Experiment 2 – Instructions
The set-up for the experiment with flashes of sublime JOY.
Experiment 2 - Preparation
Experiment 2 – Instructions
To those who wish to conduct the experiments on their own
- read the cautionary note below before continuing to the set-up plan for the experiments
(Experiment 1 - Instructions and Experiment 2 - Instructions).
The experiments described here may lead to several types of problems.
Performing these experiments is done at your own risk.
Emotional/mental health: Generally speaking, experimentation with meditations and consciousness exercises may lead to very unpleasant consequences, among them, unusually strong emotional reactions. In my experience, when practiced daily over a longer period of time (months), the length of time spent daily has coincided with the extremity and seriousness of the consequences. The same goes for courses or exercises requiring that one repeatedly throughout the day forces oneself to adopt as one’s own basis specified thoughts or states of consciousness.
In this arena it’s impossible to attain the end more rapidly by increasing activity with the means.
I have never experienced any good results coming from thinking problems or depression are signs that things will improve if I just hold out long enough. All lasting improvements in mental health and well-being have come from focusing on the goal of a better life, reducing activity with negative things, and doing more of what’s enjoyable. (More on this in the book’s Part III The new instruction manual.)
Motivation: Most of the things we do to build a career or reach the material goals so central in a normal life require considerable effort and sacrifice. So we need motivation. For my part, that kind of motivation was probably not the best prior to the experiments and was definitely considerably less after. The flashes of extreme Joy and ultimate JOY automatically became a yardstick for life and meaningful purpose. They showed happiness and fulfillment in magnitudes no career and amount of consumption could even begin to provide. It even made the customary goals seem downright meaningless. Loss of motivation for a career and material goals is a probable risk involved with the two experiments. I imagine this to be the case to some extent even if you don’t succeed with the experiments. In my opinion, if you’re satisfied with your life as it stands, you shouldn’t consider trying the experiments.
Fear: When the events which take place are inside us, as is the case with these experiments, one of the biggest challenges is the fact we are alone. It requires a much higher level of self-reliance and capacity to make decisions and analyze risks independently than most of us have to drum up in everyday life. This can of course be frustrating and disquieting. And that’s just the beginning. My experience with Experiment 1 was that it was impossible to carry it out without meeting the fear of death face to face. (My experience is also that this fear disappears as soon as the day’s experiment is over.)
All in all, we’re talking about setting off on an adventure where there’s a chance of experiencing a glimpse of something wonderful, something never to be forgotten. There are risks, there are challenges; it requires discipline, stamina and patience. But if curiosity and motivation are present, all these things help make the journey exciting and alluring.
The experiments are performed at one’s own risk.
“In general” text is the same for both experiments.
Experiments 1 and 2 were both performed only after I’d first gained experience in practicing various forms of consciousness/awareness exercises and meditations. For 4-5 years I’d practiced them for anything from 30 minutes to several hours daily. Consequently, it’s only natural to address the questions below.
Is it possible to do these experiments successfully without first having meditation experience? It’s hard to say. But doing meditations and consciousness exercises is probably like any other skill. These things can be learned, and proficiency increases with practice. Practice builds experience. It’s more a question of how much practice is necessary. This is highly individual and therefore hard to predict.
Is it possible to furnish feasible instructions for invisible strategies? Definitely. But it’s not as easy to demonstrate a mental attitude toward thoughts and feelings as it is to demonstrate how one uses the arms in a breast stroke. In the first instance there’s nothing visible to both parties that can be pointed at and used to illustrate different interpretations. Nothing can guarantee that you understand the words I use to outline the instructions the same way I understand them. Whether the instructions lead to the desired result depends entirely upon factors only you control. You alone can acquire enough experience and insight about what goes on in your inner arena and what you do there. Only you can pay close enough attention to discover the nuances and possible choices one must first see to be able to perform the experiments correctly.
I’ve tried to write the instructions for those without previous experience with meditation and consciousness exercises.
NB! First read the information under Attention.
The experiments are performed at one’s own risk.
Experiment 2 - Preparations
The first part of Preparations is the same for both experiments.
When we close our eyes, we may soon discern two central elements.
The first is everything that’s going on inside our heads; the thoughts, ideas, feelings, images and all the rest that either flit past or linger for a while. Most seem to pop up of their own accord; we don’t do anything in particular to conjure them up. Some may even force themselves to the foreground despite our efforts to keep them at bay. Others are there because we’ve invited them in. Either because it’s pleasant to fill our consciousness with them or because we think it’s something important to remember or explore. In time, as we become more familiar with all this and watch it more closely, we can also begin to detect certain patterns.
The second is the consciousness which registers everything that’s going on. Simply put, consciousness is our personal awareness, the experience of I am, or our essence. (This, according to The First Unified Theory, is the center for contact between us and THE CORE.)
The point is that in performing a mental exercise the way we do when following the instructions for these experiments, contact with consciousness is decisive. If you’d like to try the experiments, but don’t have much meditation experience, I suggest a 10 minute exercise to acquaint yourself with the two central formations; everything that’s going on and the consciousness that regards it.
- Sit relatively comfortably where there are as few disturbances as possible, preferably alone.
- Close your eyes. Passively observe all that’s going on, all the thoughts and feelings in your consciousness.
- Become aware of consciousness itself, that which registers what’s going on.
- Also try to locate your core or essence, that is, the place in your head where consciousness is seated. Try to stay there.
That’s all you need do in this exercise. You can gain further experience either while performing the preparations / set up for the experiments here or by practicing any other meditation you enjoy.
The second part of the preparations: Extracting the essence of a feeling.
We have the two formations; what is going on and the consciousness that regards it. First we’ll focus on what’s going on, the thoughts and feelings.
- Close your eyes and wait for a feeling to emerge. (It must be a feeling strong enough for you to maintain your focus. If it doesn’t pop up on its own, you can think of something you know has a strong enough feeling attached.)
- Focus on the feeling itself, its taste – its very essence. (Disregard any thoughts connected with the feeling, how to interpret it, why it’s there, or anything other than its essence.)
The point with the two parts of the preparations is to enable you to become better acquainted with some central elements in what we can call the normal situation. The instructions are practical guidelines to change the normal situation.
The normal situation: The normal situation is dictated by the version of the master idea you practice. In our culture, the focus is automatically placed less on consciousness and more on what’s going on (thoughts and feelings). Because we practice a private master idea with a very low level of understanding, the normal situation has two characteristic features. We have very little or no understanding of Intended Creation (the master idea’s part 1). And we have little or no understanding of idea-based logic and the significance of a receptive attitude (the master idea’s part 2). Each leads to an equally characteristic practical consequence. Our intelligence practices joy-maximation using strategies to reach material goals. And the level of activity in these strategies is high. It’s high when it comes to weighing thoughts and feelings based on their strategic value and high when it comes to treating/processing these thoughts and feelings in a certain way so that they bring us closer to the material goals.
The object is to change the normal situation: We change it by overriding the automatic focus/goal and automatic level of activity so that the situation aligns as closely as possible with the sublime MASTER IDEA. According to the new theory, our acknowledgment of sexual attraction is the closest we come to accepting Intended Creation as our goal (the master idea’s part 1). Subsequently, the experiment involves practicing the sublime MASTER IDEA by directing our focus toward sexual attraction and reducing the level of activity to zero by waiting and receiving.
Experiment 2 - Instructions
- Sit comfortably in a place where there are as few distractions as possible, preferably alone.
- Close your eyes and focus on a sexual image or situation. Let the sexual tension build. (If necessary, you can use a physical picture with your eyes open until you’ve become aroused. It’s easier to conduct the experiment if you’ve abstained from sexual activity a day or two longer than usual.)
- Become one with consciousness itself, your very essence, and direct your attention toward your inner realm.
- Focus on the sexual attraction, its particular quality – the essence of the feeling itself.
- Be passive, don’t do anything! Leave everything in your inner arena alone; don’t add anything or chase anything away. It is imperative you apply no form of inner activity to clear away, manipulate, or try to help achieve anything. You must “do” one thing only: wait and receive, wait and receive, wait and receive…
- Mobilize self-discipline to keep from taking part in any form of mental activity no matter what happens.
That’s the whole instruction.
You may wish to take a look at the instructions from my original notes to see if there’s anything there that answers questions you may have.
“(The experience of sublime JOY) arose from a meditation in two phases. The first phase was to focus on a sexual image and let the excitement build. The second phase was to sit passively and contemplate one’s own consciousness. (…) The situation was that, in the second phase of meditation, a small gap grew between what was being consciously contemplated and “the one” contemplating it. And ever so faintly, a desire to protect emerged; a decision to leave everything alone without trying to seize anything and without chasing anything away. First as a faint feeling of sexual attraction and a feeling, just as faint, of trying to avoid a kind of microscopic use of force. A decision to not clear away or manipulate (not employ any form of mental activity), but wait and receive, wait and receive, wait and receive. (…) And while the tension between receiving it and the temptation to commit the small transgression of trying to seize it at once began to increase, (…). With colossal discipline, I remained passive. The excitement continued to build…”
My experience has been that the instructions themselves are relatively easy to follow and that this experiment is easier to perform successfully than Experiment 1. The thing that may cause difficulties is most likely to be a lack of meditation experience. In that case, I recommend using different meditations or exercises to gain experience. Choose something you enjoy. In any case, I suggest limiting the total length of time spent on practicing meditations and consciousness exercises to 15 minutes, twice a day. The reason for the restrictions on time is posted under Attention!. If you already have meditation experience, you can determine the length of time you wish to use yourself.
- I recommend rounding out each practice period by opening your eyes and sitting quietly for a few minutes. Mostly to give the experiences from your inner realm time to fall in place.
- Keeping a journal is a good practice here too. It can provide insight as to how you do the exercise, enabling you to discover if and where you might be departing from the instructions.
Experiment 2 - Preparation
Experiment 2 – Instructions