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Daily Conscious Mental Rest

by Gavin, Unlock Your Happiness.com
(Cape Town, South Africa)

Do people stay with the programme? I sometimes wonder how many people learn Conscious Mental Rest and then continue with it daily, compared with how many stop the routine as soon as they've taken the course, or drop out of the daily routine after some time.

And with those who don't continue, I wonder what the reasons might be. So, in this post I'd like to start to share some thoughts with you. I'd love to hear your own views too.

I'll start out on the assumption that some people decide not to learn CMR in the first place, and that of those who do learn, a number decide at some stage not to continue with CMR on a daily basis.

Is the price too low?

Some people judge the worth of something based on its price. So perhaps there are some who feel that because CMR is available free of charge, it follows that it can't be that great. They therefore decide to move on to look for something that seems more substantial.

Some teachers of meditation and self-improvement techniques have told me I should be charging anything from $100 to $500 a course. Besides the philosophical stance that there should be a fair exchange of 'energy' (knowledge and development time and cost in exchange for money), another argument often put forward is that if people pay for something they will value the course more and are therefore more likely to continue with the programme.

Well, from what I have seen in life, that's probably a popular myth. I've seen many, many people who have paid substantial amounts of money for programmes that require ongoing implementation, and they've dropped out despite the huge price they had paid. Examples that come to mind include: 1-year gym contracts; club memberships; classes requiring ongoing practice outside the class sessions (e.g. yoga, music practice).

So, in my view, the free-of-charge aspect of CMR may certainly create the initial perception that it can't be very good if it's being offered free. But for those who see past that and do take the course and later quit, I don't believe the fact that they paid nothing for it is why they are prepared to stop their daily sessions. What do YOU think?

Does it seem too simple and nebulous to be effective?

I do think that people who want concrete results might find it hard to accept or believe that something so non-concrete, so simple, virtually effortless, and so 'non-doing' can actually achieve anything.

Yet we've all grown up with the habit of sleeping 7 or 8 hours a night and waking up refreshed in the morning. It's what we know; it's what all human beings do. Sleep is natural. It is effortless; we do nothing, and we find our awareness changes and we wake up different from how we were when we went to bed the night before.

Moreover, we totally accept that we need to give up 8 of our 24 hours in each daily cycle to do this non-doing thing called sleep. At times we may begrudge losing all those hours of fun or productivity. Yet we know and accept that this is how our bodies work, so we just do it ... every day (night) for one-third of our living hours! 33.3% of our life is given over to sleep, and we just accept that.

Unlike sleep, consciously resting the mind is not something everyone routinely does daily. For those who hear about it, or about deep meditation, it seems so non-essential. Perhaps this perception is because we have come to accept that mankind uses less around than 10% of his mental potential, and that's just how it is. We buy into the belief that we cannot be better than that; that illness is normal; that dying from disease is just how it is, and that it's a fluke if you just die peacefully in your sleep, or while drifting into 'death' from the waking state.

So, if that's just how human life is (or so we believe), then what's the point of devoting time each day to trying to change that? And so, for many, sitting for daily CMR (or meditation, or transcending) sessions may just seem too much time to spend doing nothing; and time is precious.

Do 'practitioners' feel CMR isn't 'working'?

I think there are probably some people who are indeed willing to have two sessions a day, but because they have not followed the instructions precisely - or they did at first and then got a bit 'casual' about sticking to the procedure - they end up not doing CMR properly and therefore don't notice the benefits in daily life. For this group I would suggest: take the course again. Or at least listen to all the audio files again, at least and use the guided session for while.

This might sound odd coming from the person who formulated the original Conscious Mental Rest method, course structure and instructions, but ... even I sometimes drift off the procedure and end up not following my own instructions precisely. It happens. One can get casual or simply forget one important point in the simple procedure.

When I realise this has happened, and decide to get back and toe the line again, at the end of a session I have heard myself say, almost with surprise: Hey! This CMR really works -- if you do it according to the 'book'! And I resolve there and then to follow the precise procedure again for future sessions.

Share YOUR thoughts on this

There are possibly other reasons why people don't learn CMR, or drop out after having learnt. And no doubt some will come to my mind again later - perhaps related to the deeper, more profound reasons for following such a routine. But in the meantime, why not use the Comments link lower down to share your own thoughts about this topic. I'd love to hear from you, as will other visitors, I'm sure.

Thanks for listening.

~ Gavin

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