Finding time during the holiday season to give thanks for the things we have in our lives, the things we look forward to receiving, and the gift we give others with our love, attention, and presence puts us in the perfect state for growth, repair, regeneration, and receiving. How so?
In teaching this work, I often find that people have trouble wrapping their head around the idea of becoming no body, no one, no thing, no where, in no time. Of course, learning anything new in the beginning is going to be hard, but consider that you already know how to do this—and consider that you’ve already done it thousands of times. What am I talking about? Falling asleep.
When you begin the process of becoming no body, no one, no thing, no where, in no time, what you’re essentially doing is the same thing you do every night when you go to sleep. You get in a comfortable position, close your eyes, see blackness, and stop thinking—that's it. As you slide down the scale of brainwave frequencies into deep sleep, you move from beta to alpha to theta to delta. And if you’re not too stressed out, it happens rather quickly.
As I mentioned in Part I of this blog, by changing our brainwaves from beta to alpha to theta, we are able to bypass the analytical mind in order to enter the body’s operating system—otherwise known as the autonomic nervous system or the subconscious mind. Measuring in at approximately the size of an apricot and located midbrain, directly under the neocortex (the thinking brain), exists the limbic brain, which is the seat of the autonomic nervous system. When we can consciously enter the midbrain by slowing down our thinking and changing our brainwaves, we can begin to influence—program/reprogram—our body in very specific ways.
In this work, one of the main pillars we teach our students is the model of meditation. To begin, there are many reasons to meditate, but for the purpose of this piece, the one I want to focus on is how to get beyond the analytical, thinking mind.
The analytical mind is what separates the conscious mind from the subconscious mind. The way we get beyond the analytical mind is by slowing down our brainwaves from beta to alpha brainwave states. While there are varying levels of brainwaves, the first one we will discuss is beta brainwaves. The three major beta brainwave frequencies are:
I always say, when you change your energy, you change your life, but I often wonder—how of many of us actually understand what this means and how we can apply it to create changes in our life?
One of the most important principles we teach in this work is how to create from the field instead of from matter. For a very simple understanding, think of the quantum field as an invisible field of frequency or energy that connects everything physical and material. It is this field of pure energy, which exists beyond our senses, that gives form to this three-dimensional reality.
Sometimes in my meditations, I get to what I call the layer. The layer is when you’re reaching, creating, or intending for that new future, event, or possibility, but perhaps your body wants to quit, your mind is reeling with to-do lists, you’re filled with doubt and frustration, or that internal voice questions whether your efforts will actually produce any results. We could call that journey through these layers, that journey through the veils, stepping into the unknown. By pressing on into the discomfort of uncertainty—or breaking out of our body’s familiar biology, neurocircuitry, neurochemistry, genetic propensities, and/or emotional conditioning—we are venturing beyond the known self for a glimpse of the unknown. In a sense, we are asking, “Who am I?”
The quantum model of reality states that the generous present moment is the place where all possibilities exist.
When in meditation, to enter the eternal now (the only place the unknown truly exists) requires us to get beyond our known associations to the various people, objects, things, and places in our life. These external reflections of our environment—in addition to the emotions, and drives of our body—must be overcome in order for us to break free from our conditioned experience of linear time, the totality of which constitutes the known familiar past and predictable future. When achieved, the result creates brain and heart coherence, causing people to relax so deeply into their inner world that they lose track of space and time. In turn, they disassociate from everything familiar in the material 3D world.
Many people who get involved or embrace this work have the misunderstanding that we shouldn't feel or express emotions, so I wanted to spend a little time and reframe this understanding.
At no point when we experience a sudden loss, shock, setback, trauma, and so forth have I ever said to suppress the corresponding emotions associated with those life events. What I have said is that the stronger the emotion we feel from some event in our outer world, the more altered we feel from our normal resting state of emotional chemical continuity in our inner world. In other words, the more powerful the emotion we experience in our internal environment, the more we pay attention to what is causing it in our external environment. As a result of this person, upset, event, encounter, or experience, it’s so powerful it captures all of our attention, and as it does so, our brain takes a snapshot of that image. That snapshot is called a long-term memory, and so the memory becomes branded as a holographic image in the neural architecture of the brain.
Whether you're studying music, martial arts, dance, a sport, or anything else that requires you to refine, develop, and/or expand a skill, when you feel stuck or you're progress has plateaued, it’s always a good idea to go back to the basics.
Fundamental to our work is the idea that your personality creates your personal reality, and your personality is made up of how you think, act, and feel. Thus, in order for a person to create a new life and a new reality, they have to change their personality. To transform from the old self to a new self requires us to become conscious of all our unconscious thoughts, automatic behaviors, routines, and emotional reactions that we’ve been conditioned into. To become conscious of any of these unconscious programs is the first initation to change.