Monday, June 1, 2020

Out of Your Head

AOM out of your head
40 years of biomedicalizing human suffering
original goal specific drugs for specific problems
but we now rely mostly on generalized uptake inhibitor anti depress
that are not shown to be for any underlying disease
1 out of 4 women
should be limited to severe cases and for limited time
produces permanent changes overtime with side effects requiring their own meds
when countries put the model in things get worse
we are going in the wrong direction
anxiety and depression have become syptoms treated with drugs
these drugs bring top and bottom down
most of these emotions are valid so why are we treating with drugs
these drugs walk you into a cul de sac
disempower people to change life for the better
instead use d's to hammer down normal physiology
freud started talk therapy to not have the science available
so many of his theories are pseudo science
behavorial folk came out of the lab with science
talk therapy with the goal of miminum talk necessary to change behavior for the better
the past that is in the present is what we need to focus on
more practical humanistic, cognitive, behavioral has won the day
CBT cognitive behavorial therapy
how does cognitiion effect how we interact with the world
at first there were no principles like logical errors, black white thinking, catastrophizing
problem is logical does not equal helpful behavior
why focus on goofy thoughts
why not focus on the behaviors that could help you improve
act gets us focused not on catching and surpressing bad thoughts
but interacting with them differntly, accepting and then moving on with better behaviors, more forward looking
how your relate to your experience
focus not on regrooving bad thoughts by focusing on them but moving on from them
moving to different modes of thinking
there are at least six processes or skills
that lead to greater emotional and attentional flexibility
one method is noticing thoughts
dictator within gets in the way of this
what goes on when things are quiet after something happens
tells you what to do, whats wrong with you
it is problem solving voice
it is good for dealing with external world
but not great at telling you who you are, what's your purpose
humans are not problems to be solved
as soon as you are in that mindset
large parts of you become your own enemy because there is a lot of us to criticize and pick apart
pros and cons lists of your strengths and weakenesses
do not get you to the point of moving on from where your are into the direction you want to go
self actualizing should be more like how you view a beautiful sunset
you want a wow appreciation of the wholeness of your life
you want some problem solving, but the dictator has been so overfed by media and modern self help
that we get entangled with it for years without moving forward
we are so used to dissapearing off into our thought that we need mindfulness classes
just to show up in the present moment
woulda shoulda coulda ruminations run us around on a leash
there is a lot of unwise programming in our heads that cause us to act
we need to reign in our mind
we argue when we shouldn't, defining, forgetting purpose
showing up in the present with out feet on the ground requires a different mode of mind
dictator mind stay positive is narcissistic
what about our gut, maybe it is telling us something
negative thoughts are normal too when there is a balance
but we need to be mindful
need to learn a range of flexibility
first phase is notice thoughts
witness them without
you cannot forget past, past betrayals
grow up and do something healthy with it do not supress with self stupidity
relate to them differently
painful self critical thoughts often have no utility and keep us up at night
catch it, distill it down to a word repeat for thirty seconds
idiot, idiot, idiot.....
diffusion --> it takes the power away
another techinique thank your mind
thank you for telling me i am stupid, but i need to move on to more important things
be more cognitively flexible instead of trying to quelch all thoughts
the idiot is typically telling you to to better
they are part of you but they are not your boss, not your dictator, you need room for other things
4th skill, learning to see perspective of others
in the cacaphony of western culture
need to find a better way to ground ourselves and connect to our consiousness in the present
and connect to others
step 1 diffusing from the self story
step 2 catching that there is an awareness part of you that can include difficult emotions
you can have diffult thoughts without letting them dominate, you can allocate attention to them flexibly
act work involves backing out of the conceptualized self, the ego and showing up as a more transcendent observer
not alone but connected in consciousness with others
acceptance - take what life offers as a gift, the good with the bad
your history is only a part of you, you are bigger than it
do not let it dictate to you learn cognitive, behavioral, flexibility skill to move into the present
capacity for thought and emotion is a gift that need to be used flexibly
finding what you value so you can take action
negative emotions can help you find what you value
take pain and flip it over
think of sweet moments in a given area
guides and heros
authorship - how would you write your own story
dig down and make life choices
diffusion is good way to deal with thoughts
dialing down the meaning and notice that we are creating them
don’t deal with the thoughts but the thought creating machine in our head
catch the person behind your eyes
if you let yourself get trapped in the thought then you are incapable of doing anything else
allocate attention to what the thoughts and emotions are trying to tell you
and then allocate attention to the present moment
realize you can control your attention
you can also notice the person behind the eyes of others
get out of your head and into others
get the sense of who you are with, connecting with others
stop being a performer on a stage and witness the performance

The Rule of 3's

On the No Agenda podcast this week, they discussed the view of Dr Vernon Coleman of the United Kingdom that a lot of the social/behavioral programming was being used during the recent lock downs.  Dr Coleman was pointed in this direction by Dr Colin Baron, an expert in hypnotherapy, who wrote a book, Practical Hypnotherapy.

These mind control techniques have taken the form of slogans, clapping and symbolism.  These have taken on a certain rhythm and pattern many of them taking advantage of the rule of three. These are being used to implant beliefs to motivate behavior

Friday, August 30, 2019

Word of the Day: Hegemonic

ruling or dominant in a political or social context.
"the bourgeoisie constituted the hegemonic class"

Steve Bannon sat down last week for a much talked about interview concerning China:

Bannon believes China's goal is to become a hegemonic world power through such initiatives as:

 The One Belt One Road and China 2025 Policies.

Its mercantile policies in poorer areas of the world like Africa an Latin America.

Its economic war against the United States along with its military build up aimed at blocking the US from the South China Sea.

China has brought all forces of government to bear on this goal of becoming the dominant power in the world in the most ambitious manner yet seen. China is simultaneously working on three areas to accomplish their goal where, in the past, great powers have only been able to focus on a single one at a time:

MacKinder Theory of the Heartland

Mahan's Theory of Oceanic Chokepoints

Spykmans Theory of the Rimland

Bannon believes that the Chinese market is built on a house of sand being propped up by the same Wall Street, City of London and Frankfurt financiers that cause the last economic crisis only the next crisis caused by the collapse of the Chinese market will be much larger.

The party of Davos, the elites in the West, actively cooperated with China on the de-industrialization of the West in favor of China.   China exported its overcapacity accompanying deflation to the the West.  We financed the rise of China and China was able to raise its population from poverty. 

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Essential Anatomy for the Artist

Anatomy for the Artist by Jenő Barcsay

Excellent resource from Jeno Barcsay who has served as the Professor of Applied Anatomy at the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts for Decades.

Professor Barcsay's book in turn draws from several well regarded historical works:


Plastische Anatomie by Siegfried Mollier (circa 1924)

Barcsay recomends this tome for its emphasis on movement.


Anatomie Artistique by Richer (Circa 1890)

The main source book for every other artistic anatomy work for over a century.


Anatomischer Atlas by Toldt-Hochsetter (Circa 1948)
atlas der descriptiven anatomie des menschen by Sobotta (Circa 1903-1907)
kollmann's Plastische Anatomie (1928)
textbook of human anatomy and histology by mihalkovich (Hungarian 1898)
descriptive human anatomy krause (1881 Hungarian)
kalman telyesnitsky
Bertalan Szekely
Atlas of Human Anatomy - Ferenc Kiss (1951)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Enchanted Forest

“like a note of music, you are about to become nothing”
Robert Bly, My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy: Poems

This post concerns an excellent Art of Manliness Podcast:

In it, AOM interviews William Ayot, author of a new book, Re-Enchanting the Forest. Here he is in an YouTube interview talking about problems men face:


William Ayot posits that modern life could be enriched by reacquainting ourselves with the mystical rituals that our ancestors used to nourish their souls. Ayot says that the Western mind has been hijacked over the last several hundred years by our slavish turn to reason, logic and detail at the expense of empathy, compassion and imagination. It is a shift that favors the logical left brain to the detriment of the artistic right brain. It is an appeal to the masculine ideals of lists, clarity and measurement. The problem is that this focus leads us lose contact with the wilder, sensual side of our nature. In turn, this leads to a hollowing out of the few rituals that we still retain that are used to keep us in touch with our more poetic side.

Apollonian vs Dionysian

Friedrich Nietzche first broached this idea of the need to keep in touch with our Dionysian side in his book, the Birth of Tragedy.

relating to the god Apollo.
relating to the rational, ordered, and self-disciplined aspects of human nature.
"the struggle between cold Apollonian categorization and Dionysiac lust and chaos"

relating to the god Dionysus.
relating to the sensual, spontaneous, and emotional aspects of human nature.

Here is a good summary of the subject:

On Descent

In 1905, the Russian symbolist poet, Vyacheslav Ivanov published an influential article entitled: "On Descent: The Sublime, the Beautiful and the Chaotic - The Triad of Aesthetic Principles. This article expanded on Nietzche's thoughts and speaks about art in terms of the ascent to Apollonian and descent to Dioneysian ideals. Apollonian ideals are a masculine search for truth and Dioneysian a feminine revalation of beauty and chaos.

the branch of philosophy that deals with the first principles of things, including abstract concepts such as being, knowing, substance, cause, identity, time, and space.

perceptible by the senses or through immediate experience.
"the phenomenal world"

In this view, the actual metaphysical universe is chaotic but this is hidden to us by its phenomenal representation.

Spirit vs Soul

The soul or psyche needs to experience to go down.

Spirit needs order, cleanliness, an order, a view, to rise above.

The Soul

The right brain side of us is not cannot count or speak. It is not data oriented.

It's language is visual. It thinks in symbolic terms.


A different place and time.
A crossing of a threshold.
A symbolic action where the soul can receive a message.
e.g. A ring on your finger symbolizing a union of two people

Ritual use the rule of 3
A beginning, middle and end.

It requires an intention which give you a root map or anchor when entering into the chaotic side of nature.

Rites of Passage

In 1905, Arnold van Gennep published his influential work Rites of Passage. It most important point is that ritual are divided into three main phases:

  1. Preliminary - An exit form the Apollonian sphere into the Dionysian sphere.
  2. Liminaire - An ordeal,  a transition or transformation. A communication to your Dionysian side.
  3. Post-liminaire - A re-entering of the Apollonian from the Dionysian. A re-grounding in the here and now.

Van Gennep's ideas greatly influence Joseph Campbell's theories on mythology particularly his Hero's Journey scenario.

Iron John

Robert Bly sensed something amiss with young men in the 1980's. To him, they seemed to be naive, too eager to please and lacking a certain fierceness.

Robert Bly, who is best known for his book Iron John, started rekindling interest in developing manhood by reacquainting ourselves with the mythical side of our nature.

Deep Thinkers

Robert Bly interacted with many other similar deep thinkers in this arena:

James Hillman
Michael Meade
Robert Moore
Malidoma Patrice Some
Martin Prechtel
John Lee

Modern Self Initiations

Western societies have been stripped of the ritual rights of passage of our forefathers so we substitute these with hollow rituals and things like extreme sports.

Even worse, we have replace these rites of passages with markers such as graduating from school and getting a job.

We live in our heads and do not create a space to embody things, to embrace them with our right brain/psyche/soul.