Circle of Noise

BriBear bhearn at
Wed Dec 25 06:16:06 EST 1996

I have recently noted that several apparently unrelated things seem 
to affect my mental clarity/focus, emotional stability and creativity - 
"centeredness", if you will. Loosely referring to them all as the "Circle 
of Noise", I'm seeking perspectives from a wide variety of sources as to 
cause, connections between them and possible corrective actions. This is 
no joke - the changes I experience in my mental states can be _very_ 
dramatic. _Any_ feedback, from psi to science (including skepticism, or 
downright disbelief) is welcome - and greatly appreciated.

Here they are...

1) Extended use of a computer seems to cause fogged thinking, fatigue & 
lack of motivation. Occasionally, my face seems to tingle & burn after a 
long day's work in front of a PC.

2) Lengthy automobile travel or _any_ air travel causes the same kind of 
un-focused state that computers cause

3) Microwave ovens "jangle" me; I can actually feel them when they are 
running. Flourescent lights seem to do the same thing, at a lower level. 
Large, high voltage devices, such as power filters & unitteruptible power 
supplies really make my guts crawl but without a doubt, electric blankets 
are the worst (though tanning beds run a close second; I don't use either 
of them anymore)

4) Large urban areas seem to be psychically "noisy" to the point of 
distraction & the demarcation can be pretty dramatic - often when I'm 
driving from one place to another, I suddenly find myself heaving a huge 
sigh of relief, only then to notice that I have passed beyond the "Circle 
of Noise" and into a rural and/or heavily wooded area. As an aside to the 
scientist who might be reading this: I have observed this even when 
someone else was driving to a place unfamiliar to me and I was riding in 
the back of a van with no windows.

5) Wood, in the form of living trees, real wood (not plywood) sided 
houses and real wood paneled rooms seem to provide a great deal of 
filtering/protection/shielding & help me maintain my center

6) Water also seems to "shield" me; long showers or time in a pool clear 
my head

7) Heavily overcast days (particulary with fog or rain) or very windy 
days or very crisp cold days help my clarity

8) The same sort of psychological shift that occurs when driving into a 
rural area happens late at night as well as during holidays, especially 
ones that are stay-at-home (like Thanksgiving & Christmas) as opposed to 
party hardy ones like Independence Day

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