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Yoga Sutras: Subtle Attainments

Posted in meditation, psychonautics, Uncategorized, yoga on January 9, 2011 by ewakening

The subtler attainments come with birth or are attained through herbs (ausadhi), mantra, austerities (tapas) or concentration (samadhi).

— Patanjali, Yoga Sutras, 4.1

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Our Mysterious Universe, Part I

Posted in brain, psychonautics on September 5, 2010 by ewakening

The Banach–Tarski paradox is a theorem in set theoretic geometry which states that a solid ball in 3-dimensional space can be split into a finite number of non-overlapping pieces, which can then be put back together in a different way to yield two identical copies of the original ball. The reassembly process involves only moving the pieces around and rotating them, without changing their shape. However, the pieces themselves are complicated: they are not usual solids but infinite scatterings of points. A stronger form of the theorem implies that given any two “reasonable” objects (such as a small ball and a huge ball), either one can be reassembled into the other. This is often stated colloquially as “a pea can be chopped up and reassembled into the Sun.”

The reason the Banach–Tarski theorem is called a paradox is because it contradicts basic geometric intuition. “Doubling the ball” by dividing it into parts and moving them around by rotations and translations, without any stretching, bending, or adding new points, seems to be impossible, since all these operations preserve the volume, but the volume is doubled in the end.

— Wikipedia, “Banach-Tarski paradox”

Humans Glow in Visible Light

Posted in brain, healing, psychonautics, technology on September 27, 2009 by ewakening

humanglow2Scientists in Japan using special high-sensitivity cameras have found that the human body emits a tiny quantity of visible light which varies throughout the day. Unlike the body’s usual infrared (heat) radiation which is already well known, this visible light is believed to be a product of various biochemical reactions in the body which can fluctuate based upon changes in the body’s metabolism. Future research may investigate the effect that the mind or meditation could have on controlling this light output.

(LiveScience.com, 22 Jul 2009)

Universe B (Grant)

Posted in psychonautics, spiritism on January 9, 2009 by ewakening

Primitive man intuited the existence of that unknown Universe B on the other side of the Tree, with the Abyss (Choronzon) as its copula. This supreme dread was inspired by the metaphysical certainty (the original gnosis) that the phenomenal world is but the manifestation of subjectivity or non-manifestation, and that the physiological formula of the female somehow adumbrated the mechanics of an awful mystery that was unknowable by the mind in its normal state. The ‘fall’ consisted in accepting the delusion at its face value. The initiates, the gnostics, knew (perhaps intuitively) that reality lay somewhere beyond or behind the total negation of this glamour.

— from Nightside of Eden (Kenneth Grant)

Finite and Infinite Games (I)

Posted in psychonautics on April 24, 2008 by ewakening

Genuine travel has no destination. Travelers do not go somewhere, but constantly discover that they are somewhere else.

— from James Carse, Finite and Infinite Games

Hero’s Journey goes hi-tech with "God of War II"

Posted in psychonautics, technology on June 20, 2007 by ewakening

Official description:

God of War® saw Kratos, a mortal warrior, set upon an epic quest to dethrone a God. But his journey did not end there. In God of War II, Kratos sits atop his Olympus throne, as the new God of War – far more ruthless than Ares ever was. To end his continued torment, Kratos must journey to the far reaches of the earth and defeat untold horrors and alter that which no mortal, or god has ever changed, his fate. God of War II sets an epic stage for a devastating mythological war to end all wars.

(us.playstation.com)

From the Paste Magazine review:

. . . But the game’s foundation is based on something stronger than soil and rock: the idea that one man can defy the gods. http://www.pastemagazine.com/action/article/4316/god_of_war_ii