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Mind Clearing Technique
« on: October 05, 2011, 04:01:10 AM »
This post should be considered one of the most important developments I've ever made. It is a "Holy Grail" method that will change your life.

This method allows you to clear your mind of thoughts (both verbal thoughts and imagery) instantly, and to be able to hold that state indefinitely. Pay strict attention.

EDIT: More background, plus a detailed description of the REM pulse, can be found here: http://www.personalpowermeditation.com/forum/meditation/how-i-cultivated-the-mind-clearing-technique/


THE METHOD

1. Focus on what it is you are doing. If you are walking down the street, look towards where you are going. If you are talking to someone, look at them. If you are doing an activity, look at what it is you are doing.

2. When you sense a thought arising, send your eyes an REM (rapid eye movement) pulse.

3. Return your attention to what you are doing immediately. Send further REM pulses when you sense distraction occurring again.

To send your eyes an REM pulse, first practise entering REM voluntarily. We can all do this. You just look slightly upwards and allow your eyes to start vibrating. The muscles used during sleep can be activated any time. When using the pulse to clear thoughts, the pulse should literally be a single pulse, lasting for a microsecond. Blinking whilst doing it seems to make it more effective and coordinated.

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WHY IT WORKS

A "thought", whether visual or auditory, can only take place via eye access cues (which we know about from the NLP metamodel). Look here for more information: http://www.nlp-practitioners.com/interactive/nlp-eye-access-cues-game.php

So there are two types of thought:

- Recall, whereby you automatically pull out previous patterns from memory to compare the current situation to. This is the original source of anxiety. E.g. you enter a situation with some certain characteristics, and your mind automatically pattern-matches that situation against your memory record to find out "what happened last time", and to then send you pain signals if it was bad. So if you see a crowd and you don't like crowds, they may, for a microsecond, be transformed into a threatening crowd image. Or you might have some auditory thoughts telling you "I don't like this", or similar. I talked about this in depth in my book The End of Social Anxiety. It usually happens so fast people aren't aware of it, and the book provides meditations to become aware of this happening.

- Creation. This is where your creative capacity automatically engages to extrapolate a current situation into a predicted future scenario in order to try and predict what will happen next, based on past experiences. This is where you find yourself making doomsday scenarios, or where you stay angry at someone for hours, creating scenarios where you "make them pay", or otherwise fantasize about things.

BOTH of these processes require specific eye access cues. BOTH these processes are scrambled and stopped via an REM pulse.

The REM pulse's sole purpose is to scramble these automatic recall and creation processes before they have a chance to occur fully and alter your emotional state in undesired ways.


WHAT THIS WILL AND WON'T ACHIEVE

What it can do

- Stop negative thoughts before they have a chance to happen.

- Interrupt thought chains already in progress.

- Refocus your awareness on the present (as long as you turn your attention straight back to the present).

- If you use the pulse once, you can interrupt a thought before it happens, or stop a thought chain. It won't wipe your memory. However, if you issue several pulses, you can actually wipe your short-term, working memory of what it is you were doing. E.g. if you were having a conversation, you can actually wipe the conversation out of memory if you "pulse" several times. At this point you will have to go back into long-term memory to backtrack to find out what you were talking about. This memory wipe feature should only be used in the rare occasion where you really do want to forget the contents of the conversation. E.g. if you have an argument with someone and it is settled to your satisfaction, and you want to wipe the contents of the argument from your working memory so it is no longer continuing in your own head and perpetuating your anger, you can use several pulses to wipe the working memory of the argument. In my experience, the content does remain in long-term memory if you ever do want to recall it.

- Allows you to record new experiences without old memories or negative thoughts interfering. So if you are practising socializing for example, you get lots of raw new experiences without your memory attempting to fit the interaction into any preconceived models. The scope for learning new things should therefore be obvious.

- Allows spontaneous, "natural" behaviours, IF they are allowed to happen. It is only your thoughts suppressing such behaviours. Remove the thoughts, and let the behaviours happen. When you have more thoughts trying to stop you, remove them with the same technique. This requires FAITH in your own abilities to actually behave appropriately on a natural, instinctive basis. See "Useful Knowledge to Have Beforehand" later in this post for more information.

What it won't do

- This will not fix an existing bad mood and instantly make you feel good. HOWEVER, it will stop the thought processes which are contributing to or creating that bad mood. What happens is, when you have stopped hurting yourself via negative thoughts, your mood automatically stabilizes to a comfortable and enjoyable "baseline state".

- This will not give you godlike social or cognitive powers. It is just stopping negative thoughts. HOWEVER, stopping the negative thoughts gives you room to actually just perform naturally and gain skills and momentum in that situation. So by wiping away interfering thoughts, you become free to act naturally in the moment. And the accumulation of many new experiences, in any field, WILL increase your abilities in those fields considerably, especially over time.

- This will not necessarily give you a permanent clear mind after one pulse. Other thoughts may well arise immediately after. HOWEVER, by pulsing away those negative thoughts too and consistently returning your attention to the present, after a short while, you WILL get "locked in" to the present moment. The other bonus is that, with practice, a single pulse can give you longer and longer moments of thought-free clarity. Practice is therefore essential.


BACKGROUND

I had been able to be "present" for extended periods, without interfering thoughts, for a few years now. However, consistency was a problem. I never really isolated what it was I was doing to be able to enter present moment awareness and remain there. So it was luck of the draw whether I would have this state or not. I realized recently however that the above method was the "missing piece of the puzzle": every experience of present moment awareness was linked to this wilful wiping of distracting thoughts and the returning of my attention to the present.

I had learned some tricks with the eye access cues many years ago, which I covered in a rather haphazard fashion in this old post under my mASF name Corvette: http://www.fastseduction.com/cgi-bin/search.cgi?action=retrieve&grp=6&mn=1241945484555814
However, I did not realize that the "spinning" I spoke of mainly worked via eye access cue interruption. Imagining things "spinning" or "raking" through my head actually required the eyes to mimic that motion, which I now realize was interrupting eye access cues pertaining to distracting thoughts. The spinning method in that post also had some bizarre effects concerning neurotransmitter release. The "tidied up" version of the mind clearing method in this current post however does not have the same weird neurotransmitter dumps. It allows you to retain a clean state.

I returned to the idea of instant mind clearing following my week spent with meditation expert Aaron Sleazy, whose own experience with mind clearing was documented in the following interview: http://www.personalpowermeditation.com/forum/interviews/interview-with-aaron-sleazy/

When I watched Sleazy doing the technique in real life, I noticed it definitely involved his eyes -- he would blink when doing it, and I noticed some movement of his eyes in the microseconds before and after the blink. I do not know if he is doing the technique the way I described in this post or not. I hope he adds his thoughts to this thread.

Now I believe there are two main methods of mind clearing:

1) Long-term, via regular meditation practice. I believe a clear mind can be cultivated over time through sitting in meditation with a clear mind, and that this state can become more and more your "default" state.

2) Conscious mind-clearing, as per this post.

I believe Sleazy learned to do it the same way I learned to do it:

- Knowing, via meditative states, what a clear mind looks like.
- Finding, perhaps by accident as in my case, a conscious way to activate that state at will.


USEFUL KNOWLEDGE TO HAVE BEFOREHAND

Firstly, I understand if people take this away and try it and say "It did not clear my mind". That is because those people do not have the knowledge of what a clear mind looks like. That is where meditative practice comes in: self-knowledge and education of what a clear mind looks like. Else you will just start thinking again immediately, and not "spot" the moment where you had no thoughts. That is a common error amongst beginners: not identifying when they actually have NO THOUGHTS. You must also know how to spot the physiological signs of a thought about to rise in order to nip them in the bud quickly using this technique.

This no-thought concept is particularly difficult to grasp for the intellectually-inclined, i.e. those who apply their intellect (thoughts) as their default way of navigating through life, which will be most of us here on this board. This is because thought is so common place, that it is difficult to separate your non-thought experience from your thoughts. This ties into the next issue:

You have to have faith in your natural, non-intellectual behaviours. You develop this faith through acting without thought at several times in your life. Anyone who has taken very powerful drugs such as MDMA will a) Have operated without thought for extended periods, especially during their first trip and b) Therefore have some knowledge that behaviour without thought is not only possible, but is often far more powerful and effective.

To put this into context for non-drug users, or just to give a different example, consider your mental state while doing some sport or other activity you are passionate about and requires your full attention. A Premiership footballer is not "thinking" whilst dribbling the ball and lining up the goal for his shot. He is not worrying about whether the crowd thinks he is "elegant" or not. If he did think of such things, he would almost certainly miss. So we are talking about "flow" here. The only thing preventing you having "flow" in all areas of your life is THOUGHT. So consider this mind-clearing technique to be your gateway to FLOW in all situations.

Flow is the essence of life. It is where all natural joy comes from. It is obtained by diligently returning your attention to what it is you are doing, and ignoring distracting thoughts. This mind-clearing technique is your gateway to consistently wiping away and preventing thoughts, in order that you obtain flow far quicker than you otherwise would.

Mind-clearing will seem subtle at first. I think many of us have this idea of meditation as instantly giving superpowers when "done right". That is not the case. Operating without thought is just that -- operating without thought. Walking down the street without thought. Talking to people without thought. It does not mean you are transformed into something magical -- it just means you are inclined toward natural behaviours without distraction. It represents freedom, and no longer being a slave to an overactive projecting mind. It means you can do what you want and get the experiences you need to become the person you want to be, without the chains of the mind holding you back.

I consider learning this method "the day the world changed". Knowing I can free myself from thought whenever I want is one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced.

One advantage that has occurred immediately is that I can now fall asleep immediately with my girlfriend in the bed. In the past, I could not sleep properly at all with somebody in the bed. That has now ended, and I am having the best sleep of my life, just stepping straight into sleep using this method.


PRACTICE

You should integrate this method with your meditation to turbo-charge your meditation progress and reinforce your ability to clear your mind powerful at will.

Sit in your usual way and retain the clear mind for 30 minutes. Wipe distracting thoughts as they arise using the pulse. Practice massively reinforces your ability to clear your mind in this way, as more synapses are laid down in your brain dedicated to the method. I have already experienced a tenfold increase in my ability to do the technique just through simple practice.
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Re: Mind Clearing Technique
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2011, 06:32:10 AM »
This post is gold!

I knew a similar technique called 3-point of attention.
Practically it consists on focusing your attention on a spot, better a little higher than your sight line, for 20 seconds then start to spread your attention to your peripheral vision (in all directions) as you could even see behind you. It helps to clean your mind :)

PRACTICE

You should integrate this method with your meditation to turbo-charge your meditation progress and reinforce your ability to clear your mind powerful at will.

Sit in your usual way and retain the clear mind for 30 minutes. Wipe distracting thoughts as they arise using the pulse. Practice massively reinforces your ability to clear your mind in this way, as more synapses are laid down in your brain dedicated to the method. I have already experienced a tenfold increase in my ability to do the technique just through simple practice.


So are you saying that one should practice breathing/walking meditations combined with that technique? Not only watching thoughts arise, but cleaning them?

Thank you. :)

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Re: Mind Clearing Technique
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2011, 08:30:47 AM »

So are you saying that one should practice breathing/walking meditations combined with that technique? Not only watching thoughts arise, but cleaning them?


This is very open to interpretation so I will try and be specific as possible.

Firstly, I have done so many walking/breathing meditations that I have very little thought anyway while walking around town for example. Let's say walking/breathing meditations reduced my number of thoughts by 95%: this method is how to deal with those remaining, niggling, annoying 5% of thoughts which still seem to arise from time to time.

I still have this 5% of negative thoughts which do arise, usually pertaining to social situations. This could even be something as simple as entering a bar and judging people, such as "He looks rough" and so forth. It's not that these thoughts aren't useful -- on occasion they are, when the situation is obviously negative. But generally my judgments are WAY too oversensitive, and put me on edge for no good reason. E.g. if I see a guy with a skinhead and tattoos, I might think "He looks rough", and a strategy will form in my mind on how to "deal with him" (e.g. avoid, or act tough myself, or whatever the flavour of the month is :P). Nevermind that the guy is smiling and having a good time, and poses no immediate threat -- these positives generally do not get taken into account by my paranoid thought processes, which take their cues from my early memories. This is an example of how judgments which I formed about people based on the way they look, probably when I was a small child (and influenced by my parents' judgments), still arise today.

This is where cultivating the ability and faith in behaving more naturally without thought has to come in.

For example, in the past I have been on drugs such as opiates or MDMA and walked straight up to "scary" people, of any size or colour or looks, and been able to be cool with them. So I "know" that my snap judgments concerning such people aren't usually accurate. But, for me, the logic of knowing this is not enough to disable this thought/strategizing process. The thoughts still arise, and still set me on edge. This is where the "faith in your natural behaviour" part of my post comes in. I have faith in my natural behaviours to carry me through most situations, because I have seen myself behaving naturally while on drugs, without this paranoid thought process (by "natural" I just mean being responsive to reality as opposed to reacting to paranoid thoughts). Because I have faith that I can act naturally, and it is a better response, I can allow my thoughts to turn off via this mind-clearing method and stop all the strategizing, judgments, and other superfluous nonsense.

What I have just described is a situation personal to me. You might want to do it with some other area of your life. The principles are the same: use the mind-clearing technique to quiet your mind by cleaning away unhelpful thoughts as they arise, or to break thought chains when you catch yourself fantasizing, etc.

I think one of the best things about this method (and other meditation techniques) is that after a few minutes of doing this, the number of general thoughts you are having goes right down automatically. It sets me up in a nice, responsive trance very much focused on the present moment, and which is very easy to maintain once the initial "persistent thought strategy" has been broken.
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« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2011, 10:46:25 AM »
Nice! Just trying it a few times right now I do notice subtle shifts in consciousness. My reading speed suddenly went up, propably doubled, which comes in REALLY handy for me right now, since I have a shitload of reading to do. Will try it tonight in my meditation. Feels like a fucking promising technique!

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« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2011, 07:01:41 PM »
Crazy stuff. I'm not 100% sure I'm doing the eye pulse correctly. When you talk about it you make it sound really easy but in order for me to get a noticeable "shake" in my eyes I have to look up rather far, which crosses my eyes, and tenses things up the more I do it. It does clear my thoughts but they come back rather fast so as I continue to do it I get pretty strained in the eyes, upper nose area.

I feel like I'm doing it wrong since it's not possible to do it quickly with a blink and certainly not something you can get away with in public unless you cover your face for a few seconds.

Also, while meditating I had a song uncontrollably stuck in my head and it would not go away during the course of the meditation even while thoughts were gone. The eye pulse did not affect it at all. Maybe this is linked in a different brain area?

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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2011, 03:05:49 AM »
Crazy stuff. I'm not 100% sure I'm doing the eye pulse correctly. When you talk about it you make it sound really easy but in order for me to get a noticeable "shake" in my eyes I have to look up rather far, which crosses my eyes, and tenses things up the more I do it. It does clear my thoughts but they come back rather fast so as I continue to do it I get pretty strained in the eyes, upper nose area.

I feel like I'm doing it wrong since it's not possible to do it quickly with a blink and certainly not something you can get away with in public unless you cover your face for a few seconds.

Also, while meditating I had a song uncontrollably stuck in my head and it would not go away during the course of the meditation even while thoughts were gone. The eye pulse did not affect it at all. Maybe this is linked in a different brain area?

I'm going to write another post about this "eye pulse" thing soon, because reading this one back it is just not clear enough what I mean. Still, I just had to get it out there :)

But yeah, you can clear songs out your head too with this -- clear anything out, in fact. So I'll write that post later today.

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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2011, 08:31:48 AM »
What do you mean by making your eyes vibrate? And by pulse, do you mean to just blink back to the REM position?

And how high upwards is this position exactly?

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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2011, 08:36:23 AM »
What do you mean by making your eyes vibrate? And by pulse, do you mean to just blink back to the REM position?

And how high upwards is this position exactly?

This was all dealt with here: http://www.personalpowermeditation.com/forum/meditation/how-i-cultivated-the-mind-clearing-technique/

Sorry for two posts on the same thing; that's just how it turned out. I'll probably combine them soon.

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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2011, 03:20:50 PM »
Cool, just tried it out - it really is like a muscle!

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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2011, 02:06:47 AM »
This is a great post. Let me just add my 2 cents:

First, anybody reading this and wanting to learn this "technique" should focus on experiencing a clear mind before. As Illuminatus wrote, if you don't know what a clear mind is, you won't know what to strive for. Meditation is one way of achieving it, but for many, sports seem to be a more natural way of entering this state. I am sure anybody who has spent a significant amount running or swimming has experienced that after a while your mind "flips" into a state in which all active thoughts disappear. Once you have had this experience through sports, you will probably find it very easy to re-create it in your meditations.

Second, once mental clarity is not unusual for you to achieve anymore, you can then follow Illuminatus' recipe. Ideally, your mind will become much clearer over time anyway, and you can then give yourself an "impulse" if you so desire, to make your thoughts disappear again. I don't know how well those impulses work if your mind is rather restless, but I would assume that it's like cutting off the heads of Medusa.

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« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2011, 09:34:57 AM »
Yeah it's just a cue associated with being in  a 'thoughtless' state

you can use a breathe for that as well, or relaxing muscles.

I do martial arts and whenever I don't feel focused while sparring kickboxing I will check for tensions, I will regulate my breathing and I will keep my eyes focused. Or I have self -talk like "calm"

It's all about cueing yourself to be focused.

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« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2011, 10:13:48 AM »
Yeah it's just a cue associated with being in  a 'thoughtless' state

you can use a breathe for that as well, or relaxing muscles.

Yes, there are cues, and you can set up various cues. This isn't a "cue" though, it's a physical movement of the eyes to retain focus and not allow the eye access positions to occur.

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I do martial arts and whenever I don't feel focused while sparring kickboxing I will check for tensions, I will regulate my breathing and I will keep my eyes focused.

There! See, you just agreed. It's about keeping the eyes physically focused. That's not difficult to understand -- we can all move our eyes at will.

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Or I have self -talk like "calm"

Yes, you CAN set up cues like that, but that is not what we are doing in this technique. This technique is an actual physical movement of the eyes. This gets you from A to B in the quickest time. Let me explain:

Using a verbal cue
Losing focus --> verbal cue: "focus now" --> eyes move back to the position of focus

NOT using a verbal cue (the mind clearing technique)
Losing focus --> move eyes back to the position of focus

This takes a step out of the chain, so it is quicker and is something you DO, rather than something you "hope happens" in response to a practised cue.

Let me give you another example. Some guided meditations for beginners instruct them to go to a "happy place" in their minds, or listen to waves crashing on the beach, to establish a "cue" to have their muscles relax.

However, once you are quite experienced at meditation, you reach a point whereby you can simply relax your muscles at will. This is the same phenomenon: mind-body knowledge.

The aim of everyone is to simply be able to use their mind-body in the ways they would like, without having additional steps or "cues" in the process chain. Why is this desirable? Because otherwise a) you are dependent on the quality of your cue, how well-practised it is, whether it really works well, etc. and b) other people can affect your cue and sabotage the process as a result. E.g. you are thinking of your happy place and someone starts screaming. But if you did not need a cue, you could command your muscles to relax anyway.
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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2011, 11:54:41 AM »
Has anyone else felt very clear minded when they first woke up in the morning? This recreates those effects for me.

And do you guys find it harder to maintain focua on your breathing when there is noise?

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« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2011, 02:35:56 PM »
After trying this technique a dozen times I have to report that I do not work like this.
My eyes don't just jump around on any thought. Maybe because I have learnt to meditate years ago.
My eyes do however, sink inside on any thought. What I mean by this is that they lose focus, my vision becomes blurred and its as if I'm looking at the inside of my head.
So this technique works, but its more like a battle with eye focus than eye movement.


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