In this tutorial, I'm going to show you a tool that will lead you to remarkable levels of understanding that few have ever reached.
The advantages to this are that you will have rich and productive conversations with people because you'll truly understand them. I'll also show you how to use this tool to observe the world around you in a completely new way!
This mental skill is called Assimilation, and various schools around the world have been teaching it for a very long time.
Assimilation is to ‘experience a thing as it experiences', and you're ability to truly experience will grow rapidly. So get ready to unearth many extraordinary and exciting things that are far out of reach with typical perception!
It's Easy! So let's get started!
The most important things to remember are:
1. Using Visualization.
2. And paying attention to how you Feel.
You can Assimilate pretty much anything, but let's start with what we know: People.
People are good to start with because you have a good idea what its like, right? When you Assimilate someone, imagine yourself in their body.
Start off with the basic things like clothes and accessories. Feel their clothing on your body. How does the clothing feel? Do you feel like the clothes affect their disposition or comfort level in some way? How do their watches, rings, and chains make you feel?
Next, consider their physical attributes, like height, weight, and age. How do these things affect their state of mind and actions? Don't over-analyze it, just try to feel or imagine it, and trust whatever you get.
By feeling all these things and imagining it all, it is like putting pieces of a puzzle together; it begins to form an overall experience. The more pieces you can add the more complete the picture becomes!
Now here's a great key! Copy the face, exaggerate it. This really tunes you in to their feelings and often times more!
The eyes are the window to the soul. But don't over-think what you find; just focus on the feeling and trust it. 90% of the time you'll be right!
Note: It's important to have the subject you are Assimilating within visual range. Because of this, places like a coffee house, the train, or the gym are good places to practice.
Assimilating animals is really fun. I encourage everyone I teach to go to the zoo to do it. With animals, you really want to strive to use ‘non-human’ ways of sensing and thinking. Here's a hint: Animals don't have the mental chatter that humans do, and rely more on instinct for the choices they make.
Different animals have different sense abilities. For example, some see from the front and some the sides, some can see well in the dark, or have telescopic vision. Dogs see greens and yellows better than reds and blues, and birds can see ultraviolet light.
Here are some things to consider: Have you ever seen how entertained a cat can be while smelling the various scents of an open window? What about the point of habitat? Do they live lower to the ground, on trees? Think how worms always feel walls around them.
Be careful not to inject human thinking or human emotions into your subject. An ant probably doesn't feel sad about living as a nectar dispenser, and a blind animal may not have a sense for ‘darkness’.
Objective observation is key when Assimilating animals.
Assimilate a plant in pretty much the same way as you would any other biological life-form. Some areas to pay attention to are veins, roots, thorns, the micro-structure of the plant, and buds.
As a human, you have a lot of sense abilities. So if you were to Assimilate a tree, you may have to minimize your senses down to simple forms of sensation and intent. Think about what that means.
Also consider that trees have deep roots, insects live in them, eat them, and why is it that older trees sometimes seem ‘wise'?
Do plants think? Some plants can anticipate night and day. Through your practice, you will discover new ways to view intelligence, the senses, and the definition of life.
Non-Biological Objects are things like a cup, a cell phone, or a building. They are the ultimate in ‘outside-the-box’ thinking because you really have to slow down the mind and experiment with just ‘being’.
When you begin with objects, try to start with the structure. This will give you a good overall feeling to get you started. Then, try to see the micro-structure, like as if through a microscope. Move through the fibers of the different parts.
Consider the actions of the object: a hammer vibrates when used, a cell phone is an active participant in many conversations, couch bows to the sitter. If you assimilate a couch, and someone was to sit on it, you may in some way, experience the pressure, structure change, and the effort to support their body weight.
Think about the senses: Senses allow something to interpret a world. Without eyes, ears, and nerve cells, how much of this world would you be able to interpret? Objects don't have any of these. However, just because a thing doesn't have human sensory, doesn't mean it cannot have other means of interpreting this dimension.
You can Assimilate More?!
What else can you use this technique on? If you can grasp it, you can experience it!
* Potential Situations
* Future Events/Past Events
Sometimes while Assimilating you'll discover things that almost seem psychic, like seeing the exact contents of your mailbox before opening it. Call it a Sixth Sense if you want, but know the body is capable of compiling a lot more information than we are aware of, and that by simply trusting what you get, you'll be astonished by how accurate you can be!
Assimilation has a lot to teach. Just by practicing, it will quickly become a part how you observe your world.
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