Effortless Attainment

In Dream-Jitsu, we strive to develop and maintain the precept that life is but a dream. Therefore, NOTHING is attained or achieved through physical means — you can’t manually move yourself closer to a desired end. You must tune your thoughts and attitude until they align with whatever you want. If you’re straining and struggling, you can be sure you’re doing it wrong AND you’re moving further from the goal.

Even the simplest goal, like grabbing a glass of water, requires tuning to its frequency — otherwise you could knock it over and spill its contents everywhere. If you’re not tuned to walking, you could trip and fall. If something isn’t easy and effortless, you’re not aligned with it. Difficulty doesn’t mean you should strain harder, it means you should calm down and get yourself into a receptive mental state — you need to remove your resistance.

In a dream, nothing requires great effort. You wish it, it manifests. So don’t entertain thoughts that have struggle as their theme. Whenever you think “it’s not supposed to be easy”, dismiss that idea. You certainly CAN impose obstacles, but why bother, they’re not necessary. Complete what you want, appreciate it, then move on to the next course. Don’t drag something out just because you’re afraid of what’s to come — in a dream, every meal ends with a delicious dessert.

When you’re receptive to receiving your wish, it comes. Whereas if your mind is full of “logical” limitations and feelings of lack, that resistance will obviously keep your wish away. When flooded with negative thoughts, practice not thinking those thoughts: meditate. When the mind is calmed, do something you enjoy to repopulate your mental biome with delight. You must develop the feelings of accomplishment and attainment FIRST, THEN the actual manifestation happens.

Manifestation Station

Manifestation is the process of bringing specific circumstances into being. It’s like setting a goal and seeing it fulfilled without obvious external effort on your part. For example: you want something, you internally prepare yourself to accept it, the stars align, and voila there it is. In a sense, it’s magic. Whereas in a more conventional approach, you would’ve performed some sort of external effort to physically move yourself closer to the goal.

Because I believe in Simulation Theory and a dreamlike experience of existence, the concept of manifestation is a no-brainer. Of course you can summon whatever you want out of thin-air, it’s all pixels anyway. You simply reference a pre-existing object and update its xyz coordinates OR create a new object and place it into memory — no big deal. When I believed in a concrete chance-based reality, the idea of manifestation didn’t make any sense to me.

And now that I’m more tuned to the process, I’m seeing it everywhere. For example, I thought I lost a bunch of stuff from the last time we moved, I couldn’t find it anywhere — I recently found that stuff in a box two-feet from where I’m sitting. Or another example, I went out but forgot to put “AAA batteries” on the shopping list — a truck literally turned in front of me with the words “AAA Batteries” on its side (referring to the car service and car batteries). Another example: my wife lost her wallet and searched everywhere to no avail — I suggested a location and there it was. Coincidence!??

If life is a dream, then it only makes sense that everything I experience is based on my attitude and focus. When I was a wholly negative person, of course I manifested the worst stuff possible. And now that I’m actively attempting to cut negativity out of my life, of course I’m seeing helpful things happen. In that sense, manifestation isn’t simply a wish-granted, it’s what’s happening in every moment. It’s the narrative unfolding in front of me according to the theme I maintain in my mind. Therefore, I best maintain the merriest thoughts I can muster.

Dream-Jitsu

Dream-Jitsu (or dream-technique) is the art and method of living life as if it were a dream. As martial-arts comprises various techniques of overcoming opposition through physical manipulations, Dream-Jitsu seeks to overcome opposition through the development of a dreamlike perspective. Instead of manipulating opponents through joint-locks and strikes, Dream-Jitsu manipulates the practitioner’s own mind through concepts that paint reality as infinitely malleable.

Where a non-practitioner sees a brick-wall, a student of Dream-Jitsu sees a mirage manifested by his own mind. The brick-wall is surmounted not by physical effort, but by overcoming a belief in solidity. But does it work? By utilizing Dream-Jitsu, the relevance of the brick-wall in the student’s life rapidly approaches zero. As he no longer focuses on the brick-wall, it’s as good as gone — whether it’s truly gone doesn’t even matter.

But make no mistake, to the practitioner, the brick-wall IS gone. The student alters his perspective until life is but a dream. Furthermore, the practitioner trains his focus so that he can specifically manipulate this dream. Without focus, he knows his dream will run rampant and take him on a wild ride. But with focus, he can rein-in this dream and direct it in a manner that results in an enjoyable experience. For that is the ultimate goal of Dream-Jitsu: to facilitate a delightful life.

Like the martial-arts, Dream-Jitsu uses repetitive practices to reinforce its teachings. But unlike the martial-arts, the only opponent a student ever faces is himself. A student must thoroughly smash his belief in a concrete reality, and replace it with fleeting illusion. From an illusory perspective, the practitioner is able to proceed through life without fear or frustration, without lack or limitation, and with an ever-present confidence and comfort in the power of his practice.

Earth Tips

Dear Rich, I’m having a tough time here on Earth, any tips?

Sure thing dear reader. But keep in mind that I’m not very good at this game, I’ve just been around for awhile, intently observing, trying to figure this stuff out.

First, things are much easier to understand when you think of Earth as a simulation or even a dream. You’re in control here and the control-mechanism is your mental focus. But the controls aren’t very responsive, there’s some lag involved. Essentially though, the thoughts you focus on are the ones that’ll tend to render before your eyes. In short: focus on crap and you’ll have a crappy life — focus on good things and you’ll have a delightful life.

Relatedly: unless you WANT to increase your difficulty, do NOT think of yourself as a fragile creature struggling for survival amidst a harsh & brutal landscape. “Survival” isn’t necessary here — if you leave well enough alone, the body and its circumstances are self-sustaining. You don’t need to “protect” or “defend” yourself. If life really wanted you dead, you’d be dead — no amount of “vigilance” is going to help.

Think of yourself as an invited guest at a party. Be gracious and appreciative of your surroundings — give thanks to the host perhaps. See others as fellow invited guests, they’re here to enjoy themselves same as you. Some folks get rowdy, but that’s fine, it’s all in good fun. Find some folks you can relate to and hang with them instead. This party has a buffet, simply pass-by the things you don’t prefer and select the things you DO prefer.

The trick to acclimating here, is to appreciate the interaction between your focus and your experience. DO NOT disregard this concept, don’t think that external events shape your life — the OPPOSITE is true. Your attitude and attention DIRECTLY influence your external experience. This is what every noob gets wrong (including me). Develop a good attitude FIRST, then a great life follows.

If you start with a pissy attitude and expect an awesome adventure, you’re in for a world of hurt. Believe me, I tried that approach — it doesn’t work. Remember: by your attitude and focus, you control the life you live. A great time begins with a great attitude. Stop with the complaints, the pessimism, the mockery, and the worry. As soon as you adjust your focus away from negativity, things will sort themselves out. Honestly, you only need a little effort to keep your focus on the delightful aspects of life.

Again, don’t concern yourself with struggling through life, you’ll only get in your own way. Your body is like an avatar that’s programmed to take your consciousness on an adventure around Earth — it knows what to do. You don’t consciously place one foot in front of the other while walking do you? YOUR primary job as the conscious observer, is to be a respectful audience-member — simply watch the story unfold and refrain from hurling insults or acting unappreciative.

There you go dear reader, follow these tips and your situation is sure to improve. It certainly worked for me — I’m having a much better time nowadays. I had previously believed life sucked, but it turned out that I had a bad attitude — I was so intensely negative, that it soured my experience. When I finally cut out the negativity, the world changed before my eyes. Yes, it’s really that easy and it’s fully within your power — try it, what do you have to lose?

Temporary Truth

If it was possible to observe an absolute objective reality, wouldn’t we all see it and never have a single disagreement? And wouldn’t people throughout the historic narrative share a similar outlook? And as we personally age, our own interpretation of reality often shifts. Being that it’s so difficult to determine, we can deduce that it’s impossible to define an absolute objective reality.

This means it would be a futile effort to search for an absolute objective reality OR defend a particular interpretation. In other words, it’s opinions all the way down. Therefore, ANY description of an absolute objective reality is simply not true — it’s a personal perspective that’s only applicable in the exact moment it’s described. A description of this so-called reality can, and often does, change.

So who’s to say what’s what? Well, nobody. You simply can’t do it. It’s not a functionality we’re provided as part of our existence. We can only experience a subjective world that’s more dreamlike than concrete. And that’s a good thing because a dreamlike world is malleable. We’re not stuck in an unchanging reality bound by stark rules of engagement. We live in a world of artists, gamers, and pop-stars.

Nothing needs to get done here, it’s a dream. So instead of survival, we snap photos of sumptuous meals. Instead of self-defense, we master the game-controller and upload videos of our gameplay. Instead of learning the ways of our people, practices handed-down from generation to generation, we do “whatever”. Finding our place in society and determining our career is a nebulous affair because that’s the type of world we’re in — it really doesn’t matter.

If you ARE concerned with the mundane trivialities of life on Earth, WHY!? That’s NOT what THIS is! THIS is where dreams come to fruition. This world is SO malleable that ALL of your wishes can come true if you simply follow them through. There is no “can’t” within a dream unless YOU are its speaker. “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams…”

Six Times Six

I can’t forget that 6 x 6 = 36. When I was in 3rd or 4th grade I drilled the times-tables for a few weeks until I had it down cold. That’s a problem. It’s a problem because I’ve been telling myself pessimistic stories for DECADES. How am I supposed to forget ideas that I’ve been relentlessly repeating for so many years!? Like a martial-artist, I’m trained to react on instinct with split-second responses — in my case, with 40 mega-tons of negativity. Therefore, I must change my defaults.

For instance, when I think of the human body, my default is to see it as an instrument of pain, fragile and forever susceptible to the whims of a wicked-world hellbent on inflicting endless damage in the form of tiny internal organisms all the way up to blunt-force trauma from huge external objects. It’s just a waiting game until someday something catches me. And even if my vigilance keeps me safe, my poor weak body will one day collapse in on itself, ravaged by old-age.

Wow, that’s bleak. So instead of repeating THAT story over and over to myself, I should pick a new more-pleasant default. For example, my body is the projected image I imagine it to be, like a vision in a dream. If I imagine it to be weak, it’s weak — whereas if I imagine it to be strong, it’s strong. Everything else in the world is also a projected image, therefore my body can interact with these images in whatever way I choose. And instead of an instrument of pain, my body is an instrument of pleasure, providing me with a wondrous view into an exciting dreamworld of endless enjoyment.

Hm, that’s a bit better. Now I just have to drill THAT into my head. Another example is how I feel about participation. My default is to see participation in life as a burden, basically a sentence handed down for crimes I didn’t commit, an injustice put upon me as punishment for existing. That’s pretty bleak too. So instead of a burden, I should see participation as an opportunity to play. Life notices me standing in the corner staring at the floor and comes over to offer me a way to engage. How kind of life to be so caring towards an ungrateful guest, yet life never gives up, always offering something new to do.

Essentially, I’ve seen myself as a poor forsaken creature trapped within a harsh and brutal environment against my will. With only my cunning to protect me, I must struggle to survive another day amidst a world trying its hardest to kill me. Okay, that does sound dumb — and obviously I can see that I’m not tough nor cunning. In a way, my default view of life is crumbling away because it just doesn’t make sense — it doesn’t align with my experiences.

I haven’t been subject to the whims and ways of a cruel world, I’ve just had a bad attitude. It’s like watching a scary-movie before bedtime, it influences your dreams in a bad way, typically resulting in nightmares. By being so pessimistic, I’ve painted a very negative picture of the world. With a bad attitude, I twist whatever I see into something nefarious. The opposite would likely be true too: a positive attitude would result in a world-of-wonder, a playground to enjoy, an experience in which delight is the default.

So to sum up and create a new equation:
NO: Life + Me = Pain
YES: Life + Me = Delight

Reference Section

Without a reference, can something exist?

In certain forms of computer programming for example, once the references to an object are removed, the object is cleaned-up by the garbage collector — it’s gone and the memory is free to hold new objects. Because space in memory is finite, things have to be kept tidy or else the garbage piles up.

In programming, references are simply variable names — but in the physical world, references are not only names but visual references and thoughts and ideas and stories.

For example, my pencil exists because I can see it. If I put that pencil in a box and bury it underground, does my pencil cease to exist? As long as I remember that I buried it and where, the pencil will continue to exist because there’s a reference to it. Whereas if I leave no record and happen to forget, then perhaps the pencil ceases to exist.

Think of history: as you go back in time, the narrative degrades substantially. We don’t have a clear record of daily life from a thousand years ago. As we move forward, older things fade away. If we want to know how previous peoples lived, we have to piece it together like a puzzle and even then it’s just a guess.

Another aspect to consider is this: does inquiry itself cause things to come into being? In other words, does the act of observation and examination result in the formation of details that were previously absent? For example, did microscopic organisms come into being at the exact moment microscopes were invented?

If this world is a simulation, why would it bother rendering something unobservable? Not until we look in a particular direction would a scene manifest before our eyes. This line of thinking leads to the following conclusion: if we look for the worst, we’ll find it. Therefore, it would be foolish to create and maintain references to things we find unpleasant.

If references are the mechanism by which an object’s presence is maintained in the world, it would be in our best interest to nurture the references we prefer — the ones that evoke enjoyment. So forget the sad stories, refuse to retell and reinforce them. Memory is maintained through repetition — so repeat only what brings forth delight and know the goodness of life.