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A Psychonaut's Monolog

Office Kitaoka Inc.
Vol 001: 2018.4.24

"A Psychonaut's Monolog" Online Newsletter

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Guhen Kitaoka, as a psychonaut who is versed both in Western psychology
and in Eastern philosophy, expounds "An Integral Epistemology for Enlightenment,"
as a new methodology for perpetuating the ultimate state of human consciousness.
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"What is 'Mental Samatha-Vipasana' as 'Post-Mindfulness' meditation?"

Latest Info: I have finally begun to publish the current online newsletter in English.

I think that I write in the current issue and will be writing in the forthcoming issues in English what I would be writing in Japanese if my online newsletter in Japanese continued to be published. That is, I recently declared that I had entered the "eternal silence stage," as far as my activities in Japanese were concerned.

Also, the second issue of the current newsletter will be published simultaneously with the current issue. The #2 issue was originally planned to be published as the #1 issue.


I have been recently to the weekly events organized by the "Venture Cafe Tokyo":

http://venturecafetokyo.org/en/

My interest in these events is especially due to the fact that I am inclined to position myself as an "innovation mentor" for would-be innovators, entrepreneurs, inventors, etc. as the participants at the Venture Cafe events.

The topic of one of the presentations held at the event of a few weeks ago was "Design Thinking," and that of a presentation held last week was "Office Meditation," and I thought that these topics are very closely related to my own recent work as an innovation modeling consultant.

I would like to expound below how these topics are relevant to my work:

1) I have been studying Neuroscience in the recent years and discovered that the modern neuroscientists are practically saying the same thing as the genuine "occultists," such as some of the thinkers of the New Thought movement. For instance, they both indicate that, while it is inevitably the conscious mind that first poses a philosophical, mathematical, or business related problem, it is - contrary to common sense - solely the unconscious mind that processes the problem-solving task throughout, and that hands the final solution it has arrived at back to the conscious mind.

This very process explains why, when a person who, after thinking of a very difficult problem, becomes tired of it, goes for a walk or has a shower, he or she suddenly comes across a moment of "aha experience," where a bright insight which turns out to be a solution to the very problem comes to him or her out of the blue.

Yet, it is extremely significant that both the neuroscientists and the occultists I have so far studied say that the conscious mind cannot - or should not for that matter - know HOW the unconscious mind is being solving the problem and that it should only be "graciously welcome" the solution the unconscious mind has reached.

Here, it is very important to add that the solution thus reached by the unconscious mind may not be "infallible," and may be rejected by the conscious mind. I personally have seen a number of people blindly accepting the answers and/or messages coming from the unconscious mind, while believing that they were like voices from God. I believe that what we should do is rather to continue to have dialectic exchanges between the conscious and the unconscious mind.

It is also said that the unconscious mind, which is a perfectly precise robot like machine, meticulously and incessantly processes any tasks assigned by the conscious mind, but that nobody knows precisely when it gives the solutions it has arrived at back to the conscious mind. This may create a series of delays or time lags of the answers coming from the unconscious mind, which makes the contents of the messages the conscious mind receives appear, at first sight, totally at random or chaotic on the conscious level (but in fact are presented totally in a logical order as far as the unconscious mind in concerned).

This mechanism is well depicted by the following diagram called "Matrix of Experience," which was drawn to me by a female NLP practitioner when I had a private session with her at a therapy room in Neil's Yard Courtyard in London around 1986.

http://www.psychonautics.info/images/matrix.jpg

2) I have in the past published a few number of online essays in Japanese where I introduced the books written by modern neuroscientists I had read, including Joseph LeDoux, Stanislas Dehaene, and Eric Kandel. While I intend to translate these essays into English in due course, I would like to publish a translation of one of these essays entitled "Isolation Tank, Amygdala, and Hermes Trismegistus," as the second issue of this online newsletter, simultaneously with the current #1 issue.

I think that the article of the #2 issue may turn out to be quite controversial, though I dare to publish it as it is, all the more because the study by Andreas Mavromatis of the "hypnagogic" state mentioned in the article is exactly related to the interface between the conscious and the unconscious mind.

That is, according to my own understanding, if one can talk to the "old brain" (which is practically equivalent to the unconscious mind) during the hypnagogic moments where the distinction between the "new brain" (which is practically equivalent to the conscious mind) and the old brain is blurred, the sent message can deeply go into the unconscious mind without any kind of censoring or interference on the part of the conscious mind, thus enabling the process of problem solving, etc., undertaken by the unconscious mind to be much easier and more exhaustive and thorough.

3) I coincidentally very recently read a book written by one of the New Thought thinkers, who inspired the bestseller book "The Secret" by Ronda Burns, and discovered that this author was, over 100 years ago - which is a truly unbelievable fact - able to make crystal-clearly explicit the process of 1) conscious proposition of a problem, 2) unconscious operation of problem solving, and 3) conscious presentation of the solution, which he says is the very process of how successful people like Edison and Carnegie - equivalent to Steve Jobs in the modern time - can, either with or without the conscious knowledge that they are actually using it, come to epoch-making innovative ideas (!). Also, this problem-solving method is said to be based on the teachings of the Yogis of the ancient India.

I find that the contents of this book sound so esoteric to me that I for the moment would like to reveal the name of the author and the title of the book only to my personal clients.

Be that as it may, I am convinced that this "innovation-inducing method," which is both the oldest and the newest, will help people seeking innovation to generate more and more innovative ideas, so that the whole society may become a place a little more comfortable and better to live in.

4) As far as the presentation of "Office Meditation" is concerned, the presenter introduced to the event participants the "Samatha-Vipasana" meditation method (I understand that the "Mindfulness" meditation currently quite popular among the Silicon Vally firms is a variation of Samatha-Vipasana meditation).

During the presentation, he gave them an exercise to "stop" ("Samatha") their conditioned and automated behavioral patterns like walking or eating, and simply "observe" ("Vipasana") what they were actually doing when they walked or ate, without imposing any pre-assumed thoughts or meanings onto these bodily or physiological movements.

Some time after attending this presentation, on the same day, I came - when I was taking a bath at home (laughs) - to the idea that practical and epistemological methodologies like NLP should be after all called "Mental Samatha-Vipasana Meditations," because these methodologies enable the practitioners to stop their automated mentations and, by going to the "Meta or Witness" position, to observe these mentations from outside.

5) In conclusion, I would like to point out that I as an innovation modeling consultant will be able to help my clients who may be interested in Design Thinking and/or Samatha-Vipasana meditation, or Mindfulness meditation for that matter, and are actually seeking innovation to come up with more and more innovative ideas beyond their conscious expectation, by offering them a comprehensive package of innovation-inducing know-hows which I have accumulated and condensed for the last thirty or so years, so that they may continuously be able to "get out of their own existing boxes" and become genuine innovators.


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