Chiropractic Videos Confirm PPM Body Theory

I’ve been watching these chiropractic videos because I find them relaxing, entertaining, and informative (in their own way): Mondragon Chiropractic

One thing I have noticed is that every single person, in every video, has the same knotted left side problem I have been talking about on my blog for years now.

This chiropractor has “the eye” and appears able to provide relief. However, this is quite a rare talent, having visited many body-workers in my life. I will also point out that chiropractic is regarded as a pseudoscience by the mainstream, though this is irrelevant when using the videos to analyse the body issues of everyday people, and this practitioner’s personal approach (she uses gua sha, which involves scraping myofascia with a metal instrument, and which is interesting to me in itself).

The PPM body theory is that left-brain dominance – endemic in society, and getting worse due to technology use – suppresses the right brain (which controls the left side of the body, and also integrates emotions and new experiences), so we get a suppressed and locked-up left body side, caused by “polarization” of the left vagus nerve. The polarized left vagus nerve becomes “static” and unable to shed myofascial adhesions; it therefore gathers myofascial winds coming in from all over the body, since every myofascial meridian crosses the vagus nerves. Particular hot-spots are the left hip, left shoulder, and left neck, and we might surmise that these knots are built up by lots of sitting while in the left-brain mode (i.e. computer use, and sitting in school). Compression of the left vagus nerve also results in anxiety and other emotional problems, since it represents an effective rejection of emotion and inability to integrate emotional events. In the PPM model, pleasure and anger are transmitted more on the right vagus nerve, whose function remains intact during technology use, which might explain Twitter outrage and cancel culture.

The only ways I have found to reliably depolarize the left vagus nerve are:

  1. Awareness Watching Awareness meditation
  2. Ujjayi breathing adaptation, which leads into a natural samatha meditation
  3. The Tantric approach to emotional integration, as taught here by Rupert Spira

 

If you have these physiological problems, they are not in your head, and they can be relieved through meditation alone. I would suggest that the ujjayi breath meditation I just linked to is probably the most suitable for beginners. The method is towards the bottom of that post. Let me know how it goes for you.

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13 Responses

  1. mmuira says:

    On waking up this morning I noticed that my sleep seems different when I sleep on my right side as opposed to when I sleep on my left side.

    On the right side, it’s all dreams with lots of images and relatively few words, whereas left side seems to be more internal monologue.

    As such, I think I will try and make it a habit of sleeping more on right side, the dreams are much more pleasant.

    • Illuminatus says:

      @mmuira:

      You are right, but this is an intermediary stage. Sleeping on right side turns on right vagus which is more responsive to sensual pleasure.
      In contrast, the left vagus transmits “existential pleasure”, equanimity, and deep rest (AND the counterpart, existential fear/threat). To get to the good stuff on the left vagus, it must be “cleared out” progressively via the methods I’m sharing in this post. The end game is that sleeping on the left side will eventually produce deeper sleep.

      A satisfying sleep might consist of one session lying on right side, a brief waking period of dream analysis, followed by what the Victorians called their “second sleep”, which would be on the left side.

      One interesting thing that can happen from sleeping on your side is spontaneous jhanas. Yes, these can be complete “true jhanas”. It is rare for this to happen to me, and I have stopped trying to make them happen since forcing a will into sleep often just messes it up. However, it has been the case that, while lying on right side, I sometimes naturally begin to tune into the very subtle signal in the right body side, which acts in a line along the side of the body at the point of contact with the bed sheet. This then draws consciousness away from the body and directly into a space of light which feels totally “safe”, and totally blissful. Then consciousness dissolves in that space and we get the zero-time-perception phenomenon, waking up some time later feeling very good and not knowing how much time passed. When this happens on the left side, it is more equanimity-based, less showy, and consciousness dissolves faster giving an “unknowing event” followed by zero time perception. Again, these events are rare for me, but do give a hint of the link between jhana and sleep, and how both involve dissolving of the separate self into the sea of infinite consciousness. I think good sleep is “supposed” to have a jhanic quality.

      Alternatively, if sleep is well prepared for, e.g. by having exercised that day, not eating too soon before bed, and having done a high-quality acceptance-based meditation before bed, it is possibly to simply lie on one’s back and let the inertia of the meditation carry you straight into a very deep sleep with very little time perception, waking up 5-7 hours later in the exact same position having not moved, and feeling totally reinvigorated. This is probably the gold standard for regular sleep.

      It’s pointless to try to “force” any of this but I am just sharing what can come up when sleep begins to be mastered. It appears primarily to be technology use, substances, and bad habits which are fucking up people’s sleep. These can all be mitigated with a little awareness.

      After reacquainting myself with Andrew Hutchinson’s website, I have also ditched the pillow again, and spent the last three months or so sleeping without one at all. I can confirm that this is correct. The body having an even spread of contact with the ground (or bed, in our case) is an important part of how the body “feels” its way through tension and resolves it. It resolves to an even spread of vagal tone along the length of the body side touching the bed.

      • mmuira says:

        Thank you very much for this detailed reply, it has given me much to think about 🙂

      • pupil says:

        I had a dream which lead me into soft jhana in my opinion, I was wondering if you could share your thoughts on it.

        In the dream I was arguing with my band and angrily walked out to pick up my other guitar. As I was walking I was thinking, how this is a sign that I should play more, that I should find new bandmates, planning, scheming, etc., basically how I should solve this “issue”. Before I knew it scenery started to change and I started getting lost in the moment, and things everywhere around me started “adding up”, the feeling was like winning on a slot machine, or simplifying a fraction, I “saw” things which just “worked” together everywhere I turned my look at. It just continued and grew stronger and stronger. I couldn’t even say that I stopped caring about the band issue, it became non-existent (I have reached this point about some of my daily “issues” awake too, and those “issues” never came back) and before I knew it on my left side of the view I saw the most beautiful beach I ever saw, and i started to cry from gratitude and pleasure I felt from experiencing that moment. Soon I transitioned into a white light, the bliss continued. I had very clear thoughts, 10 or 12 of them. I knew I was already awake, my body was vibrating in pleasure. Thoughts were like “Is this it?” “how long am I hear?” and something else I don’t remember. Soon it was over, and I was up, no tears etc (so i cried in dream only), but my body was very warm.

        Once I woke up, I felt like I “got it” for a moment. The experience was very inline with what you said in the blog post – to accept, allow it to reconcile itself and witness. The dream showed me how state is very flux, and well how it changes everything in the experience. It also made me think how pleasure from math, gambling are glimpses into really “getting it” in the ultimate sense, which we chase all our lives, mostly in non-constructive, forceful ways. In a sense it seems like the dream walked me through the whole process of acceptance and rapture. Major inspiration, very glad I experienced it.

        • Illuminatus says:

          Hi pupil,

          Dreams appear to be on a continuum with jhana. Both events involve dissolving back to nonduality (a jhana being the more thorough form of this). The clue is the light: Basically all traditions describe pure consciousness as being a white light, and this white light ends up being present to some degree in all these nondual or “partial duality-dissolving” experiences.

          A dream is like a glimpse of what God is capable of. A dream can create any situation possible in waking life, and amplify its feelings a hundredfold if it wants. A dream however tends to be limited by the human mind that creates it (notice how it reuses themes from human life and rarely ventures beyond those themes). Dreams can produce exalting rapture which approaches jhana though does not necessarily reach it due to there still being a fair bit of “duality” going on (dream objects, dream people, a “thinker” of the thoughts, etc.).

          When I was about 13, a TV show called Stella Street featured two comedians pretending to be celebrities. In one scene, I think it was the fake Mick Jagger and Keith Richards who were pretending to snort cocaine which was actually icing sugar. I never had any inclination towards cocaine, and was very anti-drug at that age. That night I dreamed I snorted icing sugar and it gave me a rapturous high I will never forget. That then became a recurring dream, almost like I was then built to take cocaine in real life. More than a decade later, when I tried the real thing, it was good although inferior to the dream version. I never found it addictive in real life. It was a weird karmic loop that I would dream about it for many years despite being morally opposed to it.

          So, yeah, dreams can create extremely strong states of pleasure, and we would equate these with “soft jhana” because there is still an agent in the middle — a “doer”, “experiencer”, or “central dream character”. In hard jhana that too dissolves and there is only bliss-consciousness left without a centre.

        • Illuminatus says:

          P.S. That sense of “getting it” is the classic nonduality sign. It can become present in small glimpses even in brief meditation.

          The sense comes from reuniting with the infinite. However, it usually fades very quickly as you split back into duality — although sometimes some insight can be brought back from it (“bringing back a thimble of water from the ocean”).

          • pupil says:

            thank you very much, appreciate both responses. Its weird how those karmic loops create from tiny things in life, like your cocaine dreams example. When meditating childhood TV shows, games, and “lessons” flash quite usually, and its quite obvious now just how much this “person” am I a mix of all nonsense that was spinning round me. fascinating stuff!

            • Illuminatus says:

              @pupil:

              Sometime around my mid-twenties I was at a girl’s house and she offered me a joint. (I’m not a weed guy by any means and that may well have been the last time I smoked it.) The TV show “Friends” was on and the colours became brighter and everything became cartoon-like (even more so than it is already). Watching the neurotic and supplicating Ross and Chandler, I had the dawning realization that almost everything I had learned about men, women and relationships had come from watching that show when I was around 11 years old. That was pretty horrific, and explained a lot. TV has a lot to answer for.

              • pupil says:

                I know the feeling! Especially the cartoony part. Once I saw that I mostly operate within very mechanic loops I was horrified. The worst part for me personally was when I realized that dissolving any of those loops does not make a good loop appear out of thin air – that still requires diligent hard work. Dissolving is fun and pleasurable for me personally, but I haven’t found the fun in creation yet.

  2. Andrew Hutchinson says:

    Makes sense although whenever we look at “winds” etc being dominant on one side we have to be wary as the body/human system is super intelligent and can “store” this “tension”/restricted movement in places where we use least to keep us moving as optimally as possible (the rear deltoids being a prime example of this). Just because something is created due to certain (one side dominant) factors, doesn’t mean we always find them there. The amount of “winds” that exist that are (simply) part of who we “are” is huge and these, while always “tied” to the psoas, are often felt in various locations on both sides of the body. Love the article though, nice perspective and one that certan;ly holds merit.

    • Illuminatus says:

      Hi Andy. Thanks as always for your input.

      What is most interesting to me is not the location of the myofascial winds, but rather:

      1. The “why” behind their formation. Animals don’t skulk around with bow legs, hunched shoulders and scoliosis. Why do humans?
      2. The fact that certain mindsets, philosophies, and practices immediately and blatantly begin to release these winds, via what can only be described as a palpable “mode-shift”.

      Why are we living lives that encourage the buildup of body-deforming tension patterns? Haemorrhoids, migraines, scoliosis, tinnitus, congestion and anxiety are just some of the things which will eventually be found to be a result of nerve and blood vessel compression caused by fascial winding.

      There is something in the hemispheric split which allows a human to have experiences, but which also “stores” those experiences bodily and karmically.
      There is something in our default attentional mode which locks up the left side of the body and inhibits proper assimilation of new emotional experiences and insight, and which wrecks sleep, too.

      The mode that allows these tension patterns to resolve — the mode that turns on both the left vagus and right vagus in complementary gentle rhythmic “depolarizing” pulsations — is always UNITARY in nature. It is either relaxation response, good sleep, samatha in the correct form (e.g. via ujjayi parasympathetic induction), Awareness Watching Awareness, or “flow states” in which the world is no longer being split up into parts with verbal thought narration, but is now flowing coherently.

      The default attentional mode is a left-brain mode which splits the world into concepts and creates time in the process. The world model in the right brain is paused (suppressed) while the left brain splits away from it and narrates experience to create time and concepts. This is not how we are “supposed” to be (when compared to other animals), yet it is how we are.

      The solution is always something unitary — a practice which lets the right brain flow and get its perception across, with the left brain accepting its model as opposed to trying to alter or narrativize it. However, in this unity, experience itself thins out and eventually disappears. The more flowing a state is, the less time appears in that state. Any top athlete or even video game player will tell you that time did not exist while they made the perfect play. At absolute unity, experience disappears entirely (Cessation/Fruition).

      The fact that people don’t sleep very well shows how resistant the left brain is to this unity, since ego derives from left splitting away from right, and ego knows that unity spells out its demise.

      People are locked in left-right split and literally have forgotten how to “unwind” (notice how all these principles are encoded in our everyday language, hidden in plain sight!).

      Anyone reading who wishes to experience the mode-shift, try this Tantric approach: Sit still and say to yourself, “Keep the world close”. This verbal prompt allows experience to unfold without pushing it away and objectifying it. When you find yourself thinking of someone you don’t like, notice how the first response is to push them away perceptually and label them certain things. Instead, “Keep the world close”, and bring them back towards your heart. Allow their dastardly image to rest exactly how it is, and notice what then happens to it. Ego hates this, but the effect is immediate: a serious freeing-up of tension on the left body side, particularly around the heart area where the left vagus innervates the heart. Winds immediately start to drop out of the left body side, and it is found that right body side tightness is also connected to this left vagus area, and that too begins to drop out.

      Another good verbal cue is Actual Freedom Method’s “How am I experiencing this moment of being alive?” The question itself prompts open acceptance of the present moment. The action of accepting the right brain’s perceptual model is encoded into the prompt. The left brain behaves when given the right instructions. In this mental space of acceptance, unity begins to cohere. That is why that method is so powerful.

      The purpose of Eastern philosophies, whether Taoism, Buddhist No-Self or Advaita Vedanta nonduality, is to prompt an acceptance and welcoming of the flowing objectless nature of reality so that the illusory separate self can dissolve in that space. The physical counterpart is that tension patterns supporting this false self also dissolve via “unwinding”.

      The goal is not necessarily to “end experience”, but rather to understand it for what it is, and to realize that dissolving away from experience is a necessary part of rest and rejuvenation. If you cannot rest, you cannot move purposefully, since all your movements will be conditioned by what has gone before. Intentional, voluntary daily dissolution of ego is the only thing that allows something new to arise in experience (else, it’s “more of the same”). This is really getting down to what meditation is about.

  3. Mike Stonza says:

    Do you already read book “Reichian Therapy: The Technique, for Home Use” by Jack Willis? This is very like David Berceli, Alexander Technique or Wim Hof Method.

    • Illuminatus says:

      @Mike: I read excerpts many years ago before having the knowledge to assimilate the info (I’m very much a ” ‘Why?’ before the ‘How?’ ” guy.

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