posted on Feb, 25 2003 @ 02:03 PM
The brain operates at many levels simultaneously - including conscious thought, the subconscious, and the level that governs the body's chemical
If the subconscious is the part that contains the 'pyschic abilities' then maybe to increase the awareness of those abilities it is necessary to
temporarily subdue the conscious mind.
When we sleep - in the REM period between the concious mind decreasing several levels and the chemical level becoming higher so that the body can
repair and grow, the subconciousness becomes more prominent and generates our dreams.
Other ways of dampening the concious mind are meditation, fasting, sensory deprivation and as stated here already certain drugs and ingested
chemicals. I think that many of these can also inhibit the chemical processes to some degree, increasing further the level of the subconsious.
However once in that heightened state I think a lot of what happens is down to the ability of the individual to interpret whatever 'messages' and
symbols they experience into terms the conscious mind can understand. As well as the ability to sift through any of their own personal subconcious
desires and 'demon's to reach whatever lies behind them. Maybe that is why people who have a serious interest in developing their own abilities
train for years, learning how to avoid foods and other substances that can cloud the mind, and developing enough self knowledge to remove the personal
'static' from their subconciousness.
I'm aware that the above is a bit of a simplistic view - I'm just trying to summarise some of my own ideas on the topic.
As far as using chemicals such as pyschoactive drugs, I think they can help if taken in the correct dose, state of mind and situation. Otherwise they
can just cause intoxication or distort the consciousness rather than dampening it.
Over the years I have used cannabis, '___' and 'magic mushrooms' in varying ways with mixed results. My experiences have ranged from useful to
traumatic. Cannabis is good for relaxing the mind, but I find it interferes with my ability to have dreams and also that if my mind does touch on
something more intuitive, I quickly lose the ability to follow it and end up lost. '___', at least the stuff that was circulating in my area at the
time, was far too harsh (probably cut with too much speed) but my mind was able to follow ideas better. Mushrooms were probably the most useful, but I
found it took me days to recover and I'd be very wary of using them too often. Whatever I was using I had to be alone, in a place where I felt
physically and emotionally secure and usually outside in natural surroundings. Otherwise anxiety and disturbed perceptions would affect the experience
badly and my 'inner demons' would turn an attempt to seek knowledge into a fight for self control over fear.