Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Written by Mathew Naismith
It would seem since the dawn of man in certain spiritual practices drugs inducement has been a part of inducing certain objectives either it be a coma like state or euphoric state of consciousness which seems to reconnect us to consciousness (God) itself for whatever reason. Because we live within a chaotic existence drugs that induce euphoria seem to be needed & many people around the world today are doing just that. It would seem the less accepting we are the more we need drugs to induce euphoria mainly to feel good in a world that we don’t accept in some way however we can become quite consistently euphoric if we accepted more within our lives quite naturally. The info in the link below is a good indicative of how to attain a natural euphoric state of being without drug inducement.
Extract: The risks associated with drug induced spiritual experiences are too great so it is advisable that people use natural method to achieve such states. There is no spiritual experience that is produced by drugs that can’t be induced naturally. The problem that most people have with following a natural method is that it takes a good deal of time and energy. This is actually beneficial though, because it ensures that the individual is more ready for these experiences when they happen. Some natural methods that can be used for achieving spiritual states include:
The next link is just on the meaning & the effects of euphoria however it clearly shows that we can become addicted to natural euphoria as well. Extract: Endorphins play a role in the reward system which may cause a chemical addiction to consistent exercise.
This to me just doesn’t relate to just physical exercise, spiritual practices are an exercise as well that can also induce endorphins which allow us to experience & perform in a more enhanced state of awareness; this is commonly called the zone. Extract: Euphoria has also been cited during certain religious or spiritual rituals and meditation.
Neuroscientists know that endorphins that are produced naturally or unnaturally can induce euphoric sensations however they also state that is all they are, euphoric states of consciousness that give us delusions of one kind or another. My query is, when a sports person experiences the zone induced by euphoria which is induced by adrenalin they at time perform way beyond their physical or mental capabilities, is this not also the same with people who are spiritually practicing in certain practices that induce endorphins that make them feel euphoric as well as it’s all to do with intense exercise?
Spiritually aware people who experience the zone induced by euphoria can also perform supposedly way beyond their capabilities just like sports people can experience however the big difference is one is based on mental & physical exercise & the other on spiritual exercise, why would one be accepted as plausible & the other not? Yes the neuroscientists seem quite correct within their assumptions that we can produce endorphins which produce euphoric sensations which for a sports person can mean performing beyond their supposed physical & mental ability, (performing in the zone); however they seem reluctant to state that spiritually aware people exercising in spirituality can also perform beyond their supposed abilities!!
Three questions that spiritually aware people I feel should be asking themselves here, is a natural addiction better than an unnatural addiction, just because the side effects are different between natural & unnatural addiction can natural addiction also have their own unwanted side effects & most importantly, what does an addiction denote? Addiction to me usually denotes a fixated attachment, not something I would want within my spiritual practices however if one is aware of the addictions of certain experiences within spirituality unwanted addiction shouldn’t be a problem; spirituality after all is about awareness.
Monday, 13 January 2014
Written by Mathew Naismith
The following reply was in regards to my post titled Immortal Free Will which is very much linked or influenced by time or more precisely the slowing down of time itself. The more aware we are of the present moment the slower time goes by & of course the less aware we are the faster time goes by as the two links within this post will explain further. Immortality isn’t about time & this is why becoming spiritually aware has many positive affects; the ZONE as it’s called is but another one of these affects.
I agree we are bigger and more than we think. So much more capable, and stronger than we see ourselves as. People share the same planet, we need to re awaken to our inner joy, have fun again and remember how to share love and hope. Peace can be achieved, and will be achieved once we reach a higher level of understanding in which harmony and trust can be established. This will bring about a unity among mankind, an understanding that all is equal in life on our planet. All
+Liza Ireland This is funny because the less aware we are the more barbarous we are, it doesn't say much about our awareness as a whole at the moment.
Awareness itself brings us peace & a chance to really enjoy life not just individually but collectively I believe so you are quite correct in my mind saying a higher level of understanding can bring us peace but of course is that our will to do so collectively??
We are like God's at play, why not do it if we can, staying ignorant gives us quite different experiences than if we were aware. If we want to at the immortal level of understanding will our own awareness life in this reality would be somewhat different to what it is now.
Now let’s now take a look at what’s deemed as the ZONE which to us seems like an actual occurrence of time slowing. The link below is an interesting read written by Steve Taylor.
Extract: The second factor which determines the speed of time – besides the amount of impressions and perceptions we take in – is how strong our sense of ego is. By the term ‘ego’ I mean our sense of being an ‘I’ inside our heads, a separate entity which looks out at the world, with its own memories, beliefs and self-image. Our sense of time is closely linked to this ego. New born babies don’t have any sense of time, because they have no ego. And one of the reasons why time goes so slowly for children is because their egos are still quite weak. By the time we reach adulthood, however, the ego has become fully developed, and we have ‘fallen’ into time completely.
But even as adults we occasionally experience moments of slowed down time, or even complete timelessness, when our ego temporarily dissolves. This can happen when the ego is paralysed by a sudden shock, such as in an accident or an emergency situation. This is why so many people who have car accidents say that ‘everything went into slow motion’ or ‘each second seemed like a minute.’
The ego can also dissolve away after a long period of very focused concentration. This can happen in meditation, or when sportspeople enter ‘the Zone,’ when a slowed down sense of time makes them capable of astounding feats, because they have more time to make their moves, to position themselves and anticipate their opponents’ actions.
The following link is also an interesting read focussing in slowing down time through awareness & the more aware we are of the present the slower time seems to go by.
Extract: If slowing down time is merely a way of adjusting awareness, then surely anyone can do it. However, if you have never been completely aware or lucid in any given moment, this could be quite difficult for you.
To slow down time must be self-aware, they must be able to be alive in the present moment. Your thoughts cannot be active, the only thing that should be taking place is action, and your attentiveness to it. Being self-aware is a constant focus on the present time. It is being able to take the current instant and living with everything as it happens. Life is not meant to be watched like a television show.
It really doesn’t matter who you are a sports person, scientist, nurse, spiritually aware person & so on, if you are aware of the present it is most likely you have slowed down time. All this takes is to sit within ones quietness & become the observer especially of oneself. This seems lame because how can a sports person sit within quietness? But they do, within their own quietness or ZONE. Just because we sit within our own quietness doesn’t mean we are not active or can’t be active, sitting in one’s quietness is actually referring to the mind being silenced to anything not of the now & becoming the observing!!