posted on Apr, 12 2012 @ 10:08 PM
I've spent many years and hours browsing through ATS for various reasons: knowledge, enlightenment, but mostly entertainment. I figured I might as
well step up and make it official instead of being a lurker in the shadow. I don't have many reliable friends in life, and I have a feeling I may
find some kindred souls here.
So what can I bring to ATS? Probably not a whole lot. My education only extends to 2 years of anthropology study with some psychology classes on the
side. But I would like to finish my BA and onward in anthro (some day, maybe). I lost my job at a time when I had to make a financial assessment
about finishing at the university level. So, I'm going to try and get back to work instead of pursuing higher education at this time. No student
So, my expertise doesn't exactly come from my education--just my sense of wonderment and willingness to deny ignorance. My experience does rest with
a lot of paranormal encounters. So, it might not be bad to just say where I lie on a few ATS topics.
First and foremost I have narcolepsy which is a neurological sleep disorder. Sleep paralysis, or hypnagogic/hypnapompic sleep, is something I
experience quite frequently as a symptom of the disorder. I don't believe that it is just a quirk of the sleep experience like many sleep techs
might say. I have experienced this since I was a young teenager and experience quite frequently to this day. I can usually initiate the experience
at will if I want. But since it is usually a frightening experience, I choose to avoid it. It does happen without consent though. I believe there
may be some spiritual significance to it as a result of my accumulated observational data. I am always eager to read a post on sleep paralysis when I
see one. But I am always dismayed that no one has really spoken of the spiritual connection. Perhaps I have a unique perspective on it due to my
frequency of the experience? I'd be happy to discuss my personal experiences more if anybody is interested in the topic like I am.
I am a cancer survivor and during my 2 years of treatment I have transformed from an atheist into--well, something else, I guess. I identify as Hindu
now, but I am American and was raised in a Judeo-Christian family. I am aware of atheism on ATS. That's no reason for us not to get along.
However, I am deeply interested in the metaphysical and I am open to all sorts of possibilities. That is just the result of my experience. I have an
intimate knowledge of yoga and meditation and have been practicing for many, many years. I would have to say that the events of my life and the
cancer thing has pushed me in this direction. I consider my illness a blessing in disguise after being in remission for about 6-7 years.
I like to believe I hold a delicate balance of skepticism and belief in all things. I have an understanding and appreciation of good scientific
method as well. Just thought I'd add that in case anybody is doubting my ability to question, be skeptical, analyze, or synthesize what with all my
paranormal/ metaphysical background.
I am a drummer. I am a poet who has had a few poems published; but writes for pleasure and catharsis instead of recognition now. I play inline
hockey. I am really just a jack-of-all-trades. I have passion for living life and helping others enjoy life as well. I continue to struggle with
some health issues, but am never going to let that stop me from enjoying. I keep my attitude positive (most of the time). I really wouldn't mind
having a job again either haha.
Basically, I'm not here to assert or argue or convince anybody of anything. I'm not sure that I will be posting my own threads too often. I will
probably just chime in when I feel I'm needed on topics such as that sleep paralysis debate. Otherwise I am expecting to just continue to enjoy
reading the posts of everyone else.
My thanks to those who took the time to read my introduction and welcome me to ATS.