Step 2 – Flying In
There is not a lot written about the process of “flying in”. Here’s what it says in the book:
“Flying in entails the use of breathing techniques and a simple meditation where you can go into your own body, or “fly in” to a book.”
Step 3 – Relaxation-Concentration-Envisioning
1. Rod or Stick Image Training
Lie down and breathe long, shallow breaths, and then envision yourself as a rod or a stick.
2. Artificial Light Training
Set a lamp with a naked bulb about 6.5 feet away from you and select a book you have never read. Next, look at the light bulb for a few seconds, and then close your eyes. The image of the light will probably appear between your eyes. While keeping that image in view, you then fly in to the book and “read” the contents. You can specify a page number, then afterward look on that page in the book to confirm what is written there.
Step 4 – Staring Practice and After Image Practice
After you have finished the eye training, lie down and do long shallow breathing. Following this exercise, do the rod imaging, the artificial light practice, then QSR with a blindfold on. (This is where you are blindfolded and speed-read the book by seeing colours and images and also grasping any messages).
I’ve quoted this entire passage from the book verbatim because I don’t want any misinterpretations. I’m sure, if you’re like me, you might find your skeptic gear kicking in as to how any of this can work. To be honest, I doubt I could get Gavin to practice this either. If I’m a skeptic, I would think that he is even more of one. Then again, the abilities demonstrated by the children in Tobitani’s class are all pretty unbelievable, too.
What’s the take home message from this? I think it reinforces the importance of meditation for right brain development. There was a chapter on meditation in ESP for Kids that talked about the use of meditation by many great minds in history to achieve their successes.
There are four brain-wave patterns which can be recorded using an electroencephalograph:
- Beta – 20 to 14 cycles per second (this is the state of being awake)
- Alpha – 14 to 7 cycles per second
- Theta – 7 to 5 cycles per second
- Delta – 5 to 1 cycles per second (this is the state of deepest sleep)
It is said that the state between Alpha and Theta is when the brain is at its most creative. This state is the twilight level of being in between wakefulness and sleep – which is something akin to daydreaming. Shichida says that this is the state at which the right brain becomes active (which corresponds to the creativity of the brain in coming up with solutions to problems). Many of the great minds in history have reported that it is in this state of relaxation that their greatest ideas “came to them”.
Thomas Edison was known to use meditation to help him find the solutions to problems he encountered when working on a new invention. Whenever he was faced with a problem he could not solve, he would relax in a chair or his daybed with a ball bearing in his hand and a tin plate on the floor. He would hold his hand over the tin plate and let his mind drift towards the twilight phase before sleep. If he fell asleep, his hand would go limp and the ball bearing would crash onto the tin plate and wake him up. If he found the answer to his problem, he would go back to work on his invention, if he solution eluded him, he would repeat the meditative process again.
I found Edison’s meditative process interesting because I can remember many incidences when I thought of ideas for projects or solutions to problems at work which came to me just as I was falling asleep. Unfortunately, I would always awake the next morning with the memory of having a solution but not of the solution itself. Edison’s idea of the ball bearing and tin plate is an excellent one because it ensured that he would be able to use the solutions conjured up by his creative right brain.
This is one way of getting back in touch with our right brain, particularly if we’ve never had right brain training before. The next time you find yourself facing a problem to which you have no solution, give Edison’s meditative approach a go.