“A concentrated mind is the secret of success in the realization of Truth.”—Lester Levenson
The secret of success is being still enough to focus on the Great Immovable: the presence of pure Being. It is only distraction that prevents a concentrated mind. Distraction is our leaned habit to be more interested in objects (thoughts, sensations and perceptions) and thereby ignore the truth: our very Reality as this pure Being. Because we ignore it, the lie told by thought flourishes: the lie that what we are is a body-mind-person who has to struggle to survive.
Distraction perpetuates the lie and veils the Truth: That what you are is imperishable Being. Once the lie is in place, it runs on automatic in the sub-conscious, just like a computer program runs automatically after it is installed. However, once you see clearly that a computer program is faulty, you uninstall it. In the case of Truth, to uninstall the main lie works the same way. First, you see clearly that it’s a faulty program that delivers only suffering, and then you uninstall the faulty program: distraction.
To accomplish the uninstall, we need to address the brain, a kind of super-computer where the addictive habit of distraction was learned and implemented.
This is possible because the brain is the organ that learns! Habits are programmed, and subject to deprogramming. Most of us ample proof of this in our own lives. Just consider the dozens or hundreds of habits you have discarded over the years! For example, drinking milk from a bottle, wetting your pants, crawling on the floor, riding a bicycle with training wheels.
DISTRACTION: ADDICTION TO THE FALSE
This course will help you see clearly and then uninstall the most persistent distraction of all: “personal” thinking and feeling tendencies, on behalf of an imagined personal, calculating self. Addictive interest in me-thoughts and me-feelings delivers a life of negativity, because me-thoughts and me-feelings are limited: temporary and ever-changing. And what are you?—in truth? Are you a limited me-thought, or are you the consciousness that witnesses this thought?
You are always free to choose. And if you choose to identify with limited thoughts and feelings, negativity and fear is the natural consequence. To manage fear, we learn to do what our parents did. We deny it, suppress it or express it as frustration, anger, and rage.
So long as we allow involvement with me-thoughts and me-feelings to capture our interest and focus, the negativity bias of the brain will deliver ever-more separation, isolation and unhappiness.
BREAK THE HABIT
This Course will help you find your trump card: “What is aware”–free of me-thoughts and me-feelings? What stops negativity in its tracks? Your trump card: the ever-present, ever-aware, ever-serene presence of pure Being.
For 30 days in a row, we will practice accessing the trump card, and learn how to play it with super-intelligent effect in daily life situations. Playing the trump card is the same as Consciousness highlighting a stressful negativity, and making a NEW decision: “No more involvement with that one! I’ve had the full experience of it. Enough!”
This decision enables attention to be consistently withdrawn from addictive distraction (me-thoughts and me-feelings) and given instead, to powerful concentration on the Truth: the presence of pure Being, which is felt as an uninterrupted vibration of the life force.
DEVOTION PLUS ACTIVITY
Consciousness then uses its computer (the brain) and gives the order for a new experience. “I’m going to pour the power of my attention into love, praise and gratitude!” Accessing consciousness and giving an order to the brain to create a new experience or response is called “self-directed neuroplasticity.” Modern neuroscience has proven that regular doses of positivity (love, praise, gratitude) build “neural net worth;” That the actual structure of the brain is changed, according to what stimulus is focused on.
Devotion to the presence of pure Being combined with daily activities that demonstrate praise, love, and gratitude is the essence of the Swifter Intelligence Course.
NEURAL NET WORTH
The brain is the organ that learns. Whatever we repeatedly involve our attention with slowly but surely sculpts neural structure.
We vote moment to moment for happiness, or misery, according to what we focus our attention upon!
This 30-Day intensive is a commitment to ourselves and each other, that for 30-days in a row we will exercise (yes, exercise is work!) our freedom where we place our attention. By invoking the principle of neural Darwinism, (the survival of the busiest, and the extinction of the un-utilized), we commit to withdrawing attention (and power) from faulty brain circuits: any form of negativity. Negativity is the wake-up call that we are denying or ignoring the truth of our Being, and thereby it serves as a cue to open, embrace, remember.
Since the thinking process (the mind) is already building the brain day after day, let’s build a brain that defaults to happiness instead of misery!
“The thoughts that you dwell upon are embodied in your life.”
“What you think about, you bring about.”
“The best way to self-realization is to not think at all. Yet if you must think, then think only what you want.” –Lester Levenson
For 30 days, we’ll repeatedly (in small, repeated doses) dwell upon what is good in our lives–and in any stressful situation–no matter what shape the outer situation takes. In 2X daily one-hour tele-classes, we’ll question any thoughts that prevent the choice to dwell upon the good. We’ll identify and question the promised benefit of dwelling (and growing) negative brain states. We’ll share insights and shifts that ever-increase as we dwell upon the only thing that is real and True: the Indwelling presence of pure Being.
Each participant will have an assigned partner (changes every 6 days) for daily online support and accountability. Attendance at either or both daily Teleclasses is optional.
Completion of a 9-Day School for the Work, or private sessions with a facilitator of The Work and EIQ [List of qualified facilitators available upon request]; or completion of The Work and EIQ course during 2018–2019.
Meetings are on Zoom and video is mandatory. Meetings with your partners are also video-mandatory.
Dates: May 1–May 30, 2020
February 1st — March 1st, 2020 (Saturday thru Sunday) SOLD OUT
Time [Section A]: 8:00 a.m. PT daily, 1 hour
Time: [Section B]: 5:00 p.m. PT daily, 1 hour
Deposit to hold your space: $297, balance due April 25th, 2020.
–All class meetings recorded and available within 24 hours; Membership in a private FB page.
–Daily 911 support [short emergency support when you are struck with negativity] from your fellow classmates.
–Limited openings for each section (morning or evening in PT zone); registration and enrollment closes on April 15th, 2020.