Posts Tagged ‘Consciousness Integration’

Enhanced Cognition via Advanced Energy Techniques

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

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Ten years ago, I began creating energy structures in my mind to enhance how I think. Last year, I developed a new, better version of the technique. Last week, I returned to that work.

When I engage these energy structures, my mind becomes faster and more focused. I can hold more ideas and threads in my thoughts at once. Insights come more easily and carry me farther. And I become more aware of my will and feelings, and more able to articulate my thoughts.

This all started around a decade ago, working with my mind’s semi-conscious areas. The term is my own, but the concept is common in personal growth classes: We have these thoughts just below the surface, tugging at our attention without quite being acknowledged. Often, they arose in childhood, and don’t work in the adult world, and we’re encouraged to acknowledge that part of ourselves, listen to it, and help it adjust to the adult world. I liked the idea, and set out to create an energy technique to help that adjustment happen faster.

My idea was to create an energy pathway between my conscious adult mind and the part of my mind responsible for those semi-conscious patterns. I found the semi-conscious area by focusing on those thoughts and feeling which part of my mind engaged, then I found an inactive energy pathway and energized it. With that pathway in place, it became easier to engage the semi-conscious pattern, to listen to it and explain the adult world to it, to update it to be an ally rather than a hindrance. I even found that I didn’t have to be fully conscious of that updating, that (after creating the energy pathway) those semi-conscious patterns would update all on their own. I called the technique consciousness integration, and used it for several years.

(If I were reading this post, I’d be wondering how much of that was placebo. The simple answer is, I have no way of knowing. But I found many benefits, and always felt my efforts were worthwhile.)

Last year, I developed a second version of consciousness integration. I’d been connecting my ethereal muscles to my mind, helping them read my intent and send me information more precisely. I did this by creating networks of connections to allow my ethereal muscles to read and write energy signatures to specific points in my mind. And I thought about my consciousness integration work, creating those pathways from semi-conscious areas to my conscious mind. What if I created some of these networks throughout those semi-conscious areas? Then instead of connecting a single semi-conscious reaction to my conscious mind, I could just connect them all at once, updating them all together instead of one at a time.

It took around a week to complete those networks. I happened to be talking with a spirit when I first activated them, and the energy they provided felt like a wind howling in my mind. It was amazing but useless — I became alert but unfocused, thinking quickly but without direction. The reason was simple: I had about 10x the power I needed. But after I turned the power down, and then down some more, it became wonderful, and I found I could focus more easily, think more clearly, and engage my ethereal muscles more smoothly. Since then, it’s become a staple of my practice, something I use so often that I forget it’s an addition to my mind.

In the past few months, I’ve been connecting some new ethereal muscles to my mind, and gotten better at making those networks. So now I’m returning to consciousness integration, doing the same technique on even more of my mind. So far I’m excited about the results: My mind is becoming even faster and more focused, and I notice improvements in my ability to explain ideas, verbally and in writing. I can also hold more ideas and threads in my thoughts at once when I engage the consciousness integration energy networks, and insights come more easily and carry me farther. I’m about halfway done creating the networks for this round, and I’m eager to see what happens when they’re complete.

A couple of notes:

I’ve used the term mind loosely in this post. Specifically, I’m talking about my brain’s interface layer. This is an energetic structure that sits on top of my brain’s energy layers, serving as an interface for communication with my ethereal muscles, ethereal software, and spirits. When I connect my ethereal muscles to my mind, I’m specifically connecting them to this interface layer, and when I create new pathways in my mind, they’re specifically in this interface layer. When I talk with spirits, they refer to this interface layer as thinking mind, and I’ve used that term in some past writing.

Second, this really is advanced work. It requires many other techniques to do properly. Please don’t try this at home unless you have experience working specifically with your mind’s interface layer and can convert my hand-waving explanations into concrete techniques you know and understand. I started working with my mind very slowly, making tiny changes, and so should you. If you do try any of this, it’s at your own risk.

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Overcoming Resistance with Consciousness Integration

Friday, November 9th, 2012

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I’m trying to start a new project today. It’s not happening — too much resistance. But before we explore that, a bit of background.

You probably remember how learning level 2 communication helped my manifesting. What you may not realize is that, for close to a year, I’ve more-or-less known level 4 communication, used it a bunch of times, even gotten good manifesting results with it. But I never got L4* communication entirely correct, in part because it includes L2 communication as one of the steps, and, well, I didn’t know L2 communication.

*That’s how I refer to the level of a skill in my own notes. I’m going to use it here, too.

And seeing how useful L2 communication is made me wonder: What other skills have I missed? Did I skip L3 sensory connections? L1 shielding? What other holes are there?

And so, I’ve gone over about half of what I know, with the other half scheduled for November. I’d missed a technique for awakening mental muscles that’s mostly useless to me but will be excellent for beginners (and thus, excellent for my book.) I’d missed a skill with sensory connections that produces a holistic view processed from dozens of connections, which helps me see injuries and figure out the right approach to energy healing. And I’d missed a few other things.

But today, I’m stuck.

Last night, I talked with my mentor to pick the next skill to learn. He recommended physical and mental effects — energy healing, mood alteration, things like that — which would be useful, and he expects would give me good, satisfying progress quickly.

He also did manifesting for me, which said to learn level 3 communication, which leads to better manifesting, which will have the biggest short-term impact on my life. Not that L3 is particularly significant, but apparently something neat happens later on, at a higher level of communication. It’s a long path, but I trust the manifesting (especially my mentor’s manifesting), so I picked communication.

And yet, when I sat down to train this morning, I stopped, and instead wrote this.

My first thought was, “I’m good at L2 communication. And I might not be good at L3 communication. Certainly, I’m not good at it yet. And I just want to be good for a while.”

Writing this post, it also occurs to me that learning better manifesting is a long path. Not years, but months, maybe a year. So I can understand resisting that, and wanting to take a shorter path with a nearer payoff.

And yet, I still feel like I should learn communication. And I need to resolve all of this before I can get to work.

First hypothesis: What if I really want to learn physical effects, and that’s where this resistance is coming from? Let’s test it. I’m going to decide to study physical and mental effects, and see if the resistance disappears.

(Give me a minute to get into that new state of mind.)

Nope. The resistance lessened a bit, but it’s still there. Did not vanish.

So I think it really is that I just want to be good for a while. Proud of what I’ve learned, instead of uncovering more things I don’t know. Which, frankly, is a much more pleasant place to be, even if it is less useful.

I need some destuckification. And I have a technique for it: Consciousness integration, initially developed after reading that blog I linked to. I’m going rest for a bit, then try it, blogging as I go.

Quick refresher on consciousness integration: It works by having the semi-conscious part of your mind (the part generating the unhealthy thoughts or urges) talk with your conscious mind. To do this, you activate a new path between the two parts of your mind, then hold a particular mental posture to get them both talking. If everything goes right, the semi-conscious part updates to the adult world, and the unhealthy thoughts disappear.

(15 minutes later.)

I find the semi-conscious part of thinking mind creating that thought, “I just want to still be good for a while.” It’s already got an active connection to my conscious mind, which is good: Activating those paths is the slowest part of the integration.

The next step is to have the semi-conscious area talk with my conscious mind. Normally, I’d support my conscious mind through this, so all the adjustments happen in the semi-conscious area. But this time, I’m not sure I want to change this thought pattern. Maybe it’s right — maybe I do need more rest. So I’m going to let both areas talk while I pay attention to the conversation, and decide what to do after.

Then, 20 seconds later, it’s done. Here’s how the conversation went:

  • Semi-conscious area: It’s been so long since I felt good with manifesting. (Thinking of the several months debugging it.)
  • Conscious mind’s instinctive response: But don’t you want to get better?
  • (My conscious verbal response: That’s a lame way to convince anyone. Trite, even. I think my conscious mind is losing this debate.)
  • Semi-conscious area: Yes, I do.

And just like that, the resistance faded. I’m quite surprised it was that easy, and that delivering something so trite worked. (It worked because the message got to the right part of my mind — earlier, I’d thought it consciously, with zero results.)

But I don’t have time to dwell on this success — I have level 3 communication to learn.

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Enlightenment and Modern Psychology

Monday, August 13th, 2012

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I want to wrap this series up with a discussion of how consciousness integration actually works, based on the model of modern psychology that Ananael presented in these comments and this post. (By the way, I also have a degree in psychology, and I can confirm that what he’s saying is essentially correct.)

And, having already thought about this model before writing the post, it does lead to good questions for future work. Which is what models should do: Suggest new ways to use and improve a technique. I’ll start with the model, then apply it to consciousness integration, and finish with the questions.

Ananael’s Basic Model

To paraphrase Ananael’s comments and post, there are 3 main parts of the psyche:

  • The thinking system, which handles your conscious thoughts. When someone asks you what’s on your mind, you report the contents of the thinking system.
  • The feeling system, which handles emotions.
  • The conditioning system, which processes classical and operant conditioning.

When I talk about the conscious mind, that’s probably the same as his thinking system. (Which is totally different than my term “thinking mind,” which encompasses all of these parts. Just so you’re aware.)

When I talk about semi-conscious areas, those areas live inside either the feeling system or the conditioning system.

(For more, read Ananael’s post.)

Consciousness Integration in that Model

Let me start with a few examples:

  • Starting simple: When I updated my behavior to brush my teeth earlier in the evening, that seems to live at the intersection of the thinking and conditioning systems. Conditioning because it’s a behavior pattern, and thinking because I had to focus on some logic of why this was good.
  • When I made myself more confident that people like me, that updated ingrained emotional responses, but also updated how I interpret situations and which clues I pay attention to. So, ingrained means it uses the conditioning system, but this pattern involved the other two, also.
  • When I increased my patience, that was a combination of eliminating triggers that made me impatient (conditioned emotional responses) and establishing a new emotional pattern based around the idea that staying calm reliably produces better outcomes. Again, all 3 systems.

So, consciousness integration seems to involve all three systems. But it does it in an interesting way:

The main technique involves magickally supporting your conscious mind while causing it to interact more heavily than usual with your conditioning and emotional systems. The support is so you can ensure that your conscious mind stays the same, while the other systems update to align to it. (Optionally, you can focus on a particular change you’d like to make.)

Now, what I’m about to say will sound strange, because we normally think of our conscious mind as ourselves. But when we’re talking about areas of my mind interacting, it’s most correct to say that my entire mind is me, and that my conscious mind is one component of that mind-as-a-whole.

Now, the strange-sounding observation: My conscious mind mediates the changes for me. See, I don’t connect directly to the conditioning or emotional systems and try to rewire them. Instead, I just help my conscious mind interact with them by exposing conflicts between the systems, and I make sure my conscious mind wins those conflicts. Unless I particularly try, I’m not even conscious of what the particular changes or disagreements are about.

That’s the key: You’re engaging the normal updating process of your mind — various systems conflicting and updating one another — while making sure the one you want to win, wins.

Future Work

Now that we have a better model of consciousness integration, I see new questions:

Should I use a different technique for updating the emotional system vs the conditioning system? My gut says yes: They operate quite differently, so they probably respond to different techniques. The differences might not even be magickal, it might just be a change in the thoughts you focus conscious mind on as you run the update.

Should I update my conscious mind? What system would I update it against?

Is it better to network all the emotional areas together before networking them with my conscious mind, or is it better to network each emotional area to conscious mind separately? Same question for the conditioning system. And, is it best to integrate the emotional and conditioning systems with each other, or just integrate each of them with conscious mind?

Are there other systems that require updates? Or other parts of each system that I haven’t networked into the integration yet?

Those are questions I’ll come back to next time I do enlightenment work.

At this point, I’ve spent roughly twice as long writing about enlightenment as I did actually doing the magick. Largely because of all the backstory, and all your great comments. It’s been fun, and educational, and a great growth experience for me as a writer. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Next, I think I’ll write some beginner-focused posts. Any requests?

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Rewiring Unconscious Thoughts

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

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There’s one more technique I want to share, before we leave this enlightenment series. It lets you choose a new thought pattern to sink into your mind, rather than just letting your mind update whatever it wants.

The technique is simple: Hold the desired thought in your mind, and synchronize all the networked semi-conscious areas using that update algorithm. Ideally, you’ll also focus on the reasons you believe the desired thought pattern is true, and the reasons that your current thought patterns are false and should be updated.

Here’s what happens: Most of your semi-conscious areas won’t care about this idea, and the update won’t affect them. But eventually, you’ll hit a semi-conscious area that disagrees with this thought. Your conscious mind will talk with that semi-conscious area and “convince it” to update.

I put “convince it” in quotes because that’s more of a metaphor than I like to use. As Ananael has been pointing out, it’s not really accurate to say that these semi-conscious areas have beliefs and views. It would be more accurate to say that they trigger thoughts in my conscious mind, or that they have conditioned responses, or some other explanation that doesn’t turn each bit of your psyche into a homunculus. But, I do find that it’s important to be clear on what the semi-conscious areas believe, and on why exactly that belief is false, and therefore, it helps to think of this as convincing the semi-conscious area to change its mind.

Once I learned it, running this sort of update takes only a few minutes. Let me share a few new thought patterns I’ve created:

  • Being more confident that people like me, and paying attention to the right clues (like how often they seek out my company) rather than more obvious but less accurate ones (like compliments).
  • Brushing and flossing are important, and I’ll be happier if I do them before I’m tired, rather than postponing them until the latest possible. (Trivial? Yes. But if you don’t practice your magick on trivial things, how can you expect to be good enough when something important comes along?)
  • Increasing my patience: I focused on how staying calm reliably produces better outcomes than becoming frustrated. It doesn’t make me never get frustrated, but it has caused me to calm down much more quickly, which I’ll count as a win.
  • When I’m down, rather than playing video games and waiting for it to pass, I should make myself do something to change my mood (like go for a walk in the park, see a museum or meet up with friends.) This felt more like creating a new thought pattern than updating old patterns, and it was inspired by Ananael’s comments about these thought patterns really being conditioned responses, so thanks!

By the way, none of those are meant to be deep insights into life. The point isn’t the ideas themselves, it’s sinking those ideas into the semi-conscious parts of my mind, so they affect my thoughts and actions and emotions even before I’m consciously aware of what I’m feeling. It’s a way to rewire your mind, to produce better responses without having to consciously think about each one.

And with that, we’re up to date on my enlightenment work. There are a few comments that require a post-length reply, and I’ll probably write a summary, but we’re almost done with this series. Thanks for reading, thanks for sticking with me through all these technical posts and procedures and algorithms, and most of all, thanks for the excellent comments.

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3 Results from the Enlightenment Technique

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

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We’ve been talking about direct magick techniques for enlightenment, and I want to share the results of that work — how this magick changed how I think and respond — but that’s difficult. See, they’re not vague updates. It’s not like I used to think money was important, and now I value friends more. No, the changes show up when I consider specific aspects of my life: My path with magick, my relationships with friends and lovers, and how I respond when my beliefs are challenged. The changes live in the details, which makes this difficult to discuss in a public forum.

But, I do want to share this part of my journey. So, here are three changes triggered by the integration. I hope you’ll understand when I leave some details vague.

Action, Not Guilt

I often have a feeling that I need to get better with magick. Not that it would be nice to be better, but that I need to. Like I’m racing against some deadline, and slowly losing. It’s the same irrationally-guilty feeling as thinking I haven’t put in enough hours at work, all the while knowing that hours worked isn’t really what matters.

Shortly after integrating my mind, this thought started bothering me. But something new followed it: The idea that, no, I don’t need to get better in general, I just need to work on the 3 tasks I’ve already picked as my main project for the next several years. It refocused me away from guilt and onto thinking about how to advance those projects, and it did it effortlessly —  I know what it feels like to consciously redirect my thoughts, and this refocusing felt totally different, like it came from the same unconscious regions as the initial feeling of needing to get better.

At the time, I wrote, “It’s like the automated patterns of thought that I normally have are being interrupted and updated, which is excellent.”

Is this enlightenment? Not quite. But it shows the results of integrating a lot of areas of my mind, and it’s definitely a change for the better.

Clarity in Relationships

Next, I thought about relationships, and I could easily focus on what was healthy. Not just “this person is healthy, this one isn’t,” but a sense of what sort of relationship would be healthy with each person: What to share, how vulnerable to be, and so on. I used to be distracted by unimportant annoyances, like a minor disagreement or scheduling problems, but they didn’t even enter my thoughts. (Until I sat down to compare my thinking now with my thinking previously.)

I know, this is terribly vague. Sorry. The point is, without consciously trying to clarify my thinking, my thinking simply clarified on its own. Which tells me that my mind was working better.

Insight, Not Reactions

The next day, I called the spirit who taught me the technique, and asked him about the metrics he uses to determine how well an enlightenment technique worked. His answer:

We look at stray desires. Not thoughts, but drives, urges, things you can’t control that cause inner conflict. If you’re not aware of any, that’s a good indication they’re not there. Can you easily cast your mind around to subjects you’d find painful before?

I do, asking “What if magick isn’t real?” Of course, I have thought about this in the past, but it’s always something I have to force myself to do, consciously stepping through the logic while avoiding gut reactions. But this time, I got an effortless, intuitive answer: “I’m going to act like it is, and that’s enough. We all have to take some gambles to accomplish anything great.”

I also thought about death, conflicts with my parents, and some other topics, and felt clear on each one. Not necessarily deep, but I didn’t have my normal instant reactions, and I was able to get to some insight about each topic. It’s good. Healing, even.

Summary

That’s a quick smattering of the changes I observed after doing this integration technique. If you’re considering using direct magick for enlightenment yourself, hopefully this gives you some idea of what to expect.

(I’m fully aware that skeptics will say this was all placebo. This series isn’t for them.)

I have one more technique to share tomorrow. And, for those of you eager to try some consciousness integration on yourself, I’ll program a basic technique into my book’s ethereal software with it later this year.

Also, between yesterday and today, I’ve replied to most of the comments on this series. If you were waiting for a response, it’s probably there by now.

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Algorithms for Consciousness Integration

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

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Today’s post is about the algorithm I created to speed up yesterday’s enlightenment technique. (If you haven’t read that post, read it before this one.)

Here’s the idea: I have roughly 100 semi-conscious areas to integrate. Doing each one is not too difficult, but doing all 100 will take a while. So, instead of consciously stepping through the process 100 times, I want to create a recipe, tell my mental muscles what to do, and let them do integrate those areas faster than my conscious mind can handle. As a computer programmer, I call this recipe an “algorithm.”

Also: This is technical, advanced magick. If that’s not your thing, come back tomorrow to read about how it feels to use this technique, and how it changed my thought patterns.

Algorithms and Magick

Algorithms are detailed instructions. They step you through a task, telling you what to do at each step.

Take cooking, for example. If a recipe says, “Stir at 1 rotation per second for 2 minutes, then pour into a 2x8x8 pan and bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes,” that’s an algorithm. It’s detailed, and you can follow the instructions precisely. If it says, “Stir until ready, then bake until golden brown,” that’s not an algorithm. It leaves a ton of decisions to the chef, and as someone terrible in the kitchen, I’d surely end up with lumpy brownies, burned on the outside and runny on the inside.

My background is in computer science, so I’m good with algorithms. For years, those skills seemed fairly useless for magick, because there’s no need for automation when you always direct every step consciously. Then last year, I started reprogramming ethereal software, and developed better solutions by applying standard computer algorithms. Then I found that, by awakening my mental muscles more thoroughly, they can learn algorithms quickly and execute them faster than I can consciously track the action. And so, in the past couple of years, my computer background has become fairly useful. Sometimes, spirits even ask for help to improve their procedures, too.

Automating the Integration

Yesterday, I told you about a technique with an incredibly vague step 3:

Once all those paths are active, you update all those semi-conscious areas to be consistent with one another. Yes, this step is quite vague. It was actually his area of focus when we talked. He gave me a few pieces of advice:

  • Your conscious mind should stay mostly the same.
  • Semi-conscious areas that are already integrated with your conscious mind should stay mostly unchanged as you update other areas.
  • If an area won’t integrate easily, use conscious reasoning to resolve the conflict (and possibly get help from a mentor).

The problem is, how do you know where to start? Which of the 100-or-so semi-conscious areas should you integrate first? How do you avoid painting yourself into a corner, where you’ve grabbed all the easy-to-integrate areas, and you’re just left with a bunch of hard-to-integrate ones? In all, his technique was closer to “Cook until golden brown” than “Cook at 300 for 20 minutes.”

I went through a few revisions, and ultimately came up with this algorithm. (For the computer scientists in the audience, it’s recursive, more or less.)

  1. Start with your conscious mind. Since we’re integrating all the areas with the conscious mind, we’ll consider the conscious mind to be integrated already when we start.
  2. Find all the semi-conscious areas that connect to the already-integrated part of your mind. (For the first iteration, this is simply the areas connecting directly to your conscious mind.)
  3. Integrate all of those areas, using the normal consciousness integration technique: Support your conscious mind, then integrate each area one at a time. Support semi-conscious areas that are already integrated, too, but support them slightly less than conscious mind. (The farther they are from conscious mind, the less support they get.)
  4. If two integrated areas are ever in conflict, stop and notify me. If any areas require significant changes to synchronize them with the rest of my mind, stop and notify me. (Neither problem came up when I ran my integration.)
  5. Now that you have more areas integrated, you have a larger “already-integrated part of your mind.” Repeat from step 2, finding the areas that connect to this larger “already-integrated part of your mind.”
  6. When you stop finding new areas to integrate, you’re done.

(I knew the algorithm would terminate because I’d already found all the areas I wanted to integrate, so I knew it was a finite, not-hugely-large amount.)

That’s the algorithm. You can follow each step, and if you do, you wind up with the desired result. No judgement calls along the way, just a concrete procedure.

Results

I went to the mental muscle that does magick on thinking mind, stepped it through the algorithm, and told it to integrate everything. Now that it had an algorithm to follow, it ran faster than I could consciously watch. I became slightly tired and distracted, so I couldn’t work, but I was able to reply to emails and watch a movie. Once I created the algorithm, running the integration only took a few hours.

Later, we also used the algorithm in another technique to consciously trigger updates to your mind. It worked well there, too. (I’ll tell you about that coming up.)

And, most excitingly for me, the ascended spirit liked the algorithm and added it to his official technique when he teaches it.

Tomorrow, I’ll share some of the changes I’ve noticed in my own thinking as a result of this work.

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From Psychology to Enlightenment

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The best part of blogging is reading your comments. And because of them, I’ve realized that I can’t half-tell this story. I need to share my whole thinking on enlightenment, and the path I took to get here. That’s why I told you about ascention yesterday.

Today, I want to share my journey as I developed this model, so that tomorrow, I can tell you about my current work in enlightenment this past week.

I first encountered ascended spirits somewhere around 2004. A friend introduced me to a group of them. At the time, we noticed two differences between the ascended spirits and other spirits: (1) the ascended spirits were much more skilled, and (2) where other spirits seemed petty and human, the ascended spirits did not.

Until then, I had only encountered the concepts of enlightenment and ascention in TV shows and whatever new-age bits I happened to read. It wasn’t something I studied, read, or even thought about. And so, I didn’t have any overarching model of it. The terms basically referred to these spirits I was working with, and didn’t need any definition beyond that.

That’s also why I focused on behavior, rather than internal mental state: Observing ascended spirits, I could see the behavior, and feel their calm and focus when they sent messages, but I didn’t know anything about the internal state of their mind that produced it. And for around 5 years, enlightenment remained something that these ascended spirits did, rather than something I was working on.

In 2009, I developed that consciousness integration technique I told you about. At the time, I still wasn’t thinking about enlightenment. I just had something bothering me — I can’t recall what, but probably something about work or relationships or something — and wanted to stop my mind running so I could focus on something more fun. There’ a reason it sounds like psychology and mental health: That’s what the technique was designed for.

Then I showed the technique to the ascended spirits I worked with, and they told me it was part of the path to enlightenment. I still wasn’t thinking about enlightenment much, but it was neat to have a technique related to it, and they seemed pleased, so I was happy.

Since then, I’ve improved consciousness integration several times. Until this last time, I’ve focused on psychological benefits, rather than on ascention-related enlightenment, because I tend to focus on problems I can actually solve, instead of grand problems that I can’t make progress with.

For my technical readers, here are the main improvements:

  • After activating the connection between conscious mind and the semi-conscious area, leave that connection on, so the semi-conscious area contuously updates. (In my terms, “semi-conscious” is for parts of your psyche that intrude into conscious thought, while “unconscious” is for strictly unconscious processes that you’re almost never aware of.)
  • Rather than connecting one semi-conscious area at a time, activate a network of paths between conscious mind and many semi-conscious areas, you can update many unhealthy thought patterns, even if you aren’t exactly sure what they are yet.
  • When you do that, be sure to use your mental muscles to support your conscious mind, so it shifts the semi-conscious areas, rather than the other way around.
  • Then there’s one more I learned last week, which I’ll post about soon.

With each advancement, consciousness integration moved away from a one-time fix for an unhealthy thought pattern, and toward a lasting change to how the parts of my mind are networked together. And each time, my view of enlightenment changed.

And, writing this series, I’ve realized that my view of enlightenment — maybe my view of most magick, even — is based around what I can do right now, plus the one or two steps further ahead that I can see. It’s based on experience, rather than a grand vision of what enlightenment ought to be.

It’s really only in the past 6 months that I’ve started to think of enlightenment as something I can work on, rather than something impossibly advanced. And I only got a good structural definition of enlightenment in the past week, from ascended spirits working on improving their own enlightenment. And so, I have advanced techniques relating to enlightenment, developed for mental health purposes, but I’m at the very start of my own thinking on the subject.

This series so far has captured much of my view on enlightenment up until that training last week. Which means that now, we have the background to talk about my current work on enlightenment. That’s the next post in this series.

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My Main Technique for Enlightenment

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

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We all have divided psyches. Some parts developed as children, then remain focused on pleasing our parents long after we’re grown. Some were formed during intense emotions, and forever anticipate the return of a pain that we rationally know will never come. Some simply reflect the helplessness of childhood, carried over into our adult selves.

If you’ve ever had a nagging guilt that you knew was illogical, but you couldn’t quite drop it, you’ve experienced these divisions in the human psyche.

Until recently, my enlightenment work focused on updating these old, maladaptive parts of my psyche. I call the technique consciousness integration, because it focuses on integrating these unconscious and semi-conscious parts of your psyche with your conscious mind.

I initially got the idea in 2009, reading the fluent self, a non-magickal self-help blog. She talked about letting the dark parts of yourself surface enough to speak, then talking with them, listening to what they want, and embracing them. Shouldn’t be too foreign to anyone who’s done meditation or spiritual journeying, or even psychology or hypnosis. And it was helpful, but not helpful enough.

Well, you know me: When a solution doesn’t cut it, I see if a little magick can help. And so, I looked in my thinking mind to find the unhealthy part of my psyche that I was trying to talk to. Then I looked at my conscious mind, found the path between the two, and activated it. That let me talk with that unhealthy bit more easily, and ultimately solved the problem.

When I say it like that, it sounds like I had a plan. Really, I didn’t. I knew there should be something involving the signature of that unhealthy bit of my psyche, or the connections around it, or my conscious mind, or, you know, something dealing with my mind that would help. And so, I tried about a dozen wrong answers before stumbling on this one.

But once I did, it worked well. I had only intended to weaken the unhealthy thoughts that kept nagging me. I would have counted the technique really successful if it had gotten rid of them entirely. But it went further: Once my conscious mind explained how the adult world was different, the unhealthy part of my psyche didn’t just go away, it became healthy, and its nagging changed to useful ideas and encouragement.

Since then, I’ve refined the technique several times. We’ll talk about those later in this series. But the underlying idea is always the same: Connect the unhealthy part of my psyche with my conscious mind, let my conscious mind bring that unhealthy part into the adult world, and watch it become healthy.

That’s the essence of enlightenment in direct magick.

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Direct Magick for Enlightenment

Monday, July 30th, 2012

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I recently stumbled onto a new technique for enlightenment. I did the technique yesterday and today, with immediate, dramatic results. I’m quite pleased with it.

It’s hard to share. For one, it’s quite advanced, basically a bigger version of consciousness integration, which itself is advanced direct magick. In other words, this will be me telling you about my experience, rather than me teaching you a technique. Second, I’m not sure I can convey the changes convincingly, or meaningfully express my excitement. Third, every time I start writing, I imagine friends dismissing my experience as just internal psychological placebo, or thinking they could do the same thing just by meditating hard. Yes, dear readers, insecurity about people dismissing your magick never really dies. And yet, I think the only way to move forward is to share and see what happens.

I can’t write mammoth posts right now, what with consulting 8 hours a day. And even my normal 1,000 word posts couldn’t cover everything I want to say. So, today, I’ll give you an outline of the series, then start filling in details tomorrow.

First, I’ll review the big picture behind consciousness integration and how it relates to enlightenment. This is the basis for the technique, and it introduces the main concepts behind my version of enlightenment.

Then, we’ll discuss a simple model of enlightenment I got from the spirits who developed this technique. I like simple models because I can imagine each step. Complex models can be mystifying, and cover up misunderstanding with complexity. Simple models either work, or they don’t, and this one seems to work.

I’ll close with my experiences from using these techniques, and some examples of thought patterns that changed.

Teased yet? Come back tomorrow for the first installment.

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Psychic, Healing and Enlightenment (My Work July 22-28)

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

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This week I debugged my psychic intuitions, prevented a cold, and trained in a new technique for enlightenment.

Really, this week was mostly lost to jetlag and consulting. I only solved problems as they came up, and lucked my way into the new technique. I was actually feeling thoroughly unproductive and a bit guilty, but writing this post showed me that, even on a slow week, I get a lot done. Huzzah for blogging.

By the way, I skipped this series last week because I mostly worked on magick non-mages can feel, which I already posted about extensively.

Debugging Psychic Intuitions

This week, my psychic intuitions became unreliable, sometimes giving advice that just didn’t pan out. I went back to the ethereal software, consciously stepped through communicating with it, and asked a few questions about what to get for lunch*. I watched the message go to the ethereal software, watched its message come back, and verified that everything worked fine.

*Yes, I manifest about incredibly trivial things. That’s way, I do a dozen manifestings a day, which is how you make a skill fast and easy.

As usual, the message had a different energy signature than my normal thoughts, which I perceive as the thoughts in my head having a different voice. Which made me realize: The intuitions I was getting this week were in my normal voice, meaning they were from my mind. Yes, dear reader, I had gotten sloppy and let my mind generate its own ordinary, non-psychic intuitions.

The fix was simple enough. First, I practiced a few times consciously asking questions and receiving intuitions. Then, I asked the ethereal software to reset its connections to me. It sank those connections much deeper into my mind, and everything has been back to normal since then.

Why did the connections need a reset? I don’t know. Maybe it’s a slow process, where some details of my mind changed over the past few months, and I just need to periodically reset. Maybe it was something recent, like the anesthesia or the fatigue from the trip. I’ll need more data, which means waiting until this happens again. But I’m not worried, since I know the fix now, and it only takes a few minutes once I realize something’s wrong.

Energy Healing for a Cold

Early this week, I felt a cold coming on and did an old healing technique for colds. (I was able to spot the foreign signature that indicates there is a cold in the works.) In the end, I remained healthy, so I guess it’s a success.

Tell me if you’ve seen this old joke: One guy is selling elephant repellent in Manhattan. The other guy asks, “How do I know it works?” The first guy says, “You don’t see any elephants around here, do you?”

That’s a bit how I feel about results like this. It’s hard to know if I didn’t get sick because of the energy, or if I simply didn’t get sick. And yet, would I want to get sick just to test the technique? Nope. At some point, you have to stop testing a technique, trust that it works, and use it as effectively as possible.

A New Technique for Enlightenment

I stumbled onto this, really. Having finally gotten good enough at communication to make smalltalk with spirits, I’ve been calling everyone I know, just to ask how everything is going and what they’re working on. One group happened to be developing a better technique for enlightenment, and I got to help test it. (Testing is halfway done.)

This has three levels of awesomeness for me. First, finding a technique I didn’t know was out there reminds me of the easy exploration I loved from my early years of magick, before I started doing my own research. Second, this is a group of spirits I used to work with daily, but now only talk to once every few months, so it’s great to be collaborating with them again. And third, it’s just exciting to see the changes to my thinking that happen as I do enlightenment work.

The technique is  similar to consciousness integration, but broader. I won’t be able to teach you to do it, but some of the ideas are intriguing, so maybe I’ll post an overview. If you want this, do let me know so I can prioritize it.

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