This is A WORLD OUT OF MIND, my Online Journal where I explore Consciousness and the Ultimate Nature of Reality by the intentional alteration of my own belief structures, using Salvia Divinorum and additional self-altering meditational techniques drawn from Western Ceremonial Magic.

I always attempt to adhere to the scientific method as much as possible in my explorations, and while I often speak of these experiences as if I knew they were Truth, I always consider the alternative, that it is merely self-deception on my part, and think accordingly. Thus I maintain two parallel world views at once, one aspirational and one a safe fallback into standard materialism.

The more I journey into salviaspace, the more I think the former worldview is the correct one, but there is no objective way to prove that to the world, so I'll let you, the reader, decide for yourselves.

-Saint Brian the Godless

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

SALVIA MEDITATIONS (Part One)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Salvia Tricks and Useful Meditations (Part 1)
PART 1 (OF 4)

"Fists"
Using hand tension to regulate concentration and focus during a salvia exploration
When on a salvia journey you encounter something that you want to remember, or something that you want to be able to concentrate on to the exclusion of other things in order to further investigate it, form your hands into two fists. Then clench them, hard. Feel the tension. Try to feel it not only in your hands but also at a point between your two eyes. Feel it as if the energy is feeding into your ability to *focus.* The tension is energy. It is focus. Hold to the memory that you wish to bring back with you and clench your fists. Adjust tension to suit the amount of focus that you want to bring to bear. If pursuing a train of thought in near-trance, you can use a very light tension, only increasing it when you feel your control start to slip.

"Pain/Pleasure"
Useful technique to alleviate pain, sometimes permanently
Eyes closed. Calm yourself and maintain a deeply relaxed state. Still the mind. See the inside of your body as if it were hollow and filled with a dark shadow, almost like that of interstellar space. See your body-shaped shadow from the inside and locate the pain. Concentrate on the sensation of pain, wherever it is in your body. Think of it to the exclusion of anything else. Visualize it in your mind, inside your body as a red glow in the darkness. Work on that visualization to the point where you can actually see a glow.
See the pain.
Now stimulate a sensation of pleasure in your body. This can be sexual in nature, or any type of pleasant touch stimulus. For example, a light stroking or tickling with the fingertips of one hand on the palm of the other. No longer concentrating on the red glow of the pain, visualize the pleasure as a greenish glow. See it as energy. Concentrate on the sensation of pleasure, visualizing it as the greenish glow.
When you can see the pleasure as a greenish glow, then re-focus on the pain and its red glow.
Establish a connection between the two in your visual imagination.
Feel the call of two opposites to each other. See it as a connection in your body if it helps. Like an artery connecting the two regions of glowing light through the darkness of the inside of your body. A flow. See and feel the greenish glow of the pleasure seep toward the red glow of the pain. Do not move the pain, only the pleasure. Thrust the pleasure at the pain. Will it to move to the pain. Feel it moving to the pain. Feel the pain and then will yourself to feel the pleasure in its place. See it moving to the pain. Relocate it to superimpose over the pain. Merge the two glows, feel the pleasure pour into the pain and negate it.
Feel the pain disperse. Feel the pleasure burn itself out.
Nothing left but normalcy. No pain. Gone.
Note: This is essentially equivalent to Western Sex Magic techniques, and indeed, salvia can enhance those operations as well.

"Clasped Hands"
Helps initiate sensations of folding space and altered dimensionality
Sitting upright, clasp your hands in front of you at chest height, fingers interlaced. Eyes open, clasp fingers together tightly. Envision your body as two halves, divided down the center. Imagine your left half and right half as mirror images of each other. Your two halves are holding hands through the mirror. Feel that connection in the hands, each with the other, the left with the right and the right with the left. Continue meditation imagining yourself as two halves, mirror images of each other, with energy coursing through the circle formed by your arms to each half. Feel the tension in your hands between your eyes. Allow your vision to relax and your eyes to cross slightly as you sense a plane of separation between your halves, including the halves of your mind. The whole room is divided in half as your body is, by a vertical plane cutting right through the center of your body. Only your hands connect the two halves.
Interesting experiences often result.

"Internal One-Point Mind" or "Source Focus"
For self-exploration.
Sitting upright, eyes closed. You are on a mission. Your assignment is to find the person that is seeking to find the person who is seeking to find the person who is...
You are tracing the source of yourself. Calm the mind, asking yourself "Who is asking this question?" Who is seeking to discover who is seeking to discover?
Done correctly the sensation is akin to swimming upstream. You are constantly battered by a current of distractions, but salvia can help with that. Use the "Fists" technique described above if you have to. Always seek to sense the Observer in you directly, always ask "Who is at the very back of this theater that is my mind?" "Who is the Ultimate Observer here?" Who looks out my eyes? Reverse and trace back the idea of perception. What sits at the focal point of all vision? Who is watching the screen?
Cut away all other things, turn away from anything else, do not allow yourself to go off on any tangents. Seek the Dimensionless Point at the heart of your mind. Strip away all other things. Veer away from all other questions, all other thoughts. All except one:
Seek the person who is seeking the person who is seeking the person who is............

"External One-Point Mind"
Explore the relationship between your mind and your surroundings, between the inner world and the outer
Sitting upright, with lights on. Bright lights are preferable. Seat yourself so that a wall or some neutral object is in front of you. I often use the wood grain pattern on my dresser.
Calm the mind, and find a point on the wall or object that is directly in front of you and is easily viewed at a natural angle. Perhaps drawing a small dot on the wall or surface might help.
Focus visually on that point. Focus not only your eyes, but your will upon that one small point. Do not move your eyes, keep them focused and trained precisely on that one tiny spot. Stare it it intensely, to the point where everything else darkens. Concentrate on it to the point where you can feel the concentration as a tangible thing. Feel the tension and the stress of focus between your eyes as you stare at the dot.
Now visualize that a connection is forming between the dot and your eyes, like a small, dark, very straight tunnel is forming between the dot and your eyes in the air. Between the dot and a point between your eyes, to be precise. See the connection between your visual cortex and that dot in front of you. Feel the connection. Visualize the space separating your eyes from that dot to be non-existent. There is no space. The dot has moved toward you. It is within you. The dot is a part of your mind. You can now sense it more in your mind, than you can in front of you.

To be continued...
PART 2

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