Checked Into Nirvana. Where Is Joy?Written by Abraham Thomas
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Begin with small turmoils. Traffic snarls, minor discourtesies. They trigger bad feelings. Just laughter could help by relaxing you. But, most people find that difficult. Instead, you could do something similar - pump your stomach – repeatedly expel air from pelvic area. That disperses excess adrenalin into system and carries away negative emotion. Ten minutes later, you may not even remember what it was that upset you. That works for most minor disturbances.
In more critical situations, emotions are plans of primitive nature for action. Anger incites you to attack. Guilt persuades you to submit. And fear suggests you run away. But, if you have a plan of action, animal nature sits back. Negative emotions recede. There are only three things you can do when something bad happens. Do something about it. Prevent it from happening again. Or, if you can't do anything, accept it as inevitable. So, plan, wait for time to bring you a plan, or decide to live with it. Over years, if you are type who plans, you will have plans to deal with most difficulties in life. So, over decades, loud negative emotions subside.
That leaves you with those moods, which drive you crazy. You don't know why, but you feel world is about to end. Actually, those are internal drives, which switch on, mostly without your permission. Some stray event, which you may even have forgotten. Getting rid of moods takes a little more practice. Relaxation exercises help. Better to develop a familiar awareness of mood. Oh, oh, here I am, in same frame of mind again! An intense outside awareness works to kill it. Easier if you can spot physical symptoms of mood. A familiar strain here, a tension there. Identify it and mood vanishes. It can be done.
So, suddenly, one day, you find you have reached Nirvana. Bad emotions rarely bother you. Those repetitive thoughts that circled around have stopped. You are able to prevent stray thoughts from coming in. You can focus your mind for long periods on a single problem, or even on just silence. The burdens of life don't bother you. You have decided to do your best right now. Hell with rest. You have reached. The funny thing is, there is no special joy when you get there. Only an empty silence. Could all those who were euphoric about a sudden release from pain, have kept up their joy over years? Tolle got off park bench after three years. Euphoria, yes. But, permanent joy doesn't sound real.
Abraham Thomas is the author of The Intuitive Algorithm, a book, which suggests that intuition is a pattern recognition algorithm. The ebook version is available at www.intuition.co.in. The book may be purchased only in India. The website, provides a free movie and a walk through to explain the ideas.
CONstructs: -Hallucination, Hypnosis and the Hexham Heads -#2Written by Robert Bruce Baird
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Matters did not end there, for several days later she and her husband, archaeologist Richard Feacham, returned home together in early evening from a visit to London to find their teenage daughter, Berenice, already home from school but in a state of considerable distress. It was with some difficulty that they managed to persuade her to explain why, and her story suddenly threw events of earlier night into a grim and sinister pattern.
As Berenice eventually recounted, she had returned to empty house at 4 p.m. and opened front door with her key. As it swung open she saw something large, dark and inhuman rushing down stairs (which faced doorway) toward her. Half way down it had suddenly stopped and vaulted over banisters, landing with a soft thud like a heavy animal with thickly padded feet…
After these unnerving incidents there were several other sightings of creature, which family all described as half wolf, half man, black as a shadow and over six feet tall,… and always with a great deal of noise. Anne Ross was emphatic that creature was almost palpable, not a lurking shadow seen from corner of an eye, and was usually seen or heard by several members of family at same time. Even when creature was not in evidence there seemed to be a cold presence and a sense of evil in house… It was only when Anne Ross made enquiries about finding of heads that she learned to her amazement that a similar creature had been sighted when they were discovered in garden of council house……
When cleaned, both heads were seen to be about size of a small tangerine. Both were very dense and heavy, but each had a very distinct appearance. The first head had a vaguely skull-like appearance with carved lines and pits of features only faint and vestigial. Nevertheless, its features were vaguely masculine, if gaunt and bony, and were crowned by a typically Celtic hairstyle with faint stripes running from front to back on crown. The carved stone itself was greenish grey and glistened with quartz crystals.
The second head was more rounded and infinitely more expressive. The features were those of a formidable old wall-eyed woman with a strong beaked nose with hair combed severely backwards off forehead into a bun. Unlike skull-head old woman, or hag, showed traces of red or yellow pigment on hair.” (2)
Notes: 1) Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology, 2nd Ed., Vol. 1, A-G, ed. by Leslie A. Shepard, Gale Research Co., Detroit, includes major use of Lewis Spence's work as well as Nandoor Fodor.PR.285. 2) The Secret Language of Stone, by Don Robins, Ph.D., Rider, London, 1988 pgs. 4-9.
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