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Comment by aella on My attempt to explain Looking, insight meditation, and enlightenment in non-mysterious terms · 2018-03-21T16:57:20.830Z · score: 18 (4 votes) · LW · GW

I'm not sure if you've tried psychedelics. Psychedelics have very different effects on people, but I was very lucky; on me they produced exactly the effect you described - reducing my mental processes to far more granular levels. I did psychedelics enough that now this type of 'unfusing' process feels somewhere between 'default' to 'always present but sleeping' to me. I feel rendered mute when trying to talk about this, because this topic triggers a strong inability in myself to remain fused with the thoughts I am trying to handle. It also makes me cry, which makes discussions awkward.

I've spent a lot of time in rationalist communities trying (and failing) to talk about this topic (cause of the crying). Reading stuff like this makes me feel a lot of emotions and gives me a desire to be around you and Valentine and the others who are saying similar things.

Comment by aella on Kenshō · 2018-01-20T07:05:51.880Z · score: 15 (6 votes) · LW · GW

-edit: did not know about the pm feature