reply to post by LususNaturae
Mind Control: fact or fiction?
Well, I consider it to be a fiction. Though, there are some interesting theories on how this could be. The award winning science-fiction/horror writer
Dan Simmons wrote a book called Carrion Comfort
way back when. The whole book deals with a form of "psychic mind vampires" who use mental
manipulation to get people to do things they want them to do. The book makes for an interesting, but sometimes cumbersome, read.
On the twentieth anniversary Simmon's wrote an introduction for the book. It's some thirty pages long. In there, for a brief moment he slips into an
extremely complicated scientific explanation for how his psychic vampires, who utilize mind-control, could be possible via neurology, evolution and
some other things. Maybe the answer to your question is somewhere in the science Simmon's utilized.
Psi/Psychic Abilities/OOBE: Real Espionage Tactics
I don't know for sure if they could necessarily be considered espionage tactics (like in the 70s military experiments). I've met, and am friends
with a few people who can do some small psychic things. After more then a decade of trying, none of them really "control" their ability. So I doubt
it could be honed and mastered as so many New-Age writers speculate.
More then likely, psychic abilities are either some new evolutionary breakthrough, or some once-abandoned genetic deficiency that is now resurfacing
in the gene pool. Either an evolutionary throwback, or an evolutionary advancement. I doubt it is some mystical "gift" from some spiritual world.
I meditate somewhat frequently, although not for any other purpose other than to take a breather, a break
This is the original purpose of meditation. In Hinduism, and Buddhism the practice of meditation was utilized to slow the body, and then the mind. It
was believed that in this relaxation — with the clutter of daily life removed — new insights to situations and the self could become realized.
I wouldn't really consider meditation a "spiritual" thing. I consider it to be more of an alternative exercise. Much like Yoga. Both are given
spiritual significance because of the clarity, flexibility, and insight one can achieve while practicing. However, at their core, they're just ways
to maintain your emotional, mental, and physical well-being.
And that's my 2¢ on the subject.
~ Wandering Scribe