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“Breaking up is hard to do…”

by / Wednesday, 01 December 2010 / Published in Uncategorized

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? Chaotic inside?

Me, too. Everyone feels this way at times. Is this just bad luck? Crappy planning on the part of the universe? Or does overwhelm–that feeling that you might fall apart–play a positive role in life?

I’ve been thinking lately about the key ideas that have shaped my thinking. One is the principle of chaos and reorganization–a description of how complex systems, such as human beings, develop and change. If you’ve followed this blog, you’ve heard me say many times that we’re all caught in a giant matrix of cause and effect over which we have minimal control. The principle of chaos and reorganization is an elegant explanation of how that matrix of cause and effect–which ultimately includes everything in the universe–evolves.

It also explains how you’ve able to adapt to changing condition–and why you distress yourself so much when things don’t work out the way you want.

This principle, in fact, describes the main guiding force of the universe, whether you call that force God, natural law, karma, or something else.

You’ve probably heard the bible story of Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus–a great example of chaos leading to a complete transformation.

Saul was the Roman equivalent of a bounty hunter. He hated the Nazarenes–the early Christians. After Jesus’ death, Saul devoted himself to hunting down Nazarenes so they could be put to death. When he ran out of prospects, he asked to go outside his usually territory, Palestine, to Damascus, to find more Nazarenes he could bring back to Jerusalem to be put to death.

Obviously a happy guy.

On the road to Damascus Saul was struck by a light (however such a thing happens) so bright that he was blinded, and heard what he claimed was the voice of God. His companion helped him to Damascus, where he sat in a stupor, blinded, for three days. Then, a Nazarene appears, claiming that he was sent by God, and calls him Brother Saul. Saul’s eyesight instantly returns. As a result of these strange and mind-blowing events Saul decides to become a Nazarene. He becomes the most influential and charismatic of the Nazarene preachers, St. Paul.

Though probably not so dramatically, we’ve all experienced situations where a problem spontaneously solves itself, or something we’re wrestling with suddenly falls into place. These are called “ah-ha” moments, or Eureka events, based on the story of Archimedes. The king asked Archimedes to figure out the amount of gold in a crown without melting it down. Failing to solve the problem, Archimedes became quite frustrated.

One day, however, while taking a bath, Archimedes noticed that his body caused the bathwater to rise. He suddenly realized that he could figure out the amount of gold in the crown by finding out how much water it displaced. Absorbed in this ah-ha moment, he ran naked down the street shouting “Eureka! I’ve found it!”

His wife, I suspect, was not amused.

Whether you call this a sudden insight, a flash of creativity, a brainstorm, a light bulb, or just say, “Well, duh,” it is a feeling that something has been rearranged, that something old has passed away, that something new has been born.

These moments change your brain. Brain waves are altered (you make bursts of theta waves). The number and shape of the dendrites and synapses connecting the neurons are changed. In fact, the entire neural network changes, creating new patterns of message transmission and new states of mind.

In a more mundane sense, this is called learning. When you learn, something new is born. Prior to learning situations, everything pretty much makes sense. If, however, you’re exposed to new information, new conditions, or a new situation, and the new information doesn’t fit with the old, or the old way of understanding can’t explain or make sense of the new information, things begin to NOT make sense.

Then, finally, after the ah-ha moment–after the shift, the insight, the reorganization, or whatever you want to call it–things make sense again, but in a new way that you never could have imagined before.

What causes these sudden shifts in awareness or knowing? Why do some stimuli have no significant effect, then suddenly a particular stimulus changes everything? Why does a particular stimulus affect different people in different ways?

An example from author Michael Hutchison: Three people drive by a red neon sign. The first person sees some red out of the corner of his eye. He drives on, and the red light has little, if any, effect.

The second person is an astrophysicist studying a problem about the size and age of the universe. The red light reminds him of a phenomenon called the red shift. It suddenly hits him that the expansion of the universe could  be measured by measuring shifts in light frequencies, and the solution to a long-standing problem hits him.

The red light reminds a third person of the dress of a lover who just left him. He falls into a month-long depression.

Why does a stimulus lead to a higher level of order and complexity for one person, and to disorder and destruction for another? Why does the brain even need an external stimulus to experience new ideas or ah-ha moments? Could we intentionally trigger ah-ha moments?

Searching for answers to these and other intriguing questions, Ilya Prigogine, a Belgian theoretical chemist, won the 1977 Nobel Prize. Prigogine was studying thermodynamics, an area you probably don’t think of when considering personal or spiritual growth. But as you’ll see, there’s an intimate connection between thermodynamics and your life.

Please don’t let the word “thermodynamics” scare you. This is going to be easy to understand, and quite interesting. And, it has a lot to do with you, your life, and your happiness.

Thermodynamics is about the relationship between mechanical energy, or work, and heat. (I’m purposely using the most sensational issues to attract legions of readers to this blog.) Scientists began to study thermodynamics in the early part of the industrial revolution, after the steam engine was invented.

There’s an interesting relationship between heat and work: they can be converted into each other. If your big brother ever gave you what Bill Murray calls a “noogy” you know what I mean. Work can be transformed into heat. In fact, chemical, mechanical, thermal, and electrical energy can all be converted into each other.

Try to contain your excitement about this. I haven’t gotten to the good part yet, but I assure you, I will–and it will be worth the wait.  Have I ever disappointed you?

Scientists noticed that when one form of energy is converted into another, the engine never yields as much energy as it consumes! I know what you’re thinking: Bummer. It’s true, though. Whenever work is done, some energy is irretrievably lost. In a steam engine, coal is burned, which boils water. The expanding steam turns a turbine, which causes the wheels of a locomotive, for instance, to move.

Some of the coal’s energy, though, isn’t converted into work. Instead, it becomes heat, light, and friction. In every energy exchange, some energy is lost to the system.

This might seem only mildly exciting to you–or perhaps not exciting at all. I assure you, though, that this has a lot to do with many of your life’s problems. So stay with me.

Scientists noticed something else: A machine, in transforming energy into work, becomes increasingly disordered. Friction causes the engine’s parts to wear out. The connections become loose. The engine begins to clank as the bolts come loose and the parts stretch. Unless energy is added–an overhaul, new parts, etc.–the machine eventually becomes a bucket of bolts—like a car I used to have.

This process is the reason why there’s no escape from impermanence. All machines, all systems–unless energy is added–eventually wear down, whether it’s your car, your cell phone, your toaster, the company you work for, or you. Unless energy is added, chaos takes over.

This idea is called the Second Law of Thermodynamics. It applies to all energy exchanges. Because of this law, the universe is moving irrevocably toward increased decay and disorder. (Thousands more websites just linked to this blog.)

It’s also called the Law of Increasing Entropy. Entropy is the amount of randomness or chaos in a system. The more order, the less entropy. In a new engine, the parts fit tightly. It runs well, and most efficiently converts energy into work. But as the engine runs it becomes more disordered and the engine’s ability to convert energy into work decreases, until eventually the engine falls apart.

As the engine runs, heat increases molecular motion. The moving molecules collide more, and are knocked into increasingly random paths, until they reach a state of maximum randomness. This maximum randomness is called equilibrium, or “heat death”. At this point, the tendency of the machine to become more disordered is offset by an opposite tendency for it to accidentally become more ordered, so it stays in this equilibrium state.

The grim truth (my role often seems to be giving you the grim truth) is that the amount of entropy (chaos) in the universe is always, irrevocably, increasing. There’s no dispute about this. It’s one of the most basic laws of the universe.

So, if you haven’t nodded out yet, here’s The Big Question:

How, in a universe irrevocably moving toward increased disorder, did something as complex and organized as life develop? Why do some things become more ordered?

This is more than just a fascinating question–it’s the question of a lifetime, and I’ll answer it in a few days when I post Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Part 2.

Until then, watch out for all that entropy.

And, be well.

 

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30 Responses to ““Breaking up is hard to do…””

  1. Steve says :

    Great post – I look forward to the next post and more about open systems (yeah, I’ve heard a lot of this stuff before from your book). :)

    FROM BILL: Part 2 coming probably on Monday.

  2. arturo says :

    Nice topic!!!… Upon finishing my holosync session of the day and after reading this insightful Blog, it just comes to my mind… Does the answer have something to do with energy, intention and focus perhaps?… I can’t wait to listen part 2!!!
    thank you, Bill.

  3. Gloria says :

    Great, Bill. I remember way back in the beginning of my Holosynch days being fascinated by the concept of chaos and reorganisation. It explained such a lot for me – even made sense for the first time in my life of the nervous breakdowns that my mother had throughout my childhood and pretty much up until her death.

    The second law of thermodynamics has also held a fascination for me from my physics and chemistry studies. It’s good to have them tied together and explained so clearly. Looking forward to part 2.

  4. Guillermo Ojea Quintana says :

    Awesome, can’t wait for the next post. It is great that you mix science with spirituality, I have seen that most people tend to separate them as it they were orthogonal truths.
    This post reminded me of a dispute I had with someone who was unaware that he was proposing a perpetual motion machine. No matter how much I talked to him about thermodynamics he kept going on with it.

  5. Alan H says :

    Bill, when you say that the amount of entropy is always increasing in the world, do you think this is what those of the “2012/new age spiritualism” group mean when they say that there is an increasing energy growing stronger in the universe that will “cause humanity to awaken”. Im not sure if you have heard any of those theories floating around the internet, i.e. mankind moving into the age of aquarius, and i am trying not to delve into the “magical thinking” realm that you put a rest to in the last few blogs, but I think that seeing how religion mostly is filled with stories that really mean other than what is written that this may be the case with the “2012/Age of aquarius” thing. I would love to hear your comment on this. Also, if the world is always experiencing increased entropy, wont it have to end at some point if that entropy cant be dispursed?

    FROM BILL: The whole 2012 thing is magical bullshit. Don’t waste your time. (And, magical thinkers, don’t waste your time posting comments about 2012, because I will simply delete them.)

  6. Dee Ayala says :

    Wow, great article. Anxiously awaiting part 2…awesome. I too have heard and read about this before but would love to learn more.

  7. Very interesting post – I am looking forward to part 2 and will share it on my blog

  8. David. says :

    Hello Bill. To be honest I’m slightly apprehensive after hearing this blog. It’s my first time responding to any of your posts so forgive me. I am in a vulnerable state of mind at the moment, I feel like a subconsious robot of late, going my merry way in a semi-dream I suppose. So essentially I get frightened as when I am like this I am very suggestible and anxious that I may be minipulated into thinking or re-arranging my thoughts in accordance with somebody else’s values or particular outllook on what is deemed as knowledge. What is the difference between information and knowledge. Knowledge is ‘apparent’ truth or is it really truth, who’s to say? Not me. I’ve spent a lot of my life taking in my surroundings, including some things and excluding others. Excuse my arrogance. How does one know when in this state of vulnerability that the ‘knowledge’ he is taking in is what he needs in his/her life right now. It all boils down to trust, and I suppose if I had been more attentive to your former posts I probably would be more sure of what I am hearing. It is not that I do not have respect for what you’re saying, as I said I fell vulnerable so find it difficult to trust anyone, especially when what they, you, may be suggesting can have a large bearing on somebody’s life whilst in this ‘stupor’, which is what it feels like to me. Forgive the long sentences :). Oh yes, I must state at this point that I have used your holosync program and have definitely benefitted from it. So there.
    There is no doubt that I am at a turning point in my life right now and I want to believe wholeheartedly that what you said will be of assistance. It’s just that I have read so many books and even bought some records…oops, sorry, cd’s that contained half-patchy truths. I must admit at the same time that I didn’t read most of those books right through but I played the hell out of my cd’s I can tell you. I can’t even turn my stereo on for fear I’ll be bewitched by a hoppin’ tune that will blow a synapse or bend an axon or whatever. Suffice it to say that when I hear your definitely soothing, almost to the point of being hypnotic voice that it scares the bejazus out of me. Please do not take that as an insult by the way. I can be fairly hypnotic myself given half the chance.
    I strayed. Ok, so enthropy…what exactly does that involve? I just did a wikipedia on it there and got this –
    “Entropy is a thermodynamic property that is a measure of the energy not available for work in a thermodynamic process. It is defined by the second law of thermodynamics. In the microscopic interpretation of statistical mechanics, entropy expresses the disorder or randomness of the constituents of a thermodynamic system or, analogously, the availability of accessible quantum mechanical states. A closed system always tends towards achieving a state with a maximum of entropy.”
    So in other words, I’m thinking now that I’m a bloody oyster. I have never even tasted an oyster. I hear they’re quiet slimy but deliver a message when consumed with porter. That’s where I come from, a place where…well I’m Irish and they have one of those festivals in a place called Galway wherein they go nuts for the oysters and the Guinness. So now I’m thinking that maybe there’s maybe like maybe a pearl inside of me that you may be attempting to extract. Which can only be a good thing I reckon. I know you have a sense of humour…so please excuse the way I am writing, I do have great respect for what you say, it’s just that a lot of what you produce is so hard-hitting and spot-on sometimes that I just want to run away and hide. Which is essentially what I am doing right now. I want to slow down Bill, and when I hear facts about enthropy, chaos and disorder, it does not compute with me and where I’m at right now. But no doubt it will make perfect sense tomorrow or monday or soon enough. I’ve experience some loss of heat, gain and blowing hot and cold lately so you hit the nail on the head again which I find a bit scarey.
    Anyways, I am talking too much…I’m sure you have a good idea of what I mean. Thanks Bill.
    Ps. As I was writing this I had begun to go on another tangeant and as I was writing I did feel like something arose inside of me with boos of derision, I sometimes feel that someone else takes over the steering wheel, it was like a foreign anger inside but a part of me. Isn’t that weird? I’m afraid also to know exactly what that is. I have my suspicions but if I told my local gp he’d probably say ‘will you ever shut up and get some sense for yourself..you’re too young to be having those kind of thoughts…get a hobbie, stop thinking and start living…that’s one book I did read right through. All the best, Dave.
    PPS If you do think you can help me see more clearly I would be glad of the continued assitance, but then again…you just did.

    FROM BILL: Most of us, most of the time, have trouble integrating new information. I suggest waiting until you’ve read/listened to the rest of what I have to say about this. And, that you just mull it over until it makes sense. Especially after you’ve heard the whole story, I think you’ll recognize that you’re experiencing exactly what I’m talking about.

  9. ROSARIO from Italy says :

    FROM BILL: I am NOT saying that you “should” move toward what you want, and do it as much as you can. DECIDING to move toward what you want (”focus on what you want every chance you get”) doesn’t work if there is an underlying feeling of danger, which is what would keep a person from moving toward what they want naturally, all the time. What allows a person to get rid of that sense of danger, which pulls their attention to what they don’t want, is to watch themselves focus on what they don’t want with awareness. Changing your focus to what you want every time you notice you’re focusing on what you don’t want doesn’t work except in the most superficial of situations (ie, where the sense of danger is minor). This is not about making a decision to focus on what you want. You’ll either do that naturally, if there is no sense of danger, or you won’t do it because there is. If there is a sense of danger, you will focus on what you don’t want, and using will power to change your focus doesn’t work. What works is watching with awareness, which causes you to really see that there is no danger in that moment. Once you really see that, you stop focusing on what you don’t want, but it happens naturally. Whatever you’re doing, if you do it with awareness (seeing how you create it, as you do it, including seeing the consequences), whatever part of it that doesn’t serve you will fall away.

    Dear BILL,
    what is the truth to get what i want
    what you said on your blog few days ago
    or what you write in course 1 and 3 ?
    thank you.
    rosario [italy]

    P.S: please give me an answer not a judgment.

    FROM BILL: Learn to watch what you do inside in you Internal Map of Reality so you can see how you are creating how you feel, how you behave, which people and situations you attract or are attracted to, and what you think the events of your life mean. When you watch in this way how you create these things becomes a choice, and once it’s a choice you will choose what serves you.

    Rosaria, I’ve been saying this for years. I am a bit stunned that you would even ask such a question.

  10. David. says :

    I have to write another quick reply, I feel like an idiot..I did it again, I rushed straight in without thinking to read the prior responses to your post. Most of my questions had already been addressed, and ones I had neglected to bring up. I apologise to Steve, Arturo, Gloria, Guillermo and Alan.
    With response to what Alan said regarding religious writing containing stories within stories or such. I had read once that some, well it was referring specifically to the ‘Scriptures’ that possibly they can only be understood when reading from a position of ‘being enlightened’..to what degree this is true I do not know as I do not regard myself to be enlightened and either way I’m afraid to pick up a bible too! Not Joking. I’m what you might call a bit of a wuss right now, but I know this will pass. Thank you all again.

  11. David. says :

    PPPS, forgive again my arrogance, bu in no way do I mean to come across as ‘Holier than thou’ but I come from a fairly typical Irish catholic background and even recently when I hear the bells of the Dominican church nearby I get the eeebee geeebees. What’s that all about? The bells, the bells!

  12. David. says :

    Esmerelda…The bells!!!

  13. Catherine says :

    I used to have an old Honda Civic that I called “the self healing car”. The more I called it that the less I had to spend on repairs. It would start making a noise and I would say, good thing this is such a great self healing car. The noise would just go away after awhile. After reading your blog I now understand that it really was true!

  14. Gloria says :

    I just can’t help myself – the title of this post has got that damn song going round and round in my head! Recently I got an email link sent to me with a send up of it by a group of anaesthesioligists (sp?) which may be an equally appropriate title – ‘Waking up is Hard to do.’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOrjcLJ2IE0

  15. Elaine says :

    This is terrific, Bill….a kind of “back to basics” blog-post, thank you, and I eagerly await the next installment.

    Using the Saul/Paul story as an illustration, is the Being ‘blinded by the light’ a metaphor for going into Chaos? Toooo much stimulus?

    I have to say, I feel like I’m stumbling around in the dark rather frequently, which used to distress me, but now I just remind myself, “Oh yeah: Chaos (blasted Holosync)” And sooner or later, the Chaos phase passes away and I’m On Top of My Game! again…..or as St. Paul would say, “Three days later—I saw with new eyes!”

    Anyway, thanks for this post, and thanks in advance for the next one.

    Cheers, Elaine

    ps your “asides” make me chuckle. Ta for that, too.

    FROM BILL: Part 2 coming on Monday.

  16. Elaine says :

    Oh yeah, and this…

    “It also explains how you’ve able to adapt to changing condition–and why you distress yourself so much when things don’t work out the way you want.”
    One adaptation I’ve made to changing conditions is that I don’t get anywhere NEAR so distressed when things don’t work out….let me rephrase that: I don’t Distress Myself so violently anymore.

    It is Something We Do, isn’t it, rather than Something that Happens? Like David’s freaking himself out about bells is something he does, rather than something that happens to him….have I got that right?

    FROM BILL: You do.

  17. catherine says :

    There’s another lady here with my name!
    I thought it was me for a minute until I remembered I’ve never had a Honda Civic.

    Thank you for this post Bill. It spurs me on to find out more as usual.

    Catherine H from now on.

  18. ROSARIO from Italy says :

    FROM BILL: Rosario, I’ve been saying this for years. I am a bit stunned that you would even ask such a question.

    Dear BILL,
    I asked you the question because you contraddict yourself.
    What you said in course 1 (nlp) 3 (napoleon hill)
    about how we can get what we want
    is completely different on what you said on this blog
    “FROM BILL: I am NOT saying that you “should” move toward what you want, and do it as much as you can. DECIDING to move toward what you want (”focus on what you want every chance you get”) doesn’t work if there is an underlying feeling of danger, which is what would keep a person from moving toward what they want naturally, all the time. What allows a person to get rid of that sense of danger, which pulls their attention to what they don’t want, is to watch themselves focus on what they don’t want with awareness. Changing your focus to what you want every time you notice you’re focusing on what you don’t want doesn’t work except in the most superficial of situations (ie, where the sense of danger is minor). This is not about making a decision to focus on what you want. You’ll either do that naturally, if there is no sense of danger, or you won’t do it because there is. If there is a sense of danger, you will focus on what you don’t want, and using will power to change your focus doesn’t work. What works is watching with awareness, which causes you to really see that there is no danger in that moment. Once you really see that, you stop focusing on what you don’t want, but it happens naturally. Whatever you’re doing, if you do it with awareness (seeing how you create it, as you do it, including seeing the consequences), whatever part of it that doesn’t serve you will fall away.”

    THANK YOU.
    ROSARIO [Italy]

  19. michelle s says :

    Thanks to everyone who puts in thoughtful comments on the blog- it helps me to bring deeper meaning to how I am doing life.

    Is reorganization always at a higher level, or can it just be differently organized that what it currently is?

    Rosario- from what I got from them so far- although I am going over them again- Course 1 shows you how your internal map of reality is currently set up using some NLP as a guidepost. I did not find it to be contradictory with course 3 which was focused on using Napoleon Hill’s principles to help sharpen that focus.

    I would think it is helpful to know how your mind works , how you set up strategies and carry them out, what your beliefs and values are and then use the principles to get into action. Perhaps you are getting caught up in the wording-without putting as much effort into the work itself. It’s definitely hard- but worth it. When I go back and notice the on/off, or my resistance it seems that I have hardly learned anything- but then how would I notice resistance unless I was.

    With all of the continued learning and studying that you do Bill, would you still recommend using Timeline and other NLP practices in conjunction with Holosync?

    In Course 2- you had mentioned perhaps doing an advanced level at a later date. I know it’s been a few years, and the LPIP courses remain outstanding -what do you think?

    Thanks very much,
    Michelle

    FROM BILL: Reorganization is always at a higher level (unless the system falls apart without reorganizing, which is one of–literally–an infinite number of possible outcomes) in the sense that the new system can handle what the old system couldn’t, and that the new system can dissipate more entropy than could the old system.

    Timeline is a method for allowing someone to let go of the emotional charge from a traumatic past experience, or series of related past traumatic experiences. I added it to the my Life Principles Integration Process online courses because I found that so many people were held back by strong negative emotions–feelings that certain things in life posed a potential danger.

    The best way to drop such things, however, is to watch to see how you create them, which involves developing the awareness, and the ability, to observe your own internal processes. If you can see how you are creating your feelings, behaviors, which people and situations you attract or become attracted to, and what meanings you assign to what happens, as you create them, they become a choice. Early in the first course, however, most people haven’t had the time to develop this ability, so I put the Timeline process in the course to help.

  20. Kathy Steevens says :

    Hi Bill,

    I remember this well from reading your book. I was very depressed at the time and doing all the things you mentioned. Shutting out people, light, and any other stimulus I possibly could.

    I also think of it often when I change Holosync levels and feel the chaos and find myself reverting to old behaviours to distract myself from it. It’s good to look back and see how far I’ve come. I was always one of those who measured my progress by looking forward towards the ideal that is forever receding. I recently went back and had a look at some of the early homework I did with the Life Principles courses and was very pleased to find that SOME things HAVE changed.

    TO CATHERINE and the self healing Honda. What Bill is saying is the exact opposite to what you’ve put in your post. A car is incapable of replacing energy itself – replacing parts, tune-ups etc have to be performed by SOMEONE in order to replace energy that’s lost. Things may right themselves temporarily for whatever reason but ultimately the thing will break down. Bit of magical thinking methinks. (It just won’t go away, will it Bill?)

  21. Dennis Caxton says :

    Why don’t we all wait for part two – and see what happens?

  22. Heikki says :

    Thanks Bill again!

    Although we have a different direction, however, we have the same treatment.

    I copied it again on my mp3 and listen to it many times, whenever possible. Especially when I do my job;-).

    What a ride, what a life, what a wonderfull world!

  23. Kathy Steevens says :

    TO CATHERINE: Please accept my apologies. Just re-read my post. It was tactless and I sound like a pompous ass. A bit too much Christmas cheer. Should keep my fingers to myself at times like that and well away from the keyboard. (One of the old behaviours I mentioned)

    No offense intended. I’m no expert. Far from it. That’s just what I think Bill was saying.

  24. ROSARIO from Italy says :

    michelle s Says:
    December 3rd, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Rosario- from what I got from them so far- although I am going over them again- Course 1 shows ……

    Dear MICHELLE,
    in course 1 and 3 there is a DOER that FOCUS, etc. to get what he/she wants.

    in bill’s blog there is just waching and everything happen spontaneously by itsel.

    please read attently what bill says, and then read couse 1 and 3 on how we can get what we want.

    “FROM BILL: I am NOT saying that you “should” move toward what you want, and do it as much as you can. DECIDING to move toward what you want (”focus on what you want every chance you get”) doesn’t work if there is an underlying feeling of danger, which is what would keep a person from moving toward what they want naturally, all the time. What allows a person to get rid of that sense of danger, which pulls their attention to what they don’t want, is to watch themselves focus on what they don’t want with awareness. Changing your focus to what you want every time you notice you’re focusing on what you don’t want doesn’t work except in the most superficial of situations (ie, where the sense of danger is minor). This is not about making a decision to focus on what you want. You’ll either do that naturally, if there is no sense of danger, or you won’t do it because there is. If there is a sense of danger, you will focus on what you don’t want, and using will power to change your focus doesn’t work. What works is watching with awareness, which causes you to really see that there is no danger in that moment. Once you really see that, you stop focusing on what you don’t want, but it happens naturally. Whatever you’re doing, if you do it with awareness (seeing how you create it, as you do it, including seeing the consequences), whatever part of it that doesn’t serve you will fall away.”

    I wish you all the best.
    ROSARIO [Italy]

    FROM BILL: What I said is that there is no INDIVIDUAL DOER. What this means is that anything “you” do is done IN RELATION TO and AS A RESPONSE TO your environment. You and the environment are one interactive whole. There is no way for you to act as an isolated separate agent.

    This is NOT a metaphysical statement. It’s common sense. There is no need to be confused. Just do whatever you’re already doing, knowing that your doing it isn’t coming from a separate, isolated, agentic doer. It is a doing, ultimately, of the whole–because every action, every decision is made IN RELATION TO and IN RESPONSE TO the entire environment.

  25. Dick Hughes says :

    I read of Prigogene’s work in Huchinsons book “Mega Brain Power” before I started using Holosync. I am a thinking skills trainer and have found the brain itself to be a disapative system. A necessary part of the training involves deliberately increasing the work load on the brain by having the client do several things at once. There is at first several minor breakdowns that stop the exercise. Each stoppage is accompanied by a momentary confusion. Then there comes a break through. The brain has re-organized and can now do the exercise easily.

  26. Marcos in Sunny Mexico says :

    After five years of enjoying Holosync, that by the way is the best psychological rollercoaster of my life… From my experience I recommend a shrink to help you get to these “Ah Ha” moments..

    Can’t wait for my next crisis. Hang in there guys, it’s worth it!

    Lot’s of love,

    Marcos

  27. angela says :

    How does Nazarenes became blind?

    FROM BILL: There are no blind Nazarenes in this story.

  28. Mary says :

    Thank you Bill for all the wonderful insightful info. I just have to laugh though at some of the comments like Angela says: How does Nazarenes became blind? and FROM BILL: There are no blind Nazarenes in this story.

    And: Marcos in Sunny Mexico Says: Can’t wait for my next crisis. Hang in there guys, it’s worth it!

    This is great! Thank you thank you thank you!

  29. Hi Bill,
    you invited me to meditate. I have been meditating with holosync for almost 6 years now. So, vour invitation was not necessary. With my blog I try to help people get rid of anxiety. By the way, I have also written an ebook “Anxiety Goodbye! and just now published a print book Kiss Anxiety Goodbye!
    I cerrtainly talk about holosync also to my friends and have invited many of them to join your program
    Elisabetta

  30. Royce Gardiner says :

    Hi Bill,

    I’m just curious what you know about the 432hz frequency and its universal attuning?

    I understand if you choose not to answer this questions based on various reasons that the public and others will interpret and distort this information in a destructive and non helpful manner. I know how most people tend to distort any information based on their own lack of development, understanding and unconsciousness. I also want to deeply thank you for your level of contribution and genuine compassion for people and your desire to understand truth and the depths of reality. It is beacons such as yourself, Genpo, Ken, etc who have chosen meaning above all else, and it is deeply comforting to have people like yourself in this world.

    This will probably sound strange and inappropriate to most who lack the fundamental understanding, but it is people like Bill who provide the nurturing and care that we long for from our loved ones and things outside ourselves. The greatest teaching that Bill and all others clearly show us is that it is deeply ingrained in all of us at all times and is available to us as soon as we choose to accept it.

    One final question for Bill. What are your thoughts about using the 432hz frequency to entrain with programs like holosync and other brainwave entrainment programs?

    Thank You Kindly,

    Royce.

    FROM BILL: I was not aware that some people think there is some significance to a frequency of 432 Hz. Personally, I doubt that there is any significance.

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