How to F.A.R.M. The Hive Mind – Free Associative Research Methods

805499c4e9aef98078a6396a685f6db5The internet has rewired our brain for nonlinear exploration. Imagine if high schools and universities offered the option for self directed free associative research, group study, and private mentors. How many bored students would rise from their sleepy indifference and begin pursuing the topics that actually interested them?

We can explore the world and the collective body of human knowledge without any institutional guidance. However, there is a fundamental road block that keeps many of us from mental freedom: Where should we even begin?

HOW TO F.A.R.M.

garden_of_mind_by_leox912-d5x1awjMost of the content we explore is being fed to us by social media, news media, and word of mouth. Our exposure to new ideas tends to be limited by the environments in which we exist. There is an antidote to this problem, which I call the Free Associative Research Method (F.A.R.M). 

Many great thinkers have compared the human mind to that of a garden. The seed ideas that we plant in our mind will eventually grow and develop over time. The best way to have a lush, diverse, and beautiful garden is to find the best seeds possible. In many cases, our friends and family only have access to a limited variety of ideas, so how are we supposed to break free and discover new things for ourselves?

“The psychotic drowns in the same waters in which the mystic swims with delight.” – Joseph Campbell

I learned the Free Associative Research Method from hanging out with a very intelligent and clinically psychotic friend. He would attempt to beat the lottery using “codes” from his environment; namely in fragmentary details of billboards, addresses, people’s names, license plates, and so forth.

I watched the technique fail him over and over again, as he struggled with all of the trappings of poverty, homelessness and unemployment. None of these codes ever translated into a meaningful lottery victory. However, despite these apparent insane attempts to hack the computer simulation of reality, I noticed something else that most people would have overlooked – this person was collecting an incredibly vast and diverse collection of stimulating bits of information. It was as if he was getting high on the process of research, and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow never had to materialize, because the process itself was the drug.

Furthermore, there was something very peculiar about this person. On several occasions he demonstrated a kind of inexplicable clairvoyance. For example, he would interrupt out conversation with a total non-sequitur, to begin talking about something seemingly unrelated to our dialogue, but which addressed a specific and intensely personal thought that had crossed my mind earlier that day. It was as if his mind behaved like a dousing rod, locating “psychic water”, without knowing what drove him. He was aware that he had this ability, but this drive was on auto-pilot and so often times it would happen without his willing or even realizing it.

The F.A.R.M. Technique

Out of sheer interest and fascination, I spent enough time with this person to observe and even collaborate on long form adventures through the city, absorbing his techniques while standing carefully on guard to ensure that my mental fortitude remained in tact. It felt important that I hold down a job, that I be capable of unplugging from these mind games and reconnect with the mundane world, and that I carefully separate the gifts from the poisons.

Eight years later, I have had a lot of time and space from this person, allowing me to digest and integrate the experience. What I have found and developed is a personal method of intellectual discovery that links the mind to the body and the world, drawing upon the chaotic and primordial immediacy of street life as an energy source for mental stimulation, mystical rapture, and independent education.

I have been pleasantly surprised to learn that many people already practice this method, but never speak out about it because, like a kind of mental tic, it seems somehow unbecoming or “crazy”.

In the remainder of this essay I will attempt to explicate some basic methods that allow an individual to draw meaningful leads from seemingly mundane bits of data. What I love about this technique is that it capitalizes on our thirst for knowledge while circumventing our tendency for short attention span. As soon as an idea loses interest and momentum, the FARM technique provides fresh material for the psychonaut to jump back in and continue learning.

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This is the Reason Why People Can’t See Truth

1-Ed95YFqM6ydlaPNtehObJAFrom an early age, I have always wondered why people seem to be wrong about everything. As a kid growing up in the 2000’s decade, I constantly noticed that people generally did not have an accurate sense of probability, especially pertaining to fear.

Adults who were fed propaganda about terrorism have improbable fears about being the victims of terror attacks, when they are more likely to be killed by cops than terrorists.

People think it’s unlikely that a vaccine would cause injury, yet that perception is inconsistent with reality. Some used to believe cannabis was bad for you, while not recognizing how bad certain chemicals are.

In my experience, people’s perception of probability on numerous issues in life are wildly inaccurate. Due to lack of experience, determination to not learn from experience, and other sometimes artificially constructed reasons, people can’t accurately determine many things nowadays.

However, research suggests human beings naturally have a good sense of probability. According to Nature:

“People overrate the chances of dying in a plane crash and guess incorrectly at the odds that a coin toss will yield ‘heads’ after a string of several ‘tails’. Yet humans have an innate sense of chance, a study of indigenous Maya people suggests. Adults in Guatemala who have never learned a formal number system or a written language did as well as formally educated adults and children at estimating the probability of chance events1, the researchers found.

Children are born with a sense of number, and the roots of our mathematical abilities seem to exist in monkeys, chickens and even salamanders. But evidence has suggested that the ability to assess the chances of a future event is not as innate.”

To illustrate what it means to have a distorted sense of probability, this article discusses social anxiety warping people’s sense of probability when it comes to consequences of social activity. According to Psychology Today:

“Research conducted by psychologist Edna Foa, noted for her research on anxiety disorders, asked individuals with and without social anxiety about their expectations regarding various social events. She asked the subjects questions about the probability of something happening to them, such as making a social blunder. She also asked the subjects what they thought the consequences would be, should this event actually occur.

The results indicated that the socially anxious people overestimated both the probability and the severity of negative social events. They expected negative social events to be more likely to occur and the consequences of these events to be more severe. In other words, they were making negative predictions. Interestingly, these differences were found only when they were asked about social events, not other situations.”

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The Power Of Energy In Motion

Power-Of-Energy-790x381Energy in motion is important to processing life experiences. Have you ever been struggling inside, and someone says, “Oh, just snap out of it! Stop thinking all that negative stuff and be positive!” Sounds like a great idea, right? But for many of us it is not that easy. Thoughts and feelings are an integral part of us. They sometimes get all wrapped up inside and drain our power to make the changes we want.

No matter how many positive thoughts we conjure up, when our energy is not moving freely, stagnant energy lingers in the background. People often call it “being stuck” for a reason. Without our energy in motion, the miserable thoughts and feelings we wish would go away, keep popping up repeatedly. Yep, the same old thoughts and emotions keep circling round and round again!

The Ease in Letting Go

People often say, “It’s hard to let go” when letting go is the easiest thing we ever do. It takes a tremendous amount of energy and personal power to hold ourselves back. Letting go is our natural ability to free up our power to do the things we love.

Moving our energy opens space for the release of depression, repression and the struggle we feel. A good example is when we constrict the muscles around our lungs and heart. We literally suffocate ourselves with shallow breathing and compression of our blood flow. This stresses our bodies and makes us feel uneasy, dis-easy. Dis-ease is an early warning sign of what we commonly call “disease”.

Try this exercise as way to better understand:

Hold your arm out in front of you.

Squeeze your fist as tight as you can.

Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze tighter and tighter…and do not let it go!

Keep holding it as tight as you can. Squeeze, squeeze… tighter and tighter. Do not let it go!

Notice any discomfort you feel in your fist, arm and the rest of your body.

How is your breathing? Does the rest of your body feel relaxed? How relational do you feel? Do you feel free? How is your thinking? How present are you with the rest of what is going on around you? Is your focus of attention narrow?

Keep holding it tight and think about what it means to be “uptight”.

Then slowly start letting it go…slowly uncurl your fist.

Notice if your hand is feeling any resistance to letting go? Is there any discomfort in letting it go?

And when you’re ready…

Let it go! Relax, and Shake it out!

Notice how good it feels to let go and shake it out.

Energy in Motion Supports Continuity

Dancing, shaking, vibrating and expressing ourselves makes it easier to let go. It allows our thoughts, feelings and behaviors to be flexible and move more freely. Motion also supports in shifting our continuity while going through withdrawal from the habit of holding back.

When we keep our energy in motion many of the following benefits are:

Experiencing a sense of well-being where thinking positively comes naturally.

Allowing the space for old beliefs and stories about ourselves to dissolve, resolve and evolve more readily.

Circulation of our blood and release of our muscles allowing us to experience the joy of being alive.

Allowing our emotions to express, feel happy, inspired and ready to take the next steps in our lives.

Freedom, power and the ease of being in alignment with ourselves and all that is.

Experiencing what it means to be in the flow of life.

Space for envisioning and bringing forth the bodily felt sense of how we want our lives and our world to be.

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Abnormally Normal: The Individuals Rebellion of Involution

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My earliest school memory is of a teacher reprimanding me: “Why can’t you be more normal like Simon who is so obedient…?” she asked.  “I’m not a dog!” I thought, “What demonstrates more intelligence: the student who is doubtful and opinionated or the one who accepts and abides?”  Obedience is a quality that is seen so virtuously.  Socrates, Jesus, Galileo,  Darwin, Pasteur, the Wright brothers, and countless other truth-seekers over the centuries were silenced, rejected, persecuted, even executed, not for their vices but for their virtues – the rebellious spirits they had, and the bold daring new truths they presented.

Abnormally Normal Society

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. ~ J Krishnamurti (Think on These Things)

Mystics, healers, introverts, and Eccentric people have all suffered the shunning of the abnormally normal.  From a very young age, through our education, family and cultural environmental conditioning, we are taught what the majority of people believe acceptable and “normal”, knowing nothing else.  These seemingly normal people are only judged as being “normal” in comparison to how well adjusted they are to such an abnormally ill society. If the people in our society were truly normal, they would find the state of society untruthful, distasteful and impossible to adjust to. They would choose not to partake in it, to rebel against being normal, resulting in their exile from such a society and labeled Outcasts.

Reaction Is Not Rebellion

Rebellion is not to be confused with a reaction against society.  A reaction is unconsciously instantaneous.  Our brains move from one extreme to the other to avoid having to deal with progressive change.  For example, as a child you ate too much and were overweight, so now you have traumatic memories about your weight and unconsciously react by obsessing over fitness or diets. In your conscious mind you feel that you’ve made a great change when it fact it’s merely a superficial change   You’ve gone from thinking about eating all the time to thinking about not eating all the time.   However, the topic of fixation is the same: eating.  You are still buying into the game and giving food too much importance.  Another example of reactionary living can be seen in the Monk.  He feels sexual urges, but decides to become a celibate.  Yet, in his mind the topic of focus is still the same: sex.  “Stop!…don’t think about that, you’re a celibate man now, what you’re doing has a purpose!

anarchistsSkinheads, Atheists, and Anarchists are all still slaves of unconscious reaction.  They are obsessed with the same idea, and are therefore still part of the extremes game.  First there must be a belief in order to disbelieve it.   Understandably these people react out of frustration and anger, but they are still acting just as sick and crazy as the society they live in.

A rebel is different from these people.  The rebel is the person who don’t react against society, but who understand the whole game of extremes and simply chooses to slip out of it.  The games society plays become irrelevant to them; they are neither against nor for anything.  This is the beauty of their rebellion: the rebel’s freedom.  To the rebellious person, action is good but reaction is bad. They realize that when we unconsciously react, somebody else has the control over us.  In other words, people can manipulate you in whatever way they like, so that they continue to have the power over you.  We experience and see this behavior everywhere: somebody comes and insults you and you instantly react and become angry.  But the truth is, we rarely realize that the other person has control over our happiness or unhappiness when we behave this way.

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Our Mind: Powerful Force That Influences Our Body, Life And Behavior

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The idea that the mind and the body are united is not born in modern times. Already in ancient times attention was paid to the existence of the relationship between the body and the mind.

However, for the first time now, we begin to understand this important relationship and science is able to confirm what the Chinese and the Indians already believed 5,000 years ago.

Is it possible that our thoughts are able to make us healthy or sick? For many of us it is difficult to understand and accept this possibility. And yet, it may be true.

Many researchers are more and more convinced that we have unbelievable forces in us. One of these powerful forces that influence our body, our life and our behavior is – our mind!

Your thoughts affect your health and body
Your thoughts affect your health and body

Scientists Confirm The Great Power Of Our Minds

There are studies that confirm the great power of our minds.

Ellen Idler from Departments of Sociology and Epidemiology, Emory University, studied the psychological and physical benefits of spiritual and religious practices and their impact on both – our health and life expectancy.

Her conclusions from these studies are very interesting; people – with comparable health but evaluating it worse than it really was – lived shorter than those who evaluated it realistically or even too optimistic!

You can read about Idler’s conclusions regarding the positive benefits that religious and spiritual practices can have on one’s health and well-being, in her article “The Psychological and Physical Benefits of Spiritual/Religious Practices”.

Why Stress Is So Dangerous And How It Affects Us

There is a popular saying that “stress kills” and that’s true. Stress, depression and other mental states can alter cells and organ functions because in fact, our body responses to physical, mental and emotional stress.

An example of how stress can affect us is research by Professor Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, the Director of the Ohio State Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research and Ronald Glaser. Their research reveals that the number of immune cells in the body of students before the exam is lower than a few weeks after it – when the body is no longer working stress test.

Even more influential on our imagination are research on the placebo effect. In postoperative pain studies, 33% of the placebo-treated patients reported similar effects to the second morphine group.

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Distilling the Truth of Oneness

galaxy-67712_640by Stevie P

Nothing is truly separate. Nothing exists in isolation.

All things, events and people are intimately interconnected. In essence, all is one and one is all. Oneness IS.

This concept of oneness is thrown around a lot, especially in “spiritual” communities. It sounds a bit idealistic, right? One of those “woo-woo” theories with no validity. But after approaching the concept of oneness from different perspectives, I’ve found it to be an all-pervading truth.

This is not about blindly repeating what some so-called “guru” said about oneness. I aim to break it down into digestible pieces for you to metabolize in your own unique way. This article gives you a road map to uncover truth for yourself, because oneness is just an abstract concept until you truly understand and experience it.

I always knew that everything was connected in some way, but in a superficial way, without intrinsically understanding it. Oneness made sense to me as an idea, but I never fully grasped the immense truth and profundity of it until recently. I merely understood the interconnection of everything in the same way that one views a place on a map. Sure, you can envision what it might look like, but you never really understand it until you see the actual place.

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” – Carl Sagan

In one of Alan Watts’ mind-blowing lectures, he discusses that there really is no such thing as cause and effect existing as separate events. Watts suggests that everything is in fact one event and that there are no clear boundaries between events.

Think about it… When did your life start? Did it begin when you came out of the womb? No. As a fetus? Nope. When the sperm met the egg? As a sperm cell? As an egg? As your father or mother? As your grandparents? There really is no definitive boundary. And the man-made boundaries we create are merely arbitrary lines drawn to please our ego.

The butterfly effect illustrates the interconnectedness of events as well:

“The butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. The name of the effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, is derived from the metaphorical example of the details of a hurricane (exact time of formation, exact path taken) being influenced by minor perturbations such as the flapping of the wings of a distant butterfly several weeks earlier.” (Wikipedia)

This is why we use the phrase “chain of events.” Everything is intimately linked. There is no link of the chain which stands alone. It is all connected to the chain of existence. (And, as a side note regarding chains, the concept of time often shackles us.) So I would think of it more as a web. Everyone and everything is a strand. All connected, radiating out in a harmonious pattern, spun by the most beneficent force, not a spider with 8 legs, but a force embodied by the sideways 8; the essence of infinity.

Infinity

I recently came across this great story from That Buddha Guy that succinctly summarizes just how interrelated everything is:

Holding up a sheet of paper he asked, “Do you see a cloud in this paper?” No one responded. Again he asked, “Do you see a cloud in this paper?” “You must see a cloud in this paper,” he continued, “because without a cloud there is no rain. Without rain there is no tree. Without a tree there is no paper.” He then asked, “Do you see a steel mill?” “You must see a steel mill because without the mill there is no steel. Without steel there is no axe or saw to cut the tree. No tree cut down, no paper.” The audience was beginning to understand his point. Chuckling he asked, “Do you see Wheaties?” “Loggers work hard and need a good breakfast. No loggers, no cut trees, no paper.” What was the point he made? First, nothing exists independent of outside conditions. Second, no single component is more important than another. These two points, along with the idea of impermanence, are the basis of Buddhism.

Everything is intimately connected. Don’t underestimate the power of your actions or the impact of your life. We’re all unique strands within the beautiful tapestry of infinity.

One love.

– Stevie P!

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Electric Fields in Nature and the Lab ~ Garrett Hill

The EU2017 Conference: Future Science — Aug 17 – 20, Phoenix: https://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2017…

At the forthcoming The Thunderbolts Project Conference, EU2017 – Future Science in Phoenix, Arizona, experts in a variety of disciplines will present groundbreaking evidence for the role of electricity in nature. In the Electric Universe community, many contributors have come from a background in engineering, where applied technologies and industrial processes may provide intriguing analogs for natural phenomena. One of these speakers will be Garrett Hill, the CTO of the company ThrivalTech, where he and his team develop plasma technologies for various applications, including the internal combustion engine, with the goal of providing the world with more effective emissions control solutions. We asked Garrett to introduce himself and to explain what has drawn him to the electric universe community.

 

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No Expectations, No Disappointments: How to Live From a Place of Infinite Possibility

no-expectations-no-disappointments-universe-skyby Christine Hassler

When you have no expectations, you have no disappointments and you open yourself to the realm of infinite possibility, where happiness and abundance simply fall into your lap. photo: martin sattler

We are all consumers of expectations. They are easy to come by—from parents, family, friends, the media—and many are self-created. Maybe it’s to be successful, get married, have children, look good, make a difference, please others…The list is endless, especially in today’s world, where there are constant opportunities to compare ourselves to others and look for ways to be more, better, or different. Never before have expectations been so high in terms of what humans are capable of, and this creates a paradox of opportunity and pressure when we begin to realize that expectations lead to disappointments.Expectations are pervasive in our lives, and most of us are conditioned to be driven by them and to attempt to realize them. But we didn’t start out that way. We are all born in a state of pure Love where there are absolutely no expectations and no disappointments. Think of it as our “original innocence.” When you were born, you knew these Truths: You are whole and complete. There is absolutely nothing wrong with you. You are worthy and deserving. You can trust the Universe. You have a deep inner knowing. You are connected. All there is and all that matters is Love. You are Love.

And then you got older. And things happened that moved you out of love and into fear: someone criticized you; you only got praised for your accomplishments; someone left or wasn’t there for you; you saw people fighting or got yelled at; your heart got broken; you were told your dreams were impossible; you felt incredible pressure to succeed; you got rejected; you made a mistake and judged yourself a failure; you compared yourself to others and believed they were better in some way. Or perhaps you had a blissful childhood and grew up expecting the adult world to be the same way. The moment you got your first reality check in the form of a disappointment was the moment you moved into fear. Expectations lead to disappointment, and you were just getting your first taste.

When in the grip of fear, we experience disconnection and a sense of emptiness. The voice of our ego and the voices of others become much louder than our inner voice and Spirit, and we feel alone and separate. To manage the disconnection, we start to be driven by what we expect will make us feel loved again. To fill the emptiness, we create expectations of what we believe will fulfill us. As we fail to live with no expectations, they then become our compass, which often navigate us right into an Expectation Hangover.

“When one door closes, another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” —Alexander Graham Bell

“Expectation Hangover” Defined

You probably have a good sense of what an Expectation Hangover is by now, but here is my official definition: the myriad undesirable feelings, thoughts, and responses present when one or a combination of the following things occurs:

+ Things don’t turn out the way you thought, planned, or wanted them to.
+ Things do turn out according to your plans and desires, but you don’t feel the fulfillment you expected.
+ You are unable to meet your personal and/or professional expectations.
+ An undesired, unexpected event occurs that is in conflict with what you wanted or planned.

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