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 Three)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Salvia Tricks and Useful Meditations (Part 3)
PART 3 (OF 4)

"Inner Rocking"
Experience your “Energy Body”
Sit in a relaxed position, either cross-legged or in a straight chair (no armrests).
Close your eyes and concentrate on your mental image of your body, using the techniques explained in Full Body Visualization as described previously.
Begin rocking your physical body from side to side slightly, about one inch in either direction. Continue the rocking motion, to the left, and back to the right, and so on. Attempt to see your body rocking as a dark, body-shaped field of energy, rocking from side-to-side. See it from within and without.
When you have achieved this, when you can visualize your “energy body” rocking with your physical body, begin to lessen the rocking motion of your physical body. Slowly lessen the side-to-side rocking of your physical body to the point where you are barely moving. Focus on your inner visualization of your “energy body” rocking back and forth. Continue to lessen the actual physical rocking motion to the point where you are barely moving at all, and remain at that point for a while. Continue to visualize your “energy body” as a dark field of energy in the shape of your actual body moving side-to-side. Concentrate on your inner “energy body” rocking side-to-side. Attempt to increase this motion, while still lessening the actual motion of your physical body. Then, cease all outer movement, and maintain only the rocking of your visualized “energy body.”
(It may help to also focus first on the skin of one side of head, and then the other side, back and forth, while still rocking and as you stop, as described in previous "Traveling Focus" exercise)
Increase the side-to-side movement of your inner body while remaining physically still. Continue this for as long as possible. The goal is to feel your 'Inner body' rocking outside of the physical restrictions of your actual body. It's actually a "slight O.B.E."
(One time at the end of this exercise I was sitting there, perfectly still, feeling as if my “inner body” were rocking a couple of inches to each side, rocking well outside of my physical body, and as I allowed it to rock once more toward my wife, who was asleep in bed beside me, suddenly with no thought or prior planning other than an intuition*, I felt myself release energy of some kind in her direction with a slight physical wave of my hand. It was as if I had built it up by rocking for so long and then just released it at her. She immediately started and woke up as if she had felt herself struck by it, with no later memory of why she had awakened.)
*An intuition that if I did this, she would awaken.

"Third-Eye Focus"
Expansion of awareness and intuition
(Seriously, that’s what it seems to do)
This is a simple one. Sit comfortably, relax, clear your mind of distractions, and focus your whole attention on a point equidistant to and slightly above your two eyes. (Yes, the proverbial “Third Eye)
Look for a sensation of inner pressure at a certain point. Then, using “Phantom Sight” as described previously if you can, close your eyes and using the index finger of your left hand (my preference) touch that spot lightly. See the point of contact as a glowing dot or round spot. Feel the contact; see that sensation as a glow. Press harder with the finger; see the glow intensify. Feel the increasing physical pressure; concentrate on it.
Now, lower your hand, and remember that tingling pressure sensation and the glow. Visualize it; feel it. Concentrate on that point, feed all of your focus into it; do not be distracted. At some point you may come to realize that the more you focus on it, the more it glows, and the more “pressure” that you feel at that point, although of course, no finger is present.
Continue this and the pressure builds until you feel it all the way at the back of your head, as if it penetrated right through your skull. Your eyes feel almost crossed with the sensation of pressure.
The logical conclusion of this is to see a round, very bright light emanating from your “Third Eye” region. Like a small sun shining inside your head, with intense tingling and pressure between the eyes. It feels like electricity. It feels like energy. It also feels like somehow, you are looking out of that spot with both your eyes in some non-physical way. Like the pressure is related to your visual cortex or feeds into it somehow.

"Outside-Inside"
Exploring perception
In a relaxed position, clear the mind. Then raise a hand to where you can see it. Move your index finger. Feel the movement. Concentrate on the sensation of movement. Where is that sensation happening? In your finger? No, it is happening in your mind. The sight of the finger moving, is also in your mind.
Eyes closed now, move the finger. Feel the motion. A squirming sensation in your mind, perhaps centered somewhere behind the eyes at more-or-less the center of your head. Concentrate on this sensation. Focus and concentration can magnify it and clarify it.
Notice that all movement, all sensation of movement, happens in the mind as these ‘squirmy’ sensations, and we unconsciously translate them to perceived external sources. It matters not if it’s movement of your own body or the perceived movement of another body or thing. If you see your dog move, you will feel it as a squirming sensation in the mind. The movement of the second hand on a clock produces a similar feeling. Likewise even the flickering of a candle flame. All perceived motion is translated to these inner purely mental sensations, sensations that we tend to not recognize as purely mental at all.

"Time-Lapse"
Explores the nature of memory and the concept of past and present
Relax as usual.
Then pick a moment in time.
What I mean is, choose a moment and demarcate it in your mind somehow. Perhaps you close your eyes, open them for a brief moment, and then close them again, remembering that flash of reality that you saw. Or sound a small bell and remember the sight of the room around you at that moment. There are many ways in which to mark a moment in time.
Then, meditate on that moment with eyes closed for a few seconds, and try to see it as clearly as possible. (Salvia greatly enhances this capability)
Open your eyes, and note the passing of moments as you normally would, but at the same time continue your intense visualization of that one, single, short moment that you have marked in your memory, now receding into your past.
Try to not be distracted. Because you will be. This is the hard part.
Keep your eyes open; your main focus on that past moment, keep it alive in your mind, but note also the normal passage of time, moment-by-moment, as you normally would. Recall that moment with all your senses, not merely sight, and note the passing present moments with all your senses as well. Meditate on both at the same time.
Eventually it can happen that you can recall that past moment so well and see it so clearly that it becomes no different from all the new moments that you are experiencing normally in time. No different, as in, just as vivid, just as real as your present is.
Just as real as your present is. Seriously. As if the real reason that you can remember it, is that you are still there looking at it.
Perhaps the past only seems to fade when in “normal mind,” and in actuality it is only your perception of it that fades; perhaps that past moment, and indeed all past moments, are still real, as real as the present is, and we are still there perceiving them. Or so it certainly seems in this meditation.
Variation: The Finger Snap
Snap your fingers. Hear the sound, focus on it, retain it, remember it, remain focused on it. You will (perhaps) find that you can remain in the state of hearing that very brief sound almost indefinitely. You can examine the sound over and over, "roll it around" in your mind, and remain present in that past moment as if time had stopped for you. As if you were accessing your past mind at the moment of hearing the snap, and have hit some kind of "hold button." Again, as if part of you is still there in that past brief moment, still listening to it.

Continued:
PART 4

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