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Jrager

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Where does the amygdala fit into all this?
« on: December 31, 2017, 02:53:27 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c4-iaVGL-A

You've probably heard of this before. Stimulating it gives instead pleasure and it also makes me to yawn and relaxes my jaw quite significantly. The goal is to click it enough times to cause a "pop" in the brain, causing a highly pleasurable, transcendental type state, that afterwards leads to freedom from negative emotions, increased psychic ability and higher intelligence. He says it took those who tried it anywhere from two weeks to a few years to reach this state.

Personally I seem to be stuck at a point where I no longer need to imagine anything, I just simply will it to click with little effort, but haven't made much progress in a while and I'm unsure how often to practice it

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Re: Where does the amygdala fit into all this?
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2017, 01:46:44 PM »
Neil Slade, the creator of this technique, is an insane hack. IIRC he also practises "cloud-bursting", where you focus on a cloud and intend it to disappear. Then he recommends putting a new one in its place. If you watch time-lapse videos of clouds however, you will see that they are constantly disappearing then reappearing anyway.

The fact that his "amygdala click" works for some people just goes to show how suggestible the human mind can be. The mood and perceptual change is real. Therefore consider what else can be "auto-suggested". What about ongoing bliss/peace? From one perspective, all meditative practice is a kind of auto-suggestion.

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Re: Where does the amygdala fit into all this?
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2017, 04:29:20 PM »
"From one perspective, all meditative practice is a kind of auto-suggestion."

This is the view of a very advanced yogi (Sri Anirvan):
[You may say, “But
this is auto-suggestion; I have created it by auto-suggestion.” But the truth
is that you have not created it, you have only discovered it. Besides, in spiri-
tual life, auto-suggestion is a fundamental power. What you think, that you
become; and if this be so, then all can be done, and what you discover in this
way is the very Truth. This will be confirmed when you find that with the
aid of this Truth everything can be resolved. Even the scientist would say
that if all the facts of nature could be explained through a single principle,
that principle would be the highest Truth. If you can discover it through
auto-suggestion, what is the harm?

In spiritual practice, bhavana — conceptualization and dwelling in mind
upon what is conceptualized in order to realize it — is of the highest impor-
tance. In fact, through your thought-conception you are creating yourself at
every moment. Once you have grasped this law of your inner nature, it may
be said that the foundation of your practice has firmly been laid. “What you
dwell upon, that you realize. Bhavana is a spiritual power.” ]

https://archive.org/stream/SriAnirvanInnerYoga/Sri%20Anirvan%20Inner%20Yoga_djvu.txt

Also, as Sri Aurobindo said:
Yoga is nothing but practical psychology.

If we look deep enough these Mind vs Matter and Auto Suggestion vs Reality debates are rather meaningless.
Think matter as you know it is real even according to science ? Check again:
Everything around you is made of atoms. Atoms are 99.999% empty space,and rest which is subatomic particles are still a subject of research(Emptiness, buddhism, rings bells). You think you touched a solid thing ever ? Check again, it is only an electrostatic force of repulsion from that "empty space" of atoms that repelled your hand(is it made of matter ?) strongly.

Similarly, people seem to suggest that Auto suggestion is inferior because it is not Reality. What is reality again ? In view of what I said about matter earlier, how do we know that our current view of "Reality" is not as conditioned as any state of mind ? Which is a more or less dehypnotised state ?
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