By K. N. Krishnaswamy & R.K. Dham November 2003 Body-mind programming is a technique developed by the authors to achieve goals through changing the mind’s patterns Body Mind Programming (BMP) is a technique of self-transformation aimed at achieving one’s goals and ideas. It deals with changing engrams stored in the mind through a seven-step process, based on principles derived from diverse fields like psychology, physics, medicine, computers, eastern mysticism and lives of great achievers. It uses breathing, relaxation and visualization techniques and includes time-tested purification processes and feedback control. BMP can be used in many ways, from self-development to training for creativity. Sources of BMP The knowledge base for BMP can be broadly classified into four categories: lives of great achievers; research in medicine, psychology and physics; cybernetics and computers; and mysticism. Great achievers: They were totally committed to their goals, believed in themselves and put in tremendous effort. They also had a habit of making helpful suggestions to themselves, visualized their own success, had the habit of relapsing into silence, and were in close contact with others with similar interests. These people and their lives offer us several lessons, such as the fact that deeper levels of consciousness (supraconsciousness) are a storehouse of knowledge. The supraconsciousness of every individual can communicate with the supraconsciousness of every other individual and is an infinite continuum. The supraconscious mind can be reached from the conscious mind (objective mind) and under certain conditions, thoughts and strong desires planted in the supraconscious mind get realized completely. Research: Findings in the fields of medicine, psychology and physics in recent decades are greatly relevant to BMP. For instance, psychology and medicine have found that meditative techniques induce an altered state of consciousness that makes the mind highly alert and sensitive. In this state, the mind is more creative. It has also been found that the involuntary nervous system can be voluntarily controlled and that the brain and nervous system can function like an automatic goal seeking mechanism. The subconscious mind (supraconscious mind) cannot distinguish between real and created (synthetic) experience. The left brain has been found to be the seat of logical thinking, and the right brain of integrative, intuitive thinking. Negative emotions are found to produce illness through the nervous system, and positive emotions produce physical balance and maturity. Thus body-mind integrity has become important for healing. Healing and biomedical processes shed light on how methods based on meditative techniques can help people self-heal. This emphasizes a holistic approach to transforming body and mind. Cybernetics: The well-known analogy of a computer to human brain is used in BMP. Just as a computer programme processes external data in a particular way, programmes in the brain process information from every situation and environment to form individual perceptions, attitudes, beliefs and abilities peculiar to the individual. As a change in the programme causes change in output, changes in the human brain change human personality. Control is essential in any change process in order to steady and balance the changed state. Classical principles of cybernetics (psycho-cybernetics) of Maltz are used to get feedbacks continually to attain goals. BMP uses the goal-seeking behavior of the human brain by logically and intuitively directing the whole brain to the goal. Mysticism: Patanjali’s yoga is a scientific method for transforming individuals and taking them to transcendental goals. It emphasizes cleansing the mind, controlled breathing, and questioning the conscious mind to plunge into deeper levels of consciousness through meditation. The key role of visualization has also been stressed. BMP uses breathing and meditative techniques to link the conscious and subconscious portions of the mind in the goal-seeking effort, and suggestion and visualization play a dominant role in the transformation process. Basic Technique The BMP cycle is a meditative technique to be practiced daily. Each BMP cycle has five steps: alignment, which is orienting the mind to the programming task; entry, which is the diving into deeper levels of consciousness; programming, which is the embedding of the goal into deeper levels of the mind; surrendering, and exit from the cycle. The BMP cycle runs on vehicles that establish balance and harmony of the body-mind complex, and then embed and augment the goal through programming. These vehicles are: rhythmic balance, pacific harmony, implantation, and synthetic nurturing. These first take the practitioner to deeper levels of consciousness conducive to self-programming. The programming itself consists of using, positively and creatively, techniques of affirmation and visualization. BMP makes use of breathing, relaxation, and visualization techniques and includes time-tested purification and feedback processes. It is ideal for self-development and enhancing creativityRhythmic balance: The connection between breathing and state of mind is well-known. When disturbed, we breathe faster than normal. When concentrating, we tend to hold our breath. On the other hand, slow and rhythmic breathing pacifies the mind and induces relaxation. In BMP, a simple exercise is used to quieten the mind and prepare it for deeper relaxation. There is little control or effort. Instead of letting chest movement dominate, abdominal breathing is used. Initially, breathing is kept normal, but with practice it can be slowed. This balances and stabilizes the body-mind complex. Deliberate attention is given to breathing in and breathing out. A comfortable sitting position (sukha asana) is used for the breathing exercise. Other postures, like vajrasana or padmasana, can be used depending upon the practitioner’s convenience. Pacific harmony: Pacification, which is deep relaxation, is basic for BMP. A few minutes of deep relaxation every day before the BMP exercise will enable us to enter deeper levels of consciousness and programme ourselves the way we want. With pacification there arises a feeling of harmony of body, mind and spirit. When the conscious mind is peaceful, we can reach our subconscious mind easily. Stilling the body tends to still the mind. Removing physical stresses and strains removes mental tensions, anxieties and worries. Therefore the first step in any pacification exercise is to sit quietly in a time-tested pose, without moving any part of the body. Implantation: This is a process of consciously planting a desire verbally into the mind and embedding it into the subconscious mind so that it may grow to fruition. This is called affirmation. To be effective, the affirmation should be acceptable to us and should be made with the belief that it will get realized. It is to be strengthened by the imagination through visualization. The will should not be brought into this process. During affirmation, the mind should be receptive and the process should be easy and effortless. A strong desire tends to produce a positive result through implantation. For a mind driven by strong faith, affirmation may take place continuously and the results tend to be phenomenal. Doubt is the enemy of the implantation process. It nullifies the effect and inhibits the result. If you have strong desire, whip up strong faith and affirm ceaselessly. This is the secret. When doubts crop up, immediately stronger variations of original affirmations are to be made to quell them. The form of the affirmation for implantation has to be designed carefully after a well-enquired framework of goals. Synthetic nurturing: Our nervous system cannot distinguish between real experience and synthetic (imagined) experience. Thus a strongly formed image will lead to an emotional response or a bodily response. Mental and physical behavior is influenced by images. This aspect of the nervous system is used for nurturing the goal embedded in the implementation process. It augments the implantation, speeds up the development and growth from the seed (goal). In BMP, we use visualization to help implantation of our desired goals in the deeper levels of our minds. Visualization is seeing through our mental eyes or the deliberate creation of mental images, which are translations of affirmations. The clear goal images we form in the subconscious mind make up the core of the synthetic experience which when provided to the mind, becomes real to it and gets absorbed. Visualization largely uses right brain features. Therefore, for the most effective use of visualization, it is important that functions of the right hemisphere of the brain are strongly elicited. Visualization works better in a relaxed state of mind. It can be learned and developed. Importantly, if the will and the imagination are in conflict, imagination always wins. In visualization, it is desirable to avoid the effort of will. However, when one has a definite goal and uses visualization to accomplish it, the will directs imagination and multiplies its strength. Big goals can be achieved in a series of well-defined steps, each step having a well-defined sub-goal. We have to make clear visual plans. For this, we have to picture ourself in our mind’s eye as though we have already achieved the goal. We must visualize how we shall feel, talk, behave and feel on achieving the goal. In other words, we must become successful in our mind’s eyes; we must see it in every way possible to create a strong synthetic experience in our nervous system. Application of BMPThe flow chart on this page highlights applications of BMP. It has seven steps. The first one is the preparation step prior to the five steps in the basic cycle, and the follow up step comes after the final
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