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General Discussion / -= SLEEP =-
« on: August 02, 2011, 11:01:06 AM »
I watched this talk last night and considered it to be some valuable information worth sharing. I skipped the Q & A section at the end so if anyone has the full hour to dedicate to the whole thing let me know if that was a mistake. But c'mon, this guy's name is actually Dr. Dement, and he has studied sleep more than any other human being I am aware of, so you should watch this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hAw1z8GdE8

I was surprised he did not address the question of why we sleep at all. Also I was very curious as to how stimulants work with his models and if these interactions are type specific or general.

More than just this one video I would like to open this thread up as a general discussion on the subject of sleep and maybe even dreams if that hasn't been covered too much already.

But why do you think we sleep? What role does sleep play in your life?

I know in high school I could stay awake for days on in with no problem or chemical assistance then fall asleep for two or three hours and be raring to go. Sleep seemed to have very little impact on my waking consciousness. Then in the beginning college I discovered the joy of sleep. My dreams became very vivid and powerful so whenever I fell asleep really neat shit would happen in my head. I began experimenting with lucid dreaming, but never got very far. That honeymoon period only lasted so long, but my body's demand for sleep has greatly increased over the past few years. Most days it seems that I need AT LEAST 8 hours to be functional, and can easily go for 10 to 11 yet still feel very tired upon waking. I think Dr. Dement's theory of sleep debt helped me make some sense of this, and plus I am returning to regular exercise and healthier eating so I am hoping to make sleep a more productive and enjoyable activity.

In the last year I've also encountered a phenomena new to me in which I wake up and my dream persists for about 30 seconds to a minute. They all seem to be anxiety related, both in the content of the dream and the trigger that brings them on in my waking life. However, they seem pretty cool to me despite how scary they are at the time because of how wild the imagery and notions can be and it is a new type of experience for me. I can go into more detail for those interested, but for now...

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Sleep

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQcE4_7-X78

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The Muse / -= Kimya Dawson & Aesop Rock - Walk like Thunder =-
« on: July 16, 2011, 11:58:58 PM »
This is one of my favorite songs. I've been playing it a lot lately, and feel like I should share. Beautiful and inspiring.

If you haven't heard either of these people before then you are truly missing out on some world class artistic genius.

http://900bats.com/2011/kimya-dawson-walk-like-thunder-free-mp3/

Enjoy!


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The Muse / -= $15 =-
« on: July 04, 2011, 03:21:55 AM »
There will be no rest for my poor soul until there is no more.

This is brutal.
This is savage, because this does not make sense.

The minD

is             s t r   e      t        c              h                              e                                     d


into          existence
        non
         
 
when trying to wrap itself around this.

The machinery that is left behind has no name.
It is abstract to a point in which we have no other choice but to call it infinite.

.    .    .

This is a god damn octopus in the matrix.
Jesus Christ in the beehive.
A footnote gone ring side.

This is a rickshaw race down
                                     unending subway tunnels and stations.
                                        Juxtaposed adjacent to the crush that folds the fulcrum.

Hollering like a prophet talking in bottle rockets
with Polygamy sPilling out the bullPen.
Thunder rolls over the flatlands

.   .    .   .    .   .
These homes are hollow now.
Their shingles scowl at each other from miles away
If they only knew the armagedon brewing in the basement

It's irreplaceable, really.
We lost half the stock sleep walking.
Woke to a badly butchered Narwhal and a soggy carpet.
Oddball arson in the shade of the razor's edge.
A crooked surrender's descendant of the looking glass.
A whooping crane on laughing gas.
And Goodness fell from Grace
Took the place of sovereign Skullduggery.
SoSuddenly
A run-on-death-sentence that left you guessing in the end like
... what?

I watched the wind kill a man over fifteen dollars yesterday.
I ask

"Who will walk the streets now?"
And, "What have our questions become?"
I rest my head and whisper

…"Let's hide in here."
.

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The Muse / -= Notes from Class =- (Sketchbook-ery)
« on: July 04, 2011, 02:45:14 AM »
A lot of these exist in artistic purgatory-- they aren't finished and probably never will be, but should still get their points across.

http://www.behance.net/gallery/Notes-from-Class/1291693

Enjoy! Ask questions if need be. Feelings won't be hurt. A lot of times people look at my art and see shit completely different than what I do.

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Introductions / -= Howdy =-
« on: July 03, 2011, 11:14:45 PM »
My name is Maxim. You may call me Max, ' Monsters, or whatever's clever.

I come to you all as a humble seeker of knowledge.

I have never done ibogaine. I have never had a substance addiction. I am both physically & mentally well and have been nearly all my life. I am here by the graces of Calaquendi, and I am here because I wish to be a part of this community and learn the way of iboga.
 
In May I finished my degree of psychology with a minor in biology, but I think I could be a damn good shaman one day. So that's what I'm doing, and I see ibogaine as the way. I have been reaching out, so please, any information in regards to the process, experience, implications, whatever of being an ibogaine treatment provider do share directly or send me a pm or the contact of someone I should speak to! So far the people I have spoken to are excellent. I've lurked a little and then went through the entire introduction section before posting this to get a sense of the place and it seems to be no exception to my experience thus far so thank you for having me.

More about me:

I am a pale white male from the Midwest. I have a buzzed head and a big beard. I am 22 years old and stand 6 feet 3 inches. I weigh roughly 230 pounds. I have no piercings or tattoos and the only scar I have is on my right wrist from smashing through a glass door when I was young.

I hate asparagus, fabric softener, and recycling.

I am a fan of poetry, video games, art, heavy machinery, independent hip-hop, philosophy, film, and cephalopods.

I almost always enclose threads and/ or titles with "-=  something =-", if that offends anyone I apologize in advance.

Feel free to ask any questions. I look forward to reading more and contributing to this forum.

Bests to all!

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