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151  Metaphysics / Welcome to Quantum Physics! / Re: How can you not want to know where astral and string theory fit together? on: February 27, 2014, 15:26:31
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some of us need intergalactic power grids, dyson rings, transporter beams, and circuits made of those kind of things for long distance communication and transport of a variety of forms

Intergalactic power grids and rings around the sun? What, did you ask Santa for a Sports Stadium too?

Humanity can do and create some pretty cool things, but I don't think we need machines stretching the entire breadth of the galaxy to see that a lot of it is vanity that doesn't help us in the least. We are going to have computers of supreme power very soon, and an entire landscape constructed and maintained by nano-bots... that is enough change to send anyone's head spinning for centuries... why do we need to fundamentally alter the entire solar system with a massive ring that may ultimately change the prospects of life in our solar system forever? We are just one race, and we haven't proven yet we are disciplined enough to last forever here, so we probably shouldn't take steps that may deny our successors their future.
152  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: The cholesterol myth on: February 25, 2014, 04:35:16
One thing with diets I think is that it is really hard to separate psychosomatic effects from effects that would have occurred regardless of attitude. Because we undergo diets with the express intention to improve our health, and because we have the expectation that what we have placed our faith in will benefit us, it is possible that a lot of the improvement is actually us "willing" ourselves better. In my case, I have believed I have been vitamin D deficient being in a moderately northern climate in the winter; I make a point of going outside in the noonday sun for an hour or so at least every other day to get whatever Vitamin D I may from sun exposure, and I genuinely feel better when I am able. But am I feeling better because I was filling a tight need I had, or do I feel better because I perceived I was doing something that would be beneficial?

Hard to say.
153  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Crystals? Vitamins? Exercise? on: February 23, 2014, 18:37:58
It depends a lot on the substance; the category is so broad I probably generalized a bit. Some entheogens may bring experiences at very high frequency, whereas opioids and others will likely tend to drop them completely.
154  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Crystals? Vitamins? Exercise? on: February 23, 2014, 11:52:10
Outside of keeping good health, which is itself beneficial for this practice as it is to most things, the list you mentioned doesn't contain many hindrances that I am aware of. What is much more important is things like alcohol or other heavy drug use. People who use alcohol moderately have reported they can still project, but heavy use seems to diminish things, for obvious reasons.
155  Dreams / Welcome to Dreams! / Re: Flying cars and a crashing plane on: February 21, 2014, 22:35:02
The Grove Street / Grovesnor connection was a pretty slick hit in my opinion. I have a family friend who gets bits and flashes like that... little nouns and feelings. Is this how it is for you Szaxx?
156  Astral Chat / Welcome to News and Media! / Re: Did NASA oops? on: February 19, 2014, 12:55:56
Gold actually is a very common material to use in large sheets in spacecraft design, for its ability to stop radiation and its conductance properties.


157  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: Is it possible to live more than one life at one time on: February 15, 2014, 04:53:08
Seems to me that when you take time out of the equation, everything that you will ever do is happening at the same moment, so in that sense I would say yes.
158  Energy Body and The Chakras / Welcome to Energy Body and The Chakras / Re: Descending Kundalini on: February 14, 2014, 02:58:15
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Also, one man's descending Kundalini is another man's warning signs of a stroke.

So please do not rely solely on metaphysical descriptions and advice if you are experiencing any scary or uncomfortable physical symptoms. smiley

This was my thought too.

There can be a powerful tendency to make our bodies follow our medical knowledge ( meaning when we self diagnose, we try to fit our symptoms to what we know). The medical community doesn't know all, but unusual physical symptoms may be a warning sign that trained medical professionals could shine some light on.
159  Energy Body and The Chakras / Welcome to Energy Body and The Chakras / Re: Descending Kundalini on: February 11, 2014, 19:38:30
How do you know this is what is happening? What symptoms do you have?
160  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: do you acculy leave the body? on: February 11, 2014, 12:00:00
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From a God-Source-PoV it is right to say that you do not leave for Jamaica or leave your body in an OBE. It's because Jamaica does "not exist" as you think it does, neither does your body in the first place.
From a physical reality ruleset PoV (leaving for) Jamaica exists in your reality experience frame, like an apple, like a table, like your body, like your brain. Therefore leaving your body during OBEs exists, too.

Yes, this is a very important distinction and point. I thought of bringing it up too, but I thought it might confuse the already ambiguous language even further. The theory that I am advancing in this topic would say that projections appear to be a fully "God-source-POV" happening, and thus bypass the physical needs or rules about travel; this is in one sense because travel is a purely physical concept, and I am supposing projections to be fully non-physical in sourcing, but transduced by brains and hence also tainted with physical concepts (because that is how our brain is wired to understand the world- in terms of time and space).

Admittedly it is a very particular point, and requires some advanced word-bending to explain precisely on my part. I am not the best communicator at times, haha.

I guess if I had to explain it a different way, as to why I don't picture ghosts out there soul-traveling around the physical world, I might do it this way:

Picture a computer game. There are hundreds or thousands of copies. The Programmers (Source) authored this code, and this code is copied and placed in versions individual players possess. When I am in a certain place in the game world (baker street), and you are in the same place at the same time, do you expect to see me there too at the same time? Probably not, and that is because the visions of the game world we are seeing in our individual living rooms aren't the source itself, they are individual representations. They are pretty close, but they are distinct. Maybe your version has bright colors on your tv at home, and more importantly, your version doesn't have my character in it. That is what I think RTZ experiences are. I don't think we are communing with source (game code) directly, I think we are experiencing our own representations of it.

But then I think this is a bit labored lol. I think we get each other by now  wink
161  Astral Chat / Welcome to News and Media! / Re: More 'proof' ? on: February 11, 2014, 08:12:11
Decent article, but the "Miss Z" study was done in the 70's or 80's... it is a real classic that seems to get tons of references lol. I wonder if Charles Tart has been doing much research in that direction lately...
162  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: do you acculy leave the body? on: February 11, 2014, 00:49:39
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I am yet to experience AP but I hope that it isn't a "dream" and you do actually leave the body. If you don't then that means there is no afterlife.

There are many assumptions built in here.

Any one metaphysical phenomenon being proven to be false or an illusion doesn't prove a thing about afterlives. Projections, remote viewings, psychic readings, clairvoyance, past-life regressions, channelings, and 20 other things could all for the sake of argument here be false while an afterlife would still be possible. You are forcing projection to be the measuring stick of the universe, which it hardly needs to be. For me it holds up somewhat well to that test, but then it isn't the only strange thing out there, and even if there were no strange things at all, any number of bizarre facts about the universe could never-the-less have been true. Mind has a strange primacy in the universe, which is evident in countless places. Take the P.E.A.R. study done at Princeton for decades, where they concluded that human desires effected the outcomes of otherwise random events. That to me illustrates that the materialism doctrine of the universe is not fully explanitory, and that in order to explain such results, the scientific mainstream needs to reassess the what properties it assigns to minds.
163  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: do you acculy leave the body? on: February 11, 2014, 00:37:54
... but isn't your "physical" brain part of this 'physical virtual reality dataset' too, like the table, the apple, Jamaica?

So how can it then be independent? I'd rather think only mind is independent. Mind interprets the data, mind experiences the data. Your brain filters, collects, transduces the data streams perhaps, but is it the being / the 'persona' that is aware of it? The experiencing and aware mind is independent of the brain for me.

Consider the TV set analogy, or the filter analogy. The TVset is part of this reality, the program is not in that sense (metaphorically speaking). It still exists when the TV goes boom.  wink

Just my two cents.

The line you quoted from me was ambiguously written, and it admitted of several meanings now that I read it. The intended meaning among those possibilities was that the data is independent of its representations, not the brain. That phrase applied specifically to the brain would be the "metaphysical data of our brains is independent of the representation of the brain to us". Like all things in the world, I think the brain is both its data and its representation, meaning there is the platonic form of the brain which is pure computed data, then there is what is represented to us in MRI's and such.

I agree the mind itself (not a mind we would understand from this life, but still a mind) is not dependent on the brain for existence. But from what I have seen, everything I have ever experienced seems to be transduced and packaged for the mind by the brain. I guess it is sort of like the rules of the game... perhaps we agree to use the physical brains as our filter for the totality of our time on earth.

I don't think our positions are significantly different, and that the disagreement may largely be in defining terms or in how sentences are interpreted.
164  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: do you acculy leave the body? on: February 10, 2014, 19:15:52
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JUst one thing - you said "You can go to places you have never been, and see them somewhat accurately sometimes". How can that happen without us leaving our bodies ?

Ok... so I have never been to Jamaica. But I have seen Jamaica in film footage. I have experienced Jamaica in a limited sense without having to leave the country (in this analogy, replace "country" with "body" to get the full meaning). The experience of Jamaica for me was fully in my head. What do I mean by this? Well, I have not communed with Jamaica in the fullest sense in actually being present there, but my film footage was data that my brain was able to interpret as images of a place called Jamaica. So too I have come to understand projection. Time and space are not constraints, and more importantly they are definitely not constraints of non-physical reality. You are suggesting that I need to leave my body to actually see Jamaica, because you are thinking of it in terms of physical travel. There is no travel, there is only being there, or not being there. Leaving your body to me is a phrase that doesn't compute, because there is nowhere to go, when there is no such thing as space or distance.

There are what we call "real time zone" experiences, where it seems like we are viewing a facsimile of the objective physical world. I think this is why such experiences are partly accurate, and partly not- because we are trying to have an experience that is similar to our waking lives in the physical world, but that is not what things are at their core. Such experiences are heavily constructed around what our expectations are, so while we may be reading some "objective" outside data to represent the spaces to ourselves, we can't separate that data from what we expect the place to be like.

For example, say I visited a fishing village in Jamaica in my projection. I don't expect there would be a ghostly spirit body traveling around that village that others could pick up... I see it more like remote viewing... I read the data from great distance. Which is not to say you couldn't meet others in non-physical situations, but I don't think such meetings are taking place because two ghosts met, I think it happens because you both had the same resonant intention.

This all makes sense to me because I conceive the world as a sort of platonic simulation. There are no apples or chairs or oak trees- what I think there is, is a sort of metaphysical computer simulation of a reality with apples and chairs in it. But that reality is only interfaced with through sense data. The apple doesn't really exist, your perceptions of the apple are what exist. This is why I am speaking of data. It is like I am interacting with the program of reality, but because I am not doing it through the normal channels (my earthly senses), my brain is the one given the task of constructing representations of that data, which is in itself independent of those representations.
165  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Astral Consciousness! / Re: do you acculy leave the body? on: February 10, 2014, 09:06:02
For what it's worth, my two cents:

I think it is all in our head, and we don't leave our bodies. I think everything in the projection environment is a product of our brain interpreting a metaphysical reality with the equipment it has to work with. If we see a postman, or Sean Connery, or the devil, I think it is our brain taking raw data and converting it into a form that is symbolically meaningful to us. You can go to places you have never been, and see them somewhat accurately sometimes, but you will find that your mind fills in a lot of the blanks, and it is hard to sort out what you yourself authored from what has "objective" existence outside yourself- at least it has been for me.
166  Astral Chat / Welcome to News and Media! / Re: Did NASA oops? on: February 09, 2014, 21:20:25
It does sort of look like a non-inflated parachute free from its pod, so that is actually plausible to me, but who really knows I guess.

Another interesting image I saw recently is a stone the mars rover passed that resemble's a statue's face.

It is the one in the middle right that the arrow is not pointing at lol. Could be something, could be a case of looking for resemblances in a large pool of random data. These stories are sort of hard to make heads or tails of, because there is rarely any follow-up or later developments. You sort of believe what you believe about it, and that is it lol.

Mars is and space and general definitely does provide a lot of these visual anomalies though.

167  Astral Projection & Out of Body Experiences / Welcome to Out of Body Experiences! / Re: Marijuana, medication and OBEs on: February 08, 2014, 04:13:00
If you are like most moderate-heavy users, you will probably face a mild level of general memory-formation impairment- that is probably the most serious symptom I am aware of which there is data to support. Like you say though, it may well be your best option if pharmaceuticals are the competitors. In a way, I am imagining you will find certain kinds of projections easier, and others more difficult. You will find fully-conscious cross-over type experiences near impossible, because you won't be able to maintain gentle focus for long enough. You may also find projections of the sort long-period meditators sometimes experience much easier to achieve- these sorts of experiences begin as a sort of reality-dissociation where you become progressively more separated from what is going on around you, and end up in a sort of "Alice in Wonderland" trip.

If you have no better options, and force of will, or lifestyle changes can't create a positive change, it is a viable option.
 
Many Doctors believe Fibromyalgia may be caused by spinal misalignments, principally in the neck, and chiropractors may offer a lot of help in that regard. Also, strangely vigorous exercise will help many sufferers. I have close relatives for whom this is the case; they have a clinical diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, and they find as long as they go to workout once every day or two, their pain ends up being much more managable.

We can't really give medically sound advice here, for obvious reasons, but those are my thoughts!
168  Astral Chat / Welcome to Astral Chat! / Re: ECT to facilitate OBE experiences? on: January 28, 2014, 14:54:31
I guess it is also a matter of priorities and perspective. Why risk injuring yourself terribly for something that is of no benefit to you in that situation? For instance, if you had to work a job because your really needed to pay off your car, would you choose drag racing?
169  Bug Reports and Questions / Forums Bugs Reports and Questions / Re: Information Overload!!!! on: January 22, 2014, 23:37:26
^^^

This dude who answered the question before me created something like that, lol.

Xanth has collected all of Frank Kepple's extant posts into a pdf; quite a jumpstart is to be had from sifting through those alone.
170  Astral Chat / Welcome to News and Media! / Re: More Wasted Research on: January 19, 2014, 07:33:01
Lol I think mainly it is the article writers framing things in the way designed to most stir interest. I am sure the study had nothing at all to do with "sixth sense" and everything to do with exploring the science of sensory perception. Sort of the same way the media insists on calling the higgs boson the "god particle" even though that name explains less than nothing and the phrase was only uttered in an offhand way by one public spokesman. The media loves to view science and metaphysics as mortal combatants in a never-ending slug-fest.
171  Astral Chat / Welcome to News and Media! / Re: Hoax, Message or other? on: January 06, 2014, 06:27:50
Lmao Nvidia... I bet a lot of people aren't happy with them. That explains why private security showed up.
172  Astral Chat / Welcome to News and Media! / Re: Hoax, Message or other? on: January 05, 2014, 21:10:51
Linda is always a joy to listen to, if nothing else for her enthusiasm and her kind-hearted perspectives. I can't help but read the text on her site in her voice.

This one is really interesting, but I wonder if the "relaxed node" effect is found here; recent crop circle scholarship tends to say that the relaxed node formations are the legitimate ones.

It is perplexing to me why extra-terrestrials or whatever theoretical source we are dealing with would go through the trouble to make a blatantly clear message which is most obviously in braille script, reading the number "192" several times, and yet not provide any other clear information as to why they would provide us with that number. Sometimes I feel like these things are an IQ test... like we don't deserve the message unless we are smart enough to deduce it, lol.
173  Magic / Welcome to Magic! / Re: URGENT!! Psipog.net is Going Down Soon - Dl Before It's Too Late on: December 30, 2013, 01:51:41
I heard Unlimited Boundaries is going down, and if the wealth held within its posts shouldn't be lost, then everyone who reads this should go download the entire post bank (oh, and please click on every ad you see a few times  wink )
174  Astral Chat / Welcome to Members Introductions! / Re: I am the Spiritual Communist on: December 22, 2013, 02:50:20
Wasn't Communism as practiced by the Soviets strictly and militantly atheist, lol?

Oh well, welcome to the pulse  cheesy
175  Healing / Welcome to the Healing place! / Re: Healing request (Uterine fibroid) on: December 21, 2013, 18:37:35
I am wishing for her recovery, and hoping for her to find the proper means of treatment for this condition, whatever it ends up being.
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