“there is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.”
― Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings

Four Hindrances to Happiness

I am going to review some forms of ignorance making life more difficult for us:

Material ignorance: you perceive the world with its objects and problems as solid and immutable.
Solution: understand that in reality you are the only thing real, and it is the rest of the world that moves around and mutates like a whirlpool.

Spiritual ignorance: you don’t know who you are, you prefer others to tell you, or even copy other people. Lack of inspiration.
Solution: look for that part inside you that has not changed since you were born. Start doing what you wanted to do when you were a kid.

Technical ignorance: not listening to others, not knowing how to be silent, not being able to learn.
Solution: spend time every day not to make any judgment or assessment of the past or the future. Learn new things.

Emotional ignorance: you let yourself be dragged by emotions, and in doing so you become them.
Solution: observe and dissociate yourself from thoughts and emotions, with the certainty that they are part of something that comes and goes.

All ignorance is rooted in a single ignorance: not being in the here – now.

 

The Gateway Experience: Brain Hemisphere Synchronization in perspective

1. Introduction. In order to describe the Monroe Institute technique for achieving altered states of consciousness(the “Gateway Experience”)
involving brain hemisphere synchronization or “Hemi-sync”, the most effective way to begin is to briefly profile the basic mechanics which underlay operation of related methods such as hypnosis, transcendental meditation, and biofeedback.

It is easiest to effectively describe what Gateway is by beginning with a short description of those associated techniques that share some common aspects with the Gateway Experience but which are nevertheless different.

In this way we can develop a frame of reference at the outset which will provide useful concepts to explain and understand Gateway by comparison, as we proceed.

2. Hypnosis. According to the theories of psychologist Ronald Stone and the biomedical engineering models of Itshak Bentov, hypnosis is basically a technique which permits acquisition of direct access to the sensory motor cortex and pleasure centers, and lower cerebral(emotional) portions (and associated pleasure Centers) of the right side of the human brain, following successful disengagement of the stimulus screening function of the left hemisphere of the brain.

The left hemisphere of the brain is the self-cognitive, verbal and linear
reasoning component of the mind. It fulfills the function of screening incoming stimuli by categorizing, assessing and assigning meaning
prior to allowing passage to the right hemisphere of the mind.

The right hemisphere, which functions as the noncritical, holistic, nonverbal
and pattern-oriented component of the brain appears to accept what the left hemisphere passes to it without question.

Consequently, if the left hemisphere can be distracted either through boredom or through reduction to a soporific, semi-sleep state, external stimuli to include hypnotic suggestions are allowed to pass unchallenged into the right hemisphere where they are accepted and acted upon directly.

The result may involve an emotional reaction originating in the lower cerebral region, sensory/motor responses requiring involvement of the
cortex, and so on.

Both the sensory and the motor cortices of the right cerebral portion of the brain contain a sequence of points known as the “homunculus” which corresponds to points in the body (see Exhibit 1, next page).

Stimulation of the corresponding area on the cortex causes intermediate response in the associated portion of the body. Consequently, induction of the suggestion that the left leg is numb, if it reaches the right hemisphere unchallenged and is referred to the appropriate area of the sensory cortex, will result in an electrical reaction being generated that will induce the feeling of numbness.

Similarly, the suggestion that the person is experiencing a general feeling of
happiness and well-being would be referred to the appropriate pleasure centers located in the lower cerebral portion or in the cortex of the
right hemisphere, thereby inducing the suggested feeling of euphoria.

Finally, suggestions such as one that informs the hypnotic subject that he enjoys enhanced concentration or powers of memory would be responded to in the right hemisphere by accessing unused information storage capacity normally held in reserve as a result of left hemisphere selection and control processes.

This aspect will become significant in the context of the Gateway process when attention is given to examining the way that hypnosis may be used to
accelerate progress in the early stages of the Gateway Experience.

3. Transcendental Meditation. On the other hand, transcendental meditation works in a distinctly different fashion. In this technique, intense
and protracted single-minded concentration on the process of drawing energy up the spinal cord ultimately results in what appears to be creation of acoustical standing waves in the cerebral ventricles which are then conducted to the gray matter in the cerebral cortex on the right side of the brain.

As a result, according to Bentov, these waves “will stimulate and eventually ‘polarize’ the cortex in such a way that it will tend to conduct a signal along the homunculus, starting from the toes and on up.”

The Bentov bio-medical model, as described in a book by Lee Sannella, M.D., entitled: Kundalini-Psychosis or Transcendence, states that the standing acoustical waves are the result of the altered rhythm of heart sounds which are occasioned by prolonged practice of meditation, and which set up sympathetic vibrations in the walls of the fluid filled cavities which comprise the third and
lateral ventricles of the brain.

In addition, according to Bentov: “The states of bliss described by those whose Kundalini symptoms have  completed the full loop along the hemispheres may be explained as a self-stimulation of the pleasure centers in the brain caused by the circulation of a ‘current’ along the sensory cortex.”

Bentov also notes, “that most of the described symptoms start on the  left side of the body means that it is mostly a development occurring in the right hemisphere.”

Although normally a period of meditation  involving intense concentration and practice for five years or some is required to “bring up the Kundalini,” Bentov states that exposure to  mechanical or acoustical vibrations in the range of 4-7 Hertz (cycles per second) for protracted periods may achieve the same effect.

Bentov cites as an example “repeated riding in a car whose suspension and seat combination produce that range of vibrations,_or being exposed for
long periods of time to these frequencies caused, for instance, by an air conditioning duct.”

He also notes that: “The cumulative effect of these vibrations may be able
to trigger a spontaneous physio-Kundalini sequence in susceptible people who have a particularly sensitive nervous system.”

Platforms and the Chicken and Egg Problem

The fundamental problem with platforms is that they do not generate value with their first users. They suffer from the ‘chicken-egg’ problem, which they need to solve.

Without users there is no critical mass and without it no transactions are generated. They need to start from a certain degree of complexity in order to start and grow. This is the real barrier to entry they have, and the grave of many startups.

At the same time, they must have a certain openness that allows them to create other ways of generating value (‘applications’) in ways that are not always predictable. That is, they must have some degrees of freedom; enough for some creative chaos to take place inside them.

The case of software is the most typical: Linux, OpenBSD, Android, WebKit, Wikipedia, etc. allow building business models on them making emerge an ecosystem.

It is always better to start from a working business and migrate to a platform than to start from scratch.

Analysis and Assessment: of Gateway Process

Approved For Release 2003/09/10 : CIA-RDP96-00788R00170021 0016-5
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
US ARMY OPERATIONAL. GROUP
US ARMY INTEL.L.IGENCE AND SECURITY COMMAND
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MARYL.AND 20755
9 June 1983
SUBJECT: Analysis and Assessment: of Gateway Process
TO: Commander US Army Operational Group Fort Meade, MD 20755

1. You tasked me to provide an assessment of the Gateway Experience in terms of its mechanics and ultimate practicality. As I set out to fulfill that tasking it soon became clear that in order to assess the validity and practicality of the process I needed to do enough supporting research and analysis to fully understand how and why the process works. Frankly, sir, that proved to be an extremely involved and difficult business.


Initially, based on conversations with a physician who took the Gateway training with me, I had recourse to the biomedical models developed by Itzhak Bentov to obtain information concerning the physical aspects of the process. Then I found it necessary to delve into various sources for information concerning quantum mechanics in order to be able to describe the nature and functioning of human consciousness.


I had to be able to construct a scientifically valid and reasonably lucid model of how consciousness functions under the influence of the brain hemisphere synchronization technique employed by Gateway. Once this was done, the next step involved recourse to theoretical physics in order to explain the character of the time-space dimension and the means by which expanded human consciousness transcends it in achieving Gateway’s objectives.

Finally I again found it necessary to use physics to bring the whole phenomenon of out-of-body states into the language of physical science to remove the stigma of its occult connotations, and put it in a frame of reference suited to objective assessment.

2. I began the narrative by briefly profiling the fundamental biomedical factors affecting such related techniques as hypnosis, biofeedback and transcendental meditation so that their objectives and mode of functioning could be compared in the reader’s mind with the Gateway experience as the model of its underlying mechanics was developed. Additionally, that introductory material is useful in supporting the conclusions of the paper. I indicate that at times these related techniques may provide useful entry points to accelerate movement into the
Gateway experience.


3. Niels Bohr, the renowned physicist once responded to his son’s complaints about the obtuse nature of certain concepts in physics by saying: “You are not thinking, you are merely being logical.”

The physics of altered human consciousness deals with some conceptualizations that are not easily grasped or visualized exclusively in the context of ordinary “left brain” linear thinking. So, to borrow Dr. Bohr’s mode of expression, parts of this paper will require not only logic but a touch of right brain intuitive insight to achieve a complete comfortable grasp of the concepts involved. Nevertheless, once that is done, I am confident that their construction and application will stand up to the test of rational critique.


1. Paradoxically, having gone to such great lengths to avoid trying to render judgements based on an occult or dogmatic frame of reference in the end I found it necessary to return, at least briefly, to the question of the impact of the Gateway Experience on common belief systems. I did so because although it was essential to avoid attempting to render an assessment in the context of such systems, I felt that it was necessary after having completed the analysis to point out that the resulting conclusions do not do any violence to the fundamental mainstream of either eastern or western belief systems. Unless that point is clearly established, the danger exists that some people will reject the whole concept of the Gateway Experience in the mistaken belief that it contradicts and is therefore alien to all that they hold to be right and true.


2. This study is certainly not designed to be the last word on the subject, but I hope that the validity of its basic structure and of the fundamental concepts upon which it is based will make it a useful guide for other USAINSCOM personnel who are required to take the Gateway training or work with Gateway materials.

Gateway and Hemi-Sync

Now that we have briefly profiled the basic mechanics of the principal techniques for altering or expanding consciousness which share some of the objectives and/or methods employed in the Gateway Experience, we may proceed to focus on what that technique actually involves.

Fundamentally, the Gateway Experience is a training system designed to bring enhanced strength, focus and coherence to the amplitude and frequency of brainwave output between the left and right hemispheres so as to alter consciousness, moving it outside the physical sphere so as to ultimately escape even the restrictions of time and space.

The participant then gains access to the various levels of intuitive knowledge which the universe offers. What differentiates the Gateway Experience from forms of meditation is its use of the Hemi-Sync technique which is defined in a monograph by Monroe Institute trainer Melissa Jager as, “a state of consciousness defined when the EEG patterns of both hemispheres are simultaneously equal in amplitude and frequency.”

Although Hemi-Sync seems to be rather rare and of only short duration in ordinary human consciousness, Melissa Jager states that: “Audio techniques developed by Bob Monroe can induce and sustain Hemi-sync with the Institute’s basic Focus 3 tapes, ••• ” She also notes that: “Studies conducted by Elmer and Alyce Greene at the Menninger Foundation have shown that a subject with 20 years of training in Zen meditation could consistently establish Hemi-Sync at will, sustaining it for over 15 minutes.”

Dr. stuart Twemlow, a psychiatrist and a research associate of the Monroe Institute, reports that: “In our studies of the effect of the Monroe tape system on brainwaves, we have found that the tapes encourage the focusing of brain energy (it can be measured as with a lightbulb, in watts) into a narrower and narrower ‘frequency band’.

This focusing of energy is not unlike the yoga concept of one pointedness, which we may translate in western terms as a single-mindedness.” Dr. Twemlow goes on to observe that as the individual gets into the tapes beyond Focus 3, ” … there is a gradual increase in brainwave size which is a measure of brain energy or power.”

A Bright Future

They say you don’t hear the shot that kills you. Because the bullet travels faster than the sound of the shot. You can be dead before the sound arrives.

Which is what is happening now – deadly events are coming at such a pace, and from such strange directions, that we are dying as a society without a clue as to what hit us.

But all crisis are opportunities to improve. I am sure that when all this is behind us, and the necessary reckoning is done, each of us, and all society will be much more prosperous and free.

From “Product Marketing” to “You Marketing”

Most marketing boards insist on ‘problem-solving’ as the main approach to gain customers. But solving immediate needs is only an intermediate step. It is important to go further. What we all seek (even unconsciously) are deeper motivations and concepts.

Lets review some marketing strategies:

– Mediocre marketing focuses on the product or the seller.
– Traditional marketing focuses on the benefits, and puts them ahead of the specifications.
– Brilliant marketing revolves around the human condition: your desires and aspirations.

When you know how to connect to people by appealing to those desires magic happens. I’m talking about feeling better, having more time, creating a family, having more fun, falling in love, feeling in control of your life, etc.

None of these concepts are specific companies or products. They are fundamental human aspirations. But they are crushed by the materialistic and shortermistic culture in which we live.

85% of one´s success in life is directly due to communication skills. Big winners know there´s a 3 letter word more potent than “SEX”, and its “YOU”. Make it always about them.

Notes on Privacy

In 2019 the Internet is more centralized than ever before and eventually it will become just another media system, like cable TV. You will have issued your “internet access device” and it will only run on approved services and software that is fully monitored.

This is closer than it looks with mobile apps and its only left to close non regulated services using some terriorist, anti-russian or whatever any other bullshit they come up with for the ISPs / networks to disallow via traffic blocking. Ironically all of this systems were built using open source technologies but everyone ignored GPLv3, and here we are.

When it comes down to it, they want to be able to break our encryption (the common citizens), but they (the Rich, the powerful, the state nations and the people who serve them, etc) want their own unbreakable encryption. After all we´re all criminals in their scheme of the world so far as they are concerned, but we just haven´t been caught, tried and incarcerated yet.

If you are not using TOR, your activity its being traced by 2 groups: the ones that want to get your voluntad (governments, banks, police, etc.) and the ones that want your money (governments again, thieves, competency, etc.).

La privacidad para las masas está plagada de problemas básicamente insolubles. El anonimato es imposible para las masas.

Notes on Bitcoin

People could not use an operating system until Windows appeared. With icons and a mouse you no longer needed to post or learn lines of code. Same is happening with crypto. Bitcoin needs an ‘abstraction layer’ for people to understand it and go mainstream.

Alice wants to pay Bob for his services and both have their own wallet. Transaction is initiated then Alice´s wallet proposes the BC to change his status to show his wallet emptier and Bob´s fuller. The network goes through several steps to confirm this change. The proposal propagates through the net and at the same time the different nodes check that Alice has in fact the BTC she is spending. If everything is ok, specialized nodes called ‘miners’ will pack the transaction together with other similar ones to create a BLOCK in the BC.

Bitcoin is not controlled by any government or central bank, it cares little for PR, press releases or spin, it cannot be debased nor subject to negative interest rates, it can’t be bailed in or confiscated.

Yes its has had a fairly turbulent past, but so did the USA, so did England, France, Spain, Germany, etc, etc. Greatness never happens with out some pain and sacrifice on the way. Bitcoin is still young, and may again face some challenges. But compared to the waster currencies of the GBP, EUR or USD I know at this moment in time where would be the best place to store my wealth,

Bitcoin allows you to send money to someone without asking anyone’s permission, and with hardly any fees paid. Why should there be a difference in citizenship because you were born here or there? At the BTC the account book is distributed in all computers, and therefore you can’t intervene.

The BTC network is the second largest network after the Internet: you’d have to shut down the latter to make it cease to exist.

If BTC does not scale in the direction of transactions per second, it may find scale in other directions as a result of innovation, such as large transactions.

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Bitcoin needs no entities to acknowledge it, incorporate it, regulate it, or and tax it

By 1999 Friedman predicted Bitcoin stating that internet would reduce government power and introduced the idea of digital cash, in order to reduce the power of a third party in transactions. Decentralization is a big headache for good and bad governments.

Bitcoin is inherently anti-establishment, anti-system, and anti-state. Bitcoin undermines governments and disrupts institutions because bitcoin is fundamentally humanitarian. There’s an elimination of 3rd party intrusion. It’s purely peer-to-peer.

The blockchain is free speech. It’s decentralized, voluntary, and non-aggressive. Bitcoin is not supposed to work within our current mechanisms. Bitcoin needs no entities of authority to acknowledge it, incorporate it, regulate it, and tax it. Bitcoin does not pander to power structures, it undermines them.