What's wonderful is that Janaki does not appear to know what "hypnosis" is, but her description could be in a textbook!
Put it this way, if you are getting "tunnel vision", and things are moving in "slow motion"...that's a clue!
Another way this can feel is that one's peripheral vision is narrowing and that one's vision dims, as though the room is filling with smoke or fog
(Just recall the time you were in a room with an authority figure getting horrid news)
Daniel Lapin, a psychologist who investigates why people are fascinated by Bram Stoker's Dracula
, wrote a book, entitled The Vampire, Dracula and Incest. He wrote it because so many of his clients who had survived trauma told him they were obessed and fascinated with Bram Stokers novel and did not understand why.
Lapin read the novel and to his clinician's eye, it read as a survivors metaphorical account of trauma and the dissociative states accompanying it. A story of this kind can be full of 'unconscious derivatives (Langs) that are emotionally isomorphic to what one has lived through but cannot fully access by conscious awareness because one has dissociated from and split off the full embodied experience of the trauma and one remembers it through a tranced, dissociative fog.
Lapin wrote that a person mishandled this way can easily lapse into such a dissociative fog if the trauma is re-enacted.
In the Dracula novel, this dissociative confusion, this state of trance, is evoked through descriptions of the Count appearing in the midst of fog, or his castle being surrounded by fog...those evoke the mind state one is in when tranced out, as often happens when one is traumatized or even been groomed by someone who is preparing to trick us, or worse.
Another thing that recurs in the novel are the protagonists constantly fearing that what they are witnessing cannot actually be true
They are tormented by fear that they cannot trust their own observations and one seeks to anchor himself by keeping a diary, to stablize his perceptions.
In this kind of trance, we lose access to survival instincts, fight or flight is disabled and we freeze. We may even know we are in danger, but the knowledge doenst activate our emotions or muscles in any way to support our fleeing or fighting back.
This is what dissociative SPLITTING is, folks.
A wedge is driven between our awareness of danger and our ability to fight back or run.
Later, we can easily be conned into thinking we were at fault, that we wanted to be abused.
This is why so many who have this hideous feeling of fogged out estrangement from our ability to protect ourselves..are easily tricked into the false empowerment of taking responsiblity for our own abuse.
This said, here is an odd thing about Josh Baran.
His exit counseling, according to one former member of the Da Free John community, started as early as 1977
Folks, this is remarkable. Josh Baran was in a position to function as a sort of exit counselor (the term didnt even exist then) as early as 1977--this was one YEAR before Jonestown.
Thats a claim to fame. An HONORABLE claim to fame.
1977 - These were very interesting times for me as my transition from the community to the world was rapid, pleasurable and confusing. I still sincerely believed in conquering my spiritual immaturity and rejoining the community, but my new friends had no such illusions about themselves. Over the course of time, our household became a kind of way station for people leaving the community to come and talk it out with us. Josh Baran, the author of the book on "Dark Zen”, was an exit counselor who would frequently come over to our house and talk to the people who were leaving.
He did this very praiseworthy exit counseling work at Sorting It Out and did this in apparently, up to about the mid 1980s.
For context, it is good for us to keep in mind that the Northern California/Bay Area was
being traumatized by a series of cult scandals.
Richard Baker (aka 'Dick Baker'), abbot of San Francisco Zen Center, was found to have abused money, sex and power, and left in disgrace in 1983.
The horrifying details about Da Free John (aka Bubba Free John, later Adi Da Samiraj) hit the news in 1985.
Muktananda was found to have molested young girls at his ashram, and sent thugs to threaten dissidents and this came out in 1982.
And, remember, the Jonestown massacre had hit in late 1978, and earlier the SLA had kidnapped Patty Hearst.
So the Bay Area was shitting its pants over ideological and religious groups breaking down into collective, mass dysfunction.
Little was understood about cult dysfunction. Help was needed, the way New Orleans desperately needed people to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.
You'd think that the work Baran did, in offering Sorting It Out for people to process what they'd been through would be worth listing on his current resume.
Instead...look at his biographical info, in relation to his new book, The Tao of Now
THE TAO OF NOW has been praised as an “exquisite handbook for enlightenment,” as “an invaluable resource for anyone interested in finding peace in the present moment,” and called, “the ultimate hit parade of ageless wisdom and timeless presence.”
The book has been endorsed by Jack Canfield*, Lama Surya Das, Byron Katie, Rodney Yee, Raphael Cushnir, Krishna Das, Susan Piver, Sharon Salzberg, Helen Palmer, Mark Matousek, and featured in such publications as Time Magazine, O the Oprah Magazine, Tricycle: the Buddhist Review, and Shambhala Sun.
(This may be a mis spelling of Jack Kornfield)
Josh Baran is a former Zen priest and a well-known strategic communications consultant.
Over the last 25 years, he has worked with many organizations and companies including Amnesty International, Rock the Vote, Natural Resources Defense Council, Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Universal Pictures, Warner Records, Oracle and Microsoft. In the last few years, he has focused on environmental communications. He worked closely with Paramount Pictures and Al Gore in support of the release of “An Inconvenient Truth.” In addition, he provides public relations for new green technologies and industries. For many years, he has managed media relations for some of the major visits of the Dalai Lama to the Eastern United States including the two huge events in Central Park. He lives in New York City
All that work Josh Baran did in the 80s, via Sorting It Out...that then, was part of The Now.
Why not mention it? It was a sorely needed service.
Still, it is interesting that nothing here is listed about any counseling background obtained by Josh Baran. He may have been able to offer some good rap groups, or peer counseling for persons shaking from thier recent involvement with DFJ and Muktananda.
But, given how many SYDA yoga people seem to have gone into other entities, and that no one seemed to know that Muk had been buddies with Werner Erhard and had incorporated EST tech into the SYDA yoga intensives...peer counseling by itself would not have been enough for long term recovery.
Still, Baran was a salient enough presence on the scene that he was quoted in an article by Dan Lattin, Religion and Spirituality correspondant to the San Francisco Chronicle.
And he gave pretty precise numbers for persons he'd spoken with--30 from Muktanandas group and 50 from Da Free John's group.
He helped meet a public emergency, at a dire time.
Why not mention this praiseworthy exit counseling work in his tao of now book capsulel biography?
Edited 7 time(s). Last edit at 03/25/2009 10:38PM by corboy.