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    Kol Drake
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    All you need to begin the practice of working with the Force is concentration, imagination and the ability to laugh at yourself and learn from mistakes.  Just about anything you can imagine, anything you can symbolize, can be made real and produce changes in your environment.

    Be honest about your progress, your successes and failures. Tripping on 500 mushrooms might loosen your Force sphincter a little but it will not generally confer upon you any of the benefits of the conscious workings of the Force discussed to date.  Force work is about what you bring BACK from being fully aware. 

    Force Consciousness

    Force Consciousness is a particular way of seeing and interacting with the real world.  One might describe it as a ‘head-click’, a feeling of absolute certainty accompanying a perceptual shift which gives real world transactions the numinous, uncanny feeling of dreams. 

    Force Consciousness is a way of experiencing and participating with the local environment in a heightened, significant manner.    Precognitive and telepathic latencies become more active during periods of this state of Force consciousness ‘open-ness’.  This is the same state in which tea leaves are read, curses are cast, goals are scored, and poems are written.

    Practice. Practice. Practice.

    For a guy like me, this is the hardest part of learning about the Force  — I hate to practice BUT, to get ‘good’ at anything, one must work at it – and it is not different for attaining proficiency at Force Consciousness.  It must be practiced until it merges with and becomes everyday consciousness.  Maintained at such a level, one must get used to living with long periods of richly associative thought.
     

    #154819
    Kol Drake
    Moderator
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    “You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and water… a certain free margin, and even vagueness—perhaps ignorance, credulity—helps you in your enjoyment of these things…”  — Walt Whitman

    “True Sight” through Force Consciousness

    When one uses True Sight, one goes beyond “just looking” and enters the realm of Seeing.
    Looking speaks to what things are.
    Seeing reveals what else things are, the hidden aspect of reality, the reality of a rock, a tree, a mountain, a dog or a person.

    Seeing reveals what else things are. It is a direct encounter that involves the whole body and mind. The barrier of subject and object dissolves and one appreciates things immediately and intimately.

    Taken further one may take “True Sight” to simply be the ability to see through all situations.
    It is a side effect of being a fluid part of the environment around us. When you are fluid and unguarded, you can see and react to situations in “real time”. This means there is no “down time” trying to figure out what is happening. There is no loss of time between observation and action.

    Quote:
    “Be like water. Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless — like water. Now you put water in a cup, it becomes the cup; now you put water into a bottle it becomes the bottle; now you put water in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Don’t get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow. Water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”  — Bruce Lee

    There will always be times when we as individuals fail at being a fluid part of our environments. Some things in life can just be hard not to take personally.

    EXERCISE 1

    Spend five minutes looking at everything around you as if ALL OF IT was trying to tell you something very important.
    How did that light bulb come to be here exactly? Why does the murder victim in the newspaper have the same unusual surname as your father-in-law?  Why did the phone ring, just at that moment and what were you thinking?  What’s that water stain on the wall of the building opposite? How does it make you feel?

    Five minutes of focus during which everything is significant, everything is luminous and heavy with meaning, like the objects seen in dreams.

    EXERCISE 2

    After being fully ‘aware’ of all about you it is time to relax.  Go for a walk and interpret everything you see on the way as a message from the Force to you.

    Watch for patterns in the flight of birds. See the faces of woodland elves and Nature spirits in the bark of old trees.  Make oracular sentences from the letters on car number plates. Look at the way buildings move against the skyline. The noises on the streets, voices cut into rapid, almost subliminal commands and pleas. Listen between the lines.

    Walk as far and for as long as you feel comfortable.  The more aimless, the more you walk for the sake of pure experience, the further into Force Consciousness you will be immersed.  Force Consciousness resembles states of light meditation, ‘hypnagogic’ pre-sleep trance or alpha wave brain activity.

    Do not think but as it were, pour out your personality toward it: let your soul be in your eyes. Almost at once, this new method of perception will reveal unsuspected qualities in the external world.

    First, you will perceive about you a strange and deepening quietness; a slowing down of our feverish mental time. Next, you will become aware of a heightened significance, an intensified existence in the thing at which you look. As you, with all your consciousness, lean out towards it, an answering current will meet yours.

    You work toward resonance — a recognition of a link between the subject and the object, that manifests as energy that streams back and forth.  An act of true communion:  you know the secret of it’s being deeply and unforgettably, yet in a way which one may find difficult to express.  The barrier of subject and object dissolves and one understands it intimately

    As with all your Jedi Training, always keep a journal of your experiments and practices.
    It is easy to forget things you have done or to miss interesting little connections and correspondences.  Make a note of everything, from the intent to the fulfillment. Make a note of dates, times, moods, successes and failures. 

    When we practice accessing the Force in any of it’s aspects during day-to-day life, near ‘magical’ things tend to unfold; it expands our normal awareness and we begin to notice that it gets easier and easier to access, use, and understand.

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    The Disinformation Book of Lies, Pop Magic by Grant Morrison

    The Laws of Spirit by Dan Millman  (( in general ))

    #154820
    Kol Drake
    Moderator

    So, what the *bleep* is he talking about — Consciousness and Seeing?

    Being aware of your environment and learning to truly ‘see’ what is around you can open your sense to the fuller aspects of the Force.  In an odd way, it also allows you to be more ‘on top of’ any actions or situations which may arise at a moments notice.

    Here is a weird “let us play spy versus spy” example.

    Spies are trained to observe.
    Miss the guy following you and you might end up dead… or worse.  Not notice the door behind you and you might get jumped… or trapped or worse.  Not be able to notice, evaluate, and prepare for a given ‘room’ and you get taken, busted, shot … or worse.  The trick to observing is to build up your ability to see clearly and recall what you have seen with unerring accuracy.

    Here is an example of how they do it —

    Start with the room you are in. Look around at it slowly. Let everything impress upon your eyeballs. Let the room seep into your vision.  Very much akin to “True Seeing”… absorb it all without trying to impart labels or categories as yet.

    Okay now close your eyes. Try and keep the image of the room, see the room there on the dark screen of the inside of your eyelids or your mind. When the vision fades, open your eyes for a few seconds and check the details again.

    Close your eyes and see it inside again. Do this a few times. Then with your eyes still closed, describe the room in as much detail as you can manage. Then list the blue things that are in the room – then open your eyes and check. Then close your eyes and try and recall all the round things in the room. And so on.

    This will be easier when you are in a room you are familiar with – but you will be amazed at the number of things you haven’t noticed before. The real test is to do this in a room or place that is unfamiliar to you. Go in, look around, take mental snap shots. Close your eyes, see the room in your mind, open your eyes, check the details and store the info.

    You can ask yourself a series of questions to trigger your observation. Where are the exits? How many windows? How many people are in the room? What are they doing? What is the layout of the room?

    Get good at this and you might play this ‘game’ with other people.

    Like an actor learning a role, you study people’s faces, their expressions, their mannerisms, their clothes, and way of talking.  Observe everything and keep mental notes.  Feed your mind with information.  Who looks nervous, who tense, who happy, who sad, who is faking it and who is watching the room beside you?

    Seeing and being Force aware of those about you can mean YOU will be the one ready to ‘spring into action’ if the …. ahem… hits the fan.  Be it instantly reacting to a threat or helping someone from getting injured.

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    “Spy” seeing technique from Unleash Your Genius by Wily Walnut

    #154825
    Kol Drake
    Moderator

    Spies… what was I thinking?

    lol…
    Never question the Force is the lesson.
    My son dropped by tonight and popped a DVD into the machine.  It was “Men Who Stared at Goats“… about the psychic warrior program of the cold war days.  (yes, weird and semi humorous as the movie was; that kind of training was really going on… and stuff even more intense.) 

    Coincidences ‘happen’ and are more noticed when you are being more aware.
    And at times, it can seem freaky — and at times, pretty darn cool.

    Since one of the foundations of being a Jedi is the ability to be aware of things which most other people are not — you have to sort of ‘get used to’ having odd things become ‘normal happenings’ in a Jedi life.  Some magickl books make a big deal of the mystery of it all and how the ability to be aware is reserved for those people who claim to be able to see auras, chakras, spirit guides hovering at your shoulder and all manner of esoteric phenomena.  Many people in the esoteric field claim to have ‘psychic abilities’ and consequently there are books and teachers who purport to be able to teach you how to develop these powers.  This stuff is not ‘only for the special or chosen’ or only for those who have been anointed and appointed.

    Force Consciousness and ‘True Seeing’ is all about being aware of what is going on around you at any one moment.

    You do not, for example, need to be able to ‘see’ the colors of someone else’s aura to be aware that they are depressed, angry, or otherwise affected emotionally. You can assess someone’s mood from a multitude of different cues – such as facial tension, gestures, posture, tone of voice, etc.  Of course we tend to ‘read’ each other in this way automatically, and think nothing of it, but it is surprising how many people seem to lose the ability to do this, and often the reason is that they are too wrapped up in themselves to take notice of what is actually going on at any one moment.  It is cool if you can ‘see’ colors, etc but not necessary.

    In my view, awareness of one’s immediate surroundings, and how one interprets what is going on, is a major step in developing one’s Force senses.  It is important to realize that we should not passively take in information through our senses about the world around us, but that we should interpret this information in particular ways, more in accord with our Jedi training and nudges from the Force itself.

    I barely mentioned some of what can arise from honing your Force Consciousness but, some can seem pretty darn esoteric and glamorous abilities.  Of course, a wise mentor would shake a finger and warn you that … gaining odd and neat ‘new abilities’ is not what this is all about — rather it is about learning about yourself, the Force, and the inter-relationship gained.    (Even so, those ‘side effects’ of training can be pretty cool on their own — just do not get sidetracked from the main goal… being one with the Force).

    So, rather than striving to develop such senses in isolation to anything else, these Force abilities tend to arise out of one’s experiences and practices spontaneously.  I am certain many would agree — for the most part — if people consciously pursue the development of Force abilities they are often inhibited by their own expectations of what they think they should be hearing or seeing.  Do not get bogged down in expectations nor in trying to make things happen.  Relax.  Enjoy the experience.  Make mistakes and laugh when you do.  Success or failure, it is all a part of the learning curve.

    Developing Force senses then, is very much a matter of allowing impressions and perceptions to arise in you, and to take notice of these impressions without necessarily attributing any cosmic or grand significance to them. To be able to acknowledge the possibility of flashes of intuition or foreknowledge of events is useful, but can easily become a source of obsession or self-delusion.

    Here are a couple more exercises which you can use —

    1) Coincidence Control

    All you have to try to do here is notice coincidences when they happen.
    Do not try and explain them or attach some cosmic meaning to them – just be aware of them happening.

    We tend to behave as though coincidences are somehow ‘outside’ normal life or some otherworldly ‘something’ messing with us.  What is really unbelievable is how much we can dismiss what is happening around us. So notice your awareness that someone is going to say or do something, or that something is going to happen – no matter how trivial.  (Kind of like me posting about spies and then having a movie on ‘psychic spies’ pop up and…) 

    (another personal story — having someone email me and mention some specific concept and later walking up and down the aisles of a bookstore and having a book literally fall off a shelf at my feet…. and the book is specifically about what the email / topic had been all about.  ‘Coincidences’ are not always so ‘thwap him with a two by four’ but…  The Force sometimes has to work hard to get my attention.  :P)

    2) Unconscious Seeing

    This is a simple technique for seeing images arising out of everyday phenomena.
    All you have to do is choose some everyday object – it is helpful if it is somehow textured – such as a whitewashed window, a brick wall, a patch of moss on a stone, a plant, etc and look at it, stilling your mind. Forget what the object ‘is’, and let forms arise out of it while you study it.

    This is a very ancient magical technique for allowing meaningful images to arise out of flames, the passage of birds, the swarming of bees, cloud formations, etc.  Leonardo Da Vinci called it “Eidetic Vision”, and it is said that a friend of his discovered the technique when staring at a wall upon which superstitious folk, particularly the sick, would stop and spit. The man is said to have gazed at the wall for hours, amazed at the shapes and forms which arose out of the blobs of phelgm.  (yuck)

    Any object which is sufficiently complex, from manufactured items to natural growths can be used in this way.
    I have had many a time when I have seen some VERY specific images / faces in the random patterns of floor tile or swirly paint patterning on a wall.  Same as I mentioned for those who can see ‘nature spirits’ in the bark of trees or the clumping of leaves on a shrubbery.

    Working your Force Consciousness ‘muscles’ gets you into the proper mindset to explore the deeper aspects of the Force and Force related abilities as you progress along the Jedi Path.  An added plus is… working those same ‘Force muscles’ helps to create, modify, and strengthen the neural connections in your head which opens new Force possibilities which helps to…  love those self improving circles!
    :stars

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    some concepts and the exercises courtesy of Phil Hines
    http://www.philhine.org.uk

    #154834
    Stryse
    Participant
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    2) Unconscious Seeing

    This is a simple technique for seeing images arising out of everyday phenomena.
    All you have to do is choose some everyday object – it is helpful if it is somehow textured – such as a whitewashed window, a brick wall, a patch of moss on a stone, a plant, etc and look at it, stilling your mind. Forget what the object ‘is’, and let forms arise out of it while you study it.

    This is a very ancient magical technique for allowing meaningful images to arise out of flames, the passage of birds, the swarming of bees, cloud formations, etc.  Leonardo Da Vinci called it “Eidetic Vision”, and it is said that a friend of his discovered the technique when staring at a wall upon which superstitious folk, particularly the sick, would stop and spit. The man is said to have gazed at the wall for hours, amazed at the shapes and forms which arose out of the blobs of phelgm.  (yuck)

    This may be the only thing I personally find pop-corn celings to be any good for.  I recall hours spent in bed as a child staring at the ceiling and seeing all the things that would ‘appear’ in it.    Often fleeting.      If I had only known then what I know now.  :)

    #154836
    Kol Drake
    Moderator

    lol

    After spending way too many hours patching, painting, and ‘re-popcorning’ some ceilings… it is my unofficial opinion that they are ‘from the Dark Side’… put up to vex me.  :P

    Yep, if one thinks back of all those times in class when ‘creative thinking’ (day dreaming) and seeing shapes and such were firmly kaboshed by ‘the Ones in charge’… think how differently things might be if we had been encouraged to foster open-ness, imagination, and creative thinking (and seeing).    Trying to get all those kidlets to fit into the desired ’round peg holes’ when so many would have fit so well into square, triagular, or other multi-sided ‘holes’.

    #154844
    Stryse
    Participant
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    lol

    After spending way too many hours patching, painting, and ‘re-popcorning’ some ceilings… it is my unofficial opinion that they are ‘from the Dark Side’… put up to vex me.   :P

    Yep, if one thinks back of all those times in class when ‘creative thinking’ (day dreaming) and seeing shapes and such were firmly kaboshed by ‘the Ones in charge’… think how differently things might be if we had been encouraged to foster open-ness, imagination, and creative thinking (and seeing).     Trying to get all those kidlets to fit into the desired ’round peg holes’ when so many would have fit so well into square, triagular, or other multi-sided ‘holes’.

    Yup, sadly it can take years upon years of dedicated discipline to regain those talents, lost in a single lecture from well-meaing, yet woefully ignorant, parents.  :)

    #178113
    Kol Drake
    Moderator

    Three years… figure it’s time for an ‘update’. Figured I’d go ‘back to the basic concept’ (again).

    Force Consciousness is a particular way of seeing and interacting with the real world.

    One way one may experience it is as what one can only describe as a ‘head-click’ — a feeling of absolute certainty accompanying a perceptual shift which gives real world transactions the numinous, uncanny feeling of dreams. What a mouthful, right?

    Force Consciousness is a way of experiencing and participating with the local environment in a heightened, significant manner, similar to the effects of some drug trips, Salvador Dali’s ‘Paranoiac/critical’ method, Near death experiences etc. WITHOUT having to resort to those extremes. Many precognitive and telepathic latencies tend to become more active during periods of Force Consciousness. This is the state in which tea leaves are read, curses are cast, goals are scored, poems are written, insights are presented.

    Force Consciousness can be practised until it merges with (and becomes) everyday consciousness. Maintained at these levels it could interfere with your lifestyle unless you have one which supports long periods of richly associative thought.
     
    I direct you to go back to my second post in this thread and read (and do) exercises 1 & 2.
     
    Do exercise 1 in a Spring/Summer woodland environment and you will start seeing ‘faces’ in the bark of trees and humanoid shapes in bushes and clumps of foliage — so much so, you might think the ‘wee folk’ are watching that silly human do odd things…

    As you may ‘discover’ with exercise 2, the Universal and Living Force work with wide ranging patterns; Order and Chaos are the pallet the Force paints reality with… enjoy the artistry!

    As noted previously in this thread, Force Consciousness resembles states of light meditation, ‘hypnagogic’ pre-sleep trance or alpha wave brain activity. Be open to being ‘open’. Get your mind to ‘notice’ the quirky things that most folks’ minds tend to write off as not worth processing because it upsets their view of reality ‘as they know it’; coincidences; deja vu(s); “stuff” most take for granted — you can learn to ‘see’ and use to your advancement in the Force (and Life).

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    << creds again to G. Morrison >>

    #178114
    Kol Drake
    Moderator
    Quote:
    “Even ‘ordinary’ consciousness is essentially alterable consciousness, and when asking after the evolution of our capacities it it worth recalling which altered consciousness is repeated (in this instance memories, memories troped and recalled through repetition).”
    Darwin’s Pharmacy by Richard Doyle

    “Ordinary consciousness” as a state of altered consciousness… ooooo… even Force Consciousness?!?!?

    There is consciousness and then there is consciousness. After all, if you are recalling a memory or day dreaming about the future — that can be considered a form of ordinary consciousness, as can the consciousness one exhibits when grocery shopping, and yet, each of the examples is different from the others in terms of how consciousness is experienced and exhibited. All the same consciousness or altered forms of consciousness?

    Typically when people think of “altered consciousness” they think of a state of consciousness altered by funny mushrooms or smoking too much Shire weed or by ritual, or by sex of some kind or another. And all of those states of consciousness are very obvious forms of altered consciousness.

    But the Jedi-in-Trainging knows that even ordinary consciousness is just a state of consciousness and one that can be worked with as intentionally as any other. A person can achieve gnosis in an ordinary state of consciousness with the right triggers.

    If a person says an insult to you, the hurt or anger you feel will still cause an altered state of consciousness that could have aspects of gnosis associated with it, under the right circumstances. Likewise an experience of joy can also be an altered state of consciousness. The experience of a runner’s high, or the joy you feel when your favorite team wins can be just as ‘defining’.

    Ordinary consciousness is not a static form of consciousness and can have little shifts and changes that nonetheless can be useful for Force work. Bringing the Force into ‘the ordinary’ is how one gets to where no effort is necessary to ‘be One’ with the Force at any given moment. You start living IN the Force once you embrace the ocean of energies you constantly swim in.

    With that in mind, it would be safe to suggest that “ordinary” consciousness is anything but ordinary. What makes altered states of consciousness stand out has to more due to with an experience of the extreme as opposed to anything else, and yet ordinary consciousness can be used for Force/energy work and can be alterable in its own right, if one is willing to be creative enough. Again — the willingness to being ‘open’ to being open to things most can barely imagine.

    #178115
    Kol Drake
    Moderator

    Going out on a limb of sorts — consider fire.
    Elemental Fire… rather magical in nature or the more ‘muggle’ for of a candle flame or log burning in a fireplace. Most ‘regular folk’ would tend to describe or label fire with human attributes and emotions such as anger, passion, and creativity — even ‘a hunger’. This provides humans a way to understand relate to fire from a human centric perspective, but it does not allow you to experience fire in other ways.

    If you strip away the labels, attributes and emotions associated with fire, what you experience is something much more primal and raw; something that had more to do with fire as its own force as opposed to something mediated and interpreted by human perspective. Fire as an aspect of ‘the Force’ in all it’s forms? One should recognize that even given the more ‘open nature’ of experiencing the fire, there is still some degree of applying a human perspective to the experience — it is really hard to totally drop the ‘human lens’ of perception, but as much as possible one can be ‘open’ to experiencing fire on its own level.

    Staring at an open hearth; ‘opening’ to the Fire; ‘seeing’ what it ‘speaks’ to you… it is still applying human perspective because… well, we are only human (to quote the original RoboCop). We, as humans, never fully get away from that human perspective.

    This does not mean we should not try (do or do not; there is no try) to experience other forms of consciousness, but rather that we should acknowledge that on some level, at all times, we are interpreting a given situation through the lens of being human.

    With all that babbled — er, said —
    By being aware of that lens AND working to polish it by working WITH the Force in a conscious manner, we can also open ourselves up to a given experience where we seek connection with something that is not ‘human’ (like the Force or ‘Nature’) and recognize when we are labeling interactions through the “being human” lens — then we can take a step back (or forward) knowing we can ‘polish that lens’ and even put it aside to better focus on the interaction/experience. Experiencing ‘it’ (whatever ‘it’ may be — person, place, the Force, ‘energies’ ) — with a more open mind; willing to ‘take in’ beyond the conventional.

    The paradox of consciousness and awareness is very profound and yet very simple.
    It ca not be described because it has no objective qualities and no limitation. Sometimes it comes naturally to the surface when we are fully in the present moment and no longer lost in thought or mental projections. Pure consciousness/Force Consciousness is neither high nor low, neither pleasant nor unpleasant, neither good nor bad. No matter where we are, no matter what we are doing, we always have an immediate access to that inner stillness. It can be experienced in an instant in all circumstances once we know how to pay attention to it. It is utterly peaceful and it is also insightful, so it sees through all illusions. Whenever there is a moment of being deluded, we can use that moment to practice settling in the very perfect sphere of the Buddha/Yoda mind without trying to change anything. When we reside in that liberated mind, we find the very thing we have been seeking all along.

    Ya… wordy. Three years and it’s still hard to ‘say’ in one sentence… but that seems to be true of many aspects of the Force, the Mind, and all that is involved when working with those things.

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    << and thanks to Taylor Ellwood >>

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