Checked Into Nirvana. Where Is Joy?

Written by Abraham Thomas

Eckhart Tolle lived upto his twenty ninth year in a state of almost continual anxiety interspersed with periods of suicidal depression. Then he woke up one night with a feeling of absolute dread. The silence ofrepparttar night,repparttar 145958 vague outlines ofrepparttar 145959 furniture inrepparttar 145960 dark room,repparttar 145961 distant noise of a passing train - everything felt so alien, so hostile, and so utterly meaningless that it created in him a deep loathing ofrepparttar 145962 world. "I cannot live with myself any longer." This wasrepparttar 145963 thought that kept repeating itself in his mind. Suddenly he became aware that if he could not live with himself, there had to be two - he andrepparttar 145964 "self" he could not live with. He was stunned byrepparttar 145965 realization. He became enveloped by powerful feelings.

Tolle had little memory of what happened afterrepparttar 145966 powerful feelings overcame him. He woke up into a new world. His depression vanished. Forrepparttar 145967 next five months, he lived in a state of uninterrupted bliss. While it diminished somewhat in intensity, for another two years, he sat on park benches in a state ofrepparttar 145968 most intense joy. He felt that what he experienced was a form of enlightenment, of union withrepparttar 145969 eternal, somewhat similar torepparttar 145970 experiences of Buddha. He quoted Buddha's definition of enlightenment as "the end of suffering". Tolle became a respected teacher, with dedicated followers in Europe, North America and India. His book, The Power of Now, was onrepparttar 145971 New York Times best seller list.

Both Tolle and Buddha reportedly experienced a sudden release fromrepparttar 145972 intense pain of powerful negative emotions. Their joy was understandable. Across history, there were many stories ofrepparttar 145973 intense rapture of sages, associated with a sudden release fromrepparttar 145974 emotions of fear, dread, guilt or anger. In most cases, these were sudden happenings, when such emotions just dropped away andrepparttar 145975 person felt an intense sense of freedom. But, actually, getting rid of negative emotions could be very practical and down to earth. The mind perceives, recognizes events and then interprets those events as emotions. Emotions are just a set of nerve impulses, which fire when you recognize an event.

Paul Eckman,repparttar 145976 world famous emotions scientist said thatrepparttar 145977 evaluation that turned on an emotion happened so quickly that people were not aware it was occurring. "We become aware a quarter, or half second afterrepparttar 145978 emotion begins. I do not choose to have an emotion, to become afraid, or to become angry. I am suddenly angry. I can usually figure out later what someone did that causedrepparttar 145979 emotion." So you have no control overrepparttar 145980 emotions that are triggered when you recognize an event. But, there were things you could do to prevent a surge of those emotions.

CONstructs: -Hallucination, Hypnosis and the Hexham Heads -#2

Written by Robert Bruce Baird


The bizarre story ofrepparttar Hexham Heads had been inrepparttar 145790 back of my mind for a number of years and exerted an increasing fascination as I became involved inrepparttar 145791 concept of energy encoding and storage in stone which were to lead to my involvement withrepparttar 145792 Dragon Project, an ad-hoc group of scientists and others interested in testingrepparttar 145793 idea that stone circles are associated with anomalous energy, overrepparttar 145794 period 1977-83 andrepparttar 145795 experiments atrepparttar 145796 Rollright Stones described in my book, Circles of Silence.

I had first encounteredrepparttar 145797 story ofrepparttar 145798 heads inrepparttar 145799 Reader’s Digest compendium Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain in 1973. Inrepparttar 145800 Introduction to this popular work there was a lengthy aside byrepparttar 145801 well known Celtic scholar, Dr Anne Ross, then ofrepparttar 145802 University of Southampton, where she described her startling and very unpleasant experience with two Celtic carved stone heads, found inrepparttar 145803 garden of a council home in Hexham, Northumberland, which she had received for description and identificationrepparttar 145804 year before.

Carved stone heads are well known from many Celtic sites throughout Europe and are easily recognized through their distinctive features. Generally they date from eitherrepparttar 145805 Iron Age, beforerepparttar 145806 Romans overwhelmed Britain, orrepparttar 145807 Romano-British period…

In her own account Anne Ross described how, one night shortly after their arrival, she woke up suddenly at 2 a.m. feeling chilled and extremely frightened. Atrepparttar 145808 instant of awakening she saw a tall, jet black wolf-headed figure standing againstrepparttar 145809 faint white ofrepparttar 145810 open door. It then moved out intorepparttar 145811 corridor and she felt an irresistible urge to follow it.

This she did, seeing and hearingrepparttar 145812 figure clearly as it made its way downrepparttar 145813 darkened staircase and alongrepparttar 145814 corridor towardsrepparttar 145815 kitchen. Anne Ross describedrepparttar 145816 figure vividly, reporting not only its blackness and tallness but also its distinct part animal, part human appearance.

Asrepparttar 145817 creature nearedrepparttar 145818 kitchenrepparttar 145819 spell broke and Anne Ross felt fear overwhelm her and so she rushed upstairs to awaken her husband. Together they searchedrepparttar 145820 house for intruders but found no-one and nothing disturbed by any forced entry and eventually concluded that she must have suffered a particularly vivid nightmare, although Anne Ross notes that she could not reconcilerepparttar 145821 vividness ofrepparttar 145822 huge werewolf figure with a dream experience. Unsatisfied with this explanation they returned to sleep and since their children fortunately had not woken up they were not told ofrepparttar 145823 occurrence. At this point, of course, there was nothing to relaterepparttar 145824 event torepparttar 145825 presence ofrepparttar 145826 new heads, although Anne Ross notes in her account that she had thought their appearance unpleasant and had taken an instant dislike to them on arrival.

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