Expanding your vision and tuning in with the outside world, by stopping your internal dialogue within and have all your attention outside your personal world is a great skill to have. We filter our life, and of the outside world, through our emotions, beliefs, and past experiences, all things internally; We continuously receive information from the world although we are not aware of it.
Sometimes as human being, we are our own naysayer, we listen to our weaknesses within instead of focusing on our strengths because we don’t know our strengths. NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) has a phenomenon called “up-time” and the idea is that you stop all your internal dialogue along with any internal images, and focus on the exterior. NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) usually uses this when working with a client, audience, or any person. I personally, for example, like to use this skill to become aware of my surroundings when there’s a lot of people, if necessary, e.g., at the parks, gyms, malls, concerts.
The following is my personal example of how I get into the state of mind of “up-time”, feel free to use it or modify it how ever you desire:
- Imagine a ball of light, or a miniature sun, within your center of your body
- Charge it, charge the ball of light with more light. Intensify it.
- Once the ball of light is intensified, imagine it exploding and all particles of light go on the exterior of your body, to create an outline of your body made of light.
For me, this experience helps me get into an altered state of mind of “up-time”, to expand my peripheral vision and awareness of the external world. Also, by doing the experience I made the decision that the experience will stop all internal dialogue and images.
The following is great quote regarding a teacher and a student on internal dialogue and exterior world:
The first act of a teacher is to introduce the idea that the world we think we see is only a view, a description of the world. Every effort of a teacher is geared to prove this point to his apprentice. But accepting it seems to be one of the hardest things one can do; we are complacently caught in our particular view of the world, which compels us to feel and act as if we knew everything about the world. A teacher, from the very first act he performs, aims at stopping that view…Sorcerers call it stopping the internal dialogue and they are convinced that it is the single most important technique that an apprentice can learn…Stopping the internal dialogue is, however, the key to the sorcerers’ world,” he said. “The rest of the activities are only props; all they do is accelerate the effect of stopping the internal dialogue.Carlos Castenada: Tales of Power, Richard Bandler and John Grinder: Patterns of the Hypnotic Techniques of Milton H. Erickson, M.D. Vol. I
Feel free to comment and let me know of your experience, or if you found how to do it better, let me know.