Thursday, November 12, 2009

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths*

Chris's notes on his second out-of-body experience induced by sound

"It's almost impossible not to see as though nothing's changed since the last sound therapy. I could pretend that I've reached Nirvana but I'm seeing everything the way I always have, no psychedelic colors or even levitation or lightness. I believed I could leave my worldly attachments behind, but the difference has been in what I don't see and especially don't hear anymore. I can hear myself and see myself, and this has made me wiser. I will try to explain. It will be difficult.

During the color therapy, I saw vivid images of various scenes with various people, and I was in them too, but with a difference. I saw scenes in which I have pictured or even wanted myself to be in; they were anything from choosing what to wear in the morning to having sex with someone I've felt attracted to, to participating in a Nazi party rally! As it was explained to me later which I only perceived at the time, my insecurity with these images, often grotesque and violent, was rooted in the fact that I was really an observer. I placed expectations on the outcomes of each of the dramas, and with the sound therapy I was transported to each of these dramas, which were rooted in some subconscious fantasy from God knows what. As I heard the colors and shapes, I could see that my “mind” had been tricking me; or rather my body which was wanting to make my mind believe that my feelings were my body, were somehow inferior to the form of a beast which I had allowed my body to become. Indeed, having sex I could see that it was not sex but rape to my mind, and at the Nazi rally I felt a tingle in my arm as I raised it in a salute! I say only this for myself and no-one else, but what my intellect knows is “true” and horrible only exists because of the corrupt nature of my own body, and my belief in human failings.

Afterwards, the sound shaman sat me down to chat about the experience, which I needed because of wanting to understand my experience and what went on. I don't remember everything he said to me, but I believe that it was said that in those “fantasies” was my true self, i.e. my physical manifestation that I've built up in the mirror is partly false and a deception. I believe that when I've chosen to follow an abstract goal, committing intellectually, emotionally and physically but without a true purpose then a split was caused in my being which is why I haven't been able to find a true calling yet."
*Joseph Campbell

1 comment:

  1. Wow!

    Great to hear Chris's perspective on these experiences.

    Especially the bit about being an observer in what you see and hear.

    Actually it is quite easy to see.

    Maybe over time the feelings and the body will be separate and you might be a participant in the dreams/pictures?


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