posted on Jan, 28 2016 @ 05:02 PM
Alright who here wants to hear about Bassplyr's crazy Satori/Kensho experience from a few years ago? . . .( Looks around the room smiling at a bunch
of quizzical faces) . . . That's OK cause I'm gunna talk about it anyways.
So Satori according to Wiki is the enlightenment one receives when experiencing Ken Sho while practicing Chan (Chinese)/Zon (Korean)/Zen (Japanese)
Buddhist Meditation. Ken = to see, Sho = Essence or Nature. I feel the same experience is universal to all humans and religions or spiritual
practices. Monks and Nuns call it "being one with god", etc...
Scientists studying the human brain via MRI of various religious practitioners from Catholic Nuns to Buddhist Monks while meditating and in the state
of experiencing this phenomena noticed an interesting change in the parts of the brain that were active and de-active. They discovered that a part of
the brain that's responsible for determining where your body is spatially and where that ends and the rest of the universe starts (ie the
proprioception - meaning "one's own", "individual," and capio, capere, to take or grasp) would shut down and in doing so the body could not recognize
where it started and stopped and where the universe began and ended in relation to them. Ie... they felt like they had dissolved or atomized and
became one or a part of everything, at one with the universe.
So there I was mid 20's, unemployed, semi care free (although internally depressed) and enough free time to experiment with meditation. Of course
being a smart ass I figured I don't need no direction, I'm gunna make up my own meditation techniques, see what happens.
SO here's what I would do and how one day it lead to a very strange yet satisfying experience. I would drive up to Lake Hollywood. It's up near the
Hollywood sign. Near-ish. Anyways. There is a cute dog park up there with decent parking. So I'd park there and find a deer trail just off the
road, take that a hundred feet or so into the hillside, find a comfortable place and plop down to meditate. I'd do this twice a week or so.
All sorts of interesting things would happen when you sit very still for hours. Birds land on you. Squirrels would hang out right next to you
My method was as follows:
I'd close my eyes while sitting upright in a comfortable position.
To "warm up" I'd use a popular technique where I'd slow my breathing and brain by breathing in slowly and fully counting to 4. Hold my breath for
four then exhale for 4. Then I'd with no air count to 4 and repeat until I felt like I was in the "zone."
Next, I'd focus on just one sound. Say a particular bird singing or chirping. After a few minutes I'd add a second sound and try and focus on both
at the same time and equally. Say now the sound of a distant lawn mower and the bird singing. When I had that down I'd add one more stimuli and so
on. Eventually I'd open my eyes and include that stimuli to my focus. The goal was to use all my senses equally and un-compromised at once.
Basically, making my self as much of a zero impedance conduit for my senses as possible. Not sure what I'd figure I'd achieve with this. Maybe
heightened senses. Who knows I was in my 20's.
I got pretty good at getting to this hyper aware state during my meditation sessions.
Then one day after going at it for like 2 hours. Something strange, exhilarating and very unexpected happened.
I saw a flash and felt a sudden sense of rapid acceleration and movement as if I was just catapulted into the air or something. But it was my soul or
consciousness that was zooming out of my body. Instantly I wasn't seeing things through my own eyes anymore. I was flying in and out of the branches
of a old oak tree residing several hundred feet down in a canyon below me. Zipping in and between the branches like a sparrow, orbiting the tree and
viewing it from multiple angles. I noticed the knots in the wood, the scars, the little sucker branches growing out in odd places. Everything was
in technicolor vividness.
Then, as if I couldn't maintain this any longer or as if my concentration broke, I was instantly back in my body back up on the hillside and sitting
there stunned, and at the same time very enlightened feeling somehow.
My body was tingling and I slowly got up and walked back to my car.
My mind for several minutes afterwards was like on a high from the experience. I was at peace, understanding and able to grasp ideas and concepts I
never had before, energized, but calm, and feeling deeply connected to everything at once.
I achieved momentarily Satori.
The feeling I experienced that day is still hard to fully describe. To me it felt Profound somehow. I often wonder what that was all about. I had
never noticed that tree before. I had never hiked down there before. I had no knowledge of that trees details.
Later that day I took the 45 minutes to hike down the canyon to that tree. I walked around that tree and even from my perspective from the ground I
could see the knots, scars and branches. They were exactly as I saw them during that brief episode of Kensho. I still am astounded that I could see
accurately the individual details of that old Oak Tree.
I have never been able to have a repeat of the experience and strangely stopped meditating shortly after that for a long time until I met a Buddhist
Monk who got me back into meditation briefly a decade later. But that was Dharma Meditation and the effects were very different, although beneficial.
So was this some type of super detailed and accurate remote viewing? Was I experiencing an out of body experience? Was I able for a moment to tap
into and share the experiences of some small bird living in that tree? Was my consciousness sailing the space time continuum or travelling through
the Dirac sea like photons popping in and out of some Jayne's Cummings Lattice to some distant location? Was my conscious dropping it's ego and
seeing the Universe as it is for once? Was the knowledge available to me through that vision because the Universe is holographic in nature and
everything is everywhere and all data of everything is IN everything?
It's interesting that the simple act of essentially turning off my ego also allowed me to participate in the universe as a whole. How I stopped
perceiving my self and started to perceive EVERYTHING as myself and myself also as nothing more than a tiny speck of something much larger.
More importantly will bassplyr ever be able to achieve something like that again? Even for just another well rewarding instant of a moment.
Next up! Bassplyr's crazy stories of growing up in a haunted house!
Or, would the thread members rather hear about the time me and a "wraith," for lack of a better term, made eye contact and stared at each other
befuddled for a few seconds in my back yard as a teenager before mutually deciding to go our separate ways. Both seemingly as baffled by the
experience. Also something that occurred during a meditation session.