I’ve written before about the fact that the Lefkoe Belief Process (one of the many processes that comprise The Lefkoe Method) has both a very practical element and a profound spiritual element. Getting rid of beliefs and conditionings changes your “creation,” in other words, it results in major changes in our daily behavior and emotions. The Who Am I Really? Process, which is an element of the Lefkoe Belief Process (LBP), enables you to enter an altered state of consciousness where you deeply experience anything is possible, there is nothing missing, and you have no limitations.
I am now discovering that another one of TLM processes is more spiritual than I had realized.
The practical side of the LOP
The Lefkoe Occurring Process (LOP) enables you to recognize that you automatically and unconsciously give meaning to events, perhaps 20-50 times a day, and usually do not distinguish between reality and that meaning, in other words, how reality occurs to you. Therefore, your “occurring”—the meaning you give reality—is experienced as reality.
And because events have no inherent meaning, all of our feelings—positive and negative—are the result of our occurrings.
The LOP then enables you to make a clear distinction between reality/events and meaning/occurring, and finally to dissolve your occurring. As a result you are able to deal more effectively with reality, easily get rid of negative feelings, and create your experience of life moment by moment. Obviously the LOP produces very practical results.
The spiritual side of the LOP
Although I have had some sense that there are spiritual elements to the LOP, I have started to realize that it is almost like a spiritual practice.
A friend of mine who lived at an ashram when he was younger and who has studied many of the Eastern religions said that there are several things in common with the Eastern traditions: You learn to hold all concepts lightly. You learn to drop evaluations. You learn to drop the tendency to stick new ideas into an old slot, in other words, say that the new thing is “like that,” which keeps you from fully experiencing the new thing. You learn to climb outside of your customary way of interpreting. And you learn to jettison old identifies and ways of thinking.
I’ve never described the LOP quite like that before, but I could accurately use it as a description of my process.
Another person I talked recently who has being studying Taoism said that his guru taught him by using events in reality. By that he meant, he learned to stop giving meaning to things either his guru told him to do or that the guru suggested he notice. Eventually that practice enabled him to stop living in the past and future and live totally in the present.
That also is one way of describing the purpose of using the LOP on a regular basis.
A description of Taoism
Read the following partial description of Taoism from Wikipedia:
“Pu … is a metaphor for the state of wu wei … It represents a passive state of receptiveness. Pu is a symbol for a state of pure potential and perception without prejudice. In this state, Taoists believe everything is seen as it is, without preconceptions or illusion.
“Pu is usually seen as keeping oneself in the primordial state of tao. It is believed to be the true nature of the mind, unburdened by knowledge or experiences. In the state of pu, there is no right or wrong, beautiful or ugly. There is only pure experience, or awareness, free from learned labels and definitions.”
Interestingly, that also is one of the results of using the LOP on a regular basis: you stop judging and evaluating events; you focus on and deal with just the event itself, without any meaning.
Although I designed the LOP to produce a practical result, now that I and others have been using it consistently for the past couple of years, I am seeing that it also serves as a spiritual practice. Consistent use of the LOP produces many of the same results that years of meditation and various types of spiritual practice produce, namely, a major reduction in stress, a significant lessening of suffering, and the ability to “passively” observe your thoughts without giving them meaning or being attached to them.
To get a sense of how the LOP works please watch a short video I’ve prepared, http://occurringcourse.com.
I would love to hear from those of you who have practiced Toaism, Buddhism, or any other Eastern discipline, and who are familiar with the LOP. Please let me know your take on the relationship between the two. How are they similar and how are they different? I especially would love to hear from people who also have taken the Lefkoe Occurring Course and can describe the similarities and differences they notice from their personal experience.
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