Clearing the instinctive center
Nazrudín goes to a bank to cash a check. As it turns out,
the cashier and Nasrudín knew each other from their hometown. After amicably chatting for
five minutes, exchanging news from town and family, Nasrudín asks "Could I cash a
check here? It is from a friend to me, and it is from this bank". "Sure, no
problem," she said. "But you have to identify yourself".
Nazrudín nodes, looks at his reflection on the tellers
brass window frame, and looking back at her claims: "Yep, no question about it,
its definitely me."
Leaving the bank, quite upset and penniless (except for a big
check in his pocket), he comes to the security guard in the banks parking lot.
"Do you know who I am?" he said in a despondent manner. "No I certainly
dont" said the unruffled guard, with a strong booming voice and with overtones
of veiled threats. "In that case," said Nazrudín softly, leaning
conspiratorially closer to the guard, with a tone of voice that was friendly but
inquisitive"how do you know its me?"
- Stand or sit in front of a mirror.
- Turn off all electrical lights, illuminating the room with
candlelight. See that your face is visible in the mirror, but that the light doesnt
hit your eyes directly.
- The source of light should be to your left.
- Look at the person in the mirror. Keep looking at its
left eye. Do not be afraid of what might happen. Just keep looking.
- Ask, every now and then, "Who are you?" Keep asking
and keep looking. Keep this burning question in mind throughout all changes, all moods,
all desires, all thoughtsfor as long as you look at the face in the mirror.
- Keep this up until all you can see is yourself.
(Or, if you want to go further with, and when you are ready
to go further, keep the Experiment going until you see the changeless face, the one that
is more real than your own, the one that was there before your parents were born and will
persist until you are 64).
Many contemporary people think of their ordinary
consciousness as the part of them that is awake, conscious, and intelligent. The instinctive part of the body is usually
considered to be mechanical, working in darkness, unaware and as non-intelligent as a
being can get.
This cannot be farther from the way the evidence at hand. The instinctive part of the body is in charge of
such minutiae and oversees events of such complexity that make the most complex endeavors
seem simple in comparison. They are on top of
such quantity of detail, timing, and constant corrective measurefrom whole body
functions to cell eventsthat it couldnt be conceived as a mechanical process. Instinctive is a misnomer. The image that word conjures is of a mechanical
devise designed by a superior intelligence, but the functioning of which no longer needs
the intelligence of its designer. But the
human body is constantly monitoring, adjusting, overcoming, and finding solutions. No rest to this endeavor. Just monitoring all the events that need to go on
in the body to keep it alive seems to require a superior awareness.
For the purposes of this Experiment, lets assume there
is a conscious intelligence in charge of the instinctive processes of the body.
- Decide on a time frame to conduct this Experiment. One or two weeks is recommended.
- Keep paper and pencil handy to record your findings and observations.
experiment, you will see your instinctive center as doted with its own intelligence. You will see and deal with it as if it were
another being. Your instinctive center is an
alien creature, in this earth with a purpose of its own.
You are also an alien creature, from a quite different system that IC
(Instinctive Center). You and IC have decided
to be roommates for a while. He will be in
charge of the internal maintenance of the body, you in charge of providing the necessary
energy for its functioning. Remember,
these are only your agreed upon tasks as roommates. These
are not the purposes of your being on this planet. Its
just like with college roommates. One is in
charge of cleaning, cooking, vacuuming, etc. Another
might be in charge of getting food, beer, rented movies, etc.
IC, is in charge of keeping and running the house; you of providing the necessary elements
for his par of the upkeep. For the purposes
of this Experiment, you will give up the some of the decisions you usually make that
belong to IC in the first place. Take three
of these decisions: when to eat, when to drink, and when to sleep.
is in modern times arranged around artificial rhythms, obeying neither the rhythms of
nature nor the internal rhythms of the body but the demands of a labor-oriented society.
Experiment is going on, youll follow ICs command. He will decide when to eat, when to sleep, and
when to drink. You can still make all other
decisions, such as what to eat and where to sleep, but IC will be in charge of the timing. This means you will try to avoid
mechanically eating breakfast just because you woke up, or getting a beer just because the
game is about to start, or going to bed just because it is 4:20 a.m. already.
instead, drink when IC indicates that he is thirsty, eat when he is hungry, and sleep when
he is sleepy.
This presents a
small communication problem. You need to
learn to read the signals. You need to know
when he is hungry, sleepy, or thirsty. Not
only that, you also need to be able to anticipate when he will get hungry so you have time
to prepare the nourishment or get to the restaurant, and when hell get sleepy so you
are close to a friendly bed.
will be successful once you discover a way to communicate with IC.
The trick to
achieve a good communication with IC is through rhythm.
Rhythm is one of the languages used by IC to coordinate its many parts and
to accomplish multiple tasks at different levels. By
having a feel for rhythm and cadence, sequence and silence, you can begin to
following Experiment alongside Experiment II:
- Pick a part of your body. Place
your attention there. It can be an internal
organ, your blood stream, your skin, your eyes, anything or anywhere in your body.
- Listen with your attention, feel its rhythm.
- Reproduce the rhythm you feel by drawing it.
Dont worry about following any notions of aesthetic concern. Just draw the rhythm in any manner you see fit. If you are inclined, paint the rhythm as well.
- Now, reproduce the rhythm by singing or humming it.
- Reproduce the rhythm by using a musical instrument. A musical instrument can be anything that makes
noise: a guitar, drums, tin cans, pebbles on a pond, your hands, a rattle, a broom
- Finally, reproduce the rhythm by dancing to it. Remember: dance as if no one is looking!
- In the course of doing Experiment II, repeat Experiment III with at least
three different times. There is no upper
limit to how many times you can do this.
Sit quietly in a placid
surrounding. Close your eyes. Breath normally, and pay attention to the sensations
coming from your body. Feel the pressure in specific points of your skin.
Notice how the temperature is different in different parts of your body. Notice
also how only in a few areas of your body you feel the temperature at any one time.
Realize that your other sensations seem to come at you one at a time, as your attention
sweeps over them. They are not there all the
time, coming from every inch of your body. Usually, we have an image of our body
created in the imagination. We come to adapt this image as "my perception of my
own body", and imagine that this image can be
felt and experienced through the sensations that come from "the body". In
reality, these sensations and physiological signals come to us separately and
intermittently. They don't come all at once forming a unified "body of
sensations" that corresponds exactly with the mental image we have formed. The
next step of the exercise, then, is to imagine a body that would correspond only to those
sensations you are actually perceiving at any one time.
This new body will have a
different shape. In fact, the shape itself might change every time you do this, or
even change within one session. Visualize what such body would look like. Make a drawing,
painting, or sculpture of your new
body. With this, you will be making an artistic projection of your sensing
body. There is one fun thing you can do with this sensing body that involves music: Put a KAOS Drone CD on. When you listen to the music, sense how the music
affects your sensing body. Be sensitive to the different parts that are
affected and in what sequence they are affected. You might notice that this forms
yet another type of body, because some of the parts of the sensing body might not be affected while other parts you did not originally
noticed become exited. This new body, the Harmonic Body, is a subtler body
you can use to work with music in a much more powerful way. The more you use it, the
more equipped you'll be to work with it in
higher worlds. Try it out with different vibrations and sounds.