Introspection and observation of our internal landscapes in any form is generally helpful. However the highest quality practice outcomes are a function of: 1) sustained intent, 2) focus, and 3) our individual chosen pace of metabolization (POM).
We choose how we use and experience the practices. We each set our own pace and determine how we digest and metabolize the work. We’re all intuitively aware of the degree to which we are able to personally integrate what emerges from the practice as it begins to transform our lives.
Tried and true neurolinguistics methods facilitate our speaking the language of our avatar’s brain in ways that expedite clearly discernible results. As we work with the simulations:
- We use imagery and specific metaphorical tools that are in sync with the way brain circuitry works.
- We gain an understanding of the neuroscience rationale that underlies each particular simulation. Background knowledge serves to anchor it further.
These two elements of the practice are key to clear, substantive transformative success. The combination of contemplative practices and cognitive restructuring work clears and frames an expansive internal workspace container where creative, unexpected, and evolutionary outcomes bubble up from our true selves instead of from cerebral avatar machinations.
BEWARE! We are engaging our egoic constructs in this work. We are signaling to our psyches as well as the larger consciousness frame that we are ready to dial up our transformation and evolution. This declaration does not make for a happy ego which loves to maintain a controlled status quo and resists change. So, we can anticipate some push back.
The ego has very sneaky resistance techniques. If it senses that we’ll persist in pursuing heightened self-awareness it will find all sorts of ways to slow down our process. A slower pace isn’t good, nor is it bad. It’s simply slower. It can yield positive results which are encouraging in a “feel good,” diffuse, “glowy-wellbeing” way. This level of engagement is just fine for many. However, this is to signal that when we engage with the drag that the ego puts on practice, the outcomes will be discernible but fuzzier than if we pull out all of the stops as we practice.
Here are some of the stealth ways that the avatar-ego might dilute practice:
Outcome Option I – A “Diffuse glow” result is achieved by:
- Remembering or choosing to do only pieces of a given simulation.
- Writing down simulations is essential for all of the reasons we’ve discussed.
- Forgetting to consistently tap into our library of “empowered emotion” trays, to stand in our own truth, and feel into our agency.
- Calibrating to higher frequency (lower entropy) emotions incessantly throughout the day is key to the grounding we need to be successful in working with unresourceful energy.
- Omitting key brain circuitry, “integration markers” as we do simulations, for example:
- Using the cobalt blue light, thanking and directing compassion toward outworn patterns, which allows for neurological pruning.
- Conceptualizing, analyzing, and dissecting with the avatar intellect leads to stuck states.
- Feeling into slides, scenes, scenarios, empowered emotions, delighting in whatever emerges is the fun of this entire process. Quiet the dissecting, critical mind in order to just BE with emotional content. We trust and rest in our basic goodness and let the self-revelation unfold of its own accord.
- Reconfiguring simulations to fit habit patterns, known curricula, programs, and other training that we’ve undergone, with which we feel more familiar.
- Seeing practices with fresh eyes, stepping out of old comfort zones enhances results.
- Thinking that a special time needs to be set aside, or specific circumstances need to be present in order to practice. This relegates the process to the status of one more thing on our already full plates.
- Allowing the practices to become a set of lenses through which we learn to consistently see the apparently physical reality frame in which we live enhances joy and relieves suffering in our lives.
- Beating ourselves up: criticizing, demanding perfection, consistency, holding on to preconceived ideas of an acceptable “performance.”
- Knowing at a deep level that in the final analysis, “It’s all good” lowers anxiety and amplifies success. We dispassionately observe whatever emerges, and from that we learn about ourselves.
Outcome Option II – Laser beam transformative accuracy is achieved by:
- Connecting with emotional content in every aspect of the practice. This is the pith of the process. Transforming emotional content from fragmented, high entropy states to unifying, low entropy, high frequency states in order to facilitate evolution is the objective.
- Practicing simulations whenever we:
- Have the opportunity throughout the course of our day so that we can bring them into the minds’ eye in a nanosecond.
- Observe the emergence of unresourceful emotions or thoughts.
- Have the opportunity to calibrate to empowered emotional states.
- Being as consistent as possible with using the practices and being OK with however we do with that.
- Including all elements of simulations, paying special attention to brain circuitry “integration markers” to maximize and sharpen the clarity of results.
- Shedding outworn coping mechanisms, beliefs, limiting points of reference when they emerge and are visible.
- Extending compassion to ourselves.
Thought you’d like to know: Feelings and emotions are two deeply interconnected sides of the same coin. However they are distinct phenomena.
Emotions were originally a species survival mechanism triggering quick reactions to threat and reward. They occur in the subcortical regions of the brain, the amygdala and the ventromedial prefrontal cortices, creating biochemical reactions in our bodies that alter our physical state.
While our individual emotional reactions may vary slightly, they are generally universally similar across all humans and other species. The amygdala plays a role in emotional arousal and regulates the release of neurotransmitters essential for memory consolidation which is why emotional memories can be so much stronger and longer-lasting. Emotions proceed feelings and are physical, and instinctual. Because they are physical, they can be objectively measured by blood flow, brain activity, facial micro-expressions, and body language.
A feeling is the mental portrayal of what is going on in your body when an emotion arises. Feelings originate in the neocortical regions of the brain, are mental associations and reactions to emotions, and are subjectively influenced by personal experience, beliefs, and memories. Feelings are the next iteration from an emotion which brings in cognitive input, usually subconscious, and cannot be measured precisely. A feeling is the byproduct of our brain’s perceiving and assigning meaning to an emotion.
A feeling, sparked by emotion and colored by thoughts, memories, and images is subconsciously linked with that particular emotion. The emotional content is imprinted on brain circuitry. Conversely, feeling, i.e., simply thinking about something scary can trigger an emotional response.
While emotions are temporary, the feelings they evoke may persist, revolve, grow, and take on a life of their own over time. Unexamined, our lives can become a never-ending cycle of revolving painful and confusing emotions which produce negative feelings which in turn generate more negative emotions.
While basic emotions are common to everyone, the meaning they take on and the feelings they prompt are individual, based on our conditioning. Feelings are shaped by our temperament and unique life experiences.
Adapted from Dr.Sarah Mckay, author of the Your Brain Health.
Our emotions and feelings play a powerful role in how we experience and interact with the world because they are the driving force behind behaviors. In the gaps between a rising emotion, its translation into feeling, and acting, we can make choices and direct the outcome. Self-mastery begins when we’ve cultivated the capacity to: 1) slow down and clear away discursive thought, and, 2) sustain focus and purposeful intent consistently enough to observe emotion as it arises and then, 3) choose how we want to feel.
A concentrated beam generates unification and brings us to a single, sharply focused, supremely bright, and exponentially more illuminating point.
Pamela Boyce Simms, 3. 9. 2018