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151  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: What does death feel like? on: August 01, 2013, 19:46:03
Well... from what he has written it is mostly people he remembers; several of his last incarnations have carried memories of his past life's friends. The current iteration (Tenzin Gyatso) de-emphasizes these, but some of his predecessors spoke about times when he was various animals, lol... such as a frog.

The current Dali Lama expresses his general views on death here:

More or less he says that there is no use worrying, because if there is something we can do about it, there is no need to worry, and that if there is nothing we can do about it, there is no use worrying.

I have heard this same logic expressed by an Englishman... in the form, "When death is, we are not. When we are, death is not". It seems simplistic, but I think highly effective too.

152  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: What does death feel like? on: August 01, 2013, 19:20:54
Dunno... ask the Dali Lama? He has a lot of experience in that arena.
153  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Something to consider on: August 01, 2013, 12:27:45
I feel it may actually be better to have an area where people who feel they would benefit from 1:1 teaching may put themselves out there with a request; people feeling they are compatible and capable can then pickup those students.

My reasoning would be that the people most likely to benefit from that are those who self-select and recognize their own need, rather than people chosen at random. Afterall, shouldn't the first people to be helped be those asking for help?
154  Healing / Welcome to the Healing place! / Re: Daughter in Hospital. on: August 01, 2013, 12:22:25
I am sorry to hear that.

I wish you and yours the best with this situation.
155  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: DMT on: August 01, 2013, 00:47:49
Thanks for having the courage to relay your experience for what it was.

A couple things stick out in my mind:

1) There is probably no way of knowing that what you smoked was actually DMT, unless it came from a highly reputable source (for your sake and your source's sake, do not list them here or anywhere). It is a fairly difficult to acquire substance, and is often a name attached to other substances to market them, such as Salvia Divonorum.

2) I have not experienced this for myself, but I know from countless discussions that without the inhibitors of DMT breakdown present in some South American plants, the experience of DMT is very short-lived and very violent. People partaking in DMT alone (usually smoked) relate much less meaningful experiences than those had with the inhibitor present, as in ceremonial Ayahuasca preparations. They are entirely separate classes.

None of this is advice mind you- just thoughts that came to me based on your experiences.

As always, be safe!
156  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: This guy can win the James Randi challenge!! on: August 01, 2013, 00:38:01
Exactly. It is very easy to call yourself a sketpic or a scientist these days, but most are unworthy of that title-  a scientist searches for the truth at all costs, and is suspicious of accepted dogmas.

Dismissing the unexplained "because science has gotten us past that" is as religious an idea as any a Jew or Hindu ever thought up. A true scientist marvels in the unexplained because it is a boldfaced challenge to prevailing theories, and is exactly the point where new discoveries will be made. Those that hide behind established doctrines are both posers and misguided zealots.
157  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: One for Bedeekin? on: July 31, 2013, 05:03:52
The programs are astoundingly non-demanding hardware-wise.

You can pretty much render near real time in Maya or blender, for instance; I used Maya on a consumer laptop from 2005, and it ran fairly well until you stepped the textures over 2048x2048. When it gets higher, you want a slightly better CPU and a bit more RAM, but not crazy amounts.

You are probably not as hardware limited as you think, at least not to learn fundamentals.
158  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: One for Bedeekin? on: July 30, 2013, 16:56:20
What you are looking at is a rendering suite.

Usually the pipeline these days either goes: ( Low-polygon modeling --> Model-refinement --> Scultping --> Texturing --> Map Export / Rendering) , or  (Sculpting --> Texturing --> Retopologizing --> Map Export / Rendering).

Notice that rendering is at the back end of the pipeline in either situation  wink

These results looks good, but you don't get results without models or textures.

If I read you correctly, you want to learn to create art such as you see in the renderings; if that is your goal, you need to learn modeling and polygonal topology, texturing and material mapping, and computer sculpting- those are the core skills that will lead to content which can then be rendered.

To learn modeling, the three standards are Maya, 3DSMax, and Blender. The first two are Autodesk products with multi-thousand-dollar pricetags, but which you can attain a free student license for to use non-commercially to learn (anyone can get that really), and the last in a free open source application which is still quite powerful in spite. All of these offer modeling, sculpting, texturing and rendering, but do modeling best of all. There are programs like "Mudbox" from Autodesk which are good for sculpting and texturing, and then there are products like Zbrush which is the industry standard for sculpting and offers a sort of backwards workflow where sculpting is usually done first and the model's polys are projected over that later. Despite being a great program though Zbrush has no demo or student copy, and costs $600 USD for a license, so is sort of out of bounds for a beginer.

If you want to jump into this stuff, Get a copy of Maya, 3DSMax or Blender, and have at it! Google Sketchup is another good program too offered free, but it is more for architecture people like me, lol. If characters or game environments are your thing, definitely go for one of those first three!

Hope that helps!
159  Astral Chat / Welcome to News and Media! / Re: AstralPulse partially banned in UK for 2014 on: July 30, 2013, 13:21:05
The fact that these are automatically selected to on, you still have a choice of switching them off.
Given time will this choice be removed?

This particular article also describes human psychology pretty well, in stating that people will tend to stick with the defaults. People will subconsciously ask themselves if they are radicals or some sort of social deviant if they want to turn off the filters, and I think that this is intentional.

Also, to paraphrase Samuel L. Jackson in "Pulp Fiction", "there are known knowns, and there are known unknowns; there are also unknown unknowns." What I mean by this is that not only are there things we don't know about, but also there are many things that we don't even know we don't know about. Why is this important? Well a lot of things we find when we are not looking for them. By blocking certain and sundry things by default, people won't accidently stumble into them. The realm of possible knowledge they could encounter is lessened by a degree. Put more concretely, I only found this website about 12 years ago by accident, having read some of Robert Bruce's work. If this website was blocked by default in my country, I would never have known it was here. It was an unknown unknown, and would have remained such, and to no ones benefit, and at the very least my own detriment.
160  Astral Chat / Welcome to News and Media! / Re: AstralPulse partially banned in UK for 2014 on: July 30, 2013, 12:14:14
Porn isn't blocked in the UK.

Not currently, but the intention is to block it for all citizens by the end of 2013; people wanting access to that and other things will have to contact their service providers to unlock them.
161  Astral Chat / Welcome to News and Media! / AstralPulse partially banned in UK for 2014 on: July 30, 2013, 11:35:10

I think this should be a pretty good indication of the dangers of state censorship because it hits pretty close to home here.

Cameron's recent move to "tidy up the internet" for Brits began with the default blocking of pornographic materials in the UK internet. Regardless of how you feel about that choice, I think it sets a dangerous precedent of state censorship and ethical dictation to any population; and not content to allow those implications to merely remain implications for long, the next phase has been introduced, where they state they have intentions to block anything the government thinks people can't handle: smoking advertisements, anorexia discussions, sucide discussions, all web forums, politically radical viewpoints, and esoteric materials such as this website (which also happens to be a forum). Brits will be able to possibly deactivate these filters by contacting their service providers, but you can bet you will end up on a "watched-list".

To me, not even a British citizen, the movement is reprehensible. Governments do not have a right to regulate what ideas a person is exposed to, and the attempt to do so is major progress towards yet more encroachment into the private dealings of "free" citizens. Perhaps this is a small matter to some of you, but to me any legislation of what people are allowed to know is extremely suspect.
162  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Destynee's Plan. on: July 25, 2013, 04:08:26

What, this?
163  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Destynee's Plan. on: July 25, 2013, 01:17:47
Yeah, back in university when you wanted to major in chemistry for instance, the first intro class for majors started out with nuclear fission reactions, with equations of 20 variables. If you weren't in it for when it got a bit heavy, you weren't in it at all. That is a good strategy.
164  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: International Academy of Consciousness (IAC). on: July 23, 2013, 20:32:06
A company can be non-profit but exorbitantly over-"compensate" its employees or officials.

I don't know these guys particularly so I can't pass the final word on them, but I may know their type.
165  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: This guy can win the James Randi challenge!! on: July 23, 2013, 06:44:57
Yeah that is a good point... if Randi is convinced none of them are real then he should have nothing to fear from this guy moogling up his chi.

Knowing Randi's operating procedures though this guy would be disqualified by some technicality before he even got to his first trial. Really, Jesus could sign up for that prize and be disqualified instantly.
166  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: DMT on: July 23, 2013, 04:19:57
I think you are better off  to do things with out the drugs .  To any one using any kind of drug know what you are doing , its easy to hurt or kill your self .

This is the best answer.

The other answer I would give in this situation, is that if you are going to experiment with DMT, there is a good time and place to do it, and that is under the guidance of the Ayahuasca tradition. The South American tribes themselves have allowed outsiders for years to come and experience their rituals with them, where shamans with decades of experience, who know the many ins and outs and safety checks watch over the ceremonies. Not everyone can go to South America obviously, but there are many of these men that come all over the West to practice the art in safety too. Be warned it isn't legal in some cases, but if you must be involved, it is by far the most meaningful and safe context to do it within. If you can't wait for a safe opportunity to practice with folks such as those, you are probably playing with fire anyhow, even with DMT.
167  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Prison Planet? on: July 23, 2013, 00:26:59
Just speculating out loud here... but perhaps not knowing what is really going on is all part of it. Perhaps what we are doing here could only be done in ignorance.

For example, imagine you were playing a computer game, where a character goes on an adventure. If you played it merely as a game, and watched the character as they experienced their world, that is one thing, and certain lessons may be learned that way. Imagine now though, that you were given total amnesia, and you believed that you were that character, and their life was yours, and you had no other. I am sure the things you could learn from that perspective would be much greater.

Maybe it all makes sense when you see the full picture, after the amnesia passes. Maybe it doesn't...

No one can offer you a final satisfying answer. They can tell you go out there and experience the other realities for yourself, and maybe that will be enough for you, and maybe it won't.

It really does seem like we are ignorant for a reason, but who really knows I guess.

If you have no information, just that you are, that you be, why not just learn to be well, if that is the extent of your knowledge?

Grass is green, sun is warm, Daniel-San!
168  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: International Academy of Consciousness (IAC). on: July 19, 2013, 16:38:58
Lol... how much does it cost to develop consciousness?
169  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: The Lucia Light Machine - triggers DMT production & OOBE on: July 18, 2013, 02:00:45
Still don't know what the third eye is. Unless it's a metaphor for what we do when we dream... Never understood it. Maybe I am just a natural and have always had my 'third eye' open. 

My theory on the chakra concept is that they are a primitive way of understanding the major nerve ganglia in the body; each of them literally equates 1 to 1 to a nerve center, and stimulating them feels alot like throbbing nerves firing.

Also... when I have been in deep meditation, sometimes I have felt strong pressure in the middle of my forehead... I am not sure what is behind that per se, but I feel as though experiences like this may contribute to the mysticism of the idea. There are actual physical sensations that I have had that correspond to each chakra, so the concept does have some basis, but explaining exactly what they are without leaning on someone else's assumptions is pretty difficult.
170  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Any musicians in the house? Post links to your tracks here! on: July 16, 2013, 03:26:28
Keep in mind this thread was revived, and that the person you responded to was last active 5 years ago, haha.

But it is a good thread nonetheless  wink

Hey SpeaK,

Loving some of your DnB mate, I LOVE me Jungle hands down favourite genre to mix.

Digging the guitar tune just after the drop at 3:23 on "Revelation Of Self", Very catchy! Very chopped up jungle pretty funky, Just an idea - Would of been REALLY cool if you kept that initial guitar tune going and ramped it up louder an clearer and dropped a hard hitting beat for a few bars That would really get people up and moving, Its one of those tunes that get stuck in your head

Either way loving it. Keep up the good work, Keep DnB alive !

Respect from Australia.

171  World Cultures, Traditions and Religions / Welcome to World Cultures, Traditions and Religions! / Re: Reliege-ion. Living Word is Lore. on: July 15, 2013, 18:28:16
The bifurcated brain hemisphere in the "Creation of Adam" is pretty easy to see and well accepted academicly... the brain stem on the other hand might be reaching at straws, lol.
172  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Let's Share Some Great Music Playlists! on: July 11, 2013, 10:13:34

Haha, that is a great video... a bit like the doors  cheesy


Clearly a classic. The scissor sisters recently did a (less classic, but also awesome) cover, lol:

John Denver and Placido Domingo, Perhaps Love. (Practice)

That is pretty amazing... I haven't listened to many of John Denver's songs... sort of reminds me of James Taylor:

Those are pretty good, and I like the U2 cover too  wink U2 is one of the only stadium fillers that I think is justified in doing so , haha. Dave Matthews is probably another. They both manage mass appeal and greatness at the same time, which isn't easy!
173  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: Let's Share Some Great Music Playlists! on: July 11, 2013, 08:53:33
Yeah I hear that, haha. I am not normal when it comes to music, that is certain; when I go to a new place, the first friends I seem to make turn out to be street performers and buskers, haha.

I can also understand the intimidation part; I guess at this level of interest, the gathering of information is very active and conscious, whereas most folks seem to absorb what is around them, and what they grow up around, or what their peer group values. But even with that level of exposure, I still feel like most people are exposed to beautiful and meaningful art which can allow them to break barriers with others. I guess to me it sort of takes the place alcohol often does as a social facilitator, lol; I mean beer is ok I guess, but nothing beats listening to what someone grew up around with them, and watching the way it reminds them of their highest ideals. I guess I also thought of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez in this context, because I remember years ago in university I was meeting with some Polish professors we were having an exhange program with. Someone was playing the Rolling Stones in the background in another room, and one of the Poles began to talk about how that was the start of the real commercialization of music, but it was also a time when tons of folk acts were able to become known as a result; someone procured a guitar, and somehow one of them was playing old Joan Baez songs. It was like one of those fleeting moments that only seem to happen in films, to see someone so profoundly animated by their past like that... like a sharing people are not capable of on normal everyday terms.

I guess it is sort of like being a sports buff or some such; like such a person can strike up a conversation about Arsenal's lineup this year, and how their forwards are unbalanced purposely to concentrate abilty on one side of the field... and the listeners really have no way of interfacing or adding to that discussion. Music can be be like that to some extent, but that part I feel is also superficial and accessory to the discussion. For instance, with Edward Sharpe we both just posted, there is an implicit level of... rhetoric going on, because the bandmates take on these personas of preachy-evangelical types which it is meant to be understood aren't their actual personalities; they sort of see themselves as channeling this energy and passion which is so far removed from our present society that they need to take on the role of characters to express it. This can be confusing to some at first I guess. But then, to me that is also outside the point. Music to me is so far above such sophistries, and so universally understood, that barriers like that are only minor nuances.  Music has no language barrier, or reading list pre-requisite... you can listen to a Farsi or an Italian singer, and understand their emotion and intenion outside of any understanding of lyrics or cultural context, and that to me makes music one of the perfect vehicles of sharing and communicating between people.
174  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Let's Share Some Great Music Playlists! on: July 10, 2013, 14:07:02
After discussion in a previous thread, I think I realized I have never spoken music much here on the forums... which is funny... if you were to know me in real life, haha.

When I think of the things that have the most profound and lasting influence on my life, powerfully for the better, I think of the people I have known, music, the natural world, meditation and spiritual practice, and books, in that exact order. And for me Music is probably the most religious experience I have had by far in waking life, and the easiest and most accessible thing to share with others. For me, it is absolutely uncontainable, I simply overflow  cheesy

I thought it might be nice for us to share some playlists of some of the music we all liked; I could honestly go on for hundreds and hundreds of songs, and it would still only be the highlights, but I will keep it under 30 at least to start! I can always share dozens more if anyone is interested!

"Don't Wanna Pray"- Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

"Blue Ridge Mountains"- Fleet Foxes

"You Want Alchemy"- Kate Bush

"Suspended in Gaffa"- Kate Bush

"Waiting for the Moon to Rise"- Belle and Sebastian

"Poor Boy"- Nick Drake

"Postcards from Italy"- Beirut

"River Man"- Nick Drake

"Peace like a River"- Paul Simon

"Adios Hermanos"- Paul Simon

"China Town"- Destroyer

"Solider of the Heart"- Judee Sill

"Yasashisa ni tsutsumareta nara" (Japanese folk song)- Yumi Arai

"California"- Joni Mitchell

"500 Miles"- Joan Baez

"Water is Wide"- Bob Dylan and Joan Baez

"Tiny Dancer"- Elton John

"Crane Wife"- The Decemberists (the intro is funny... he is asking for requests, and of course someone picks this 20-minute song, lol)

"The Working Hour"- Tears for Fears

"Goodnight Song"- Tears for Fears

"On Fire"- Bruce Springsteen

"Thunder Road"- Bruce Springsteen

"Life on Mars"- David Bowie

"Isobel"- Bjork

"Roof of the World"- Dido

"Nothing Gonna Break my Strike"- Matthew Wilder (the video on this one is incredible, haha)

"Blood of Eden"- Peter Gabriel and Sinnead O' Conner

"Slegehammer"- Peter Gabriel

"Another Day in Paradise"- Phill Collins

"And You and I"- Yes

"Exiles"- King Krimson

"Aqueous Transmission"- Incubus

"Esme"- Joanna Newsom

What sorts of things do you guys connect with? Would love to hear it!

175  Spiritual Evolution / Welcome to Spiritual Evolution! / Re: How to live in the NOW on: July 09, 2013, 03:20:08
I think you have highlighted a core concept fairly well.

People think of meditation as a way to gain magic yogi powers, or develop abilities which will allow one to delve further into the spiritual, but they forget what it is at its very center and identity- the practice of learning to be, and not to need anything outside of the self to be profoundly content. People think of meditation as something which needs to be developed overtime over years or some such, but ironicly the greatest benefit it will ever provide is yours the first moment you grasp the basic concept.

You gain a whole new perception of the world, that is for sure.

For instance, take music for present western society, it has sort of been relegated to a background affair, to accompany downtimes or various kinds of media; if one experiences music with a fullness of absorption, it can become a "religious" experience.

It is is the same with speaking and listening with others. Very few people actually communicate in such a way that they are passive of mind, and fully absorbed in contemplating what the other is saying, without intellectual or emotional interference. To truly listen to another's words is to adopt their perspective as your own. That is the true nature of communication, and something that seems rare today. When you speak to someone with total presence of mind... there is no mistaking it!
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