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David Deida's Instant Enlightenment


I am currently (as in right now -- I've just put the book down) reading David Deida's new book, 'Instant Enlightenment'.
David Deida is a master of using juxtapositions to free up trapped energy and experience expanded states of consciousness.
That's why I am recommending you take a look at his work.
He will blast you out of your 'stuck' points. If you let him.
He will free you from your righteousness.
From the creative thinker perspective, this is priceless. His brief essays in 'Instant Enlightenment' crow bar your mind open.
(Yes, yes, I know, a little understated. But I'm a shy, demure kind of guy like that.)
Anyway, David Deida has a neat little exercise in 'Instant Enlightenment' in the chapter labelled, SWEAR.
The idea is to think of the dirtiest, filthiest word you know. And then say it out loud, when you are alone.
You repeat this vile word several times.
And then you say, "I love you," while imagining that you are with someone you really love.
The exercise is then to alternate between saying your dirty word and saying "I love you" until you can say the swear word with as much love as you say "I love you."
You then escalate the exercise with a (willing) friend or lover, repeating the bad word and "I love you" to them until they can feel as much love in the swear word as in the actual saying that you love them.
Deida advises that you rinse and repeat this exercise with other swear words.
The ultimate aim being to "practice saying every word that you utter, from now on until you die, in a way that feels like 'I love you' to whoever hears it."
Isn't that great? I love that idea!
Oh and for all you cheeseballs who think that sounds too shmaltzy, there's a chapter on Hate just for you! ;-)


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