Have you ever caught a fly with chopsticks?
Catching a fly with chopsticks is a great way to understand what it’s like to be truly aware.
I was sitting on an airplane a few days ago and there was a fly on the seat in front of me. I’ve probably seen a thousand flies in my lifetime, but this one was different.
I’d just been listening to my lucid trance recording on the plane, so my brain was already sitting at a higher level of consciousness.
The fly seemed detailed
When I was looking at the fly I didn’t just see a little black speck in front of me. I could actually see little details on it. It looked like it was scratching itself. I could see it looking around and I could sense it thinking.
When you’re fully engrossed in something it’s as if nothing else matters. Everything else on the outside is blurred and the only thing you can see (in full detail) is what you are looking at.
It’s a trance
You don’t need to meditate to fall into a trance state. You do it every day, but you just don’t realize it. It could happen when:
- A woman with large breasts walks past
- You spot a huge cream cake
- A sports car drives alongside you
Everything you stare at deeply will send you into a mini-trance where nothing else seems to matter for a split-second.
Try it today, or right now
To become more aware of something it takes time. At a guess I’d probably say a few minutes, so it’s not going to kill you to try it.
Just stare at something (not the woman with the large breasts) for a few minutes and notice the way it seems more detailed than before. You’ll get tunnel vision and nothing else will matter until you look away.
One thing that would be perfect is the dots on your hand.
Instead of just looking at the dots you actually have to stare at them as closely as possible until you can see them more clearly than ever before. You could maybe even choose a shape you can see in between the dots and imagine it’s really there (like the J).
You don’t need your eyes
If you want to become more aware during the day you can use all your senses:
- Try eating slowly and savoring the flavor of each bite
- Feel the wind on a particular part of your body (it’s easy to practice with a fan)
- Listen to some kind of music, but forget about the song; maybe focus on one specific sound
- Smell the air when you’re outside (living next to the beach and smelling the saltwater is a good one)
My reality check tattoo
If you were wondering what the tattoo was it’s my new one. And no, I never got it to do reality checks. I got it because I love lucid dreaming, but I’m going to use it to do reality checks. Big difference.
You shouldn’t get a tattoo, but your hand is definitely a great place to do them even if you’re just using the dots or lines.
I’ll write up another post in a few months with the results from the tattoo. I’ve already became lucid in a tattoo shop without even trying.
Improve your reality checks
This 2-minute stare technique is to be used for reality checks and it obviously gives them a kick up the ass because you’ve got full awareness while doing each one. I’ve mentioned becoming more aware during reality checks a few times, because quick glances 10-20 times per day isn’t good enough.
P.S. It doesn’t need to be 2 minutes, but it needs to be long enough so your extra-awareness kicks in.
P.S.S. Using your hand is easy because nobody is going to wonder why you’re staring at it.