Subject: Wilbur News for June 2018

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C A R E T A K E R ' S  L E T T E R
Dear Friends of Wilbur,
In the psychology laboratory we have an Anechoic Chamber. It is built to specifications so that the ambient sound inside the chamber, is minimal. The Anechoic Chamber is used for experiments on Stimulus Deprivation. The name was quickly changed to Stimulus Isolation because even when there is minimal stimulation from outside of ourselves we still have an abundance of self created stimulation.

There are also stimulus isolation chambers built to hold body-temperature salt water, in which subjects are submersed, as another method of limiting external input.

Sold commercially, there are Samadhi Tanks in which people float, sometimes face down, in very quiet rooms. My dear lifelong friend, and colleague, Dr Jim Guinan, of Maumee, Ohio, had a Samadhi Tank in his lovely converted private home to office building at the Crossroads.

Engaging in stimulus isolation is fun, educational and potentially consciousness changing. One can hear liquid flowing on the inside. I heard my blood as whooshing. The sound of the heart beating can be omnipresent: both assuring and overbearing. I thought I could see the electricity inside when golden strands of light appeared on one of my inner visual screens. Looking inside the mind is even more fascinating in deep quiet. Over time, spatial consciousness seeps in and eventually takes over. Going this deep requires a guide to take care.

The temperature, and consistency of the medicinal water in Wilbur's Flume #1 are perfect for gracefully approaching safe Stimulus Isolation.
Here is a method of safely approaching Stimulus Isolation in Wilbur's Flume#1.

Bring a snorkel to Wilbur. Put it on while sitting in Flume #1 and float face down. Start with 15 minutes and work your way up if you care to. Strength of effect is related to time in position. For longer explorations, you may have a large water container sitting on the deck with a tube that runs to your mouth. For runners its called a Camel Pack. Otherwise just come up every 15 minutes and take some sips from your bottle.
Given enough time, and easy access to clean air and drinking water, stimulus isolation, allows for, and facilitates, changes in consciousness so large, that they are on a level with strong psychedelic medicine.

Join me again next month and I will share my favorite way of creating stimulus isolation while immersed in Wilbur's medicine water.

Kindly say hello the next time you are at Wilbur. We are the tall couple with the smiling eyes and laughing hearts who tool around on bikes or an electric ATV with photovoltaic cells on the roof.

With affection for each of you,

Richard and Jolee,
Caretakers, Wilbur Hot Springs

Richard Louis Miller, M.A., Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology
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Psychedelic Medicine

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June 8 - 10Sept 21 - 23 • Oct 5 - 7

Join Sarana in 2018 for a weekend of breathing, chanting, asana and soaking in the healing mineral waters of Wilbur. Strengthen your practice while relaxing and rejuvenating your body and mind.

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June 20 - June 21

Mary Isis creates a sacred and soul-nurturing space, singing her songs in the spirit of Ceremony - to awaken, heal and empower her listeners.
Her songs are lyrical prayers, invocations, affirmations, revelations and celebrations of the sacred journey of life, inspiring soul remembrance of our purpose for being here.
A multi-instrumentalist and with worldly inspiration, she is graceful, light hearted and full of gratitude, inviting the attuned presence of deep listening as well as involved participation in singing. Find out more.
June 25 - June 28

2 daily sessions complimentary for Wilbur overnight guests

Since 2012, Julia Bernbaum has taught Vinyasa, Iyengar, Yin, and Restorative Yoga styles to all levels of students on the Mendocino Coast. She received her initial training in an Ashtanga/Iyengar blend through Yogaworks, Mill Valley in 2012. She maintains both a restorative and active Hatha practice rooted in structural integrity and inspired by many disciplines. Her teaching is sourced from a background in dance and performance art, a three-year Buddhist retreat residency, hiking and a love of nature, and the understanding of the subtle body. Julia’s passion is to find ease in all of life through balance, deep listening and honoring of our true self.
June 27

Daniel Boarman is an Ayurveda student within the Bajracharya medical tradition out of Kathmandu Nepal studying with the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine. In the winter 0f 2017 Daniel spent several months studying with traditional Vaidyas (physician) and Newari Priests in the Kathmandu Valley. Along with complex medicine formulas and diagnostic techniques, culinary arts are extensively emphasized for timely healing within the Bajracharya medical tradition. The traditional preparation of rice and beans when used specifically to restore digestion becomes a panacea with unlimited variables. Daniel is inspired by the wisdom of the East to create economically resourceful, delectable, and medicinal meals to minimizing packaged food waste and restore gut health. Find out more.
June 30 & July 1

Complimentary to all Wilbur Guests ~ Shundo offers guided meditations. Come up for the day or stay the weekend to enjoy all that he has to offer. Visit our website for more details and to learn more about Shundo check out his website:
3375 Wilbur Springs Road, Wilbur Springs, CA 95987-9709 - 530-473-2306
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