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  1. @Villager Albert I've been having recurrent 5Meo-like peaks during night asleep aswell. It probably has to do with melatonin release and metabolism, at least that is my guess. Even after half year, but it probably coincides with my kriya sessions aswell if they go ''deep enough''.
  2. As long as you're recovering and making progress there's no problem with either pushing yourself to the max, or a problem with keeping some left in the tank. Enjoying the workouts is the most important element imo, unless the results matter more for you whatever they are. You might go 100% every week or so for some particular body group or movement pattern, but going 100% all the time is not good long term
  3. @GreenWoods What do you think about this book? I saw your posts about OBEs etc thought about you lol
  4. no, you can learn it by yourself, a book. But there's a learning curve that might take time. And if you do some things in excess or not at the right time you might get some negative side effects. I know of Ennio Nimis online book, J. C. Stevens and SantataGamanas books that should be solid, ofc you can check online aswell. I think SantataGamanas books are especially valuable to move toward a more intuitive approach to kriya (inner guru). J.C. Stevens is ok, so is Ennio Nimis books on kriya. Ennio Nimis book is feely available as pdf http://www.kriyayogainfo.net/Eng_Downloads1.html I guess a teacher is good as they can quickly coach your technique, but i don't have that experience, and my kriya practice has a life of its own, though I went in too fast and too hard and got emotionally burnt out (went for crown chakra too fast)
  5. I've thought about posting about my experiences with 5MeO, kriya, and heck, my whole journey for awhile now. Usually when there's an inclination to share my thoughts I just contemplate what I expect people to reply and then whatever was behind the intention to post dissolves. Some difficult times atm and I am a crossroads and feel like there has to be some change, I have my intuition but would like some outside perspective. English isn't my first language, and my ability to express myself isn't great aswell - I fly all over the place, you can let me know where to clarify myself. Don't even know where to begin so I'll just share everything. I'll try to concentrate everything into one paragraph and follow it up with separate posts: My journey in a nutshell - 6 year old me becomes self-aware, but doesn't take self-awareness for granted. Puberty with shit social life, didn't relate well with others at all and didn't fit it, but good grades, parents brake up, existential depression with video games and other distractions. Question of existence keeps popping a few times with lots of confusion. Fast forward to university - acid trip - awakening experience - discover actualized.org, learn about enlightenment, psychedelics, 5MeO, meditation. Now self-actualizing and on the path towards Truth (caps T ofc) - practices kriya, trips acid, now 5MeO. Feel intention to focus more time and energy on enlightenment and Life Purpose course. Massive progress with kriya and some progress with LP course, but also with massive side effects that have culminated in, I guess, a major ego backlash or dark night, or both.
  6. I don't know, it feels more unstable and bipolar in a sense. Highs-lows. And last few months I've been going through an existential crisis - ego backlash - dark night. I guess there's light at the end of tunnel and I am slowly starting to see that. I guess periods like this are expected at some point, such an emotional rollercoaster...
  7. @Moksha Balancing letting go of the mind and survival / self-actualization is a challenge
  8. Fyi I wrote those paragraphs like a month ago without posting, lol. Right now I'm doing a lot better, I started to 'vent' or share parts of this to people, being more open about it, and began to restart some habits I dropped for some time (basically all I did some days was just distract myself with yt, streams, etc). Kriya again slowly (from 3x maha mudra - 12 pranayama - followed by self-inquiry-contemplation (intuitive 'feeling' investigation)) to now 2x45min (36 pranayamas) and I feel a lot better at times, but still some disturbing times aswell. I remember like two days ago when I was asleep dreaming, whatever the dream was about, Frank Yang's character appeared and I guess I 'remembered' 5meo trip as suddenly it felt like I was tripping on it, borderline breakthrough, that was pretty wtf. Some periods I am filled with eternal gratitude with everything, just a few days ago before sleep this was so strong I felt like I could love everything, last night during my evening kriya before sleep I tried to force myself to do the session while crying, with intense sadness and confusion, I have never felt this intense sadness in my life. It felt like I knew within my bones that all my dreams and desires are 'dead' and I was going to hell, there was no escape, the only thing to do is to accept this fully, I cried through my eyes and my mouth, but it felt strangely 'pleasant', maybe beautiful in a very depressing way, in a falling-into-the-abyss kind of way. But today is a new day and I'm feeling better than ever, an even stronger taste of 'no-self'. Thanks for reading, If you guys have any insights about me then I appreciate whatever you write back.
  9. It's pretty bad at times, very strong need to change, but with absolutely no clarity as to where. Turns into meaninglessness beyond anything I've experienced yet. Suicidal ideation (been a theme throughout my life, but usually passive, meaning I have never actively pursued it, but right now I've actively thought about how to do it, but not yet taken any action towards it). Some days I'm basically handicapped. Also took a break from Master's program for 1 year, but that's okay. Right now work on LP course pointed that my domain is personal dev, but specifically where idk yet - my best progress has been in fitness and nutrition, most passionate and interested about enlightenment and spirituality. Figured I should give a try becoming a PT and see whether or not a 1-1 coaching medium fits for me, and if the domain itself fits and grows onto me, and that's the main reason to move cities for me (bigger city and better market). I like working out, and focusing on phsycial health and aesthetics, but at the same time it feels meaningless compared to other things like emotional and spiritual lines of development. My top priority is enlightenment, but most of time I've kept a balance between self-actualization and enlightenment. Lately, though, with dark night and etc I feel as though nothing else matters other than enlightenment work, and that I should structure my lfiestyle with it - basically a monk/hermit lifestyle, turning my life into an enlightenment retreat for as long as it feels necessary. And when it gets worth even that doesn't matter anymore. Just holy fuck, how in the hell do I balance enlightenment with everything else. It's a full time job. If I seriously want to pursue enlightenment it feels like everything else has to stand aside, there's a strong inclination to just take the red pill, not half ass, nuke my life and come what may. But then there's the perspective that this is a trap, and a 'middle path' approach actually works best, an integrated life, focusing on all lines - Life Purpose, Interpersonal, Spiritual etc. I will ponder on this more-so, but feel like I value Truth too much to care about other lines of development. At a crossroads.
  10. I'll write about my experiences with 5meo and kriya, and baseline daytime changes in awareness. My first trip was in the beginning of September followed by another one 3 weeks later that was a breakthrough. 15 mg was extraordinary, utterly amazing, but felt not like a breakthrough. But still, a strong sense of 'wow', 'how the fuck', and the like. Falling asleep I had recurring events when I started to fall asleep at night that mirrored the peak of the experience, my visual field got very white. I should also mention that some days I used melatonin to help adjust sleep schedule when it felt I wanted to wake up earlier than usual or to re-adjust to an earlier time-schedule. Melatonin for sure has a potentiating effect for me on these recurring events that mimic 5MeO peaks. As for my consciousness level during the first week I didn't feel much of a difference, but somewhere during the 2nd week after my trip I started noticing something weird and new during kriya pranayama - I felt as though my arms started to grow apart, like there was huge distance between them, at the same time not really feeling my body, almost like it was super silent, and diffuse. I was aware of the progression described in Ingram's MCTB from effortful one-pointedness, effortless one-pointedness, to diffuse peripheral attention and later a synthesis of both. I felt prana moving but weakly, and sometimes I feel that I am not moving anything at all but my 'intentionality' along my spine. I also noticed a shift in consciousness during my daily activities when walking around, commuting etc, aware of awareness, like a lightless light and I guess this is where self-inquiry points towards? On some mornings after waking up during the first weeks I struggled to kickstart my day, journal-meditate-go-to-gym-to-study etc and would just sit at my computer listening to music videos, and there was this utter astonishment that anything like this was possible, profound, painful gratitude and disbelief, like the fact that anything at all is, is too much for me, I would basically just listen to music eyes wide-opened and cry in disbelief. I didn't like it since I had other plans (I as in me, the ego) for the day than to sit and do nothing but be. 18 mg felt very silent at first, was still in a fractal space, but felt very detached. After some time when the peak started to arrive there was a sense of 'lol, this is crazy, undescribably insane, and how insane can this go?' and a concentration into one point, and I remember that there was a falling sensation and it was very white aswell. It felt like nothingness, 'undefined'ness. It was a long time ago now, I don't really have adequate words for it. I remembered as I was 'falling' I began an extremely loud moan, like holy shit here I come! Pretty much an existential orgasm lol. After the peak though immediately fear, confusion, and a sense of 'holy shit, I think I'm in hell and I can't even imagine the terror and pain I am going to go through', and then idk, it seemed like I began to 'chase' after something, I started to vocalize words that didn't mean anything, but were astonishing all the same, it kept me curious, and distracted, which I felt like I needed to keep me away from the intense feeling of fear. After sometime of this I was back to ordinary state, but really fucking disturbed to the latter part of the trip, disturbed but equanimous at the same time, like whatever, that was an interesting turn of events. It was also very interesting how fast and how abrubtly ignorance set in after the peak and I was completely confused as to what the peak experience was. Looking back at it, I was still aware of this existential terror, but pushed it far away and was in denial of what it meant, I didn't understand it anymore. I read SantataGamanas books on Kriya and Kundalini and started to adopt his simpler pranayama along with breath retention practice and kriya bow aswell as maha mudra. My practice consisted of breath retention practice (avg 60-90s), kriya bow, maha mudra 3x, pranayama (108 reps at first, later dropped to 72 and 36) and yoni mudra and also being in the after poise for however I felt like. I should also say that my technique was more organic-inner guru than doing everything specifically correct. for example during pranayama I would feel like I want to focus on crown chakra for some time and then follow up on third eye again for the remainder and felt a difference. It's as if focusing on third eye had more of an emptiness-nothingness feel to it, while focusing on crown was very white - energetic, and orgasmic in a calm and peaceful way. This is where I stepped into some freaky and spooky territory and started having strange experiences. When going by my day, aware of awareness, sometimes it felt very expansive, enormous, peaceful, full of joy but equanimous. Like my field of experiences was filled with a blazing lightless light. It lasted how long it lasted until I fell back to usual consciousness. It seemed as though my kriya experience took off in its own directions aswell, I remember once when I felt really horny and was curious and focused in on this during pranayama and yoni mudra and felt really fucking evil, like I would fuck, destroy, and do anything to get what I wanted to, whatever it was (scary as fuck, but I enjoyed it). Another time I managed to experience samadhi. Walls crushing the objects in my field of consciousness and sense of self together, whatever 'I' was disappeared, best way to describe that was that 'I' simply wasn't there, or that everything was 'I', like everywhere where you looked, heard, felt, was a mirror reflecting 'me'. The freakiest experience was a few months ago during yoni mudra out-breath when it was as if I started 'falling into nothing', very reminiscent of 5MeO experience. Also some dreams felt like awakenings, the first time it happened there was a sudden surge of fear and terror with immediately waking up to it, but I soon realized what had 'happened' and shrugged it off laughingly. In another dream I was riding my bike along a beach balcony or something an had the same shift of consciousness, but this time I let go of my bike and fell arms wide as the dream collapsed into me, kind of like a wall would accelerate and smash into you. Also a dream of me chasing a volleyball I accidentally kicked into the forest, only that the volleyball never seemed to be where I thought it would be. I mean like looking back at these dreams they seem so cartoonishly obvious as to what they point towards lol, at the time I dreamed they seemed very serious. It's not all sunshine though. Some days were quite up-and-down aswell, after kriya session sometimes it took a while to readjust to whatever I had planned for the day. Work, even just cooking food, talking to other people felt really shit, I would feel like doing absolutely nothing during the day. And it was noticeable as people commented on my state. Other days I felt super resistant to doing kriya but pushed myself into it and usually would feel great afterwards. The last two months though have been especially difficult. Some days I felt really fatigued psychologically after gym and kriya session that I basically did nothing but procrastinate on it. I have a low effort job connected to my Master's thesis that covered my basic financial needs and saved some aswell, but it felt like it didn't matter if I showed up at all or did anything at all. Going there and doing anything, talking with anyone around there felt psychologically fatiguing. I did LP course aswell during the months and managed to get some success and insight about myself, and what I wanted to do, though it got more-and-more difficult to focus on figuring out my desires, and do the exercises. I've followed up on everything except vision board, I am not sure anymore whether or not I feel resistant to it, or that my goals and desires feel meaningless, even though. I also feel like my me-sheet was adequate, but still not quite right.
  11. Not too familiar to his exercises, but this seems like self-inquiry, or in other words focus your awareness on awareness itself. Focus on the 'feeling' that there is anything exists at all. His exercises are merely pointing towards this simple shift in your awareness, and from my own experience it does kind of feel like being headless. When you look through your eyes, it seems like things are in front of you. When you 'look' or 'feel' through awareness itself, everything is in front of you, including your face, and the back of your head. Close your eyes, feel your face, touch the back of your head and try to notice that that sensation is in fact 'in front of your awareness', so-to-speak, in front of your awareness-eye (third-eye). Not sure if it works if you haven't meditated or done anything like that
  12. Kiwis? I think heard that they help.
  13. I've struggled throughout my whole childhood with that and right now aswell, this weird, and sometimes, heck most of the times pretty shit thing called me and life. What kept me going was remembering that at least death is inevitable, I would ask - why am I not dead yet? And the answer I get is 'not yet', or 'wait for it'.
  14. This sounds like some sith-level dark side of the force kind of stuff. Powerful stuff indeed, can confirm this works, although it takes time. I'm not sure but 5MeO might have given an insight or a 'nudge' into how to do it 'right'. Basically found my inner guru so-to-speak, or intuition I guess is another word for that. I'm into spooky territory now and well, integration and ego-backlash take their time and attention. I think SantataGamanas books helped me aswell unwind any bad feelings I had about not having success with kriya because of confusion about the technique. I took my focus off of the technique and started to feel more-so I guess. Its more about the intention, and well, the nuts and bolts of kriya pranayama is breathing in-breathing out slowly basically while taking your attention along the spine. Any specificities about the technique might be superficial, and may work because you 'like' it more than others. Ofc when starting out doing it by the book (ofc dunno which book is the best, might be any book is good) is probably the best way for months, maybe even a year, or even longer, dunno. I think along the line confusion hits in and you do not know whether to perfect tehnique by the book or follow your intuition.
  15. @Preety_India In Theradavada Buddhism tradition they basically have a map of meditation progression, A&P or arising and passing away is the feel-good stage so-to-speak, effortless attention/awareness.
  16. Have you read Daniel Ingram's book? He has lots of material on it and advice aswell. Other Theradavada Buddhism have descriptions of dark night (would be called dukkha or knowledges of suffering). But basically as I recall: keep at your practice, don't do anything rash and stupid (like quit your job fly to India and find a cozy cave or smth). Alone time, at peace doing nothing helps to take your attention to whatever you're going to and do its thing. As for whatever meditation practice it is mentioned that your awareness and attention tends to be very vague and peripheral. If you have noticed a weird switch in your awareness aswell then it might be further confirmation that you are at dark night.
  17. @levani what are your goals? lose weight? look good? How good? ripped? or just a healthy bw (health reasons). What kind of diet/lifestyle/looks would you like? How much are you willing to work towards these goals? Ask specific questions and you get the best answers to them as far as your fitness goals and achieving them go for. What might be effective or optimal might not be practical for you (if you dont enjoy your workouts or routines for example, even though they are optimal, or interference with other life factors like how much time you have in the week/day, injuries aswell). Also it depends on what your 'training age' and training proficiency is at. Have you done other sports or lifting (I'm guessing yeah since you love squats)?. What do you do right now in terms of training, and diet aswell. but generally I agree with @The0Self rep range doesnt matter as long as you are going near to failure with like 1-3 reps in reserve. Key parametre to muscle building is volume, which can be broken down differently, but the simplest and prob most effective way is to measure how many hard sets (at or near to failure) per muscle group are you working each week? doing 10+ sets per major muscle group per week is a threshold. Training split, frequency, exercise selection stem more from how much time you have, and what exercises you prefer, also your training age (start slow and ramp up sustainably and when need to - have long term in mind)
  18. as was mentioned you can distinguish between healthy and unhealthy vegan diet. whole foods, b12 and iodine, rest is less important. Heck you can include some processed food if it makes you like whole foods more (and adherence to diet easier), also vegetable oils are not great, not even olive oil (unless you have a hard time getting enough calories in and lose weight by default, then oil is fine) whole food plant based - nutritionfacts.org is fine for learning, just dont become a diet zealot (veganism or omnivore can both be healthy if avoiding saturated far i feel) you can check other things like 21day vegan challenge etc
  19. make sure that intense bouts of exercise are followed by 2-3 days of rest for the given body part. You can do an intense leg workout on one day, next day for upper body, ad third day is a lighter workout for legs mb running idk, etc. If you notice any stress, injuries, not recovering (recovery as in can you perform exercises as good or better than before) then you need to dumb down the intensity or volume (less exercise per day) that being said usually abs, buceps, triceps etc smaller muscles recover faster, bigger muscles (chest, hamstrings etc) slower just keep that also in mind.
  20. Kriya Secrets Revealed by Stevens for beginners is nice. Nice descriptions for practice. Ennio Nimis Synthesis of a personal experience (freely available online) is also supposed to be great, but I haven't read it. SantataGamanas Kriya Exposed and Kriya Secrets revealed were really influencial for me. I think you could do good by beginning with the first book and then looking into the others aswell, and especially SantataGamanas books, to get some more perspective on kriya yoga. Also, check out kriya yoga megathread here on the forum (meditation,consciousness etc section) As to how to do it properly might be challenging and take some time.
  21. @Pernani I would lump Kriya yoga as a practice focusing on energy, one-pointedness concentration, and rapture (peak states). You can get into some wild territory if you have a true intention and do it with passion so-to-speak (detached passion ofc). Those states of high energy seep into daily life and it seemed to be working for you, but if you want the transformation that I think you are looking for then you could complement kriya with an investigative, self-inquiry, or the sort technique. Vipassana/mindfulness/self-inquiry. The simplest way is to just rest in that high energy state for as long as you can after the practice (for me it's like doing self-inquiry 24/7, or awareness-on-awareness). Essentially, both TMI, and Hardcore Buddha Book propose exactly this sequence of focus - at first get your concentration right (one-pointedness, which Kriya can do super effectively) - and then investigate. Then again I don't know, for me I did 5meo and my practice got supercharged after I got in touch with my 'Inner guru' (intuition) so-to-speak. Peak states have seeped into daily life and a sudden ability to effortlessly rest on awareness itself. Awareness-on-awareness. Lots of purging and up-downing - getting used to flipping from a passionate feel-good-about-life state to darknighting to equanimous super-accepting-of-reality-and-myself do-nothing states (less common peak states). The highest peak was ego-death at the cinema, lol it was beatuiful and comical to see myself in the cinema (self-inquiry and mindfulness turn into one). I truly don't know what will work for you, but if I'd give any advice it is to brute-force it - everything at once - psychedelics, classic meditation, kriya, 24/7 baseline focus. If kriya then I def recommend SantataGamanas books (Kriya Exposed and Secret Power of Kriya) and for psychedelics ramp your tolerance for self-acceptance and openmindedness up smartly (start with mushrooms or acid, and weh nyou feel ready, or have reached a plateau, then 5meo). And remember that you are an individual and general guidelines might not work for you exactly - experiment with what works for you. You seem to be resonating a lot with classic meditation, which is cool. I don't thing with kriya and meditation its and this-or-that thing but more about how to do both, more of a complementary relationship, lots of potential for integrating them together. So manny books recommended to you lol. I hope you find the time to go through them
  22. Just how the current state of society works. Survival values is rooted deeply in the unconscious need to view oneself as inadeuqate, unworthy, and unlovable. Survival values are destroyed when you apply conscious self-love to yourself. It is the biggest threat to survival values and behaviour, therefore anything that promotes self-love (perfect as you are) rather than self-improvement (being better than you already are) is seen as dangerous, wrong, and stupid. It is hard, there is so much inertia keeping us grounded in a deficiency mindset, which I sruggle with, but I'm growing a lot atm. Being ungrounded is scary, it is why there is a huge resistance towards green and beyond (self-expression values as opposed to survival values)
  23. @integral Ah, gut issues, not as familiar as I'd like to be (I'm not a professional nutritionist, a professional youtube nutrition enthusiast lol, as related to plant-based and exercise-nutrition). Have you checked out gojiman? Or Vegetable Police? They seemed to have similar issues.
  24. @integral I meant your perpective on nutrition / health, rather than specifically Y/T. Also 10 years veganism, you can elaborate more if you like.
  25. @Tarzan The description given is reason not to eat animals for people stuck at orange, its a very different matter at the yellow and turquoise level. This is not a moral debate. We all love animals past green, but yellow recognize that we are carnivores and understands the circle of life, beyond yellow accepts its self, green is very much in denial of human biology. Explain the yellow and turqoise perspective and why it leads to killing and eating animals. If your argument is that a well planned vegan diet is not sustainable for your health then you are wrong, there is no conclusive proof of that. Key word: well planned. What does it mean to be a carnivore? If you mean that you need to eat meat to sustain yourself then that is wrong, there are examples that show this is not the case - people can live just as good or even better not eating meat (or eggs, dairy). If by circle of life by the traditional, or 'natural' way that we used to sustain ourselves - by killing and eating animals - then that doesn't prove we have to continue that way, especially if we find alternatives that work just as well. The circle of life is not a constant, it can change. There are differences between how to make an omnivore diet work vs a vegan diet work, as long as they are well planned both are healthy. I'm not saying you have to go vegan, but stop trying to convince others that veganism doesn't work and they should revert back. If you want to prove to yourself that a vegan diet can work then it won't be simple, you have to put it to the test for yourself, and no half-ass it because that's how you revert back to thinking it doesn't work. I probably do 10 times more work and research on nutrition than you do. The reason why I've chosen vegan is that it is one of the only diets that includes a more wider perspecitve than other diets - most diets just focus on eating healthy and getting lean. You can do that just as well on a vegan diet, but you now include an environmental and ethical perspective. When I do my research my agenda is on practicality and living a conscious lifestyle. By practicality I mean eating the foods I like and produce results with muscle building (no dif between plant-based protein and animal protein as long as protein intake is equated), and a healthy diet (prioritize whole foods, minimize processed, calorie-dense, saturated fatty, and toxin-dense foods (fatty meats concentrate toxins through bioaccumulation)). By a conscious lifestyle I mean knowing the impact my lifestyle has - my purchasing habits - what state of society do I support by buying meat vs plants for example - environmental concerns (animal agriculture loses), ethical concerns - animal agricultures loses again, biiiig time (and I think you or someone else mentioned about plant agriculture killing small ruminants that wander onto the fields, regrettably this is so, but according to studies the 'sum of suffering' is reduced signifacntly with no animal agriculture at all - because to feed the animals themselves we have to raise more crops, by a significant margin (there are billions of farm-raised animals, don't remember exact number but far more animals than there are humans, so no shit we need to raise more crops) By reducing animal farming we also reduce the need for plant agriculture - therefore reducing suffering to wild ruminants wandering in the fields in sum, not to mention not allowing cows, pigs, chicken to suffer for our pleasure and convenience. If you want to present the argument that because we eliminate animal farming, we need to produce more crops to sustain ourselves, then consider that studies show that if we didn't feed animals the food crops produce, we could feed 11 billion people with amount we produce today, so we would still reduce the amount of crops. I suppose you would now think that veganism is even more wrong, because it isn't healthy. That's not true. If you compare different varieties of cancer, heart disease, hypertension etc, then you would not find a significant difference when calories and other confounding factors are accounted for, or even find that no animal food seems to work better for some cases - heart disease for example, since plant foods contain far less saturated fat, usually. I don't know what else to say. I could ask your own perspective - what do you eat and why? If you eat meat because you like the taste of it and don't want to give that up then that's fine. But if you say that eating meat is healthier, and no difference ethically/environmentally, then I just have to disagree with you and will stop arguing with you at this point.