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Originally posted by Inquisitive1
Funny you post this. Funny only because I've read (a little more then half anyway) of the Ra Material and had the exact same thought when I reached that line of questioning. There where other instances, too, that made me pause.
I too, Find it odd that according to this "highly evolved being named Ra" Everything is connected and ultimately good. Be it Service to self or Service to others. They are just two different paths to the will of the creator. But T.V. Is only used for distraction and sleep. I'm not much of a T.V. watcher myself, and while I can fully agree there are tons of shows and programs on it that adversely effect the whole of my being, and cause me to want to stab pointed objects into my own chest -- I don't think that's an accurate portrait of television as a whole..
I'm not sure if this whole Ra material is a hoax or not. I lean more into it being one, simply because of instances like this one in the book, But ultimately I've no idea. I don't meant to offend, But it reminds me of the bible. I read and nod. Because it makes some sort of sense, and then suddenly I'm left wondering "what the f***". and the process continues.. numerous times over and more often than not.
So, one instance that broke my willful suspension of disbelief was when the questioner asks about television.
"Questioner: What is the general overall effect of television on our society with respect to this catalyst?
Ra: I am Ra. Without ignoring the green ray attempts of many to communicate via this medium such information of truth and beauty as may be helpful, we must suggest that the sum effect of this gadget is that of distraction and sleep."
How Does TV Effect Brainwaves? "Formal Features" are the camera cuts, pans, zooms etc. used very frequently in TV and movies. Because these "formal features" are so novel, and different from normal everyday reality, they trigger the brain's "orienting response". The "orienting response" is an important brain reflex that alerts us when there is a change in the environment. This "orienting response" is an essential survival mechanism because it forces us to pay attention to any (potentially dangerous) changes in the environment. Because of the involuntary nature of the "orienting response", another name for it is "involuntary attention".
Anyways about the virtues of channeling itself: I think of it like this. Almost all artists, whether you're a painter, musician, scupltor or writer, say that their ideas kind of spring from nowhere. Many musicians consider themselves conduits of the music as opposed to the one and only creator of it.
I get the feeling though that most of us can discern between honest people and complete liars.
One more thing: say channeling IS real...how do we know these channeled entities are who they say they are? Couldnt Ra be from the nefarious Orion group? Couldnt you be channeling a demon posing an an angel?
Watching TV puts the viewer into a highly suggestible sleep-like hypnotic state. This provides easy access to the subconscious and is one reason why it is easy to fall asleep whilst watching television.
The hypnotic effect is largely caused by screen flicker which lowers your brainwaves into an alpha state, a state of mind that you would normally associate with meditation or deep relaxation. In most people, this occurs within 30 seconds or 3 minutes for very light and infrequent viewers.
In a hypnotic state, the information which you are exposed to will be downloaded directly to your subconscious mind where it will alter existing beliefs and form new beliefs without you even being aware of it. This has obvious implications for marketers who wish to sell the viewer their product, as is shown in the television commercial below which is advertising to advertisers the benefits of TV advertising
Originally posted by doctornamtab
reply to post by AnnoyingOrangeX
But aren't we vicariously experiencing what happens on TV. There are mirror neurons in our brains that, supposedly, cause us to feel what we observe others feeling. They're empathy neurons. If we didn't have them we probably wouldnt even watch TV. The same parts of the brain light up when we watch someone play guitar as when we play guitar ourselves. This is how we learn. So whats the difference in catalyst between TV and real life if our brains experience them the same way.