Thought – Noun: An energy packet of information
A non-diminishing natural resource
The main focus of my work is to help you use your mind’s higher capabilities. In particular, to be more aware of and use thoughts that just drop in. I’m not talking about being mindful or improving your critical thinking. I mean those out of the blue flashes of insight. For most people, experiencing spontaneous knowledge like this seems to be a rare occurrence; very random in how, when and why it happens. However, the energy of thought, this knowledge, is ever present. As I say, the issue isn’t your connection to the knowledge, but rather your perception of your connection to the knowledge. There are specific things you can do to tap into this resource of spontaneous knowledge. Your mind has this capability, and it is just waiting to be used.
An additional function of a natural ability you already have
Let’s go over the foundational concepts for Expanded Animation and get you started with expanding your awareness and discernment of the thoughts that just drop in. Fun stuff to wrap your head around. Start discovering your own unique way of tapping into this natural resource. Most of our education is focused on one aspect of your mind’s capabilities, thinking. There is a lot more to be utilized.
Thought versus Thinking – One is a noun and the other is a verb
When a thought just pops into your head, you are perceiving an energy packet of information. Or, to put it another way, you are tuning into the natural resource of thought in energy form. Most of the time when this happens, the thought comes as a bit of a surprise. There is no effort on your part to receive a thought. It is more about allowing than obtaining. It is an act of receiving. If you feel the need to be doing something… you are receiving…
Like receiving a serve when you’re playing tennis. You are basically making yourself prepared to receive; but there is absolutely no effort on your part to get that ball to come over to your side of the net. Here are a few examples of receiving spontaneous knowledge, from an engineer, a songwriter and a mathematician.
Capacitive Sensor – Hal Philipp, Electrical Engineer, Inventor, Principal Partner in Meridian Growth Capital
Sensing technology for touch screens
…the idea just materialized. “It just popped into my head and it was the most amazing thing and it worked.”
(Robert J Marks, “What it Really Takes to Build a High-Tech Company, Sell It and Get Rich.”Mind Matters. May 18, 2019)
Bridge Over Troubled Water – Lyrics by Paul Simon
Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down.
“I have no idea where it came from. It just came all of a sudden. One minute it wasn’t there and the next minute the whole line was there. It was one of the shocking moments in my song writing career.”
(Excerpt from video interview with Mr. Simon: Simon & Garfunkel – The Story of Bridge Over Troubled Water)
Number Theory and Algebraic Geometry – Andre Weil (1906-1998) Mathematician
Weil described his experience of Expanded Animation this way, “…the state of lucid exaltation in which one thought succeeds another as if miraculously.”
(Andre-Abraham Weil, The Apprenticeship of a Mathematician, Birkhauser Verlag ,1992)
In Expanded Animation you are receiving a fully formed thought.
When you are thinking, you are creating new thoughts.
When a thought drops in for me like this, I try to remember to wrap a bit of joy and appreciation around it. Just as I do when I’m enjoying the sunshine or listening to a cardinal (the bird, not the man in a red hat) singing as the sun starts to set.
We typically think of a valuable resource as something you need to buy or work very hard to get. In the Energy age, the resources are there for us, it just takes a little practice to have the awareness of them and the discernment to use them.
Learning to use an innate ability in a new way
I wish we could remember back to when we were babies and just starting to explore using our legs. The fun, and at times struggle, to get the hang of it. And then discovering all of the great things we can do with them. We weren’t happy with just walking. There was running to be done… and jumping and twirling and dancing around.
At first it took some focused concentration and practice but before long it just became second nature. Effortless and joyful. This is exactly the eager, curious and fun approach that works best when starting to really use your mind. You are learning to use an additional function of an existing ability. It is the joy that arises from expanding your world.
To feel the warmth of the sun, you go outside. To get more oxygen into your body, you take slower, deeper breathes. And, to increase your awareness of thoughts that just drop in, you train your mind to use its higher capabilities. And like the warmth of the sun or the oxygen in the air, you are connected to this energy of thought. It is another natural resource for you to use.
Expanded Animation (EA)
Using your mind’s higher capabilities is Expanded Animation. You are increasing your awareness and discernment of thought in energy form. It’s not that you are building your connection to these thoughts, because you already have that connection. More so, you are expanding your awareness of that connection.
I think of Expanded Animation and operating at that energy level as similar to going scuba diving. When you dive, you are spending time in an environment different from your usual habitat. The oxygen is in liquid and you experience gravity differently.
I have this image in my mind of putting your gear on to go scuba diving. You need some adaptation for functioning in that different physical environment. And for Expanded Animation you need some adaptation when using your mind’s higher capability, to best function in that different energy environment. Energy Hygiene – we’ll talk about this in more detail in another post. You’ll incorporate a few simple things into your daily physical hygiene routine, to help maintain your energy system.
It just makes sense. You are going to a different physical environment, so you use some special equipment. And likewise, you are operating in a different energy environment, so you adjust your energy system for that as well. Expanded Animation is functioning in an energy environment that is a finer level than our usual material environment.
We are always adjusting our senses or using adaptations to function in different environments. Maybe you just haven’t thought of it that way. We have lots of examples, such as acclimatizing to lower levels of oxygen at higher elevations when mountain climbing, wearing a G-suit when flying an F-16, or selectively tuning out the screams and chaos when you’re at a 6-year-old’s birthday party.
Ok, we’ve covered the basics, now let’s take the car out of park and go somewhere.
Spontaneous Knowledge – A thought that just drops in
Spontaneous Knowledge is the term I coined to help define what this energy of thought is and how it functions. In order to benefit from this natural resource, you have to:
- Grow your awareness
- Fine tune your discernment
How many different kinds of birds did you hear today? Rather, let’s start with, did you hear the birds singing today? That’s a better question to begin with because it’s concerns your awareness. We have trained ourselves to focus our awareness on the more physical and material aspects of our surroundings, rather than the non-material. If you want to start to really use your mind, growing your awareness is paramount to your success. And right along with growing your awareness, you have to strengthen and fine tune your discernment.
We have a lot to cover, so I’m going to get you started with two things to do every day that will immediately expand your awareness and discernment. DO THEM. Remember: no thinking while you are doing them. Just be a receiver of what is already there around you.
Start to Notice
Notice the birds singing and vary the time of day for tuning into that sound
- How many different kinds of birds can you hear?
- Are they in one location or is the sound coming from different directions?
- What’s up? Are they wooing a mate or sounding an alarm?
- Are they on the ground or in a tree?
Feel the air outside. Notice how it feels at different times of the day
- Is it calm, a little breezy or windy?
- Is there a steady movement of air or is it fluctuating?
- Is the air humid or dry?
- What else do you notice about the air?
Why are we starting with these two exercises? Because like a thought that just drops in, you can’t see or hold in your hands the sound of a bird or the feeling of the air. We know the concept of fine motor skills. Well, this is practice to hone your fine sensing skills. Like going from walking to running, you are going from thinking to knowing.
All I ask is, start to really use your mind. – Marian