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A Psychonaut's Monolog

Office Kitaoka Inc.
Vol 011: 2018.11.21

"A Psychonaut's Monolog" Online Newsletter

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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.
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"EPM FAQ #6"

Latest Info 1: Guhen's fourth "EPM (Expansive Psychology Method)" workshop in English will be held on the 28th November.

The exercise "Perpetuate Your Peak Experience" will be introduced during the work.

The details of the fourth workshop are shown at:

http://www.office-kitaoka.co.jp/en/works/eve/

Latest Info 2: Three video clips extracted from the whole videos filmed at the past EPM evening workshops have been uploaded to:

https://youtu.be/5F5wMjLQq-A
https://youtu.be/J6l8PfMZA4g
https://youtu.be/dGQDy9sjcFw

Latest Info 3: The full list of the EPM FAQ questions can be browsed at:

http://www.psychonautics.info/newsletter/faq/

Following the recent issues of the current online newsletter, I would like to continue, in this issue, to answer a wide range of FAQ questions related to my EPM workshops.

<< EPM FAQ #6 >>

Q18: Please explain what the "Perpetuate Your Peak Experience" exercise, which you intend to introduce in your forthcoming workshop(s), is like.

A18: The "Perpetuate Your Peak Experience" exercise is what I have devised by integrating my own techniques with the existing NLP techniques.

I a few years ago developed the "Know Your Telos (Life Purpose)" technique, which consists of choosing one's ordinary desires in one's daily life, such as "I want to buy a new bicycle," "I want to change the wall paper of my room," "I want to visit San Francisco," etc., of "chunking up" by asking one the question "What do you want by wanting a new bicycle?," and successively repeating the similar questions to the last questions one answered (e.g., if the first answer is "I want to swiftly move around," ask one the next question "What do you want by wanting to swiftly move around?"; if the next answer is "I seek comfortability," then ask one the further question "What do you want by seeking comfortability?", etc.), and of ultimately identifying one's own Telos, such as "I am love itself" or "I am pure consciousness."

It is amazing that whoever does this exercise, it usually enables him or her to come to recognize the fact that practically all of his or her "trivial" desires on the "phenomenal" level of his or her daily life, after all, ultimately derive from his or her Telos on the highest "ideal" level of his or her mentation, like a diagram of a single tree with thousands of ramified branches.

I incorporated this technique of mine with other NLP techniques to come up with the "Perpetuate Your Peak Experience" exercise. That is, the practitioner of the exercise chunks up to arrive at his or her "peak experience state," from where he or she comes down to the daily life, by anew looking from totally different perspectives at what he experienced on the way up to the peak experience state, while keeping that "summit state."

Usually, in this process, the practitioner can experience fundamental and deep self-transformation by continuing to "reframe" what happened to his or her life, while "thinking from 'the peak experience state'," instead of "thinking of it," as he or she has been doing all of his or her life.

I would like to point out the following two discoveries I made in relation to my "Perpetuate Your Peak Experience" technique:

First, it is extremely interesting to note that what were previously experienced on all the phenomenal levels prior to arriving at the peak experience state, are "behavioral programmings," which amazingly and unexpectedly can never succeed in materializing the peak experience state itself (it seems to be after all "elusively obvious" that the behavioral changes can only change what is phenomenal, and can never generate something beyond the phenomenal).

In other words, these behavioral programmings boil down to "Unfinished Businesses," i.e., the memories of our childhood in which we desperately wanted to fulfill our unrealized desires, and which have been since completely "frozen," like an ancient mammoth enclosed in an ice cube; these frozen memories unfortunately continue to be repeated endlessly like a broken record, each time certain stimuli trigger the unconscious synaptic reactions synchronically dissipated all over our "brain web."

I indeed have found an extremely interesting aspect in the process mentioned in the last paragraph:

Namely, it appears to me that, though, in reality, we must have completed the unfinished businesses just after the time of the frozen memories, the happy outcomes of the subsequent moments have been forgotten and dropped from our conscious recollection, and don't influence the frozen memories in a way they may hopefully be ameliorated.

For instance, if the memory of our being frustrated by not being able to suck our mother's breast was frozen as an uncompleted programming, it seems to me that the memory of the "post-scenario" in which we indeed managed to finally suck the breast and felt thoroughly satisfied at that time have been completely dropped from our memory (!).

If this hypothesis of mine turns out to be correct, then I further am inclined to hypothesize that, the plausible reason why the memory of an unfinished business becomes something which doesn't stop tormenting us on a perpetual basis, while the memory of the subsequent "happy incident" doesn't affect us on the surface, is, in my opinion, that the former case is related to the over-reaction of the amygdala, while, in the latter case, the happy memory seems to have been sent to other organs like the hippocampus.

In other words, I have been thinking that the over-reaction of the amygdala is closely related to the "Pain Body" a la Eckhart Tolle. It appears that each memory of an unfinished business leaves a minor or major scratch on the pain body - which can be defined as the "somatic part of the unconscious mind" - and, unless these scratches are properly treated and cleared, we have no way to prevent the uncompleted programmings from being automatically triggered by individual synaptic firings, and thus being repeated again and again in an endless way.

On the other hand, the happy memories apparently sent to other organs like the hippocampus seem not to leave any scratch on the pain body, or on the amygdala for that matter, and this seems to be the reason why these positive memories have been left out of our consciousness and don't give any tangible effect on our mentation.

Secondly, I have been claiming that Western people tend to be able to relativize their inner reality, with the the 50 year long tradition of the Counter-culture, in which they have been comprehensively experimenting with altered states of consciousness including meditation, hypnosis, therapy and chemical stuff, while Japanese people without that tradition cannot.

Well, in my opinion, the relativization of one's inner reality means one's ability to look anew at what one has experienced in one's life from totally different perspectives, knowing that one's ordinary state of consciousness is nothing but a part of the whole spectrum of human consciousness.

Indeed, I have been indicating that the "RPG Game" technique I myself devised a few years ago could teach Japanese people to begin to relativize their inner reality, but now am convinced that the "Perpetuate Your Peak Experience" technique, which is much more somatically oriented in a way it may properly treat and clear the scratches left on the pain body, may turn out to be probably the best training method to teach them to "arrive at [their] 'peak experience state,' from where [they come] down to the daily life, by anew looking from totally different perspectives at what [they] experienced on the way up to the peak experience state, while keeping that 'summit state'."

In summary, our Telos or peak experience on the "ideal" level can never be achieved by any behavioral programmings on the "phenomenal" level, and that this is why we almost all the time are "dragged down" to the phenomenal level by the behavioral programmings, "thinking of" the summit state from the points of views of the these automatic programmings.

Further, this must be the main reason why we usually cannot perpetuate on a constant basis the state of mind which we can momentarily tap when we attend self help workshop, meet an enlightened person, or go through altered states of consciousness.

Only if we clear or stop all the behavioral programmings, as the clouds covering the blue sky, then we can continue to "think from" the summit state, and can perpetually remain in that state.

I see this blue sky-like state as the beginning of Satori, or enlightenment, or perpetual liberation from human bondage.

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