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Mykal K

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Posted - Jan 20 2017 :  08:18:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mykal K's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
Maybe start a mushroom xps topic?
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Charliedog

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Posted - Jan 20 2017 :  11:01:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
How is it with your plan Microcosm?
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microcosm

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Posted - Feb 03 2017 :  2:41:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
@Charliedog:
My plan now is to add more grounding activities (duh!).

Pity I'm not an artist and can't share my CEVs (closed eye visions). I saw beautiful dew drops refracting light, among other things, but these drops were most appealing
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microcosm

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Posted - Feb 12 2017 :  07:04:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
I are some musrooms again (this time lower dose) and felt some fear but then my imagination got better and I imagined myself expanding into a brilliant white light. It was awesome
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microcosm

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Posted - Apr 06 2017 :  09:01:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm fully stable. During my spiritual escapades I learned few things about myself:
- dry insight vipassana will lead to progress through the vipassana-nanas, but at the cost of mental destabilization (intense visions, energies, crazy theories about life)
- hallucinogens done regularly will provide pleasant states (and high concentration, I think I was hitting 1st jhana once), but at the cost of slowly "losing it" (crazy / scary theories about life, loss of criticism, delusions, even visual hallucinations when not on drugs)
- mushrooms increase my body awareness and I now know for sure that I'm very tense. The problem is masked in my daily life due to lack of awareness / weak concentration. Automatic kryias were a natural consequence of feeling tense - body was acting autonomously to release the tension.

I think concentration is key for me, also stopping verbal thinking would be of benefit. I'm now doing samatha-vipassana practice from "The Mind Illuminated", which hopefully will cause me to progress, without too intense dark-night experiences, because I'm clearly not able to deal with my flavor of DN by myself at this point in time.

I'm also planning to visit an EU monastery soon to check out how monks live
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sunyata

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Posted - Apr 06 2017 :  10:02:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
quote:
I think concentration is key for me, also stopping verbal thinking would be of benefit.


Hi microcosm,

Good to read an update. Have you thought about engaging in service- volunteer at an organization if you are already not doing so.

Much Love,
Sunyata

Edited by - sunyata on Apr 06 2017 11:02:00 AM
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Charliedog

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Posted - Apr 06 2017 :  10:46:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
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I'm also planning to visit an EU monastery soon to check out how monks live


Hi microcosm,

Looking forward to read your experiences!

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ak33

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Posted - Apr 08 2017 :  10:48:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Get a Link to this Reply
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I'm fully stable. During my spiritual escapades I learned few things about myself:
- dry insight vipassana will lead to progress through the vipassana-nanas, but at the cost of mental destabilization (intense visions, energies, crazy theories about life)
- hallucinogens done regularly will provide pleasant states (and high concentration, I think I was hitting 1st jhana once), but at the cost of slowly "losing it" (crazy / scary theories about life, loss of criticism, delusions, even visual hallucinations when not on drugs)
- mushrooms increase my body awareness and I now know for sure that I'm very tense. The problem is masked in my daily life due to lack of awareness / weak concentration. Automatic kryias were a natural consequence of feeling tense - body was acting autonomously to release the tension.

I think concentration is key for me, also stopping verbal thinking would be of benefit. I'm now doing samatha-vipassana practice from "The Mind Illuminated", which hopefully will cause me to progress, without too intense dark-night experiences, because I'm clearly not able to deal with my flavor of DN by myself at this point in time.

I'm also planning to visit an EU monastery soon to check out how monks live



While reading your post I hoped you came to the conclusion that developing concentration first is the right way to go, and I was not disappointed . This is the way the Buddha did it also. Some people can handle dry insight, but if your disposition is on the more neurotic side, it is almost always advisable to develop jhana first.
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