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Mark Foote
Post title: The "Turning Phrase" of Zen
(Jul 11 2014 at 05:07 PM)

A teacher of neigong said:

"For the neigong we do, brain activity approaches zero and yes, we can do that almost instantly and I have proven this in a sleep lab, but natural awareness increases."

Milton Erickson also described an increase of awareness in trance:

'I go into trances so that I will be more sensitive to the intonations and inflections of my patients' speech. And to enable me to hear better, see better.'"

(Wikipedia, "Milton Erickson")

Both statements assert th

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Mark Foote
Post title: Not Knowing Isn't Necessarily Not Doing
(Jul 3 2014 at 10:17 PM)

Grand Canyon 7May2014Gautama mentions extending the mind of compassion in the ten directions to infinity, and says the perfection of such an extension is the realm of infinite ether (the first arupa jhana, or immaterial trance).

Lately I'm on a lot about proprioception in equalibrioception-- "with no part of the body left out", a singularity in the sense of

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Mark Foote
Post title: Study and Relaxation
(Jun 3 2014 at 12:32 PM)

This morning I realized that for me, my study of anatomy is the study of how to relax as awareness takes place.

Sometimes I'm aware of the obturators side to side hammocking hips from the pelvis, sometimes of piriformis and gluteous rotating sacrum and pelvis independently, sometimes of sides of the PC and rectus balancing a feeling of uprightness. Oftentimes the calves, sometimes the abdominals from the pelvis to where they connect two inches below the navel with before as behind, behind as

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