In the 60's, LSD pioneer, Timothy Leary, shocked and amazed with his magic potion of chemicals that brought insight and spiritualism to thousands of experimental mind-trippers. It was a dangerous ride and some explorers never returned, or at least were never the same. It sometimes seems that nature gives a gift but then extracts a stiff price.
And so, being a decorated explorer in my youth, I was skeptical about this discovery that allows a person -- virtually anyone -- to have a state of mind that is what the esoterics call "ecstasy." Nope -- no drugs involved in this trip. It is done by stimulating part of your brain, called the amygdala and it's the latest in a series of recent revelations about how our little, cerebral, chemical factory works. This one, though, may just be the most useful discovery of the bunch.
I can remember watching the Maharishi ("...as seen on Merv Griffin.") and taking those long and tedious yoga classes. I know I never reached that "special state of mind" when I meditated, sitting cross-legged and breathing slow. Some people told me that they felt "something" once or twice, but I suspect they lied.
Neil Slade was the student of a genuine genius, who had many of the stereotypical eccentricities. T.D. Lingo, now deceased, lived like a recluse atop his very own mountain in Colorado. He spent his time thinking about human brains and how they evolved and function. His peculiar and non-traditional methods led to his breakthrough discovery and, after that, T. D. Lingo spent the rest of his life sharing this discovery with friends. All this time he was getting a curious, but hesitant eye from mainstream neurology. Lingo held "seminars" where he would teach willing students how to first become aware of their amygdala and then to actually stimulate these walnut sized organs (there are two). Lingo's students had success and reported a "wonderful state of mind," heightened awareness and increased creativity. Neil Slade was originally one Lingo's students, but he later became his assistant and had the benefit of Lingo's joyfully shared knowledge for over a decade.
Unlike drugs, amygdala stimulation, once learned, produces better and stronger results over time. The complete story is on Neil's website and is worth reading about. We also have the complete story in our Viewzone Archives.The method and practice of this "amygdala stimulation" is documented and enhanced in a number of books and tapes, some of Neil's own music, that Neil has been asked to distribute to potential "explorers of the unknown." But before you get your instructions from the "Main Brain" himself, we think you should hear his answers to our questions.
Neil's latest work is another instructive book. "Brain Magic," which renews and refines this easy to learn technique. Amygdala stimulation is still very much a personal experiment. Each person gets to "explore" their own minds in a safe and constructive way.
I tried this myself and have been able to "switch on," with a little practice, during tedious moments at my real job. It's a lot better than a cup of coffee but it renews mental and physical vitality and... well, just makes me feed damned good! Once you learn how it works, it's like clicking your mouse. Throw away your zoloft -- amygdala clicking is where it's happening!
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