Re: Extro-Buddhism

Dennis Roberts (
Sun, 04 Oct 1998 21:29:19 -0400

Natasha Vita More (fka Nancie Clark) wrote:

> At 08:38 AM 10/4/98 -0500, you wrote:
> I like your suggestions for light/sound
> machines.
> Natasha

There are many other technologies/techniques that can have a profound impact on subjective experience. Some are as simple as, (I know that this may sound silly. but I've actually used this technique to stop patients from going into shock) looking cross-eyed and thinking without using words. I believe that this works for anxiety reduction due to a quirk of neuroanatomy. It also doesn't seem to work for everybody. Sustained exercise (distance running,etc) stimulates endorphin production - the runner's high. Consistent use of megadoses of Vitamin C inhibit the enzyme system that breaks down those endorphins-raises pain threshhold, has anti-depressant effects and in my experience produces a great sense of wellbeing. I read about both of these techniques, tried them, and found both to be useful tools. There are many others but these have the advantages of being cheap and not needing much practice to be effective.
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