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17/01/2015 11:54 am  

I must admit I have never studied "Circadian rhythms" or the concept of an internal biological time- keeping system but I must admit since I've been keeping the four stations of Resh practice I get "an intuitive feeling" (figuratively speaking) before midday is about to encroach without having checked my watch or a clock. 


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gurugeorge
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31/01/2015 3:21 pm  

Ah, good!  I'd been meaning to mention this to LaShtAlians apropos Liber Resh.  I remember when first practicing Liber Resh many years ago, how almost sacreligious it seemed to try to wake up in the middle of the night to do the midnight adoration, but yet how one got used to it quite quickly, and even found oneself pottering about a bit before going to sleep again.

I recently got interested in "bimodal sleep", and it seems to be a thing, so I think it's interesting to think about in connection with Liber Resh. 

Bimodal sleep is one of the many alternative sleep patterns people have proposed, but the most robust and popular (and easiest).  You go to bed at roughly 7pmor 8pm, sleep for 4 hours, wake up, potter about (read, meditate, have sex, etc.) for an hour or two, then go back to bed for another 4 or 5 hours.  Total sleep time is still 8-9 hours, but you have that break at roundabout midnight.

According to the url above, this may well be the way humans actually slept before the advent of powerful forms of artificial light, and it's still the way some people sleep.  This is bolstered by the fact that around 4 hours is a typical "sleep cycle" anyway.  (And actually, in some cases, what people think of as "insomnia" may just be their bodies "wanting" to sleep bimodally - it might cause less struggle to simply wake up consciously and fully for a few hours, then go back to sleep, and not worry that something is "wrong".)

Nothing epoch-shattering here, but an interesting tidbit, I thought.  In my recent experiments, I noticed that bimodal sleep gave me an absolutely tremendous sense of joie de vivre on waking up in the morning.  I mean, I'm normally the sort of person who hates going to sleep (what a waste of bloody time!), then paradoxically hates waking up, and feels awful in the mornings and requires at least 3 cups of coffee before being even able to contemplate life with any sort of equanimity, far less enthusiasm.  During my bimodal experiments, I can't express how completely different it was - waking up with eagerness in the morning is such a peculiar experience for me.

The trouble I find is it's hard to sustain because my ingrained lifetime pattern is more going to sleep at 3am and either waking up without enough sleep to go to work (burning the candle at both ends) or sleeping late (till 10 or 11am), and I tend to fall insensibly back into that after a week or so (I simply don't wake up roundabout midnight at some point).  Also, bimodal sleep is intrinsically anti-social, because all one's colleagues and friends are just getting ready to party roundabout 7 or 8pm, and one becomes somewhat of an outcast.

I highly recommend everyone try it though, especially people who are doing Liber Resh.  Just don't think of the midnight adoration as an interruption in your "normal" sleep patterns, but think of it in terms of a conscious effort to cultivate a bimodal sleep pattern - IOW, adoriation at dusk, adoration as the punctuation mark for your 1 or 2 hours pottering about in the middle of the night, and adoration on dawn and greeting the day with joy.

(One might wonder: what about summer hours vs winter hours? I suspect the idea is that the middle period of wakefulness is what waxes and wanes there - i.e. you still go to bed at dusk and wake up at dawn, you just have a longer wakeful period inbetween during winter.)


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01/02/2015 12:17 am  

I have a young child, bimodal without choice here 😉


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