THE DUPLICATION FACTOR
There are two categories of duplication which we are interested in at this point.
First is being able to duplicate an action, in other words, to be able to do the same thing over again or have the same thing happen again. And second is the ability to duplicate what is being communicated or to duplicate another's viewpoint on things.
Both of these are important, and both commonly suffer from similar ailments.
The person, having suffered from undesirable incidents, becomes reluctant to have these things repeat. Eventually, he generalizes and associates too much and develops a general reluctance to have things happen again.
Furthermore, we have lived many many lifetimes and in some of those we have been slaves and made to do repetitive tasks. This is quite distasteful and so we have a further reluctance to duplicate or repeat things.
Also, during the long course of our existence, we have been tricked into believing that duplicating another's viewpoint too well would lead to loss of identity and individuality.
In actual practice, duplicating is an important and necessary skill. It always works to our advantage. You need to duplicate to communicate and perceive. You need to duplicate other's viewpoints so that you can get along with them. You need the ability to duplicate actions to maintain and expand those things that you desire to keep around. And you need to duplicate undesirable things, at least briefly, to bring them to acceptance and fulfillment so that they can be dismissed.
The skill is always useful, and it has been blocked and entrapped continually as we have come down the ages foolishly warring with one another.
We will start with a simple process. Run these commands alternately.
10.1a) What would you be willing to have happen again.
10.1b) What would another be willing to have happen again.
10.1c) What would others be willing to have happen again.
10.2 Book and Bottle
Pick two dissimilar objects. A book and a bottle will do. Place them a few feet apart on a desk or table.
Pickup the book. Notice its weight, temperature, and color. Put it down in the same place. Then pickup the bottle. Notice its weight, temperature, and color. Put it down in the same place.
Repeat this over and over again, but do not repeat it as an automatic action. Instead, strive to do each one as if it was the first time you did it.
We are trying here to break the habit of dragging the past into the present and to overcome the tendency to put repeated actions on automatic.
There is nothing really wrong with putting something on automatic when you choose to, but you should not do this compulsively and you should always be ready to take back control. You are quite capable of doing the same action again and again without going mentally numb. And if you can see each cycle of a repeated action as a new action instead of an accumulating weight, you can break hypnotic effects.
The skill gained here is powerful, so it is worth some time even if the action itself seems silly. It works best if you don't vary the action but simply do it precisely again and again. Continue this at least to the point where you can do it over and over again without any mental numbness, tiredness, or fatigue.
The idea is not to do self hypnosis with this but instead to do the opposite, learning to break a hypnotic pattern by doing each repeat as a new action in a new unit of time. If you continually inject fresh consciousness, you can remain alert despite any attempts to hypnotize you.
10.3 Mental Version of Book and Bottle
This might be too tough, in which case you can skip it and go on to the next process below and leave this one for a second pass through these materials.
But the effect is so interesting that it would be a shame to leave this one out of the book, and it is best done right after doing the physical version above.
You need to have done the physical version to the point where you do not experience any tiredness or dopey feeling from repeating the action over and over again. Otherwise its just too easy to fall asleep when you try this mental version.
Close your eyes and mentally create a room that is not connected with or located in the physical universe. You can do this by imagining that there is a point in a new space completely disconnected from reality. Then extend the point into a line and the line into a wall. Create six walls (including the floor and ceiling) formed into a room.
Now mockup (visualize) two tables in the room. Put a book on one of them and a bottle on the other.
Have the book float up in the air. Notice its weight, color, and temperature. Then have it float back down. Then do the same with the bottle. Alternate these back and forth as in the physical drill above.
If you continue this long enough, your mentally created mockups of these objects will achieve some degree of solidity and you will begin to feel "weight" as you lift them up and lower them down. This is the desired effect, namely, that you can mentally create mass and weight and solidity when you so desire.
10.4 Duplicating Other's Viewpoints
Now let's practice seeing how other people look at things.
Go to a crowded place. Select individual people and for each one, try to duplicate their emotions and attitudes and get the idea that you are looking around with their viewpoint, seeing things as they would see them.
You don't have to duplicate them correctly. Its all right to make things up and duplicate whatever you can imagine their viewpoint is. You might get some telepathic sensitivity out of this and develop some accuracy at empathizing with others, but its not a requirement. All that you need at this point is a willingness to duplicate others.
In practice, what you will probably get is a mixture of imagination and correct impressions. Your strength and accuracy improves with practice as long as you don't continually invalidate yourself for the incorrect imaginings.
10.5 More On Other's Viewpoints
This can be done in the same crowded place as the previous exercise, or it can be done anywhere that has lots of stuff to look around at.
Here you are going to think of people that you know or have known and for each one, imagine that you are them and look around with what you feel is their emotions, attitudes, and viewpoint. Look around for a few minutes, pretending to be them, until you feel that you have duplicated them.
Note that each one should be continued until you have no compulsive emotional or other reactions to it.
Mostly people have trouble duplicating each other's viewpoints. But the opposite sometimes occurs as well and people get stuck in other people's viewpoints. Especially the viewpoints of people who dominated them on the one hand or who were desirable and then left on the other hand.
If some identity seems to be sticky and you have trouble discarding it at the end of the drill, then think of places where that identity would be safe until you can comfortably discard it.
This process frees you up so that you can shift in and out of other's viewpoints at will. It is extremely beneficial.
Do this with the following people:
a) Each of your parents or whoever raised or took care of you extensively when you were a child.
b) Each teacher, relative, or person in authority (coaches, scout masters, or whatever) that had a strong positive or negative influence on you while you were growing up.
c) Each significant sexual partner or close companion or deep friend that you shared some important part of your life with.
d) Any boss, partner, judge, policeman, priest, guru, or whatever that had a major impact on your life.
e) Anyone who was very close to you and then died. (Be sure to continue this one until there is no feeling of grief or loss).
f) Anybody else that seems especially significant, including historical figures and role models.
10.6 The Emotional Scale
L. Ron Hubbard charted out an emotional tone scale which he describes extensively in his book "Science of Survival". It is also discussed at length in Ruth Minshull's book "How To Choose Your People".
It is basically a pattern of emotions that people tend to follow, moving up and down in sequence. It is not actually natural to a pure spirit who can, of course, simply feel any emotion without any pattern to it at all. But this scale is pretty deeply seated and we all seem to have been indoctrinated into it long ago in earlier universes prior to this one. So people mostly follow it and they seem to think more clearly and have a higher energy level when they are in the upper parts of the scale.
The following is a highly oversimplified version of the scale. If you are interested, then see the above references and additional writings by Hubbard and others for more information, expanded and more detailed versions of the scale, various practical applications, etc. This, however, should be sufficient for our purposes here.
To familiarize yourself with the scale and improve your mastery over your emotions, go to a crowded or interesting place as in step 10.5 above and look around with each of these emotions starting from apathy and working up to cheerfulness. On each emotion, spot things while feeling that emotion until you feel good about it.
In other words, you begin by looking around apathetically and spotting things and feeling apathetic about them and think apathetically concerning them. Then look at them with grief, etc.
If necessary, repeat the entire scale from bottom to top a few times until you can control this comfortably.
10.7 Using the Emotional Scale
A valuable technique for getting into communication with somebody is to match their emotional tone. Even more interesting, if you match it and then slowly move upward using each emotion in turn, you can pull them up with you and get somebody who was afraid or depressed (apathetic) into a more cheerful frame of mind.
You could, for example, match somebody in anger, not by being angry at them but by joining them in their anger at an external target. And then gradually shift it upwards into a feeling of antagonism, which would be a flippant and sarcastic attitude rather than feeling enraged, and then gradually move up to being bored with the whole thing, and so on.
But actually matching somebody's emotional state is not as easy as it sounds. People maintain a social veneer. They pretend to be angry when they are really afraid, or they pretend to be cheerful when they are really mad at everybody deep down.
So you talk a little bit at various emotional levels and see where you suddenly find them agreeing with you very profusely. For this you would keep it light but express an attitude that would fit in with each one, saying things like "how dangerous it is to walk the streets at night" (fear) or "how monotonous life is" (bored). And note that most people will agree without enthusiasm if you say something that they think that they are supposed to agree with or that fits their general philosophy even if it doesn't really hit their mood at the moment. But watch for the one where they suddenly get carried away with talking about it. That is where they are sitting right now.
And remember that people do change and do shift around on this scale. They might be unusually depressed or especially uplifted at the moment when you are talking to them. People do often have a chronic emotion that they tend to fall into as a solution to life's troubles, but it is not always manifest.
Now you should try this out in ordinary conversation, trying to spot people's emotional levels and even trying to shift it upwards if you can.
This can be fun and interesting and is a very practical activity for duplicating other's viewpoints, because their emotional attitude is a significant factor in how they look at things.
Put in some real practice on this. It will bring to bear the various things that we have been processing in the last few chapters and develop your communication skills considerably.