Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Rest of July, After TAM...

After waking up from my 16-hour post-TAM sleepfest, life began to resemble normalcy -- if you consider kittens who can't get enough of playing with socks in laundry baskets to be normal.

 july 600 - Home from Vegas, playing with Dilly

However, most other things that signify 'normal' for my life began to change later on, when I went to the Skeptic's Meetup.
` "Who wants to sit next to me?" I announced.
` A man sitting in the corner pointed to the bench next to him. He was Robert Schryvers, hypnotist extraordinaire, and he was about to do a presentation. But not before I got to stand up and talk about how much fun I had at The Amazing Meeting and then told everyone to read my blog because I was going to write all these posts about it.

The Skeptics should already be aware of the fact that hypnosis can be used to fabricate false memories, for example, of being sexually abused by one's family members, which sometimes results in those families being destroyed, friends and neighbors turning their backs, and innocent people going to prison.
` Other common false memories that are induced by hypnotic suggestion include abuse in satanic rituals, alien abduction, and experiences of a past life (which are often then found to come from the person's knowledge -- accurate or not -- in this life).

Of course, hypnosis, when used properly, can be a very powerful therapeutic modality:
The truth is, everyone goes into a sort of 'trance' every day, as when we are absorbed in a book, or doing some routine action and aren't consciously paying attention to it. Rob explained to the folks how this 'spaced out' mode can be used to help people in a clinical setting, and how re-framing and suggestion are an excellent combination when convincing people that they can change their bad habits, which includes overcoming fears.
` That's because the unconscious parts of the mind are more receptive to suggestions when one is in a 'trance', so the hypnotist induces this state (if 'state' is the right word) in order to reach a 'deeper' level of the person's mind. People regularly 'hypnotize themselves into' believing certain things, including the existence of limitations within themselves that aren't really there, and the hypnotist's job is to reverse those limiting beliefs.

I have a post coming up about how that works, with some examples, so for now I'll mention the hypnosis demonstration and quick induction skillz. I don't remember if he used the handshake interrupt or the arm drop technique on Bevin, who thought she couldn't be hypnotized, because it happened so fast!
` Quick inductions begin with misdirection, overloading the person's mind until their conscious awareness can't take any more and the person just drops into a state of suggestibility without necessarily realizing what is going on. Bevin did exactly what he told her to do, which was evidently curling up each finger until only one remained... (Sorry this isn't the best photo.)

july 603 - Bevin follows his instructions, and...

It was pretty funny, but not everyone was convinced that this was any sort of hypnosis, including Bevin. Similarly, many of Rob's clients claim that while their bad habits have suddenly disappeared, they weren't really hypnotized deeply enough for that to have been an important factor.
` Why would they not think they were hypnotized deeply enough? Because they expected to be more 'out of it' when hypnotized, although in fact the experience involves focusing very closely on what the hypnotist is saying and being aware of things that you are imagining.
` Also, since they are being influenced in not a very conscious way, they are not consciously aware of the effects of the hypnosis. In truth, most of our minds are 'unconscious' at any given time, because we can only pay attention to about seven things in our short term memory. With the everyday 'conscious' mind taking a step back and observing in a more dissociated state, the suggestions can more easily reach parts of the mind beyond this anywhere but here.

Well, it goes something like that.

It was all so amazing that I couldn't help but chat about it excitedly with Rob afterwards, and he did some conversational technique to get me to chill out because I was still that excited, spazzy, and wired from TAM, and from just being myself and OMG hypnosis is so awesome!!1!

And so, I became determined to use the Modality of Muahaha in order to help myself.

[Edit: OMG I can feel my fingers again and stuff, thanks to Rob's help! HOLY SHITE!!!]

july 604 - Me looking disheveled

Acoupla days later, I played pool at an eerie bar where there are supposed to be ghostezez, but didn't see any. I hope they weren't scared off by my skeptical Scully eye!

july 608 - Creepy Bar

I also saw a really expensive and cool pre-Raphaelite painting of the demon Lilith holding a python, who is telling her something really profound. The title should probably be, "I get it!!"

july 609 - Commissioned painting of Lilith

Among the next photo in my sequence was of a dead body being carted away (and the next photo not in the sequence was some raccoons), but I figured that corpses would of spoil the mood of this post, so here's some goldfish in Shane's pond.

july 613 - Shane and Jen's goldfish

I was over at his place for a barbecue, and he gave me a new sketchbook. Yay! Now I have a lot more drawring-territory!

Another time, I went to Seattle with Lou Ryan and was so interested in the spotlights circling on the clouds near the Space Needly that I tried to get video of them. It didn't work very well, but you can see Lou Ryan lying on the fountain at the end:

Nearby we noticed that beyond a barrier of decorative cedar were some glass trees lit by spotlights. Neato!

july 621 - Glass trees

Thanks to window reflections, I have three suns!

july 631 - Reflection of multiple sunsets

I've also been bringing Dilly over to the neighbors' houses. In this one, she's visiting Sarah and Barb -- and their obnoxious dog, Tanner. That dog is so hilariously enthusiastic, yet Dilly Badger don't care.

Lou Ryan is trying to get a still picture, but my camera is on the video setting -- ha!

Dilly is so odd -- she likes to play, unless she is exploring Outer Space (such as the deck). Then she just sits on top of what I call 'Vada's victims' (pieces of vine that Vada plays with). In this video, when the chicken coop was just beginning to be constructed, you can get a good idea of what it's like to hang out on the porch with me, superhero Lou Ryan, Vada and Dilly.

Thought I'd take a few pictures while stopped in traffic on 1-5. It was a nice day, yes, but very hot! So jealous of the people on the express lanes!

july 650

One funny thing about Dilly is that she squeaks, pitifully, whenever you have something tasty -- even if it's cider!

Vada assures me that she does not squeak in this video. Also, you can see how Dilly likes to run at her and try to play, but is too much of a chicken:

Luckily, Dilly isn't afraid to play with my hand. Should I call her Squeaky, Bitey, or Bloodfang?

For a cat that really enjoys a good fall, she is also pretty good at not falling off railings -- she hasn't so far!

july 663

How's this for a neat little restaurant in memorium of Luna Park, the old carnival which burned down:

july 666

I had the field sausage scramble -- it's vegetarian, although I'm a known om-nomnivore.

july 667

This is also somewhere near Luna Park, but up in the air a little:

july 668

Also, I should tell my readers that I have the contents of a podcast swirling around in my head, about the weirdness of how people live inside of social constructs almost as though they are solid objects. Hilarity.
` Even better, I will have a very special co-host -- gee, I wonder... who could it be? I bet the Church Lady knows!


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