Shamanism in the Age of Reason : Chapter 05
Psychic Bonding and Psi
Psychic bonding is a physical, neurological adaptation that occurs when two subjects spend time together sharing thoughts, feelings, and personal space. Psychic bonding is a survival trait that all animals and possibly all plants share. Psychic bonds can create personal vulnerabilities, so the average subject will have a built-in resistance to psychic bonding unless there is an explicit survival need and a certain level of trust established between subjects. Resistance to psychic bonding naturally breaks down over prolonged exposure between subjects living in the same confines as trust becomes routine and implied. In order to form a psychic bond subjects must spend a period of at least a few hours together; a period of two to three days is optimal. Subjects should be together throughout all daily activities: waking, sleeping, eating, working, relaxing. Sharing the schedules and routines of daily life is essential to synching the circadian rhythms and cross-expectations of each subject.
Psychic Bonding and Circadian Rhythms
Circadian rhythms are like a master clock which controls all the state changes an organism undergoes in a 24-hour period. We wake up, get active, get hungry, get relaxed, get sleepy, go to sleep, and dream on a predictable cycle that mirrors the rotation of our planet, our moon, and our own internal biology. Subjects who are synched to the same circadian rhythms are locally bound to the same hourly oscillator, which means they share the same time-zone and daily living schedules. People who are called to perform daily routines at certain hours – like the prayer times of Islam, the coffee and lunch breaks of Western corporatism, or the hourly news cycles of modern media culture – have particularly high levels of local circadian binding. Usually circadian rhythms must be synched before psychic bonding between subjects can begin, though there is anecdotal evidence that psychic bonding can take place over telepresence if constant virtual contact is maintained for extended periods of time.
Psychic bonding usually takes place within a household; the household can be a metaphor for a group living situation, it can be an actual house, or it can be a loose tribal structure like a band or a team or a squad or similar nomadic crew. When bound within the same household, subjects are forced to work together, compromise, and share rigidly induced schedules for eating, relaxing, and sleeping. As subjects coexist they begin to build internalized constructs of each other which dictate how they behave and interact; these are cross-expectations fed by mirror neurons analyzing cooperative behaviors. The close familiarity between subjects drives a neural wiring process which embeds the patterns of each bonding partner into the other’s mind, a process called mutual plasticity. Routine familiarity between subjects drives mutual plasticity.
Stress- and Pheromone-Induced Neuroplasticity
Smell is the most evocative of human senses because it is wired tightly into reward and fear responses, and of all the things that entice and repulse us about other people smell is arguably the strongest. When subjects are living in close proximity they produce hormones, pheromones, and they sweat, and when those pheromones are inhaled they produce instinctual emotional and neural responses. There is a very complex relationship between hormones, pheromones, behavior, mating, and bonding that permeates the entire plant and animal kingdom; it is a subject that transcends molecular biochemistry and approaches organic information field theory. Attempting to break down the non-verbal power of pheromones to induce bonding and neural growth can lead to many interesting digressions, but what is most important to understand is that when humans are under stress they produce hormones and they sweat, and that hormone-laced perspiration induces powerful empathetic responses in other humans. The feedback of pheromonal response between subjects over a period of a few circadian cycles will automatically drive the binding process even if subjects are naturally resistant. The introduction of stress into the group household will increase hormonal response and thus make the bonding process more urgent and more powerful.
Bonding can be slow and relaxed, like the way a family builds familiarity over time; or it can be fast and forced like the way cults, fraternities, and militias haze subjects into coherence in a matter of days or weeks. Bonding can also be artificially induced through drugs, group mind rituals, or through the stress of surviving combat or a natural disaster with a small group of people. Bonding pairs are most likely mates, roommates, or people who live and travel together in small tribe-like groups. Hostages can also bond with their captors in what is famously known as Stockholm syndrome1, which is an example of stress creating a situation where the brain is ripe for entrainment and imprinting.
A romantic version of group mind leading to psychic bonding might happen spontaneously on date when two potential mates sit and talk quietly for long periods of time, sharing vulnerable aspects of themselves over dinner, drinks, and conversation. If the couple is good fit they will slowly synch into harmony with each other over the course of an evening until they wind up talking all night, feeling like they’ve never met anyone who understands them so deeply and intuitively. This is pheromones, proximity, and self-reinforcing neural feedback patterns embedding instinctual rhythms in the rapport between two subjects; or neural cross-expectations. The overlap of hormonal response, brain wave coupling, and proximity between subjects will, over time, build strong synaptic connections which bind these individuals together.
Informational Capacities of Bound Partners
While the telepathic capacities of bound subjects are limited, a bound partner can still tell, for instance, what a partner is thinking just by looking at their face. The telepathy is generally not literal and symbolic, it is intuitive and empathetic. Bound partners will share intuitive rhythms of speaking and interacting – sharing phrases, inside jokes, and specialized facial expressions – and will spontaneously fall into these rhythms whenever they are together, even if they have been separated for long periods of time. There is constant anecdotal evidence that bound partners often spontaneously think of each other at the same moment, causing one to call or seek out the other just as the other thinks of doing the same; or that pets intuitively know when their owners are on the way home.2 More intriguingly there is evidence which indicates that bound partners can non-locally sense when the other is surprised, startled, or in danger.3,4,5 Bonded pairs being synched on an intuitive level may not be literal telepathy, but this can definitely be classified as psi and has obvious survival advantages.
The key capacity of bonded pairs is that they can think and move fluidly as a pack and work instinctively with each other on an intuitive and non-verbal level. The demonstrable capacity for organisms to bond into collective groups emerges at the bacteria culture level and becomes most obvious at the insect or hive level. Through the mechanistic means of pheromones and receptors insects can coalesce into a hive mind capable of many coordinated tasks; this is non-verbal cooperation based solely on encoded rules of instinctive behavior. Fish form schools, birds form flocks, mammals form packs, humans form tribes and towns and cities. Humans can also form psychic bonds with domesticated animals such as cats and dogs and horses, cross-encoding verbal and non-verbal communication for simplification of everyday needs and routines. There is also anecdotal evidence of people bonding with plants. The hormonal process for psychic bonding is genetically encoded and instinctual in cases of extended close proximity and intimacy or stress; the exact variables needed for breaking or domesticating wild animals; the same variables needed for brainwashing; the same variables needed for cult deprogramming. The psychic bonding process is an instinctual evolutionary capability which can be exploited for positive or negative purposes, and the quality of information passed through psychic bonds can be described as self-stabilizing, non-verbal, and intuitive.
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Citation: Kent, James L. Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason, Chapter 05, 'Psychic Bonding and Psi'. PIT Press, Seattle, 2010.
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