Friday, August 12, 2011

Beliefs Unlimited

To clarify something in the previous post - when I said it was easy to temporarily get out of limiting belief systems, I meant it seems easy to temporarily quiet the ego and habitual mind enough for the purpose of getting on with the experiment. In general, it doesn't seem easy at all to change deeply ingrained programming and strongly held belief systems about who we are and what we can do, but it is possible, even probable when one actively embarks upon the course.

One method I'd like to present is Beliefs Unlimited, a meta-programming (programming your programs) technique designed by Dr. John Lilly, one of the greatest visionary scientists of the XXth Century. Lilly was a pioneer in the research of dolphin intelligence, and was the inventor of the floatation tank.

Beliefs Unlimited Exercise

This exercise is useful when one attempts to move beyond one's current belief
structures. Record the the following in a soothing and authoritative manner
five times into a tape recorder.

(start of belief unlimited tape)

In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or
becomes true within certain limits, to be found experientially and
experimentally. These limits are beliefs to be transcended.

Hidden from one's self is a covert set of beliefs that control one's thinking,
one's actions, and one's feelings. The covert set of hidden beliefs is the
limiting set of beliefs to be transcended. To transcend one's limiting set, one
establishes an open-ended set of beliefs about the unknown.

I quoted the first couple of paragraphs because it seems to sum up the situation. The whole exercise is highly recommended by me. A free pdf can be downloaded HERE.

It's very short, only 10 paragraphs, and like it says, is meant to be recorded 5 times. The instructions before the start of the tape and below can be modified as desired. I made one recording where the effects - flange, delays and reverb - got progressively stronger with each cycle.

(from The centre of the cyclone an autobiography of inner space by John C.
When listening to the tape, lie in a comfortable position on the floor with the
lights very dim and just allow the words and meaning enter you without any

I tried it maybe a dozen to 20 times in various modes of "imprint vulnerability" - greatly aided by a floatation tank. Not that I couldn't benefit from doing it more. I probably will.

Note that when Lilly writes, "To transcend one's limiting set, one establishes an open-ended set of beliefs about the unknown," he doesn't give any indication of what those open-ended beliefs should be. That's all up to you. I also find it significant that he suggests a "set of beliefs" rather than "a belief" about the unknown.

I remember Lee Perry, of the Samadhi Tank Company, telling me that John told them when giving orientations to first time users of the floatation tank to take extreme care to NOT give them any kind of programming or suggestions about HOW to use the tank, what to do or expect in there.

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