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Holotropic Spontaneity and Carl Rogers XIV

– An outgrowth of Rogers’ work is that of his student Eugene Gendlin, whose ideas involve working in a Rogerian manner with bodily sensations — noticing, describing, coming to terms with the feelings and stories they naturally communicate. This can be very useful for people who do energy work and often tends to be part of the wider process anyway, but his book Focusing (1978), again written to be used without prior experience, whether alone or with a partner, is full of helpful detail and has been widely appreciated. It appears on Kundalini lists regularly.

– In case of strong or difficult stress of the kind we now call “traumatic”, I recommend a look at the work of Babette Rothschild or other trauma therapists. Since the physiology is very helpful for understanding Kundalini arousal too, it may be worth a look under any circumstances. The Body Remembers (2000) and The Body Remembers Casebook (2003) I found particularly good in their loose, physiologically-sound approach. This way teaches instantly accessible calm states with a variety of psychologies to clear traumatic ones. Knowledge of the physiology of trauma can come in handy even for things that appear quite minor. Rothschild has emphasised people are quite capable of getting over trauma by themselves.

Traumas are inevitably moments of full focus and strong awareness in our lives; they are also close to the Kundalini mechanism and can actually initiate it (see Kason). Meditation gradually brings these moments and their energetic/emotional/physiological results under control by being equally aware. Rothschild emphasises the all-important openness to process and describes very well the keys in the body and mind to getting out-of-control states back into harmony. This requires more care than the normal Gendlin Focusing as it involves knowing how to defuse mines without triggering them. Knowing the signs within the body can be very useful and will get put together with images, feelings, concepts, events, naturally by spontaneous Rogerian relationship.

– Stanislav Grof is very useful if you want to understand the nature of strange cognitions you’ve had, including ones in childhood. This was big for me and many people have some such memories or find them surfacing in meditation or self-enquiry. Getting a psychological handle on them makes them easier to process. See Realms of the Human Unconscious for example. Grof’s use of LSD proved there’s at least some value in it — more on exactly how much value in the next series. His ideas on what he calls COEX systems, too, in the same book, were very interesting and gave me some a-ha’s, although when it comes to dealing with them and the mind generally he is less interesting, as he doesn’t understand spiritual training. But that’s why we have chi kung.

If childhood was difficult and some parts of you seem permanently weird or irrational, another useful resource is the blog of Rodger Garrett, which shows the biology of this is now being understood quite clearly (limbic system inflammation plays a large role). The practices I’m giving here can heal this — his can too, he says. A great key is to understand just how much of this is physiology that can be resolved with work on the chi.

Putting the Jigsaw Together (means extending it infinitely on all sides)

Collecting the past few months…

A subpersonality of mine could see superconscious light and show it to “me” (previous post). I’ll compare that with: in October last year I talked about LeShan’s concept that we can ‘break the laws of physics’ and experience psi because other laws are in operation when we are in other states — ‘different states, different rules’. Whilst in normal consensus-social mindstates I couldn’t see the light, but this could change in a different state.

What could any person do if not bound to normal states? What could they experience? Emmerson tells us that most people have 5-15 commonly used states for everyday life. But there’s an awful lot more to any human than those 5-15 states.

Spiritual training = new states and expanded relationships. Entraining to one’s own chakras as described in January this year expands the energy and function of the chakra which in turn affects the whole system — as all entrainments and all selves do. Opening chakras is opening new selves.

When entraining to the consciousness of a tree as mentioned in March this year an interesting thing happens — an “image” (loosely) of that tree is in you and one of you is in that tree. Whilst the entrainment continues there can be ‘one being’, ‘one system’; later the image of the other half of the system remains. This image is known as an ‘introject’ in some forms of psychology, and is a kind of internal model of who and what the tree is or was; it is with you and is affecting and transforming the system. Mutual transformation can do a lot of processing as trees like things we don’t.

1st in Image sequence from Grof’s Realms of the Human Unconscious showing shattering-rebuilding — click to enlarge

So we swap ch’i and parts of ourselves become parts of others (not in any diminishing way), introjects are taken in, exchanged. We take on ch’i of a tree, or a friend, and they take on ours, and having the introject is related to having the ch’i. Thus after Glenn pumps a lot of ch’i into Kevin Millis he gets an occasional “urge to surf” (Path Notes, p. 52). This is the Millis-introject, who likes surfing.

Selves can build around empowered images, introjects with ch’i attached. Again in January this year, I mentioned TV controls people — by entrainment to it which implants introjects that can be empowered. A good way to ensure they are empowered is to use music and bright colour, sexual themes, friending tactics, social displays, excitement or life/death situations, and quick cuts to prevent cortical processing. This is exactly the combination you would use if you wanted to implant images to bind to Freud-style neuroses. (An empowered image is the same as a “cathected” one in Freudian terms.)

Trauma can build walls between surface and deeper self-states which can dissociate or split off, and the effects of this can be incredible — consider: Murphy describes cases where a person is allergic to citrus juice in some personalities but not in others, has stripe marks from a childhood whipping in some personalities but not in others, and so forth.

Later stage in the sequence — click to enlarge

But we know that we can regather these selves into one again, reassemble. The resulting (time-based) “one” is not stiff, it flows into every area of the world(s) and spins and triggers and entrains as it needs but remains one. This reassemblage reminds us of shamanic initiation. Also of the myths of reassemblage — Osiris and Zagreus (or Lemminkäinen, or Ganesha even). What comes of those reassemblages is not what was before, it is a new synthesis and in particular is friendlier with death. Being torn apart and reassembled is normal for kundalini experiencers. Empedocles is relevant too, with his universe alternately split apart by Strife and reassembled by Love. This post is reassembling many past posts.

The step after the previous, showing the rebuilding. Click to enlarge. The full sequence in this case study had 14 steps.

The work of Grof reveals many deep parts of everyone are already entrained to non-physical things. It couldn’t be otherwise. At the ground-of-being level we are all entrained to the same thing and thus the whole system is constantly affecting the whole system. Those with “issues” aren’t able to access easily, but the tools are there. (Sometimes the therapeutic tools are too linear but we have workarounds). Having integrated that self of mine which could “see the light” — now “I” can see it. And I can do more, I can become it, which is pretty good going actually, although not at all equivalent to en“light”enment in itself of course.

It must be clear that the same drive that pushes the OCD sufferer to wash themselves 100 times a day pushed me to the light, and pushes the goddess energy through the spine and vagus nerve, and something equally important is sought in all cases, but shifting consciousness is required to get to that something.

Entrainment means that you are being changed, the influence is coming in and also going out, and you are changing what is entrained to you as it develops an introject of you. Something is brought into being by this process, a pathway. Those pathways can be walked and their directions can be changed. Different states, different rules, different entrainments. Each entrainment works by psychological absorption. The body is a kind of tradition of entrainments — we by no means possess some complete introject of our own bodies, they are mysteries in both senses. The universe is another such tradition.

In December last year I mentioned the culture could turn polyparadigmatic, which is equivalent to reassembling it and might be better than nervously trying to enforce ideocratic monoparadigms. Science that knows about the non-material is split off from the culture as a rejected subpersonality. We know how many of Zeus there are — when Zeus is entrained to the Olympic festival he is Zeus Olympios, when entrained to his task of hurling thunder he is Zeus Brontios, and a hundred others. Don’t we always experience how superficial oneness not only masks multiplicity but also prevents deep-flowing-oneness-of-manyness?

Significantly, the ego-states approach, with use of hypnotic trance, shows the same pattern of internal resolution of trauma followed by transcendence that you would get from LSD therapy and from the breathwork of Grof. (Although it can be far better controlled I think, and there are many other possibly useful techniques.) Things suddenly turn mythical, archetypal, bigger — and you’re away. No-one ever really lives in just those 5-15 social selves, surely. Seated yoga and qigong are, or begin as, forms of breathwork, and altered states involve strong levels of absorption. The initial moments of LSD entrainment are playful like the initial Smile of Glenn.

Kundalini rewires all the old relationships as well as making new ones possible. Thus a person with all her introjects empowered with ch’i, with that mosaic arranged throughout her life, is carrying pieces of the world with her as live connections which are consistently informing and being informed by her life(ves) at a series of levels. It is for this reason that the world becomes enlightened when the person does.

Musings on Entrainment

Psychologically, let’s call entrainment the process whereby interaction with “something” brings a personality into being. Entrainment with silence is the process whereby the connection with the truth of the upper self can be maintained. Accepting the shadow is the process by which the gap between the personality and the truth of bodied and transbodied life is bridged.

(The thread which runs through all interactions can be made stronger than each. This seems to depend on parasympathetic dominance.)

Base chakra deities from yogic lore -- Indra, Brahma, Dakini. In China deities associate to organs instead.

In autohypnosis the entrainment is to the voice. But ‘voice’ has many meanings since people have more voice in them than they normally use and more is carried in the voice than words. People can talk differently if they know they are deeply listening. All entrainment works on inner archetypes which are known in all alchemical traditions. Multiple parts of us have a presence, associated with organs and chakras.

Shadow “acceptance” (including transformation through inhabitation and co-operation) has everything to do with really being in the body. So we know many normal entrainments take us out of it — why not, since we interpret things linguistically? Traumatic stress, which underlies much human dysfunction, is exclusion of now-experience from the body by the body’s own force. But when harmonised with that force things are very different. It does more than one dreamed when we are entrained to it, it to us.

Many people’s adult experience includes their personality and not much more. Life and society entrains them. Meta-entrainment, or entraining to that which continues despite entrainments, would mean re-entering the world that the social mind sucks us out of. Since society is ultimately a means of survival, the shadow is equivalent to death — that is, it is a byproduct of the instinctive attempt to avoid death — as is traumatic stress. The Stoics correctly taught that what survives death will not survive long unless harmonious tension and energy (pneuma or ch’i) is in place to amplify it. There is certainly a hole through which you can look to see beyond death, but to survive in that environment you have to entrain to it.

Some people’s belief systems prevent this which is itself the result of entrainment. Absolutism stems from Greek over-knifed logic, which makes everything too accurate and thus changes it. This is combined with Abrahamic over-faithiness where reality must be constantly overruled by wild attachment to a text-based “understanding” that we have to cheerlead as it “explains everything for our own good”.

The other day online someone saw what I said, put me into a category, and then demanded I defend the category! Desperately hitting out against himself in the form of a box containing my words that he had constructed, he went down slugging. Shadow.

Put the world on a Mandala and it acquires order and harmony with a centre.

Uprush of negative emotion sorts things into ‘good/bad’ categories which instead should be placed into a properly gradated worldview allowing quiet. (Mandalas place everything in a coordinated way to allow for this.) At any moment one may secede from the normal meanings. That world is not the last wor(l)d.

The ability to go within overrules everything else. Building the relationship with it makes freedom. It doesn’t change the world completely, but it changes your world completely. Most people seem too busy. Everything is listening including their own bones, but the conversation never begins.

Dionysus is connected with the esoteric Zagreus myth of being torn apart but then reborn -- click for more

Multiple selves are entrained by multiple external centres of interaction, but internal work unites them into a harmonious whole. It’s Empedocles, Dionysus, Osiris all over again.


Anywhere is Everywhere
Anyone is Everyone
The world is a Tundra of Eachness


Relaxercise -- beautiful movement exercises for wholeness

Benefit from this easy Feldenkrais, should you choose to. Been using it for years, a great secret weapon, Western move regimen, shadow “acceptance” through slowness. One more way to cancel out body-mind dualities that are especially vicious in the West, and the usual rubbish about needing to be someone else.


He told her: “You have a mask.”
The patient replied: “You have a mask, too, Dr. Reich.”
He in turn said: “Yes, but the mask hasn’t me. “


Next two weeks: inspiration and freedom.


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