The ability to send thoughts directly to another person’s brain is the stuff of science fiction. At least, it used to be.

 In recent years, physicists and neuroscientists have developed an armory of tools that can sense certain kinds of thoughts and transmit information about them into other brains. That has made brain-to-brain communication a reality.

These tools include electroencephalograms (EEGs) that record electrical activity in the brain and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which can transmit information into the brain.



https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612212/the-first-social-network-of-brains-lets-three-people-transmit-thoughts-to-each-others-heads/

azozeo:
Jerry Tennant: Healing is Voltage — The Physics of Emotions | EU2017

Sep 29, 2018

Most people have heard of the “mind/body connection” and are aware that emotions affect the way people act. However, few can describe how that works. What is relatively new is our understanding that emotions are stored in and around the body as magnetic fields. Not only do these magnetic fields cause the biochemical effects noted above, but they also block the flow of voltage in the associated muscle battery packs that provide the voltage necessary for organs to function and repair themselves. He will discuss the human body’s battery packs, wiring system, and the physics of how our electronic systems are affected by these emotions. In addition, he will discuss how other magnetic fields and scalar energy can be used to erase these emotions, leaving behind only memories that do not disrupt our health and physiology. Dr. Jerry Tennant is board certified in ophthalmology and ophthalmic plastic surgery (residency, Harvard Medical School and Southwestern Medical School.) He was the director of ophthalmic plastic surgery clinic at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and practiced from 1965 to 1995. He did much of the FDA study for the VISX Excimer laser and performed approximately 1000 surgeries in the United States and Europe. In addition, Dr. Tennant was the founder/director of the Dallas Eye Institute and one of the first surgeons in the US to place intraocular lenses in eyes after cataract surgery and taught these techniques around the world. He holds patents for medical devices including intraocular lenses and several surgical instruments. While licensed in Arizona by the Board of Homeopathic and Alternative Medicine, Dr. Tennant is currently the Director of the Tennant Institute for Integrative Medicine.


http://www.youtube.com/v/pm-Ia6vI4PA&feature=youtu.be&fs=1

azozeo:
“In the book, The Untethered Soul, Michael Singer takes you step-by-step through the
process of Gyana, the Yoga of the Intellect, to the Source. Moreover, he does it with elegant
simplicity. Read this book carefully and you will get more than a glimpse of eternity.”


Introduction
Part 1: Awakening Consciousness
1 The Voice Inside Your Head
2 Your Inner Roommate
3 Who Are You?
4 The Lucid Self
Part 2: Experiencing Energy
5 Infinite Energy
6 The Secrets of the Spiritual Heart
7 Transcending the Tendency to Close
Part 3: Freeing Yourself
8 Let Go Now or Fall
9 Removing Your Inner Thorn
10 Stealing Freedom for Your Soul
11 Pain, the Price of Freedom
Part 4: Going Beyond
12 Taking Down the Walls
13 Far, Far Beyond
14 Letting Go of False Solidity
Part 5: Living Life
15 The Path of Unconditional Happiness
16 The Spiritual Path of Nonresistance
17 Contemplating Death
18 The Secret of the Middle Way
19 The Loving Eyes of God



introduction


“This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day,
thou canst not then be false to any man.” —William Shakespeare


Shakespeare’s age-honored words, spoken by Polonius to his son Laertes in Act I of Hamlet, sound so
clear and unambiguous. They tell us that to maintain honest relations with others we must first be true
to ourselves. Yet if Laertes were to be totally honest with himself, he would realize that his father
may as well have told him to catch the wind. After all, to which “self” are we to be true? Is it the one
that shows up when we’re in a bad mood, or the one that is present when we feel humbled by our
mistakes? Is it the one who speaks from the dark recesses of the heart when we’re depressed or upset,
or the one that appears during those fleeting moments when life seems so fanciful and light?
From these questions we see that the concept of “self” may turn out to be a bit more elusive than
initially presumed. Perhaps if Laertes could have turned to traditional psychology, it would have shed
some light on the subject. Freud (1927), the father of psychology, divided the psyche into three parts:
the id, the ego, and the superego. He saw the id as our primal, animal nature; the superego as the
judgment system that society has instilled within us; and the ego as our representative to the outside
world that struggles to maintain a balance between the other two powerful forces. But this certainly
would not have helped young Laertes. After all, to which of these conflicting forces are we to be
true?
Again we see that things are not always as simple as they seem. If we dare to look past the surface
of the term “self,” questions arise that many people would rather not ask: “Are the many aspects of
my being all equally part of my ‘self,’ or is there only one of me—and if so, which, where, how, and
why?”
In the following chapters, we will undertake a journey of exploration of “self.” But we will not
do so in a traditional manner. We will neither call upon the experts in psychology, nor upon the great
philosophers. We will not argue and choose between time-honored religious views, or resort to
statistically supported surveys of people’s opinions. We will, instead, turn to a single source that has
phenomenal direct knowledge on the subject. We will turn to one expert who, for every moment of
every day of their life, has been collecting the data necessary to finally put this great inquiry to rest.
And that expert is you.
But before you get too excited, or decide that you’re not up to the task, first be clear that we’re not
after your views or opinions on the subject. Neither are we interested in what books you have read,
classes you have taken, nor seminars you have attended. We are only interested in your intuitive
experience of what it is like to be you. We are not looking for your knowledge; we are seeking your
direct experience. You see, you can’t fail at this because your “self” is what you are, at all times and
in all places. We simply need to sort it out. After all, it can get quite confusing in there.
The chapters of this book are nothing but mirrors for seeing your “self” from different angles. And
though the journey we are about to embark on is an inner one, it will draw upon every aspect of your
life. The only requirement asked of you is the willingness to honestly look at yourself in the most
natural, intuitive manner. Remember, if we are seeking the root of “self,” what we are actually
seeking is you.
As you read through these pages, you will find that you know much more than you thought you did
about some very deep subjects. The fact is, you already know how to find yourself; you have just
gotten distracted and disoriented. Once refocused, you will realize that you not only have the ability
to find yourself, you have the ability to free yourself. Whether you choose to do so or not is entirely
up to you. But upon completion of your journey through these chapters, there will be no more
confusion, no more lack of empowerment, and no more blaming others. You will know exactly what
must be done. And should you choose to devote yourself to the ongoing journey of self-realization,
you will develop a tremendous sense of respect for who you really are. It is only then that you will
come to appreciate the full depth of meaning in the advice: “This above all: to thine own self be
true.”


Chapter 1

The voice inside your head

“Shoot, I can’t remember her name. What is her name? Darn, here she comes.
What is it… Sally… Sue? She just told me yesterday. What’s the matter with me? This
is going to be embarrassing.”
In case you haven’t noticed, you have a mental dialogue going on inside your head that never stops. It
just keeps going and going. Have you ever wondered why it talks in there? How does it decide what
to say and when to say it? How much of what it says turns out to be true? How much of what it says is
even important? And if right now you are hearing, “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t
have any voice inside my head!”—that’s the voice we’re talking about.
If you’re smart, you’ll take the time to step back, examine this voice, and get to know it better. The
problem is, you’re too close to be objective. You have to step way back and watch it converse. While
you’re driving, you hear internal conversations like,
“Wasn’t I supposed to call Fred? I should have. Oh my God, I can’t believe I
forgot! He’s going to be so mad. He may never talk to me again. Maybe I should stop
and call him right now. No. I don’t want to stop the car right now…”
Notice that the voice takes both sides of the conversation. It doesn’t care which side it takes, just
as long as it gets to keep on talking. When you’re tired and trying to sleep, it’s the voice inside your
head that says,
“What am I doing? I can’t go to sleep yet. I forgot to call Fred. I remembered in the
car but I didn’t call. If I don’t call now…oh wait, it’s too late. I shouldn’t call him
now. I don’t even know why I thought about it. I need to fall asleep. Oh shoot, now I
can’t fall asleep. I’m not tired anymore. But I have a big day tomorrow, and I have to
get up early.”
No wonder you can’t sleep! Why do you even tolerate that voice talking to you all the time? Even if
what it’s saying is soothing and nice, it’s still disturbing everything you’re doing.
If you spend some time observing this mental voice, the first thing you will notice is that it never
shuts up. When left to its own, it just talks. Imagine if you were to see someone walking around
constantly talking to himself. You’d think he was strange. You’d wonder, “If he’s the one who’s
talking and he’s the one who’s listening, he obviously knows what’s going to be said before he says it.
So what’s the point?” The same is true for the voice inside your head. Why is it talking? It’s you
who’s talking, and it’s you who’s listening. And when the voice argues with itself, who is it arguing
with? Who could possibly win? It gets very confusing. Just listen:
“I think I should get married. No! You know you’re not ready. You’ll be sorry. But
I love him. Oh come on, you felt that way about Tom. What if you had married him?”
If you watch carefully, you’ll see that it’s just trying to find a comfortable place to rest. It will
change sides in a moment if that seems to help. And it doesn’t even quiet down when it finds out that
it’s wrong. It simply adjusts its viewpoint and keeps on going. If you pay attention, these mental
patterns will become obvious to you. It’s actually a shocking realization when you first notice that
your mind is constantly talking. You might even try to yell at it in a feeble attempt to shut it up. But
then you realize that’s the voice yelling at the voice:
“Shut up! I want to go to sleep. Why do you have to talk all the time?”
Obviously, you can’t shut it up that way. The best way to free yourself from this incessant chatter
is to step back and view it objectively. Just view the voice as a vocalizing mechanism that is capable
of making it appear like someone is in there talking to you. Don’t think about it; just notice it. No
matter what the voice is saying, it’s all the same. It doesn’t matter if it’s saying nice things or mean
things, worldly things or spiritual things. It doesn’t matter because it’s still just a voice talking inside
your head. In fact, the only way to get your distance from this voice is to stop differentiating what it’s
saying. Stop feeling that one thing it says is you and the other thing it says is not you. If you’re hearing
it talk, it’s obviously not you. You are the one who hears the voice. You are the one who notices that
it’s talking.
You do hear it when it talks, don’t you? Make it say “hello” right now. Say it over and over a few
times. Now shout it inside! Can you hear yourself saying “hello” inside? Of course you can. There is
a voice talking, and there is you who notices the voice talking. The problem is that it’s easy to notice
the voice saying “hello,” but it’s difficult to see that no matter what the voice says, it is still just a
voice talking and you listening. There is absolutely nothing that voice can say that is more you than
anything else it says. Suppose you were looking at three objects—a flowerpot, a photograph, and a
book—and were then asked, “Which of these objects is you?” You’d say, “None of them! I’m the one
who’s looking at what you’re putting in front of me. It doesn’t matter what you put in front of me, it’s
always going to be me looking at it.” You see, it’s an act of a subject perceiving various objects. This
is also true of hearing the voice inside. It doesn’t make any difference what it’s saying, you are the
one who is aware of it. As long as you think that one thing it’s saying is you, but the other thing it’s
saying is not you, you’ve lost your objectivity. You may want to think of yourself as the part that says
the nice things, but that’s still the voice talking. You may like what it says, but it’s not you.
There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind
—you are the one who hears it. If you don’t understand this, you will try to figure out which of the
many things the voice says is really you. People go through so many changes in the name of “trying to
find myself.” They want to discover which of these voices, which of these aspects of their
personality, is who they really are. The answer is simple: none of them.
If you watch it objectively, you will come to see that much of what the voice says is meaningless.
Most of the talking is just a waste of time and energy. The truth is that most of life will unfold in
accordance with forces far outside your control, regardless of what your mind says about it. It’s like
sitting down at night and deciding whether you want the sun to come up in the morning. The bottom
line is, the sun will come up and the sun will go down. Billions of things are going on in this world.
You can think about it all you want, but life is still going to keep on happening.
In fact, your thoughts have far less impact on this world than you would like to think. If you’re
willing to be objective and watch all your thoughts, you will see that the vast majority of them have
no relevance. They have no effect on anything or anybody, except you. They are simply making you
feel better or worse about what is going on now, what has gone on in the past, or what might go on in
the future. If you spend your time hoping that it doesn’t rain tomorrow, you are wasting your time.
Your thoughts don’t change the rain. You will someday come to see that there is no use for that
incessant internal chatter, and there is no reason to constantly attempt to figure everything out.
Eventually you will see that the real cause of problems is not life itself. It’s the commotion the mind
makes about life that really causes problems.
Now this raises a serious question: If so much of what the voice says is meaningless and
unnecessary, then why does it even exist? The secret to answering this question lies in understanding
why it says what it says when it says it. For example, in some cases the mental voice talks for the
same reason that a teakettle whistles. That is, there’s a buildup of energy inside that needs to be
released. If you watch objectively, you will see that when there’s a buildup of nervous, fearful, or
desire-based energies inside, the voice becomes extremely active. This is easy to see when you are
angry with someone and you feel like telling them off. Just watch how many times the inner voice tells
them off before you even see them. When energy builds up inside, you want to do something about it.
That voice talks because you’re not okay inside, and talking releases energy.
You will notice, however, that even when you’re not particularly bothered by something, it still
talks. When you’re walking down the street it says things like,
“Look at that dog! It’s a Labrador! Hey, there’s another dog in that car. He looks a
lot like my first dog, Shadow. Whoa, there’s an old Oldsmobile. It’s got Alaska plates.
You don’t see many of those down here!”
It is actually narrating the world for you. But why do you need this? You already see what’s
happening outside; how does it help to repeat it to yourself through the mental voice? You should
examine this very closely. With a simple glance, you instantly take in the tremendous detail of
whatever you’re looking at. If you see a tree, you effortlessly see the branches, the leaves, and the
flowering buds. Why then do you have to verbalize what you have already seen?
“Look at that dogwood. The green leaves are so beautiful against the white
flowers. Look how many flowers there are. Wow, it’s so full!”
What you’ll see, if you study this carefully, is that the narration makes you feel more comfortable
with the world around you. Like backseat driving, it makes you feel as though things are more in your
control. You actually feel like you have some relationship with them. A tree is no longer just a tree in
the world that has nothing to do with you; it is a tree that you saw, labeled, and judged. By verbalizing
it mentally, you brought that initial direct experience of the world into the realm of your thoughts.
There it becomes integrated with your other thoughts, such as those making up your value system and
historical experiences.
Take a moment to examine the difference between your experience of the outside world and your
interactions with the mental world. When you’re just thinking, you’re free to create whatever thoughts
you want in your mind, and these thoughts are expressed through the voice. You are very accustomed
to settling into the playground of the mind and creating and manipulating thoughts. This inner world is
an alternate environment that is under your control. The outside world, however, marches to its own
laws. When the voice narrates the outside world to you, those thoughts are now side by side, in parity,
with all your other thoughts. All these thoughts intermix and actually influence your experience of the
world around you. What you end up experiencing is really a personal presentation of the world
according to you, rather than the stark, unfiltered experience of what is really out there. This mental
manipulation of the outer experience allows you to buffer reality as it comes in. For example, there
are myriad things that you see at any given moment, yet you only narrate a few of them. The ones you
discuss in your mind are the ones that matter to you. With this subtle form of preprocessing, you
manage to control the experience of reality so that it all fits together inside your mind. Your
consciousness is actually experiencing your mental model of reality, not reality itself.
You have to watch this very carefully because you do it all the time. You’re walking outside in the
winter, you start to shiver, and the voice says, “It’s cold!” Now how did that help you? You already
knew it was cold. You’re the one who’s experiencing the cold. Why is it telling you this? You recreate
the world within your mind because you can control your mind whereas you can’t control the
world. That is why you mentally talk about it. If you can’t get the world the way you like it, you
internally verbalize it, judge it, complain about it, and then decide what to do about it. This makes you
feel more empowered. When your body experiences cold, there may be nothing you can do to affect
the temperature. But when your mind verbalizes, “It’s cold!” you can say, “We’re almost home, just a
few more minutes.” Now you feel better. In the thought world there’s always something you can do to
control the experience.
Basically, you re-create the outside world inside yourself, and then you live in your mind. What if
you decided not to do this? If you decide not to narrate and, instead, just consciously observe the
world, you will feel more open and exposed. This is because you really don’t know what will happen
next, and your mind is accustomed to helping you. It does this by processing your current experiences
in a way that makes them fit with your views of the past and visions of the future. All of this helps to
create a semblance of control. If your mind doesn’t do this, you simply become too uncomfortable.
Reality is just too real for most of us, so we temper it with the mind.
You will come to see that the mind talks all the time because you gave it a job to do. You use it as
a protection mechanism, a form of defense. Ultimately, it makes you feel more secure. As long as
that’s what you want, you will be forced to constantly use your mind to buffer yourself from life,
instead of living it. This world is unfolding and really has very little to do with you or your thoughts.
It was here long before you came, and it will be here long after you leave. In the name of attempting to
hold the world together, you’re really just trying to hold yourself together.
True personal growth is about transcending the part of you that is not okay and needs protection.
This is done by constantly remembering that you are the one inside that notices the voice talking. That
is the way out. The one inside who is aware that you are always talking to yourself about yourself is
always silent. It is a doorway to the depths of your being. To be aware that you are watching the voice
talk is to stand on the threshold of a fantastic inner journey. If used properly, the same mental voice
that has been a source of worry, distraction, and general neurosis can become the launching ground
for true spiritual awakening. Come to know the one who watches the voice, and you will come to
know one of the great mysteries of creation.

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