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Utilising Semiconciousness

The purpose of this book is to help the reader become more conscious. This increased consciousness is the real inner medicine. Revealing and alleviating the areas of semiconsciousness within you is the best approach to regaining your original wholeness. However, there are secondary and supplementary techniques which utilise the existing semiconsciousness within you to create helpful changes in your life.

By experiencing how to change our habits and beliefs we are supporting the primary goal of transcending them. Naturally the changes we make should move us towards the universal virtuous matrix. As we succeed with these secondary techniques and gain satisfaction from this, we should constantly keep in mind that the overall goal is towards consciousness: we should not be content with positive believes and habits but see them only as a stepping stone or temporary measure.

Mental Association

When the mind experiences two or more things together it, from then on, associates them together. When the mind is reminded of one of the things, the other is also remembered to a degree. One of the reasons why people display their medals and achievement awards etc is because they evoke a little of the original good feelings associated with the achievement: it helps them to feel like a winner and so continue to act like a winner.

*Exercise Nine: Positive Association*

Look around your living area and try to identify any objects which make you feel bad because they remind you of negative past experiences or for any other reason. If you can remove them/replace them why not do so?

Do you have any objects that you associate with happiness and success hidden away from view? Why not display them more prominently for positive results?

Social and Universal Association

Apart from your own personal associations there are some things that are generally associated with particular feelings or concepts. For example cleanliness and tidiness are associated with order and efficiency etc whilst dirty and messy areas are associated with squalor and degradation to some degree. Certain images, colours and forms can evoke beneficial feelings and mental attitudes within us.

*Exercise Ten: Enhancing Your Surroundings*

Why not optimise your living area by eliminating any negative images and increasing the positive?

Anchoring Positive Associations

There was once a case of a mental patient who lived at a certain residence and was making no progress at all: in fact his insanity and delusions were worsening week by week. For one reason or another he was moved to a different residence and there he began to improve slowly but surely until the point where he was almost able to lead a normal life. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, he had to move back to his former residence. Back in his old room again, his insanity returned and the good work that had been accomplished was reversed. This sad story illustrates the law of association that we are also to some extent subject to, depending on our levels of semiconsciousness. The reason that the mental patient`s insanity returned was because his mind associated the room and its many features with the insane complexes that had developed in his semiconscious mind. The visual and other reminders in the room were all it took to trigger a relapse. Have you noticed that certain places, situations and people always seem to trigger the same negative behaviour patterns within you? The next time this happens to you perform the following exercise to anchor positive associations to the external stimuli.

*Exercise Eleven: Anchoring Positive Associations*

Relax inwardly and outwardly and smile gently. Allow your eyes to rest on a particular feature of your surroundings for a second. At the same time smile confidently and repeat a positive affirmation such as "I feel happy and relaxed", "My true virtuous nature radiates through every part of me" or "I choose to let go of all false beliefs". Alternatively repeat a simple word such as "beauty", "calmness" or "determination" etc. Now allow your eyes to rest on another feature of your surroundings for a second and repeat a different positive affirmation. Repeat this procedure a few times until you feel a sense of power, calmness and well being.

Summary of Exercise Eleven: Anchoring Positive Associations

If you perform this exercise properly, you will build up a web of positive associations with the external object. When you then encounter it normally and glance at a feature that you worked on, favourable feelings are triggered within you. More than one feature anchor is likely to be triggered in the course of an encounter, thus enhancing and supporting the beneficial effects. Note: it is not necessary to be physically there when anchoring positive associations onto an object. By picturing the object in your mind you can perform the exercise anywhere.

*Exercise Twelve: Deepening Positive Association*

This text has been specially formulated to increase your feelings of well being in general and to deepen your positive association with this book in particular. The purpose of this deepening is to facilitate your study and make beneficial changes within you easier to accomplish. A light trance may be induced within you as you read. This is perfectly safe and beneficial but if you feel uncomfortable with the idea, instead of reading on, you should skip to the next chapter now. This exercise is very easy to perform: all you have to do is relax a little and read on! Right now as you read these words, as your eyes focus on the black shapes of the letters and the white spaces in between you notice your breathing and the feeling of your clothes on your body. Your body already knows how to respond to the pure life entering into you as you breathe in and to the growing peace as you breathe out. Your awareness expands to the area around you and now you focus back into the comforting text. The black shapes of the letters and the white spaces in between can carry you deeper into relaxation, gently and easily, deeper and deeper. Sleep. The words on this paper are also in your minds' eye too. They resonate there with meaning. The black shapes and the white spaces represent bliss and happiness to you now as you read these words, as you breathe slowly and easily. You notice yourself smiling as you remember the last time you really felt alive. Smiling as you relive the best time you really felt happy and relaxed. Beautiful feelings welling up inside you. These feelings will stay with you for hours, maybe even longer as you feel loving warmth emanating from every sentence. As you feel pleasant calming sensations spreading through your fingertips and hands, penetrating every part of you. Just relax as the spaces in between the words hold your attention and your healthy curiosity wonders what would happen if you read this text again. Deeper. You are turning a new page in your life, reminded of the times that you have made successful changes in the past. Very deeply relaxed. The black letters on this page, like soothing music, can heal your heart if you let them and the inner voice you use, as you read these words, wants the best for you. If you want, you can summon your inner power right now and decide to help yourself and those around you to achieve wholeness and freedom all the time. Every time you read this text, or think about it, your personal power increases. Ever deeper feelings of security and humbleness allow you to let go of all grudges and pettiness. If you like you could start afresh right now, reborn in purity. I have faith in your ability to understand and apply the exercises in this book. Your awareness expands to the area around you. You are wide awake and feeling great!

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