Psychologist Charles Tart holds that our internal dialogue continually reinforces group consensus....
Self-reflection results from internal dialogue, the incessant verbiage about the world being one way or another. While it builds cohesion, it may also lock your assemblage point into place. And what you think about the world may, or may not, be true. Whatever the case, self-reflection creates a force that influences your energy body. Psychologist Charles Tart holds that our internal dialogue continually reinforces group consensus and that “it absorbs such a large amount of our attention/awareness energy that we have little of that energy available for other processes.”74.
All deautomatization skills help you step outside your thoughts, which is a way to begin stepping beyond conditional fields. As an exercise, stopping self-reflection allows the environment—from the general conditions of your life to the greater cosmological expanse—to have greater influence. Shamans prescribes a meditative walk for this.75
As an example of this procedure:
1. Walk with your hands in an unusual position that does not attract attention. The novelty directs energy away from the ordinary attention created by your usual way of walking. If you hold your hands in a dramatically unusual position, you have to contend with other people sending their energies toward you as they wonder what you’re doing.
2. Direct your vision toward the horizon. If you are in a hill or mountain environment, steadily look 10-40 feet in front of you. If you look 20 feet away, for instance, continue looking 20 feet away as you walk.
3. Unfocus your eyes, allowing your peripheral vision to absorb as much as possible.
4. Listen to and smell the environment. Feel your surroundings. Fill your senses with environmental stimuli. You're trying to get out of your thoughts and into your body.
5. Walk at a normal pace, or slower than your normal pace.
6. For safety, walk where you don't have to contend with traffic or other obstacles. Otherwise, you’re thinking about navigating rather than interrupting your thinking.
7. Once you gain competency with turning off your flow of thoughts, you can stop them by intending it.
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