BioProgramming – Filters – Internal Distractions

Friday, July 18th, 2008 at 8:00 am.
by pre.

The two main types of intrusion which are the enemy of good clear concentration, of having your filters tuned to exactly the information you need, are internal distractions, and external distractions.

Internal distractions.

As you’re trying to concentrate, you may find the ‘back of your mind’ brings up a lot of other thoughts, worries, distractions. You’ll experience unwanted contemplations, commentaries, ideas or judgements. This is a common problem, especially if you’ve previously trained your brain to be constantly thinking, verbalising or worrying.

The first thing to try is to simply let that unneeded distraction drift out of your head. Remind yourself that you’re trying to concentrate, redouble your focus onto the thing you’re trying to focus on and let the distraction drift out of your mind.

Usually, that will be enough.

Sometimes, however, you may find yourself excited by this new distracting idea, or dreading this new unexpected woe. If the need to deal with this issue isn’t fight-or-flight urgent however, you’ll usually want to continue to focus on the object of your concentration and worry or think about this new idea later.

To prevent a persistent internal distraction from constantly recurring, resolve to do something, to deal with this thought later. To convince your brain that you really mean it, set a specific time. Decide you’ll deal with it tonight, or after the service, or on the drive home, not just ‘later’.

Techniques which you have already developed will come in useful here. You can use your memory loci-map to ensure you can recall the new idea or worry You can set up associations in your brain to remind you to deal with this internal problem later, and then refocus on your aim.

The Third Thread

You will improve your ability to resist internal distractions while listening to the third thread in our “filters” guided meditation. This is the third voice to begin, mostly from the right hand speaker and quieter still than the first two threads. A whispered stream of words.

The meditation encourages you to allow distractions to surface in your mind, and then to pay attention to the way it feels to dismiss them and refocus on the voice you’re listening to. To practice dismissing thoughts and to learn the reflexes to do so.

You’ll also use suggestion and visualisation to see yourself improving, watch as your old struggles are replaced by a new you, confidently dismissing worry and woe.

And all the while, of course, you’ll be practising and refining your ability to filter out the other threads, to ignore the other distractions and lower your credibility filters so as to aid the suggestions.

We’ll talk about external distractions next week.

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