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Cultivating Positive Change and Emotional Stability from Within

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Gravity has a powerful influence not only over inanimate matter but also over biological systems. Plants grow opposite to gravity and animals maintain balance against this ever present force. Balance against gravity is so important, that gait (the degree of side-to-side movement during walking) is a reliable indicator of mental decline in elderly people. But gravity also creates the pressure that slows the biological clock: in space the body grows old much faster. Even bacteria get more virulent in free space.

But surprisingly gravitational changes even regulate our mood. Roller coaster rides are popular because they manipulate the feeling of gravity. During the ride the sense of weight gradually increases, then disappears suddenly, replaced by the feeling of lightness. Gravity is simulated by an upward vertical motion. As the ride reaches its highest point, the contracted feeling of gravity gives way to weightlessness, the sense of expansion. Enjoying this transition is present in infancy. Children the world over enjoy swings and rocking in a cradle—the contracting feeling of gravity replaced by the expanding feeling of weightlessness. Even adults enjoy rocking chairs, free falls during parachute and bungee jumping.

Interaction with the outside world constantly modulates the neuronal connections (called connectome). As a consequence, the mind forms highly symmetric to the physical world. So it should not be surprising that the mind forms emotional connections analogue to the hold of gravity. As gravity constricts the body, it also affects our sense of time by shifting between temporal (emotional) gravity and its lack, negative time. Emotional gravity is a constricted feeling in the mind, whereas negative time is the expanding and energizing surprise of the new, which such an elementary need for living systems. The brainstem is a personal sensor that reacts to the temporal gravity changes of the environment by adjusting the mood. Thus, the attitude of the organism is regulated by the environment.

Although gravitational changes affect the body and the fluctuations of time affect the mind, both generate an emotional roller-coaster. Throughout history and in all cultures, the transitions from emotional gravity (tension) to emotional release (feeling of spaciousness) has been recognized as pleasurable. It is no accident that we simulate this transition in so many ways. Even crying in difficulty or after a tragedy is such a process. This way, the environment intimately regulates our mood by playing on our sense of attachments, i.e., temporal or emotional gravity. Children’s stories from ancient times to the present depict this transition from emotional tension to release. The hero suffers and, the greater his suffering is, the more enjoyable his glorification afterward. Adventure, horror, cliffhangers, and suspense operate on the same principle. We suffer through every averse predicament and emotional tension, and the payoff at the end gives us the emotional release. This is also the secret to the success of the twenty-four-hour news channels.

Therefore the environment intimately regulates our mood by regulating emotional gravity. The child curiously moves forward in a new situation with excitement (this represents the energy of the new) or pulls back in worry or fear (representing temporal gravity, the need for safety). Elegant and ingenious studies in psychology clearly demonstrate the effect of the environment on mood and behavior. Lack of temporal gravity is formed by low-entropy conditions (order, beauty) and produce the feeling of satisfaction, happiness, well-being, relaxation, and the excitement of the new. Interest and the body position are open, trusting. The excited dog smelling around is in search of the new. Enclosed monkeys are willing to pull a lever to take a peek at the outside world: the new.

Although the new is an elementary need, overwhelming and fast-paced information such as flickering light, strongly delineated patterns, or repeating mechanical noises lead to temporal gravity, which provoke stress and increase brain frequencies. The temporal tightness of emotional gravity constricts the mind, forming corresponding emotions, such as anger, negligence, fear, paranoia, running, freezing, and adherence to the past.

Even the language describes fear and guilt as difficult and heavy. This is the reason meditation is such a powerful practice for those who experience stress in their daily lives, which include most people today. If you feel stressed, you should serve yourself some negative time of beauty, joy in order to relax your mind. Even taking a deep breath should expand a constricted soul and mind.

Karma, the Long-Term Consequences of Behavior

According to Einstein, gravity is positive spatial curvature. The brain evolves in interaction with the physical world. For this reason the mental world forms an energy structure that is analogue and symmetric to material systems. This symmetry leads to an inherent understanding, which allows us to move without falling over, or run to catch a falling ball.

The mind forms relationships analogous to gravity. This way society, like the varying curvatures of a planet or star, is made up of different temporal curvature layers, which corresponds to altered sense of time. Within the inner, greater curvature layers a lack of time correspond to a constant search for survival (stress), whereas the outer layers provide the support of the wealth of time. Thus, emotional gravity is a positive curvature temporal field (the ego), because social existence requires a selfish mind.

Without protecting our interests against the real or perceived needs of others, the pressure of advertisements, we would soon find ourselves on the street, begging for survival. Even-though, in hierarchic societies the rigid and impassable separation along class differences largely spares one from the consequences of unwise actions. It also makes advancement nearly impossible of those belonging to lower classes. In some countries such as India, even today, remnants of the cast system may artificially conserve people’s social status throughout life. However, modern democratic societies are highly dynamic, which permits and even facilitates social mobility: the movement between different field curvature layers. Greater temporal curvature (shown toward the center of the concentric circles) is experienced as temporal shortage, or stress.

The temporal curvature layers of society

The temporal curvature layers of society

The material world cannot be insulated from gravity and gravity (as well as field curvature) increases toward the center of large objects, whereas gravitational forces are smaller in the micro-gravity environment of the space station. As matter cannot be insulated from gravity, the mind cannot be insulated from the effects of temporal gravity. The conservation of the temporal field leads to field effects, called karma, which accumulate over time. It is not possible to move to another city to erase the bad consequences of cheating, or other selfish actions. Cheating, corruption forms distrust and anxiety in the mind and initiates specific actions, which lead to adverse consequences. Over the long term the positive temporal curvature field encloses the mind by limiting available possibilities, exacerbates our difficulties and making life more difficult. Therefore large emotional gravity causes insecurity, which inhibits social mobility. For example, anxiety (the mental state of guilt and remorse) predisposes lower social status. Negative emotional reactions accumulate field strength, manifested as distrust, enhanced dependence on things and people. These additive effects often reach their peak in the elderly, who are often conservative, less trustful and resist change.

How to create a successful and happy life? The first step is to strive toward emotional stability, because only a calm mind can make good decisions based on a realistic, non-partial view. Positive emotional states are the success generators of the mental universe.

Success feeds on the trust of the world, which is a decency exhibited even when no one is looking. However, no matter how much inner stability we achieve, we must constantly engage with problems faced by society, our social environment. People who work toward the betterment of others and themselves maintain a youthful, active, and dynamic life into old age.

The Science of Karma

Karma is a concept that recognizes a cause and effect relationship between intent, thoughts and actions of an individual (cause) the future of that individual (effect). It is part of major religious beliefs and forms the essence of the just-world hypothesis. Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.

Probably it is not surprising that karma is a scientifically supported principle. This occurs, because actions and even thoughts always have two fold effect. Doing your best is a generosity of effort that tends to earn the respect of colleagues, clients and the social circle of friends. But equally important, diligence and care gives the feeling of satisfaction, contentment that result from a job well done. People who are reliable, good workers are more trusting not only toward themselves, but toward other people also. In contrast, sloppy, careless work degrades trust. People on the receiving side naturally want to keep a distance from those who are not reliable in the quality of their work. But the mind of the careless worker is infected with distrust.

When the carpenter executes inferior, sloppy, negligent work, he will not want to move into the house he built, the tailor will not want to wear the suit he sewed and the shoemaker would not like the shoes he made. The distrust spreads in the mind and infects every aspect of judgment. The maker of inferior work will distrust everyone. He who cheats will be afraid of being cheated. This occurs, because the mind operates in unison, everything is connected with everything else. Happiness makes everything seem easy and carefree; bad news on the other hand overshadows every aspect of the mind with an unhappy tint. For this reason, anxiety, regret and worry are involuntary. For example, individuals with depression may want to stop themselves from ruminating but are often unable to deviate from their negative though patterns. Further, it can be shown that the difficulty to control thoughts is true not only in depressed state, but in any other highly charged emotional state.

Meditation is usually a prime example for controlling one’s thoughts. However, meditation always occurs in a resting mental state, or close to it. Resting state is a neutral state of the mind, which is relatively emotion free, permitting considerable conscious control of thinking. This can be imagined as a ball on a hill. Emotional state represents a tilted ground, where the ball’s path is deterministic. On a flat ground (an emotion free mental state) manipulating the ball movement in either direction is easy and requires little energy. An emotionally charged mind (in energy imbalance), cannot be easily controlled. For example, joyful event, danger, or a sudden significant personal change exerts substantial control over one’s thoughts regardless of personal effort. However, gently encouraging your thoughts toward stability and acceptance via meditation, prayer does reduce stress, it mitigates sadness, anxiety or other disturbances.

By Eva Déli

 

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The Ganzfeld Effect: How To Experience Strong Hallucinations Without Drugs

The Ganzfeld Effect: How To Experience Strong Hallucinations Without Drugs 99
An experiment investigating the ganzfeld effect / Life

Sometimes hallucinations can appear in a healthy person, if he is in a homogeneous auditory and visual environment. For example, the researchers of the Arctic, who for a long time have to look at the endless expanses of ice, or the miners, after an accident, found themselves locked in a mine. 

This phenomenon is called the “ganzfeld effect”, it is the German “full field”. Some people deliberately evoke such visions in themselves. Is it dangerous for the psyche?

What is the Ganzfeld Effect?

About its existence, people knew the ganzfeld effect for a long time. Thus, the northern people who had to deal with such phenomena believed that these visions were sent to people by spirits. The followers of Pythagoras spent a lot of time in dark caves to gain wisdom by connecting with their subconscious.

When we are in a homogeneous, infinite space, where there is nothing to catch the eye, hallucinations may appear. The brain does not receive information, neither visual nor auditory. It cannot exist in reality, where there is no information, so it takes white noise as a basis and supplements it with some kind of visual picture.

The ganzfeld effect is not an aberration. It is based on the work of the brain, which needs to receive a flow of information from the senses. With the help of them, it recognizes models familiar to it, gives out ready-made templates. It does not need to be given any commands or instructions, the brain independently carries out this work. If there is not enough visual information, it complements the visual picture of sensations o its own accord, i.e. a person sees what is not really there.

This was confirmed experimentally in the 1930s by Wolfgang Metzger. His subjects, for a long time looking at a homogeneous field, began to see hallucinations. There are instructions by following which, you can evoke these visions in yourself.

To try this method for yourself, you need to find a clean ping-pong ball, cut it in half. It is advisable to turn on the red light in the room or turn off the lighting. To create “white noise”, you need to tune the radio so that only hiss is heard. You can lie down, fix the halves of the balloon in front of your eyes and wait. If you do not fall asleep, then hallucinations may appear after 10-30 minutes.

The Ganzfeld Effect: How To Experience Strong Hallucinations Without Drugs

Experts advise against doing this. Psychiatrists write that this procedure is stressful for the psyche. If a person has caused such visions in himself many times, he may develop neurotic states. But if you had to face this phenomenon, you should not worry about it, there should be no negative consequences for the psyche.

The ganzfeld effect and telepathy

It is believed that the ganzfeld effect is associated with clairvoyance. Due to the fact that auditory and visual analyzers are completely turned off, a person seems to fall out of objective reality and can plunge into a dialogue with the subconscious. It is this that creates different images in the head.

Many believed that in this way it was possible to establish contact with the universal information field and receive information from there. In the 1970s, experiments took place on the transmission of information telepathically.

One of the subjects sat in a room with dim red lighting, with halves of ping-pong balls in front of him, headphones with white noise in his ears. In another room, a second subject was sitting, trying to transmit a message using psychic abilities.

In 1983, 354 pairs of subjects took part in the experiment, 34% of the participants chose the right card from the proposed ones. In a similar 1985 study, that number rose to 37%. Given that the probability of random guessing is 25%, we can say that it was not possible to prove the presence of telepathic abilities at that time.

The Ganzfeld Effect: How To Experience Strong Hallucinations Without Drugs

The ganzfeld effect does exist, scientists have tried to study and explain it. Knowing about it, one can understand the origin of many legends and superstitions associated with caves, mines, etc. People really heard mysterious sounds and saw some figures, but all these images could be created by our brain, the work of which has not yet been fully studied.

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Research confirms that “near death experience” is not an illusion

Research confirms that "near death experience" is not an illusion 100

Dr. Alexander Batthyany, a professor of psychology at the University of Vienna, has studied thousands of cases of near-death experiences. Human thinking ability has nothing to do with the brain.

Near death experience case study

Dr. Batthyany and others collected thousands of complete cases describing near-death experiences , and recorded in detail the content of the near-death’s private prosecution and doctor’s consultation.

Doctors ask dozens of questions about what the patient sees (visual), what he hears (hearing), what he thinks (consciousness and thinking), life background (such as religious beliefs, life experience), etc., such as “Have this experience before Do you?”, “Do you see the light?”, “Who do you talk about your death experience?”, “Do you believe in your death experience?”, etc., to judge and evaluate the credibility of the patient’s narration of the near death experience Degree and the patient’s mental state after death (whether normal, etc.).

Dr. Batthyany said that the results of the study are reliable and fully confirm that the near-death experience is a real mental activity rather than an illusion. He also said that research methods have certain limitations, which will lead to underestimation of the proportion of near-death experiences.

Extremely credible near-death experiences

Dr. Batthyany explained that due to the limitations of the method, cases are likely to be missed, so the actual rate of near death experience should be higher.

Dr. Batthyany explained how he and his colleagues analyzed thousands of cases by compiling and integrating medical records into a resource library (such as the NDERF website), and then using search terms related to vision (vision) or cognition (such as “See” (saw) or “thought”> search for related medical records and score them according to visual or cognitive content, and then further narrow the scope of the study, such as selecting near-death experience cases with detailed medical records. This screening method based only on search terms is likely to miss cases where there is no such vocabulary in the expression.

Dr. Batthyany said that the near-death experience cases are highly credible. They considered that thousands of cases with near-death experiences are likely to have false reports, but in the process of sorting and analyzing, they noticed that only 1% of near-death cases were deleted due to validity.

Therefore, Dr. Batthyany believes that even if there are still false cases, the number is not enough to affect the overall conclusion.

Evidence of the phenomenon

In addition to these near-death experience studies, Dr. Batthyany also pointed out that the phenomenon of back light also shows that the phenomenon of thinking consciousness is extremely complex, even in the case of severe deterioration of brain function, there can be active thinking.

Dr. Batthyany studies the back-to-light phenomenon in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Among patients with Alzheimer’s disease (ie, Alzheimer’s disease), some people have been completely incoherent for many years, but suddenly showed a marked improvement or normal thinking shortly before their death. This is what is commonly referred to as “return to light”.

According to the current neurological concept, as the brain function of Alzheimer’s patients gets worse and worse, their thinking performance should be that their memory and various thoughts and feelings are becoming more and more lost, and there is even no human thinking at all.

However, the actual situation is just the opposite. The whole state of mind of Alzheimer’s patients may suddenly become intact like a spark burst.

“Psychological Vision” of the Blind

In fact, there is also a phenomenon of “mindsight” or “mind intuition” which also illustrates the independence of thinking. “Psychovision” refers to the sight of a blind person who reports during a near-death experience.

Kenneth Ring of the University of Connecticut found that among 21 blind cases who reported near-death experiences, 15 blind people described seeing the scene and had vision.

Dr. Batthyany pointed out that some scientists believe that near-death experiences are hallucinations produced by human neurophysiological processes. However, “in this study, the results of near-death experience, rebirth, and psycho-visual phenomena suggest that patients experience near-death experiences when their condition deteriorates, die, or have no neurological activity, and it is common.”

Therefore, Dr. Batthyany concluded that even when the brain function changes or even the electrical activity of the brain stops (the EEG is flat), there is still a clear sense of self, complex visual images, and clear mental activities. And other thinking phenomena.

Even though back-lighting and psychological vision are very rare phenomena, the countless examples of near-death experiences are enough to illustrate the problem.

Dr. Batthyany wrote:

“Our research results show that the visual scene, mental state and self-awareness that people continue to appear in the near-death experience are a rule rather than an exception.”

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What people see after clinical death: Stories from survivors that they would rather forget

What people see after clinical death: Stories from survivors that they would rather forget 101

Humanity still does not know much about death. Of course, it’s easy to write it off as “nothingness,” but what if in reality everything is a little more complicated? In the selection below – ten creepy stories “from the other world” from people who survived clinical death.

Recently, the user Aidanmartin3 asked near-death survivors on Reddit to describe what it was like. The post quickly went viral, with hundreds of people sharing their stories in the comments.

I was about fifteen years old. Climbed onto the kitchen counter to grab something from the top cabinet, but slipped and fell headlong onto the marble floor. The next thing I remember is walking barefoot on water. Then I look to the right, I see a very bright light and a hand, as if calling me. I go to her and suddenly realize how peaceful and relaxed I am. Like the best deep sleep ever. Then I said to myself: “Dude, this is so cool, I would never wake up.” And then all of a sudden everything disappears, and I wake up because of my mother, who is crying over me.By that time, I was already numb, cold, pulseless and even managed to urinate in my pants. As an atheist who does not believe in all this, I often think about that case.

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My father died for a short while and then said that at that time he was walking along a long corridor to the door. But when he was about to open it, his father felt himself being “sucked” into his own body

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He died of an overdose for several minutes.In reality, there was nothing. It’s just darkness and an incomprehensible period of time. It was almost like waking up after hanging out all night and feeling like a horse kicked in the chest.

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It seemed to me that I was kind of floating in a long tunnel and I felt very tired. I remember how I fell asleep then and had a dream that I was in the kitchen of my childhood home, and dad was preparing breakfast. I heard turmoil and chaos at one end, and at the other, there was a warm light that seemed soothing. But then all of a sudden I ended up in the chaos of the emergency room.

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The story of my ex-girlfriend’s mom. Her heart stopped for 28 minutes. The doctors had already told the family that she had left, and even brought in a priest to bless the room. But in the end she returned. She said that she recalls running around the field with a little girl, who, according to the woman, was her niece, in the dress in which she was buried.

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I heard a loud, high-pitched noise telling me that I am still too young to die. Then he got even higher, and I saw a bright light and woke up. The ambulance driver was shining a flashlight in my eyes

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Anaphylactic reaction to the deadly sting of the Irukandji jellyfish. I saw this white glow and how I soared up, then my family and the doctors and nurses who were saving me. Came back and felt a lot of pain

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It felt as if my body was being filmed on a CCTV camera from a third person. Then the camera gradually moved away and rose. I became very cold and began to hear loud clanking sounds. Woke up in an ambulance to the sound of a gurney bouncing on a rough road. It was so surreal. Since then I have not been afraid of death, to be honest. It was almost six years ago, but I still think about that case several times a month.

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I was hit by a car. I could see everything, blood had not yet got into my eyes. I heard all the commotion. I felt myself being pushed in the back, and then doing artificial respiration … After that I felt only the first beats of the heart and how the blood flowed through my body. The pain began to build up with renewed vigor, and then everything went black

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I was pronounced dead three times. But “after death” I have never seen anything. At least i don’t remember

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