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SARMOUNG MASTERS OF WISDOM Work Program for 15- 21 March,2010 Copright® Sarmoung MoW association Hello! Wellcome to our Online Work group! To help you get more out of this virtual Workgroup program here's a suggestion: Don't go for Perfection This may sound strange but the assignments we give aren't always things you can accomplish, at least not right away. Many people think that even the core exercise is the hardest. They just agree with people or disagree as an automatic reaction before realizing it. The assignment is to refrain from doing this, but I'm not expecting success. As a matter of fact more can be gained by failing. If all you get out of this exercise is to realize that you don't control the words coming out of your mouth, and that much of your behavior is on automatic pilot,,, then I'd say that's enough for a start. While it might seem like you've failed at the goal you've actually accomplished a lot in the process. You are now aware of this dynamic. Your awareness has expanded. You are now being self reflective and beginning to adopt a new perspective of being an observer. You also have an insight into how agreements/beliefs are made in subtle quick ways and how quickly we accept opinions as fact and truth. It is this new perspective that is most important at this point. You might not like what you notice, but that's the inner judge starting to take over. You've taken an important step towards change because you can't change a behavior until you know about it. Just noticing these types of things in the free sessions, even if you aren't able to change them is the most important lesson. Good luck! Let' s start our journey.... Workprogram exercises 15- 21 March 2010 The aim of the week is: „Tuning into the Now“ Core exercise: for a better understanding of the dynamics of the core exercise, first read the following text: "... Once came to visit me a dear friend of mine. D. was quite stressed and needed to relax a bit. After a few hours spent in conversation, D. confessed that he felt much better. He even told me that it happens every time we met, although he did not understand why: he arrived tired and tense, but after a short time, began to feel better, more relaxed and safer. He told me - jokingly - that I must have something strange, like those people who have some special faculties... I explained that I had nothing special but most likely what he perceived was the result of the work I did on myself, probably perceived outside. We began to meet more often and on such occasions, there emerged some aspects of the “work" that I was doing on myself; I pointed out, for example, that a human being lives in forgetfulness of himself, and how what we call "personality" or “self” is a collection of many fragmented and anarchic "I"; I had many occasion to speak with him of identification, how to change the ordinary condition of fragmentation, and many other topics. And so, after several months, we started to speak about the "observation in the third person" - also called "second point" that D. found particularly difficult to put into practice. He had understood that this technique could take it to live the present moment, thus preventing it being swallowed up by the thoughts and emotions. D. also understood that - facing action, as if watching someone else - emotional states could be captured before they surprise him, resulting in a considerable conservation of energy and, finally, he realized that he could find a condition of non- identification, a unification of the various "I", and achieve an single "I“, able to handle the self energies . He understood all these concepts intellectually, but, nevertheless, he couldn’t put into practice this technique. He said that, since the first attempts, he felt some discomfort in the call himself by name, repeating mentally all his actions: it seemed unnatural and unable to recognize himself during this practice. And that cost him much trouble, because he often found himself as "stunned" and unable to "feel" in the actions he did. I tried to explain that these were the effects of the first attempts of breaking the mechanicity and that he was facing the first identification: it was quite "normal", in these situations, to feel a sense of dissociation. Precisely for this reason, the "second point" was practiced mostly in the action, trying to perceive himself with force and clarity in every moment. In this regard, I brought him as example the Zen practitioners, who ritualized everything precisely in order to generate greater awareness of the gesture and improve the sense of feeling. I told him to not keep the practice at the conceptual level, but take her as much as possible in the everyday life. I told to him: "You should come to grasp fully the actions that M. does ... 'D. walks, D. drives, eats, grabs, etc’… You have to see that at the same instant it happens, not just to think about that. It is a process of attention such as when you do something for the first time, and you're inevitably forced to put more attention to everything. "But beyond that, you also have to put attention to any feeling, the" thickness "of your body in motion, as if to get in touch with the things is always your whole body, not just one piece at time. "And remember that you must not dwell in thought on what you watch, because that would mean that you are again identified, you're trying to recognize yourself in something that is not your entirety." At that point, I said, what began as just a hard work and effort would turn into the ability of focus out of the ordinary, and that only way in that way he could find a detachment from the identifications and the necessary presence to obtain a silent majority inside and a calmer mind. Once stabilized in this way, the practice - carried out with perseverance and patience - would lead to the unification of the fragmented personality, which I mentioned in our first meetings. Before leaving, I had to remind him one last thing: "But remember that there is only one real moment to change your life: that moment is" now ". The only possibility to change ourselves is “now”. The past is not modifiable, and postpone in the future is useful: it would be only an excuse to do nothing ... " Explanation of the exercise: During the day, when you do some action, feel yourself doing that determinate thing and, at the same time, repeat mentally your name and the action you are doing in the third person. Example: When I pick up a glass I feel the action and say mentally: "Andrea takes the glass" when I walk I say mentally: "Andrea walks" and so on. In this way, observing the action, and mentally repeating what you're doing, you better look at yourself. Similarly, do the same things with emotions: When I feel happy I say: "Andrea is Happy" when I’ m tired, "Andrea is tired," when I'm angry "Andrea is angry "..... This action has to be done during the all day. Observe yourself in every moment and, when you notice you’ve forget doing this practice, just focus your attention on what you are doing right in that moment. Practice with patience, don’ t get angry when you notice you’ve forget yourself- at this stage of the “Work”, it’s an normal thing! Additional Morning exercise: when you wake up, repeat silently or aloud, "I Wish, I Can, I Am" and try to Sense a reverberation in the head, the heart and the solar plexus, respectively ( “I Wish- sense the head; “I Can- sense the heart, I Am- sense the solar plexus). Each phrase should be done with a fresh breath. Then, for some minutes, repeat with determination: “I wish to be” focusing at the same time on lower part of your foot touching the floor. The affirmation must be sensed with a reverberation in all your body. Additional Eating Exercise: Be present at least one meal a day which is breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner. Be present at the taste of food, its composition, aspect that has, the smell, the relationship with what we eat, the context in which we consume the meal. Additional exercise 2: be aware of the sensations of the heart beating within the chest and the pressure of the pulse throughout the body, arms and legs. Additional evening exercise: before sleeping ponder with honesty about your daily efforts to observe the practices. You can start your discussions, questions, comments on the Inner- Work Forum (Members are encouraged to respond weekly to the forums about their Inner Work!): http://sarmoungmastersofwisdom.sitiwebs.com/page13.php?category=1 For the theoretical concepts about the introduction into the esoteric psychology, see: http://sarmoung-mastersofwisdom.sitiwebs.com/page39.php For the informations about the states of consciousness see: http://sarmoung-mastersofwisdom.sitiwebs.com/page41.php For general informations about the Human machine see: http://sarmoung-mastersofwisdom.sitiwebs.com/page35.php For other informations about the Sarmoung work concepts: http://sarmoung-mastersofwisdom.sitiwebs.com/page6.php For general information about our work: http://www.fourthway.info/database/contact.php4?id=01258 It is not easy to promote the Work to the persons interested in a serious Inner growth- so, any practical support and help is welcome! Wish you the best: Sarmoung- Masters of Wisdom