Entries Tagged as 'meditation'

[thedeepself] Silva Mind Body Healing

It’s a very powerful audio. I dont know if you know Jose Silva’s background, but it’s a fun read, how he was in a barbershop and wanted to learn Electronics so the barber said he’d pay for the course if he would put his name on the certificate.Then he read about the alpha rhythm and designed a little device to make the pecking sound at the right frequency and his children started demonstrating psychic powers while he was going over their homework with them. 

And the data on healing cancer by mind alone is simply staggering:

Read all about Dr. O’ Carl Simonton, a world-renowned
oncologist and author who uses imagery therapy
to teach patients to heal themselves, even from cancer.

Dr. Simonton has said, “About the Silva system,
I would say it is the most powerful single tool that
I have to offer patients.”

This is a must read for anyone who has a family
member who is at risk or suffering from a “terminal”
disease like cancer.

==> http://www.silvamindbodyhealing.com/blog/meet-dr-simonton-the-doctor-that-proves-it-all/

I think it’s well worth being on their mailing list – they have some interesting data.

On 3/25/2011 9:46 AM, John Cotter wrote:

Cool beans!  I will give it a try in the tank this morning.



On Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 2:14 PM, Terrence Brannon <TheQuietCenter@gmail.com> wrote: 

For those who dont want to give out their email in order to download the
Silva Mind Centering exercise,
I am uploading the mp3 here:http://static.livingcosmos.org/tmp/SILVA_HEALING_MIND/

Should be downloadable by the time you read this 🙂



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Dip right into the fire of Advaita with David Spero Live

David Spero is still around in-person (Sedona, AZ now, was SF) and also has webcasts on other days. Check him out. Dont know what happened to the friends of David Spero site.

an experiment in contra-survival floatation

I’m experimenting with room and tank temperatures to find the optimal mix. Room temperature was 90 deg F and tank temperature may have been 95.3… my thermometer needs calibration but it did feel rather warm, instead of that usual tepid slightly chilled temp I’m used to.So I get into my tank (which only has 16 inches of clearance to the top) and it’s a pressure cooker. It’s hot and uncomfortable. I make notes to drop the room temperature to 80 deg F next time.

But now for some fun. Is there some way to enjoy myself while my body is sending distress signals about being in sub-optimal conditions? I tried a number of techniques:


  1. radiate loving-kindness to the sensations of heat – hmm, I still felt agony
  2. expect the unexpected – I cant send my attention elsewhere, I’m suffering!
  3. observe the sensations with bare attention/equanimity – hmm, man, look. it’s hot in here. and that’s a fact
  4. radiating loving-kindness to the feeling I AM – Eureka! This is truly an amazing technique. Sri Siddharameshar gifted Nisargadatta Maharaj with an excellent tool. It really goes to the root of all problems – the idea that I am a separate entity.

Nothing like trial by fire to see which meditation technique owns!

“there’s nothing happening” – oh yes there is – overcoming the chief block in meditation

I had a friend who took an initiation. He wasnt happy with the system because he felt that nothing was happening when he did the meditation. I have two responses to this#1 – the tank always awaits a chance to loosen you

I just finished an hour in the tank. For the most part I was certain that “nothing was happening” and guess why? Because I was locking my body into place in the tank. The second I relaxed just a bit, the tank took the opportunity to loosen all sorts of muscle groups – across the spine, up and down the sides, the neck, you name it. Then I started pointing and flexing my toes and one toe would not flex back as fast as the rest – it had a mini Charley Horse. But then it worked its way out.

I was literally creating a limited tank experience by holding my body fixed. The tank destructured me and exposed my attempt to create a limited body-tank relation.

I’m so impressed with the ability of the tank to loosen up the physical body that “floating”, the secular term for what we do, is called “loosening” in the vocabulary of my religious organization devoted to floating [0]

#2 – expect the unexpected instead of filtering your environment

The instructions to John C. Lilly from E.C.C.O. [1] were: “Expect the unexpected every moment 24/7” – when you simply sit down and expect the unexpected, then your awareness expands and all sorts of trivial things you would never notice come to your attention – the refrigerator turning on, an ant walking across the rug, the wind rustling outside, a cabinet door creaking. You realize that “you” typically are a stick in a fast flowing river of phenomena.

But the ego is so focused on filtering the environment so that only stimuli which enhance/threaten survival come to your attention, that you actually dont even notice 1% of what is usually happening!

#3 Praise to Lilly

We results-oriented Westerners would not have ever had a crack at samadhi (samadhi being that crack between events which allows us to create and control as we learn to widen the GAP) because we are so fixated, locked down and focused. The whole lot of meditative experience has been gifted to the West thanks to the bold research efforts of John C. Lilly.

# References

[0] http://git.thedeepself.org/definitions/#loosening
[1] http://www.evolver.net/user/drongo23/blog/dr_john_c_lillys_earth_coincidence_…

[thedeepself] Float Tank Metaphor

I like this idea. I had a different way of expressing it. I was thinking: “just being in the tank is an altered state of consciousness” because gravity is not part of the equation. But I agree that the body is subtracted from the equation because of the temperature of the water and the fact that the epsom salt holds the body AND you are being hydrated, so the most essential nutrient to the body is not being depleted – nourisment is taking place as well.

Now, CO2 does build in the tank, unless you have one of floatation locations tanks where they stream oxygen into the tank as shown here –

Now the way to deal with the mind in the tank, a big question…

I think being in the tank when you make the transition from waking to sleep is the key. You inner sense is ever-alive anyway and just needs an opportunity to be present without the distractions of the body and outer light and sound.

Now, at this moment, the most powerful thing for dealing with the rambling mind is what I call “the why technique”. Louis CK, a comedian, shows it in action here:

Whatever question comes up, just ask why. Here’s an example:

  1. Man I cant keep my mind quiet
  2. Why?
  3. Well its rambling on and on
  4. Why?
  5. Because I have things to worry about?
  6. Why?
  7. Because I have bills to pay?
  8. Why?
  9. Because I need to stay warm and eat?
  10. Why?
  11. Because I need to survive
  12. Why?
  13. Because I dont want to die
  14. Why?
  15. Because I prefer to live
  16. Why?
  17. Because I have a built-in instinct to survive
  18. Why?
  19. I dont know. But I just know the instinct is there
  20. Why?
  21. I can feel it
  22. Why?
  23. Because I paid attention to it
  24. Why?
  25. Because I wanted to
  26. Why?
  27. Because it seemed important
  28. Why?
  29. Because it grabbed my attention
  30. Why?
  31. Because it wanted my input into survival
  32. Why?

I think you get the idea – any thought has an underlying reason and so on and so forth. So instead of reacting to the thought, you get to the urge driving it over and over…


I propose a metaphor . A Float Tank is the world’s greatest meditation cushion. It is designed to subtract the body from the meditation equation. It performs this task remarkably well. However, This still leaves us the even more troublesome mind to contend with. Meditators have always had trouble with their meditations.



tension analysis

buttocks, inner thighs, lower back, top thigh just above knee

Club 365 Resolution

I am being mired in a horde of spiritual practices at the moment –

  • beta-blocker
  • saint germain
  • dreamspell
  • tai chi

And it is leading to confusion about what to do when!

Floatation is the only one of things which allows for progressive and certain relaxation.

Each time I float, I automatically get rid of tension with no conscious effort on my part. Relaxation and peace are powers, though I may not realize it at the moment.

I have to float every day. Dont worry about when, but just do it. It’s for your own good.

a book to help caregivers access the spiritual being

IDHHB is working on a book to help caregivers access the spiritual being of those they are careing for, so floating relates…

To provide your floating experiences, please be in the Gorebagg TV chat channel at Justin TV at 9pm EST next Wednesday.

Tactical Tanking Treatise 1 – bare attention

Bare attention is the great solvent of the lie: “I am this body”

Regardless of which tradition it comes from, let’s see how we can apply it to our tank “work”

1 – climb in your tank
2 – lay down
3 – various mental holdings will create physical holding which register in your body as density, tension, pressure and god-forbid pain

You are a spirit and everything you have thought and integrated into your body was done with your explicit consent. Because you added these things onto yourself, only you can ultimately remove them.

The process is simple: pay unyielding objective attention to the cluster/stuck point as it is… because it really wants to keep moving like everything in the Matter, Energy, Space, Time universe. Only YOU are holding it there at mental level.

I got in my tank at 5:45 am this morning and did this process. All I can say is:

1 – ZOWIE!
2 – why is this list so non-metaphysical?

I came out at 9am a new man.

The most religion-free presentation of this technique is here – http://web.archive.org/web/20071102071220/http://www.soloprocessing.eu/

He took down his website and joined the Spiritologie movement.

Seasonal Float Collective – Beltain 2009

According to The ArchaeoAstronomy Website, the next significant transition point in time is Beltain and occurs at 3:46 am EST on May 5, 2009.

I plan to start a float at that time. Please be in the chat room at least 15 minutes prior to float to insure synchronization.

Many thanks to Kane Mantyla for coming up with this idea in the “first” place, for those entrapped in linear thought.