A Psychonaut's Monolog

Office Kitaoka Inc.
Vol 005: 2018.8.26

"A Psychonaut's Monolog" Online Newsletter

Guhen Kitaoka, as a psychonaut 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.

"Where does 'EPM (Expansive Psychology Method)' come from?"

In the last issue of the current online newsletter, I indicated that "EPM (Expansive Psychology Method)" has been, in terms of both its naming and concepts, heavily influenced by Yuval Noah Harari's best-selling history book, "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind."

Also, the last issue showed the following diagram with the description "The above diagram shows that Guhen's triune study of spirituality, NLP and neuroscience, which are the basis of EPM, is concerned with his Telos (life purpose), methodology and 'transparentization,' (meaning a means to make mental processes explicit in terms of neuronal circuits) respectively."

In the current issue, I specifically would like to further expound this "triune study of spirituality, NLP and neuroscience" of mine in more detail:

First, as far as my spiritual background is concerned, I was initiated by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, an Indian guru, on the West Coast (that is, in Oregon), in 1983.

Bhagwan later renamed himself as OSHO, but I knew him only as Bhagwan during my stays in his commune in Oregon in 1983 and 1985 (incidentally, he taught his teachings in India, prior to and after the 1980 - 1985 Oregon period, but, for some "esoteric" reasons, I have never been to India!).

During my stays in the commune of my master, I was intensively engaged in spiritual practices including daily meditations and a 7 month long residential hypnotherapeutic course called "DeHypnotherapy." I even experienced Kundalini awakening during one of my dancing meditations I practiced at the "Dojo" (meditation hall) of the commune.

Parenthetically, my dancing at the Dojo around the time of my Kundalini awakening can be seen in a photo in Bhagwan's 550 page long photo-biographical book called "This Very Place The Lotus Paradise: 1978-1984." The following photo is found on Page 404 of the book, and the person with an eye mask on the right side of the woman at the center is myself.

It was indeed none other than my master who successfully enabled me to get out of the "psychological situation without escape," in which I had been forced to be locked up during my childhood, and which I mentioned in the last issue of the newsletter, by means of giving me a Zen Koan called "The Goose is Out!" (whose story I would like to mention sometime in a future issue).

This means that my master literally made a miracle happen to me, for which I am most grateful to him even today. I will never forget my master's blessing given to me. He who died in 1990 still lives in me.

I subsequently stayed in London in the UK from 1985 to 2001, where I persisted in my spiritual practice, and read hundreds of spirituality related books including Shankaracharya, Vivekananda, Abhedananda, Madam Blavatsky, Annie Besant, Gurdjieff, Ouspensky, Aldous Huxley, Alan Watts, and Ram Das (I especially thoroughly studied Shankaracharya, the founder of the Advaita (Non-dualistic) Vedanta school in the 8th century AD. I read nearly all of his books translated from Sanskrit into English, and have since been a staunch Shankarite). I also experienced a series of Satori moments during my experiential study of "altered states of consciousness" during my stay in London.

Incidentally, my long-standing spiritual study in London culminated in my CD-ROM book entitled "CYBERBOOK: An Integral Epistemology for Enlightenment" published in London in 2000, which was mentioned in the last issue, and part of it can be accessed at:

When I was a student of the School of Hypnosis and Advanced Psychotherapy (SHAP) in London during the late eighties, therapy and personal development related people around me, including the headmaster of SHAP, told me so frequently in an almost unanimous way that NLP was superbly great, that I, who was a thorough sceptic and couldn't easily believe them, "dared" to take part in the four day workshop called "Turtles All Way Down: Prerequisites to Personal Genius" held by John Grinder, a co-founder of NLP, and Judith DeLozier, his wife at that time, in Central London, in the spring of 1988.

Grinder's workshop was a true eye-opener and really something unheard-of for me. I was then so literally "dumbfounded" by the level of his epistemological teaching and expositions - in fact, his excellent ability to eloquently debate was based on the fact that he used to be a Jesuit - that I went to Santa Cruz, California, during the summers of 1988 and 1989 to take part in his Practitioner and Master Practitioner courses respectively.

(It was me who eventually invited Grinder to come to Japan in 2005 to teach NLP as the first NLP co-founder to visit the country, on the basis of my friendship I had had with him since 1988.)

In brief, it is true that my spiritual master helped me to get out of the psychological cul-de-sac, though that experience was "momentary" for me. That is, as far as I was in his commune, and was attending his daily lectures, I could feel euphoric, etc., but, once I left his commune, and got back to the places where I had been, unfortunately I became the same person I used to be.

On the other hand, after having continued to intensively apply NLP to myself for a certain period of time, I have succeeded in perpetuating the psychological state which is out of the box for 86,400 seconds a day.

This meant that the process of weaving the warp (the "vertical" liberation) and the woof (the "horizontal" liberation) had been finally completed in me.

I think that Bhagwan who enabled me to be "vertically liberated" and NLP which enabled me to be "horizontally liberated" perfectly complement each other, and that either of them boils down to nothing without the other.

That is why I indicated above that my spirituality stands for "Telos (life purpose)," and my NLP "[nothing but a] methodology."

Simply put, the reason why I was able to get out of the box only in a momentary way with my master's help was that there existed such a great number of "Anchors (i.e., Conditioned Reflexes)" in my conscious and unconscious minds that, once I went back to the places where the anchors related to my previous mental habits existed, they "never failed" to automatically and instantaneously put me back in the previous box again, while NLP helped me to overwrite those innumerable "negative" anchors and transform them into "positive" ones which enabled me to access the psychological state related to my being out of the box, so that I may eventually come to be able to maintain that desired psychological state in a perpetual way.

The above being about the second element (NLP) of my triune study, the third element is neuroscience I have in the recent years been intensively studying, which stands for "transparentization."

"Transparentization" means the process of making something transparent, explicit or visible.

In the last issue of this newsletter, I made the following comment:

"Grinder suggested that, the processes involved in F1 [(Filter 1)] may not be made explicit at all, and that, if someone succeeds in thoroughly elucidating these processes, he or she would deserve a Nobel prize. Yet, the studies made by modern Western neuroscientists, which Guhen has recently been inquiring into, may after all turn out to be the very attempt to make the mechanism of F1 explicit and/or transparent."

It is the natural consequence that F1 suggested by Grinder is to correspond with what is going on with cerebral neuronal circuits, or with the patterns of synaptic reactions for that matter, which are the very research subject of the neuroscience, and that neuroscientists equipped with such tools as fMRI have been discovering the things the co-founders of NLP could not have even dreamt of at the time when they founded NLP.

It may be of great interest to point out here that the majority of modern neuroscientists seem to be materialists and believe that neuronal functions create consciousness and not vice versa. In this sense, traditional spiritualists who believe the other way around may well remain sitting doing silent meditation for thousands of hours, simply feeling safe and protected, while making light of those materialists engaged in "totally worthless endeavors" in their view.

Yet, in my own strong opinion, what those modern materialists have been lately actually discovering is bound to flabbergast and dumbfound those "naive" spiritualists mercilessly and devastatingly.

Part of my study of neuroscience has been described in the previous issues of the newsletter.

In conclusion, in my life, "spirituality" has helped me to achieve my "Telos (ultimate outcome)" to get out of the unescapable cul-de-sac, NLP has turned out to be the best methodology to keep me out of the box in a perpetual way, and neuroscience has recently been enabling me to make the process of how I can be permanently out of any box transparent and explicit, so that those who study EPM with me may acquire a learnable set of epistemological tools to be perpetually more and more creative and innovative.

If you find the above text interesting, please consider attending my first evening event held on the 31st August, whose details are shown at:

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