"Theory Into Practice:
If You Can't Actually USE It, What Good Is It?" by Bill Harris
My job, as I see it, is to help people discover how they are unconsciously and unintentionally creating their internal and external reality--and, then, how they can become aware of this internal creative process and, in becoming aware of it, learn how to use it consciously and intentionally to create the life they want.
I use two tools to do this. The first is Holosync audio technology, which creates dramatic increases in conscious awareness in those who meditate with it (plus a number of other very positive benefits). This is the same increase in conscious awareness offered by traditional meditation, except that with Holosync the changes happen many times more quickly and allow you to begin experiencing deep changes right away, without having to spend years perfecting a technique. Plus, listening to Holosync is much easier and more reliable than traditional meditation.
The second tool is my Life Principles Integration Process (LPIP), in which I show you the actual step-by-step process by which you create your internal and external experience of life. In becoming aware of this process, you see exactly how each person creates their own reality, and you see all the places where a change could be made that would give you conscious control over your experience of life.
These two programs support each other in a very elegant way. With the increased conscious awareness created by Holosync, you might discover--with no other information--the internal process you use to create your reality. Your increased conscious awareness will allow you to observe this process, and if you're fairly sharp you'll see how it is structured and how you could easily change it to get any result you want. On the other hand, you might not put everything together to identify the process, or it might take you several years to do it.
However, if you're familiar with the model I describe in the LPIP, you instantly recognize what you're doing inside, once you see it, to create your results in life. This saves you a lot of time and trial-and-error searching.
With the LPIP alone (without Holosync), you might become conscious of how you create your reality as you learn the model I share in the LPIP, but I've found that many people who take the LPIP courses without Holosync have trouble becoming consciously aware of their own internal processes, as they happen. They get how the model works, but they have trouble consciously spotting how it operates in themselves. Those who are using Holosync, however, have a much easier time seeing these internal processes--which are ordinarily unconscious and flash by very quickly--in themselves.
Though these two work tools create dramatic changes for those who use them together, there is one other key skill I find to be crucial to really gaining control of how you create your life. With this key skill, you can create a dramatic acceleration in the results you receive as you use Holosync and the LPIP. I cover this key skill in the LPIP courses, but it takes a bit of internal contemplation and external application and effort to master. With it, you're able to quickly apply the information in the LPIP courses, and the awareness you gain from Holosync, to your life.
This skill is deceptively simple: it's the ability to apply a given principle to a real-life situation in your life--to do what some people refer to as "chunking down."
Chunking is one of the keys to learning, to creativity, and to practical application of any principle. Chunking up is moving from the details to the big picture, moving from isolated examples to principles and overall purposes. Chunking down is moving from the general to the specific, from principles to application of principles.
Principles are useless, other than for playing intellectual games (I almost said "mental masturbation," but this is a family newsletter) if you can't apply them to specific situations. It is in their application that principles become powerful. Without application, they are inert.
As I teach some of the principles I believe to be keys to personal and spiritual growth, most people nod and smile in agreement. They agree that the principles are accurate descriptions of reality, and that applying them is beneficial. Then, five minutes later, I see them in a real-life situation where they fail to recognize an opportunity to apply a certain principle. Because of this, they lose an opportunity to end the suffering they are creating by not following the principle in question.
One of the biggest challenges you face in your growth is learning how to apply theoretical principles to specific, real-life situations. For some reason, this is very difficult for almost everyone. If you can master this ability, you can transform your life very quickly. In fact, one of the main reasons that personal growth seems to be such a long and tedious process is that people fail to actually apply the principles they already know.
Let's look at an example. Probably the most basic principle I teach, a principle that if not followed makes all the other principles useless, is the idea that you create your reality--that you are responsible for your internal states and nearly all of your external results. I say "almost all" because there are eight billion other people on this planet taking action to get the external results they want, it is possible that their actions could conflict with yours and sometimes make it more difficult for you to get what you want. However, this is less of a problem than you may think, and if you learn certain ways of thinking and acting (ways I clearly spell out in the LPIP, and which are actually pretty easy to implement), you can get nearly everything you want in the external part of life, too. Not all, but so close to all that you can pretty much get anything you want from life.
That you create your reality is clearly a key principle, since it puts you at cause. Without it, you're living under the mistaken (but often compelling) impression that outside forces beyond your control are creating your feelings and your results. In such a case, you've declared yourself to be a victim. You see yourself at the effect of causes over which you have no control.
Or at least it seems to be so.
This principle is somewhat controversial among the general public (in fact, victim thinking seems rampant, actually), but nearly everyone who has been in personal growth for any length of time would agree that we each create our own reality, and that we are responsible for what we create. At least, most people in personal growth would agree IN THEORY. I find, however, that in practice many people act as if they don't really believe this principle at all. Whenever anything happens they don't like, whether in their personal life or in society at large, they immediately look for someone or something to blame. And, by not being able to actually practice this principle, they get the same results as those who don't believe it.
Now here's a little secret: those who take 100% responsibility for what happens in their life are those who are happy, peaceful, and successful in the world. It really is a KEY principle. People who actually follow it are the most conscious people on the planet--and the happiest. This principle is worth following for no other reason than that it gives you tremendous positive results and tremendous personal power. For this reason, it's well worth the effort to learn how to chunk this principle down so you can apply it to specific situations.
So what does that mean? It means that you have to recognize when a situation in your life is an example of this (or any) principle in action. This requires a certain amount of conscious awareness, which you can gain through using Holosync (though there are other ways, of course). It also requires that you not get sucked into bad feelings that often overwhelm you at a key moment when you might actually use the principle. It also helps if you realize another key principle: that feelings, especially bad feelings, are notoriously unreliable and should always be checked with rational facts before you "believe" them. (Yes, Virginia, you don't have to believe every feeling you have.)
Applying a principle in real life also requires that you really understand the principle. It requires that you realize that the principle in question has universal application. If you apply a principle in some situations, but make exceptions when it seems inconvenient, you're probably going to fail to apply it in the very situation when it would help you the most.
Finally, if you just learn how to recognize situations in which the principle applies, and know how to chunk up and down, you can experience the benefits of this principle.
How do you chunk up and down? You ask certain key questions. To chunk up, you ask "For what purpose?" or "What is this an example of?" To chunk down, you ask "What specifically?" or "What is a specific example of this?"
Let me give an example. You're up for a raise, but after your performance review, your pay remains the same. In fact, another person managed to take responsibility for a lot of great work you did, and she got a raise instead. The whole thing was unfair, no question about it. If you're like most people, you'll bitch about what happened and spend a fair amount of time feeling angry and upset, or perhaps feel misunderstood, wronged, invisible, or something along those lines. The last thing that comes to mind (for most people) is "how did I create this?" (even though you just read that book about taking responsibility for everything you create--after all, you really were wronged in this situation!).
Taking responsibility for what happened doesn't mean you did something wrong, that you are "to blame" for what happened (this isn't about right or wrong, it's about personal power and the ability to create your reality), or that you "deserved" what happened. Obviously other people contributed to what happened. By asking how you created what happened, though, you tap into some inner resources that allow you to turn whatever happened into a positive.
First, you might ask what you did that allowed someone else to take responsibility for your work. You might also ask how you managed to work at a place where management doesn't see your value. After all, no one made you work there. You might also consider that perhaps there's something you did that really did diminish your value to the company, and that what happened actually was fair. Since all of these things are something you can do something about (whereas what the other people did is mostly beyond your control), focusing on how you created what happened gives you power to do something about it.
You have even more power when it comes to your internal response. In fact, you have total control over how you respond internally. If you ask yourself how you created the bad feelings you experienced you'll have to admit that you had a choice as to how to react, and you chose to feel bad. If you've taken the first of my LPIP courses, the Internal Map of Reality Expander, you should be able to see exactly how you've created whatever feelings you're experiencing.
But before you can do any of this, you must recognize that this is a situation to which this principle applies. So how do you do that?
First, as I said, the more conscious awareness you have, the better. Second, the greater your commitment to really exercising your role as the creator of your reality, the better. But here's how to apply the chunking question: ask yourself "What principle applies to this situation? What principle is this an example of?" Actually, I can think of several principles that apply (including Let Whatever Happens Be Okay), but in any situation where something has been created in your life, whether an external result or an internal state, the principle that you are 100% responsible for what happens is ALWAYS going to apply.
So every time you create something (which means moment-by-moment all day long, every day) you want to be asking yourself, "How did I create this?" You want to be constantly reminding yourself that you did it, even if you're not sure how. This, by the way, is the real meaning of the term karma. Karma is from the Sanskrit root "kri" which means "to do," "to act," or "to happen." So your karma is, literally, what you do, what happens to you. It is NOT cause and effect. Whatever happens to you, you did it, one way or another. (Yes, there is a more popular understanding of karma, believed by the average Hindu, Buddhist, or American New Ager, but I'm telling you the true meaning.)
How have you, then, failed to perceive that you are creating what is happening so many times? Why isn't is obvious? Why should you have to go to a lot of effort to remember? The reason this principle isn't so obvious is that what you create happens in three big steps. Step one is that something happens in your environment. In other words, you have an experience. Step two is that you process that experience, using the processing methods I describe in great detail in my Internal Map of Reality Expander online course, and which I have described in a broader sense in several previous articles in Mind Chatter. This processing leads directly to step three, your internal state and your external behaviors and results.
The problem is that the second step happens unconsciously and automatically in almost every human on earth. In order to become aware of this internal creative process requires a great deal of meditation and internal personal investigation, something few people (present company accepted) are willing to do. If this processing is unconscious, it's invisible, and then you will see only steps one and three: your experience, followed by your internal state and/or an external results. In such a case, it looks as if the external experience caused the result, when really the invisible step two--the internal processing--was the real creator. Looking at things in this way is kind of like a two year old thinking that milk comes from refrigerators.
This is why you have to remind yourself about step two, and you do that by chunking the principle (that you create your reality) down in order to apply it to specific situations, such as this work-related example. A good way to learn to do this is to carry around a 3x5 card for a couple of weeks with "In every situation, I create my reality" written on it, along with the two chunking questions ("For what purpose?" and "What is this an example of?"). Then either chunk the principle down to whatever is happening in the moment (in other words, go from the general principle to the details), or look at each specific internal state or external result you get as the day goes by and chunk it up to see how it is an example of the principle (go from the specifics to the general principle). After a couple of weeks you'll begin to remember that this principle applies in all situations. Once you get this, you will begin to experience the benefits of applying it, which are enormous.
Anyone can blame outside circumstances or other people for how they feel, how they behave, or for what happens to them. To do so is intellectually (and often morally) lazy. Superficially it looks easier to blame whatever is going on around you. Actually, though, it's a very hard way to live, because you have little or no personal power when you look at life this way. But when you actually take responsibility for EVERYTHING that happens, you gain so much power that other people wonder how in the heck you became so masterful in dealing with life.
So take a look at the general principles you claim to believe in, and take the trouble to chunk them down to specific situations. If you do, you'll be able to actually live the principles you claim to believe. If you don't, they're useless.
Bill Harris, Director, Centerpointe Research Institute
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