PHASES 16-17: end of dry spell â€“ or why it is important to strictly follow Michaelâ€™s instructions
I practice the phase for less than 3 months and until recently my phase entries were only spontaneous (which I did not like at all). This does not mean that I did not try the techniques. I tried direct techniques all the time (against Michaelâ€™s warning) and I also tried indirect techniques. Direct techniques â€“ no surprise â€“ did not work. Indirect techniques did not work either - with one recent exception on waking up after a day nap. As many other unfortunate novice practitioners I have had a big problem with indirect techniques: I woke up not remembering about the phase, I woke up with movement, I remembered about the phase too late, I woke up and did not have the energy to do the cycles and so on.
And finally I find myself in a dry spell for a week, which makes me rethink my tactics. I clearly realize that there is absolutely no way around indirect techniques if I want to get into the phase on a regular basis. So I make a commitment to train myself in indirect techniques, whatever the cost. There is a well-known psychological phenomenon: if your intent is TO TRY â€“ this means that you allow for failure and may actually program the failure, if your intent is TO DO whatever the cost, you have a much better chance to succeed.
I decided â€“ what the f@*k, I will practice indirect techniques until they work, whether it takes me a day, a month or a year. I want to get into the phase. Period. So three nights ago I start doing the routine: alarm for 6 a.m., waking up, bathroom visit, glass of water, going back to sleep and then catching the waking-ups and EACH TIME AND REGARDLESS of movement, laziness, late remembering about the phase or anything else I try separation and then do cycles of observing images, phantom wiggling and listening in. Nothing happened. I tell myself â€“ what the f@*k , I will do it next night - same routine, same lack of success. I maintain â€“ no f@*king way I am going to give up. So I am doing this routine during the third successive night â€“ and finally all falls into place.
During the third night I get five waking-ups. First one with movement but I remember about the phase right away. Try to spate, do the cycles, go to sleep. Second - without movement and I immediately remember about the phase. Try to separate, do cycles, go to sleep. Third one â€“ same story. Fourth waking up. Try to separate. Does not work. First cycle â€“ nothing, second and third cycles â€“ nothing. Forth cycle â€“ I am observing images, go into dream and realize that I am in the phase in a few seconds. Then I wake up for the fifth time close to 9 a.m., feel fully rested and alert. Decide to do the cycles anyway. First three cycles unsuccessful. During the fourth cycle while observing images I start feeling the phase state. Separate by following my phantom arm. Start deepening and get the foul. Feel some unusual sensation in my left leg, separate again following phantom movement of the leg. Start deepening. What is interesting - both separations were against the background of very clear conscious awareness â€“ perhaps 90%. I am sure if I could go to sleep again at 9 a.m . I would be able to get into the phase again.
The lesson is very clear: STOP TRYING indirect techniques, DO THEM with full commitment and soon they will work.
Last edited by Sumer
on Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:41 am, edited 1 time in total.
Consciousness is all there is.
All there is - is consciousness.