Sometimes the stubborn stains of life’s challenges cling to the garment that is our thinking mind.
Did you know the N.O.W. Tone Therapy System is a miracle thought cleanser that can give you a clean slate (or mind)?
LOL, I used to love writing little advertising slogans as a kid. Probably came from staying home from school, watching “I Love Lucy” re-reruns and being exposed to laundry product commercials. Apparently I still enjoy this practice.
Yes, sometimes a persistent mental rumination needs to be treated with a double or triple application of the N.O.W. Tone Therapy System to lift the stain of problematic thought.
In this post I’ll describe an effective way to use N.O.W. sequentially, in the same sustained listening session, so you can experience peace of mind . The goal with repeated, same-session N.O.W. use is to give you several opportunities to back away from your problematic thoughts and choose peace instead.
But first, you should know that you need not believe what I’m about to describe will work. You simply have to listen and observe the results. Conceptual understanding is not required. Here’s an example why …
… We recently received a glowing user report from a 2nd grade teacher who made this point beautifully.
A self-described “veteran” teacher, Collen Mestdaghon wrote the following review on Amazon of the N.O.W. Tone Therapy system effectiveness with her 2nd grade class:
“My classroom of second graders calls the N.O.W. Tone Therapy System their “peace sounds”… they are the perfect addition to our practice of mindfulness in the classroom. We are able to end each day with a 3 minute break to check-in, reflect and relax at the end of a busy day learning!
Students have often shared that the sounds are the best part of their day. Students immediately relax, tune in to themselves and tune out distractions. As a veteran teacher and someone who believes in the emotional wellbeing of her students, I recommend exploring the potential uses in the schools setting”.
Colleen is talking about 2nd graders!
She and her class simply listen to N.O.W. and everyone benefits from the relaxation and peace that comes from turning inward to “tune in to themselves”.
We see time and time again that N.O.W. simply needs to be listened to, not conceptually “believed in” (though that brings its own amplified benefits, more on this in another post).
Getting the tough mental stains out ––
“Practice makes perfect”. Examples abound that show us mindful repetition can bring desired results. Learning an instrument, a new language, a new physical skill … all benefit from repeated practice. The sequential, repeated use of N.O.W. to undo unwanted and incessant problematic thinking is no different.
In fact, by design, N.O.W. has two features the listener can access to get those stubborn mental stains out of the mind. These two features are 1). start of use randomization and 2.) end of use randomization. This “double randomization” design amplifies your ability to let go of problematic thought (experienced in the body as emotional turmoil) and choose joy and peace instead.
N.O.W. is a gentle teacher of the practice of becoming comfortable with “not knowing”. “Not knowing” is an experiential state that arises in the absence of “known thought”. Not knowing, is pure I AM consciousness –– consciousness freed from the shackles, and misery produced, by the problematic thinking that arises from egoic identification with the forms of this world. When ego-originating misery departs, the joy of your essential, true self remains.
N.O.W. employs start and finish randomization to gently remind that life proceeds from one unknown to the next. What face shall you see when rounding a corner? It is unknown. What will happen next in the novel you are reading for the first time? It is unknown. When will you meet your true life partner? It is unknown.
Becoming comfortable with the unknown, becoming comfortable with “not knowing” is a type of acceptance of what IS. Acceptance of the “is-ness” of the present moment is the tool to transcend the suffering that arises from the sequence of: faulty perception / analysis / judgment / separation. Let us see how N.O.W. makes the unknown more friendly, and gives you opportunities to practice being comfortable with it.
As you know, the N.O.W. Tone Therapy System is comprised of two identical speakers. The only difference between them has to do with the start and ending moments of their use.
When you start a N.O.W. listening session you are free to pick up either speaker and start it first, then start the other. The speakers are not identified in any way. Sometimes you will start one speaker first, at other times you will start the other speaker first. You’ll never really know (unless you mark them in some way or place them in a particular physical arrangement). The point –– each speaker plays a random tone sequence. You participate in this randomness, this “not knowing”, by the simple act of starting one speaker before the other, not knowing which one you have started.
The gap of time between starting the first speaker and starting the second speaker introduces further randomness (more “unkown”), into the tone sequence heard. Because the second speaker is started at some short, but later time after the first speaker is started, there is a lateral shift in time of the second speaker’s tone sequence relative to the first speaker’s tone sequence. The shift may be as brief as a few milliseconds. Or, if you’re more patient, you can wait a few seconds or longer to start the second speaker and thus create a longer tone sequence displacement.
You should know that that the moment of starting N.O.W. has sublime beauty and power. You have the power to clear your mind, even for just a few seconds, and start the dual asynchronous tone sequences from a place of not-knowing stillness. You can embed the combined tone sequence (made from two independent and asynchronous tone sequences heard together) with your acceptance of “not knowing”. You practice intentionally being the author of the unknown. Do you realize how empowering it is to realize you are the author of the unknown?
Similarly, at the end of the 3 minute tone sequence, N.O.W. uses a random number generator in each speaker to select the pre-recorded tone sequence that will be produced by that speaker the next time it is turned on. As I wrote yesterday … the moment of silence that follows cessation of tones, but before the speakers turn themselves off, is a dynamic condition.
Just know that N.O.W., in its final act of the session, creates an new unknown –– you do not know what tone sequence will play the next time you turn on the N.O.W. speakers. As the N.O.W. tones fade, bring your attention to this fade, listen through the absence of the tones, and become comfortable with the fact that N.O.W. itself that is creating a new unknown, through the use of dual, asynchronous, random number generators.
If, at the end of one N.O.W. Tone Therapy session you find your problematic thoughts return and body-based suffering is still noticed, you can begin another Tone Therapy session immediately. But before you do, resolve to pay attention to the two “unknowns” –– the beginning, and end of the N.O.W. Tone Therapy session. Become comfortable with these brief periods of not knowing that you, yourself, have created.
True acceptance of not knowing will be recognized with a lifting of egoic thought-misery, and a remembering of your true, joyous spirt.