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My Book On Energy Healing - Part I
Intentional Healing – How To Heal Yourself
Most people find that they cannot deal with negative emotions effectively. Negative emotions are usually vented, suppressed, rationalized, analyzed, but usually never dealt with. Likewise, most people find that they cannot cultivate positive emotions that they desire, such as love, warmth, kindness, and so on. However, I have observed that all people perform several universal actions that can be performed not only physically, but mentally as well. In fact, it is possible and more beneficial to perform these actions mentally and physically at the same time. Intentions on the mental level directly produce mental and emotional effects, and physical effects are not very strong; intentions on the physical level produce physical effects, and mental effects are not very strong; intentions on both levels are more effective, and as the mind and body effect each other, such intentions will work much more effectively that intentions on the mind or body alone.
Additionally, these actions are not limited to what people usually use them for. For example, one of the universal actions is the intent to refuse. Usually, this action is performed to refuse gifts, offers, or suggestions. However, any negative emotion or physical posture or ailment can be refused. Refusal of fear, for instance, makes one highly resistant to fear. Refusal of anger makes one resistant to anger. You will notice that the refusal of different negative emotions and different negative postures and diseases produces different physical and mental effects. Another example of this is that the intent to embrace, or to hug, is universally used among all people. Usually, this intention is used to express love. However, any positive emotion, posture or even positive physical attribute, such as a healthy heart, healthy lungs, etc., can be embraced. For example, we have all heard the phrase that it is good to "embrace positive change." Well, it IS possible, literally, to embrace positive change, or any desired emotion. Kindness, love, calmness, and any other positive emotion can be embraced.
Perhaps most importantly, it is possible to perform many different intentions at the same time. For instance, it is possible to refuse fear and embrace courage at the same time, and that combination of intentions is an excellent way to make one courageous, because fear is the opposite of courage, and resistance to fear will act as a catalyst to the cultivation of courage. However, multiple intentions do not have to be used in this way. For example, someone may want to embrace love and calmness at the same time. Although they do not directly act as catalysts to one another, they nevertheless may both be required by an individual.
Additionally, this document is only a guide. If you experience any problems with these intentions, then certainly it is better not to do them. Also, you can use the intentions listed below not only in the ways that are described in this document, but in any other way you like (except negatively; this is described below). You can, and should, experiment with these intentions until you find intentions that are useful and effective for you.
Lastly, it is important not to misuse intentions. For example, it is never beneficial to refuse love, embrace hate, receive anger, and so on. Intentions are powerful tools, and should never be misused to harm oneself or others.
I have discovered several universal intentions that all people do. Although there are certainly more, I have found that these specific intentions can be performed by anybody, are familiar to everyone, and are easy to learn.
II. How Intentions Affect Our Lives
We all know what it’s like to be happy, and we all know what it’s like to be angry. We all know someone who usually harbors good intentions and tries to help people, and we all know someone who habitually hurts others, and perhaps even enjoys it. However, what most people haven’t realized is that intentions manifest everywhere in our lives – our relationships, our hobbies, and even our dreams. There exists no moment in life, no thought or emotion that is devoid of intention. Intentions are at the basis of all actions.
For example, we all know that murder is a horrible crime, and that those affected by it are traumatized beyond words. However, when somebody does something evil, it manifests directly in their body. Here’s an experiment: pretend you’re about to go into the kitchen, grab hold of a kitchen knife, and pretend you’re about to kill someone with it. Visualize plunging that knife into the person, pretend you’re actually killing him. What happens to your body and mind? Your posture becomes hunched and twisted, hard and constricted, and your mind also becomes hardened, cut off, constricted, and malevolent. In particular, you’ll notice that as you pretend to be about to kill someone, you lose all sense of connectedness and empathy with the environment and all sense of love and kindness. So you can see that negative intentions always precede negative actions.
Here’s a second exercise: pretend you’re about to see the person you love the most. Pretend you’re about to give that person a huge hug, and that you’re about to do something with that friend that you both enjoy very much. What happens to your body and mind this time? Your posture becomes more expanded, soft, relaxed and yet energetic in an effortless way, and your mental state becomes kinder, calmer, and more expansive. Also, you have a greater sense of connectedness with the environment as well as a feeling of love in your heart. Here too you can see that friendship isn’t simply a mental construct or some kind of figure of speech; it is totally rooted in how we feel and think and is reflected in our posture and muscle tone as well.
When you learn to consciously control your intentions, you learn to consciously decide how you’d like to live your life. Although psychologists and psychiatrists may tell us that we have no control over our emotions, that we’re as helpless as dust blown about by hurricane-force winds, this is simply untrue. However, those self-help authors that claim to subscribe to this view, like Dr. Phil for example, give people no method by which they can actually work with their emotions; too often, they simply harshly criticize people or give them “advice” lacking both in sincerity and substance, like “Be patient! A little patience never hurt anyone!.” But as you have probably experienced, such “advice” is cruel, because it leaves you with no way to go about changing your life, and is also usually given with anger, bitterness, or hypocrisy. This, in turn, makes people bitter and jaded about healing, probably the worst outcome of all.
This guide aims to change all of this. The healing methods in this guide do not tell you that you have to be a better person, or that you need to change who you are, or that you need to realize something that you haven’t already realized. The truth is that you don’t need to be better, and never did; you were simply never instructed on what you can actually do to improve the quality of your life. There is no requirement that you adhere to a particular philosophy, nor a demand that you have accomplished certain things. This guide is about the practical applications of intentions and how they can be used to heal people and strengthen them. It is a step out of the realm of ideas and into the realm of practical action.
III. Universal Intentions
I first began to experiment with intentions because I found that, although I wanted to, I simply could not do my uncle’s intentional techniques. I desperately wanted to be able to do them, but I always got tense and failed utterly when I tried to do them. I talked to other people who had similar experiences when they tried to work with intentions, and realized I was not alone; they to found that although they knew exactly what they had to do when working with intentions, for some reason they just couldn’t do what they wanted no matter how hard they tried. After a couple years of frustration due to the fact that I could only work with intentions if I was instructed by somebody else, I became determined to find a way to do intentions – despite the fact that I couldn’t do them!
One day, I realized that there actually was one intention that I habitually and naturally did, that didn’t backfire on me and make me feel tense: the intent to embrace, or hug. I realized that I not only used this intention physically, but mentally as well – whenever I hugged somebody, I also created a mental state of love within myself mentally. I set about working with the intent to embrace in a number of ways, discovered that I could do more than simply intend to embrace; I could embrace love, compassion, my mother’s love, calmness, or whatever I chose to embrace! I could even go so far as to embrace calmness rooted in my father’s love, or embrace the ability to be physically agile and quick. The intent to embrace thus turned out to have literally an infinite number of potential uses! However, I was far from satisfied, because the intent to embrace is fundamentally a “soft” intention, and didn’t allow me to fully feel like I could resist negative emotions and nip them in the bud when they bubbled up in me.
I was therefore determined to find as many intentions that anyone could do. I thought of a few more intentions that I naturally did: the intent to refuse, the intent to request, and a few more. I then worked with these intentions for a few more months, and discovered that, like the intent to embrace, they too had a potentially infinite number of uses as well! I remembered that I had once taken an acting class in which I was taught that there were nine “universal actions”: the intent to embrace, refuse, give, receive, request, eat, eliminate (I’ll describe exactly what this intention is later), bow, and sleep. Lo and behold, these “universal actions” matched my “universal intentions” exactly.
I experimented with many people with these nine intentions, and found that every single person I instructed could do them naturally. On the other hand, only a very few people, such as my uncle and my aunt, were able to effectively use other intentions besides the nine universal intentions; most people, myself included, experienced strain and tension whenever we attempted to work with other intentions, and simply weren’t able to use them effectively. I estimate, from my research, that perhaps 1-2% of the population are able to naturally do intentions other than the nine universal intentions; while this is certainly sad and unfortunate, I have found that the nine universal intentions are more than adequate to deal with any emotional problem or situation. Here are the nine universal intentions which everybody, even people like me, can do:
Refusal: This intention is easily recognized. Have you ever refused a gift, an offer, or a suggestion? You can refuse whatever you want. Intend to refuse fear both mentally and physically. What happens when you refuse fear? Your shoulders go back, your chest goes forward, and your head becomes poised, and you feel, and are, highly resistant to fear. Now, refuse anger. What happens when you refuse anger? You feel your body pleasantly drop and relax, and you feel highly resistant to anger. Any negative emotion, posture, or even physical ailment can be refused. Physical ailments probably won't go away if refused, but refusal of physical ailments does help mobilize the body to fight the ailment more effectively. Remember that refusal gives you the power to say no to whatever troubles you, and is therefore the most important intention in your arsenal.
The Intent To Embrace: Have you ever hugged someone? It need not be a person; it could be an animal, a teddy bear, or even a tree! If you have, then you know what this intention is already. Any positive emotion, posture, or physical quality, like a healthy heart, can be embraced. Intend to embrace courage mentally and physically. What happens? Your hips powerfully roll forward, the back of your neck straightens, and your head rolls forward, and you feel powerful and unstoppable! Now, embrace calmness mentally and physically. Your face will become stable and unshakeable, your whole body will relax, and you will breathe more slowly and smoothly. The power to embrace allows you to cultivate any positive emotion, posture or physical quality you wish, which gives you the power to feel whatever you want to feel, whenever you want to feel it. If you always wanted to feel more love, more calmness, more energy, then you can feel those wonderful sensations with this intention.
The Intent To Receive: Have you ever received a gift, a letter, or even a household object from somebody else? If so, then you have experienced the intent to receive. You can receive whatever you want with intention. What happens when you mentally and physically intend to receive warm sympathy from all your loved ones, relatives and friends? You feel taken care of. What happens when you receive compassion both mentally and physically? You feel softer inside, more in touch with your emotions, and you feel free to feel those emotions without any shame. This intention is a powerful tool to heal one's troubled past, as you can intend to receive any positive emotion from anybody, and you will then literally receive that emotional nourishment that you have wanted for so long! This intention is not only to heal emotion wounds, however, and can be used to fortify and strengthen one's mind and body. You can receive more joy, more compassion, more of any positive emotion, physical posture, or positive physical quality that you want.
The Intent To Give: Have you ever given a gift or a tip at a restaurant? If so, then you have already performed this intention. When you give, your awareness expands to include the person that receives your gift. What happens when you intend to give love to somebody, both mentally and physically? You feel more maternal, you feel that you care for the person you give love to like a mother. What happens when you give warm sympathy to somebody, both mentally and physically? You pay full and undivided attention to the person you give warm sympathy to. The intention to give expands one's heart and mind to include others, and therefore makes one feel more connected, less isolated, and more part of life. One needs to both give and receive to feel fully connected, however, and it is good to use both intentions at once, as they balance one another.
The Intent To Request: Have you ever ordered a meal at a restaurant, or asked somebody for directions or money? If so, then you have already performed this intention. The intention to request does not directly yield that which is request, but is useful in that it makes us more comfortable in asking for what we need and in speaking our mind. What happens when you request compassion, both mentally and physically? You feel like you can tell people that you deserve what is good, that you can convince them, through ethical persuasion, that you deserve what is good. Experiment with this intention, because although I have discovered this particular use, I'm sure there are many others.
The Intent To Eat: Yes, the intent to eat. It might sound farfetched that such a basic, earthy intention can be used in so many different ways, but it is actually possible to use this intention to generate any desired emotional state. The intent to eat is not only physical, but mental as well. It is the intent to consume, to take in that which we need. To see this for yourself, intend to eat love, both physically and mentally. You will fell your chest muscles soften and your heart expand, and you will feel tenderness in your face, and you will feel like you are almost drinking emotional nourishment from an infinite bottle. Just as the intent to request results in being comfortable speaking one's mind and asking for whatever you want, the intent to eat produces a general emotion of being cared for and nourished. And that is neither surprising nor a coincidence - after all, it is the intention to eat.
The Intent To Eliminate: This intention is the intention that we use to go to the bathroom. I am well aware that this intention calls forth repulsive imagery in the mind, but if you explore this intention, it is not necessarily about bathroom functions. Elimination, in a positive sense, also happens emotionally and psychosomatically; for instance, when you dream, you eliminate stress from your body and mind. Now, physically and mentally, intend to eliminate sadness, just like you wanted to mentally “go use the restroom” and discharge all that mental sadness. You will feel any residual sadness drain from your emotional body (your mind), and you will feel protected. More specifically, you will feel purified after this intention, and it is no coincidence that bodily elimination has exactly the same purpose.
The Intent To Bow: Have you ever gone onstage and taken a bow? Have you ever bowed your head to somebody out of respect? If so, then you have already done this intention! Bowing is basically the intent to revere something, to acknowledge it’s greatness, so let’s call it the intent to revere for the time being (due to the limitations of the English language). Now, close your eyes and physically and mentally intend to revere love. What happens to your body and mind? You feel a kind of loving poise in your hands, arms, stomach and throat, and feel lovingly humble and speechless with awe of the greatness of others; there shouldn’t be any discomfort or self-hate, just a feeling that you see the goodness and greatness in others.
When we bow or revere positive qualities, we allow ourselves to see those qualities in others, which in turn uplifts our minds and hearts. Additionally, bowing before someone is in many cultures considered an effective way to apologize to others; for instance, if somebody had seriously wronged you but then humbly bowed before you in apology, wouldn’t that soften your heart or heal your anger at least a little? In Eastern cultures, it is also customary to bow to people as a way to show respect, so you can see that the intention to bow has many uses indeed!
The Intent To Sleep: This intention is obvious, but it is good to acknowledge it as a conscious intention that everybody does. It is the basis of all of these intentions, because sleep gives us the rejuvenation and energy necessary to ensure maximum effect from our intentions, and also allows us to do them for longer periods of time. A healthy diet, regular exercise, avoidance of alcohol, tobacco or drugs are of course necessary to ensure that these intentions have their desired effects. It is obvious that a person high on LSD can't possibly benefit from these mental exercises; his mind is far too agitated.
These intentions can be used for many different purposes. When under pressure, these intentions can be used to create mental clarity, fearlessness, and focus. These intentions can be used to go deeply into positive emotional and physical states in order to promote healing, and can be done for many minutes, even hours. These intentions can be used for experimental purposes as well, to answer questions one may have, like "What effect does it have to receive groundedness?" You can use these intentions to find out.
IV. Common Misconceptions
Most people, due to images fed to them by the media, my television and movies, and by the upbringing, harbor misconceptions about the nature of certain positive and negative intentions. We are, for example, constantly bombarded with images that depict anger and brutality as strength in television shows and movies where there is violence or combat, and that true power cannot be felt at the same time as love; we are told that altruism, the positive intent to focus on helping another even if it brings danger to ourselves, must carry the denial of genuine, positive concern for ourselves. Likewise, we are shown that forgiveness is merely the repression of our own unhealed pain, a kind of abandonment of awareness and a denial of our true feelings, like when somebody says, in a depressed and lethargic voice “Yeah, it’s okay, don’t worry about it”. The number of misconceptions we have been raised with is far too numerous to cover in a single book, or even in several books, but I will clear up some of the most important and fundamental misconceptions most of us have in this chapter. Here are some of the major misconceptions in the world today:
Power: This is, by far, the most widespread and deeply rooted misconception in the world today. Just for a moment, close your eyes and embrace the kind of “power” shown on television and in the movies, and let your body really get into it. What happens to your mind and mind when you do this? Your chest and jaw harden and become rigid and you feel angry, aggressive and belligerent. Now, keeping that intent to be “powerful”, try to stretch out your arms and legs; you’ll probably find that you’re a lot less flexible in this state of “power”. Now, keeping that intent to be “powerful”, think of the person, place or thing that you love the most. You’ll probably notice that your “power” melted away quite a bit, and was replaced by love. But how powerful is “power” that doesn’t let you move properly, doesn’t let you love, and doesn’t let you connect with the world around you? The answer is that such “power” is actually just brutality and tension, only destructiveness and rigidity. So what is real power?
To begin to understand what real power is, think of real power not as something that inhibits love, but something that makes you invincible, something that simply gives you the ability to withstand negativity and remain unharmed without being tense, brutal, or angry. Close your eyes and intend to embrace invincibility and invulnerability, and hold that intention for a couple minutes. What happens? You feel firmness in your belly and in your arms, and your posture will become naturally more erect and firm without any added tension, and you feel truly invincible! Now, at the same time you intend to embrace invincibility, embrace unconditional love, and hold those intentions for a couple minutes with your eyes closed. You’ll experience both invincibility and love at the same time, and not lose either of them! For most people, this is a truly unique experience, something they have never experienced in their whole life, but this experience can give you faith and understanding that it is possible to be powerful and loving at the same time, despite what television and movies may tell us.
Righteousness: This is another major misconception in modern society today, as we are never shown true righteousness, but the “righteousness” of judges condemning people to death, of people killing and butchering one another in the name of some cause, and of people arrogantly trying to force their way of life upon others.
For a moment, close your eyes and embrace the kind of “righteousness” depicted on television and in the movies, and let your body and mind really get into it. What happens to your body and mind when you do this? Your shoulders and neck become very tense, and you lose all sense of compassion and empathy as well. Now, as you continue to embrace this kind of “righteousness”, intend to embrace compassion and freedom from judgment; you’ll find that both of these intentions cancel one another out and interfere with one another. The kind of “righteousness” you just embraced is clearly in opposition to love, compassion and empathy, and is incredibly destructive, so what constitutes true righteousness?
To begin to understand what true righteousness is, think of righteousness not as something that causes us to hate, or condemn, or judge, or lose compassion for others or ourselves, but simply as the will to do the right thing in each situation, whether that be comfort a person in pain, or perform CPR on somebody who has had a heart attack, or fight somebody to protect others if necessary, or give money or other aid to somebody desperately in need. Now, close your eyes and intend to embrace the will to do whatever is right in all circumstances. What happens in your body and mind when you do that? Your posture becomes naturally erect and upright, particularly your spine, and your whole body lengthens and becomes taller, and you now feel naturally inclined to do what is right! Righteousness is therefore intimately tied in with natural and tension-free lengthening and uprightness of the spine and the whole body.
Now, close your eyes and intend to embrace true righteousness, the will to do what is right in all circumstances, and compassion at the same time. How do you feel? You feel both upright and compassionate at the same time, a novel experience for most people. So you can see that righteousness does not stamp out compassion or love, but complements and enhances them instead.
Righteousness is also basically the same thing as morality, justice, honor, and uprightness, so whenever you want to be honorable, or moral, or just, or anything that is similar to righteousness, you can embrace true righteousness, as described in this chapter, to cultivate these positive qualities in your mind.
Respectfulness: Oftentimes, when we were young, we were angrily and sternly told to “respect our elders” or “be polite to the guests”, or told to “have good manners”. However, we usually felt fearful and hurt when we were told to do these things, and felt as though we had to walk on eggshells whenever we were around the people we were supposed to “respect” or be “polite” towards. These painful experiences were not accidental – we truly were made to be afraid in order to be “respectful” and “polite”.
Now, close your eyes and embrace the kind of “politeness” you were told to have as a child for a few moments; let your body and mind really get into it. What happens to your body and mind when you do this? Your breathing becomes shallow and constricted, and you hold tension in your chest and shoulders. These physical symptoms are indicative of fear, specifically fear of punishment, so you can see that the kind of “politeness” you were told to have is actually very destructive, a powerful form of fear and tension.
So what constitutes genuine respectfulness? Respectfulness is the acknowledgment of boundaries, the validation of their feelings and experiences, and the acknowledgment of ourselves and others as inherently good and worthy beings. Logically, if you see yourself and others as good and worthy beings, and acknowledge your own boundaries as well as the boundaries of others, you will naturally be inclined to be respectful towards yourself and others.
Now, close your eyes and intend to embrace the acknowledgment of personal boundaries, not boundaries that separate people from one another, but simply the fact that people are individuals and that their experiences are both valid and important, and also embrace the concept that we as well as others are inherently good and worthwhile beings. What happens in your body and mind when you do this? You become aware of your own boundaries as well as the boundaries of others in a genuinely respectful manner, and become reverent of both yourself and others. So you can see that genuine respectfulness stems from awareness of personal boundaries in a sensitive and tension-free manner, as well as the awareness of the inherent goodness and worth of all beings and all life, and can never stem from fear of punishment or other negative consequences.
Discipline: This is another huge misconception in the world today. Usually, we think of discipline as something to be dreaded, as something so horribly unpleasant and painful that we’d rather simply avoid thinking about it at all. Both at school and at home, discipline is seen as a harsh, nose-to-the-grindstone mentality devoid of joy, spontaneity, happiness and lightheartedness, something that, when you have too much of it, destroys your capacity for sensitivity, creativity and openness. However, what is truly disciplined about an attitude that destroys joy, or happiness, or creativity? Obviously, when you think about it, true discipline must be able to enhance rather than destroy these qualities, because true discipline should be able to function in a manner that can enhance and strengthen any positive quality; when you think about it, that is the whole point of discipline: to be able to do anything, no matter what, and channel your energy into any positive quality you desire.
For a moment, close your eyes and intend to embrace the kind of “discipline” you were taught as a child – the nose-to-the-grindstone kind of discipline. What happens to your body and mind when you do that? Your body, particularly the muscles in your arms and solar plexus, contract and become tense, your awareness shrinks and becomes more rigid, and you feel trapped, tense, impinged upon and stressed. You can easily see now that such a mind-body state is destructive, and is counterproductive to all activities as well.
So what is genuine discipline? If you consider that discipline is supposed to make you capable of effective action even in difficult or painful circumstances, then that is exactly what true discipline must be. Now, close your eyes and embrace the ability to maintain awareness and act effectively despite pain, distraction, or difficult circumstances. What happens in your body and mind when you do that? The muscles in your lower abdomen and sphincter become firm and resistant to negativity, and your whole body and mind becomes firm and focused, a completely different mind-body state than the stressful, rigid, contracted mind-body state you were told was discipline when you were young.
Apology: Most of us think of apology as something that is inherently painful, difficult, and stressful, a kind of self-punishment that we would much rather not have to do. We think of it as a humiliating admission of our own awfulness, as if we were to say “Something is inherently wrong with me and I deserve to be hated and rejected.” But if you think about it, how does self-hatred heal either ourselves or those we wish to apologize to? What does self-punishment do to solve the problems that caused us to want to apologize in the first place? Obviously, something is very wrong with our conception of true apology.
To discover what true apology is, we need to first think of what apology is supposed to do. Apology, ideally, is supposed to be a kind of sensitivity to the suffering of others and heartfelt remorse at our negative actions, not because we hate ourselves, but because we feel compassion and empathy for those we have harmed. It is a similar feeling to what happens when one has been emotionally numb and regains one’s emotional sensitivity and awareness and experiences emotional pain, not because one is creating further pain within oneself, but because the pain was already there and one has simply become aware of it, just as if one had shut one’s eyes while a fire was burning all around them and then opened them and seen the fire which already had been burning. For a moment, close your eyes and intend to embrace compassion for someone you have hurt, not rooted to self-hatred but rooted in self-love, in the recognition that compassion for the suffering of those we have hurt actually heals us and is something that is good for us. Embrace the feeling that you see this person not as someone else, but as yourself, and wish to alleviate their suffering out of compassion for both yourself and the person you have hurt. What happens to your body and mind when you do this? Your awareness, particularly in your heart, expands compassionately to include this person, and you have a desire to heal their pain. Moreover, you feel closer are more connected to this person, and really begin to sense your very own self within him, and thus find it much easier to truly wish to heal his or her pain. Note, however, that there is no self-flagellation or self-hatred in this feeling, only an authentic desire to heal the suffering of the person you have harmed. So you can see that apology is about healing ourselves and others, not about feeling awful about ourselves or dwelling on our past mistakes.
There are literally hundreds of these types of misconceptions in the world today, enough to write a very large book about, and the number of misconceptions in modern society currently seems to be on the increase. So how do you go about identifying and freeing yourself from all the misconceptions you are bombarded with on a daily basis? The first way to identify whether a certain concept, or intention, is negative, is to ask yourself these question: does this intention or emotion produce emotional and physical tension, constriction, contraction, agitation, collapse, or confusion? Or does it produce expansiveness, flexibility, softness, firmness, clarity, or calmness? Experiment with the intention you want to know more about until you can determine whether it is positive or negative. Once you have determined whether the intention is positive or negative, you can either practice the intention if it happens to be positive, or refuse that same emotion the intention creates if it intention turns out to be negative. As you experiment with intentions, it also helps to simultaneous embrace both intuitiveness, positive sensitivity, and clarity to help you clearly perceive whether an intention is positive or negative. A calm, quiet environment is also conducive to such experimentation as well, as freedom from distractions will allow you to effortlessly focus on perceiving the nature of the intentions you’re experimenting with.
IV. Aspects Of Intention
I've discovered that there's a lot more to intentions than I previously thought. I experimented with intentions for a few months until I was certain that there are actually several separate aspects to each intention, just like there are many different sides of a cube or a prism. All of these aspects are unified in that they all go together in every intention, but it is a good idea to go over these specific aspects anyway, because if we understand all the aspects to intention, we have much more control over our intentions and can use them more precisely and more efficiently. Here are the aspects of intention (that I have discovered so far):
1.) Intentional "Form": This concept is very difficult to understand, but I somewhat covered it in my previous post. Intentional form is the base intention - for instance, the intent to give, or receive, or refuse, or embrace. For instance, consider the fact that you could give somebody anything - a bird, a shoe, a coin, whatever you want to give them - but all of these actions use the same intentional form or base intention - the intent to give. Now, let's translate this into mental intentions - you could choose to give somebody love, warm sympathy, calmness, or whatever you wish. Despite the fact that these are all different emotions you can give, the intentional form is the same: to give. It has a distinct feel of offering, regardless of what you choose to offer. It is not too difficult to see how this principle applies to the intent to give, but it is more difficult to understand how it applies to many intentions. Take, for instance, the intent to refuse. Most people think of refusal as necessarily angry and rigid, but this is absolutely not the case. Imagine this: somebody chooses to refuse anger that is in his mind in order to quell it and get rid of it; effectively, his intention could be said to be an antidote to anger. Now, intend to refuse anger, not angrily, but to simply refuse anger with the understanding that this will make you coolheaded, the opposite of hostile and angry. Intend to refuse anger both physically and mentally. What happens? Your shoulders drop and you experience a pleasant sinking sensation, and truly feel coolheaded! Now, to see how the same intent, the intent to refuse, can be used in a different way, intend to refuse fear, both mentally and physically. What happens? Your spine lengthens and becomes taller, your head becomes poised and slightly tilted upwards with firmness, and your whole body and mind feel firm and fearless. Now you can see that those two different intentions, despite having the same base intent (to refuse), have very different effects indeed!
2.) Intentional "Essence": To begin to understand this principle, think back to the fact that you can give somebody whatever you wish - a coin, a dog, a peanut, whatever. Despite the fact that the action of giving somebody a coin, a dog or a peanut uses the same basic intent, the intent to give, the actions themselves are completely different because of WHAT you decided to give them. Mental intentions work the same way; for instance, the intent to give yourself love and the intent to give yourself compassion are completely different, and have different effects. The same is true of other intentions, although in many cases it is harder to visualize how this principle works with them. Take, for instance, the intent to embrace. Normally, we think of the intent to embrace as only an expression of love, but this is actually not the case. Have you ever read somewhere that society needs to "embrace the spirit of kindness" or "embrace positive change"? From these examples it is clear that the intent to embrace can be used to embrace ANY kind of emotion and draw it nearer and dearer to us - in other words the intend to embrace makes us more like what we choose to embrace. Now, intend to embrace compassion, mentally and physically. How do you feel? You feel a kind of pure gentleness wash over you - that's the best description I can come up with. Now, intend to embrace groundedness. What happens? You feel much more solid, and immovable in a positive sense. So as you can see, the intent to embrace has completely different effects depending on what you choose to embrace. The same is true for all other intentions.
3.) Object: This aspect of intention is also somewhat difficult to understand. Imagine for a moment that you had a weapon from the distant future that could target any object in the universe - not by shooting, but by mere intention. Imagine that you could have the weapon, say, blow up a planet a trillion light years from your location, or cause a supernova on the other side of the universe. Intentions function exactly like this. For instance, an example of this principle that is easy to understand is the intention to give. You can give, for instance, a present to somebody in Japan or even to yourself! So too, you can give love to yourself, to your mother who is 2000 miles away, or to any person, place or object whose existance you are aware of. This principle applies to all other intentions as well. For instance, if you wanted to refuse fear, you could refuse fear in your self, or you could refuse fear in another person in Japan. If you were aware of a person's existance on the other side of the universe, you could refuse fear in that person as well! I absolutely know intentions work this way because my uncle as well as my mom's friend have done intentional healing on me from great distances, even as far as Ohio (where my uncle lives) to New Jersey (where I live). Intentions, in other words, can have any target whatsoever; they are nonlocal, and can be used anywhere.
4.) Origin: This concept is very easy to understand when applied to the physical body. For instance, you could use your right hand to give a flower to anyone or anything – the origin of that action is your right hand in all cases, regardless of the object of that intention. Similarly, you could give your friend that same flower with your right hand, left hand, or any part of your body you can move, and in this case, despite the fact that the object of your intention remains the same in each case, the origin of your intention is different in each case. Now, intend to embrace compassion with your heart, and make the object of your intention your belly. You should feel compassion flow to your belly, and also feel that you used your heart to generate this intention. Now, intend to give compassion to your heart using your belly. How do you feel? Your heart feels more compassionate in this case, despite the fact that you used your belly to generate this intention.
Practically speaking, it is good to use various parts of your mental, emotional and physical bodies to generate, or be the origin, of your intentions, because doing so trains those parts of you to not merely receive positive energy, but to also actively generate positive energy as well. It’s just like weightlifting: you train your mental and emotional “muscle” to be stronger and conditioned in positive ways. For example, if you feel that you habitually hold your neck tense, it is good to use your intentions to relax your neck using your neck itself; this way, you not only relax your neck, but actively train your neck to act in a relaxed manner itself.
5.) Level: Intentions can work on many different levels, either alone or simultaneously. For example, we can intend to give ourselves love on the mental level, on the physical level, or on both simultaneously. We can also more specifically intend on different levels of the body and/or mind: you can work with intentions on the level of the ego, the level of emotional perception, the level of sensory perception, the deep muscles in the body, the energy channels in the body, etc. This aspect of intention is extremely important when one wants to use intentions to heal, because, just like a doctor that treats a specific part of the body, it allows us to heal more efficiently and rapidly and not waste our energy on different levels or locations in the body and mind that aren't as critical as others.
6.) Strength: This factor is very easy to understand when you think of lifting weights. For example, somebody may be able to carry a light weight for a very long period of time, whereas they would be able to carry a much heavier weight for a much shorter duration. Similarly, with intentions, you can comfortably do an intention at moderate strength for an extended period of time, or you can give it your all and generate a much more powerful intention for perhaps a few seconds, if you really strain. Unless it’s a pressure situation and you need to generate an extremely powerful emotion right away, it’s best to do intentions at a moderate and gentle strength and not to push too hard. Like all things, if you push too hard in your intentions, you will burn yourself out and perhaps even stress yourself out. Use only so much strength in your intentions that you will still be able to do your intentions for at least a few minutes at a time. Just take it easy and don’t push too hard.
7.) Purpose: This factor isn't actually associated with actual intentions or actions, but constitutes why we intend and act. For example, the intent to be creative and mentally flexible when you design nuclear weapons really isn't the intention to be creative and flexible: underneath it all, the intent is to destroy. So this factor consitutes the ethical basis for intentions, and keeps us grounded with the knowledge that not only intentions but what we use our intentions FOR is equally important. You have to get both aspects right to be positive and effective.
8.) Time: This factor is fairly obvious, but it should be included anyway. You can do your intentions any time you want for however long you want.
V. The Levels At Which Intentions Work
Intentions, as I have stated before, operate at every level of the personality, mind and body. Just as the body’s many different systems, i.e., the limbic system, circulatory system, central nervous system and so forth always operate at the same time, yet can operate in vastly different ways at the same time, the same is true of intentions. Our ego (self-sense), mind, senses and body all are constantly under the influence of intentions. Though there are probably more, here are the levels which I have discovered so far:
1.) The Ego. Most people nowadays associate ego with many negative characteristics: selfishness, monstrousness, callousness, narcissism, and so forth. But the ego is actually the core of who we are: it is, to put it bluntly, what makes us us. All intentions, perceptions and emotions begin at the level of the ego; we say “I am angry,” “I am sad,” and so forth. The sense of ego always precedes all other emotions and perceptions we may have. Therefore, the ego is by far the most important aspect of ourselves to work with, because it is our core and our foundation.
In truth, it is not an expansive or strong ego that is the basis for negative behavior, but a weak ego. A person that needs to bully and abuse others to have a sense of power and control in his life, logically, does not have a strong sense of self; the dependence on brutality and abusiveness and the kind of twisted feedback that one is “strong” is actually indicative of a very weak ego. A person who is secure in himself does not require feedback from others to determine how he feels about himself; a person with a less strong sense of self might require positive feedback from the outside in order to feel at ease with himself; most of us fall into this category. The weakest type of person needs others to be terrified or harmed by him in order to feel “secure” and “powerful”, though the kind of “self-sense” gained from such action is actually just a rigid, childish form of weakness – in other words, these negative behaviors cannot possibly enrich those who engage in them, because they are, fundamentally, negative intentions – they affect those who harbor them first before they can be used to harm anyone else.
So you can see it is of the greatest importance to work with the ego with our intentions. Now, close your eyes and intend to give your ego love and firmness; do this intention for about five minutes, and let yourself just experience it without a break. How do you feel? You should feel much stronger, much firmer, much less vulnerable to criticism or other negative external influences, and above all, you should feel more secure and peaceful. If your ego is happy (in other words, if your inner core is happy), your mind and even your body are far more likely to be happy as well.
2.) The Mind. The mind is an aspect of ourselves most people in modern society tend to have heard much about. It is seen like a kind of organ which is very delicate and impressionable, subject to all kinds of negative external influences and, ultimately, impossible to control.
However, as I have stated in the first chapter “Universal Intentions” you can see that you do indeed have control over your mind in terms of the kind of intentions you choose to use, and also in terms of other health-related factors, like proper sleep, diet, and so forth. It is true that our minds can indeed be damaged by negative experiences, but fortunately we are also able to consciously, intentionally influence our minds as well. What is very sad is that most people are unaware they have such power, but if you have read this article, then you are one of those who know that you can consciously influence your mind.
Just as the ego is our core, the mind is the next layer in the progression from our core to the environment. We use it to feel, think, and generally experience life emotionally; it is literally our emotional eyes and ears which we use to experience life. As the ego is the author or initiator of actions, as well as our sense of self, the mind is one of the receptacles that stores and digests impressions and experiences. However, we can consciously use intentions that influence how the mind develops and changes, and how it digests experiences. Intend for a few minutes to give your mind invincibility, the ability to be absolutely impervious to negative experiences. How do you feel? You should feel much more invulnerable and firm. So you can see that despite the fact that the mind is impressionable, we can work to make it so strong that external influences no longer have sway over us.
3.) The Senses. The senses are responsible for physical perception – our physical senses, like smell, taste and touch. The senses are not specifically designed to generate emotion, but they too play a part in the intentional process – they are instrumental in the psychosomatic process. For instance, if you have a nervous tick or a sensation of psychosomatic discomfort, like restless legs, or, in particular, oversensitivity or dullness of the senses, as in the case with many people who are on the autistic spectrum (like me), then working with the senses can be extremely beneficial. Keep your eyes open and intend to give your sense of vision love for a minute; don’t think too much, just do it and see what happens. You should feel much more at ease, and should also experience visual sensations as non-threatening and even nurturing. So you can see that the physical sense organs, and the ease or lack thereof of how they function, contributes greatly to your overall feeling of comfort or lack thereof.
4.) The Body. This is the most obvious aspect of ourselves, and is just as crucial to our well being as scientists would have us believe. If you read the first chapter “Universal Intentions” you have already experienced how intentions can be used to shape the body, but it’s good to do it again to see once more how this happens. Close your eyes and intent to physically refuse fear; your posture should grow tall, your head slightly tilted back with fearlessness, and you should physically feel more firm and fearless. In extremely pressured situations or in situations that demand quick action, it’s best to work with the body, because unlike the ego, mind or senses, it is very solid, easy to observe, and can be used to ground yourself in stressful situations.
VI. Qualities Of Intentions
Although the second chapter of this article explained “Intentional Essence” as the key to what kind of emotion we intend, this concept needs further explanation. There are many different qualities of energy – some are very destructive and low-quality, which are the weakest forms of energy, and some are extremely nurturing or resilient – higher forms of energy. You can actually divide intentions and emotions into four different categories in this way.
1.) Negative Intentions: Everybody is all too familiar with these; anger, envy, fear, sadness, and all other negative emotions belong here. Negative intentions and emotions fundamentally share one quality: they destroy the mind and body. For example, sadness makes the mind and body weak; anxiety makes the mind and body tense, constricted and agitated; dullness shuts down the body and mind. Negative intentions thus manifest as tension, weakness, imbalance, hardness, smallness, and dullness. These sensations are not merely mental – they can be observed in the body when they are occurring as well. Think back to the exercise when you picked up a kitchen knife and pretended you were about to kill someone with it, and remember how your body became tense, twisted and hard. Whenever you experience a negative emotion, simply intend to refuse the negative emotion you are experiencing and intend to embrace or receive the opposite positive emotion. In this way, you can effectively work with negative emotions and sensations as they arise in your body and mind.
2.) Positive Intentions: Most of us have experienced at least some variety of positive emotions, like love, joy, calmness, satisfaction, fulfillment, and so on. Like negative intentions, positive intentions all share one fundamental trait: they heal, strengthen and nourish the mind and body. For example, love makes us soft and nurturing; firmness makes us impervious to negativity, both from within and from the environment; joy enlivens us and opens up our minds and bodies. Positive intentions may manifest as openness, clarity, liveliness, softness, firmness, calmness, balance, expansiveness, and connectedness, and as with negative intentions, positive intentions are not merely mental, but physical as well. Think back to the exercise in which you thought of the person you love the most, and how your whole body expanded and relaxed when you thought of him or her. To consciously cultivate a positive emotion, simply intend to embrace or receive that positive emotion and intend to refuse the opposite negative emotion. In this way, you can consciously control your mind and body and choose to experience any positive emotion you desire.
3.) Perfect Intentions: This concept is initially very difficult to understand. To begin to understand what perfect intentions are, imagine an emotion so pure that it is both impervious to negative influences and is completely satisfying and not lacking in any way. Well, it is possible to work with such perfect emotions! Perfect emotions manifest in the body as all positive qualities rolled into one – a sense of sublime satisfaction, calmness and contentment where you no longer feel you are lacking anything. Close your eyes and intend to give yourself perfect love – love that is everlasting, invincible, and could satisfy you forever. Your posture should become tall yet utterly relaxed, expansive yet totally self-controlled – the combination of all the positive qualities you can imagine. However, you should also feel a sense of sublime love that is rooted in this perfect state. Now, close your eyes and intend to embrace perfect calmness. How do you feel? You feel the same absolute satisfaction as you felt when you gave yourself perfect love, yet at the same time you feel a kind of calmness that is rooted in that same perfection. However, when working with intentions like the intent to refuse or eliminate, instead of working with perfectly positive emotions, work instead with absolutely negative emotions. For instance, if you wanted to refuse anger, instead of refusing ordinary anger, you would refuse anger that is absolute in its negativity, [anger that could not be uplifted no matter how much positive emotional energy it was exposed to] I’m not sure what it would mean to uplift anger. The logic behind this is the same logic used in math: negative times negative equals positive, and in this case, one of those negative numbers is absolute negativity. Now, close your eyes and intend to refuse absolute fear. How do you feel? You should feel a positive resistance to fear that brings you to a state of complete satisfaction, just as embracing perfect love did. So you can see that perfect intentions are all alike in that they all yield a perfected state of being, and yet different nonetheless, just as if you had a perfect diamond that changed color depending upon the angle you looked at it. Working with perfect intentions is far superior to ordinary positive intentions, for perfect intentions leave nothing to be desired, and produce much stronger results.
4.) Infinite Intentions: This is perhaps the most difficult concept to understand in this entire book, but when you understand how to work with infinite intentions, you will never want to work with any other type of intention. Imagine a kind of emotion that isn’t simply perfect and absolutely satisfying, but infinite in its quality, intensity and quantity – absolutely infinite in every way possible. Infinite intentions yield a mind-body state that can only be described as infinite being – that is, infinite calmness, infinite connectedness with everything, and in particular, the expansion of your sense of self to include literally everything. Have you ever experienced such an intention? Though this doesn’t mean you will become aware of everything out there, it does mean you will feel connected to everything you can see or think of. Above all, in the deepest and most powerful way possible, infinite intentions yield the feeling that one is “ok,” not as in neutrality or even perfect satisfaction, but more like one is infinitely at peace. Now, close your eyes, and intend to embrace infinite love – a love of infinite quality, quantity and intensity. Do this for a few minutes and really let the intention deeply affect your mind and body. How do you feel? You should feel a kind of profound love so sublime it couldn’t possibly be any better, as well as infinite peace and connectedness to everything you can see, hear, smell, think of, or otherwise experience. You should feel, above all, at home. So you can see that working with infinite intentions is the best of all, and generates emotions and experiences that are so profound that everything else we have experienced simply pales in comparison to them.
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VII. Kime - A Martial Arts Concept Applied To Intentions
There's a technique used in many different martial arts called "kime" (a word of Japanese origin) that allows martial artists to attack much more effectively and with much less risk of injury. Here's how it works: normally, people intend to simply punch at their target, but with kime, you intend to punch through your target; in other words, the goal isn't to punch your target, but to punch beyond your target, to aim with your mind as far beyond your target as you can. To see how this same principle is applied in our daily lives, think of this: if you have a homework assignment to complete, and it has to be done in two hours, if you pretend it has two be done in 15 minutes, you'll get it done much quicker than if you give yourself that mental luxury of thinking that you have two hours to do the assignment. As you have probably experienced, convincing yourself that the assignment has to be done in 15 minutes rather than the two hours you actually have makes you try harder and mobilizes more of your mental energy. The same applies to intentions. If you want to intend to give yourself love, that is all well and good, but it's not the most effective way to use your intentions; instead, intend to give yourself beyond what you need, as far beyond as you can intend. Note that this is not the intent to go beyond (that would not be a universal intention), but the “Intentional Essence” of what you intend – that is, you could give yourself, for example, “beyond” love.
I've discovered that all variations of the intent to go beyond fit into three basic categories:
1.) Quality. Examples: Beyond purity, beyond refinement, beyond compassion; better, higher, greater.
2.) Intensity. Examples: Beyond strong, beyond powerful. This would mean, for instance, one would intend to go beyond the strength of the intention you can do. It wouldn't mean you would try to generate an intention with a quality "beyond" the quality of strength; that would fit into category 1.
3.) Amount. Examples: Beyond alot, beyond enough.
If you need a real life example to wrap your mind around, think of pain: it has three basic variables - type of pain (quality), intensity of pain (intensity), and amount of pain (size of the area of your body affected, volume). Now, intend to simply give yourself love. Note how you feel. Now, intend to give yourself “beyond” love in terms of beyond the amount, beyond the quality, and beyond the intensity your intentions would normally be able to generate. You should feel a much greater effect than you got when you simply intended to give yourself love.
VIII. Getting The Most Out Of Your Intentions
There are many ways to make your intentions much more efficient and effective. Just as it is possible to move ten thousand pound boulders using only wooden planks and small rocks as levers, and possible to provide power to tens of millions of people using just the force created by falling water from a dam, it is possible to use your intentions in many ingenious and effective ways. Some of these methods combine certain intentions that work well together; some of these methods use different ways of focusing your mind on specific energy centers within the body or on certain parts of the body; some of these methods use the body’s natural ability to heal itself; and, finally, some of these methods use even different kinds of means than these to heal the body and mind. Here are just some of the ways you can enhance your intentions:
Use Intentions In Combinations. You’ve already used the intent to embrace certain positive emotions while refusing the opposite negative emotion quite a few times already if you’ve read this far. However, there is much more to using intentional combinations than just this. Certain emotions act as catalysts for each other; for example, calmness is greatly enhanced by equanimity, the ability to withstand negativity and remain unshaken, as equanimity therefore makes calmness invincible, as it prevents negative emotions such as agitation from disturbing calmness. Clarity and intelligence are also catalysts for each other; mental clarity is greatly enhanced by intelligence, or the ability to organize experience; additionally, it is enhanced by alertness, the positive desire to know the truth, and many more positive emotions. Of course, just as you’ve read already, the simultaneous intent to refuse the negative opposites of these emotions acts as yet a further catalyst to the effectives of your intentions, as does working with intentions that strengthen your ego, its identification with itself, and expanding its identity to include others. Lastly, and most importantly, the intent to embrace or give yourself self-love and other positive emotions toward yourself and the simultaneous intent to refuse self-hate and other negative emotions toward the self like self-loathing, etc., enhance every other positive intention you choose to do. You can see that the possibilities for using intentions in combinations with each other for additional effectiveness is literally infinite. Unfortunately, it would take hundreds of thousands of pages to list all the possible positive emotions and the emotions that act as catalysts for them, but here is a short list of important emotions and their catalysts to help you along in your practice of intentions:
Self-love is enhanced by: compassion for oneself, goodwill toward oneself, unconditional tolerance of oneself, forgiveness of oneself, and refusal of the opposite negative emotions.
Joy is enhanced by: inspiration, optimism, the ability to see goodness in people and situations, appreciativeness, gratitude, playfulness, spontaneity, and refusal of the opposite negative emotions.
Forgiveness is enhanced by: tenderness, motherly love, compassion, letting go of negativity, surrender, and refusal of the opposite negative emotions.
Compassion is enhanced by: empathy, warm sympathy, love, expanded ego identity to include others and things we normally consider “outside ourselves”, positive concern for others’ well-being.
Centering Consciousness. Initially, this concept is somewhat difficult to understand. To begin to understand what centering consciousness in a particular place within our body, think back to when you had something to eat so delicious that you were so overcome with pleasure that you literally stopped seeing and paying attention to anything around you are were totally engrossed in how good that food tasted – even if this experience lasted just for a few seconds, or even an instant. Yet, thinking about these kind of experiences in this way, we are driven to inquire what, exactly, made us stop being aware of everything around us except the taste of that delicious food. Why did we seem to lose the rest of our perception, and yet not fall flat on our face due to clumsiness as we enjoyed the taste of that food? Why did the whole world seem to disappear, except for that delicious taste? The answer is focus.
However, we are usually taught from very infancy that focus means narrowing our attention to a certain object or a certain thought, and cutting our attention off from everything else. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Focus just means putting your attention on something specific; there’s no cutting off or shutting off, just natural, relaxed attention on a particular thought, person, or thing.
For a moment, close your eyes and intend to give your mind natural, relaxed focus on something that you like to think about; it doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you love it. What happens when you do that? Your mind naturally and effortlessly focuses on what you intended to focus on, yet you don’t feel disconnection from anything; you merely had your mind concentrate on something specific.
This kind of natural, tension-free concentration can be used in many ways. If you need to concentrate on important task, such as trying to remember something, trying to think of an idea, or trying to solve a problem, you can simply intend to give your mind focus on whatever you’re trying to do. However, focus can be used not only in the mind, but in the body as well, to cultivate and enhance certain qualities in our minds and bodies. For example, think of a time when you expressed love, affection or tenderness to someone; what happened in your body and mind when you did that? In all likelihood, your consciousness was focused in your heart, and that is where you really felt those emotions of love and affection. Now think of a time when you were thinking philosophically or scientifically. What happened to your consciousness at that moment? In all likelihood, your consciousness was focused in your head, absorbed in comprehension and understanding. You can see that the mind naturally focuses on different body parts for different mental actions; actions involving thought, memory and creativity are centered in the brain; emotional actions, like comforting someone or expressing love, are centered in the heart. As there are thousands of body parts, you can experiment with embracing focus on different body parts. Here’s a short list of some body parts and the effects of focusing on them:
Back of the brain – creativity.
Top of the brain – faith.
Front of the brain – will.
Eyes – wakefulness.
Neck – serenity.
Arms – the ability to positively fight off negative influences.
Heart – love.
Solar plexus – positive pride.
Belly – invincibility.
Feet – groundedness.
Working With Childhood Experiences. Often, in early childhood, we have a multitude of negative experiences that emotionally scar us. These emotional wounds then fester and grow deeper and more damaging, and begin to dictate our lives by influencing us toward negative emotions, negative habits, and negative choices. We usually feel powerless over these feelings and memories, and often get “stuck” in life due to these unresolved issues. However, we can consciously use the power of intention to re-shape our minds and heal from these traumatic experiences.
Just for a moment, think back to a traumatic experience you had as a child. Close your eyes and intend to refuse all the pain in your mind and heart caused by those memories; do this for a few minutes, and really let yourself go deeply into this intention. You may find that negative feelings surface temporarily as your mind becomes more alert; if this happens, don’t worry – just as removing a splinter from one’s foot can sometimes be painful, so can removing negative emotional scars from our minds. Just let yourself feel whatever comes up and continue to intend to refuse the pain. Whatever happens while you hold this intention, you will feel more alive and sensitive inside afterwards, and more whole, even if you become less emotionally numb and therefore are more aware of your emotions, both positive and negative.
Now, think of what you would have changed about your childhood if you could have the power to do exactly that. Would your mother be more loving? Would your father be more gentle? Would your parents get along with each other better? Whatever you wished had been the case, close your eyes and, intend to embrace exactly those things that you wished you had been given as a child. If you wish your mother was more loving, intend to embrace your mother’s love; if you wish your father was more loving, intend to embrace your father’s love. Hold this intention for a few minutes, and again, let yourself feel whatever emotions arise in your mind, positive or negative. How do you feel? You feel much more alive inside and much less emotionally numb, and, if you held the intention long enough, may even feel like your “inner child” was reawakened – that is, you may feel more spontaneous, free of tension, playful, and joyful. To get the maximum effect, work with your childhood memories for at least 20 minutes a day; in time, you may begin to heal from your negative childhood experiences, and discover that you still have the capacity for love, joy, spontaneous expression, and playfulness.
Working With The Roots Of Negative Thoughts. In many schools of thought, the mind is seen as something similar to a field where various thought-patterns "take root", grow, and spread, just like a physical field of soil where plants take root, grow, and spread. Negative thoughts are likened to weeds which need to be pulled out by the root - that is, destroyed from their very foundation - because, just like plants, if the roots of negative thought-patterns are allowed to remain, the mental "weeds" will simply regenerate. This analogy is quite apt, as there are definitely specific moments in our lives when negative thought patterns begin to take root. As mentioned above, this is often in early childhood, but sometimes these roots of mental negativity form later, such as when a loved one dies, when our house is destroyed by fire, and so on. It is these stressful events which we were not able to cope with that are usually the start of negative thought patterns that then grow and spread over the field of our mind; however, when we work on attacking the roots of our negative thoughts, we can very effectively begin to heal ourselves.
Often, the roots of our negative thoughts extend all the way back to traumatic childhood experiences, so it is often most beneficial to work with the roots of negativity associated with those experiences. Think for a moment about what you experienced as a child - specifically, the traumatic experiences you had. Close your eyes for a couple minutes and intend to simultaneously refuse the roots of your negative thought-patterns associated with those traumatic experiences and give your mind and heart the opposite positive childhood experiences; for example, if your father was angry and depressed, intend to refuse the roots of the negativity in your mind associated with that trauma, and also intend to embrace replacing those roots of negativity with self-love. In this way, you can work with the deepest layers of your mind, as well as your deepest feelings, in order to heal yourself that much more effectively.
Self-Love: This is by far the most important thing to work with in our daily lives. It might sound like an old, tired cliché, but loving yourself is the most important thing to do. Likewise, having compassion for oneself, warm sympathy for oneself, empathy for oneself, and so on, are also of the highest importance. It is truly a great misfortune that our society believes self-love is either some narcissistic grandiosity or some kind of weakness, because being comfortable with oneself and having positive feelings for oneself is the beginning, the middle, and the end of healing, and in fact, the basis of everything we do. Self-love is misunderstood to be a kind of preoccupation about oneself, but the truth is that we become preoccupied with ourselves in a negative way when we believe something is wrong with us; real self-love actually liberates our hearts from such worries. Self-love is also really the only quality that can allow us to transcend the worries we usually have about what other people think of us, the fear we have of being judged and criticized, the envy we feel for people who society labels as successful, and the cravings we have for pleasures that at first seem wonderful but end up being unfulfilling, and so on. Self-love is the only force that can really bring peace to one’s own mind and love to one’s own heart, and logically so, because concern for others, generosity, forgiveness and all those other positive interpersonal emotions stem from one’s own self. It is you that feels all those emotions, or doesn’t feel them, not someone else. There are many social critics, politicians, and thinkers who would deny this, but demanding that somebody hate themselves and love others is like asking a river to run dry and still have water available for others. It is an impossibility. And self-love is not something we cultivate so others will like us, because when you think about it, that isn’t self-love, but just another form of self-judgment and self-criticism, and an extremely destructive one at that. Self-love is cultivated so we no longer suffer, and so we can be truly happy.
For a few minutes, close your eyes and intend to give your heart infinite, unconditional self-love. Really let yourself go deeply into this intention. Now, open your eyes. How do you feel? You feel a positive sense of inner-directedness, love flowing toward the core of your own heart, and indeed feel self-love! For most people, this will be the very first time they have felt such an emotion, but as you work with self-love through your intentions on a daily basis, you will, in a very positive way, get used to loving yourself, and will gradually come to deeply realize that you deserve it. Most importantly, your emotional awareness will deepen, and you will increasingly feel, for lack of a better word, at home in yourself.
Sometimes, when we try to work with an intention like forgiveness, gratitude, apology, and other emotions that require us to extend ourselves to others, we will feel resistance or anger, and feel that we are sacrificing ourselves or overextending ourselves. In these instances, you will notice that your body and mind become very tense and constricted. This is a signal to return to the intention of giving yourself self-love, because it takes a tremendous amount of emotional strength and health to truly, genuinely wish another well. Besides, self-love is by far the most important thing to cultivate within ourselves, and is the basis for us being able to extend ourselves to others in empathy, warm sympathy, and so on, so if you ever feel strained or burdened when working with intentions, just go back to intending to give yourself self-love.
Working With Different Aspects Of Ourselves. Have you ever heard of someone “going into therapy to nurture their inner child”? Well, that phrase is far more accurate than many of us would readily believe. There are, in fact, different aspects of ourselves, many of them in fact. None of these aspects are separate from one another at all, but they nevertheless remain distinct, just as your head is not separate from the rest of your body by any means, but nevertheless remains distinct and unique in many of its qualities. We can see that we do indeed have different aspects just by looking at our daily lives: we behave differently when with friends, at work, alone with a boyfriend or girlfriend, or on stage when performing.
When you want to cultivate a certain emotion within yourself, work with the aspect of yourself that is most closely associated with that emotion. For example, if you want to cultivate joy or spontaneity, it would do well to intend to give your “inner child” unconditional self-love. If you want to cultivate creativity, you could work with the creative aspect of yourself instead. However, for most people in modern society, it is the inner child in us that needs to be healed, as most of us have had extremely difficult experiences in childhood. Often, if you give the inner child-aspect of you what you most wanted in your childhood but didn’t get, you will be able to heal much more quickly than if you try to work with a different aspect of yourself or decide not to work with a particular aspect of yourself.
For a few minutes, close your eyes and intend to give your inner child infinite, unconditional love from your parents. Again, as you are working with your deepest emotional issues, you may feel positive emotions, negative emotions, or a mix of both; just let them arise and pass away naturally. As you open your eyes, take note of how you feel now compared to how you felt before you gave your inner child infinite, unconditional love. Most people will experience an inner awakening and deepening of their emotional awareness when they work with their inner child.
If you wish, you can work with other aspects of yourself as well. There are many aspects to work with, including creative intelligence, moral intelligence, the will, the emotions, the sense of self, social intelligence, artistic intelligence, insight, and so on. In fact, any emotion you want to cultivate has an aspect of it’s own, so if you want to cultivate stability, for example, you could work with the stabilizing aspect of yourself – you can even see such an aspect in the physical body, with sophisticated self-regulatory systems in the brain, the heart, the thyroid, and every other place in the body as well. All in all, working with different aspects of ourselves is a way to be more specific with our intentional work, and therefore more efficient and effective.
VIII. Useful Applications Of Intentions
Proper intentional practice can be a powerful tool to both work with mental illness as well as cultivate various positive qualities in practically all areas of life. Just as importantly, intentions can also be used in pressure situations to immediately and powerfully influence our minds and bodies in order to help us succeed at almost any endeavor. And last but certainly not least, intentions can be used to heal others, no matter how far away they might be. But it’s important to first focus on healing mental illness and other emotional wounds we may have – and I have yet to meet somebody who doesn’t have memories or other trauma that need to be healed. Although intentions can certainly be used for more mental conditions that I will describe here, I will try to list some of the most common mental illnesses, and some ideas on how to treat them.
A good first step in the treatment of any mental condition is to realize what troubles your mind the most. Did your father abuse you? Did your mother not love you enough? Whatever happened to you, you can actually work with your mind to heal the wounds caused by such experiences. For example, if you feel that your father never loved you, close your eyes, sit comfortably, and intend to receive perfect and everlasting love from your father, and hold that intention for as long as you possibly can. Also, refuse the emotional scars left by the trauma that happened to you at the same time. Most people experience powerful healing when they work with the issues in their lives that trouble them the most.
Some people may be unclear as to why they feel a certain way. In this case, simply give your body the ability to breathe neutrally, without any particular positive or negative intention. You will probably get an emotional sensation somewhere in your body; then, trace that sensation to it’s origin, which may be a totally different place in your body. Then ask that place of origin what it needs to heal. When you’ve discovered the main emotional issue(s) in your life that trouble you, you can work with them directly with intentions are thereby heal yourself much more effectively.
Even if you have trouble figuring out what you need most, you can still work with the emotions you already feel. Here are some useful applications you can use intentions for:
Depression: Everybody knows what this illness is. However, much of the time, people find that it does not go away even when they take medication and follow their doctor’s advice. To deal with sadness, first intend to refuse sadness, both mentally and physically. What do you feel what you refuse sadness? Something like a pleasant sense of wideness in the mouth and jaw, as well as in the upper arms and stomach. Now, in at the same time, intend to embrace joy, both mentally and physically. How do you feel? You feel totally different! Some other helpful intentions for depression are the intentions to refuse self-hate and embrace self-love simultaneously, as self-hatred is a common factor in depression; the intent to refuse vulnerability and to embrace invincibility, as it is often the case that other peoples’ hurtful comments make us depressed when we are vulnerable; and also, the intent to refuse pessimism and embrace optimism, as pessimism can drag us down and give us “reasons” to be depressed, despite the fact that we don’t actually have to be depressed.
Anxiety: First, intend to refuse the anxiety, both mentally and physically, until you feel stable and secure. Then, as you continue to intend to refuse anxiety, intend to embrace tranquility, both mentally and physically. How do you feel now? You should feel calm and very resistant to anxiety. Other effective intentions for the treatment of anxiety include the intent to refuse oversensitivity, or the tendency to be easily startled and stressed, the intent to refuse obsessiveness and tension, as those two negative emotions often form the basis for anxiety, the intent to embrace equanimity, or the positive emotion that allows you to be at peace no matter what happens, even as you stay connected to the world and continue to experience it, and the intent to embrace a sense of loving security, the kind that a good father or grandfather might give to his loved ones, a kind of loving paternal protection that puts you at ease.
Anger: With all the stress, tension and poverty in society nowadays, as well as negative stimuli in the form of loud noises, irritable people, and so on, anger is a problem that we all struggle with. And having this problem carries no shame, because it takes a tremendous amount of skill in dealing with our emotions to actually, in a positive way, prevent anger without suppression or other means of distancing ourselves from our emotions. A good intention to start with is the intent to both refuse anger and embrace love simultaneously; just as anger burns us and harm us, love is the opposite positive emotion that heals us. Grudges and other chronic anger issues that involve specific individuals and their negative actions usually require the intent to embrace forgiveness and to refuse the grudge we hold and all the emotions that go along with it. It also is helpful to embrace tolerance and refuse intolerance, as freedom from anger can only permanently take root when we are able to tolerate our experiences; otherwise, we will have new impulses of anger constantly arise that need to be dealt with.
Numbness: Most of us usually can’t tell what we feel from moment to moment, and we think this is normal. We seem to interact with the world, but aren’t aware of our own emotions and reactions; we are cut off from ourselves, like a fish out of water. However, with proper intent, we can reconnect with both ourselves and the world around us and feel alive again inside. It is important to realize that numbness, just like other emotions, isn’t actually a lack of emotion; it is actually an emotion in and of itself, a form of disconnection that paralyzes our emotional perception. First, intend to refuse the numbness for a few minutes. What do you feel? You may feel any range of emotions, from sadness to anger, from fear to even relief or pleasure. As these emotions come up, embrace the ability to endure them; the goal is to allow awareness of your emotions, whatever they may be. Then, as you continue to refuse numbness and embrace the capacity to allow yourself to feel them without interfering with them, intend to embrace connectedness. Simply sitting for several minutes and experiencing your inner state may sometimes be painful, but in the end you will feel much more emotionally aware and alive, something most of us have searched for for most of our adult lives.
Obsessive Thinking: Everybody has times where they just can’t move on from a troubling thought or emotional experience. We often get stuck with the same repetitive negative thoughts for days, and don’t even realize this has happened to us. Fortunately, with proper intention, we can let go of obsessions and cultivate a sense of letting go, a sense of freedom, in our daily lives. First, intend to refuse obsessiveness both mentally and physically. What happens in your mind and body? You’ll notice that your muscles let go and are freed of tension, particularly the muscles in your chest and also in the back of your neck. Next, as you continue to refuse obsessiveness, intend to embrace the ability to let go, to allow the energy in your body and mind to flow freely and without obstruction. However, letting go is not the same as going limp; there’s no sense of disconnection or collapse. Letting go is about freedom, allowing your mind and body to experience life without tension or suppression. Other good intentions to help with obsession are the intent to embrace the ability to be mindful and aware of your thoughts, as repetitive negative thoughts vanish when you shine the spotlight of your awareness on them, and also working with intentions that solve underlying emotional issues (and trust me, everybody has them). As you use your intentions to refuse obsession and embrace the ability to let go, as well as practice the other intentions that help obsessive thought, you will find your awareness as well as your body open and relax – a return to a more natural and free way of living.
Envy: This is a particularly painful emotion to suffer from. While it may be true that empathy, or the ability to identify with other peoples’ experiences, is the opposite of envy, there are usually other causes that cause us to be jealous and hinder our ability to have empathy for others. We all have grown up in cultures that equate our worth as human beings with external accomplishments; being ourselves, we have been taught in so many subtle ways, isn’t enough. And because external accomplishment is measured relatively, in terms of better and worse rather than in terms of absolute standards, we naturally feel envious of others who have more money, more power, and so forth, and can’t honestly wish them well, because we believe that their success actually diminishes our own value as people. While empathy is the opposite positive emotion, with envy it is better to start by giving yourself unconditional self-love and, of course, to refuse envy. Other good intentions to work with are the intent to embrace a sense of unconditional fulfillment that is independent of success or failure, as well as the intend to give ourselves unconditional and authentic validation, a sense that we are good, not bad, and worthy of praise. Please note this isn’t a sense of arrogance, but a sense that we are worthy of praise. When you’ve worked with these intentions for awhile, then you can work with the intent to embrace empathy; after you feel good about yourself unconditionally and feel content, empathy will come easily.
Intentions aren’t good only for healing mental illness and suffering; they can be used to enhance every part of our lives. Here are some ways you can use intentions to improve the quality of your life and even the quality of your work:
Creativity: Intentions can be used to enhance our creativity. Before you embark on a creative project, you may want to sit with your eyes closed and intend to give your mind and body creativity, freedom, joy and inspiration, and refuse mental deadness and joylessness. You can do this for as long as you want, and, as long as you don’t tire yourself out too much, the longer you work with these intentions before you work on your creative project, the more creative your work will be. I myself use intentions to enhance my creativity both before and during the time I work on creative projects (like this book!), and I’ve been amazed at how much better my work is when I work with the intentions that enhance creativity.
School: Some say that learning is simply and automatic process, and that our ability to learn is largely inborn and cannot be modified much. Well, guess what? They’re wrong! Learning is a mental function whose bodily equivalent is digestion. Think about it – when you learn, you take in and assimilate knowledge; when you digest, you take in and assimilate nutrients. So how do we help the mind assimilate and “digest” knowledge? First, both mentally and physically, embrace clarity, insight and comprehension, and refuse dullness and confusion. How do you feel? As you do these intentions, you will feel an increased ability to process information and digest it – an increased ability to mentally “penetrate” ideas and understand them, as well as a kind of physical intelligence and poise. Next time you want to study, try doing these intentions for a few minutes before your study, and you’ll find that you’ll be able to learn faster and more completely than before.
Performance: Since I went to music school instead of a “normal” college, I know how important it is to be able to consciously generate the necessary mental and physical state that allows one to perform effectively, whether for a concert, a presentation at a business meeting, a job interview, or giving a speech in public. Before a performing, because you’re not onstage or in the public eye yet, you can afford to focus all your energy on your intentions. Before you perform, close your eyes, sit somewhere comfortable, and intend, both mentally and physically, to both refuse nervousness and embrace a sense of invincibility in terms of being invulnerable to what people think about you – not a sense of defensiveness, like “I don’t give a shit,” but a sense that you’re comfortable in yourself to such a degree that other people’s opinions of you don’t bother you. It’s best to allow for at least 20 minutes of these intentions before you have to perform, so you can really have enough time to prepare your mind and body. Other good intentions that you can use to prepare yourself for performance are the intentions to refuse self-consciousness, embrace groundedness, embrace a calm and nurturing identity with the audience, and also the intent to give your ego invincibility and firmness. Besides intentions that help you feel calm and centered as you perform, there are also intentions that can help increase the effectiveness of your performance. The intentions to embrace the ability to inspire others, to embrace radiance and intensity, and to embrace a sense of emotional connectedness with your audience will all serve to improve your performance. However, when you go onstage, you’ll most likely have to expend most of your energy on the actual performance, though you’ll probably be able to expend some of your energy on intentions. It’s best to experiment in front of smaller audiences in situations where not much is at stake to find the best balance in dividing your energy between intentions and the actual performance. In time, you’ll discover which balance is best for you.
Business: It may seem, at least on the surface, that business is entirely about profitable deals, smart decisions and, as some say, the bottom line. However, underneath the surface of all human activity lie emotional currents that cause us to form opinions, which we usually believe are based entirely on rationality rather than emotion. Similarly, in business, getting a good deal isn’t the only important part of business relations; trust, respect, kindness and a sense of ethics are just as necessary as intelligent deal-making. For instance, if somebody offered you a really great deal, but you didn’t trust that person, would you make a deal with him? Most people won’t make deals with people they don’t trust.
Before you begin an important business meeting, close your eyes and intend to embrace trustworthiness, respectfulness, kindness and ethicalness in your behavior. When you’re actually in the business meeting, continue to hold these intentions throughout the meeting for as long as you can; pace yourself if you have to, so you have at least enough energy to use your intentions while you talk. Learn to balance the amount of energy you use for intentions and for the practical matters at hand during the meeting; in time, you’ll find which balance is right for you, and thanks to your intentions, you’ll be that much more effective at getting people to make deals with you and listen to your ideas.
You can use intentions to improve virtually any activity you do. There are exceptions, such as sleep: during sleep, one cannot make any conscious decisions or use intentions consciously. However, for almost every activity, intentions can, with practice, dramatically improve your life.
IX. Other Things To Do
While it is important to practice intentions for prolonged periods of time and work with every aspect of yourself, it is even more important to lead a balanced and healthy life. A healthy life is the basis for successfully working with intentions, not the other way around. You should do the following things to ensure that you progress towards inner and outer health in addition to the practice of intentions:
1.) Sleep. No man, woman or animal can live without it. Sleep is the part of our life where our bodies heal themselves and recharge themselves with energy, so it’s crucial that you get as much as you need. Most people need about nine hours of sleep each night, but some people, myself included, need more. I personally need over ten hours of sleep each night to feel well rested, and no intention, medication or exercise can change that, and that’s ok.
It’s also important to go to bed early and be asleep y 9:30, because the body gets its deepest sleep between 9:30 and 7:30; going to bed later means we miss out on our chance for the deepest quality of sleep, and therefore we feel tired the next day. Daytime sleep, unless you absolutely need it, tends to disrupt our bodies’ natural sleep cycle, and tends to create nighttime insomnia. It’s also best not to have cold drinks or even generally be cold at night, because coldness makes the body and nervous system more alert, whereas warmth promotes relaxation and therefore sleep.
2.) Avoid Alcohol, Tobacco And Drugs. You already know the dangers of all of these substances, so I will discuss them but briefly. Harmful substances like alcohol and drugs that warp our consciousness severely diminish our mental energies and impair our ability to concentrate. Thus, they almost completely destroy our ability to do intentional work, because if we can’t clearly perceive our mental state and can’t concentrate, how can we work with our emotions?
Tobacco may seem like it would be less harmful, but it’s actually just as harmful, only in a different way. Tobacco destroys the lungs, and therefore hinders our ability to breathe properly. To demonstrate how tobacco impairs our ability to work with intentions, try this exercise: breathe really raggedly and cough hard, like you had emphysema. How do you feel? Because you breathed as if you had emphysema, you actually made yourself feel as though you actually had it! Now you have probably observed that people who have smoked for say thirty years breathe more heavily than other people their age; and if you are unfortunate enough to be addicted to tobacco yourself, you know firsthand how your lungs, if you have smoked for years, probably aren’t what they used to be. So you can see now that tobacco actually greatly interferes with our ability to do intentional work, because it destroys our ability to breathe.
3.) Choose Love Instead Of Destructiveness. Now, of course this ideal is just about impossible to fulfill perfectly. But the basics aren’t so hard to follow if you think about it. This advice isn’t some moral code that you should uphold in order not to harm others, but is simply a recognition that in order to harm others, you actually have to harm yourself first. Remember the exercise earlier in this article where you pretended that you were about to kill someone? Remember how your body and mind became hard, twisted, constricted and cut off? Now, pretend you’re about to vote for a presidential candidate you really like, but that he intends to invade several foreign countries, exterminate millions of people, promote the consumption of alcohol and cigarettes all across the world, and generally make life much more difficult and painful for as many people as he possibly can. Pretend that, despite all this, you actually like his policies, and support him very strongly. Pretend you’re about to pull a lever in a voting booth that will cast your ballot for him, and hold that thought for about ten seconds. How do you feel, mentally and physically? Your posture becomes hunched and hard and your mind loses all sense of kindness, empathy and connection with the world and becomes twisted and destructive. Now compare this sensation to what you felt when you pretended you were about to murder somebody – if you think carefully, you’ll realize that these two sensations are almost identical. Now you have clearly experienced that destructive actions, whether murdering somebody or supporting political policies that destroy, whether selling drugs or using them yourself, are all rooted in negative intentions, and that those negative intentions harm you before they can harm anyone else.
Whenever you feel the urge to act out destructively (we all get these urges sometimes), just intend to embrace love and calmness and simultaneously intend to refuse the violent emotions. If you have to, get up and leave and go somewhere where you can do this for awhile. When you catch yourself and choose instead to do intentional work, you not only prevent violence but heal yourself as well as the other person, and also set an example of peacefulness that others will want to emulate.
4.) Diet And Exercise. There are literally thousands of books out there that detail huge, complicated lists of diets and exercise routines. Unfortunately, the authors of most of these books are not authentic dietary specialists, but simply people who want to capitalize on the insecurities of others; they make proper diet into a 400 page book rather than the three or four paragraphs that suffice for the basics.
The best kind of diet is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, whole milk (yes, you read that right!) and nuts. However, if you need to follow a special diet for medical reasons, follow that diet and ignore this suggestion! Have your main meal at lunch, because that is when our digestive system is most active, and don’t miss out on breakfast either. In fact, you shouldn’t skip any meals, because the body naturally requires breakfast, lunch and dinner every day to maintain energy throughout the day. You should eat only until you feel full; after you feel full, just honor your body’s wish and stop. Also, it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day, and more than three quarters of Americans are chronically dehydrated, despite the fact we’re the richest country in the world! Most people get about a third of the water they should have, so drink about three times as much water as you currently do. It will make a huge difference in how you feel.
Exercise regularly but moderately. Go for walks in the forest, go swimming, and try to be in natural environments as much as possible. Don’t lift weights unless you have a very, very strong constitution and are under the age of forty, and above all, don’t push yourself too hard. If you get really burnt out or very sore, rest and don’t exercise for awhile. About a half hour of exercise a day for most people is ideal; people who run for, say, five hours a day often damage their heart and lungs. The human body simply isn’t meant to endure such activity.
5.) Be Careful About Medicines You Take. There are so many dangerous so-called medicines out there that actually can harm you, and even kill you. Some examples include: penis enlargement pills, breast enlargement creams, Ritalin, paxil, all medications designed to improve sexual performance or increase libido, all stimulants of any kind, and medicines designed to boost mental performance are, almost without exception, extremely dangerous. The FDA approves hundreds of dangerous substances every year; you may remember the Vioxx incident where Vioxx killed 50,000 people with heart attacks before it was taken off the market. You can clearly see you should be extremely careful about all Western medications you take.
Of course, if you must take medications in order to stay alive or prevent life-threatening conditions, then you simply must continue to take them. But medications that aren’t really necessary, like arthritis medications, medications to re-grow hair, and so on and so forth should really be avoided, because overall they tend to be extremely harmful, even deadly. Some of the very worst offenders in this regard are vaccines that are given to infants that contain thimerisol, a highly destructive form of mercury that causes autism, hyperactivity, Attention Deficit Disorder, a tendency toward schizophrenia and bipolar disorder later in life, and just about every neurological and psychological problem you can imagine.
Before vaccines were sterilized with mercury, autism was virtually unheard of, perhaps affecting one out of 10,000 boys. However, as the level of mercury in vaccines continued to rise, so did the rate of autism, which now affects about one in every 100 boys, which is a one hundred fold increase since mercury began to be put in vaccines! I myself contracted autism after I got the DPT or “pertussis” vaccine, which contains thousands of times the legal limit of mercury for infants (and there should be no legal limit anyway, because any amount of mercury is harmful to the brain and body). Mercury also damages the digestive tract, the liver, and the kidneys, and has been linked to virtually every disease affecting those parts of the body. Some scientists estimate that mercury-laden vaccines kill up to 750,000 people a year worldwide! Mercury is also found in flu shots and other vaccines, and although doctors will tell you vaccines don’t contain mercury anymore, tests have shown this is simply a lie – pharmaceutical companies save money by sterilizing their vaccines with mercury, so they continue to use mercury in their vaccines. Likewise, independent tests have shown that vaccines still contain mercury, and that despite what you may have heard, nothing has actually changed.
Therefore, before you take any Western medication whatsoever, you should visit a practitioner of homeopathic medicine or a doctor who provides chelation and other therapies for those who suffer from negative effects of Western medicine to make sure there aren’t any significant dangers in taking the medicine. Make sure this doctor has a very critical and honest view of Western medicine – a litmus test might be asking the doctor if he thinks mercury causes autism. All honest doctors acknowledge the connection between mercury and autism, and those who don’t are either incompetent or fraudulent, or both.
6.) Be Careful About Mental Techniques You Try. There are literally thousands of authors who claim to have developed mental techniques for mental illnesses. Unfortunately, most of these “techniques” lack both clarity and substance. For example, you may have heard of John Gray, the author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. One of the techniques he espouses in his book is pointing your fingers at plants and inanimate objects and directing all your negativity at them. He claims that this will “unload” all our negativity and literally dump it onto what we point our fingers at. But as I mentioned in this guide, emotions actually operate differently than objects– they can’t simply be unloaded like mounds of garbage. You have to cultivate the opposite emotions instead, for intending to “unload” negativity onto anyone or anything else actually creates the negativity you want to destroy. Think of the mind like a field; if you want to have a certain kind of mental fruit, you have to plant the same kind of seed. Loving intentions produce love, and negative intentions produce negative emotions, so if you send negativity somewhere, you first have to create that negativity within yourself first.
Genuine mental techniques are very specific, effective, and don’t cause you to strain, suppress, rationalize or otherwise get stressed. In this sense, valid systems of healing, like Feldenkreis, massage, acupuncture, etc., are really all follow the same principles, namely those of awareness, love, safety, clarity, honesty, and the humble recognition that what may be appropriate for one person might be totally inappropriate for another. In accupuncture, for example, one treatment might greatly help somebody with asthma but on the other hand might actually harm somebody with a very different illness.
Contrast this to John Gray’s technique, which firstly involves no clear intention, isn’t rooted in any scientific healing principles, and claims to be a cure-all for everything from schizophrenia to cancer to heart disease. Gray never tells us how, exactly, pointing your fingers at plants and stones heals you, what you’re supposed to feel if you do it correctly, or even the kind of mindset you’re supposed to have when you do his technique. However, you can always experiment with mental techniques to see if they are valid. For example, try doing John Gray’s technique and point your fingers at a nearby object and intend to channel all your negativity into that object; if you can bear it, do this for a few minutes. How do you feel? If you have the same reaction I did, you’ll feel quite stressed and anxious and agitated after a few minutes of that. The way to determine if a technique is good for you or not is to observe how it makes you feel; nobody can rightly say a technique is good for you if it doesn’t make you feel good or work for you. Remember, a genuine healing technique always admits its limitations, and the healing system in this guide never claims to be a cure for any mental or physical illness – only something to help you improve the quality of your life. And as they say, with all things, if it’s too good to be true (like a technique that claims to be a cure-all for every illness), it probably is.
7.) Work With Intentions For Long Periods Every Day. If you can do so without getting strained, try to work with intentions for at least a half hour a day. Although you initially might not want to sit down and do intentions for a long time, once you begin you’ll quickly want to keep doing them. Intentions work best when done for many minutes at a time; in fact, don’t be afraid to hold a particular intention for even an hour or more! When you hold a particular intention for a long time, you go into the intention deeply and give it a chance to profoundly influence your mind and body. It’s just like when you exercise for twenty minutes nonstop and get a “high” from all the endorphines that your body releases, or when you read a great book for hours and get totally absorbed in the story and sucked into your imagination.
You now have all the tools you need to work with your ego, mind, senses and body in a comprehensive and effective way. Remember not to overwork yourself when it comes to intentions – if you feel “out of gas,” simply stop and rest, and if you get sleepy and want to sleep during an intention, honor your body’s wish and sleep. Don’t be afraid to share this document with other people – the world needs as much love as it can get.
|Friday, December 7th, 2007|
Information on Acupuncture?
Wow, hello folks. I started this community an awfully long time ago, and then stopped coming around to livejournal, for the most part.
I'm really psyched that so many of you felt compelled to join based on its description, because it's something I feel very strongly about!
So, since you are obviously a group of like-minded people, I wonder if you might be able to answer something for me. I'm wondering if any of you know of informational websites about acupuncture that you find particularly helpful. I've been looking around on google, and have found a few, but am not totally loving what I'm seeing. This
is the one I've found that I like the best, so far.
So. . . any suggestions?
|Thursday, October 6th, 2005|
My primary concern is long life. I can't be happy if I don't think I'll live long, in fact, if I had my way I'd be immortal.
Longevity's important. Nutrition must be perfected. Exercise and massage and alternative treatments must be perfected. Prevention, not curing, we should never get sick in the first place, and if we do our body should be able to fight it off itself.
Happiness... that comes in exploring the arts of the world and furthering them and the sciences, discovering the secrets of life and such things.
Sex'd be nice too, much as I'm an advocate of free love and how great polygamy must be, with all the STDs out there it's probably better to be monogamous, not to mention you can bond better and try more complicated things.