Laugh at yourself and at life.
Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity,
but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain,
cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective
that seemingly terrible defeat and worry
with laughter at your predicaments,
thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution
that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
– Og Mandino
You may be unaware that like most people, you experience most of your life from inside a hypnotic trance. If you are like most people, you cannot help being in this state.
Laugh Your Way Out of the Bubble
Most babies and young children haven’t yet learned to suppress their natural instinct of joy. Adults have to teach all of that out of them, along with a great deal of brainwashing and trance programming. All of that is necessary in order to mould the child into the groupthinking somnambulism that allows them to be dominated by “their betters.”
But adults can re-learn natural and individual ways of escaping their hypnotic programmes. One of the best means of escape from groupthinking politically correct conformism is through meditation. And the best form of meditation for quick and reliable results is laughter.
Approaches to Laughter Meditation
Dr. Madan Kataria made it his mission in life to spread laughing meditation across the nation of India, and beyond. He incorporated laughter into a simple form of yoga meditation, starting a movement that has now spread to Europe, North America, and other distant regions.
Laughter meditation goes back many hundreds of years and more, in both the Zen tradition and the yoga tradition. In the west, the 1979 book “Anatomy of an Illness” by Norman Cousins, made laughter meditation respectable in the west — by looking at laughter as a form of therapy for serious illnesses.
Subsequent to the groundbreaking book by Norman Cousins, western medical science has discovered many benefits from laughter:
It reduces pain and allows us to tolerate discomfort.
It reduces blood sugar levels, increasing glucose tolerance in diabetics and nondiabetics alike.
It improves your job performance, especially if your work depends on creativity and solving complex problems. Its role in intimate relationships is vastly underestimated and it really is the glue of good marriages. It synchronizes the brains of speaker and listener so that they are emotionally attuned. __ https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200504/laughter-the-best-medicine
But breaking out of one’s lifelong programming in groupthink absurdity may be the most powerful function that laughter can perform for us — in addition to restoring more a more youthful and creative mental outlook to its practitioners.
Everything You Think You Know is a Lie
Don’t be offended — it is true for us all. We all suffer from inherent limitations in our emotional-cognitive systems. And we just don’t have time to think through everything we do and say — we have to let our automatic programming take over most of our lives. And that programming did not come from us.
It was necessary for adults to lie to us in order for them to get us to fall into line and not be so disruptive. So how ironic is it that even when we believe we are being disruptive, we are actually riding the rails of groupthink which were laid for us in our childhood.
The only way to escape this great hypnotic bubble of unthinking trance existence is to break through the indoctrinated habits of thought altogether. And that requires a level of awareness which is beyond words. Laughter is one way to reach such a level of awareness, and it is accessible to everyone. Another wonderful non-verbal approach to alternative awareness is through folk dances.
Whether you choose to watch your “funniest film clips” like Norman Cousins did when suffering from a serious illness — or indulge in laughter meditation or something similar — deep laughter is quick and effective. Where do you go from there? Wherever you want. Solitary laughter will have a different impact than profound laughter with friends and loved ones. The more comfortable and skilled you become with accessing the laughter state, the more uses you are likely to find for it.
Al Fin likes to tack a good belly laugh onto the end of a couple of sentic cycles during long walks in the woods. But there are endless ways of incorporating laughter into a person’s life.
If a person can reliably escape the group trance bubble of imprisoning words and thoughts, he has a chance to see the lies that make up his life — from the outside. And that larger, broader perspective can make a big difference when charting one’s course through life.
Important note: Bright and well-read persons will understand why the above article represents the opposite of nihilism. Every intelligent person should go back to the beginning from time to time, to keep himself honest. Mastering various ways of “nonverbal mind-clearing” are among the useful tools that allow potentially powerful people to find new and useful ways of looking at things.