anonymous asked:

This is a question for Nelly the Narwhal, about hallucinations. What can you do to help them? I've been having them for about a year, now, and I can't think of anything to do, and my research hasn't helped. Thank you!

Hi sweetie!

So quick warning that this is coming from my personal experience, because I have dealt with hallucinations for 8 years and these are the only ways I have found to deal with them. If others have their own suggestions please feel free to comment!

One of the BIGGEST things that helped me with dealing with my hallucinations was clearing my home of bad energy and spirits. I identified where I experience hallucinations at the worst (places, rooms, certain people, etc.), and prepare accordingly. For example, my dad’s house is very toxic for multiple reasons. I am going home for Thanksgiving this week, so I will be bringing sage with me to clear the house before we begin cooking dinner. I have to repeat this EVERY time I go to my dad’s house, but it helps. 

When I move, I always clear out the home and my boxes of items with sage before finishing the move. I have an essential oil diffuser that I keep on in my house throughout the day, or I will burn incense. This mostly just keeps my mind at rest and creates a calm energy for me. Drinking calming teas also helps relax my mind and create a safety bubble for myself away from the voices.

I also meditate frequently using guided meditation. I do not meditate in silence because that leaves me vulnerable to voices, but with guided meditation it recharges and leaves me stronger.

When the above don’t help, I reach out to my friends, family, and the other members of FSM. It does not make the hallucinations stop but it does help me deal with them and stay safe until they stop.

The only thing that has entirely gotten rid of my hallucinations is medication, though. I recommend the above in addition to medication, or if medication is not available to you. I recommend the above because by creating a clean, calm, safe environment for myself it is more difficult for voices to invade my safespace. 

I get all of my oils, my diffuser, teas, and more from my sister’s business as http://www.lafayetteorganics.com/. They often have discounts posted on their facebook page, and their products are super quality and amazing. 

I usually put their anxiety oil in my diffuser, and I usually burn Jasmine incense. My favorite tea is peppermint but I mean, find the one that makes you feel nice and fuzzy!

I hope this helps you out! Check the comments for other people’s suggestions! Hugs and good luck— we are rooting for you!

~Nelly the Narwhal

"Kriya yoga for example, introduced to the United States in the 1950s by Paramahansa Yogananda, is an excellent meditation method. Kriya yoga seeks to "decarbonize" human blood and infuse it instead with greater amounts of oxygen. Oxygen transforms the cells of the body to higher levels of energy and light. By oxygenating the body, one awakens the energetic and spiritual centers - the brain and the spinal chord - to a higher and more delicate spiritual vibration. When the body attains a more delicate and higher level of energy vibration, it comes into attunement with the frequency of creation. At this divine frequency (the word of God or Om), a human being can evolve spiritually at a higher pace than one might without the help of meditation.

While we have come to think of meditation as an Eastern practice, meditation may have been practiced by the ancient Celts. The Celtic god of wild things, Cernunnos, is frequently depicted in a cross-legged meditation position as shown here on the Gundestrup cauldron dating to the first-century BCE.”

- Catriona MacGregor
Partnering with Nature: The Wild Path to Reconnecting with the Earth
http://amzn.to/1vBXvqf

Image Credit: The Gundestrup Cauldron

Most people feel cozy enough in samsara. They do not really have the genuine aspiration to go beyond samsara; they just want samsara to be a little bit better. […]
The underlying motivation to go beyond samsara is very rare, even for people who go to Dharma centers. There are many people who learn to meditate and so forth, but with the underlying motive that they hope to make themselves feel better. And if it ends up making them feel worse, instead of realizing that this may be a good sign, they think there is something wrong with Dharma. We are always looking to make ourselves comfortable in the prison house. We might think that if we get the cell wall painted a pretty shade of pale green, and put in a few pictures, it won’t be a prison any more.

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo.

Photo by Bhush E.

i am not alive.
No,
i am no more alive than
i am the brightness of the sun,
the scent of a spring flower
or the winter wind’s icy breath.
This body’s hands are ultimately no more ‘mine’ than the hands of a clock
can grip or possess time.
For,
ultimately i am an infinite awareness
simply noting the consciousness
experienced by a finite body
within the confines of its
mysterious universe
—playground—
of
senses.
i am not alive
—yet,
currently viewing
infinity through
life’s painted
lenses.
—  momentOM
My Personal Creed

 Buddhism is a large and varied tradition followed by half a billion people and encompassing half of the world. It has many traditions and if anything it is more diverse and fractured than Christianity or Islam. The main difference is that they did not try to convert each other at the point of a sword or the muzzle of a gun. Nobody can follow all of the tenets of all the traditions because many of them are contradictory. The Buddha said that we must each question the teachings and reject those portions which we find objectionable. I am a bit of an apostate even within my own lineage. So, I feel it is necessary to state just was I do believe and what I reject.

  • I reject the idea of transmigration of individual souls.
  • I reject the idea of heavens, hells, pure lands, ghosts, gods or demons.
  • I reject the worship of Bodhisattvas.
  • I reject any attempt to worship the Buddha as a deity.
  • I reject any part of the teachings referencing the supernatural.
  • I reject any part of the teachings which contradict proven scientific fact.
  • I reject the idea of karma as a punishing force.
  • I believe that enlightenment is available to everybody and in this lifetime.
  • I reject the doctrine of personal transmission of enlightenment from master to student.
  • I accept without question the Four Noble Truths.
  • I accept without question the Precepts as my moral code.
  • I accept the principle of nonviolence.
  • I accept the principle of ahimsa.
  • I believe that living life in loving kindness and compassion is key to happiness.

Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings - that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.

Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha

๑ Samsaran ๑