regarding summerland's comment previous...that we cannot alter our moods or feelings...it is possible to alter one's moods and feelings. as a therapist, i not only work with my own moods and feelings, i train others in the skill as well. a quick experiment might show you: remember a moment in your past which you enjoyed and recreate it with as much of the detail as you can...through this process your psyche, which doesn't know the difference between reality and imagination, will believe whatever is on the internal tv screen and respond to the imagery. likewise, thinking about something awful will have a similar effect.
You misconstrued what I said and you also fail to recognise free will as an incoherent concept...
You think you can alter your moods and feelings (or have the illusion of doing so with control) but ultimately, you do not have free will. You only act according to what your brain states permit, which you do not control in the first place. You may hark back to a moment in your life where something significant happened and use that to influence how you will feel and behave, but, the fact of the matter is, if you do not possess that memory, you will not be able to recreate anything. In fact, if that had never happened to you, you would not have that as a means to manipulate your conduct (which really means that the event would not be there to bring about a particular brand of cerebral electrochemistry that would make you feel and behave in a certain way that would give you an illusion of control). You also do not have control over the things that you can and cannot remember.
So, mister therapist, there goes your self-help and your free will...
I'd also like to reiterate that, I used to be a smoker and attempted to quit several times. After nearly a decade of smoking I finally did it. Some say it was my free will. I beg to differ. It was my will, alright, but will that was constrained by my physiology and chemical make-up. One might ask why I did not quit after 5 years instead of 10. Well, because I was not strong enough. The will to quit was not as strong as the will to smoke. See? No control.
Only brain states that happen to emerge according to what happen to us. You only act according to what you feel like doing which is ultimately dictated by your brain activity (which you do not control). And, you either feel like remembering something from your past in order to self-help, or you don't. If you don't you will not make the effort. It may be that you believe it won't work. Perhaps you might have heard from someone that such therapies don't work and you have already formed your opinion. If you're lucky, you might have a therapy who is good at convincing you that influencing you to persevere - in which case, it doesn't really come from you to begin with, it is externally influenced as is everything else...
Perhaps noelnivel's therapy could have helped me to quit sooner... but I did not come across him before... something which was also ultimately beyond my control.
Mr. therapist: You can decide what you are going to do but you cannot decide what you will decide. Had you been born in a poverty-stricken land such as Liberia, or born with horrible defects in the aftermath of an atomic catastrophy, you might not have had the chance to become a therapist in the first place.
i once asked him, while we were walking over a bridge, perhaps an unguarded moment, how one could know which thoughts were from the other person and which were his own. he pointed down to the river below us and said."you see that river?...the reflections on top are like other people's thoughts and the river stream is one's own."
Seriously? Terrible analogy by the so-called psychic. Need I say why it is terrible?
first, i think some definition of astral travel or projection is necessary. i think if it is true astral travel, it can be verified in this wake-state reality. to astrally project oneself somewhere means, to me, that you are outside of your body in this wake-state reality, thus you can come to my house and see what I'm doing. report back to me when you get back home what you saw. i can verify that easily. failing that, i guess we have to put the notion down to wishful thinking.
That is not what the term "astral travel" implies. It is not a projection into the physical world. It is a projection into the astral plane.
there have been many psychics who claim such abilities but I've yet to meet any. they say they have access to anything in the cosmos. i just ask them to tell me how many pennies i have in my pocket and they say they can't access that information. they seem to be only able to access information that is unverifiable...
Now we're talking...
there was an woman in the retirement home i was working in who would buy people's warts and they would disappear. I heard that she was quite successful with it. about the same time i read in an american journal for doctors that one had a lot of success removing warts with wart tape (just some latin words typed on a piece of tape put over the wart). i figured this woman and this doctor were curing psychosomatic problems and so i decided to will my own two warts away. after a couple of days of this they began to fade away....i thought, "this can't be happening" a moment of doubt and they began to come back....so i went back on the offence and continued to will them out...they are gone, have never returned. so there is something about placebos and brain plasticity that is real.
How do you know that the warts going away and coming back was not influenced by your nutrition at the time rather than... good lord... mind over matter?
As for the placebo effect, you misunderstand it. Look at my previous posts about it and you will see what it is all about. Of course it's real, but it is not mind over matter. (You're supposed to be the expert and not a promoter of pseudoscience here.)
now if we can't predict when it will work and won't, like the baseball home-run analogy given above, at least we know they happen. however, I'm not aware of anyone having an actual astro projection. if you are asleep then the environment is created from the subconscious....or is of some consciousness that is creating the environment....like when we create in LD. so, i don't think that is anything different than LD. an amazing experience but nothing astro about it. unless someone can correct me, I'm of the belief that astro travel is out of body experience in this awake state reality....measurable in this reality.
Firstly, the home-run is a terrible analogy and can be readily dismissed. Secondly, whether someone is asleep or awake has nothing to do with the reliability of what one is perceiving. One could be awake and be hallucinating. Secondly, consciousness doesn't create anything (although it may have the illusion of control). Look at Libet's experiments among others and you will see what I mean. It is said that the unconscious mind governs the lucid dream experience.
Now, sure, I agree with you that there is nothing astral
about the experience. And I will correct you: it is "astral" and you are misinformed about what it means.