Dear Reader, Today I want to take you step-by-step through the virtualization process.
Yesterday I wrote about how through the virtualization of our authentic preferences, we can alter our resonance and take ourselves into the range of morphic fields which can powerfully shape and organize developments in our minds and in our lives for the better.
1. Pick a Preference, Any Preference
One of my authentic preferences (something I would still like to happen, even if I was completely blissed out) is to record a freak folk album. Actually, upon reflection, I might especially like this to happen if I was blissed out.
Please note-- this is not an especially "realistic" preference. I don't yet know how to play an instrument (I'm working on guitar- slooooowly). I don't know how to read music. I don't have any ties to any aspect of the music industry. I've only yet "written" (i.e., recorded myself whistling on my phone's voice recorder) a few little tunes. My optimism surrounding this matter is, indeed, Extra-Rational.
Something that I find very important in this whole optimism process is not to limit the things I hope for to things that I think are realistic based upon my current skills and what's happened in the past. Why? Because the morphic fields can handle all that stuff. When I alter my resonance, I get swept into currents where I learn things rapidly and I find out I somehow have more resources and knowledge inside me than I realized.
For example-- at the time I started practicing the dating optimism which eventually resulted in me meeting the love of my life, Dey, I had a rotten track record with relationships. Nothing in my past repertoire told me I had the chops to maintain a romantic interaction that was happy and healthy. But I embarked on the process of awesoming my life in that dimension-- I virtualized, I was honest with myself, I surrendered (I'll have more to say about all these parts of the awesoming process, stay tuned)-- and then, not only did I meet my amazing partner, but as he and I spent more time together I discovered that somehow, I did have within me the necessary skills to consistently relate well with him. Yikes! Where the heck did those come from?
Although I work hard to practice spiritual principles in my every day life and those principles are an essential part of any kind of good relationship, I didn't consciously cultivate romantic intimacy skills. The morphic field of successful romantic love which I entered into with my virtualization caused them to develop in me, drawing them out of the chaos of my heart.
2. See it, Feel it, Smell it, Hear It
This is the fun part. Let's say "you" share my preference to record a freak folk album-- and let's say you're recording it live.
Go somewhere that you can be alone and relax. Take a few deep breaths. Imagine yourself on a stage at a summer music festival. Feel the ruffled linen of your rad threads flutter on your skin as a breeze goes by. Feel the gentle weight of the guitar on your knee. Breathe in deeply. Smell the fresh sweat of the crowd; the inevitable fragrance of illegal herb smoke that rise up from their midst; the yummy summer smell of hot sun on green grass. See your band mates wearing their quirky robes, fat flower garlands, carrying their handmade instruments.
Finally, hear yourself start to play and sing, and feel your heart opening and going out to all your audience and all your band members as you do it. Hear what the music sounds like. Hear yourself singing, feel your fingers on the guitar strings. Breathe in the great energy from the crowd, the grins on their faces, the sight of all the dancing, swaying torsos.
There's music moving through you that's more than just the love in your mortal heart, it's the grace of a higher power that wants to come into the world and touch people through you. It's ecstatic-- your ego fades into the background and there's a oneness amongst you and everything around you. You're right where you're supposed to be.
3. Wash, Rinse, Repeat
Now, future denizen of the folk realm-- keep that up. If that vision were your authentic preference, I would recommend to you that you set aside ten minutes each day to virtualize it to the max. And when you virtualize it, make sure you imagine it happening in the greatest way possible for you and everyone else who's involved. In other worlds, don't virtualize yourself up there on stage, giving a so-so performance to a crowd that's more focussed on selling and buying acid than on listening to you play. Focus on seeing a picture of dynamic harmony, with all elements working together to bring forth something that's just insultingly sublime (i.e., way bigger than your self).
Why? Because for some weird reason, life is just crazy about fulfilling expansive, gorgeous dreams like that.