I had great sucess achieving natural highs many years ago. This would have been around 1982 and at the time I had been reading several books about
self-hypnosis. I used to do this at night as I was laying in bed before I slept.
I would spend 15 minutes or so reaching a very relaxed state. In my mind I would focus on different parts of my body, starting at my feet and
gradually working my way up to my head. For example, I would wiggle my toes around a bit as I concentrated on feeling them relax, next, the arches of
my feet, then ankles, then calves, and so on until my entire body was in a completely relaxed and comfortable state.
I dont recall the actual training process described in the books but I remember that one of them suggested using a keyword or "trigger" to help
induce the state of self-hypnosis. In my case the word I chose to use was "auto-relaxation".
Over the space of several months I went through the process each night until I became very adept at reaching a deep state of relaxation. Once I felt
that I was ready, I would say the trigger word to myself and, if succesful, I would immediately feel a subtle tingling sensation all over my body. I
did not always feel the sensation, as I was not always succesful at reaching the desired state, but when it WAS succesful, this tingling sensation was
my cue that I had been sucessful.
I'm going to go off on a slight tangent here to describe an experience that I often had during these nightly "sessions".
From time to time I would begin to feel a sensation like I was expanding. Like I was expanding at the speed of light for several minutes. Like I was
expanding outward to fill the size of the entire universe. I recall that it was a somewhat dizzying feeling, almost disorienting. At some point I
would begin to think how large the universe really is (and how small my body was in comparison to this vastness of the universe) almost instantly, I
would begin to experience a very intense shrinking/falling sensation, as if I were quickly shrinking from a universal size down to that of an atom.
This whole expanding / shrinking sensation would last several minutes and at times I recall it being so intense that I became nauseauous.
I wish I could better put the experience into words because it was truly an amazing feeling, but it is difficult to describe. I suppose it is just
one of those things that words are inedaquate to describe. I've no idea if the experience was profound in some way, just that it was quite amazing
and I tried to acheive the state quite often because it was just so mind blowing.
At some point I decided to experiment with making myself feel "high" in the absence of any drugs. My reasoning was that if my mind had experienced
a drug, then it would be able to re-create the physical sensations of it and thus "trick" me into feeling the effects. At the time I focused only
I would go through the relaxation process and when ready, would spend a few minutes remembering what the sensations of the drug were like. I would
tell myself that upon saying my "trigger" word that I would immediately begin to feel the effects. Over time, I became quite adept at reaching this
state of "natural high". It was quite pleasant to lie there in that heightened state of mind and just ponder whatever crossed through my thoughts.
The feeling was limited to my self-hypnosis session however, if I arose from the bed the sensation would cease altogether.
There was one time that I took the experiment a bit too far. I had focused on all the mind altering substances I'd ever experimented with and my
intention was to feel all of them at once. When I said my trigger word, I was immediately
overcome with naseua. I had to run for the bathroom
where I lost my dinner so to speak. As I recall, that was the end of those experiments, though I still continued with the relaxation sessions.
Whether this was really self-hypnosis or was actually a form of meditation, or something similar, I don't know. These things all kind of blend
together when you look at the similarities between many of them. I think many processes only truly differ in the various names which they are
The mind is a very powerful thing though, that I do know. I still meditate from time to time, but I've not felt that expanding/shrinking sensation
in many, many years. Perhaps I will try to get back into that state mind over the next few months just to see if I can still reach it...
Thanks for asking about this topic, it gave me a chance to think about something that I have not thought about in a very long time.