Thursday, October 17, 2019 Captain’s log, supplemental
6:45 a.m. Sometime when you aren’t busy, I’d like insight into what makes the wheezing start and stop. It doesn’t seem to be anything in particular that brings it on, if we don’t count weather. So – what?
Relaxation is a key. More than any single thing.
How can that fluctuate without my being aware of it?
You have to be kidding.
Very funny. I mean, when I am paying attention and still don’t see the triggers.
Bear in mind, changes take place at a level usually far below consciousness. That is, the evidence is not apparent beyond the filters of attention.
You are saying, I think, that I would not be aware of fluctuations in my lungs any more than in my liver function, for instance.
Yes, and for the same reason. These things, you are taking care of beneath the level of your own attention.
I am taking care of. I suppose that makes sense, but it isn’t how I have ever thought about it.
No, because you have been seeing it as inner v. outer, or you v. matter, or your mind/soul/spirit v. the casing it rides in.
And if it is true for me, it is true for everyone. Dirk and his ankylosing spondylitis, Nancy and her shoulders. [Transcribing, I see that the “it” is not clear. I was referring to “These things, you are taking care of beneath the level of your own attention.”]
Anyone and everything, or you end up believing in chance, and disconnection (which is chance in another costume).
So what do we do?
What do you do already? You remove mental (logical) and emotional filters that persuade you toward helplessness, and you increase your monitoring of physical processes at a deeper, more fundamental layer. That’s really all you need to do.
Sounds way too easy, given our histories.
Simple; not necessarily easy. In concept it is merely two steps, but you may (or may not, but may) find each step quite difficult to accomplish.
These situations must stem from what we are, how we were created. Hence, they are creative obstacles, presumably.
Great obstacles offer great potential rewards, as a vigorous exercise program may offer enhanced fitness, or a serious intellectual challenge may provide intense mental satisfaction both in the engagement and in the resolution.
Remove filters, increase monitoring.
That’s it. Another way of putting it is, you will be finished with it when you determine to be finished with it – only, that doesn’t mean when you threaten to hold your breath until you turn blue, nor to throw a tantrum, nor to wave a magic wand.
Pity: There went all my strategies.
Nonetheless, simple steps, not necessarily easy. And no reason not to disseminate this, though there will be few enough able to put the advice into action.