Polyphasic sleep, consciousness development, and addiction – Part 2

Reprinted from the polyphasic sleep blog.


I am back on my modified Everyman schedule for the last few days, and I am particularly euphoric today because it’s 8am and I more-or-less finished my work for the day.  I am feeling fabulous and getting a lot done.  What a life ;). 

It’s difficult to believe that I have been following the same polyphasic plan or idea now since March, almost 6 months – that is very unlike me!  Although I have not been polyphasic every day – in fact it’s been the exception rather than the rule – it’s been a consistent and stubborn notion of mine for that entire time.  How sweet  that it is finally coming to fruition.

And what is just as important is the lessons learned.  It has confirmed my original hypothesis, which is that to be successful with polyphasic sleep you need to be willing to examine (and question) the totality of your life. This includes the overall quality of your life, your current level of success, your diet and health and self-care regimen, your current performance management system and whether it’s working or not, etc., etc.

And I return also to my original assertion: that polyphasic sleep remains one of the greatest consciousness experiment (developmental experiences) that anyone can do alone.  It doesn’t require you travel to India, attend any expensive seminar or purchase any programs, or even leave your house.  All you need is a bed and an office (and maybe a garage and a kitchen, that you can tidy-up when you are too hung-over from lack of sleep to do anything else ;).  Life doesn’t get much simpler than that.

However if your life is in crisis, it’s unlikely to work.  It’s a very rare individual who can successfully adapt to polyphasic in the midst of a major depression – Puredoxyk is one, but this is very rare.  Back in February, when my marriage was in shambles, my business struggling, ,my health challenged, and my coffee addiction out-of-control, there was no way I could have succeeded.  But the idea was planted – and it’s been a very persistent idea, us polyphasers are a strange blend of stubbornness and obsession, which is probably not a bad thing ;). 

And also as I had mentioned in an earlier post, polyphasic sleep is likely to activate any latent addictions or addictive tendencies that you might have.  I am not talking about heavy-duty chemical addictions, or even of the ordinary (garden-variety) addictions that most of us deal with around things like sex, relationships or co-dependency, workaholism, money etc – I am talking about the fundamental “addiction” of the human condition, which is the attempt to control or manipulate our environment to meet our needs and avoid pain.  This of course is natural and healthy to a degree – many great works were accomplished out of that motive – but there is a cost to it as well.  See this powerful article by Waking Down in Mutuality teacher Ted Strauss.  A life well-lived is not just about performance, overcoming obstacles and being productive members of society.  It’s also about our soul, our spiritual condition, our relationship to our creator. 

The culmination of this epic inquiry has been the creation of my main site and passion business Lifestyle Design School, which is a performance management system for internet marketers and other work-at-home professionals.  Check it out.

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Blessings on your journey,


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