IDL

28 Sep

Using Dolphin Encounters

The big brains, curiosity, and extraordinarily social behavior of dolphins make them ideal subjects for the projection of human hopes and aspirations.  While it may be impossible to eliminate the human tendency to anthropomorphize completely, our fascination with dolphins has led to claims that they are more evolved than humans or that they even have extraterrestrial origins.  Such distortions not only do violence to dolphins, but to ourselves, in that they keep us from experiencing the authentic personal development that...

28 Sep

A New Model for the Treatment of Addiction

The Challenge of Addiction TreatmentAnyone who has worked for many years in the treatment of addiction knows that treatment is complicated and multi-faceted and that the rate of relapse is high. The most effective solutions control the most variables for the longest amount of time, which basically means either voluntary or involuntary confinement for extended periods. Clinicians also know that prevention is far easier and less expensive in the costs to human lives and society as a whole, and that...

26 Sep

Comparing IDL and Lucid Dreaming

Waking up, or becoming lucid, is a good thing.  However, what we do once we are awake makes a very big difference.  For example, conceivably you could become awake enough to control your blood pressure, your heart beat, and your digestion, but is that a necessary or a good thing?  Is more control always better than less?  The conclusion of IDL is that no, it is not.  For example, if you attempted to consciously control your digestion you would probably...

26 Sep

How to Learn Integral Deep Listening

If you want to learn lucid dreaming, please check out the excellent work of Stephen LeBerge, Robert Waggoner, and the Tibetan Dream Yoga resources on this site. My emphasis is on helping you wake up out of your waking dream first, since otherwise you will export your waking delusions into the way you experience your lucid dreams. I take on students for free who convince me that they have a personal commitment to using IDL dream yoga along the lines that...

26 Sep

IDL and Psychopathology

Differentiating prepersonal from transpersonal psychosis Prepersonal Psychosis • distortions of identity, place, and time • confused disjointed, tangential sentences • delusions unresponsive • hallucinations unresponsive • absence of empathy • inability to integrate roles • inability to listen • chronic endogenous Treatment of Prepersonal Psychosis • medication • protection of self and others • interviewing harmless but unhelpful Transpersonal Psychosis • history of intense meditation, fasting, vision-questing, etc. • temporary • exogenously induced Treatment of Transpersonal Psychosis • protection of self and others • benign neglect: do not medicate! • back off on the practice • interviewing OK Using IDL with Physical Illnesses • interview...

26 Sep

Supporting Integral with IDL

How an Integral Approach to Awakening Is Supported by Integral Deep Listening Did you know that you can become stable in the non-dual and still have nightmares and persecutors in your dreams?  You can check this out for yourself by asking your favorite living master to tell you a cross-section of their typical night’s dreams.   If they are good reporters of their dreams, you will find all the qualities and themes that you were sure you were going to transcend by...

26 Sep

Using Dolphin Encounters to Generate Authentic Personal Development

The big brains, curiosity, and extraordinarily social behavior of dolphins make them ideal subjects for the projection of human hopes and aspirations.  While it may be impossible to eliminate the human tendency to anthropomorphize completely, our fascination with dolphins has led to claims that they are more evolved than humans or that they even have extraterrestrial origins.  Such distortions not only do violence to dolphins, but to ourselves, in that they keep us from experiencing the authentic personal development that...

26 Sep

IDL Dream Sadhana

Integral Deep Listening has four spiritual disciplines or sadhanas associated with the dream state and one associated with the deep sleep state. The first is interviewing self-aspects in your dreams while you are dreaming. This practice is cultivated by making a habit of regular waking interviewing and by setting this intent while drifting off to sleep. Its purpose is to practice deep listening while dreaming as a way to integrate self aspects as they arise in consciousness, not simply by becoming them,...

26 Sep

IDL Group Methodologies

It is recommended that students of IDL dream yoga hold regular groups. We call them “Integral Salons.” The function of these groups is to support people and network. We charge for these groups as a way to cause people to value and contribute, however you may choose to offer groups for free. The role of leader of this group is to pick some aspect of IDL for discussion, and structure both interviewing and discussion. The role of leader is not to...

26 Sep

IDL and the Phenomenological Perspective

Dreaming can be viewed from an immense variety of perspectives. Some of these look at how dreams address physical health concerns, stress management, or problem solving. Other perspectives focus on the nature of intersubjective communication: is dreaming metaphorical, symbolic, personal, or archetypal? The approach may focus on individual psychodynamics, developmental processes, group dynamics, psychic phenomena, altered states of consciousness and state dependency, or stages of spiritual development. Dreaming can be approached from such disciplines as psychoneurology, sociology, economics, religious studies,...