Our Internal Stimulus produces chatter in our mind, the voice in our head, over and over again… There is a refrain that runs that most people never become aware of. What is this refrain, this chatter? This chatter usually consists of a series of automatic negative thoughts made up of questions and answers:
“Why did they do that or say that? It’s because…”
“How did that happen? I must have…”
“Why don't things work out for me? It’s because…”
“What will happen if I fail? This and this…”
“What if they reject me? I will feel…”
“Why can't I get ahead?”
“It’s because there’s something wrong with…”
Always worrying about the future or indulging in the past... This ongoing refrain has been called the internal dialogue. It is a voice, a personal information manager, called your conscience, which loves to comment and give advice on everything. But your true conscience is deep within your being…
Nothing is what it appears to be, like McDonalds nutrition information. We see things in a certain way partly because of what Castaneda calls our internal dialogue coming from our internal stimulus. This voice in our head is like an internal combustion engine. It cranks away efficiently and mechanically in a confined space.
There is something, an Internal Stimulus, that very few are aware of. It keeps reminding us with an internal rhyme of how things are at any given time. So not only do we see things the way they are, but the mirror of our world, through the Law of Attraction keeps reminding us. Our internal dialogue keeps going in the backdrop of our mind…
The discovery of your own internal dialogue and the internal stimulus is brilliantly portrayed in the movie 'Revolver' when Mr. Green, Jack Green, is talking to himself in the lift.
It is worth, every second you spend, reading and re-reading the Introduction to The Power of Silence:
“At various times don Juan attempted to name his knowledge for my benefit. He felt that the most appropriate name was nagualism, but that the term was too obscure. Calling it simply 'knowledge' made it too vague, and to call it 'witchcraft' was debasing. 'The mastery of intent' was too abstract, and 'the search for total freedom' too long and metaphorical. Finally, because he was unable to find a more appropriate name, he called it 'sorcery,' although he admitted it was not really accurate.
Over the years, he had given me different definitions of sorcery, but he had always maintained that definitions change as knowledge increases. Toward the end of my apprenticeship, I felt I was in a position to appreciate a clearer definition, so I asked him once more.
'From where the average man stands,' don Juan said, sorcery is nonsense or an ominous mystery beyond his reach. And he is right not because this is an absolute fact, but because the average man lacks the energy to deal with sorcery.'
He stopped for a moment before he continued. 'Human beings are born with a finite amount of energy,' don Juan said, 'an energy that is systematically deployed, beginning at the moment of birth, in order that it may be used most advantageously by the modality of the time.”
Now you have a finite amount of energy that you come here with, you have at your fingertips access to an infinite amount of energy. But you need some of that finite amount of energy that you came here with, to tap into that infinite energy. All the energy that you have is dispersed in the present reality that you are in. And your internal dialogue makes sure, chattering away, that these energies are dispersed properly so that you can see what is there, and nothing else. Your cup is too full.
To empty our cup, most of us therefore need a teacher or adventure quest trainer to assist us to. We need an environment conducive to growth without our daily distractions. Read 'The Active Side of Infinity' by Carlos Castaneda for a deeper understanding of Internal Stimulus.
“Then don Juan began a most remarkable explanation. Clearly and concisely, he gave me a different and more precise definition of sorcery.
I had entered into a wondrous state of awareness! I had such clarity of mind that I was able to comprehend and assimilate everything don Juan was saying. He said that in the universe there is an unmeasurable, indescribable force which sorcerers call intent, and that absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link.
Sorcerers, or warriors, as he called them, were concerned with discussing, understanding, and employing that connecting link. They were especially concerned with cleaning it of the numbing effects brought about by the ordinary concerns of their everyday lives. Sorcery at this level could be defined as the procedure of cleaning one’s connecting link to intent. Don Juan stressed that this ‘cleaning procedure’ was extremely difficult to understand, or to learn to perform. Sorcerers, therefore, divided their instruction into two categories.
One was instruction for the everyday life state of awareness, in which the cleaning process was presented in a disguised fashion. The other was instruction for the states of heightened awareness, such as the one I was presently experiencing, in which sorcerers obtained knowledge directly from intent, without the distracting intervention of spoken language.”
A Zen monk was being visited by someone who wanted to study Zen philosophy. The prospective apprentice started talking about all the things that he had done, all the studies he had pursued, his profound internal work, all his achievements and where he wanted to go. The Zen master takes a pot of tea and starts pouring into a cup, and the cup fills and fills, and start overflowing everywhere.
“What are you doing?” exclaimed the prospective apprentice. The Zen monk said: “By your chatter, I can see that your cup is full; there is no room for anything else!”
You see your cup is full with all your life experiences, with your perception of how things are, your expectations, and because of that, you miss out on a lot of things, that are happening all around you. And above all, you are especially missing out on what is happening within you.
A little exercise for Internal Stimulus
Put your Internal Stimulus on a diet, an information diet. Whenever you are confronted with a reasonably important decision…
One, listen to the advice of the chattering monkey. Two, stop for a moment and listen to your heart. Three, do what you really want to do!
If you would like to become a Metaphysics or Esoteric Teacher,