Today’s post is about the algorithm I created to speed up yesterday’s enlightenment technique. (If you haven’t read that post, read it before this one.)
Here’s the idea: I have roughly 100 semi-conscious areas to integrate. Doing each one is not too difficult, but doing all 100 will take a while. So, instead of consciously stepping through the process 100 times, I want to create a recipe, tell my mental muscles what to do, and let them do integrate those areas faster than my conscious mind can handle. As a computer programmer, I call this recipe an “algorithm.”
Also: This is technical, advanced magick. If that’s not your thing, come back tomorrow to read about how it feels to use this technique, and how it changed my thought patterns.
Algorithms and Magick
Algorithms are detailed instructions. They step you through a task, telling you what to do at each step.
Take cooking, for example. If a recipe says, “Stir at 1 rotation per second for 2 minutes, then pour into a 2x8x8 pan and bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes,” that’s an algorithm. It’s detailed, and you can follow the instructions precisely. If it says, “Stir until ready, then bake until golden brown,” that’s not an algorithm. It leaves a ton of decisions to the chef, and as someone terrible in the kitchen, I’d surely end up with lumpy brownies, burned on the outside and runny on the inside.
My background is in computer science, so I’m good with algorithms. For years, those skills seemed fairly useless for magick, because there’s no need for automation when you always direct every step consciously. Then last year, I started reprogramming ethereal software, and developed better solutions by applying standard computer algorithms. Then I found that, by awakening my mental muscles more thoroughly, they can learn algorithms quickly and execute them faster than I can consciously track the action. And so, in the past couple of years, my computer background has become fairly useful. Sometimes, spirits even ask for help to improve their procedures, too.
Automating the Integration
Yesterday, I told you about a technique with an incredibly vague step 3:
Once all those paths are active, you update all those semi-conscious areas to be consistent with one another. Yes, this step is quite vague. It was actually his area of focus when we talked. He gave me a few pieces of advice:
- Your conscious mind should stay mostly the same.
- Semi-conscious areas that are already integrated with your conscious mind should stay mostly unchanged as you update other areas.
- If an area won’t integrate easily, use conscious reasoning to resolve the conflict (and possibly get help from a mentor).
The problem is, how do you know where to start? Which of the 100-or-so semi-conscious areas should you integrate first? How do you avoid painting yourself into a corner, where you’ve grabbed all the easy-to-integrate areas, and you’re just left with a bunch of hard-to-integrate ones? In all, his technique was closer to “Cook until golden brown” than “Cook at 300 for 20 minutes.”
I went through a few revisions, and ultimately came up with this algorithm. (For the computer scientists in the audience, it’s recursive, more or less.)
- Start with your conscious mind. Since we’re integrating all the areas with the conscious mind, we’ll consider the conscious mind to be integrated already when we start.
- Find all the semi-conscious areas that connect to the already-integrated part of your mind. (For the first iteration, this is simply the areas connecting directly to your conscious mind.)
- Integrate all of those areas, using the normal consciousness integration technique: Support your conscious mind, then integrate each area one at a time. Support semi-conscious areas that are already integrated, too, but support them slightly less than conscious mind. (The farther they are from conscious mind, the less support they get.)
- If two integrated areas are ever in conflict, stop and notify me. If any areas require significant changes to synchronize them with the rest of my mind, stop and notify me. (Neither problem came up when I ran my integration.)
- Now that you have more areas integrated, you have a larger “already-integrated part of your mind.” Repeat from step 2, finding the areas that connect to this larger “already-integrated part of your mind.”
- When you stop finding new areas to integrate, you’re done.
(I knew the algorithm would terminate because I’d already found all the areas I wanted to integrate, so I knew it was a finite, not-hugely-large amount.)
That’s the algorithm. You can follow each step, and if you do, you wind up with the desired result. No judgement calls along the way, just a concrete procedure.
I went to the mental muscle that does magick on thinking mind, stepped it through the algorithm, and told it to integrate everything. Now that it had an algorithm to follow, it ran faster than I could consciously watch. I became slightly tired and distracted, so I couldn’t work, but I was able to reply to emails and watch a movie. Once I created the algorithm, running the integration only took a few hours.
Later, we also used the algorithm in another technique to consciously trigger updates to your mind. It worked well there, too. (I’ll tell you about that coming up.)
And, most excitingly for me, the ascended spirit liked the algorithm and added it to his official technique when he teaches it.
Tomorrow, I’ll share some of the changes I’ve noticed in my own thinking as a result of this work.Other posts in this series:
- Direct Magick for Enlightenment (July 30, 2012)
- Western-Secular-Style Enlightenment (July 30, 2012)
- My Main Technique for Enlightenment (August 1, 2012)
- Enlightenment and Ascention (August 2, 2012)
- From Psychology to Enlightenment (August 3, 2012)
- Enlightenment: A Systematic Model (August 4, 2012)
- An Advanced Technique for Enlightenment (August 6, 2012)
- Algorithms for Consciousness Integration (This post) (August 7, 2012)
- 3 Results from the Enlightenment Technique (August 8, 2012)
- Rewiring Unconscious Thoughts (August 9, 2012)
- Why Enlightenment Improves Your Magick (August 10, 2012)
- Enlightenment and Modern Psychology (August 13, 2012)