In my notes one commonly finds I mention mnemonics as I access various focus levels. The TMI technique of using pick-codes which I refer to as mnemonics is only briefly mentioned by TMI in principal but not taught very strongly as a practice. What are mnemonics?
In my hemi-sync training I focused on creating visual (ie imaginary) images – bookmarks – that I encoded thru practice to associate entrance to various focus level states. I did this very methodically so that I could associate a level, or recall (access) that level, via these specific visual mnemonic cues (focus-level imaginary bookmarks) and I am strictly consistent with this. For example my mnemonic image to focus 42 is an image of my name written cursive w/ the number 42 below that. My mnemonic for focus 21 is a tall wrote-iron bar with my initials hanging on a tiny plaque and the letters F21 hanging on another plaque.
After about 400 hours of hemi-sync training I found I was able to access the focus levels without hemi-sync by invoking these visual bookmark images (mnemonics) in meditation. Once I clearly grasp the mnemonic, I’m starting to connect to the respective level. In hind-sight I’m sure I could have done this long before 400 hours of practice. I just never thought to try it.
Often the purpose of my meditation sessions is solely the practice of reinforcing these mnemonics. That is I will load up some hemi-sync take-home CD1 and go practice the mnemonic associations and shift with that focus level. To anyone starting out with hemi-sync I strongly recommend this practice. Meditating without hemi-sync is what I call a ‘manual mediation’. It is not uncommon for my manual meditations to be more powerful then with hemi-sync.
Another one of my practices is what I call working on the ‘blank slate’. In this practice meditation I study/observe all thoughts, images; whatever is arriving thus policing front-loads and memory loads more effectively. I’m not seeking peace or some tranquil meditative state; I am weeding out thoughts, directional looking at whether they are my stray thoughts (noise) or otherly. It becomes a basic skill – discernment.
Everything one encounters is not necessarily authentic and many fall prey to fantasy experiences resulting from stuff they learned from the Internet, or read in some book, watched on TV, or just heard from someone else … such as an TMI instructor. These ‘front-loads’ can be motivated by a strong desire to have some experience – any experience. In a focus level one can be very susceptible to suggestion – from anywhere. If one doesn’t get to know the noisy garbage in their own mind they will likely not discern the validity of their own experiences.
Another meditation exercise: “Feel the Stones”
- My training track is an edited collection I’ve made of focus levels in which I’m in some state only 10 minutes and then shift thru the other states; practicing F12 thru F42. In this way I am practicing shifts between states with no other intention. TMI allows one to create such track (in Garage Band for example) for personal use; one cannot distribute such homemade tracks. ↩