Life looks like a path made of doors, until you realize that you don’t even have to enter the prison in the first place.
Are all battles really battles? Could they be dances? They are dances, because ultimately it’s all music. The mind functions like music. Science is discovering this more and more, and the line between human music and say animal music, is a blurry territory at best.
You start out with a slow tempo trance, delta wave sleep. This is the basic music of life function. Just above that you experience theta wave sleep, dream. This is the basis for all other forms of perception, and where we process anything we have experienced in any other state, even the physical sensation that disturbs delta wave activity. Above the theta wave, and by above I don’t mean superior, just closer to “above water” or awake, you have alpha. The state of day dreaming consciousness without which your ability to process sensory impression would fail entirely. Above alpha you have beta. This is the music of “keeping track of things.” It’s one of the biggest parts of your daily trance. It does alternate between beta and alpha. Above beta you have gamma, deep thought, being deeply immersed in studying something or trying to figure it out.
When you are in combat, like in a game, what level is that? Ah, combat is alpha. If you can’t center in alpha, beta slows you down too much. Gamma is the operating system (OS) of normal thought, metacognition, the state where you are thinking on purpose, doing it as a deliberate activity with a goal in mind.
Like typing and talking. Yes.
Now each of these states are like the “keys” music is played in. A song can sound very different if you change the key it centers in. Our experience changes the same way if we change the state our perception is focused in, and we are not confined to our own music. This is where things get very interesting.
Through your senses you pick up on the sound and motion and even kinestic sensation of the world around you, and these keep a different tune than your own. Focus on natural rhythms is the essence of all shamanism in the nut shell, as they say. The shamans trances serve the purpose of attuning them to the natural world and through this altered awareness giving them insights that conventional analysis wouldn’t provide.
That must be why you start to pick up phrases from places you move to. I lost my Canadian accent for a while when I lived in the UK but now it’s come back. Yes. You enter a different social trance. This is why group ritual can feel more powerful than solitary ritual.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.