A Psychonaut's Monolog

Office Kitaoka Inc.
Vol 006: 2018.8.29

"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.

"FAQ: 'EPM (Expansive Psychology Method)'"

Latest Info: Guhen Kitaoka will start to hold his "EPM (Expansive Psychology Method)" workshops in English. The first evening event will be held in Shinjuku, Tokyo, on the 31st August.

The details of the EPM evening workshop:

In the last issue of the current online newsletter, I described where "EPM (Expansive Psychology Method)" comes from, and further expounded my triune study of spirituality, NLP and neuroscience.

In this issue, I would like to answer the questions I had opportunities to be asked in relation to my EPM work.

<< EPM FAQ >>

Q01: In the last issue of the newsletter, you said "I would like to mention [the Zen Koan called 'The Goose is Out!'] sometime in a future issue." Well, I am eager to know the story.

A01: The following is the story of "The Goose is Out!," which my master, Bhagwan, gave to his disciples in the very last series of lectures he delivered before leaving India for Oregon in 1980:

A disciple named "Rikoh" once asked his master the question "How could I get enlightened?"

The master then gave him a Zen Koan (i.e., an illogical question for Zen meditation), saying "Here is a gosling put in a bottle. It continues to be fed, and gradually becomes a big goose inside the bottle. Now, if you want to save the goose, you need to destroy the bottle; if you want to save the bottle, you need to kill the goose. Please meditate on how you can possibly save both the goose and the bottle."

Rikoh retreated to an isolated place and intensively meditated on the Koan. Two weeks later, he went back to the master and gave him his thoroughly deliberated answer. The master rejected it and told him to meditate further.

Rikoh further meditate on the Koan, and, after another two weeks passed, he went back to the master and gave him his new answer. The master rejected it again and told him to meditate further.

This process was repeated several times, and Rikoh, who finally became mentally exhausted, went back to his master for the last time, and said to him "I cannot find any answer any more. Please give me THE answer, Master!"

Upon hearing this, the master suddenly clapped his hands loud, and shouted "Rikoh, the Goose is Out!"

Well, this is the end of the story!

A few number of Western philosophers seem to have tried to logically analyze the story and have come up with plausible explanations.

Yet, according to my master, Rikoh finally exhausted his philosophical deliberations so much that he was completely ready to psychologically surrender himself to his master.

In this situation, the master suddenly clapped his hands so loud that Rikoh, who had been thoroughly in his mind (i.e., in the past), was forcibly put back to the moment of here and now for the first time.

And Bhagwan said that, in the moment of here and now, neither the goose nor the bottle existed in front of Rikoh, and that even the Zen Koan itself was non-existing, because they all existed only in Rikoh's past memory (mind) once he has been put back to the moment of here and now, as a result of his master's "existential" hand clap.

Indeed, this simple story taught me once for all that all human problems, "without exception," exist only in the past (or memory) and that problems "unconditionally" cannot exist in the moment of here and now.

Prior to knowing about this Zen Koan, my life exclusively consisted in always thinking of the past while vainly trying to deeply dig into my childhood for the very causes of my traumatic flashbacks and/or of PTSD's, which by the way existed ONLY in my past memory.

This Koan was a real eye-opener for me who had been in an unescapable psychological cul-de-sac, and enabled me to get liberated "vertically" (that is, in a momentary way), as I mentioned in the last issue of the newsletter.

Incidentally, after I was taught this story by my master, I gradually became more and more tolerant towards my mother who used to psychologically and physically "abuse" me when I was a child, and, by the time I came back to Japan from abroad in 2001 - I used to be out of Japan for some twenty years, "to escape from my past," so to speak - I had been able to begin to completely forgive her (I understand that my younger sister who has no disabilities seems still not to be able to forgive her mother).

When I asked my mother, who is still alive and currently lives at a nursing home, some 10 years ago "If you do think that I am not what I used to be, who do you think has been the most influential in transforming me this much in my whole life?," she replied me "Surely, that was your master, Bhagwan!"

Q02: Do you equate "to get out of one's box" with "to get 'enlightened'"?

In a sense, Yes. When I was initiated by my master in 1983, I totally surrendered myself to him, not unlike the case of Rikoh in the above-mentioned Zen Koan.

Also, it is often said that spiritual initiation means "to die as the old self and be reborn as a new self."

As far as I am concerned, if one can truly "die as the old self and be reborn as a new self" while still alive, one can physically die happily, because physical death is the same process as spiritual initiation.

Further, when I lived in London, I, around the end of the eighties, communicated by email with someone in Paris who then claimed to have been enlightened.

He wrote to me that, as far as the "Neurological Levels" a la NLP - which consist of "Environment," "Behavior," "Capabilities," "Beliefs," and "Identity," and which by the way respectively very neatly correspond with "Body," "Energy," "Memory," "Intellect," and "Blissfulness" of the "Five Sheaths" a la Vedanta - are concerned, they are all mental states which can legitimately be made subject to the process of Anchoring (stimulus-reaction association), while enlightenment, which corresponds with the pyramidal walls beyond all neurological levels, can never be made the target of Anchoring, because it is not a mental state at all, but is something which includes all of the mental states (see the following diagram).

When I read this gentleman's statement, something rebellious was ignited in me who had been a self-claimed "iconoclast" since I was a high school student, which made me start my epistemological study to "prove" that even enlightenment can logically be considered to be a very special case of human mental states, and that it can therefore also legitimately be made the target of Anchoring, despite the fact that all traditional spiritualists seemed to have thought otherwise.

Well, after 30 years passed since I embarked on this audacious epistemological endeavor, I now can proudly and categorically state that spiritual enlightenment can indeed be anchored, and that that is the very reason why I have been claiming that I can be out of the box perpetually for 86,400 seconds a day.

I even created a video clip in which I logically and visually explained how something beyond the phenomenal world can be anchored by the anchors found on the phenomenal level, that is, how something unseeable can be changed by something seeable. (Don't you think that this is nothing but a miracle?)

I intend to show this video clip one day to the participants of my future EPM works.

Q03: I heard that you sometimes call yourself an "In-brain Drug Dispenser."

A03: Yes, that is correct. I have (as a joke) my business card in Japanese with that title.

This title only means that, once someone has already experienced a certain mental state, then I can teach him or her to recreate the same state, by simply doing NLP related mental exercises, without depending on any outer substances such as drugs, fasting, meditation, hypnosis, etc.

In the final analysis, even enlightenment must turn out to be producing certain ratios of physical neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, endorphin, etc., in that enlightened person, as far as he or she is still physically alive - I do hope that nobody can dare to deny this too obvious fact - and I strongly believe that there is no intrinsic impossibility per se for the same ratios of neurotransmitters to be "intentionally" recreated in another human being.

Q04: Do you have any videos about your works and/or presentations?

A04: Yes, a number of my videos can be browsed on Youtube, though all of them are in Japanese at the moment (these videos can be watched through Youtube channel "kitaokataiten").

As examples, part of the "108 NLP techniques" videos are uploaded at:

I intend to add English subtitles to the existing videos in Japanese and/or start to produce videos of my work in English in due course.

Incidentally, the above Web site introduces my 18 year long NLP study and performances, including a total of some four hundred issues of my online newsletter entitled "This Is The Genuine NLP!"

I also intend to translate my past writing in Japanese found on the site into English in due course.

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