I had the good fortune to meet with DC’s nephew, James, and his sister Edna yesterday, on Deer Isle, in DC’s former home. For me, as you might imagine, it was an extraordinary experience.
James mentioned that when DC was teaching him he often talked about “switches.” These are personal ways of switching on awareness, and each individual should pay attention to them closely. Many of us will have had experiences of stimuli engaging our attention and bringing us into the present moment, fully aware. It could be a picture, a crystal, a location, music, perhaps even an essay!
These are your switches. Note them carefully so that you remember them. Use them to turn your awareness on.
Following our discussion in the closed chatroom last night (details on how to join in), We decided that this weeks exercise would be to use our body/brains to replicate sensory experiences. Some suggestions:
- recall tastes of food
- recall smells of food (Food seemed to figure largely!)
- recall pictures of places we have been
- recall body sensations, e.g. warmth, cold, touches
- recall pleasant and unpleasant feelings
In the room we talked about how we got started in our awakening process, and looked for the common factors which might be of help to those following the same exercises.
We agreed that separating out Self and body was the key, and tiring. DC said that this was because we were moving from being passive to living the Active Self, which causes the body/brain to expend a lot of energy at first.
Juxta had a wonderful phrase, saying that the psychology he learned at university – he majored in that subject – was “dream management.”
DC’s suggestion is that we go into a chatroom that we know is going to wind us up, and listen, aware, but without getting involved. A live meeting will do just as well.
He asks that we notice how our body/brain responds to remaining aware in that place, how it wants to go away, dissociate, distract itself, assert it’s superiority and greater knowledge. And how it responds to your direction not to get involved.
If your natural inclination is not to get involved (we know who you are :quiet: ) then DC suggests that you say something silly, banal and worthy of ridicule, and watch your body/brain respond to the challenge of doing that, and then sitting aware and silent to any response.
Less powerful – because you cannot get involved – is to listen to a program on the TV or radio that you would normally avoid, and, again, watch your body responding to remaining aware.
Please do comment on here as to your experiences of this exercise.
Recently I have been more aware of the workings of my brain, and how it feeds and processes the information making up my conscious experience.
Quite frequently, I have been having memories of events that did not actually happen. It will take me a split second to realize that these experiences were not real, but a reflection of a real life event. Perhaps a brain interpretation or story that is similar to an actual event, or similar to an event that the body is trying to create in the near future based off of its core creative patterns.
I am also realizing the power of the unconscious mind, and just how much is actually going on underneath the surface of our conscious experience. For example, today I grabbed a paper upside down and was not directly looking at it. In my mind the image of “Memphis” sneaked up and the associated memories of being there occurred to me as I was there last week. When I looked at the paper, I realized the word Memphis was written in colorful letters on a picture. Immediately I thought what a coincidence, or wow I can read what is going to happen. But I looked into the mechanics of what was occurring and it become obvious what had occurred.
My subconscious mind must have recorded the information, but it did not yet reach conscious importance other than it appearing as a memory which was triggered by something that I briefly seen but did not fully read. This made me marvel at the brain and how calculated it is, how each thought most thoughts that occur would likely have a cause.
Later when I had some time I started asking question on the nature of the brain and its recordings. I started contemplating the depth of the unconscious mind, and to what degree our “conscious” experience is selected for us by the body in order to give us an experience that feels at home to us so we can feel “normal”.
Peering into these blips and questioning the mechanics behind them have been interesting. It has led me to question the mechanics behind synchronicity, psychic phenomena, psychic dreams, shared dreams, etc. Some of the many things that I left behind to the mystical when I began a more rational approach to my development and interests. Now I feel like I would like to explore the mechanics of these and may be at a point to get the answers from within to some of the more “mysterious” phenomena life as a human has to offer.
I challenge you all to try and keep track of what exactly your brain is spitting out during the day. Where the thoughts were coming from, how they would have developed. It has been an interesting experiment for me and I know I will continue going deeper into learning how the computer between my ears works.