February 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm #41925
Just found this article about recapitulation …
Author of the article combined recapitulation with HT meditations …
Isnt for example fusion and healing sounds some kind of recapitulation practice?
Any comments, experiences … 😉
Jox, 🙂February 21, 2014 at 7:55 pm #41926
It’s very common to me “return” to traumatic or stressed experience and clean it with the HT pratices. I think is a precious tool.
But I don’t do recapitulation in the way Carlos Castaneda (who create the term As far as I know) did in his books. With lists and everything.
But I think some of the objectives are the same. Release or transform energy so can e used in new ways.February 21, 2014 at 11:34 pm #41928
As I know recapitulation was not invented by CC, but is common shamanic technique …
As I do HS & F meditations, I just do them and some stuff come up spontanously … my question is if anyone do it in a similar way as recapitulation is done? On the other hand is it needed to do so, isnt qi gong technique enough by it self and clear our body and emotional body by itself?February 21, 2014 at 11:38 pm #41930
Or we should do the list of people, events, etc … releive long “lost” memories, emotions and clear them out with healing sounds, fusions …February 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm #41932
In the library at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Hospital, I found an interesting article on vajroli mudra in their journal, the Yoga Mimamsa. Entitled Experiments with Vajroli, it describes the learning experience of the author, Mat Rozmarynowski, with the ancient yogic technique.
In the practice of vajroli mudra, a tube is inserted into the urethra and water or other liquids, traditionally described as getting thicker as one works his way to mercury, are sucked up into the bladder.
example of a Foley catheter
Vajra means diamond and is associated with purity of consciousness purged of all mental constructs. Vajroli mudra is so named as it is said to induce that state of perfect void. The equanimity of mind paves the way for prana to rise with the awakening of kundalini energy in the base chakra.
For some tantric yogis, vajroli mudra helps aspirants learn to control their sexual energy and to prevent ejaculation, thereby saving their ojas, or most potent form of energy, causing it to rise in vajroli nadi.
A technique similar to vajroli mudra may be used in Ayurveda to wash away impurities from the bladder and even to apply therapeutic solutions to the inner bladder wall. Its not so far off from Western medicine either. A Foley catheter is inserted into the bladder to administer chemotherapy for bladder cancer and to wash away blood clots and debris. In contrast to vajroli mudra, these procedures are done to you while the yogic method is self administered and controlled without the application of any external pressure.
In this paper, the author describes his experience of vajroli mudra starting with a #14 French Foley catheter and working his way up to a #20 French. With the latter, he could eventually draw in an entire pint of water with five or six long held rounds of nauli kriya. The kriya creates a negative pressure, as experimentally first proven at Kaivalyadhama in the 1920s. The atmospheric pressure then pushes liquid into the vacuum created internally.
Despite considerable, previous work on my past, I discovered, as I began to practice the Kan and Li, that deep body memories (which might otherwise have remained hidden, dormant and forgotten) would naturally emerge. The appearance of those memories could be extremely surprising and on some occasions disturbing. They would appear randomly without there seeming to be any obvious sequence as if by steaming parts of my body and organs I was disturbing some lost parcel of information stored in the tissues themselves. Thus my consciousness and memories appeared to be somehow present and alive within an inner Universe, which pervaded my whole body. The memories would initially manifest themselves often in the form of inner visions of animals, people and abstract symbols appearing in a comparable and sometimes actual dream state within inner landscapes reminiscent of the three world layers of shamanism (Harner, 1982). The true memories would ultimately take over and become complete visual and emotional episodes, often drawn from traumatic events in my life.
-PROFESSOR S. R. HARROP, Body Memories, 5 Elements, Kan and Li
I have impression that in such a situation where one is not, for years, mostly withdrawn practical uses for strengthened perception, thinking etc. are quite clear.
I have also impression that for example these Fusion practices are quite abstract from the emotive part so doing some special memory practices, if one finds some extra time, is usefull.
Experimenting is also important here in my opinion.
Author of that article claims that that Castaneda’s presentation is not consistent and complicated enough, but it’s not true, because it’s clear that his idea is to use very much time to recapitulate and then find how it can and should be done.
HOWDYFebruary 28, 2014 at 1:41 pm #41934
hi c howdy, tnx for your post … 🙂March 6, 2014 at 11:07 am #41936
She told me then that she came from a line of sorcerers who knew how to move about in
the second attention by projecting their intent. Her story was that the sorcerers of her line practiced the art of projecting their thoughts in dreaming in order to accomplish the truthful reproduction of any object or structure or landmark or scenery of their choice. She said that the sorcerers of her line used to start by gazing at a simple object and memorizing every detail of it. They would then close their eyes and visualize the object and correct their visualization against the true object until they could see it, in its completeness, with their eyes shut.
-CARLOS CASTANEDA, The Art of Dreaming
The analytical mind might be considered to have been given a sacred post of trust by the cells to safeguard the colony, and it does everything within its power to carry out that Mission. It has correct data, as correct as possible, and it does correct computations on them, as correct as they can be made. When one considers the enormous number of factors which one handles, for instance, in the action of driving a car ten blocks, he can appreciate how very, very busy on how very many levels that analytical mind can be.
Now before we introduce the villain of this piece, the reactive mind, it is necessary to understand something about the relation of the analytical mind to the organism itself. The analytical mind, charged with full responsibility, is far from without authority to carry out its actions and desires. Through the mechanisms of the life function regulator (which handles all the mechanical functions of living), the analytical mind can effect any function of the body it desires to effect.
In excellent working order — which is to say, when the organism is not aberrated — the analytical mind can influence the heartbeat, the endocrines (such things as calcium and sugar in the blood, adrenalin, etc.), selective blood flow (stopping it in the limbs or starting it at will), urine, excreta, etc. All glandular, rhythm and fluid functions of the body can be at the command of the analytical mind. This is not to say that in a cleared person they always are. That would be very uncomfortable and bothersome. But it does say that the analytical mind can effect changes at desire when it skills itself to do so. This is a marter of laboratory proof, very easy to do.
People have long been intuitive about the full power of the mind. Well, the full power of the mind would be the analytical mind working with the standard memory banks, the life function regulator and one other thing.
The last and most important thing is, of course, the organism. It is in the charge of the analytical mind. And the analytical mind controls it in other ways than life function. All muscles and the remainder of the organism can be under the full command of the analytical mind.
-L. RON HUBBARD, Dianetics-The Modern Science of Mental Health
Months later, when I again found myself in a dream looking at my sleeping body, I already had a repertoire of things to do. In the course of my regular dreaming I had learned that what matters in that state was volition. The corporeality of the
body has no significance: It is simply a memory that slows down the dreamer.
-CARLOS CASTANEDA, The Eagle’s Gift
It would seem that one would need to accept first of all that there’s many things that one needs to learn.
In Castaneda’s system role of memory seems to be central as well as so called TRATAKA (of hatha yoga).
I personally thing that with recapitulation it’s not necessary to make any kind of lists or notes in any form, because it would seem to be just extra burden if one is anyway using writing for some other purpose.
Ps. Sorry for my broken English.March 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm #41938
Many years ago, I discovered the Universal Healing Tao books and a whole new way of approaching life. The books led me to Universal Healing Tao workshops, where I eventually met Master Mantak Chia and began my internal practice in the Universal Healing Tao system.
Over time, I learned that the Universal healing Tao system consists of many formulas, which have been handed down through the centuries in an instructor-student relationship. As students master these formulas, they gain the opportunity to experince their own self-realization/enlightenment. Like my fellow students, I stumbled for years with trying to follow these formulas from the Universal Healing Tao books.
-MANTAK CHIA & WILLIAM U. WEI, Basic Practices of the Universal Healing Tao-An Illustrated Guide to Levels 1 through 6 (from preface by W. U. WEI)
The path of transformation of the self and the spirit is an individual one. We may be guided to learn complex praxis and techniques that have secured the ultimate transformation of the ancient sages but it is unlikely that blind repetition of the hard won lessons of others will be the final answer. Without sensitively finding our own feet and wisely determining our own original course, the vastness beyond us may reject our offering.
A study of basic personality in a multi-valent subject who had poor memory, no good
recalls and scant imagination disclosed the information that BP (the attention units called basic personality) was more able to select out data than AP (aberrated personality as represented by the awake subject). It was further discovered that AP could ordinarily return better than BP so far as time-distance went but that when AP arrived at the earliest place it was unable to manage recall. But if AP had gone back and established a vague contact with an incident, drug hypnotism or standard hypnotism used on him when he was in present time (no longer returned would then permit BP to return. Drug hypnotism has seldom been able to force back very early into a patients life. But by making the strength of AP go back and then using BP for
the recall, some very early incidents could be reached. This trick was invented to overcome some of the difficulties which had made drug hypnosis relatively uncertain in results.
-L. RON HUBBARD, Dianetics-The Modern Science of Mental Health
RUDOLF STEINER emphasized the importance of this daily exercise. In Chapter
5 of Outline of Esoteric Science he describes it thus: every evening when the
days work is done, the pupil lets pass before his minds eye pictures of the days
experiences, watching himself go through them. This will mean that he is looking at
himself as he is in daily life from without. To begin with, let him take small sections of the day. That will give him practice; and he will find that he grows more and more skillful in this looking backward (Ruckshau), until at last he is able to picture the whole day through in quite a short span of time. This beholding of our experiences in backward direction has a special value for spiritual training: it helps us disengage our thinking from its accustomed habit of holding on to the outer, material and sense-perceptible events. When we think backwards we picture the events correctly, but we are no longer sustained by the obvious external sequence It is accordingly good also to review other things in backward order a play, for example, a story, a melody, and so on.
Sorry for my broken English.
Here original article in question is not about such a polarity as there is in the article below where DEITY YOGA is compared with OPEN PRESENCE meditation.
It’s more about variety and complementarity of various practices.
In my opinion it is worth experimenting recapitulation, because what author of original article says is, that his experience was that when (using Hubbard’s terminology) using Daoist practices he started to experience his reactive mind not only in a new way, but there also appeared thrilling experiences which were not necessarily very pleasant.
I think this could be quite extreme, because there some well known examples.
So one could say that through practicing recapitulation one starts to develop one’s analytical mind (in Hubbard’s sense) which is not only helpful for any normal daily situation but necessary neutralizer for some of the onslaughts of the reactive mind.
Here one also shouldn’t forget Hubbard’s link with Thelema.
Meditation has been practiced for centuries, as a way to calm the soul and bring about inner peace. According to a new study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, there is now evidence that a specific method of meditation may temporarily boost our visuospatial abilities (for example, the ability to retain an image in visual memory for a long time).
That is, the meditation allows practitioners to access a heightened state of visual-spatial awareness that lasts for a limited period of time.
Normally when we see something, it is kept in our visual short-term memory for only a brief amount of time (images will begin to fade in a matter of seconds). However, there have been reports of Buddhist monks who have exceptional imagery skills and are able to maintain complex images in their visual short-term memory for minutes, and sometimes even hours. Led by psychologist Maria Kozhevnikov of George Mason University, a team of researchers investigated the effects of different styles of Buddhist meditation on visuospatial skills.
The researchers focused on two styles of meditation: Deity Yoga (DY) and Open Presence (OP). During DY meditation, the practitioner focuses intently on an image of deity and his or her entourage. This requires coming up with an immensely detailed, three-dimensional image of the deity, and also focusing on the deity’s emotions and environment. In contrast, practitioners of OP meditation believe that pure awareness cannot be achieved by focusing on a specific image and therefore, they attempt to evenly distribute their attention while meditating, without dwelling on or analyzing any experiences, images, or thoughts that may arise.
In these experiments, experienced DY or OP meditation practitioners along with nonmeditators participated in two types of visuospatial tasks, testing mental rotation abilities (e.g., being able to mentally rotate a 3-D structure) and visual memory (e.g., being shown an image, retaining it in memory and then having to identify it among a number of other, related images). All of the participants completed the tasks, meditators meditated for 20 minutes, while others rested or performed non-meditative acitivities, and then completed a second round of the tasks.
The results revealed that all of the participants performed similarly on the initial set of tests, suggesting that meditation does not result in an overall, long-lasting improvement of visuospatial abilities. However, following the meditation period, practitioners of the DY style of meditation showed a dramatic improvement on both the mental rotation task and the visual memory task compared to OP practitioners and controls.
These results indicate that DY meditation allows practitioners to access greater levels of visuospatial memory resources, compared to when they are not meditating. The authors state that this finding “has many implications for therapy, treatment of memory loss, and mental training.” Although, they conclude, future studies will need to examine if these results are specific to DY meditation, or if these effects can also occur using other visual meditation techniques.March 10, 2014 at 2:24 am #41940
Basically the whole Scientology religion was a money-making scheme (a fairly successful one) by L. Ron Hubbard.
Many years ago, he and a buddy were arguing about how there were so many “self-help” books on the market that were making money. Hubbard said that basically anybody can write a self-help book, so his buddy challenged him to write one. He did. That book was “Dianetics”. After he wrote it, he made a small fortune, and many people wrote him telling him how it had changed their lives, and asked him if he had any more materials. His buddy then told him that if he was smart, he could turn it into a religion. He did. He subsequently put out books introducing Scientology giving some religious babble explaining where the “reactive mind” comes from, and set up the church of Scientology.
It is a clever cult designed so that at each level, people need to pay more and more money to get the material at the higher levels . . . as well as get “tested” to make sure they know the material. These “auditing sessions” serve two purposes. One, the auditor (another member further along in the system) makes money on these sessions which they use to pay for more lessons, and two, the auditing sessions act as hypnotizing sessions to help brainwash people into believing the stuff in their system. At each level, the material gets more and more outlandish, more like the science fiction which was Hubbard’s original book writing. Meanwhile, the members are told they need to pay ever more money to keep going, which hooks them into working for the organization to earn money to pay for more lessons. It is a cleverly designed cult, and also discourages members from leaving, as they are told any fellow family members in the organization are directed to ostracizing/disowning anyone that leaves, and use other mental scare tactics to keep people in the system.
This is all true, as a woman who escaped from this cult, told me exactly everything about their organization and their many levels of graduation. She was in the organization for many many years, and only after many years had the common sense to get out.
The information they teach at the highest levels is clearly ridiculous, the result of poor science fiction writing by Hubbard. However, since the training is gradual, accompanied by these many brainwashing sessions, most people by the time they reach the “OT3” level believe this crap hook-line-and-sinker.
I have to give Hubbard credit for creating one of the most successful long-time scams based on complete made-up nonsense on his part. Making up a bunch of crap, and fooling people into believing that it is true, is one of the most diabolical ingenious acts anyone has ever done. Unfortunately, many folks have lost much of their life savings and time to this cult.
See the following video for a clear description of the nonsense they reveal to the advanced member.
A Useful site to learn all about Scientology:
http://www.xenu.netMarch 10, 2014 at 10:19 am #41942
The reactive mind is a concept in the Dianetics and Scientology systems of L. Ron Hubbard, referring to that portion of the human mind that is unconscious and stimulus-response, which Hubbard blamed for most mental and physical ailments.
Despite the lack of scientific basis for his claims, Hubbard’s book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health claimed that the Reactive Mind stores impressions (which he called engrams) of past events, which occurred while the person was unconscious or otherwise not completely aware…Scientology and Dianetics use a galvanic skin response detector called an E-meter originally designed by Volney Mathison that is basically a Wheatstone bridge designed to help the work of erasing one’s own “engrams” According to Dianetics, erasing one’s own reactive mind altogether can be facilitated by measuring the changes in resistance experienced by a living organism. Scientology promotes such treatments as a means of “spiritual rehabilitation” called auditing.
Following its rise to prominence, a growing number of former Scientologists have made public allegations that the church encourages its members to complete very expensive courses and expect wonderful results; when the improvements fail to be realized, further courses are then promoted to facilitate the anticipated changes. Criticism stems from a pattern of cycles wherein members continue to pay increasing amounts for these courses, while some even put their families into debt chasing the elusive life-changing results under the stewardship of the “church”.
Sorry, but I wasn’t anyway sympathising Scientology and I also don’t have anything to do with it.
I’m also to certain degree familiar with Scientology mythology and their financial schemes, because they are seemingly really able to victimize some very naive persons.
But here immediately best mental weapon would be recapitulation and this to strengthen one’s analytical mind (with all it’s accessories).
Certain type of behavior whether suggestibility to any form of fancies, coercion or mindless self-destructive pursuits which one cannot control, mean that one still is at the mercy of the reactive mind.
Ps. I also think with Scientology there are some interesting links with early stages of remote viewing experiments (Harold E. Puthoff & co) and few other things.April 3, 2014 at 10:26 pm #41944
Snipers have a mission that demands a tremendous amount of thoughtful analysis, careful observation, disciplined behavior, and some very surprising skills. One of these is a trained memory that can remember in detail things observed during an operation, a skill developed at sniper school with a technique first popularized by the nineteenth-century author Rudyard Kipling in the novel Kim. The game involves observing a series of objects for a short period of time, committing them to memory, recalling each accurately at a later time.
HANS HALBERSTADT, Trigger Men-Shadow Team, Spider-Man, the Magnificent Bastards, and the American Combat Sniper
They were the most mad ten days, but Kim enjoyed himself too much to reflect on their craziness. In the morning they played the Jewel Game-sometimes with veritable stones, sometimes with piles of swords and daggers, sometimes with photographs of natives.
-RUDYARD KIPLING, Kim
My simple answer would be that for example when snipers, not only necessarily American, need to learn during their training to use their observational skills with their memory, it’s usefull in the end to make the group to list what they have observed.
Of course privately.
Ps. In Finnish snipe is called taivaanvuohi (goat of the skies).April 11, 2014 at 3:15 pm #41946
Some of the techniques are highly valuable and warrant further study and experimentation. The E Meter is a useful device … (many variations of this instrument are possible). On the other hand I am in flat disagreement with the organizational policy. No body of knowledge needs an organizational policy. Organizational policy can only impede the advancement of knowledge. There is a basic incompatibility between any organization and freedom of thought. Suppose Newton had founded a Church of Newtonian Physics and refused to show his formula to anyone who doubted the tenets of Newtonian Physics? All organizations create organizational necessities. It is precisely organizational necessities that have prevented Scientology from obtaining the serious consideration merited by the importance of Mr. Hubbard’s discoveries. Scientologists are not prepared to accept intelligent and sometimes critical evaluation. They demand unquestioning acceptance.
-WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS
In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion have to follow a winding and hazardous ‘yellow brick road’ in order to reach their destination. Few devotees of the classic Judy Garland movie are aware that the original 1900 book by Frank Baum was satire on America’s entry into the gold standard.
-NIALL FERGUSON, The Cash Nexus
The political interpretations focus on the first three, and emphasize the close relationship between the visual images and the story line to the political interests of the day. Biographers report that Baum had been a political activist in the 1890s with a special interest in the money question of gold and silver, and the illustrator Denslow was a full-time editorial cartoonist for a major daily newspaper. For the 1901 Broadway production Baum inserted explicit references to prominent political characters such as President Theodore Roosevelt.
First of all one shouldn’t judge something believing only what the enemies claim.
If one wants to understand some basic ideas about Scientology, one should read ‘Dianetics’ and not for example ‘Scientology: the Fundamentals of Thought’ like this Tommy Davis suggested.
And what comes to this Xenu thing; it’s not necessarily at all so silly.
Baum’s fairy tale is not the only story which can be read various different ways although it’s very famous. Actually I have impression that Xenu story should be treated first of all in similar manner.
Yes and if there’s any connection with Daoism, its just that some Daoist texts have been written with multilevel logic.
Frankfurt, Germany (October 7) Tens of thousands of authors, publishers and book industry professionals gathered this October at the annual Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest and most important event for the international publishing industry. Many of the publishers’ stands featured the books of hundreds of authors. Unique among them is New Era Publications, which publishes the work of only one author, L. Ron Hubbard.
Guinness World Records choose to honour Hubbard at the Book Fair by awarding him two new world records. The first confirmed that he is the world’s most published author with 1084 works exceeding the record held by Brazilian author Jose Carlos Ryoki with 1,058. Guinness also officially verified that Hubbard exceeded his own previous record as the world’s most translated author when his works were published in six more languages raising the record from 65 to 71.
Mr. Kalyan Shah, President of India’s Publishers And Booksellers Guild, the organizers of the Kolkata Book Fair, the world’s largest consumer book fair, presented the Guinness World Record certificates to L. Ron Hubbard’s literary agency, Author Services Inc. (Los Angeles). Shah described Hubbard as one of the world’s most influential authors whose many works of fiction and non-fiction have both entertained and enlightened readers on all continents and contributed to our emerging global culture. He is not only a publishing phenomena, his works are a treasure to be shared by all who believe that humanity can find solutions to its many problems and build a better world for all.
The languages in which books by L. Ron Hubbard are available include Afrikaans, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Azeri, Basque, Belo Russian, Bengali, Brazilian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari-Farsi, Dutch, Estonian, Farsi, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Greek, Guarani, Hausa, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Kazakh, Khmer, Kirundi, Korean, Kyrgyz, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malayalam, Mexican, Mongolian, Nepalese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Sinhalese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog, Taiwanese, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, Vietnamese, Xhosa and Zulu.
New Era Publications also announced the release in 2007 of a new collection of 200 of Hubbard’s early fiction works, titled Stories from a Golden Age, as well as a new line of his non-fiction works.
The total sales of Hubbard’s fiction and non-fiction works have surpassed 230 million copies with 19 New York Times best-sellers.April 11, 2014 at 4:06 pm #41948
>>>First of all one shouldn’t judge something believing only what the enemies claim.
I used to be friends with a woman who actually was in the organization, and she told me a ton of things about their organization that ordinary folks don’t know. She also told me what they believe, and where L. Ron Hubbard got his nonsense.
L. Ron Hubbard was a bad science fiction writer, who made a fortune continuing to write bad science fiction but under the clever progressive system of Scientology. Financial unscrupulous genius he was; enlightened person he was not.
>>>If one wants to understand some basic ideas about Scientology,
>>>one should read ‘Dianetics’ and not for example
>>>’Scientology: the Fundamentals of Thought’ like this Tommy Davis suggested.
>>>And what comes to this Xenu thing; it’s not necessarily at all so silly.
Yes, this is the standard program. Dianetics is the first book in the whole series of lessons. Scientology: the Fundamentals of Thought doesn’t come until you’ve finished all the Dianetics materials, and this is still at the bottom of a very long ladder before one gets to the full Xenu story at the OT3 level, many years later.
I can make up a bunch of nonsense too, but it doesn’t make it real.
But if you want to get sucked into a stupid cult and believe a bunch of made-up nonsense, be my guest. Just don’t drink the Kool-Aid.
SApril 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm #41950
A separation between Mr Hubbard’s work and his opinions is ruled out by Mr Hubbard’s grandiose claims . . . ‘Galaxy upon galaxy billions of light years away have no bridge no route to freedom. Scientology is the one and only road to total freedom and total power. . . . Scientology has the answers to all the problems of the universe including the method of solution.’
-WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS
While many writers and speakers since ancient times have used plain language, in the 20th century there was much more focus on reading ease. Much of the research has focused on matching texts to people’s reading skills. This has used many successful formulas: in research, government, teaching, publishing, the army, doctors, and business. Many people, and in many languages, have been helped by this. By the year 2000, there were over 1,000 studies on readability formulas in professional journals about their validity and merit. The study of reading is not just in teaching. Research has shown that much money is wasted by companies in making texts hard for the average reader to read.
In linguistics, the Gunning fog index measures the readability of English writing.
The index estimates the years of formal education needed to understand the text on a first reading. A fog index of 12 requires the reading level of a U.S. high school senior (around 18 years old). The test was developed by Robert Gunning, an American businessman, in 1952.
Sorry for my broken English.
The University of Helsinki have around thirty books by Hubbard, mainly in the main library, but these seem to be not very popular.
Dianetics is good book to start with because it has seemingly all basic ideas developed well enough.
…but if you want to get sucked into a stupid cult and believe a bunch of made-up nonsense, be my guest…
Personally I have been self-sufficient already certain amount of years, so there is not any danger in that direction.
I’m actually contemplating to start some kind of cult by myself.
Ps. My suggestion is to start to test Hubbard’s readability by reading Dianetics, but one also could start to test it for example with Robert Gunning’s index.April 12, 2014 at 4:53 am #41952
This is a tool that tries to calculate the Gunning Fog Index. It is a weighted average of the number of words per sentence, and the number of long words per word. An interpretation is that the text can be understood by someone who left full-time education at a later age than the index.
I’ve read this book a few years ago and I’m about to read it for the second time. I’m not a scientologist nor do I plan to become one. I’ve never read any other scientology book or pamphlet.
As far as philosopy is concerned, this book didn’t reveal anything especially new or astounding to me.
The value of it is in the manner in which it teaches one to control their thoughts instead of allowing their thoughts to control them. If you have a phobia, problems with procrastination, a goal you wish to reach, a tendency to give yourself negative feedback, or if you just wish to change for other reasons, this book effectively teaches you to (to put it as simply as possibly) have your CONSCIOUS mind control your subconscious mind. For too many people, the opposite is true. Do you want to start your own business, but have a nagging voice tell you that you’ve never been successful and shouldn’t expect to be now? Do you consciously say that you will do something important today, and your subconscious tells you it can wait? Why are you allowing your subconscious mind to stop you from what you consciously decided you want to do? This book really helps you in addressing this problem.
I quickly tested several times with around 200 words Carlos Castaneda (The Art of Dreaming), Lafayette Ron Hubbard (Dianetics) and Grisha Perelman (The entropy formula for the Ricci flow and its geometric applications) with this particular index and found out that there are clear differences between Carlos, Ron and Grisha.
Because my sample was actually too small to be scientifically valid I describe the results only verbally.
So it seems that with approximately 200 words index for Castaneda would be around 17.70 and for both Hubbard and Perelman both around 19.20.
Perelman has least major punctuation marks and Castaneda has most.
And again Perelman has clearly least 3plus syllable words, but this time Hubbard has most longer words.
So in the final analysis it would seem that Carlos is the most easiest to read and Lafayette and Grisha are as difficult which of course can’t be true because to be able to read Grigori Perelman’s paper one would need to be advanced enough student of mathematics.
My other point was actually that one can safely study for example Hubbard’s books without anyway needing to think that one becomes active Scientologist oneself.
Ps. Sorry for my broken English.
The Ricci flow equation, introduced by Richard Hamilton [H 1], is the evolution equation d dtgij(t) = −2Rij for a riemannian metric gij(t). In his
seminal paper, Hamilton proved that this equation has a unique solution for
a short time for an arbitrary (smooth) metric on a closed manifold. The
evolution equation for the metric tensor implies the evolution equation for
the curvature tensor of the form Rmt = ¢Rm + Q, where Q is a certain
quadratic expression of the curvatures. In particular, the scalar curvature
R satisfies Rt = ¢R + 2|Ric|2, so by the maximum principle its minimum
is non-decreasing along the flow. By developing a maximum principle for
tensors, Hamilton [H 1,H 2] proved that Ricci flow preserves the positivity
of the Ricci tensor in dimension three and of the curvature operator in all
dimensions; moreover, the eigenvalues of the Ricci tensor in dimension three
and of the curvature operator in dimension four are getting pinched pointwisely
as the curvature is getting large. This observation allowed him to
prove the convergence results: the evolving metrics (on a closed manifold) of
positive Ricci curvature in dimension three, or positive curvature operator
in dimension four converge, modulo scaling, to metrics of constant positive
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