posted on Oct, 10 2011 @ 05:01 PM
I wonder who wrote this story, its horrendously fascinating.
But it throws me back to remembering that several big religious leaders, through sleep deprivation had major 'religious experiences' Mohammed was
one, he use to take himself up onto the mountain and didn't sleep and become delirious with religious fervour and the other was The Buddha who sat
under a tree for some length of time not sleeping.
The essence of this story made me think, where do people go when they get past the protective barrier of either sleep or they access the
'otherworld'. Christianity papered over the concept of an underworld, that most ancient civilisations believed in. It funnelled that concept down
into a revamped hell, merely a place of pain which served Christianity's clinical purpose. Graham Hancock covered the 'otherworld' when he wrote
in one of his books about his experience with the Shaman of South America and (something that must remain nameless on this website lest I get a verbal
smack). He tells us of an experience religion today cannot deliver. What makes this so interesting is that it can .empirically' researched because
he repeated the experience as have many others.
I wonder if there are different 'underworlds' or are they really (as per the story) states of our consciousness that are a part of us that has,
through various contrivences become completely detached from our psyche?.
Perhaps, its by breaking the boundary sleep provides, that its possible to enter into another consciousness.
I have always wondered who said 8 hours of sleep was needed per night. I have had insomnia for years and often got through a huge amount of work or
came up with new ideas and solutions when working in the past. Most of my friends all accept 8 hours sleep, but Margaret Thatcher and Winnie got by
with 4 hours per night.
If one accepts that concept, then very few of us will ever push the envelope into the unconscious world that may well be a part of our heritage.