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Jan. 13th, 2006 @ 12:26 am (no subject)
Here is a brain experiment that is almost too simple to take seriously. It is from Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now". Take a moment to close your eyes and think to yourself "What will my next thought be" and then observe what it is.

While doing this, realize that you are not that thought. The thoughts are a projection that come from you, but they are created by you, they are not you. Once you disassociate yourself from your thoughts, it is easier to analyze rather than judge in a given situation.

For example, in traffic the judgmental mind will say "that person cut me off" and imply that the other person did something TO YOU. Worse, there is a part of your brain that just simplifies things down to "that person cut ME" and then extrapolates into things like "I must be a bad person because people are always hurting me" or "I should hurt that person back".

The analytical mind would instead disassociate from those thoughts and realize that the other person engaged in an activity and you happened to be affected by it. This isn't to say they didn't do something they shouldn't have, it just means that you are aware that it was not an attack on you personally.

When I started the Brainx community I think I was interested in dramatic experiments that would "prove" the higher functions of the brain, like distance viewing, which I am still interested in. But now I am more interested in the tools and techniques that make a healthier more functional brain that is more capable of achieving those dramatic results.

(x-posted to my personal LJ and BrainX community)
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Wolf
foolishboy:
Dec. 8th, 2005 @ 09:57 am Polyphasic Sleep
http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/10/polyphasic-sleep/

The above is a man's journal about his transition into polyphasic sleep, which is when you sleep for 15-20 minutes every 5 hours, for a total of 2-3 hours per day. The big advantage of this sleep-style is that you gain an extra 30-40 hours in your week, and those who have stuck with it report increased energy, more vivid and lucid dreams, etc. Supposedly some of the great thinkers did this, like Leonardo DaVinci.

Of course I want to try it :)
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crankles:
Nov. 21st, 2005 @ 10:42 am What kinds of things interest you?
foolishboy and I have been discussing the brainx community - we'd like to get it going.

What kinds of things are you interested in?

Psychic phenomena, like remote viewing and telepathy?
Dream phenomena, like lucid dreaming?
Things having to do with memory, like mnemonics and memory techniques?
Perception oriented things, like Interesting optical illusions and how they work in our minds?
Computer-generated brainwave frequencies and their effect on us?
Techniques used by Buddhist monks and other mental disciplines?
Biofeedback?

Please add to my list, and tell me what things interest the most right now.
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crankles:
Aug. 29th, 2005 @ 10:47 am B6- I'm on the runway
I'm joining up on the B6/dream experiment. My B6 will be 100mg Pyridoxine HCl in a tiny, harmless looking 1/4" tablet.

Strangely, the bottle hints at possible side effects of drowsiness and fatigue, nothing about restlessness. Of course, it isn't saying to take it at bedtime, either.

After seeing K's notes and tips over the past week, I think I'll go with just one time per week. I seem to be having trouble staying asleep recently anyway, so I don't want to zombie myself. Maybe I'll also try isolating myself somewhat with a blindfold and/or headphones.

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August 30:
I took the B6 a couple of hours before actually going to sleep, to give it a chance to circulate some before going into "hibernate" mode. That seemed to work out well; it felt like I wouldn't have been able to fall asleep right away (although I washed the B6 down with a swallow of Coca-Cola, so...). Some isolation using headphones, but no blindfold (it was pressing on my eyes and I took it off during the night).

I didn't really notice any change in the type or content of my dreams, but I seemed more "alert" in them. Usually, stuff just kinda happens to me, or I'm just watching events, but this night I was more actively participating. I was also better able to remember the dreams in more detail- I usually try to record what I can remember from my dreams, but there's always something going on. Either I gotta go to the bathroom, or take a shower and get going to work, or something. I'll get little snippets written down, but the rest will fade away before I can get back and fill in the rest. Today, however, I can remember what was going on (in the last dream, anyway) even though I didn't get anything written down right away. Actually, it might even be more than one dream cycle, since there are two "stories" that I can remember.

It might have to do with when I got up, too- I arose about an hour early, and wasn't as rushed as usual. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks.
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sflummox:
Aug. 27th, 2005 @ 04:01 pm oops.. and etc..
I apologize in advance if some of this longish post veers off-topic a little bit - but knowing what I do of some of the folks on this list, I think it will all be of interest, and fairly topical.

So, when I joined this comm I forgot to friend it. And I got to wondering why I hadn't seen anything go through it and came to check, and I see that I missed some good stuff..(Well, some good stuff and some good stuff related to some bad stuff - D I was very glad to hear that your lung prob is not the "big C"!!)

I'm a level 1 Reiki (hopefully soon to get level 2 attunement) so am particularly interested in the energy work/reading K did where she found that spot!

Also the RV experiment is very interesting - I am thinking that I should conduct another one similar to that if y'all are interested.

I hadn't heard about the B-6 dreaming thing, though I had heard that B-6 is used to potentiate supplemental melatonin, which is a strong dream-inducer for me and many others. (Though I personally avoid dream-inducing substances because I have a sleep disorder which is essentially that I get many times the normal amount of REM and very little deep sleep.) Oddly enough, by far the most signifigant lucid dream inducer for me used to be heinously bad hangovers - several of the most intense lucid/astral/ethereal/etc dream sequences I have had resulted from those kind of alcohol-poisoned hangovers that kept me in bed delerious for 18 to 24 hours or more.. I can't drink like that anymore due to pancreas issues (and, one would hope, a bit of hard-earned common sense), and I don't recommend that method, for obvious reasons, but I'm curious if anyone else has had similar experiences.

On other fronts - for years I have studied (on and off) the various methods of reading bioelectric (brainwave, nerve impulse, etc) signals and applying them to the control/modulation of machinery signals - particularly music and computers. I also have been working for the last couple years with computer music software and interfacing techniques (midi, analog signal-to-midi conversion, etc) - and I am finally starting to get close to performing using some new human-machine interfaces (joysticks, weird toys, light sensors, vocal mics as "oscillators" in synthesis engines, etc etc) and am beginning to look at actual real-world usage of bioelectrics as control signals for computer synthesis. Brainwaves are still a bit out of reach for me just now, since EEG requires very low-noise, ultra-high-gain amplifiers which are costly and/or difficult to homebrew. (But I recently found some material on homebrew EEG amps with small parts-counts and common components which may be within my reach.) But right now I am looking at some very simple ideas such as reading resistances/conductances across muscle groups and converting them to control signals. (Neal Stephenson's WireDancers, if I am recalling them correctly..) My new musical/visual project ProtoDeusExMachina is based on these ideas, and the concept of enabling audience members, who don't play any conventional instruments, to come up and play an intentional, original musical/visual part to accompany whatever is going on, using physical motions and methods that come naturally to the human body (unlike learning to play a guitar or piano). And I mean really let them play, unlike, say, Todd Rundgren who let people play parts, but quantized and sequenced the parts in advance to a degree which left very little room for the participants to actually create the parts they played. Eventually I want to get into the brainwave realm with these things, like some researchers are doing now, using spectral analysis and "biofeedback" techniques to create thought-controlled parameters in addition to the muscle/nerve conduction and simplified/naturalized body-motion controls. I am also working with various methods of cybernetic video/music integration where the sound affects the visuals which affect the sound, all in one integrated continuum. Dancers "playing in the colors" (like they have always done in my video mixing) will also be playing musical parts by doing so; visual artists can play light which makes sound which fits in, all synergistically working together to create unique, synaesthetic performance experiences. I'm even looking at ways of integrating the other senses (and ranges of mind/body actions) as well. This is the future of performance entertainment, as I see it.

I think I had some more to say about some other things, but this is getting long and I can't recall what else I had in mind. So I will leave it here for now. I hope you each find at least something of interest in this post, and with luck maybe it will spark some interesting conversations and collaborations.
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GothicTheater, Denver, Robot Mandala, infrared, Me
absinthe_satori:
Aug. 17th, 2005 @ 08:46 pm Experiments with Vitamin B6
I'm starting an experiment to see if Vitamin B6 affects my dreams. A lot of dream literature claims that it can increase vivid dreams or lucid dreams.

I'm going to start out with one 200mg capsule before bedtime, and then I'll see if I get results. Things to adjust if it does not:

a) timing. Some people recommend taking it a few hours before bed, and others recommend taking it after about 5 or 6 hours of sleep. If you're familiar with the "Wake Back to Bed" method of lucid dream induction, B6 is often coupled with it. If you have problems sleeping, take it in the morning.
b) magnesium. Apparently if you're magnesium deficient (a possibility for me personally) B6 isn't as effective.
c) fat. Some people say that taking it with fat (e.g. a glass of milk) helps you absorb it better.
d) dosage. 200 mg may be too high - it might just keep me awake depending on how my body reacts.
e) frequency. Some reports suggest that you can develop a tolerance, and that b6 is best used once or twice per week.
f) combinations. It's possible that taking too much of one B vitamin is bad for you, and it might be better to take it in a balanced B complex.


Signs you're taking too much:

a) Inability to sleep
b) jitters, dizziness, etc.
c) tingling or numbness in fingers and toes
d) loss of balance

I'll do this for a week and report back. If anyone wants to join me, you're welcome to. A bottle of B6 is only a few dollars.
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WEDNESDAY, Day 1: I took one capsule a few hours before bedtime. I had a hard time falling asleep, but I'm not sure if it was because of the B6 or because it was hot and I had muscle tension. I did have very vivid and detailed dreams, but I only remember the last one. Me and D's before-bed conversation made it into my dreams, and there is a possibility of dream-sharing. The conversation indicates that B6 might be a good way to help with dream incubation.

THURSDAY, Day 2: Took one cap about an hour before bed. I didn't have trouble falling asleep, but didn't notice any effects on my dreams. I think I won't take any tonight, but will take some when I wake up around 5am tomorow morning (I usually wake up several times during the night), the go back to bed and see what effect it has. I can sleep in tomorrow, so this is a good plan.

FRIDAY, Day 3: I avoided taking any before bed, and instead took some upon waking up after about 5 hours of sleep. However, I stayed up really late that day, so my sleep schedule was messed up. Unfortunately, I couldn't get back to sleep.

SATURDAY, Day 4: I repeated the above, and managed to fall back asleep but with no noticeably altered dreams.

I can't help but notice that I had the vivid dreams on day one, and no effects afterwards. Some people say that your body develops a tolerance to B6, and it's best done only once per week. I might give it a week and try it next weekend.
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crankles:
Aug. 16th, 2005 @ 10:35 am Experi-mental

It looks like foolishboy and crankles might have their hands full for the time being, so I might put experiments on hold for now.  Let me know if you feel otherwise, but I think we can focus energies on being supportive of healing.

 

Here's the picture from the last experiment:

(alternate link here)

 

The hair on the back of my neck stood on end when I read the comments about a large expanse of water and a pier.

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sflummox:
Aug. 1st, 2005 @ 10:14 am RESULTS0801
Here's the post for results (to minimize the chance of seeing others' results before the experiment is done).
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sflummox:
Aug. 1st, 2005 @ 09:35 am Experiment for August 1-7, 2005

Okay, here's the new experiment:

On Wednesday, 08/03/05 (my birthday!) at 10:30 p.m. my time (EST; so if you're in Chicago, it will be 9:30 p.m., in Denver 8:30 p.m., etc.) I will focus on a picture placed in this frame:

 

(in case I run out of bandwidth there, here's an alternate page.

The picture has already been randomly selected, but I don't (consciously?) know what it is yet.  I will focus on it for 30 minutes. 

I figure this can be done a few different ways, depending on how things "work" for you-

1. Between now and then, focus on that upcoming event, and try to see what the picture will be.  Or, you might unintentionally see the event (in a dream or something).

2. At the time I will be focusing on the picture, try to "tune in" to the event.  This is what I think of as the "traditional" experimental model (Zener cards, etc.)

3. Focus your intent, to affect the selection of the picture.  Since it's not from a known set of images like the Tarot, this is hard to conceptually wrap your mind around, but the universe is a strange place...

4. ??? You probably know how your mind works better than anyone else- if you have some other method, try that. 

Whenever you get something, leave a comment to the RESULTS0801 post.  Be sure to include the method you used.  I have set up the post so the comments are screened and won't be visible until after the experiment is completed.

 

In the meantime, I'll be busy setting up the next event.  Depending on how this one goes, we can always make adjustments to future experiments, so if you have any suggestions or other comments, feel free to leave them in the RESULTS post, too.

 

 

----EDIT---- Since there seems to be something wrong with (or at least, I'm misunderstanding) the "screen comments" function, I'll set up a separate RESULTS post to put your comments to. I set this post to screen All comments, but when I put up a test comment I was able to see it, even after logging out. Anybody know what I am doing wrong? What exactly does "screen" mean? I thought they wouldn't be visible until the owner (post? community?) approved them.
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sflummox:
Jul. 27th, 2005 @ 08:19 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
This Journal needs to have been created by someone who does more on LJ than I do. :)

When I made this I looked for communities that actually DID something rather than just TALKING about paranormal/psychic/energy work topics, but I couldn't find any. So, I made one. Unfortunately, when I am online lately I am too busy to do much with it.

Anybody want to take reins and set up and run an experiment?

On energy work topics, I had something very affirming happen recently. My SO, K., has been doing energy healing on me because I have had migraines (as well as a few other issues) and, besides, she is learning about energy work and needs a patient to practice on. It has seemed to help, so I am more than willing.

Of course, even though I say that I have always held out some doubt that it was all just psychosomatic (which is just as interesting in its own way) and she wasn't really DOING anything.

Not so long ago she was "scanning" my body for any issues or bloackages and was just running her hands along the length of my body about 2-3 inches from actually touching me. When she was done she looked confused and said that she felt like there was something wrong in the upper left side of my chest. We both shrugged and when on with our lives.

What happens a few days later? I end up in the emergency room with a doctor telling me I have pneumonia. I was shocked because I hadn't even felt the least bit sick until that day when I had over-exerted myself pushing a car.

They showed me the x-ray of my chest with the dark spot in my lung. It was right exactly where K. had said there was something wong.

I had no idea I was sick. She had no idea I was sick. But she found what a doctor was only able to find with an X-ray. It's pretty hard to refute...
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Wolf
foolishboy: