From the musical
FIRST GRADE BABEES
By Augie Alonzo
I am anxious to move into Chapter Three. Limiting myself to giving an introductory explanation to the major four premises of TALT as presented in Chapter Two has been restricting. Now we can move more easily into the irrational to see what else we can discover before proceeding into the practice section of this book.
While I limber up for the journey, I will share with you a few thoughts that come to mind. I was listening to an interview with an avant-garde composer whose name now escapes me. This highly trained musician was telling how, after twenty years of formal classical training, he had reached an unlearning stage. That is, in order to proceed with his musical growth, he had to try to forget all that he had learned up to that point so that he could be free to explore new dimensions and creative viewpoints.
That is exactly what we want to accomplish in this book. Not that our current perspective is erroneous, but rather that we need more working room to explore new dimensions and creative viewpoints. And we do need a lot of working space. For you see, in the rational, 2+2 always equals 4; in the irrational, 2+2 can equal 93 or 376 or 2136 or anything else we so choose. So we must be prepared for the unexpected and the unusual during our journey. There, I guess I’m ready now. Let’s move out.
Say NO to Illness
In the series of Don Juan books by anthropologist Carlos Casteneda, Carlos continually challenges Don Juan’s irrational perspective. At one point, Carlos asks Don Juan that if his perception is so all-inclusive, what would he do if he was unaware that someone was hiding in the bushes with a rifle waiting to ambush him as he came home? Don Juan replied, “If someone is hiding in the bushes waiting to ambush me with a rifle, I simply will not come around.”
That’s certainly irrational!
Once we have established the healthful state of mind, our automatic creative system is programmed to reject the acceptance of illness. This rejection takes place on both the conscious and subconscious levels, whereas previously the conscious and subconscious had been programmed to accept blindly those illnesses that were part of our current belief program. This applies to current problems from a healing point of view and potential problems from a prevention point of view. We can and already do in some cases say NO to illness.
It’s a Miracle
Since the entire universe is of mental construction, all illness originates in the mind. We have discussed TALT in reference to the two extremes of illness, namely health maintenance (no illness) and terminal illness (total illness). These principles are applicable to the two extremes as well as to the myriad of problems in between, and all can be influenced by the application of TALT techniques.
When a healing event that cannot be explained by our current understanding of healing principles occurs, it is often called a miracle. Most likely, natives in a remote setting would consider the many marvels of modern scientific achievement miraculous. The modern technician, however, understanding the scientific basis for his or her accomplishments, would accept the results as part of modern progress.
Much that can be accomplished through the use of TALT will provide no explanation – by current scientific understanding – as to how it has transpired. By current understanding, what will be accomplished through TALT may be considered miraculous. As we expand our understanding of these universal principles, we will certainly be in awe of their unfoldment but will no longer attribute the results to a miraculous nature.
Don’t Let External Obstacles Fool You
For all practical purposes, you are sick if you say you are. I am a practical man and am not blinded by illusion to the point of not recognizing genuine suffering when I see it. This suffering is as genuine as it is possible to be within our world of mental construction. It is genuine and real but can be altered nonetheless.
“For a consciousness aware of the sign of eternity above it, there are no obstacles, nor can there be any fear of resistance.”
The words of Eden Gray point out that all obstacles are of an illusionary nature and can be altered. Whatever has been the norm up to this point is no longer valid. We have gone beyond and behind the apparent illness and can now recognize it for what it is: the uncontrolled manifestation of creative imagination. We can and must take control of this automatic and impersonal process if we wish to be in control of our own destiny and not subject to the whims and fancies of an out-of-control personal consciousness.
At the Helm
With this knowledge comes responsibility for our personal situation. We all wish to blame someone else for our situation. It’s his fault; it’s her fault; someone must have it in for me; I’m so unlucky, etc. etc. With the acceptance of this knowledge comes the realization that if our situation has deteriorated to crisis dimensions, it is because no one is at the helm and the ship is out of control.
Practice Makes Permanent
“Practice makes permanent.”
These are the words my first piano teacher, S. Lane Emery, told me many years ago. The same is true today in TALT training. The real proof of this TALT material will be found in the practice section of this book, which is coming up shortly.
It is most important that we learn one thing from this theory section of the book.
This is what we will be doing in TALT training: altering time in order to change or affect a present situation now being reflected in our present reality.
You do not have to accept or believe these issues at this time. It is important only that you understand what is happening in order to provide the necessary rationale (underlying reason) for the changes taking place in your everyday environment. Belief in these issues will come about as we begin to see the objective results of our practice in our daily lives. So, without further adieu, we will continue on with our journey.