In my notes one commonly finds I use the word mnemonics as I discuss access to various focus levels. This is derived from the TMI technique of using pick-codes. The pick-code is a bookmark to a focus level location so to speak. I think it is first introduced in the Lifelines course if I recall correctly. It is briefly instructed in principal but not strongly emphasized as a TMI practice. I have developed the method and refer to its identifiers as mnemonics.
In my hemi-sync training I focused on creating visual imaginary images – bookmarks – that through practice were encoded to mark entrance to specific focus level states. I did this methodically so that I could recall (access) the respective associated levels. I am strictly consistent with this. For example my mnemonic image to focus 42 is an imaginary 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 in meditation. Once I visually produce 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. It generally takes some effort for me to produce a mnemonic image in my mind’s eye.
Often the purpose of my meditation session 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, shifting thru focus levels. 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 and I am not constrained by the time limit of a hemi-sync track.
Another one of my practices is what I call working on the blank slate. I practice this in all levels. In this practice meditation I first work to achieve a calm settled mind in some focus level and then I observe and critique all thoughts, images – whatever is arriving at my mind’s eye. Thus I police all front-loads, memory-loads, and other thoughts more effectively. I’m not seeking peace, some tranquil meditative state, nor Nirvana. I seek to discern and weeding out all thoughts. My goal is to get to a pure objective observational stance of my mind’s eye. This becomes a basic skill and default poise of mind.
It is important to recognize that everything one encounters is not necessarily authentic and many fall prey to fantasy experiences resulting from stuff they learned from the Internet, read in some book, seen 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 hemi-sync tracks are edited versions of TMI course take-home hemi-sync CDs. In some tracks I’m only in a level 10 minutes or so and then shift to the other levels. In this manner I practice shifting from F10 thru F42+ while reinforcing the associated mnemonics. 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. ↩