With N.O.W., sometimes we bring particular focus to the end of the New Origin Waveform tone sequence –– we pay particular attention to the fading of the tones into the background ambient sound in which N.O.W. has been used. At other times, we bring particular attention to the beginning of the listening session.
There is a surprisingly simple aspect of N.O.W.’s operation that is easily overlooked because it is non obvious, and because, as observers of, and lovers of forms, we often are more concerned with form than with the formless –– more concerned with the physical than the non-physical.
N.O.W. has an ON button on each speaker. Pressing the ON button does not result in any state change in N.O.W. for several seconds. In other words, pressing the ON button does nothing, and results in an intentional period of nothing.
The usual result of using a switch –– a light switch, your car’s ignition switch or your phone’s power on button, is to see and perhaps hear an immediate change of state in the device being activated.
N.O.W. does not do this. By design, N.O.W. creates an intentional period in which nothing happens. N.O.W. creates a ground from which sound-forms will eventually arise. But our focus today is on the intentional no-thing period.
In a sense, the power of N.O.W.’s ON button is to reset into stillness. By design, the N.O.W. experience begins with an intention to start the experience. Sounds stupid, right? But it is true. Using N.O.W. begins with the intention to pick up the speakers, observe them, turn them over, find the ON buttons, press the ON buttons and observe … nothing.
OMG, how powerful is that feeling! If that is not being as the Creator I don’t know what is. One intentionally creates Nothing from which something will emerge.
Let us explore these moments a bit more. By design, the feel of N.O.W. is cool to the touch. This gives us something to notice and is the first sensory perception signal that pulls the mind from thought, to no-thought. Observing the cool, rounded shape of N.O.W. in the hand does not require thought.
Notice also that one has a desire, or intention, to start the N.O.W. listening session. This desire / intention also exists without thought. Yes, one could say to one’s self “I am desirous of a N.O.W. session and I have the intent to turn on N.O.W.” But that is not how it usually works. No, one has a wordless feeling-state of desire / intent.
Notice how N.O.W. just is, and is not doing anything in your hand –– until activated by you. Absurdly stupid statement? Not really. As a non-verbal teacher, N.O.W. gives you this moment to experience potentiality, and not only that, potentiality that is under your command. You, dear reader, choose the moment in which to activate N.O.W., observe this.
But the activation of N.O.W. returns you to observing stillness again. You have intentionally activated a period of nothing.
As the creator of this particular period of nothing, this is a good time to take a deep cleansing and centering breath and perhaps bring “near-thought” to this time of stillness before the tones start to play.
Near-thought is my term for an intention or desire that has been released from the bounds of word-forms, but still experienced as a feeling state. For example, if one needs to come up with $1600 to pay the rent this month that is a quantified, word-form expressed desire.
But one could release the word-thought “I need $1600 this month” and instead retain just the wordless feeling state of “abundance”, and enter the initial stillness period of N.O.W. listening with a feeling state of “abundance” already present. Remember, feeling that one has abundant wealth is just that –– a feeling state experienced in the mind and body.
This is how one can “seed” the ground of the initial N.O.W. stillness period with wordless focus and thereby shape the manifesting power of N.O.W. We’ve already seen how the ego needs word-forms in order to express itself and create drama from judgment. So beginning the N.O.W. listening session with non thought or near-thought intent one can remain free of problematic egoic identity and allow one’s essence identify –– consciousness, to come to the foreground.
And you thought N.O.W. had a goofy ON button that didn’t do anything for a few seconds and made you impatient for the show to start. Let go of impatience and observe these moments of stillness instead.
So the initial stillness of N.O.W. has been observed, the ON button has been intentionally pressed and released, a period of stillness accompanied by a wordless intention state has been observed, and then …
… sound emerges from no sound. Instant truth. An instant demonstration, in miniature, that form emerges from the potentiality of no-form –– directly related to our desire and intent. We now can observe the witnesses, the manifestations, the feedback, the signposts –– the New Origin Waveform tone sequences, the results of our intention to put them into the world.
While the N.O.W. tone sequence experience is only three minutes long this even shorter three second initialization sequence is a powerful teaching. You have the power to seed the potentiality of nothingness and observe the growth of the something you have placed in the world.
Imagine applying this knowledge to your life at large, when you’re not listening to N.O.W., but listening to the world throughout your day.