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Isolation Tanks and the Potential For Lucid, Trippy, Self Transformative Experiences

20 Aug

I’ve been fascinated with the thought of floating around in an isolation tank ever since I first saw the film Altered States ten years ago. Um – what is an isolation tank, you ask? “An isolation tank is a lightless, soundproof tank in which subjects float in salty water at skin temperature. They were first […]

What’s the Point of Lucid Dreaming?

29 Aug

Next Dimension by H. Hoppdelaney

  A friend casually asked me the other day: “Why do I want to have Lucid Dreams?” “What’s the point?” I had the hardest time trying to answer her in a way that would convince her. It got me thinking about it and so this post is my own answer to these two questions… My […]

Wearing the God-Helmet for Out of Body Experiences and Alien Abductions

28 Jul

This is a fascinating 6 minute video into the research of Michael Persinger, inventor of the “God Helmet.” His research into out of body experiences, alien abductions, ghosts, and other “paranormal” phenomenon is predicated on the idea that these experience take place in the brain i.e. they’re an illusion and do not take place in […]

Some Thoughts on Buddhism

18 Jul

Tonight I attended a Buddhist meetup discussion on the concept of the mind, and how the mind is actually seperate from the brain. Here’s some thoughts I jotted down while I was there. Please add your comments. Note: Meetup allows you to organize events based around a common interest. Anyone can start or attend a […]

Part I: A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape: Joining the Hive Mind, Seeing Your Dreams, Crushing the Ego and… Meeting the Dead?

14 Jun

In A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape: The Topography of the Psychedelic Experience, author Dan Carpenter makes many startling claims based on his experiences with the dissociative psychedelic DXM. (Yep, dextromethorphan – the stuff of cough syrup!) He’s not simply having a subjective journey inside his mind; DXM actually takes him to an objective […]

Part II: A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape: Can We Trust Our Own Experiences?

14 Jun

A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape

  All the questions brought up in this book answer to a bigger question, perhaps the biggest question of all: Can we trust our own subjective experiences? This innocent-sounding question is one of enormous implication. At times when I read his words I thought to myself that if I accept what he says, than by […]

Part III: A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape: Parting Words, Parting Sorrows

14 Jun

A Psychonaut’s Guide to the Invisible Landscape

  The book is at its best when, instead of merely being a log of his trips, the author expounds on their philosophical and spiritual implications. In other words, What does it all mean? While he does get into this a bit, occasionally using quantum physics to help makes sense of the experience, unfortunately this […]

Stephen LaBerge quote on dreaming and perception

21 May

“Dreaming is perception unconstrained by sensory input. And vice versa, what is perception is what we’re doing right now; dreaming, constrained by sensory input.” Stephen LaBerge, interview, captured in DVD series titled “Consciousness “

Rob Bryanton, author of Imagining the 10th Dimension, visits Dreaming Life!

1 May

There’s a lot of buzz surrounding a new book out there called Imagining The 10th Dimension. Singer / songwriter, thinker, philosopher and amateur scientist (although he insists he’s not a scientist!) has pieced together a means of actually explaining a way to understand the idea of not just 4 or 5 dimensions, but 10. (10 […]

Part 2 : An Interview with Rob Bryanton of Imagining the 10th Dimension – What the Bleep style thinking & the Bicameral Mind

1 May

There’s a meme of growing popularity, largely due to the success of the film What the Bleep Do We Know, that can be summed like this: We create reality through conscious observation. What we choose to think, decide, and observe has a literal input into the creation of the reality around us. You write on […]

An excerpt from the The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

22 Apr

Yesterday I was at Whole Foods drinking a Yuengling and reading The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche in the outside cafe. This book is the best I’ve found so far on Buddhism – especially because it intertwines an understanding of quantum physics and neuroscience into a Buddhist framework for understanding the mind and […]

The Biological Basis of Mysticism? | A review of DMT: The Spirit Molecule by Rick Strassman

12 Mar

As you’re well aware of, I’m a geek for questions about consciousness. I love to think about issues such as understanding and defining experience, the nature of reality, the essence of the spiritual experience from both a physical and mental standpoint, and so on. So when I stumbled upon a book with the title of […]