CHANGE AND NO CHANGE
To get better and to become more able, you have to be willing to change.
But when things are going badly, and especially when the body is or might be hurt, a person tends to clamp down and resist changing to avoid getting worse. In other words, he tries to hold things in place. This may be appropriate to the circumstances at the time, but the person often keeps doing it afterwards, which makes it difficult for him to get better.
13.1 Objective Change
Each command is done 5 times in rotation. Use a different object on each of the 5 repeats.
13.1a) Pick an object. Go over to it. Place your hands on it and hold it absolutely still. (do this 5 times).
13.1b) Pick an object. Go over to it. Place your hands on it and keep it from going away. (do this 5 times).
13.1c) Pick an object. Decide to move it and pick a place to move it to. Go over to it. Move it to the position you picked (do this 5 times).
13.2 Holding the Body
Now we will do a similar drill, holding on to the body, etc.
a) Using your hands, grab your left leg and hold it absolutely still. Let go of it. Then grab the right leg and hold it absolutely still. Do this back and forth 5 times.
b) Using your hands, grab your left leg and keep it from going away. Let go of it. Then grab the right leg and keep it from going away. Do this back and forth 5 times.
c) Using your hands, grab your left leg and move it up and down. Let go of it. Then grab the right leg and move it up and down. Do this back and forth 5 times.
Now do the same process as above on your arms. In this case, use your right hand to grab your left arm, and then use your left hand to grab your right arm, alternating back and forth doing “hold it absolutely still”, then “keep it from going away”, and finally “move it up and down”.
Now do the same process alternating your head and stomach/abdomen. In other words, you grab your head with your hands and hold it absolutely still, then grab the stomach and hold it absolutely still repeating this 5 times back and forth. Then do “keep it from going away”. Finally, move it by moving your head back and forth (with your hands) and pressing your stomach in and releasing it.
Note that this last process will sometimes help relieve a headache.
The general technique can also be used as an assist to aid in healing an injured area. In that case, you work with the injured area and the exact opposite side (or head/stomach as above). But on the “move it” step, do not move the area in any harmful way, simply find some safe and gentle thing that you can do to assert your control over the area.
In general, when one is hurt one often tries to hold the area completely still and one often goes much to far, keeping the area still on an automatic basis long after the need has passed.
There is also a tendency for the being to clamp down on the body and “keep it from going away” on an automatic basis because the harm or danger can make one afraid of losing the body.
13.3 Holding on With Your Mind
On a broader scale, the being is to some degree tending to hold everything still on an automatic basis to prevent harm and protect him from danger and he also tends to keep things from going away as a remedy for loss.
The solution is to do consciously what you might be doing subconsciously.
This is done in a manner similar to 13.1 but mentally instead of physically. Instead of changing the objects location, the third step would be to make it more solid. The commands would be as follows:
13.3a) Look around the room and select an object. Mentally grab it and hold it absolutely still. (do this 5 times).
13.3b) Look around the room and select an object. Mentally grab it and keep it from going away (mentally resist its efforts to move away by holding it back). (do this 5 times).
13.3c) Look around the room and select an object. Mentally grab it and make it more solid. (do this 5 times).
13.4 Exterior Version
First repeat step 13.1 above, doing the drill physically.
Then lie down and close your eyes. Imagine that you are looking down at the surrounding city or countryside.
Spot objects that you would be willing to have and do the drill in 13.3 on them. You do not need clear vision or perception for this, just imagine or perceive as well as you can and grab the object mentally and hold it still etc.
13.5 Change Process
We ran a very simple change process in chapter 7. Now we will do a more elaborate version.
13.5a) What would you be willing to change in another person.
13.5b) What would you be willing to have another person change in you.
13.5c) What would you be willing to have another person change in others.
13.5d) What would you be willing to have another person change in themselves.
13.5e) What would you be willing to change in yourself.
13.6 Change and Control
13.6a) What must be changed
13.6b) What must not be changed
13.6c) What can you leave uncontrolled
13.6d) What can you control comfortably
There are 4 processes here, each with two commands.
13.7.1a) Recall changing something
13.7.1b) Recall stopping something from changing
13.7.2a) Recall another changing something
13.7.2b) Recall another stopping something from changing
13.7.3a) Recall society changing.
13.7.3b) Recall society resisting change.
13.7.4a) Recall changing yourself
13.7.4b) Recall stopping yourself from changing
13.8.1a) What could change you
13.8.1b) What would leave you unchanged
13.8.2a) What could you change
13.8.2b) What would you leave unchanged
13.8.3a) What could change others
13.8.3b) What would leave others unchanged
13.8.4a) What could you change about yourself
13.8.4b) What would you leave unchanged about yourself
13.9 Changing the Room
13.9a) Find something you would be willing and able to change in the room and change it.
13.9b) Find something in the room that you would be willing to permit to remain the same and leave it unchanged.
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