The Refinement Of Consciousness 2019
We often focus on projection techniques and little on the preparation, that is, to reach the state of consciousness that makes them efficient. It is the foundations of the practice, integrating all the elements necessary to protect it.
This preparatory work is a trance that I called the refinement of consciousness: it seems to be diminishing, focusing in increments more and more internalized. Success is less in the technical skill, accelerating an experience already in progress, than in the direct input of this process.
For this reason, it is essential not to be limited to a conceptual understanding, but to see how the instructions relate in practice. I wanted to keep it simple, as is the latter, avoiding resorting to explanations so detailed that they would become intimidating. Also, every term, every image has its importance; the logical extension of the additional details will make if necessary. The elements not mentioned have no significant impact on the experience and left to everyone’s preference.
I. THE STATE OF ORIGINAL CONSCIOUSNESS
Before the ascent of an arduous peak, the mountaineer chooses with precision his base camp at the foot of a well-defined path. In the same way, the initial parameter to start an attempt to project correctly is the correct positioning of the consciousness: one must place oneself at a distance from the mental activity and the physical sensations. The procedure is as follows.
We relax on comfortable support, motionless and eyes closed. A pleasant torpor invades us; consciousness is sinking into itself, and the body as the stimuli fade away. Passively, this process must be accompanied by physical and mental relaxation, as long as necessary.
When reveries begin to appear, one observes thoughts. We do not stop at any, but we find them arise from nothingness and fade away. It is important to remain detached and peaceful: we must not focus actively on this process, but merely become aware of it as if, lying at the bottom of a stream, we could see the surface of the water glittering above us.
The mind becomes calmer. Relaxed, one let sink a little bit of this point of perception in the body: one concentrates his\her attention to feel the space between the his\her center of knowledge and the thoughts. In the previous image, we become aware of the volume of water between itself and the surface of the stream. Often narrow at first, this space expands with practice. One then has the impression to feel the back of his face, to be a few centimeters under the surface.
From his skull, a light veil of torpor surrounding the spirit. We must seek to perceive from this point, and not to visualize it. These are the desired position of the initial state.
A handy way of checking access to the initial state is to visualize something and then move your eyes from right to left behind your closed eyelids. If your attention follows the direction of the eyes and makes your viewing unstable, you are too close to the “surface.” on the other hand, if you feel a slight faint bearing under your eyelids, but your mental gaze remains upright and stable, it’s perfect! This test is also useful at any moment of the refinement if one deconcentrated and one wishes to stabilize again.
Here is an easy exercise, which helps to become familiar with the initial awareness position to reach. You just have to know how to visualize and perceive your spatial feeling.
Visualize: close your eyes and focus your imaginary senses to feel with the maximum of detail (shape, texture, color, etc.) the actual presence of the associated object in your mind.
The special feeling: eyes closed, you’ve got an imprecise sense of the existence of close to the location, while not effort; it’s not an issue of visualizing the shape (furniture, etc.), or merely turning into responsive to it. It is not related to sensory perceptions; it is an internal schema that connects you (and anchors you) to the outside world every day, even when you no longer feel your body in a deep trance.
Close your eyes and see something. The subject does not matter. Focus all your attention on this visualization.
Then, move your attention gradually visualization to regain full awareness of the external environment. You always keep in your mind the visualized image, which now has no more force than a mere passing idea.
Now, slowly shift your attention from the spatial feeling to the visualization by restoring it to strength, until it is identical to the first point.
Repeat several times from the beginning.
You must grasp the moment when your attention takes away from the spatial sensations and focuses on visualization and vice versa. The goal is to gradually reduce the amplitude of the balancing of the focus, to balance your point of perception between these two extremes; they must then appear stable similarly and simultaneously.
Little concentration is required; on the contrary, letting go is essential: the point of equilibrium produces a slight aspiration of the consciousness towards the interior, towards a state of the relaxed observer which makes it possible to maintain these two perceptions without effort We then reach the required position.Mastering this initial state develops the skills needed throughout the refinement process. So do not hesitate to train for several weeks on this point.
II. INTERIORIZE ITS POINT OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Pursuing on the gains of the initial state, the second phase of the refinement internalizes the point of consciousness deeper by the enlargement of the mental space.
We continue to peacefully realize the space between ourselves and the emotional stimuli (thoughts and spatial sensations). But now we shift these perceptions as far as possible from the his\her point of consciousness to further enlarge the mental space: we simultaneously seek to take a step back and push them away (about 50 cm from the end of knowledge) into the interior space. Visualizations, for example, appear smaller and at a distance, and not directly in front of you. This step is essential; we must take the time to grasp it well.
A useful technique is to feel that one closes one’s mental vision. One imagines that one closes imaginary psychic eyelids in the initial state as if to cut one’s imagination. You do not need to feel things precisely when you do this; it’s just a matter of imagining the effect it would have to close your “inner eyes.” Consciousness will seem to bury itself and in the body, become much smaller and unstable, while thoughts and perceptions will be pushed back into the mental space, behind a dark veil. We will often have slight dizziness when doing this.
We stop when we reach the point where we will lose consciousness, and we stay there; you stay relaxed, without trying to focus your attention. There is a thin zone of mental blur in which the point of consciousness seems to waver, to go out, then to reappear. It is essential to take the time to stabilize well, self-centered. MOR (rapid involuntary eye movements) can occur at this stage, but the sensation is far away and does not affect the personal look, which seems a bit veiled.
Once the state stabilized, a second descent made following the same modalities, then another, and so on. There may be more than five or six jumps of refinement; it is not a problem, continue as long as you feel able to go further, and push your limits gradually. With practice, each internalization jump will be broader, which will reduce the number and speed up the process.
The torpor felt in the transition zone of each stage is due only to our low sensitivity to consciousness. One is accustomed to being aware by passive reaction to internal and external stimuli; we must learn here to be active, resting in his presence and not seeking outside of his center of consciousness support for manifestation.
The interest of descending in light stages consists precisely in the progressive education of this sensitivity to consciousness, even in very internalized levels. Thus, taking the time to stabilize in these levels, we find that we are just as aware, but in a less focused and more ubiquitous way, which is the goal of access to the following process of filtering. Do not be afraid to venture close to sleep, at the risk of maintaining yourself if not in a superficial state of consciousness.
III. AT THE THRESHOLD OF THE PROJECTION
We finally reach a new level after several hops of refinement. It often occurs following the sensation of being swept away for a few seconds by an intense whirlwind.
One is suddenly calmer, as in stasis; every notion of limit seems fuzzy, one floats within a vast nebulous and quiet internal space. The perception of the body is only an imprecise element: one can vaguely feel some members, but they seem to disappear again as soon as one relaxes his attention. The spatial feeling can stably orient in various directions.
It is easier to stay in this stage, thanks to the sheer inertia of the mind, and the point of consciousness less easily influenced by the brain. One might think oneself in a light trance at the moment because knowledge seems to function “normally” again subjectively; in fact, we are at the door of the dream, in a state of deep trance.
This landing could see as an intermediate rest area. But apparent calm is deceptive: it is here that the principal seems to be played out between a successful projection and a dream projection, that is to say, a “false” projection in which the subconscious takes control over the experience. All precipitation is imperative to prescribe; we must relax in this state and not seek to project as quickly as possible. In fact, the impression of having “bottomed out” of the refinement is an illusion; we have merely arrived at the end of the first significant phase of the process, which must now adapt to another mode of operation for complete the projection.
It is this level that marks the real beginning of the experiment, the previous exercises being only a means to reach this starting block. However, many practitioners tend to see the beginning of a projection (following intense sensations and then stabilization in a new state) and hasten to apply a technique to speed things up. The result is indeed speedy at this stage, but disappointing if practiced as often with too much eagerness: the projection is almost systematically dreamlike, so close to a lucid dream.
In completing the refinement, however, the projection will be of itself; it will be possible to maintain self-centering during the process, thus avoiding much of the subconscious influences.
To do this, we open up to spatial sensations from the point of internalized consciousness, maintaining the state reached, relaxed. In spite of the broad refinement, one suddenly has the impression of owning a body; he seems almost as close to his point of consciousness as if one had merely closed one’s eyes in one’s physical body. These are often accompanied by a flutter or even a feeling of vulnerability as if one were naked in a foreign environment. We now have the clear impression of being in direct contact with the outside world.
In general, this “new” body then rises of itself in the air. Do not resist and stay calm, focused on yourself. Do not try to influence the flow of the output, let things happen. You will find yourself quickly projected standing next to your bed, without dreamlike projection phenomenon. Everything will be stable and without the difficulties of travel often associated with a closed environment of the body. While some vision problems may remain, in general, everything will be visible and intense. You can then go exploring.
Sometimes projection does not happen automatically for some reason. We can then use a conventional projection method, having reached a state where it will work with the most significant effect. One can, if not, continue to relax and become familiar with this level of consciousness, extracting in general without any problem his arms to do some experiments for example. It also sometimes helps to unblock things. But, do not force the exit as much as possible (rolling to the side for example) if you want to avoid the influence of the subconscious on the experience. The projection should be smooth and almost effortless.
IV. COMPLEMENTARY TECHNIQUE: THE HEARING GAUGE
Visualization is not adapted to the exercise of refinement to evaluate the depth of its practice, because it tends to absorb us in reveries, pulling us out of the center of consciousness. But I discovered by chance a very effective method to have a very clear “gauge” of the level of refinement in which we find ourselves: Mental hearing is a great way to measure precisely our position along the inner descent. Obtaining a precise and real-time return of the slightest jolts of our point of consciousness.
The method, straightforward, just requires thinking of a melody when one practices the refinement. The music does not need to exist; it can be an original assemblage created for the occasion. The point is not to have to make too much effort to “play” it mentally, so a well-known song will often be easier to “throw” in the background of your mind.
Then proceed to the refinement as usual, without worrying too much about the music. However, you will find quickly enough that the more you get inside, the more the music becomes loud, clear and sophisticated. In the initial state, you hear it as just thought that you are trying to maintain. But as you internalize your point of consciousness, the music appears, as in headphones; then, from a simple instrument, you gradually perceive others to join, with more and more involved harmonics, upper and lower octave notes, melodies in the melody and so on.
These are your exact gauge: if harmonics disappear, if the music becomes less complicated and less “solid” is that you go to the surface, and vice versa. These make it possible to perceive minute variations in the state of consciousness with unparalleled precision, often even before having a noticeable change in perception. Thus, you can immediately rectify your practice if you feel that you are losing foot for example before
That the effect does not manifest itself. It’s a fabulous tool once you manage to master it.
PRACTICAL SUMMARY OF REFINEMENT
1. Relax physically to detach oneself from the spatial feeling and then be observant of thoughts when daydreams occur.
2. Feel the space between one’s center of consciousness and one’s thoughts and spatial impression.
3. Enlarge this space by pushing perceptions off into one’s mental environment and pushing one’s center of knowledge. The possible method in case of difficulty: imagine the effect of closing his “mental eyes.”
4. Stop at the limit of unconsciousness, stabilize by resting a few tens of seconds, then repeat the same process as many times as possible.
5. Relax when you reach a significant plateau after intense whirling sensation.
6. Use an exit technique after a moment of relaxation, or allow the exit to operate on its own, opening up again to spatial feelings in its entirety.