Anyone can pray in tongues, and thereby access great social power
|July 16, 2012||Posted by Koanic under Learning Koanic Soul|
What the fuck is it?
It is not incumbent upon me to know. Only to ensure that my students use it effectively to transform their lives.
Nevertheless, I have some theories. Indulge the late-night ramblings of a puzzled mind.
There’s the relative backwoods hick variant; you’ll find it in the looser charismatic churches: ooo nanananannana, shundela shundela shundela, lalallala. Stifle that giggle. It’s (mostly) the girls.
And it goes all the way up to the a-religious Aspergery savant, calmly rattling off his invented, half-meaningless language in sentences that sound jarringly like some foreign audio recording you can’t quite place, diction and grammatical rules tickling your back lobe with tantalizing suggestion. Listening to it makes you feel stupid.
Inbetween there are a lot of guys like me, Christians who pray in a somewhat repetitive stream of nonsense. (Not just Christians can do it though – we have a Muslim who can as well.)
The brain scans show it isn’t coming from the speech center. IIRC, monitoring shows various stress benefits. Science pretty much stops there.
And where science stops, I begin, as always.
So my theory is, tongues is a direct expression route for your spirit+soul that bypasses conscious processing. If you’re religious, then that gets patched into the stream via the spirit. If you’re not, no problem, you still have a spirit, even if you don’t believe you do. Although it may feel less powerful for you, due to the smallness of your faith, you heathen. But do not despair – even for our Aspie a-religious case, he finds great comfort and strength in his alien tongue.
So, I’ll be your practiced and worldly guide, inured to the weirdest corners of mental experience, and show you how to use this bizarre neurological wormhole to maximize the pursuit of your God-given genetically-dictated Darwinian interests.
The first step is to merely achieve a stream of glossolalia – nonsense syllables without conscious direction. There are various ways. Google them. Loosening your tongue, religious inspiration, mentoring from someone who has it – all seem to help. Failing that, dogged persistince in a conducive environment did the trick for me. I walked in the hills of Texas wilderness until the first halting word came. Fucking difficult. I was very rigid and controlled back then. Persistence is key.
Paul said, “I praise God that I pray in tongues more than any of you.” Hmm. I guarantee I pray in tongues more than Paul. (And that guy was clearly at least half Thal.)
Babbling words is nice, but that’s been around for thousands of years. More steps are necessary to… weaponize… tongues.
Step two: Achieve an emotional range. Most people start out beseeching or worshipful or ecstatic with their tongues. Fit it to all possible moods. Maybe not horny if you feel that’s sacriligious, but definitely anger and calm relaxation. This step isn’t hard. Just think of something that makes you angry, get pissed, and start talking about it with tongues.
Step three: Do it silently, in your head. No mouth movement. No throat twiddling. 100% still and silent. This will force you to focus clearly on the syllables, rather than making it an automatic mechanical exercise. You can pray in tongues and think about other stuff in your overmind monologue, but you can’t silently pray in tongues and think something else. Only one inner monologue at a time.
Side note – if your tongues HAS no syllables, or is of the “nananananana” variant… err, expand your vocabulary. It probably won’t work very well. At least, I can’t imagine filling MY inner monologue with a shamanistic vowel string or a two-letter infinite repeat. Sounds like a recipe for brain damage. Not ruling out that someone will make it work, though. I’ve learned that lesson…
Step four: Channel it through your heart. Which, in Koanic Soul, is located in the center of your chest, beneath the sternum, and anatomy be damned. Start the energy right behind and move it through the heart to just in front. You’re not trying to project outwards beyond your chest.
If this sounds really confusing and arcane to you… come the fuck on. Every new age twat knows how to project and channel energy. Just feel it and do it.
Well, you may, if you’re very damaged and closed off, experience some difficulty opening up your heart as an energy locus. You may be used to living completely in your head. This is a defense mechanism built to avoid feeling pain. Open that fucker up, and feel the catastrophic wave of sorrow and weeping that follows. It’s healthy. Sorry in advance for all the pain.
Step five: Did it work? Well, the question I always ask is, “Does it feel powerful?” If you answer, “No, but I feel a sort of calm steadiness,” then congrats, it’s working. That’s power – calm steadiness.
How is that power?
Because… frame control.
People are monkies. Monkies in troupes are always pinging off of each other. A “ping” is when a computer sends another computer a contentless signal, just to see if it’s there. Monkies are always sending and receiving emotional signals via body language and facial expression and vocal tone etc. Together these define the continuous social structure and experience of the group. One monkey sees a predator and gets scared, and instantly all the other monkies feel scared too by pinging, before being consciously aware of the threat. Dominant monkey transmits dominance, all the other monkies ping him to take their cue. Etc.
People do the same thing. But we don’t live in the same tiny troupes our whole lives. So when two strangers meet, they have no clue how to interact. So they ping each other. The one with the less reactive frame wins, and becomes dominant. The other becomes submissive.
Frame is just your emotional state and general outlook on the situation. Like if two people are fighting over how to crop a picture – that’s social interaction.
So guess what happens when your frame is stabilized by tongues?
Simple: your frame dominates. You become dominant. That’s power.
Problems to avoid:
Don’t be rigid. Don’t try to stabilize into one predetermined emotional frame. You have to flow naturally, otherwise you’re weird. That’s why it’s important to have a range of emotional expression in your tongues. You don’t try to control what emotion you’re feeling; you just let yourself feel what you feel, and then express it through tongues, thus making it a more stable, durable feeling. Then you’re both congruent and non-reactive.
That’s tongues power, folks. That’s the first step of Koanic Soul. You are not allowed to go to step two until you master it. I’m fucking serious. Don’t screw with my beautiful system.
Why? Because it does so many things that make the system work:
1. It occupies the majority of your monologue focus
2. It supplies a constant emotional experience, so that you’re not an overly receptive vacuum
3. It permits you to do the other koans without obsessing on them inappropriately
4. It gives you a constant flow of energy to shape with the other koans
5. It fills your chest and opens your heart, making you feel alive
6. Fine, I don’t know exactly why, but nobody gets anywhere unless they have this working first
In my next post, I’ll discuss recent studies confirming the massive neural recruitment involved in male initiation of micturation, as exemplified by the classic “urinal shyness” syndrome, and how visualization of golden streams can vastly enhance koanic power.