Thursday, May 30, 2013

We're Back! (...again)

...the Landslide brought us down


Sometimes 3 in the morning seems like the best time to make big decisions.  Then daylight breaks, and you're left all, "What was I thinking?"  Pay no attention to the last post, as long as there's breath left in us, there will be a Lost Creek Medicine Show.  We are currently looking at a couple new journeys, and may be on hiatus for a bit, but we'll let you know before that happens.  

Looking at the matter in the light of day made us realize that there are still too many questions left unanswered, too many mysteries left in the world for us to just close up shop and retire.  We're currently eyeball deep in string theory, working to tie it in to the last few blogs.  In the meantime, take a look back thru the archives, you may find a treasure you missed before.  New Medicine Show attractions will be back Very SOON!!!!

In the meantime, I can't explain why this 10-year-old Dixie Chicks song keeps coming on the radio every time I get in the car, unless it's the ol Kosmic Joker at work, and if so, good taste my man!  For your entertainment til the next installment, the butterflies have stopped here for a short break:


Listen to Nat's intro - 27 happens to be a number with some personal significance to the Lost Creek residents as well, we're in good company!

To quote Monty Python's Flying Circus: "We're not dead yet!"

Monday, May 27, 2013

This is the End

(My Only Friend, The End)

You hearing Jim Morrison singing in your head?

Well folks, what a long strange trip it's been.  We're afraid that the Medicine Show has ran it's course.  We've went as far as we could with the blog, and with the journey.  Thank you to past readers and hope future readers enjoy it...take special heed to the last 4 or so, that's as close as we're gonna come to the truth.  I don't have the answers and still don't know what to make of it.  However, I HIGHLY  recommend making an appearance at that church if you want 1. a supernatural experience and 2. supercharged positive energy in the air around you, that sometimes combines into the perfect storm of the Supernatural.  "You won't get singled out, you won't get pulled out."  If ever the Lost Creek team thought a place had some crazy supernatural stuff going on it's that place.

It's true that the Medicine Show started out as a hobby, developed into something I took very seriously and took pride in.The Lost Creek staff had a realization that the Medicine Show has came full circle in it's chaotc way.  It's time for the Medicine Show to pull up stakes.  We aint gonna tear the site down, like we've said, maybe a new reader will find their way to Lost Creek, and we want to let the stories stand as a testimony of our adventures.

Signing off,
Your Lost Creek Medicine Show Staff

"Ir's better to burn out than to fade away"
                       -Kurt Cobain

"Dream as if you'll Live Forever
Live as if you'll die today."

"The fog is rising"
                     -Emily Dickenson's final words

Thru the veil that took Sirius Black away in
    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

The veil has been split, but some are doomed to
  be unable to take what was given to them.


If any Lost Creek fans actually exist, didn't wanna leave without explaining my profile pic on here.  Harry Potter geeks may recognize it, as the Death Eater mask of Bellatirx Lestrange, the deranged, psychopathic Death Eater who served the evil Lord Voldemort, who tried to make himself immortal and arguably a god, at least unto his death eaters.  Started out as harry potter fandom, but now that the Medicine Show come full circle, I realize it was no coincidence that's the profile pic, my old college psych buddies will get it. Tasha, u'll get it rite away.  Functions on diff levels, but that's always been my archetype.  What led me on my particular journey, and what is bringing Lost Creek to a close

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Flow: Spook Related?

Back in my college days, which seem a lifetime ago already, I took a Sports Psychology class, taught by one of the professors who was part of my circle of other professors and students I lovingly refer to as the ‘Psych Ward.’ I lucked into one of the greatest teachers to ever have taught introducing us to the concept of Flow.  In a nutshell Flow is the optimal experience.  Like when an athlete is in the zone.  I would venture to say creators; painters and musicians hit that moment when it comes seemingly unconsciously, body relying on instinct, everything’s Just right.  

Me and some of my Psych Ward buddies dug the notion and found a book in the Library by the guy who came up with the concept, so I checked out Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.  I plead the fifth amendment on whether it ever got returned, but we put it to good use!  We were nerds, cool nerds, but would do what college kids do, a little partying, and then sit and talk about the stuff we learned in class.  Flow caught on quick with this crowd.  A couple of us had a debate with the professor on whether or not Flow could be obtained chemically, our example was using drugs.  She said it wouldn’t be natural.  I agreed maybe not, but would it still be considered Flow?  We collectively found Mr. Csikszentmihalyi’s email address and sent him our well thought out question. Disappointingly, we never got a reply.  I ended up also agreeing that obtaining it naturally was a more ‘purer’ form, if you managed it chemically, it would be dirty in a way, not as pure anyway.  

Was used in Sports Psych, we got into it n tried to take it where it didn’t need to go. The author’s kinda nutshell definition of Flow is the mental state of a person when performing a task, fully immersed in ENERGIZED (*coming back to that*) focus, full involvement, enjoying it, and being completely absorbed by it.  

Missy Franklin probably Flowing on her way to another gold medal

The butterflies of Lost Creek have led us to back to Flow because they flew there from all this stuff with Energy that’s been in the last few medicine shows.  It occurred to me that to obtain a true state of Flow –I concede Nicole, chemical wouldn’t count as positive here…   that you would have to be in a state where you were in the opposite of a Fear Cage we talked about before.  You manage to focus all of your Energy into that race, that game, that song. 

We took the ghost hunting term Fear Cage, that they use to describe a place with high EMF levels that make people biophysically more likely to experience/think they  experience paranormal activity.  We took it out of the spooky haunted broom closet of ghost hunting and applied it to everyday life, using the example of someone in a depressed state, lost, hopeless, afraid.  They are in a type of Fear Cage.  They have manipulated the energy around them to create a negative psychological environment for themselves.  
The notion of this optimal experience of Flow is the opposite.  It’s already having positive energy, and then by either lucking into it or by practice, practice, practice you hit that place where it literally just Flows.  Doesn’t have to be a sport you spent 15 years mastering, or playing a Chopin piece on the piano, can be something you just learned, playing a video game, or something you do everyday but get into that state with it.  Which leads us to…

The couple Lost Creek researchers we sent to take in the Spook Show (again, meant in the most positive way possible, just vibing with Positive supernatural) are wondering how close the Holy Spirit baptism we talked about in the last blog and Flow are related.   They reported personal experiences where some kind of UberEnergy was felt, and were at first reluctant to agree that it was this Holy Spirit they were talking about.  It's hard for them to say how closely Flow and the Spook Baptism are related, because what they experienced was just a taste, and haven't had experiences like they've seen and heard of others having.  I'm thinking those they see experiencing it regularly would agree that it's something akin to the notion of Flow, but maybe on a different level/wavelength.  Getting into the Supernatural here, and didn't email the book's author about that, just natural and chemically induced. 

Isn’t it all the same energy, in us, around us, everywhere, that’s being manipulated one way or the other, depending on the worldview of the individual in question?  The research and evidence we got point to it being the same thing, and also involved in the Spook Show in other ways than speaking in tongues – confirmation, prophecy, people knowing stuff they have no way of knowing. 

The Optimal Experience of Flow has woven itself into the ever growing jungle of this adventure.  Still working on the Jung – collective unconscious, synchronicities – meaningful coincidences one, but when the butterflies take off you gotta ride it out with them. Following are some pics that I took in the Spook Show House while playing with the camera on my new phone. (didn't have to blur the faces this time, was just figuring out how to use the camera, blurred em learning)  Just laughed when I saw I'd got something, cmon! Til the next time…

To read more on Flow, hit this link

Above pic zoomed

And that one zoomed, on her elbow

Friday, May 3, 2013

Neurology Meets the Holy Spook

Usually when science and religion meet, there’s a great butting of heads and a total lack of agreement.  However, this time, science and religion have came together to prove neurological changes in believers while they are, as they describe, speaking in tongues through a baptism by the Holy Spirit.  Brain imaging has proven it.  Never did I think my psychology degree would come in handy proving the supernatural in quite this way, but when you’ve got proof, you gotta go with it. 

The brain is the most amazing machine known to man. Added that it's a biological machine makes it even more amazing.  Like we've stated in previous blogs, the brain is a machine that runs on electrical impulses.  The brain is so intricate, researchers still can't say they know how it all works.  The electrical impulses - whch are different kinds of neurons firing across synaptic gaps, inside the most intricate web imaginable, carry information to different parts of the brain.  We could write a whole blog on the different parts of the brain and their functions, but we'll just take a look at the ones of particular interest in this case.  

The following study illustrates that there IS still magic left in the world, some things can't be explained naturally, so that makes them SuperNatural.  There are some question marks below, but it's undeniable that some UberEnergy is manipulating how the brain works, things that are expected to happen don't.  The Lost Creek folks aint gonna push religion on you, but this study pretty much rules out everything else.  As always, take in the evidence we present, and make your own interpretation based on what you feel is right.

A neurological study of believers speaking in tongues, also known as practicing Glossolalia, was carried out by Dr. Andrew Newberg at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  The results have researchers baffled, as they back up what the believers claim is happening.  The believers say the speech isn't coming from them, but Through them, from God, by the Holy Spirit.  State of the art brain scans were taken while believers were praying regularly, in English, and then when they were 'speaking in tongues.'  

The scans showed a very significant decrease in activity in the frontal lobes during the speaking in tongues prayers.  What does that mean? The frontal lobes are the part of our brains that, among other functions, is activated when we are speaking, in our mother language.  Decreased activity in that part of the brain means they weren't using natural means of speaking, it was coming from somewhere else.  The ability to express language happens in those frontal lobes.  If that's not happening, some big questions are raised.  Reasoning and self-control also happens in the frontal lobes.


The results also showed diminished activity in the  dorsolateral prefontal cortex.  What in the world is that?  When you are doing something on purpose, this part of your brain lights up with activity.  But when they were praying in tongues, it declined in activity.  So the prayers weren't purposefully doing this.  This part of the brain also helps control executive functions, which is just thinking and doing.  If that isn't happening, where are the prayers coming from....?  This part of the brain is also involved in humans' responses to rules of behavior.  Diminished activity would mean a sort of loss of inhibition, letting go. 

Finally, the scans showed a decline in activity of a part of the brain called the left caudate.  This part of the brain is involved in motor and emotional control, so researchers concluded that while the practitioners may be mindful of what's going on, they have ceded control over their bodies and emotions.  They have given up control and turned it over to ......? 

Interestingly, a control study was done on a group of atheists and non-believers, who were instructed to try and meditate or contemplate God's existence.  NO difference in these parts of the brain were found in this group.  1 Cor 14:2  For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. looks like if you don't believe, it aint gonna happen, but if you Do believe, brain scans show it's really happening.

Here’s an interesting piece from Nightline, and whoever was behind the scenes putting it together found an amazing story, even if it is presented by the guy who did the infamous documentary with Michael Jackson.  It highlights the beliefs of one pastor and includes the study mentioned above. Watch with an open mind:

The history of speaking in tongues is a long one, going back to Biblical times.  Nobody on Lost Creek is yet qualified to tell you all about it, but if you want to do a little reading, click hereto see what the 2nd chapter of Acts has to say about it.  We will give you this part, and then discuss it a little:

Mark 16:15-18: And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Pretty heavy, huh?  This is a good example of how different peoples interpretations of the Word causes denominations to break off. The snake handlers take this passage and dance around with copperheads and rattlers, refusing medical treatment if they’re bitten believing God will heal them if it’s His will. Others debate who Jesus was talking about.  Was he addressing the apostles, and meaning these signs will accompany YOU, the people I’m talking to here right now, or did he mean anyone who came to Believe, even if it’s 2000 years later.   This one little passage can be taken so many different ways.  The Lost Creek elders advise the use of  common sense, read the whole story, then decide for yourself.  

Modern day tongue talking is commonly agreed to have taken off in 1906, in Los Angeles.  An African American preacher named William Seymour started a Pentecostal revival, the meetings being held on Azusa Street.  The Azusa Street story is another blog in itself, but to summarize, for the first time blacks and whites were worshipping together under one roof, the building filled to capacity and people lined up outside, looking in the windows, anxious to get in.  Seymour had studied under Charles Praham, who instilled in him that speaking in tongues didn't stop after the apostles.  Worshippers left Azusa Steet asserting that had been/still were Filled with the Spirit, carried their stories back to their families and friends, and the notion caught like wildfire.

William J Seymour

It is commonly agreed upon that while speaking in tongues, what comes out can be an actual language, unknown to the person praying, or more commonly an unknown language. The unknown language has been purported to be the "language of the Spirit," a "heavenly language," or even the "language of the angels."  In a recent conversation with a believer, I was told that God inhabits our praise.  What's that mean? I was told for instance when the music is going, everyone is into it, on the same wavelength, we are sending up some of that positive energy, "and He sort of comes down and absorbs/enjoys/revels in it. Our praise draws him nearer to us, and opens our minds and Spirits to "usher" him in!"  Also added in the conversation was "When you speak in tongues you are praying in the Spirit, and it's a precious treasure, because the Devil can't understand it."  

We've found and presented evidence, make of it what you will.  Decide with your head and your heart. The study discussed has raised more questions than we have time to even ask, but we're following where the butterflies take us.  As mentioned in the quote above, being on the same 'wavelength' is pretty close to Carl Jung's Collective Consciousness that is gonna be explained along with his explanation of synchronicity, or meaningful coincidences in the next Medicine Show.  We've got some research to do on that one, so think this one over....til next time!


You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart
 NIV, Jeremiah29:13