Zero-Wod Elevation

Although I try to provide plenty of information here for pups and those outside this practice, this is also a place for the discussion of more advanced somaferan topics, and that is what I have to discuss today.

As some who were part of the Pack before it disbanded are aware, my primary research goal for the past several years has been to develop a zero-wod elevation technique. As those who have used somafera techniques to actually do things with are aware, it burns a LOT of energy. Quickly. Just going berserk can take the bulk of your reserves, leaving you little to actually accomplish your goals. So it makes sense to try to reduce the amount of wod that is needed to go berserk, or enter any other kind of somafera state.

Many years ago, some of the older members of the Pack noticed that besides the basic overload technique, elevation could be accomplished by practicing entering the state over and over again, and learning it to the level at which it become instinctual. The more instinctual and habitual it is, the easier it is to enter a somafera state. In other words, there seemed to be two paths to elevation. The easiest was overwhelming emotion. The other one was precision of thought.

So we hypothesized that there should be a way to elevate without using any wod at all. A way of thinking that could lead the mind into the desired state without effort. So I made it my goal to find such a thing, if it exists.

I have not yet succeeded. But I have learned a couple of important things. The first is that elevation can be accomplished via storytelling. Picking the right story and telling it, whether to yourself or another, can guide your mind along the right paths and lead you to elevation with a lot less wod than would normally be required.

The second thing is much more useful. I suspect that the key to zero wod elevation lies in being different selves simultaneously. Us somaferans are multiples of some sort naturally. Shamanic practitioners can become many different selves as well, through shamanic technique. When you can become multiple selves at once, without straining to maintain the state, the interactions between them seem to lead to gangr flashes that require no effort or setup at all.

Some of you know one of the techniques for entering the gangr reliably: learning to hit a dagaz moment, and stringing them together until they merge into a gangr. I think the key to true zero wod elevation lies in this being multiple selves and stringing these gangr flashes together until they merge.

To my old brothers and sisters from the Pack: I hope your studies and practices are going well too.

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The Moment That You See It or Know It, You Have Already Lost It

Today’s post is an answer to a question asked in the Comments section. It is worth promoting to a full post because the issue raises an important point for developing berserkers. The original question is:

“Wen I try to go berserk my body in a way is tense and is tingling and my head has a sort of distinct pressure on the forehead. Could these be signs that I berserked? Also wen I meditate I feel that same pressure but it evens out and spreads throughout my head. Is this a sign that I deactivated my conscious mind and am in my subconscious? And finally im having trouble understanding wat is meant by fusing my subconscious subconscious content with that of my conscious. Can u tell me how this is supposed to work?”

The tingling and forehead pressure are signs of elevated wod. It is a concept not dissimilar to the idea of raising chi. It can lead to a full berserkergang, but it is not itself the sign of one.

The reason this issue is important is that you are kind of caught in a Catch-22 situation at this stage of the path. On the one hand, you need to study the path to full elevation, learn how it works, learn good and bad signs, and gain insight. In other words, you have the right instinct here, up to a point. You have to act like a scientist, observe what you are doing and what the results are, so you can keep refining your technique.

The problem is that when it comes to the gangr, the moment that you see it or know it, you have already lost it! I cannot stress this point enough. To be aware of something is to think with discriminating thought. It is to say “it is this, and not that.” Guess what? That is dualistic thinking. To be aware of a thought like that your mind must be divided into different compartments. That is not unified. That is not elevation. That is not the gangr. So if you can say to yourself “Ah, I am berserk now,” then no, you are not.

So, those things you have to learn and pay attention to? Actually paying attention to them will guarantee that you cannot elevate.

Fun, huh?

The thing is, you must learn and understand intellectually, and then you must forget all about it.

Remember this: think only of the plowing, and never of the harvest.

Concentrate on doing the rituals, the right steps, and pay no mind to whether or not you succeed.

I recommend a period of trying to elevate in different ways. Accept the fact that you will fail for a long time. In time, if you have the capacity, you will learn.

Also: meditation.

As to fusing you conscious and subconscious minds, well, this is what the unitary state is. It is like being hypnotized, dreaming, and wide awake all at the same time. Sort of.

You cannot understand it until you have experienced it.

You want a good path to achieving this unity? If you do not have extensive meditational skills, try learning to achieve dagaz moments. A dagaz moment is the split second you first perceive something. In that bare instant, your perception of it is perfect, flawless. If you can make action toward the thing you perceive and the initial perception of it one, your action will also be flawless.

I used to pick a very small target and stand far away from it with a pile of small rocks. I would pace around so that I always started in a different place, facing away from the target. Then suddenly, I would turn around and see the target. In the moment I saw, I threw the rock. If I saw then threw, I missed. If seeing and throwing were the same thing, I often hit it.

You see, the dagaz moment technique is a way of tricking your brain to be in a unitary state with regards to the target for just a moment. Do this often enough, and you may learn how to slide from one dagaz moment to the next without effort. Then, you may end up in a unified state of consciousness.

This is but one technique, of course. There are many ways to this goal.

Meditation for the ADHD Mind

One of the things that I learned in my years running the somafera forum was that many somaferans, especially the berserker type, have ADHD. This can present something of a problem when it comes to meditation. After all, meditation is a matter of calming and quieting the mind. It is necessary for all types of somaferans, at least those who want to deliberately trigger any of the somafera states. Several ADHD somaferans and I designed a method for entering meditative states that seemed to work for them. I present it here in the hope that it can help others as well.

Many Buddhist traditions have developed a wide range of techniques for inducing meditative trances. One common method is the koan. A koan is a riddle or problem with no logical solution. It does not offer any deep meaning or hidden revelation, its value lies in attempting to solve it. Because there is no rational solution, sustained focus on solving it ties up more and more of the brain, until an overload point is reached and the conscious part of the brain shuts down. Once this happens, the brain is dumped into a meditative state.

The key to achieving meditative states for ADHD minds follows this principle. You won’t easily be able to quiet or still your mind directly if you have ADHD, but you can use a more “judo” approach, and use your mind’s noise against itself. The key is to overload your mind by giving it too much to focus on at once. Use a meditative mantra. Use three. Keep moving your attention from one thing to another. Look at different things around you. Study them intently. Allow memories and other thoughts to arise unbidden, from free association. Hop from one to another randomly. Try to hold all of them in your mind at once.

Eventually, you will hit a breakover point where your mind, overwhelmed, starts shutting things down in order to try to regain control. One of the first things to go will be the conscious mind, putting you directly into a meditative trance.

This method works well even for deep, abiding, high quality trances. I have known berserkers with ADHD who used this technique to go all the way to full elevation. All it takes is a little practice.