“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. 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. And that program is distraction.
To accomplish the uninstall, we need to address the brain, a kind of super-computer where habits are learned and implemented.
The good news is that the brain is the organ that learns! Just as habits get programmed, they can be de-programmed. Most of us have at least some proof of this in our own lives. Just consider the dozens or hundreds of habits you have discarded! 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 habit of all: “personal” thinking and feeling tendencies, on behalf of an imagined personal or calculating self. Once we are habituated to be interested in the “I”-thought and “me”-feelings, the perceptions that follow will be automatically negative. That’s because the “I”-thought is limited. And what are you?—in truth? Are you a limited I-thought, or are you the consciousness that witnesses this thought?
You are always free to choose. And if you choose to identify with limitation, fear has to be 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.
In any case, the negativity bias of the brain will continue, so long as the habit of distraction–addictive involvement with the “I”-thought–is engaged and perpetuated.
BREAK THE HABIT
For 30 days in a row, we will
- Use the mind (the thinking process) in self-inquiry ->->->to change the brain and its negativity bias->->->to change the mind.
Once Consciousness says, “Oh! I have had enough of pouring all my attention into these lifeless negativity objects, and now I prefer a new experience! Yes! Therefore, I will use the thinking process (my computer) to update preferences! I give the order to the mind: think about goodness, sweetness, and lightness of Being. I will rest my attention with the Real that I Am!”
This decision enables attention to be consistently withdrawn from addictive distraction (mainly the agitation of emotional ups and downs) 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
Using the thinking process to change the brain, to truly and effectively reverse the mind from its negativity bias 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 the activity of praise, love, and gratitude is the essence of Swifter Intelligence. The fastest way to grow in Spirit—to realize what you really are—is to change the brain. First, you erase old neuropathways. This happens with non-involvement when they are activated. Then, you coax new pathways into activation, pathways that are wired for love and joy. This is accomplished by using the body in action: praise, love, gratitude.
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 cue that we are denying or ignoring the truth of our Being.
Since the thinking process (the mind) is already building the brain day after day, let’s build a brain that defaults to happiness, not negativity.
“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 a daily one-hour tele-class, 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 (5-10 minute check-ins) and accountability.
Completion of a 9-Day School for the Work, or private sessions with a facilitator of The Work and EIQ; or completion of The Work and EIQ course.
Meetings are on Zoom and video is mandatory. Meetings with your partners are also video-mandatory.
Dates: February 1st — March 1st, 2020 (Saturday thru Sunday)
Time [Section A]: 8:00 a.m. PT daily, 1 hour
Time: [Section B]: 5:00 p.m. PT daily, 1 hour
Tuition: $1297 (Free to Immersion 2020 registrants; contact me for registration info.)
Deposit to hold your space: $297, balance due January 25th, 2020.
All class meetings recorded and available within 24 hours; Membership in a private FB page.
Limited to 8 participants for each section, registration and enrollment closes on January 15th, 2020.