Simple Reconditioning

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7 Responses

  1. AJM says:

    Would you consider 5th jhana good for step 1?

    • Illuminatus says:

      That would be ideal. But at the same time I don’t want people to worry too much about this step. Just get as relaxed as possible.

  2. Moranta says:


    I tried this technique earlier, and I couldn’t get totally past the old emotional response. I got an anxious-warm feeling. The anxiety didn’t disappear. I suppose that it take a little bit of time and practice to get totally past the old emotional response right ?

    • Illuminatus says:

      That is normal. Both the old response and the new one will run in parallel for some time. Practice and repetition is key.

      I want to hear reports after the TENTH time you try this, not the first. 🙂

      • Illuminatus says:

        “I got an anxious-warm feeling.”

        Also — without meaning to sound patronizing, you will likely not actually KNOW what emotions you are feeling at this point. Humans are generally very confused about what is what. For example, smiling will “melt” anxiety via a warm feeling, but it requires FAITH to actually allow the smile to do this. It sounds like you are on the edge. Let the smile melt the anxiety. This actually feels MORE anxious at first, as you are letting go of control of the situation. This brings me to my next point.

        Various emotions are actually a result of not letting an emotion complete. E.g. not letting a smile complete and melt into the body because it’s “wrong” to feel pleasure = shame. Then there are other control issues like I just mentioned. In humans there are only perhaps 5 emotions — the rest, e.g. “shame”, just come about from not allowing certain emotions to complete.

        Do not get caught up on this! Just keep practising. We don’t need so much theory. Just practise letting the smile complete, and getting the warmest, softest feelings you can. Practice makes perfect, and you can do a lot just by practising this alone.

  3. james says:


    I used to have awful pelvic pain until i read “healing back pain” by dr sarno, where i learned that my pain was psychosomatic! I only really get the pain when i am anxious, which mainly happens at social situations like nightclubs or parties. do you think this technique will help with my anxiety and the resulting pain?

    thank you very much

    • Illuminatus says:

      Yes. You probably have tight psoas muscles. Learn a yoga routine that eases it off (experiment to find a working solution) and perform that twice weekly at least.

      My tech above is all about training a relaxation response. Practise it every day and train yourself to feel emotions like love and appreciation instead of anxiety. Your ability in this area is reflective of the amount of practice you do and your creativity in the ways you can learn to enjoy situations. Finally, if you find you don’t really like nightclubs etc. after putting in some effort to enjoy them, just stop going to them so often. It is bad for confidence to keep putting oneself into a debilitating situation.

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