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.

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

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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.

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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. “

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Next two weeks: inspiration and freedom.

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4 responses to “Musings on Entrainment

  • Ben Iscatus

    Very interesting, Jason, thank you.

    I suppose that entrainment is like focus (or tuning in), but can be deeper. And might we see the body bringing karma into incarnation as inborn entrainment?

  • Jason Wingate

    Hey Ben, you are most welcome. :)

    I would say the difference between focus and entrainment is that the latter idea emphasises the communication between two (or more) processes. They shape one another — it’s about the activity of minds.

    As for your second question I’m not sure I get it…

  • Ben Iscatus

    Sorry Jason, I wasn’t clear. I mean, in your view, could the talents and phobias we bring with us into each incarnation be “entrained” in us – as emotional and mental patterns – based either on karma from previous lives or on the kind of experences our oversoul now deems necessary…

    • Jason Wingate

      That’s doable if you like it. I would emphasise entrainment as an active and observable phenomenon though because I wanted this to be a usable psychological concept. Let’s say if you call those other processes entrainments you’d have to say subconscious entrainment is possible, which equally is perfectly true — it just takes me outside where I was here. For a start, the universe becomes one big entrainment. :) I was trying to talk about processes that are a little easier to observe — but if you are able to observe those ones and see what’s entraining with what, then you might find the concept useful I guess.

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