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Arwenn

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Some food for thought for tonight’s meeting. I’ve come across a couple of interesting articles and studies on hormones and psychopathy, which is discussed briefly in Ch 28 Part 2. One is on low serum cholesterol (an article on SoTT):


Low cholesterol is strongly associated with criminality, as is psychopathy. At least one prominent researcher in the field of psychopathy believes that psychopaths have a defect in the paralimbic system, which is responsible for memory and negative emotions such as guilt. Psychopaths notoriously do not suffer from guilt. Cholesterol-lowering drugs can cause memory loss and aggression. Therefore, low serum cholesterol is implicated in psychopathy. Q.E.D.

Now the question is, just how much is heredity and how much environmental? Is the widespread and longstanding recommendation to cut the fat out of our diets and to ensure a low cholesterol level causing an increase in the number of psychopaths? (If it is, those low-fat diet folks have a lot to answer for, more than they ever would have dreamed.) Does the widespread prescribing of statins increase the fraction of psychopaths in the population? Wouldn't surprise me.


And this study on the hormone oxytocin (often dubbed the cuddle hormone)- looking at daily output of oxytocin in primary (genetic) vs. secondary (adverse environment) psychopaths:


Our study provided the first evidence of distinct oxytocin output in primary and secondary psychopathy. Subjects with high CU traits and low levels of emotional neglect (indicative of primary psychopathy) exhibited lower oxytocin output compared to subjects with high CU traits and high emotional neglect (indicative of secondary psychopathy). This finding supports our hypothesis that primary psychopathy might be characterized by lower oxytocin concentrations compared to secondary psychopathy. Primary psychopathy is characterized by more severe affective deficits and biological underpinnings, whereas secondary psychopathy is related to emotional problems and stems from adverse experiences (Karpman, 1941; Poythress and Skeem, 2006). Limited previous evidence also supported a negative association between CU traits and oxytocin levels in adolescents (Levy et al., 2015), but did not take into account the role of trauma and the distinction between primary and secondary psychopathy. Our findings showed that low oxytocin output might be especially related to primary psychopathy as indicated by high CU traits in combination with low trauma, contributing to the evidence supporting a stronger biological background of primary psychopathy.

Given the role of oxytocin in the development of the social brain and the processing of social information (Hurlemann and Scheele, 2016; Shamay-Tsoory and Abu-Akel, 2016; Vaidyanathan and Hammock, 2016), it is possible that the lower oxytocin levels observed in subjects with primary psychopathy may partially inhibit the successful development of the social brain and the modulation of successful social behaviors, which may lead to social-affective deficits. If oxytocin expression in the brain is limited at an early age, it might impede the processing of social stimuli and the development of cortical plasticity that contributes to the formation of social-affective behaviors and social relationships, which in turn might lead to the development of primary psychopathy. Conversely, in secondary psychopathy oxytocin expression might be intact and these fundamental processes might have been successfully developed, but the psychopathic traits are expressed as a coping mechanism to deal with emotional distress.
However, this interpretation cannot be substantiated by our cross-sectional findings, but future studies measuring oxytocin secretion at an early age could gain insight into the development of the oxytocin system.

Interestingly, the interaction between CU traits and trauma was found only for emotional neglect and not for the other trauma types. Emotional neglect refers to an adverse family environment, which is inadequate to satisfy the child’s psychological and emotional needs. Neglectful parents exhibit limited and insufficient parent-child interactions, emotional support, and affective exchange, which could lead to affective deficits in their children. This emotionally neglectful and cold family environment can lead to the development of psychopathy and especially CU traits that are predominantly characterized by affective deficits (McCord and McCord, 1956). Relatedly, cumulative evidence has shown that insecure attachment style and emotionally detached parent-child relationship were associated with psychopathy (Bailey and Shelton, 2014). Therefore, emotional neglect seems to play a crucial role in the development of CU traits and especially secondary psychopathy that can make the distinction between the two variants as well as the distinct oxytocin patterns more clear. In line with previous findings, adverse environment might contribute to secondary psychopathy, whereas biological factors might be more relevant for primary psychopathy.

It’s a very interesting study and is free to view. It reinforces the notion of the harm done from emotionally detached parenting as described in Healing Developmental Trauma.
 

3DStudent

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Just a heads up, the folder for 20200926 - The Wave Vol. 4 (Ch 28 Pt 2) doesn't have any files in it.
 

Arwenn

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On the topic of OPs and other types of humanoid characters that wander this planet, below is the session I was talking about last night (emphases mine):

Session Date: June 12th 2008

Laura, Ark, Andromeda, Perceval, Psyche, Mr. Scott, PoB, Atriedes

A: Much the same. However, it is not normal for her.

Q: (L) If it's not normal for her, what is it about someone like {name deleted}, who apparently it IS normal for, that can trigger or stimulate that [non-normal energy in {name deleted}]?

A: Something like bodily resonance.

Q: (L) So, it's not what I thought, which was drawing out or hooking into deep emotional nature?

A: Oh indeed, emotional center is activated by chemistry, but that generally is supposed to work the other way.

Q: (L) You mean the emotions are supposed to trigger the chemicals, is that correct? Rather than chemicals triggering emotions?

A: Yes

Q: (L) Was I correct in my assessment of {name deleted} as the chimerical type?

A: Yes, only he does not have an emotional center.

Q: (L) So I was wrong saying it [his emotional center] was just stupefied.

A: Yes. Strange creatures, yes?

Q: (L) Does that mean that we should not have {name deleted} working with our projects?

A: Not necessarily, but he must be watched closely.

Q: (L) So what makes any one us susceptible to that kind of resonance so that chemistry can completely overwhelm or trigger emotions that have no matching response? How can we protect ourselves against that?

A: It is indeed difficult because such creatures are amazing mimics, yes?

Q: (L) How many people are born without emotional centers? Are they born that way?

A: Yes

Q: (L) How many people like that are on the planet?

A: Many. Quite often authoritarian types.


Q: (Ark) What is the advantage for someone having no emotions, some not evident advantage?

A: Easily become tools of intrigue.

~

A: Close. You must never forget that this is a real war at the deepest levels, a war for souls and the future. All of you here are crucial to the successful outcome. All sorts of ploys will be utilized to destroy your unity. This was begun at your births and includes early childhood torture at the hands of those most susceptible to control in your lives. This was intended to make dysfunctional traits that would interfere with the successful completion of your respective missions. It is a great challenge. But you knew it beforehand and were strengthened for the task.

~

Q: (L) Any other questions? What are we going to do about {name deleted}? (discussion) (Perceval) Is not having an emotional center the same as being a psychopath?

A: Not exactly, but close.

Q: (Andromeda) Does he feel any emotions?

A: Not what you call true emotions.
But you haven't experienced the full range either. Most of what you experience is chemical, though there is a true emotional component. You are still the "princess in the tower" kept captive by the dragons set to keep you captive.

Q: (L) What are the dragons?

A: Fear and distortions of your emotional center programmed into you in childhood. You bit the apple and fell into a trance.

Q: (Andromeda) Not permanently though, right?

A: True love conquers all. But chemicals usually only feed the dragon; at least as long as the dragon is master.

Q: (Ark) This lack of emotional center, is this to some extent genetic?

A: Yes.


Q: (Ark) How it comes to... like every second generation, or father to son, or what?

A: Mother to son. If father is "the son" and marries one like himself, it can also manifest in a daughter.

Q: (Perceval) Is that similar to psychopathy? (L) Pretty close, yeah. Can you grow an emotional center if you don't have one?

A: No.

Q: (G) Is it like a malignant narcissist?

A: Close. Do not underestimate the ability to mimic and to also generate bodily resonance.
A creature without an emotional center is quite a "thing", eh?


Q: (Mr. Scott) They keep saying "creature". That's really freaky. (Perceval) Is someone without an emotional center very susceptible to being possessed or "walked into"?

A: No. What self-respecting "spook" would want to eat at a restaurant that serves food made of air? Like stone soup before the neighbors came.

Q: (L) In other words, possession is a quality [process] of eating emotions. There have to be emotions. (Andromeda) What drives them, then?

A: Pure "nature". That's why there is so strong a bodily resonance. In a strange way they are more closely connected to the "divine stuff" of creation than you are. The sex center is directly connected with that heavy sleeping matter that just "loves to be loved" and creative.


Q: (Andromeda) What exactly is bodily resonance? (L) Is it something like limbic resonance?

A: Close but not exactly. It is similar to a forced vibration. When a creature with those properties is in proximity to wounded or weakened prey they can force the weakened body to their own frequency. Imagine a violin that has no music emanating. Then imagine some primitive string stretched taut. When it is plucked strongly, it doesn't matter how the violin is tuned. It will respond, and produce distortions of its true sound. Call it a "crime of opportunity" with other forces plucking his string. A one note samba, no doubt.

Q: (L) Okay. We've gotta wrap this up. Last questions? Okay... Anything we need to know before we shut down for the night?

A: You need rest. Goodbye.

END OF SESSION

This was the reference to other bi-density beings (emphases and note in blue are mine):

Session 14 Sept 2002
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Q: (Atriedes) They once said something about bi-density beings. They were like hybrids between 4th density beings and a 3rd density being. Or could such an individual be a genetically enhanced human?

A: Humans were once "bi-density." {{before the Fall? People of the megalithic cultures?}} And some may be again in the natural way. Those of 4D STS "manufacture" are similar. Just think of them as a type of OP with souped up engines.

So we have psychopaths (~6% of population), OPs (50% population), souped up bi-density OPs, “creatures” with no emotional center, and entities wandering around looking for a frequency match to glom onto someone. A “crime of opportunity” can occur just by being near some of them through bodily resonance to their frequency. And our emotions seems to be the key in all of this (& our programs). Given the above (& some of my experiences) I think it’s a hero’s journey just getting through each day lol!
 

beetlemaniac

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With regard to the quote from Castaneda about the 5 attributes of warriorship I mentioned at the end of our last Aus-Asia-Am workshop - I think this post by Ennio sums it up really well, and gives a very much desired motivational boost. Thank you for this @Ennio!

While each of us in our respective locations are coming to think about where we are, what we have, what we'll need, what we're doing, who we can network with, and what inner resources we have and will want to build on, and draw upon - I think, also, that there is a lot of knowledge we can look to, and assimilate, to help strengthen ourselves for the coming times.

Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will all the answers as to how move ahead and shore up all our potential resources. But that's ok. We start or continue on this journey from exactly where we are. And if that means that we have to face up to weaknesses in our strategic enclosures - or our personal weaknesses - then we do that too. It takes strength to be more or less objective about these matters, and every time we face up to what is, and deal with things practically, we have the opportunity to become stronger. Not just for ourselves, but most especially for everyone here and - for those who have yet to see the full battle ahead from the incredibly well informed perspective that we all share.

That said, the following passage from Carlos Castaneda may provide some good rules of thumb as we metabolize all this information. I'm sure there'll be much more to come here, and even from places where we least expect it. We can be open to that too. I've added some comments (in blue) to the familiar section below from The Fire From Within, to qualify his great insights.

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"Seers are divided into two categories. Those who are willing to exercise self-restraint and can channel their activities toward pragmatic goals, which would benefit other seers and man in general, and those who don't care about self-restraint or about any pragmatic goals. The latter have failed to resolve the problem of self-importance.

Self-importance is not something simple and naive. On the one hand, it is the core of everything that is good in us, and on the other hand, the core of everything that is rotten. To get rid of the self-importance that is rotten requires a masterpiece of strategy.

In order to follow the path of knowledge one has to be very imaginative. In the path of knowledge nothing is as clear as we'd like it to be. Warriors fight self-importance as a matter of strategy, not principle.

Impeccability is nothing else but the proper use of energy. My statements have no inkling of morality. I've saved energy and that makes me impeccable. To understand this, you have to save enough energy yourself.

Warriors take strategic inventories. They list everything they do. Then they decide which of those things can be changed in order to allow themselves a respite, in terms of expending their energy.

The strategic inventory covers only behavioral patterns that are not essential to our survival and well-being.

But certainly taking a material/resource inventory would seem to be part the equation as well.

In the strategic inventories of warriors, self-importance figures as the activity that consumes the greatest amount of energy, hence, their effort to eradicate it.

One of the first concerns of warriors is to free that energy in order to face the unknown with it. The action of rechanneling that energy is impeccability.

The most effective strategy for rechanneling that energy consists of six elements that interplay with one another. Five of them are called the attributes of warriorship: control, discipline, forbearance, timing, and will. They pertain to the world of the warrior who is fighting to lose self-importance. The sixth element, which is perhaps the most important of all, pertains to the outside world and is called the petty tyrant.

And we will certainly have an abundance of those! From government to all the unhinged individuals who will basically be all around us.

A petty tyrant is a tormentor. Someone who either holds the power of life and death over warriors or simply annoys them to distraction.

Petty tyrants teach us detachment. The ingredients of the new seers' strategy shows how efficient and clever is the device of using a petty tyrant. The strategy not only gets rid of self-importance; it also prepares warriors for the final realization that impeccability is the only thing that counts in the path of knowledge.

Usually, only four attributes are played. The fifth, will, is always saved for an ultimate confrontation, when warriors are facing the firing squad, so to speak.

But we needn't think much about the firing squad to realize how much of a factor will plays in all of this. Its ok to have some fear, experience the chills, not know everything around every corner - if we continue to push forward bit, by bit, by bit.

Will belongs to another sphere, the unknown. The other four belong to the known, exactly where the petty tyrants are lodged. In fact, what turns human beings into petty tyrants is precisely the obsessive manipulation of the known.

The interplay of all the five attributes of warriorship is done only by seers who are also impeccable warriors and have mastery over will. Such an interplay is a supreme maneuver that cannot be performed on the daily human stage.

Four attributes are all that is needed to deal with the worst of petty tyrants, provided, of course, that a petty tyrant has been found. The petty tyrant is the outside element, the one we cannot control and the element that is perhaps the most important of them all. The warrior who stumbles on a petty tyrant is a lucky one. You're fortunate if you come upon one in your path, because if you don't you have to go out and look for one.

This is where we can take up the attitude that our experience here at this time really is something of an adventure. And perhaps channel our inner Putin, Luke Skywalker, Neo, Trinity, Batman, whoever. Yes, interactions with petty tyrants (of all stripes) can and will be, to some degree, unpleasant. But its mostly the attitude we take in dealing with them that will help form our successes. And we can learn from each experience.

If seers can hold their own in facing petty tyrants, they can certainly face the unknown with impunity, and then they can even stand the presence of the unknowable.

I think that its one thing to be reading about so many of the changes in the offing - and yet another to see those changes staring us straight in the face. Make no mistake: Things will be getting even more bizarre and the changes ever larger in scope and "drama". So facing all we are, as we're now doing, can help fortify us for those things that, as of yet, are unknowable I think.

Nothing can temper the spirit of a warrior as much as the challenge of dealing with impossible people in positions of power. Only under those conditions can warriors acquire the sobriety and serenity to stand the pressure of the unknowable.

Imagine every half-wit and authoritarian follower out there succumbing to their own worst instincts because of their own pathologies, ponerized thinking, beaming, downloads, etc. and, again, we can see how the probability of having to deal with some of these types can actually help us to "stand the pressure of the unknowable". Not that we should go out looking for it of course.

The perfect ingredient for the making of a superb seer is a petty tyrant with unlimited prerogatives. Seers have to go to extremes to find a worthy one. Most of the time they have to be satisfied with very small fry. Then warriors develop a strategy using the four attributes of warriorship: control, discipline, forbearance, and timing.

On the path of knowledge there are four steps. The first step is the decision to become apprentices. After the apprentices change their views about themselves and the world they take the second step and become warriors, which is to say, beings capable of the utmost discipline and control over themselves. The third step, after acquiring forbearance and timing, is to become men of knowledge. When men of knowledge learn to see they have taken the fourth step and have become seers.

We're all learning and on various steps along this series of steps. Its our job to help one another where we see that another can use some help in seeing.

Control and discipline refer to an inner state. A warrior is self-oriented, not in a selfish way but in the sense of a total examination of the self.

Forbearance and timing are not quite an inner state. They are in the domain of the man of knowledge.

This means that there will be times when patience is needed, and that the time to act has not yet come. Timing can be everything in some in some situations and jumping the gun out of a frenetic need to act can become disadvantageous or even disastrous.

The idea of using a petty tyrant is not only for perfecting the warrior's spirit, but also for enjoyment and happiness. Even the worst tyrants can bring delight, provided, of course, that one is a warrior.

The mistake average men make in confronting petty tyrants is not to have a strategy to fall back on; the fatal flaw is that average men take themselves too seriously; their actions and feelings, as well as those of the petty tyrants, are all-important. Warriors, on the other hand, not only have a well-thought-out strategy, but are free from self-importance. What restrains their self-importance is that they have understood that reality is an interpretation we make.

One of the great advantages we have are the wider and greater informed perspectives that are shared here. Sometimes we just need to get of our own heads, cognitve biases, egocentricities, prejudices, etc. - to make room for better, more constructive, interpretations.

Petty tyrants take themselves with deadly seriousness while warriors do not. What usually exhausts us is the wear and tear on our self-importance. Any man who has an iota of pride is ripped apart by being made to feel worthless.

To tune the spirit when someone is trampling on you is called control. Instead of feeling sorry for himself a warrior immediately goes to work mapping the petty tyrant's strong points, his weaknesses, his quirks of behavior.

To gather all this information while they are beating you up is called discipline. A perfect petty tyrant has no redeeming feature.

This is what we are doing collectively and individually; gathering information while they're planning on beating us up.

Forbearance is to wait patiently--no rush, no anxiety--a simple, joyful holding back of what is due.

A warrior knows that he is waiting and what he is waiting for. Right there is the great joy of warriorship.

Timing is the quality that governs the release of all that is held back. Control, discipline, and forbearance are like a dam behind which everything is pooled. Timing is the gate in the dam.

Forbearance means holding back with the spirit something that the warrior knows is rightfully due. It doesn't mean that a warrior goes around plotting to do anybody mischief, or planning to settle past scores. Forbearance is something independent. As long as the warrior has control, discipline, and timing, forbearance assures giving whatever is due to whoever deserves it.

Given the "triple bad day" that the Rockefellers, and others, are likely to receive at the hands of the universe itself, we needn't waste energy thinking about them getting their comeuppance. It will just simply happen as a consequence of natural processes. In the meantime though we keep putting love, energy and knowledge into the system where we can.

To be defeated by a small-fry petty tyrant is not deadly, but devastating. Warriors who succumb to a small-fry petty tyrant are obliterated by their own sense of failure and unworthiness.

Anyone who joins the petty tyrant is defeated. To act in anger, without control and discipline, to have no forbearance, is to be defeated.

It is not necessary to over-react or to throw a fit in response to something that some petty tyrant does. In fact, it can put one in even greater danger. This is where self awareness and self observation has such a big part to play. "What are my buttons and my triggers? What types of situations get me riled up and what are some likely situations that I may be faced with going forward?".

We can rant, or cry, or be enraged, or shocked; all of these are normal human responses. But we just don't want to make ourselves more vulnerable by showing our inner state and vulnerabilities to those who would only seek to take advantage of them, and of us.


After warriors are defeated they either regroup themselves or they abandon the quest for knowledge and join the ranks of the petty tyrants for life.

There are a series of truths about awareness that have been arranged in a specific sequence for purposes of comprehension. The mastery of awareness consists in internalizing the total sequence of such truths.

The first truth is that our familiarity with the world we perceive compels us to believe that we are surrounded by objects, existing by themselves and as themselves, just as we perceive them, whereas, in fact, there is no world of objects, but a universe of the Indescribable Force's emanations.

Before I can explain the Indescribable Force's emanations, I have to talk about the known, the unknown, and the unknowable.

The unknown is something that is veiled from man, shrouded perhaps by a terrifying context, but which, nonetheless, is within man's reach.

I think that we have come a long way in understanding the normally "unknown" in its "terrifying context" is. And we will continue to do so with a certain amount of faith and hard work that will make the answers available to us.

The unknown becomes the known at a given time. The unknowable, on the other hand, is the indescribable, the unthinkable, the unrealizable. It is something that will never be known to us, and yet it is there, dazzling and at the same time horrifying in its vastness.

We're taking things one step at a time here! :halo:

There is a simple rule of thumb: in the face of the unknown, man is adventurous. It is a quality of the unknown to give us a sense of hope and happiness. Man feels robust, exhilarated. Even the apprehension that it arouses is very fulfilling. The new seers saw that man is at his best in the face of the unknown.

Though this new information we're looking at may arouse some fear and chills and sadness, we can take the perspective of us being more or less active participants in a grand cosmic epic story. I mean, what compares to this story that we're a part of? I for one can't think of anything!

The unknown and the known are really on the same footing, because both are within the reach of human perception. Seers, can leave the known at a given moment and enter into the unknown.

Whatever is beyond our capacity to perceive is the unknowable. And the distinction between it and the knowable is crucial. Confusing the two would put seers in a most precarious position whenever they are confronted with the unknowable. Most of what's out there is beyond our comprehension."

In the meantime though, we can use our imaginations a little to extrapolate from what is knowable, while continuing to do what is right in front of us to do.
 

SMM

The Living Force
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I was unable to make it to this meeting last meeting. All is okay - I took a nap after work and woke up late. A week of many changes affected my sleep, and things are settling down naturally which is a relief.

I'll be catchin' the replay. Thanks, and looking forward to this and next chapter :-)
 
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