Mental Alchemy. Back in the Middle Ages alchemists sought to transform base metal into gold.
They searched for an elusive substance, the philosopher’s stone, which would bring about this conversion, known as alchemy. But to initiates of the ancient mystery schools, alchemy was primarily an allegory for the real work of spiritual and mental alchemy. Spiritual alchemy is the process of transforming a less evolved soul personality into a more refined one. The founders of all major religions have attempted to expedite this transformation by providing rules to help people achieve this goal and also lead happier and more productive lives. Enlightenment, illumination, the perfection of the soul all point to this ultimate goal. Mental alchemy is the process of transmuting your thoughts to improve your life and expand your mind. Mental alchemy involves the replacement of beliefs that are hindering your development with positive ones that will help you. It turns out it’s extremely difficult to change beliefs.
Meditasjon. Meditation - Insight Meditation as a Cure to Life - 88620. Citation: fruition.
"Insight Meditation as a Cure to Life: An Experience with Meditation (ID 88620)". Erowid.org. Jan 25, 2012. erowid.org/exp/88620 This report is to convey my experiences with Insight Meditation. It's about how a beautiful experience with MDMA of mine led to me believing there is something more to life, turning to meditation shortly thereafter, leading up to a fundamental (and positive) shift of my perception of reality. This whole process does not require any drugs to start or complete, and in fact is probably better without them. However, I have heard that drugs can launch you into the process when you are still unprepared. In particular, if you have had an amazing, unitive, becoming one with the cosmos-type experience, or found a fundamental understanding of reality while taking a psychedelic, then you may have inadvertently started a process which will continue to cycle and be quite painful until resolved.
I first took MDMA around New Year's of this year. 1. 2. 3. How I Mastered the Power Nap. Top 10 Ways Your Brain Is Sabotaging You (and How to Beat It) @Firesphere: Not that I don't believe you, but do you have a source for that?
@inverts: I did, it was an article on a Dutch website. I'm searching for an English source. It was testet with CAT scans etcetera, the male brain showed indeed no activity when asked to "shut your eyes and calm down, think of as less as possible" Where the female brain kept being active. *Searches on* A funny side-fact on this: "Female" gays, seem to never be able to "shutdown" where as "male" lesbians were able to completely stop thinking. Sorry, I am unable to find the article I got this information from. If I find it again, I'll let it know offcourse. @Firesphere: The article suggests from that information, that those with a "masculine" mindset (for lack of a better term) can shut their brains down; "feminine" brains always have at least one task running then?
Avoid Information Overload with Regular Meditation. How to Find the Right Style of Yoga for You. Why Meditation Relieves Chronic Pain and Stress. Stop the Stress Reflex at the Start to Avoid Chronic Stress. Spirit Vaults : Meditation - Essay. It seems everyone is interested in meditation...talking about the wonderful benefits, recommending classes and discussing the different ways to "do it".
But, for a beginner, just what is "it"? And how do you do "it"? Our busy, hectic, lifestyles may seem to prohibit this peaceful practice, or provide a convenient "excuse" not to begin, or continue, to meditate...but, the happy news is, you CAN successfully benefit even if you practice for short periods. With the simple technique described below, you will begin and incredible journey. There are 100's of styles, traditions and forms of meditation, but this simple practice has always been highly recommended. Sit comfortably, preferably upright and alert. To sit on a mat, cushion or pillow, sit cross-legged, half or full lotus, depending on your ability. You may close your eyes (unless this causes you to fall asleep) or gaze with almost-closed eyes as if looking downward and inward.