Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My First Floatation Tank Experience


In researching my Atlantean Conspiracy book I learned about the entheogenic origins of world religions and how natural psychedelics such as magic mushrooms were used as religious sacraments in ancient traditions.  For example, in the pre-Christian Mithraic religion, initiates ate mushroom sacraments as part of their worship.  Just as Christians take communion and line up in church to receive "the body and blood" of Christ, so did initiates in the Mithraeum line up to receive the body and blood of Mithra.  In the Mithraeum, however, instead of pews there were a series of inter-connected stone tubs where initiates would lay after taking the sacrament.  The tubs were filled with super-saline water at body temperature, and mass was at midnight so it became completely dark and silent in the Mithraeum, creating complete sensory deprivation and inducing a collective out-of-body experience.

“Mithra initiates would partake of a Sacred Meal in their ceremonies, invoking The Out Of Body experience. A ritually designed sacramental, Shamanistic, and communal Gnosis. The Mithraic temples of worship, known as Mithraeum, are designed like few other temples on earth. Typically inside the place of worship would be rows of bathtubs (tubs) along the two side walls, or lined in two parallel rows from the rear wall to the front of the main room. Providing places where many initiates could lie down during ceremonies. The tubs were tools in the mechanics of producing a communal experience. The purpose being, the joining together of the minds of the participants with the universal mind. The next phase being, to exit the planet (physical realm) in a spiritual flight to the heavens (stars). This is a bold expectation to perceive, let alone one you can convince someone they have had, especially if after the ceremony they have not. Filled with salt water these tubs would become instant sensory-deprivation-tanks. Much like those depicted in the movie ‘Altered States’ … The religion of Mithra centered around the initiate's ability to communally, astral-travel. Of course the out-of-body experience was facilitated through the eating of the sacred meal. After consumption, the initiates could traverse the galaxies, witnessing, as the ancient Egyptians, first hand, the reality that the spirit of the human being is not restricted to the physical universe, or the physical body for that matter. This is the true revelation of the immortality of the soul, or at least the realization of such. This concept is so similar to the Egyptian initiatory rites that it is solid evidence some of the hidden traditions of the ancients did migrate into later incarnations of various religious orders.” -James Arthur, “Mushrooms and Mankind” (56-58)

Nowadays these religious rituals have been all but forgotten, but among a growing small group of conscious individuals, the practice of utilizing sensory-deprivation isolation chambers (with or without entheogenic sacraments) is making a come-back.  Comedian and podcaster, Joe Rogan owns more than one floatation tank and constantly espouses the myriad of positive benefits gleaned from spending time in weightless isolation.  I had been wanting to try for years and searching unsuccessfully to find a place where I could try it out, when a reader from Bangkok messaged me saying he and his friends had just opened a new float center right here on Sukhumvit 24!  Theta State Float Center is a peaceful oasis of solitude right in the middle of busy Bangkok, providing a beacon for conscious tourists, expats and Thais to meet and float.



"The more I float the healthier and more balanced my perspective is.  If you've never done it, find a float place near you and book an appointment.  There are a lot of answers locked away deep in your mind, and the tank is one of the best ways to reach them.  I've been an advocate of these things for years, and I've had my own tank since 2003.  The most surprising thing about these tanks is how amazing and powerful the experience is, but yet how few people know about it!"  -Joe Rogan



My first experience in the floatation tank was incredible and I will certainly be going back.  Since the water is exactly the same temperature as your body and very saline, you float effortlessly and quickly lose the sensation of being stuck in a flesh suit.  You become one with the water, all stress and muscle tension relaxes itself away, your mind calms and drifts into the slower, longer subconscious brain waves, and the tank facilitates states of deep meditation only available in such a relaxed state.  Afterwards, the feeling is like you've just received the best massage, gotten the best night's sleep, and completed the deepest meditation all at once.  I haven't yet stayed in long enough or ingested entheogens to experience any sort of out-of-body or psychedelic effects, but I am positive this would be a powerful tool for experimenting with these altered states of consciousness. Whether you're looking to expand your mind, relax your body, or rejuvenate your spirit, I highly recommend people try this out and book an appointment at your local float center today!

Friday, July 11, 2014

How to Live Longer and Be Happier


A recent Harvard Public Health Magazine 50-year longitudinal study discovered that having a tight-knit social support network including good neighbors, close family and friendships actually boosts physical immunity to disease and increases longevity. Chair of Harvard's Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Ichiro Kawachi, tells the story of Roseto, Pennsylvania, a close-knit Italian immigrant town full of laborers with bad diets, lacking exercise, high cholesterol, and high smoking rates, who strangely had half the heart-disease and longer lives than all neighboring towns! After all considerations were taken into account, the study concluded that Roseto's highly gregarious social milieu and egalitarian ethos were the sole-factors contributing to their unusually positive results. Kawachi describes the study in the following short video, and Amy Gutman extrapolates what these economically harsh and socially unstable times mean for our health in her article, Failing Economy, Failing Health.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Dangers of Vaccination


Most allopathic doctors have long touted Vaccines as being a savior of preventative medicine so miraculous that they must be made mandatory.  Nowadays newborns are having their bloodstreams injected with dozens of these chemical concoctions before even on solid food.  There is a growing body of evidence and community of doctors, however, exposing that these so-called "immunizations" actually contain several poisonous substances like mercury, formaldehyde, and squaline, neurotoxins which have been directly linked to diseases like autism and cancer!

“The March 1999 ‘Vaccines’ feature in Parenting magazine provided all propaganda one would expect from a subsidiary of Time, Inc. Time-Warner, Inc., the parent company, is a corporate member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Time's president, Richard D. Parsons, and the Editor-in-Chief of TIME, Norman Pearlstine, are longstanding CFR members. One CFR published policy objective is substantial worldwide depopulation including half of the current U.S. population being targeted. This population reduction program is largely funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Merck Fund, both financially and administratively linked to the Merck pharmaceutical company--the world's leading vaccine manufacturer.” -Dr. Len Horowitz, “Parenting with Deadly Timely Propaganda”
 
The FDA's VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Effects Reporting System) receives around 10-12,000 reports of serious vaccination reactions annually, with about 1% fatal. However, the NVIC (National Vaccine Information Center) investigation on VAERS reports that based on a New York study, 97.5% of vaccine related deaths and disabilities are not reported to/by the FDA. So the number of annual American fatalities is likely closer to 1000 and disabilities closer to 100,000. On top of this, the catch-all diagnosis SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), killing up to 10,000 babies a year, has been shown to “coincidentally” occur shortly after immunizations/vaccinations.

“Everything from cancer viruses to DNA fragments and mercury has been found in vaccines. The entire vaccine supply is contaminated. And what is the government doing? Mandating more and more injections of our children. The Chicago Tribune reported in 2001 that 60 top scientists met in Chicago to present overwhelming evidence that cancer viruses found in monkeys are in many of the vaccines. A recent poll in the United Kingdom showed that over 80% of the population opposes the mandatory injection of the measles, mumps and rubella (mmr) vaccine. A news anchor has gone public with the fact that this vaccine has brain-damaged his child. Autism is up over 2000 percent and is rising in the industrial world proportionately with the increase of mandated vaccinations.” -Alex Jones, “911 Descent into Tyranny”

Sunday, December 29, 2013

How to Quit Smoking Naturally


All addiction experts agree that in order to replace an old destructive habit, you need a new positive hobby or activity to replace it.  With smoking addiction, an unhealthy respiratory activity, what could be more relevant and advantageous than a new healthy respiratory activity like pranayama yogic deep breathing!?  I personally smoked cigarettes from approximately age 18-26 and beginning daily pranayama practice is what helped easily and effortlessly ween me off cigarettes forever.  Within weeks of starting my practice I became sensitive enough to feel the negative effects of smoking even just 1 cigarette per day.  I slowly ramped up my pranayama and cut down my smoking, consciously improving my health, expanding and detoxifying my lungs, until the act of smoking became so counter-productive that I truly haven't wanted to smoke another one since.



The Yogi Cleansing Breath is the perfect detoxification breath for cigarette smokers and anyone with chronic respiratory issues or halitosis.  To perform the Yogi Cleansing Breath first sit, stand or lay with your spine straight and inhale slowly and deeply through the nose until your lungs are filled.  Make an "O" shape with your mouth and force the exhale out in 3 or 4 quick bursts pushing every last bit by clenching your abdominals.  Repeat daily for at least 10 minutes per day, inhaling deeper and slower as you go, picturing the toxins being expelled with each exhale.  With practice, this and other pranayama techniques will positively replace your negative smoking habit, and restore your lung health/capacity so you'll be breathing like this!

Friday, October 25, 2013

How to Cure the Common Cold, Allergies, Asthma and Sinus Problems



If you have any sort of sinus or breathing related health issues from allergies to asthma to the common cold, Neti Pot cleansing and Pranic breathwork might just be a lifesaver.  Neti Pots are like tiny teapots made specially for your nose and Pranayama is the ancient vedic science of proper breathing.  Several of my Yoga students have experienced some rather miraculous healing through these modalities.  They have completely cured or significantly reduced allergies, asthma, headaches, migraines, chronic fatigue, snoring and stuffy/runny noses simply with a regiment of sinus cleansing and breathwork.  I personally haven't had a case of the common cold since beginning my Neti Pot cleansing and Pranayama practice many years ago.  The following video is from health expert Markus Rothkranz on the benefits and how to use a Neti Pot:
 


Upon completing the Neti Pot cleansing, to really clear your sinuses and open your breathing passage, next you should do at least 10 minutes of the Nadi Purification Breath (also known as Alternate Nostril Breathing).  This technique will help further open your sinuses, clear the mucus and equalize the left/right nostril's inhalation rate.  Inhale slowly and deeply into the abdomen through the left nostril while plugging the right.  Then plug the left nostril and fairly forcefully exhale the entire breath out your right nostril.  Squeeze your core muscles to expel every last bit of air, keep the left nostril plugged, inhale through the right then exhale through the left, and continue alternating back and forth like this.  Regular Alternate Nostril Breathing reduces stress, boosts energy, clears the sinuses, cleanses the lungs, increases oxygenation of blood, improves sleep, calms the mind/emotions, and has been scientifically proven to improve brain function. When used in conjunction with a Neti Pot cleansing it's like a complete enema for your head/sinuses!


Monday, September 16, 2013

Vegan Power Plant-Based Diet Protein Myth Busted!

The idea that humans must consume animal flesh and excretions (meat and dairy) as part of a balanced diet is a monstrous myth long symbolized and propagated by our unhealthy FDA food pyramid.

The entire top three levels of the regular pyramid (meat, dairy, refined fats/sugars) are not by any means necessary or conducive to good health. There is not a single vitamin, mineral, nutrient, phyto-nutrient, amino-acid, fatty-acid, protein-chain, omega, or any other such elusive vital ingredient to health, not a single thing found in meat or dairy products that cannot be found, in greater abundance and more optimally, in the plant kingdom. For instance there are more omegas in seaweed than in fish, over twice as much protein in spinach than steak, and four times more calcium in sesame seeds than in milk. An actual healthy food pyramid would look something like this picture.

Meat and dairy products are highly acidic, fattening, cholesterol-laden, artery-clogging, lymph-clotting, mucus-forming, constipating, difficult to digest, and full of worms, parasites, bacteria, metabolic waste, hormones, and chemicals. Eggs are actually unfertilized avian menstrual cycles, otherwise known as chicken periods. Milk is the puss and hormone-filled mammary excretions of a female cow and meant to nourish her young. None of these animal bits and pieces are beneficial or necessary for human consumption.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Human Chakra System

Also connected and intertwined with the meridian system is the “chakra” system which runs from the base of the spine up to the top of the head. Chakra is Sanskrit for “wheel,” and signifies the 7 main energy centers in the body, each of which is located along the spinal column and corresponds directly to a major nerve ganglia, endocrine gland, or internal organ. These focal points of subtle energy have been measured electromagnetically and produce ten-fold stronger biofields than non-chakra points. They have physical manifestations but also extend into the energy body affecting us emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually as well. Briefly, the 7 chakras are as follows: