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Phil
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on: February 11, 2018, 13:48

Week 4 – Reading #1 – There Must be Something Bigger

So, to sum up some of what we’ve discussed here, humans are, to a greater or lesser degree, all connected by our mirror neuron system and the related neurology that helps us to communicate and empathize with each other. The neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran, after studying the human mirror neuron system, has suggested that some of the mystical teachings of the ages had basis in fact: we are all connected, we are all one.

We are something of a hive mind, but our brains play a trick on us and offer us something of a unique individuality. To fully understand ourselves, we must understand both the individual psyche and its connections to all the other individual psyches. Recent research suggest that some mental “illnesses” are really just problems with socialization, with a lack of connections to other humans and a lack of support from friends, family, etc.

This dichotomy of mind makes the individual susceptible to manipulation from “external” sources. If others around us are manifesting various social rules and norms, it is very conducive for us to follow along. The following, however, sets us up for false identity. Suddenly we are not a mysterious confluence of consciousness, a reflection of the greater, but we are an isolated “self” who becomes defined by the situation. That is, we become garbage collectors, executives, repairmen, delivery boys, parents, scientists, or however we allow ourselves to be labeled.

Very often, the label we accept for ourselves is contrary to our natural tendencies. In Existentialism, this was described as the difference between authenticity or “dasein” (“being there”) and “falling”, allowing our consciousness to be distracted from its essential being. In Thelemic magick, this is described as the difference between True Will and our societally-conditioned wants, whims, and desires. In Taoism, the distinction was made between the Tao as the path of non-striving, and the “thousand and one things” of the world. Allowing such labels takes us further from understanding our place in the world.

As Wilhelm Reich and others have noted, we often engage in society and culture to fulfill the need to feel connected, to be part of something larger than ourselves. Of course, we are ALWAYS part of something larger, but our awareness can often be directed in particular ways, to particular cultural phenomena of which we are a part. These cultural events and movements range from healthy and benign (being part of a concert audience, for example, a yoga class, or a peaceful demonstration) to the scary (when everyone in your city decides to become a Nazi).

For our purposes, let’s define the True Megalomaniac as someone who is a) working with their authentic self or True Will as much as possible, and b) who is aware of and can access events on a scale much larger than individual consciousness. We all want to be part of something bigger than ourselves – the True Megalomaniac also wants to create influence on that greater level of interpersonal connection.

The first step is observation, noticing how we already interact with the group minds that we encounter.

EXERCISE:
What are some examples from your own life of being part of something larger? A group mind or mass movement?
In retrospect, do you consider being a part of that to be healthy or unhealthy?
What was the process of becoming a part of the whole group mind?
What was the process of becoming disengaged from the whole group mind (if, in fact, you are)?

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on: February 11, 2018, 16:12

What are some examples from your own life of being part of something larger? A group mind or mass movement

I was once apart of a skateboard collective called the “dust bowl”. It was a skateboarder co-operative that ran an indoor skatepark.

In retrospect, do you consider being a part of that to be healthy or unhealthy? I think some parts of it was very healthy: The friendships and the pleasant feelings of being in an exclusive group; that helped propel the greater skateboard community was a very positive experience. However it had it’s downsides: there was peer pressure for substance abuse and over indulging, and the group had it’s own biases and negative world view perspectives.

What was the process of becoming a part of the whole group mind? You had to be a skateboarder first and foremost. You had to know someone who was already a current key holder, and you had to get voted in.
What was the process of becoming disengaged from the whole group mind (if, in fact, you are)? I told em I was broke and could no longer afford a key, And since then I have lost touch with that group and started focusing on design school. And then I became part of another group mind called “design student”.

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on: February 14, 2018, 19:36

I can think of so many occasions when I have been part of a group mind: from a simple drum circle to a punk concert to a jam-packed baseball stadium. Perhaps the most memorable and transformative involved groups that came together to complete a specific task. I have found such experiences to be very healthy. In fact, I would say that overall I am much healthier emotionally because of my participation in these experiences. Here's one example, an Alchemical Fire Circle at Four Quarters Interfaith Sanctuary:

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on: February 14, 2018, 19:40

I would also add that NLP classes in at Hawk Ridge are among my most memorable experiences of group mind.

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on: February 15, 2018, 15:52

Nice! I participated in two Alchemical Fires with Jeff and Abbi over the years and I agree, it's a very intense experience. What factors do you think contributed to the groupiness of it?

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I would also add that NLP classes in at Hawk Ridge are among my most memorable experiences of group mind.

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on: February 15, 2018, 19:48

Chants, dancing around a fire, and the structure/stages of each night helped build that group mind. For me, also staying up all night, sleeping in the daytime.

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on: February 20, 2018, 22:59

I've been a member of boy scouts, several music bands, nlp classes and an arts collective but I have never allowed myself to feel completely part of any group. I have this annoying unconscious obsession with feeling like an outcast and being a polarity responder, I say unconscious because I only notice those behaviors of mine when the harm is already done.

On a more positive note, I joined a new band around the time this class started and the band leader makes us do this ritual before and after each set. At first I was scoffing, thinking it was cheesy and pointless but now, I must admit, it's a nice anchor before starting the set.

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on: February 20, 2018, 23:03

What's the ritual?

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on: February 24, 2018, 01:13

The classic sports team move where we pile our hand in the middle and say "we are Legacy!" (the band's name)

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on: February 25, 2018, 15:01

Definitely a classic! Notice the "we" in the statement and the mandala-like symbolism of the group gesture.

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  1. Phil

    Welcome everyone to the Meta-Magick Forum where the discussion is open to any topic related to magick, NLP, hypnosis, neuroscience, memetics, meditation, and consciousness exploration.

  2. cable123

    Looking for someone to practice with James in Essex County, New Jersey
    contact me at jmcc527200@comcast.net

  3. mduxx3

    hi.can u practise alone Brain Magick or practising depends on a group,if so which Phil’s book can i get to practise alone because the are no study groups here S Africa.

  4. BrandonB

    Breakthrough

    We started out with set and setting. Candles, Shpongle, comfortable chair, handmade warm blanket (it was in Chicago in the winter after all) the pipe was prepared in advance. 80MG spice with some cannabis to support it in the pipe and keep the DMT from burning. I closed my eyes and breathed deeply for a few moments. My guide, my friend of many years, had volunteered to help me and she waited patiently until I was ready. I took the first hit and held it as long as I could, handing the pipe off to my guide.

    It was deep, and I thought, was that it? It was very comforting and full of love, I felt so good. I rememeber just laughing and laughing. Then it hit me, I wasn’t done, not by a long shot. I asked for the pipe again and took another hit, even bigger, clearing most of the material in the bowl. I held that until the room started to come apart.

    I knew then that I had enough. I was out of my body in an instant, rushing right through the barriers that had always held me back. I remember sending the signals back to my body to keep breathing, keep my heart beating. I felt the autonomous nature of my body shudder and stumble a bit, but that didn’t last long. At first, I saw the cartoony hallucinations, monkeys banging cymbals, geometric shapes spinning in endless variety and expanse. When I looked closer, I realized that was just another barrier, a projection from my own thoughts. I… pushed on it, for lack of a better word, and it fell away. Then I was gone. I ceased to exist. My once cohesive sense of self was scattered over an area so large, it dwarfed the capacity of human understanding. It was everything and nothing. The entire universe flew though me in an instant. In that instant, I knew everything. I had a perfect clarity of understanding. I knew then that I wouldn’t be able to remember it all, the gray matter wasn’t capable of storing it all, but it didn’t matter. I knew I would never again need to wonder about the WHY of it all. My brain was not constructed to contain it.

    There was a moment of fear, a moment of wondering where I was, how I would get back. In that moment all my prior experience came back to me, and two spirit guides appeared to me. I call them the architects, and they had been present for most of my smaller DMT experiences. They comforted me through that period, and then I understood that fear, the meaning of ego interruption, the loss of self and why so many people were scared to do it. I rememered all the other DMT experiences that I had helped with and witnessed, and the challenges I had seen and I understood all of it. I was full to the brim with understanding beyond words. An eternity of knowledge coursed through me. It was the ultimate satisfaction of every curiosity I had ever felt. It was sublime, but incredibly difficult to maintain for long.

    I knew the source of every religion, every ideology. I knew how an incomplete understanding of it could be distorted into almost anything. My own understanding is woefully incomplete but I could see that, know why, and release myself of the burden of attempting to understand it. I didn’t need to share it, I didn’t need to explain it.

    There was a point of transition, a magnetic field of some sort that interacted with the scattered particles of my now completely shattered sense of self. It was very scary, but my guides were there to remind me that I had nothing to fear. Passing through that barrier was slower on the way back, I felt those particles begin to collect back into a familiar shape. I had a strong sense of a field of white and blue waves or particles. It was warped in a way that defies Euclidian geometry. I felt the overwhelming feeling start to fade and I knew the DMT was breaking down in my body, the exquisite tuning of my brain into the greater cosmic reality was fading, retuning to the shared reality tunnel of this physical world. I remember opening my eyes for a second and the room was hugely distorted. I could hear Terrence McKenna’s voice on the Shpongle track talking about gnomes. I told him that I didn’t see any gnomes but I saw everything else and started laughing, cackling. I could feel the love and support from my friend as she watched, making sure I was OK, it was a beacon that helped me to slip seamlessly back into my body. I knew I was alive, but I also knew why and how in a way I had never understood before. I knew that I was alive by choice, not because I was afraid to die.

    The layers of understanding that remain are disjointed and chaotic but coalescing. There are so many things that I was relentlessly hunting that I no longer need to look for. I can’t explain or describe everything I experienced, but I knew in that moment that it was all according to plan and there was no need to try to put it into words this brain could process. What I brought back, I feel like has value beyond anything I have ever experienced as it is. I don’t need to name it, I don’t need to define it, I know beyond knowing that for one moment I knew that it was set up for a reason, a good reason, but something that I have no context to understand, and my physical body lacks the means of fully comprehending it. Some would call it God, I’m reluctant to use that term, but it was certainly a realm of thought beyond the material.

  5. Mikhael

    Looking for someone in the Sierra Foothill near Fresno, Ca to practice with.

  6. Tatiana

    I’ve had an interesting experience with symbols, language, and gestures throughout my life, far before discovering the labels that “Magick” put on these things. Magick gave me the collective words that could help me communicate what I was already doing with others for them to understand. This was treasured and priceless since I quite know what it feels like to not be able to communicate with the world. I moved from Italy when I was seven years old, not knowing much English (although my family did their best to teach me ahead of time). Thrown into American schools not knowing the language gave me a unique perspective on other ways to communicate, the gift of solitude, the collective importance of gestures, and much more. From this point on, gestures, sound, various ways of communication became crucial to me. At 17 I began formalizing it… into small rituals with more structure than when I was 7. I made recitations that functioned to clear the air between people entering my space… since I realized I was an empath early on. This is why this exercise makes me smile.

    This exercise formalizes something I already do… which is nice. 🙂

    My activity: taking a walk
    The Ritual Frame: ( i struggled with this… making it way too long, academic and hard at first) simplified it to, “I will walk as a clear channel to the divine.”
    Gesture: Drawing down of light from Keter to Tipareth… a finger above the head touching white light and pulling it down to Tipareth at the Anahata chakra.
    The Closing: a simple adoration of “thank you” and touching the Anahata chakra

    I will test it out walking to the bus tomorrow after my morning routine.

    tatiana

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