“The Self Illusion: How Your Brain Creates You”

The daily experience of the self is so familiar, and yet the brain science shows that this sense of the self is an illusion. Psychologist Susan Blackmore makes the point that the word ‘illusion’ does not mean that it does not exist — rather, an illusion is not what it seems. We all certainly experience some form of self, but what we experience is a powerful depiction generated by our brains for our own benefit.

Hood goes on to trace how the self emerges in childhood and examines why this notion of the illusory self is among the hardest concepts to accept, contrasting the “ego theory” of the self, which holds that we are essential entities inside bodies, with Hume’s “bundle theory,” which constructs the self not as a single unified entity but as a bundle of sensations, perceptions, and thoughts lumped together. Neuroscience, Hood argues, only supports the latter. The Self Illusion tells the story of how that bundle forms and why it sticks together, revealing the brain’s own storytelling as the centripetal force of the self.

unSpiritual: A Spiritual Journey – February 13, 2016

Childhood Trauma, Spiritual Delusion, the Search for Enlightenment & the Awakening of Kundalini.

The story begins with Christopher staring at a shot gun, considering ending his life, at the age of 18. He has a born again experience and becomes a missionary in Haiti. He later escapes a Christian cult and travels through the landscape of spirituality, from Scientology to the New Age, through both the left and right hand esoteric paths, for 25 years. Following continued energy releases in his body, his guidance leads him into the underworld where he experiences a shamanic journey into the past. culminating in a full Kundalini release. He describes how the song from Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” triggered the release of the Kundalini energy at the base of his spine. He chronicles the details of this human metamorphosis over a 5 week period, revealing how the body purges itself of the old psych-emotional construct and unleashes its spiralling power inside. Magick, healing and humor weave a tale of the life of a modern spiritual seeker through riveting intensity and synchronicity, sprinkled with Keys of Insight. It is a harrowing narrative for any story lover, spiritual seeker, researcher, or survivor of childhood trauma coping with PTSD (post-traumatic-stress-disorder).