A theoretical foundation such as the weekly teachings is necessary as a background to make the exercises meaningful. Up until now, we have been looking for the teachings in our daily lives – powerful work. Now, these exercises will merge with that work to make the aim of this path – living ALOHA – even more possible.
An untrained mind can accomplish nothing. It is the purpose of these exercises to train the mind to think along the lines of the path sets forth.
The exercises are very simple. They do not require a great deal of time and it does not matter where you do them. They need no preparation.
Do one and only one lesson each day.
The purpose of the exercises is to train the mind in a systematic way to that of original mind/ALOHA which is a different perception of everything in the world than we’ve been used to.
Each day’s exercises are planned around one central idea, which is stated first. This is followed by a description of the specific procedures by which the idea for the day is to be applied.
Many of the first exercises should be practiced with eyes open, to emphasize that the aim is to learn how to see; we’re learning clear vision. Also, unless you are instructed otherwise, it is recommended that each exercise be repeated several or even many times a day, preferably in a different place each time, and if possible in every situation in which you find yourself spending any long period of time. The purpose is to train in the morning to generalize the lessons, so that you will understand that each of them is as applicable to one situation as it is to another.
The only rules that should be followed throughout are these:
- first, practice the exercises with great specificity. Each one applies to every situation in which you find yourself, and to everything you see in it.
- second, be sure that you do not decide that there are some things to which the idea for the day is inapplicable. The aim of the exercises will always be to increase the application of the idea to everything. This will require no effort on your part. The exercises themselves meet the conditions necessary for this kind of transfer. Only be sure that you make no exceptions in applying the idea. This will interfere with transfer of training.
If true perception has been achieved in connection with any person, situation, or event, total transfer to everyone and everything is certain. In other words, once you experience true perception/clear seeing with one thing, it’s possible with everything.
On the other hand, one exception held apart from true perception makes its accomplishment anywhere impossible. The very nature of true perception is that it has no limits. It is the opposite of the way you’ve seen up til now.
Some of the ideas you will find difficult to believe, and others will seem quite startling. It does not matter. You are merely asked to apply them as you are directed to see if they aid in clear vision of the true nature of reality – ALOHA. You are not asked to judge them or even to believe them. You are merely asked to use them. It is their use that will give them meaning to you, and show you whether they are true or not.
Remember only this: you need to not believe the ideas, you need to not except them, and you need not welcome them. Some of them you may actively resist. None of this will matter, or decrease their efficacy. But allow yourself to make no exceptions in applying the ideas the exercises contain. Whatever your reaction to the ideas may be, use them. Nothing more than this is required.