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Winter: Lamp in a Gloom

Ratzlaff, Lloyd Thistledown Press ePub

Winter
Lamp in a Gloom

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XIII Notes on Some Kindred Topics

Michael Balint Karnac Books ePub

(i) Data on the History of Physical Thrills

As mentioned in Chapter II, for many centuries the normal pattern was that professionals performed various acts causing thrills in spectators. A change which turned spectators in increasing numbers into actors started slowly, almost imperceptibly, about the middle of the nineteenth century—as, for instance, the beginnings of amateur alpinism—and has been gathering momentum ever since. The history of this change would certainly be a most rewarding study for a social psychologist. All I can do here is to record some data regarding it.

According to the Shorter Oxford Dictionary ‘swing’ is an old Teutonic word first recorded in the intransitive sense in 1528. ‘Roundabout’, in the meaning of merry-go-round, is first found in 1484, and was freely used already by Shakespeare. The word ‘merry-go-round’ dates back to 1728, while ‘switchback’ is a recent arrival, appearing in the late 1880s. It is remarkable that the saying, ‘What you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabouts’, which sounds an old-established proverb, dates only from 1912.1

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25. The Veil of Perception

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

My response to that, as always, is revisit your assumptions. In this case, the assumption that we experience the world directly is false. No one has ever experienced this alleged world directly, and no one ever will. Weird, huh?..........

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CHAPTER VI: VISION, HEADACHE, AND THE HALO

Phyllis Greenacre Karnac Books ePub

REACTIONS TO STRESS IN THE COURSE OF SUPEREGO FORMATION

ON several occasions patients have brought material which showed quite clearly some connections between visual shuck, headache, and the development of a halo. Schematically the sequence is as follows. The child receives a stunning psychic blow, usually an overwhelming visual experience which has the effect of dazing and bewildering it. There is generally the sensation of lights, flashes of lightning, bright colours or of some sort of aurora. This may seem to invest the object, or objects seen, or it may be felt as occurring in the subject’s own head experienced literally as seeing lights or seeing red. This is depicted in comic strips as seeing stars. The initial experience always produces the most intense emotions, whether of awe, fear, rage or horror. Extremely severe lancinating pain may be part of the disturbing experience.

The emotion is felt with great force, as if an explosion or a stab had occurred within the head. There is usually at first a feeling of unreality, or of confusion. The shocking stimulus arouses an erotized aggression which demands subsequent mastery. Sometimes the little voyeur feels impelled to repeat the experience as though to test its reality. Peeping or fantasies of peeping are accompanied by sensations of tension and strain in the eyes or across the frontal region. Headaches occur later when new situations reactivate the original trauma. Mastery is attempted by successive repetition in fantasy (reality testing), partial repression, or by the development of severely binding superego reaction-formations of goodness which are supplemented by or converted into lofty ideals. As the tense goodness relaxes a litde, the headache improves and the ideals are loftier but less exigent.

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Man, Deprogram Thyself

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

One teacher Julie spent time with attributed great importance to introspective self-discovery techniques such as journaling, group dialogues and sessions with the teacher as a means of clearing out the internal debris that “keeps us from knowing our true self and pristinely mirroring the divine love of the universe.” I’m describing it poorly because all I have to go on is Julie’s delightfully lunatic ravings, but the point is that because the teaching found a place inside her, Julie can now find that same place and use the teachings to which she originally responded as a surface against which to pit herself. In this way, many of her battles are fought against “real” opponents, “visibly personified, and made practically assailable”............

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Part 6: Christianity

Patricia Monaghan New World Library ePub

Although Asian traditions such as yoga and Zen most often come to mind when the word meditation is used, Christianity too has meditation techniques, derived from its own philosophical and spiritual roots. Basic to Christianity is the idea of a divine force, God, who created and sustains the universe. Sometimes God is described as immanent, meaning within human beings, as in the “inner light” or the “still small voice.” Sometimes God appears as transcendent, meaning outside humanity. Divinity is often seen as both immanent and transcendent, because that which permeates the universe would, by definition, be part of humanity as well.

The core tenet of Christianity is salvation: that God’s son, Jesus Christ, descended to earth and died for humanity’s sins. Humans are considered to be born in a state of original sin that stems from the fall of Adam and Eve, and it is from this state that humanity was redeemed through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Some Christian traditions see salvation as a moment, an event that has occurred once and holds for all time; others see salvation, like creation, as an ongoing process in which we participate.

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Eleven: Celebrations

Felicitas D. Goodman Indiana University Press ePub

For the 1985 spring workshop at the Buddhist Center in Scheibbs, our friend Franz announced that we were going to have a masked dance. “Dear Friends,” he wrote in his flyer,

you have all taken part in an introductory course on trance and the religious altered state of consciousness with Felicitas Goodman. For this year, we are planning a more intensive project with Felicitas, to deepen our knowledge about trance and ecstasy and to practice integrating it into our daily lives. This project is not to be as serious as it sounds, however. We want to make it a celebration as it used to be in ancient cultures, a celebration of joy. It is to be a game between the dimensions of the world, a sacred event demonstrating our connectedness with everything that surrounds us.

I arrived late on the first day from another assignment. I had not seen the flyer; we had discussed the matter only in the most general terms, but in no detail, and I knew only that Franz had engaged Rudl, a trained Viennese maskmaker, as an instructor for our project. So I was understandably startled when after greeting the fourteen participants in the upstairs meditation room of the center, Franz turned to me with a confident smile, saying, “All right, Felicitas, so why don’t you just describe some native ritual to us, and we’ll proceed from there.”

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The Golden Rule

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

“Well,” I reply reluctantly, “if you’re asking just from curiosity about me, the answer is I don’t know. I get a bit confused when the discussion turns to metaphysics. If you’re asking because you want to know if mystical powers are necessary to achieve enlightenment, then the answer is no; no superpowers required. If you’re asking whether or not you get mystical powers as, like, a bonus when you become enlightened, then the answer isn’t so clear. I don’t see auras or know the future or anything like that. I suppose I could go out and develop some mystical skills, but I wouldn’t know what to do with them. I have no such desire. On the other hand, I have – uh, heightened abilities might be a good way to put it – that most of you haven’t gotten around to developing or recognizing in yourselves yet. These abilities are not really related to enlightenment directly, though; at least, they don’t hinge on it, nor it on they. I’m talking about the ability to manifest desires, for one; to shape your personal reality...........

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20 Street Photography

Torsten Andreas Hoffmann Rocky Nook-IPS ePub

The term “street photography” came into usage in the 1920s, but there exist examples of these types of images from as early as the end of the 19th century, when photographers began looking beyond the ivory tower of static photography, a staged and idealized art form, to pictures of “life on the streets.” A type of photographer emerged who could drift through the city and its inconsistent cast of characters, capturing images using hand-held photography techniques. The underlying principles of the art form changed, allowing random, casual, surprising, volatile, and mundane urban life experiences to become the photographer’s subject matter. The camera found a new role as an extension of the subjective gaze, and the metropolitan observer with a camera was born. These photographers are less interested in specific events and phenomena; they set their sights on the casualness and seemingly banal moments of the human condition in public spaces.

As the creator of his own reality, the street photographer identifies the moment that he has extracted from the stream of events. This moment becomes the subject of the image. This shows an interesting combination of street photography and the concept of meditation. This photographic form demands, more than any other genre of photography, the highest degree of concentrated attention. Street photography is common in areas with a vibrant, diverse population and a bustling, busy energy. This means that images will be of a variety of objects that are continually in motion, and must be consolidated to create a clear composition. Successful street photographs are achieved by pressing the shutter release at the decisive moment, capturing a concise excerpt of the experience.

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PHANTOM LIMB

Forrie, Allan Thistledown Press ePub
In “Phantom Limb” Theresa Kishkan remembers Lily, a dog who was adopted from a nearby reservation and quickly became a member of the family: protecting the yard from deer, raccoons, and bears; training the new puppy Tiger; and sharing family picnics and walks before the end of her too-short life.
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Placid and Self-Contained

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF
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9. Your Immune System

Matthew MacDonald O'Reilly Media ePub

By this point, you've probably realized the sorry truth. Your body is a pastiche, made up of both the amazing and the amazing-it-works-at-all. On one hand, your body features some of the most intricate, finely tuned biological machinery in the natural universe. On the other, it stuffs the gaps with quirks, messy compromises, and more than a few embarrassing shortcuts. It's a bit like a high-tech supercomputer that's patched together with duct tape.

Your immune system is no different. You probably think you have a good, basic idea of what it does. Perhaps you imagine something like a crack army of killer cells that hunts down and annihilates disease-causing agents. While this is true to a point, it glosses over several biology Ph.D.s' worth of details. The reality is that your body has a dizzying array of overlapping defense mechanisms that recruit dozens of different types of specialized body cells and pursue dramatically different strategies. The reason for this complexity is simplein a battle for your life, it pays to use every weapon at your disposal.

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Epigraph

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF
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Marquis de Sade

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF
Oh darn, my crisis isn’t going well! Boo hoo for me! My total meltdown isn’t going as I’d hoped so I guess I’ll whine and complain like a little brat! What a coward! I’m so ashamed of myself even though I know this is what it is. No one gets around this. No one has it any easier. This is what it is. What I can’t do today I’ll do tomorrow. Small steps. One step at a time. One step at a time. I can only do what I can do. I never ever thought I could get this far, could get to this point. Every day I go a little further, I get more done, I know less and understand more. I know exactly what it means to be amazed every day by how naive I was the day before. Of course it looks impossible. I shouldn’t even look! Why look ahead? Am I trying to break my spirit? Focus. FOCUS! ! ! The next thing is the only thing and the next thing might kill me anyway. I look at the thing after the next thing and I see a total impossibility, but the last thing was the thing after the next thing at one time and now I’m past that, so what the fuck do I know? Nothing! Just do the next thing.............. See All Chapters
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ACT V: ANATTA

Jed McKenna Wisefool Press PDF

ACT V: ANATTA

Transition music, sung by kids:

WHILE THE MOON HER WATCH IS KEEPING

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT

WHILE THE WEARY WORLD IS SLEEPING

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT

O'ER THY SPIRIT GENTLY STEALING

VISIONS OF DELIGHT REVEALING

BREATHES A PURE AND HOLY FEELING

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT

SETTING

Semi-rustic cabin interior, messy, lived in. The space is softly lit with candles and lamps. Entry door and stone fireplace audience left where a fire burns. Rocking chair beside the fireplace and a couch facing it. Audience right, kitchenette, hall and bathroom out of view. Nearby a telephone stand with an old black rotary phone and a wall mirror. Downstage audience right, a small dining table used as a messy desk, littered with paper in sheets and crumpled balls, water bottles, coffee cups, etc, a laptop on one end and a printer on a chair, a desk lamp lights the laptop and more debris. A waste basket is overflowing and surrounded by crumpled paper.

CHARACTER

Julie: Thirty-ish female. Frazzled. Thin. Wears loose jeans and a baggy sweater, unkempt, no make-up, bare feet. Long messy hair.

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