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7 minutes ago, Charlotte said:

@kieranperez I'd take an educated guess at probably doing it on a light type of meal, he did mention in the video at the part where he explains cramming it all into one day bit that between the break maybe a light meal so that's my guess.

should i wait for a couple hours and let it digest then 

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Does anyone experience dried throat, the need to swallow or any other things to be aware of 

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@thehero This is only my personal opinion, I'm no expert but I'd probably wait until your not hungry but not full either. Only my opinion though! Please take that into consideration

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Trip report:

Duration: 20 minutes

Music:

First I had difficulties supressing the urge to laugh, cause it seemed somehow absurd to me, later I had difficulties holding up the same breathing frequence.

But then my extremeties felt like they were falling asleep, which was not unpleasant, so I knew I was doing it right. I got hit with feelings of extreme loneliness, which also happens on regular psychedelic-trips, but this was way more easier to manage, with the knowledge in my mind of being able to stop anytime, of course. I had to kinda growl for some reason, even though I tried to supress it, cause it seemed kinda embarassing to me.

After I was done I felt slightly dizzy, but overall it felt refreshing and really great for another 10-20 minutes. My state of consciousness was definitely altered, I was made aware of issues with self worth for example, so this is really  great supplement for psychedelic trips, since I tend to struggle really every time in those, which often prevents me from going deeper.

I'm planning to do 2 x 30 minute sessions/week for a few months.

Thanks Leo!


Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all of the barriers within yourself that you have built against it 

- A Course in Miracles

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I got comfortable. Put on some tribal drumming music and started the 30min session.

I felt dizziness in my head very quickly and started to feel a sensation of spiraling around in my mind. At first, it was hard because I wasn’t used to a dry mouth, but after about 5min it got easier.

As the session went deeper, My chest area started to tingle quite intensely. I started to feel a bit cold too. I slowly started to disassociate from the bodily feelings and drifted off into a no-body state. I don’t think I got as deep as I could have but it was powerful nonetheless.

I then began having some mild hallucinations. Like my visual field zooming out to infinity. Eyes closed of course.

At some points, my breathing wasn’t as deep because I got too distracted by some new phenomenon happening in me.

At the end of the 30min session, I felt quite calm. And laid there for 10min in silence. Mind chatter was still present but I was at ease with it. No resistance.

edit: Later on today I have felt light and carefree. Emotions don't feel sticky either. They sorta just pass.

Overall this was an interesting experience and I'm keen to do it again next week or earlier.

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I did my first session and decided to start with 10 minutes. After that I was just observing the effects which were quite intense both physically and mentally and lasted for about 5 minutes. 

An interesting observation for me was that after I was done with the shamanic breathing my breath just naturally stopped. I don’t know exactly for how long but I would guess for two minutes. This of cource makes sense because the blood gets so highly oxygented from the breathing. But I found this breathless state was really blizzful and mildly psychedelic. I’m looking forward to do a longer session soon. 

Did others also experience this natural stopping of the breath? Or should I just force myself to continue breathing (with normal rythm) after I’m done with the shamanic breathing? 

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This technique is extremely powerful, I am shocked.

I honestly couldn't do it for longer than 3 minutes. I experienced extreme levels of stimulation in my head, I had to stop.

EDIT: I tried again and couldn't do it for longer than 5 minutes. The intensity almost rivals that of a 5-MeO come-up, I'm not kidding. How is that possible for such a short time?

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Managed to do it for about 12 minutes. Started with building pressure within the head (like something energetic was building up, ready to pop), then felt sudden urges for the body to spasm into weird shapes (like being physically possessed), then the body felt incredibly heavy (like metal). This is when I stopped. All in all, I feel pretty calm now. My body still feels heavy, even now (20 minutes after the session). Interesting. Will try it again tomorrow and see what happens.

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I could only do 13 minutes. My chest started vibrating intensely. Part of it felt blissful, the other part felt nauseating. I experienced flash backs to childhood moments where I was bleeding a lot (I hadn’t thought about them in years).

That’s about all I can say. Will try for 20 minutes soon.

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bro my left eye was twitching like crazy I looked like some heroine junkie 

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Wow, I just got done with 45 minutes. Anyone who hasn't done psychedelics, and wonders what they feel like, this is as close to a psychedelic experience as I've ever had without taking something. Blew my mind.

 

Fingers and toes totally asleep, tried to make a fist but couldn't. Felt fear at the beginning, like there's no way I could do this. I found that it helped me mentally to Rock myself back and forth with each breath, and eventually that morphed into gyrating around with my whole body on every breath.

 

Had some childhood memories come up. Kind of like watching an old movie from an observer's point of view. My breaths turned into sobs for 5 minutes or so, but I was conscious to never lose the rhythm of the breathing or the depth. My sobs turned to anger, and I got on my hands and knees and bared my teeth like a lion, which felt awesome. I was talking, making sentences by saying one word on each out-breath. Saying things in this way, like I won't stop. I am not afraid. You can't take me! Just crazy stuff, and I was trying to treat it like an Ouija board, where you try not to make anything happen.

  

Open eye visuals, almost exactly like a 5-gram mushroom dose, with grid textured iridescent waves. And I'm left with a feeling of positivity, self appreciation and it's sort of like I just got done with a great workout, or did something else that demonstrated love for myself. Just have a feeling like I gave myself a hugeass hug.

That was the wildest all-natural 45 minutes that I've ever experienced.

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@SeanD  Yeah, I feel you. I really wanted to quit after 15 minutes, but it turned into something more manageable after that.

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5 minutes ago, PsiloPutty said:

Wow, I just got done with 45 minutes. Anyone who hasn't done psychedelics, and wonders what they feel like, this is as close to a psychedelic experience as I've ever had without taking something. Blew my mind. Fingers and toes totally asleep, tried to make a fist but couldn't. Felt fear at the beginning, like there's no way I could do this. I found that it helped me mentally to Rock myself back and forth with each breath, and eventually that morphed into gyrating around with my whole body on every breath. Had some childhood memories come up. Kind of like watching an old movie from an observer's point of view. My breaths turned into sobs for 5 minutes or so, but I was conscious to never lose the rhythm of the breathing or the depth. My sobs turned to anger, and I got on my hands and knees and bared my teeth like a lion, which felt awesome. I was talking, making sentences by saying one word on each out-breath. Saying things in this way, like I won't stop. I am not afraid. You can't take me! Just crazy stuff, and I was trying to treat it like an Ouija board, where you try not to make anything happen. Open eye visuals, almost exactly like a 5-gram mushroom dose, with grid textured iridescent waves. And I'm left with a feeling of positivity, self appreciation and it's sort of like I just got done with a great workout, or did something else that demonstrated love for myself. Just have a feeling like I gave myself a hugeass hug.

That was the wildest all-natural 45 minutes that I've ever experienced.

dang I should really crank up my 15 min hahaaha

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I must be doing something wrong because it really becomes untenable after the 5 minutes mark. There's no way I can go further. Also, my lips get so tense! Very interesting practice though.

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If anyone is curious about how this technique works, I recommend reading this paper by Bernardo Kastrup: http://jcn.cognethic.org/jcnv4i3_Kastrup.pdf

Here's the most relevant part (under "Cerebral Hypoxia"):

"Fainting or near-fainting caused by restrictions of oxygen supply to the brain is known to induce liberating feelings of self-transcendence. For instance, the potentially fatal ‘choking game’ played by teenagers worldwide (Macnab 2009) is an attempt to induce such feelings through partial strangulation (Neal 2008, 310–315). The psychotherapeutic technique of holotropic breathwork (Rhinewine & Williams 2007), as well as more traditional yogic breathing practices, use hyperventilation to achieve similar effects: by increasing blood alkalinity levels, they interfere with normal oxygen uptake in the brain and ultimately lead to what is described as an expansion of ordinary awareness (Taylor 1994). Even straightforward hyperventilation outside a therapeutic context can lead to self-transcending experiences, such as described in this anecdotal—though representative—report:

One of us stood against a tree and breathed deeply for a while and then took a very deep breath. Another pushed down hard on his ribcage ... This rendered the subject immediately unconscious ... When I tried it, I didn’t think it would work, but then suddenly I was in a meadow which glowed in yellow and red, everything was extremely beautiful and funny. This seemed to last for ages. I must say that I have never felt such bliss ever again. (Retz 2007)"

And this is from Kastrup's book "Dreamed Up Reality" (p. 37):

«The main causal element in the efficacy of Holotropic Breathwork seems to be the intensified breathing, or voluntary hyperventilation. Hyperventilation is known to raise the alkalinity level of the blood and cause constriction of blood vessels in the brain. This, naturally, perturbs ordinary brain function and is a reason why lightheadedness and fainting are sometimes observed in association with hyperventilation. Interestingly, in an article published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, it has been suggested that, through a process related to psychological dissociation, Holotropic Breathwork may reduce the efficacy of certain brain filters, «resulting in disinhibition of previously avoided or suppressed internal stimuli.[27]»

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I started off improvising on the bongo's/ congas and getting into a breathing rhythm. After 30 mins. I switched to full shamanic breathing while listening to this with headphones. It' got trippy real quick at that point. Like a wakeful dream state. Lots of nooks and crannies yet to explore. Some visuals like morphing lights. Afterwards had a slight headache and also I noticed a bit of agitation which subsided. That will need further exploration. Reality was a bit wonky too afterwards.

 

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Okay, so today I had done 50 minutes of meditation, had smoked some weed and did two stints of breathwork. One for 20 minutes, and one for ten.

During my second experience I felt like I was connecting with the spirit world and could feel the presence of every light of knowing within every person that had ever existed. I felt like I was able to be in communion with all of them at once. I also felt like I was everything and it felt like the winds of the universe were blowing through me, I could feel god and could not stop saying wow and being blown away by the sheer beauty of the experience. I began to cry and felt deep, deep levels of gratitude.

None of existence felt real, it was as if the structure of being had been blown away, only to show the empty space of reality.

This is my second time dong breathwork, I had done it once on retreat, and it was also one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever known.

 


The logos is truth oriented to love, and love is the desire for being to flourish.

Jordan B Peterson

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7 minutes ago, Spacious said:

None of existence felt real, it was as if the structure of being had been blown away, only to show the empty space of reality.

@Spacious Same here.

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@cetus56 I'm still glowing with the joy of being!


The logos is truth oriented to love, and love is the desire for being to flourish.

Jordan B Peterson

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