James Rogers's Minor Digression (aka Moods of Mind)

Lyle Burkhead (LYBRHED@delphi.com)
Tue, 17 Dec 1996 16:23:54 -0500 (EST)

James Rogers writes:

> Minor Digression:
> What I find interesting, is that I have found out (over the last year
> or so) that I can exert a phenomenal amount of control over my body
> and mind by force of will alone.

This is kind of like saying Archimedes made a minor little digression
and discovered the principle of leverage.

> I was prompted to look into this by something that I have been able
> to do for years, and that is operate without an alarm clock.
> Before I go tosleep, I tell myself what time I want to wake up.
> Almost without fail (it doesn't always work if I am really exhausted),
> I wake up within two minutes of the time I wanted to wake up.

Ok. I can do that. But the next step --

> Currently I can drop my heart rate by about 20 pulses per minute
> and raise it about 40 pulses per minute almost immediately simply by
> "making it so". When I first tried doing this, I had a difficult time
> making my heart rate change at all, but with practice, I found that
> I could do it both quickly and fairly dramatically. I have tried this
> with a lot of other biological functions such as body temperature,
> metabolism, and many other metrics and have had significant
> success.

is a mystery.

> The key to doing this, for me, was the subtle differences between
> "hoping something will happen", "seeing if something will happen",
> and "making something happen". The key is to simply "make it
> happen" under the assumption that you can already do it. Its as if
> your body won't let your mind take control unless your mind actually
> knows that it can. Its not as if you should be "requesting" these
> things, because you already own them but just aren't aware of it.
> And with regular practice, it becomes easier to do.

There is a chicken-and-egg problem here. If I had already done it, then
I would "actually know" that I can. But the first time -- ? How do you

> Historically, people have been aware that it is possible to have
>a great deal of control over mind and body simply by the mechanism
> of suggestion. I am seeking a way of actively harnessing this
> elusive interface to my own advantage.

This is IA at its best.

> Who knows, maybe I will write about it someday.

I hope so.