Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Psychic Realities, or Psychic Illusions?

Here, I have written a short article which may be of interest. It is divided into four basic sections.

By Robert Searle



Here, I have written a short article which may be of interest. It is divided into four basic sections.

A "Spirit" Contact

Near the close of 2016 I met an intelligent black woman who was in the study area of the Curve, or Slough Library. She was doing an academic course, and wanted some help from me. I cannot recall what it was exactly. But I did hear her mention of Wikipedia being not recommended by her tutor(s) for reasons of accuracy.

Anyway, she claimed that she could hear at times an "inner voice" which informed her in this instance of certain things about myself. These were personal, and I will not disclose them. One thing which she did say though was that I had a spirit attached to me which was determined to drive me mad!! I largely disregarded this claim as I believed that I was being protected by a Higher Power.

All the same, I did have an odd dream which may, or may not have had anything to do with the above "revelation". In it I saw a man who seemed to be looking at me...Then, I sensed danger, and I became more fully aware, and my vision zoomed out like a telescope... and I woke up to normal waking consciousness..

Letters "On Fire". The Author "On Fire."

I was returning home from my local Sikh Temple, or Gurdwara. My consciousness was in a raised state as is often the case. When I entered my flat, I studied an English translation of some inspirational words from the Guru Granth Sahib. As I did so I became aware of the "illusion" of static flames around the lettering of the words. This I assumed was some kind of spiritual encouragement.

Recently, a Sufi friend claimed several times verbally, and in writing on the internet that I was "on fire." This is not ofcourse to be taken literally. He may have been referring to the health aura of the etheric body which can be seen as psychic flames around, or along the side of the physical visible body (which I briefly experienced many years ago).. He may have been eluding to some kind of Kundalini activity as well.

An Evil "Depression"

This was a very brief experience literally occurring in seconds rather than minutes in a kind of "dream state". In it I was somehow seeing the naked torso of the back of my body which was sticking out of my bed. I was aware of a concentration of intense negative energy as minute subtle particles were directed at it. I never felt such strong evil before. It was not like the heavy psychic clammy cold evil I experienced years ago, but something far more powerful. and disturbing. It was then that I could understand why some people took their own lives..Inwardly, I begged for the experience to go, and it did thank God!

By nature I am very positive. I always try, and avoid any kind of negative thoughts patterns. But this brief experience showed me something which was shocking to the core....

Unearthly Music..

In 2017 I was experiencing something very much a akin to flu. At one point, I entered a state of awareness which might be regarded by some as a "delirium"...a level of consciousness between sleep and waking...(sometimes referred to in scientific circles as the hypnopompic state). I experienced the following "hallucination". I became aware of somehow receiving a shaft of horizontal light entering the audio area of the brain, or rather the mind. It contained a dark liquid type substance, and was creating music which was simply indescribable in any form. Its beauty seemed to be totally beyond compare. The dark "liquid" appeared to be very slowly travelling "inside" the shaft of light. The indescribable sound, or music started to become essentially more describable as if one were listening to a vast swelling orchestra. Then, I heard it creating a distinctive but recognizable piece of music. It was a highly glorified version, or arrangement of Ja Nus Hons Pris attributed to Richard I back in the Middle Ages....!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJEZ4ODUuk4 (I should add here that there was no vocal(s) accompaniment in my audio "hallucination")





























Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Hieronymus Machine!

Symbolic Hieronymus Machine

A holiday gift from Aetheric Arts!
Build your own Symbolic Hieronymus Machine with these handy graphics.

Click on the images above for the high resolution versions. (Note: the dial is a separate image, so download both!)
The Symbolic Hieronymus Machine image can be downloaded and printed out, and should fit nicely on a Letter or A5 size sheet.
Construction:
1. Print out the Hieronymus diagram and the knob.
2. Mount the diagram and knob on a suitable backing. The easiest way to do this is take the printed sheet to a printing service and have it laminated. This gives you a suitable surface material from which to get stick reactions from the sensor pad. Also have the knob laminated, and cut it into a circle after laminating. (Note: don’t cut too close to the paper under the laminate – leave a few millimeters of plastic “framing” the images.)
3. For a high quality version, glue the laminated diagram to a piece of stiff plastic, bakelite or thin plywood (silicon “goop” is good for this.) Then mount rubber feet underneath at the corners. This give you a solid device that can sit on a tabletop.
3. Cut a small hole through the center of the knob, and another hole through the center of the dial on the diagram. Use a suitable length and diameter screw, washers and bolt to fasten the dial to the diagram, so it rotates freely.
An alternative to using a stiff backing is to use a piece of 1/4″ thick corkboard and attach the knob with a simple thumbtack.
Your Symbolic Hieronymus Machine is ready to use!
For complete instructions on using psionic machines in general, I refer the reader to the excellent description found in Charles “Uncle Chuckie” Cosimano’s book, Elementary Psionics, which can be downloaded for free here. (Thanks, Uncle Chuckie!)
Here are the particular instructions for using the controls of the Symbolic Hieronymus Machine.
Basic operation:
1. Prepare the machine for work by exposing to bright sunlight or by waving a strong magnet over it for at least ten seconds, a few inches above the surface in a random pattern.
2. (Optional) Place a power object, such as a crystal, talisman (or even a small watch battery) on top of the “POWER” section.
3. Place the witness sample on top of the round spiral (leaf clipping, hair, fur, photograph or other witness that represents the Target of the work.)
4. Stroke the stick pad while concentrating on the purpose of the working. Starting with the pointer on “0”, turn the tuning dial until a stick reaction is felt on the fingers stroking the pad. The easiest way to turn the knob is to rest one finger lightly on it to spin it. If you dial all the way to the “100” without a reaction, turn it back-and-forth and keep scanning until you get a reaction.
Alternatively, you can use a pendulum suspended over the Sensor Pad instead of using your fingertips. Tune the dial until you get a pendulum reaction.
5. Release your fingers from the stick pad (or remove the pendulum) and the Machine will continuously broadcast the tuned intention to the target.
Anything more complex (and there are many things more complex you can do with a Psionics machine) refer to Uncle Chuckie’s book above.

Wikipedia Article included here as well as the above..

Hieronymus machine is any of the patented radionics devices invented by electrical engineer Thomas Galen Hieronymus (21 November 1895 – 1988). Hieronymus received a U.S. Patent for his invention in 1949, which was described in the patent application title as a device for "detection of emanations from materials and measurement of the volumes thereof."[1][2]
Skeptics and scientists consider the devices to be an example of pseudoscience and quackery.[3][4][5]


Design and function[edit]

The original "Radiation Analyzer" consisted of a chamber to hold a sample of material, a glass prism to refract the eloptic emanations coming from it, and a copper wire probe on a rotating armature to adjust the angle formed by the prism and the probe. Supposedly, eloptic emanations are refracted by the prism at different angles depending on the material. The detected eloptic signals were fed to a three-stage vacuum tube RF amplifier and conducted to a flat touch plate surrounded by a copper wire bifilar coil.[1] By stroking the touch plate an operator could supposedly feel a sensation of "tingling" or "stickiness" when the eloptic energy was detected. As such, a human nervous system is considered to be necessary to operate a Hieronymus Machine.[6]
Hieronymus subsequently designed solid-state versions of his Analyzers, substituting germanium transistors for crystal prisms and tunable capacitors for the rotating armature. He also designed and built various specialized devices designed for specific functions, including analysis of living organisms and production of homeopathic remedies.[7] The most well-known Hieronymus Machine is the Eloptic Medical Analyzer, which supposedly analyzes and transmits eloptic energy to diagnose and treat medical conditions in plants and animals.
The theory of operation on which Hieronymus Machines are based is that all matter emits a kind of "radiation" that is not electromagnetic, but exhibits some of the characteristics of both light and electricity. The quality of this emanation is unique to every kind of matter, and therefore can be utilized for detection and analysis. Hieronymus coined the term "eloptic energy" to describe this radiation (from the words "electrical" and "optical".) All of his machines were designed to detect and manipulate this eloptic energy. Eloptic emanations have never been detected by instruments designed to measure electromagnetic energies, no other evidence of their existence have been produced, and there is no mathematical theory of an eloptic field, so the theory is considered pseudoscientific and is not accepted by mainstream science.

John W. Campbell and Hieronymus machines[edit]

The inventions of Hieronymus were championed by Astounding Science Fiction editor John W. Campbell in late 1950s and early 1960s editorials. A series of correspondences between the two men show that while Hieronymus was sure that someday his theories of eloptic energy would be proven and accepted by physical scientists, Campbell was convinced that the machines were based on psionics, related to the user's paranormal or ESP powers.[3]
As an example, Campbell believed one could create an eloptic receiver or similar device with the prisms and amplifiers represented by their cardboard or even schematic representations. Through the use of mental powers, such a machine would function as well as its "real" equivalent.[8] In his autobiography, Hieronymus wrote, "I appreciated Mr. Campbell's interest in my work, but over the years since then, I have concluded that he set back the acceptance of my work at least a hundred years by his continual emphasis on what he termed the supernatural or 'magic' aspects of a mind-controlled device he built by drawing the schematic of my patented instrument with India ink. The energy flowed over the lines of this drawing because India ink is conducting, but it isn't worth a tinker's damn for serious research or actual treating."[9]

Scientific reception[edit]

The claims of Hieronymus about "eloptic" emanations were heavily criticized by the scientific community as having no basis in reality. His machines have been compared to the quack devices of Albert Abrams and have also been described as an example of pseudoscience.[3][4]

Notes[edit]

  1. Jump up to:a b U.S. Patent 2,482,773
  2. Jump up^ Sampson, Wallace; Vaughn, Lewis. (2000). Science Meets Alternative Medicine: What the Evidence Says about Unconventional Treatments. Prometheus Books. p. 109. ISBN 1-57392-803-8
  3. Jump up to:a b c Gardner, Martin. (2012 edition, originally published in 1957). Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science. Dover Publications. pp. 347-348. ISBN 0-486-20394-8
  4. Jump up to:a b Sladek, John Thomas. (1973). The New Apocrypha: A Guide to Strange Science and Occult Beliefs. Hart-David MacGibbon. p. 269
  5. Jump up^ Williams, William F. (2000). Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience: From Alien Abductions to Zone Therapy. Facts on File Inc. p. 146. ISBN 1-57958-207-9
  6. Jump up^ Hieronymus (1976), Pg. A-11
  7. Jump up^ Hieronymus (1976), pg. A-9
  8. Jump up^ Campbell, (August 1956)
  9. Jump up^ Hieronymus (1988), Part V, pg. 123-124

References[edit]

  • Campbell, John W. Jr. “Psionic Machine — Type One”, Astounding Science Fiction, June 1956, pp. 97–108.
  • Campbell, John W. Jr. “Correction and Further Data on the Hieronymous Machine”, Astounding Science Fiction, August 1956, pp. 112–114.
  • Goodavage, Joseph ; “An Interview with T. Galen Hieronymus”, Analog Science Fiction, January 1977.
  • Hieronymus, T. Galen & Sarah (September 1976). The Eloptic Directory. Advanced Sciences and Research, Inc (documentation for the Hieronymus Eloptic Analyzer machine).
  • Hieronymus, T. Galen (January 1988). The Story of Eloptic Energy. Institute of Advanced Sciences, Inc.

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Monday, 27 November 2017

Avatar therapy 'reduces power of schizophrenia voices'



  • 24 November 2017
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Confronting an avatar on a computer screen helped patients hearing voices to cope better with hallucinations, a UK trial has found.
Patients who received this therapy became less distressed and heard voices less often compared with those who had counselling instead.
Experts said the therapy could add an important new approach to treating schizophrenia hallucinations.
The trial, on 150 people, is published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.
It follows a much smaller pilot study in 2013.
Hallucinations are common in people with schizophrenia and can be threatening and insulting.
One in four patients continues to experience voices despite being treated with drugs and cognitive behavioural therapy.
In this study, run by King's College London and University College London, 75 patients who had continued to hear voices for more than a year, were given six sessions of avatar therapy while another 75 received the same amount of counselling.
In the avatar sessions, patients created a computer simulation to represent the voice they heard and wanted to control, including how it sounded and how it might look.


Three avatars created by people taking part in the therapyImage copyrightKING'S COLLEGE LONDON
Image captionThree avatars created by people taking part in the therapy

The therapist then voiced the avatar while also speaking as themselves in a three-way conversation to help the patient gain the upper hand.
Prof Tom Craig, study author from King's College London, said getting patients to learn to stand up to the avatar was found to be safe, easy to deliver and twice as effective as counselling at reducing how often voices were heard.
"After 12 weeks there was dramatic improvement compared to the other therapy," he said.
"With a talking head, patients are learning to confront and get replies from it.
"This shifts the idea that the voice is all-controlling," he said.
Patients are encouraged to talk to the avatar and take control of the conversation, saying things such as, "I'm not going to listen to you any more."
Seven patients who had had the avatar therapy and two from the counselling group said their hallucinations had completely disappeared after 12 weeks.


Prof Tom Craig controlling the avatar behind the scenesImage copyrightKING'S COLLEGE LONDON
Image captionProf Tom Craig acted as therapist and voiced the avatar in the therapy sessions

By 24 weeks, however, the patients in both groups had shown the same levels of improvement, suggesting the avatar therapy required booster sessions in the long term, the study said.
Prof Craig said the next step was to find out if the therapy worked in other locations before it could be made widely available on the NHS, but he said the findings were a "significant advance" in treating hallucinations.
Prof Stephen Lawrie, head of psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh, said the trial was impressive and robust but more work was needed.
"Further study is required to replicate these results, establish the role of such treatment versus others such as CBT [cognitive behavioural therapy], and clarify who might benefit most."

'Promising'

Sir Robin Murray, professor of psychiatric research at King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, said that if they could be reproduced, the findings "will add an important new approach to care".
He added: "If a wholly psychological intervention such as avatar therapy can produce such an improvement, then it should make us rethink the way we conceptualise auditory hallucinations."
Brian Dow, from charity Rethink Mental Illness, said he welcomed any attempts to try and develop new and innovative treatments for schizophrenia.
"Hallucinations can be extremely traumatising for patients who experience them and the results of the this trial are promising."

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

A Form Constant....

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia/




An example of a form constant.
A form constant is one of several geometric patterns which are recurringly observed during hallucinations and altered states of consciousness.


History[edit]

In 1926, Heinrich Klüver systematically studied the effects of mescaline (peyote) on the subjective experiences of its users. In addition to producing hallucinations characterized by bright, "highly saturated" colors and vivid imagery, Klüver noticed that mescaline produced recurring geometric patterns in different users. He called these patterns 'form constants' and categorized four types: lattices (including honeycombs, checkerboards, and triangles), cobwebs, tunnels, and spirals.[1]
In 1988 David Lewis-Williams and T.A. Dowson incorporated the form constant into their Three Stages of Trance model, the geometric shapes comprising the visuals observed in the model's first stage.

Precipitants[edit]

Klüver's form constants have appeared in other drug-induced and naturally occurring hallucinations, suggesting a similar physiological process underlying hallucinations with different triggers. Klüver's form constants also appear in near-death experiences and sensory experiences of those with synesthesia. Other triggers include psychological stress, threshold consciousness (hypnagogia), insulin hypoglycemia, the delirium of fever, epilepsy, psychotic episodes, advanced syphilis, sensory deprivation, photostimulation, electrical stimulation, crystal gazing, migraine headaches, dizziness and a variety of drug-induced intoxications.[1] These shapes may appear on their own or with eyes shut in the form of phosphenes, especially when exerting pressure against the closed eyelid.[2]
It is believed that the reason why these form constants appear has to do with the way the visual system is organized, and in particular in the mapping between patterns on the retina and the columnar organization of primary visual cortex. Concentric circles in the retina are mapped into parallel lines in visual cortex. Spirals, tunnels, lattices and cobwebs map into lines in different directions. This means that if activation spreads in straight lines within the visual cortex, the experience is equivalent to looking at actual form constants.[1]
Author Michael Moorcock once observed in print that the shapes he had seen during his migraine headaches resembled exactly the form of fractals. The diversity of conditions that provoke such patterns suggests that form constants reflect some fundamental property of visual perception.

Cultural significance[edit]

Form constants have a relationship to some forms of abstract art, especially the visual music tradition, as William Wees noted in his book Light Moving in Time about research done by German psychologist Heinrich Klüver on the form constants resulting from mescal intoxication. The visual and synaesthetic hallucinations this drug produced resembles, as Wees noted, a listing of visual forms employed in visual music:
[Klüver’s] analysis of hallucinatory phenomena appearing chiefly during the first stages of mescaline intoxication yielded the following form constants: [emphasis original] (a) grating, lattice, fretwork, filigree, honeycomb, or chessboard; (b) cobweb; (c) tunnel, funnel, alley, cone or vessel; (d) spiral. Many phenomena are, on close examination, nothing but modifications and transformations of these basic forms. The tendency towards “geometrization,” as expressed in these form constants, is also apparent in the following two ways: (a) the forms are frequently repeated, combined, or elaborated into ornamental designs and mosaics of various kinds; (b) the elements constituting these forms, such as squares in the chessboard design, often have boundaries consisting of geometric forms.[3]
These form-constants provide links between abstraction, visual music and synaesthesia. The cultural significance of form constants, as Wees notes in Light Moving in Time is part of the history of abstract film and video.
The practice of the ancient art of divination may suggest a deliberate practice of cultivating form constant imagery and using intuition and/or imagination to derive some meaning from transient visual phenomena.
Psychedelic art, inspired at least in part by experiences with psychedelic substances, frequently includes repetitive abstract forms and patterns such as tessellation, Moiré patterns or patterns similar to those created by paper marbling, and, in later years, fractals. The op art genre of visual art created art using bold imagery very like that of form constants.
In electroacoustic music, Jon Weinel has explored the use of altered states of consciousness as a basis for the design of musical compositions. His work bases the design of sonic materials on typical features of hallucinatory states, and organises them according to hallucinatory narratives. As part of this work, form constants feature prominently as a basis for the design of psychedelic sonic and visual material.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jump up to: a b c Bressloff, Paul C.; Cowan, Jack D.; Golubitsky, Martin; Thomas, Peter J.; Weiner, Matthew C. (March 2002). "What Geometric Visual Hallucinations Tell Us About the Visual Cortex" (fee required). Neural Computation. The MIT Press. 14 (3): 473–491. PMID 11860679. doi:10.1162/089976602317250861. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  2. Jump up ^ Tyler, CW (1978). "Some new entoptic phenomena.". Vision Research. 18 (12): 1633–9. doi:10.1016/0042-6989(78)90255-9. 
  3. Jump up ^ Wees, William C. Light Moving in Time: Studies in the Visual Aesthetics of Avant-Garde Film, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992), p. 66.
  4. Jump up ^ Weinel, J. "Visual patterns of hallucination as a basis for sonic arts composition". Proceedings of Audio Mostly 2013.
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