Last week, I returned home after the most powerful week of my life. I visited the biofeedback meditation skunk works that is Biocybernaut for the third time, for 7 days of intensive biofeedback meditation.
I woke up on Day 7 of that training and felt flat. The previous day, I’d had the biggest breakthrough of my life. I let go of something huge. So, when I woke up the next day, I expected to feel incredible – and yet, I didn’t. Something didn’t add up. I realised that I have done a huge amount of personal development work in recent years, yet something inside still did not feel quite right. A huge part of me hadn’t take the time to enjoy the fruits of my labour. To appreciate myself completely.
I set out to run an experiment. I decided to spend a whole day in the meditation chamber ‘pouring honey over myself’. It sounds strange, but I set out to repeat the phrase “I love all of you unconditionally, Marc Winn” to myself – all day.
No matter what came up, I was determined to keep saying it over and over again. I literally said it tens of thousands of times. And lots of things came up.
In the Buddhist tradition, the five hindrances or mental barriers to progress – in daily life and meditation – are:
- Sensory desire: the particular type of wanting that seeks happiness through the five senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and physical feeling.
- Ill-will: thoughts of wanting to reject, feelings of hostility, resentment, hatred and bitterness.
- Sloth-torpor: heaviness of body and dullness of mind that drag one down into disabling inertia and thick depression.
- Restlessness-worry: the inability to calm the mind.
- Doubt: lack of conviction or trust.
There is a 6th hindrance recognised by the folks at Biocybernaut: forgetfulness. Ironically, the Buddhist tradition seems to have ‘forgotten’ that one!
For me, on that day of repeating that phrase of unconditional love for myself, it was like attracting moths to a flame. A tidal wave of thoughts, feelings, desires, doubts and fears were triggered by this act of direct unconditional self-love. I didn’t have to go looking for these things any more. The words helped them find me. The more I said the phrase, the more it brought out all that lay deep within myself. And the best part of all this is that the machine-gun of that unconditional self-love melted them all away, as fast as they appeared!
It wasn’t just my personal observation. The great thing about biofeedback meditation is that you can measure the performance of what you are doing. And for me, the results were astounding. This gave the highest results I have ever recorded, by a long long way. In fact, it was the best-performing group training ever at Biocybernaut. Similar results were produced by a fellow trainee on the day, and have since been replicated by others, outside of the facility.
So – the new highest-performing meditation in the highest-performing meditation institute in the world is so very simple: Unconditional Self-love.
What if it was easy? What if, to love and transform the world around you, all you have to do is love yourself, first?
This blog post is not for information purposes, and nor is it a valid scientific experiment. It’s my personal experience. It worked for me, and for others I know. I wonder if it will work for you, now?
I’m curious to see if these results can be replicated. This is a request for you to experiment – as little or as much as you like – and to feed back on your experience in the comments below.
I am interested to know:
- Does saying the phrase trigger the 6 hindrances?
- If so, how fast do they occur within you?
- Does the act of repeating the phrase melt those hindrances away?
- What else happens?
I have run lots of experiments on this in the past few days, adding variations to the theme, to explore what works and what doesn’t.
Examples, and my own findings are:
- Traditional meditation with eyes closed – effective
- Eyes open – less effective but can be used in real time in daily life
- Staring at a small dot whilst doing it – very fast processing
- Staring into your own eyes in a mirror – very powerful process
- Using different phrases, in different languages – Romance languages like Italian seem to work better.
I ask you to set aside an hour of your life to have a go, no matter what. Share with me what you learn below. Please run a variety of experiments and tests and share what works and doesn’t work.
If this blog post is triggering you in any way or you are struggling to do the exercise, re-read the 6 hindrances again. You are on the right path. Do the exercise, and say the phrase, no matter what. 🙂
Please get others to try the experiment, too.
Have fun! Let me know what happens in the comments section below or firstname.lastname@example.org