Some say that the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. In my case, the quest for a single answer must start with a thousand apologies. In my zealousness for my own experiment. I’ve forgotten and/or neglected to report my incremental findings. These two primary findings which I which to discuss are hypersleep and post-passive comprehension.
Hypersleep is easily my favorite aspect of Energy Cultivation. In my experience, it is only possible after an entire month of cultivation. Also, it requires some sort of uncomfortable mental training almost everyday. In my case I’ve chosen computer programming to be my mental training…coupled with some 3D wood sculpture.
Unlike regular torpor and sleep, hypersleep requires that I am in nearly complete darkness and that my fans are off. My room gets hot and it seems for a moment uncomfortable…but eventually, the entire room feels like a blanket. During this time, getting to sleep is the hardest part. I try not to focus on breathing or meditation or anything special. I think that’s the trap…”trying” to do something. The hypersleep occurs after all the ego and all the inhibitions are confronted and bored to death. The sleep feels so restful, I get this strange urge during the dreaming or deep-sleep phase that I’ve overslept for something. This can even be if I don’t even have work on the day of the hypersleep. It’s the strangest feeling…as if being late for one’s own birthday of sorts.
When I wake from hypersleep, I really don’t know if there’s been changes to the world. In all honesty, with what I know about the possibility of parallel universes…there’s no guarantee I awaken into the same world at all. That’s almost the beauty of it, not knowing. Not knowing and both caring enough and not caring enough to enjoy the process…no matter how warped it may seem.
The first few moments out of hypersleep are usually accompanied by the realization that I’ve been sweating a great deal. NE’s are no longer an issue now. I have them so infrequently that they don’t even concern me or the cultivation experiment in the slightest. Also, exercise and the balance between diet and work either for money or for enrichment are self-editing. I no longer even keep track of outflows, NE’s or anything else really, backsliding has become completely ridiculous…as if it’s like intentionally shaving one’s potential for happiness.
When I wake up I feel much more rested than during normal sleep with the fans on, normal sleep without the fans and with music on, or with normal sleep with both the fans and music on. The problem is that sometimes I’m just not straight up ready for hypersleep. I don’t want to go through it. Sometimes taking breaks from awareness…no matter how small, can be a blessing in disguise. Is this putting one’s head in the sand? Probably. But having something to work on is never a bad thing.
If one can only build a bridge out of found twigs and no string…one should practice on a small river first.
Here are some foods which I’ve found help the process:
occasional coffee but not too much…(it detracts from hypersleep)
Oatmeal without milk and without sugar (as plain as possible)
Chili – (it has a lot of salt and can assist with some cravings such as meat etc)
Also I try to eat meat only 0 – 1 times per day. This counts for fish, poultry, red meat, pork etc…
Another thing that I’ve found interesting is the ability to match one’s mood to music. It’s strange but I’ve found music affects my digestion and my digestion affects how music sounds and it’s pleasurable effects. So as one can probably expect, I’ve been experimenting with using music to adjust my mood before coding and going to work. It’s as if certain tempos and melodies can pull one emotional state across the proverbial river to another emotional state. I’ve found music is not able to directly change one’s emotion state from one to another when one is experiencing the “crest” of an emotion. It’s more like as one emotion enters into that neutral “limbo” of mood voiditude, music can direct which emotional state will be experienced next. It’s as if you have the choice of which emotions you want to experience…if and only if you are able to catch the frog while it is on the ground…trying to snatch at flies. But while the frog is jumping, you can’t control the emotion without frustrating one’s self. The emotion must be ridden out until its completion before a new melody can be inserted.
This cycle has already been going on for longer than one month. I have no idea where it’s going but if it anywhere resembles getting through my actionscript book anytime soon…I’m all for it.