Saturday, October 2, 2010

Raising through the Planes

Last night, I practiced the GD exercise of rising through the plains for the first time. I am not sure why I haven't done this before.

I worked Malkuth. As some of you may know the visualization for Malkuth colors in the queen scale can be a tad difficult because it has four colors citrine, olive, russet and black. Given my visualization skills, which are quite good at this point, this was more difficult than I expected. I had to visualized each slice of the pie separately and then put them together. After that, it was easy sailing.

I don't have time to record all I encountered this morning. However, I thought a couple of items were important.

The first was that at one level my concentration was very strong. It was as if the color pattern or the place itself aided concentration. I plan to experiment with this. At another level, I quite clearly heard voices exactly as I would if the sound was physical. This has happened to me before. Perhaps I have learned the state of consciousness I am in when this happens. If true, it is certainly reachable while participating in consensus reality.

4 comments:

Pallas Renatus said...

Clairaudience on that level is one of my most prized goals. I sometimes will hear very physical-sounding voices while slipping under the threshold of sleep (not at all "dreamlike", I'd swear there was someone next to me), but if it doesn't startle me awake (and out of the mindset conducive to the experience) then I end up falling asleep and not remembering anything that was said in the morning.

Once I managed to have a short conversation with one of the voices (I was even aware enough at the time to remember to "not to think too much" and just listen for the voice, instead of "inventing" it), but again, sleep wiped most of that memory from me.

Amethyst said...

Pallas Renatus said: "I sometimes will hear very physical-sounding voices while slipping under the threshold of sleep (not at all "dreamlike", I'd swear there was someone next to me), but if it doesn't startle me awake (and out of the mindset conducive to the experience) then I end up falling asleep and not remembering anything that was said in the morning."

Visual and auditory hallucinations that are experienced while falling asleep occur when the mind begins an REM cycle before fully shutting the body down for sleep, and are a well documented symptom of sleep paralysis. I am, of course, not saying that it is impossible for what you have experienced to be caused by something external, but I am also aware that this is not a well known sleep disorder. I have found that most people who have had experiences like yours have never heard of it. If you are one of these people, then I suggest that you research sleep paralysis and related sleep disorders, and consider the possibility that this is what you sometimes experience.

Pallas Renatus said...

@Amethyst: The differences are subtle, to be sure. Perhaps I should have been more clear. The same thing has been known to happen when I'm wide awake, but very concentrated on one thing ("single-pointed focus"), but less often.

There are indeed times when I experience what you're talking about. However, these are qualitatively different from the rather rare instances I was getting at.

The phenomenon may be internally or externally caused. I honestly don't know at this point. But I think that there is something to being fully immersed in a book and suddenly hearing snippets of sentences loudly and clearly "echo in", as if from a distance.

...oh dear, and now I'm sounding quite like a crazy person. Perhaps I should go hang out with Lady Scylla, lol.

Amethyst said...

@Pallas Renatus: Sounding crazy is alright as long as you are crazy; this is why I never worry about how crazy I sound! :)