Monday, January 5, 2009

Stroke gives Spiritual Experiences

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened -- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

So this lady is a little bit foo foo, but what she says is very compelling. Notice how she had these mystical type experiences once her brain started taking damage. Warriorschool and all that stuff merely places extreme stress on people and facilitates such brain processes as well. The fact that the Warriorschool practitioners are open to mystical / magical beliefs makes it more likely that their experiences will be interpreted that way.

Ms Taylor does a good job differentiating between that conscious inner voice of our mind and that emotional and experiential part of us that keeps track of space and time. Once those barriers and boundaries are upset and erased all sorts of amazing things can happen.

I saw this video a long time ago. It was interesting the first time, but I don't like the lady's style enough to listen to the whole thing again. Watch it and gain some perspective.

Here is a quick outline of the parts I found especially interesting: The first set of numbers on the line indicates the number of minutes into the video

7 head ache - I think she starts describing things that could be construed as a sort of mystical / spiritual experience
8 20 no boundaries or at least mixing - definitely spiritual type
9 silent mind energy boundaries - kind of like mu shin and mysticism
10 20
9 50 not distracted by logic / mind - more like zen, where you ignore the constant chatter of your mind

no emotional 30 year baggage - look how excited she was about that. That is what can or did happen to those of us who did Warriorschool. If you got deep enough into it, you felt like you were getting set free, healed and reworking the junk from the past. It is very powerful.

15 nirvana - I am sure Prather would have loved to bring us all here. Then he could have taken credit for it and turned us into super-cult-zombies...aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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