N.O.W. helps you solve any problem –– no matter how apparently difficult it appears.
N.O.W. helps you tap into your power to observe unity and disregard apparent levels of difficulty. From the perspective of N.O.W., all apparent problems have the same cause –– lack of perception of wholeness. N.O.W. creates an aural situation in which one experiences a state of unity that dispels perception that one problem is inherently more difficult to solve than another because it has a different cause. N.O.W. simply posits the idea that all problems have the same cause –– separation, and are thereby solved by the same means –– creation of wholeness.
Practical problem solving with N.O.W. requires developing your ability to give attention and to be trusting.
Giving Attention ––
First, while listening to N.O.W. we can experience the act of listening as “giving attention” rather than “getting or taking something”. It is normal for us to regard listening a getting something. The sound waves created by the voice of a friend reach our ears and we “get” the speakers meaning. When perceived this way, listening is a kind of taking from the other, and results in a loss to them. But there is another way to listen, listening by giving attention.
Consider the “cocktail party effect”. We have ability to focus on the voice of the person we’re speaking with in the midst of multiple conversations going on at a party or other noisy gathering. Our ability to bring selective focus shows us that listening is not simply passive receptivity, but listening can be empowered with intentional attention –– by giving our attention.
Giving attention is a loving act of kindness. In the realm of interpersonal relationships people often struggle to be heard, to be understood, to be accepted. This occurs in a conversation that proceeds from one pronouncement or accusation to another –– “yesterday you did such and such hurtful thing” … “no I didn’t, it was you who started it when you said” etc. In this example, there is no giving attention, there is only impatiently waiting to speak again in order to be right and make the other wrong. Typical drama-making that serves the purpose of substantiating the egoic mind.
But by giving attention, by listening without formulating the next retort, the person with whom we are in conversation with will receive the gift of attention. They will not feel the strong compulsion to break through your resistance to be heard. They will feel “gifted” instead of “taken from”.
N.O.W. gives one opportunities to practice giving attention.
Because N.O.W. is not a person one is in relationship with, it does not produce the psychological and emotional triggers that can occur between people. N.O.W. creates a safe space to practice giving attention without the need to get something from the other. And the practice of giving attention can be applied to many life situations outside the N.O.W. listening session.
Practice giving attention to N.O.W. by simply having an intention to bring your focus to the moment by moment interplay of the tones. Recognize gaps in your thinking as they occur –– give more attention to the thought free gaps than to your thoughts. In other words, use your ability of selective focus to give more attention to thought free peace of mind than to the noise of your internal monologue.
In addition to providing opportunities to practice giving attention, N.O.W. provides opportunities to experience wholeness and practice extending trust of wholeness to heal the pain of separation. Remember, Trust is a state of grace not dependent on physical world proof. Trust does not require the world to demonstrate “trustworthiness”.
Hearing Wholeness ––
There is an aspect of N.O.W. that is not immediately apparent –– to the eyes, N.O.W. appears to be two separate objects. But to the ears, N.O.W. is one unified experience of wholeness. You can easily prove this to yourself.
Simply start both N.O.W. speakers, place them next to each other on a surface then walk away six feet or so and listen. Rather than hearing the tones originating from one speaker or the other, from a distance of six feet or more you will hear both speakers playing together, not two separate objects.
Notice the unity of sound. Notice the lack of separation cues. From six feet away N.O.W. appears to be one, whole, experience of sound.
If you place one N.O.W. speaker in each hand there is more of a perception that each speaker is autonomous and is producing a different tone sequence. Notice how it is possible to shift your orientation to N.O.W. and intentionally shift your perception from wholeness to separateness and back to wholeness. N.O.W., rather miraculously, offers you the ability to experience “one from two” –– you simply have to shift your expectation and perception. You have to give your attention differently.
Trusting Wholeness ––
Now that you have demonstrated to yourself the power of N.O.W. to help you experience wholeness in the midst of apparent separation (you’ve experienced one unified sound field from two separate sound objects), there is just a small leap for you to make –– to trust that experience of wholeness to heal the pain and suffering of separation, to solve the problems that arise from apparent separation.
While giving attention to N.O.W. one can simultaneous adopt a trusting attitude that the solution to any problem is contained within the problem itself –– despite the ongoing appearance of symptoms to the contrary. If one can become still enough to allow the healing power of wholeness to be felt, the perceived conditions of lack and separation dissipate. In other words, the true experience of wholeness heals by displacing apparent perception of lack or separation.
What is perception of lack? It is perception of “not enough” or “something missing”. What arises from a perception of lack? The suffering of need –– the need to be fulfilled or completed by what is thought to be lacking.
Perceiving “truth of wholeness” instantly displaces illusion of lack. Doesn’t this make extending trust easier? Because it is your own shift of perception (“I experience the wholeness of sound and do not dwell on apparently separate objects”) that creates the external reality. Trust that you can extend this ability. You can “seek and you shall find” a solution, to any problem, no matter the apparent order of difficulty.