Some ways to lessen the influence of,
and then avoid conditioning

1. BECOME AWARE OF CONDITIONING AND HOW IT WORKS. Read appropriate scientific materials. Examine ways in which groups perpetuate themselves. Look at the tenets of religious organizations. Examine the tribal beliefs and customs of societies. More. See how this influences you.

2. EXAMINE YOUR OWN ASSUMPTIONS. Pay attention to each and every thought, idea, sense, method of approach, etc., and determine its source, its relative value, and extent of function. Find out if you have gained or taken on an attitude or "fact" from your own experience or from what another (through any medium) has said. Determine just what you can rely on through your own experience and qualify it. Find out what the limits of your physical senses are and how much you can rely on them and under what circumstances.

3. DO NOT GENERALIZE WHEN IT IS NOT WARRANTED. Consider each act, teaching, or situation as complete in itself in addition to being part of a greater whole. Do not consider a path or approach to be the "only" way. Do not get caught in habits. Pay attention to the particulars of the situation. See what is different when any variable changes. Consider time, place, people, materials, needs, etc. as variables. Open the way for spontaneity.

4. SUSPEND JUDGEMENT. Wait for experience to clarify the matter. Seek it. Do not try to "figure it out" - let it "come to you". Do not grasp onto what someone else says (no matter who) as being necessarily correct: find out for yourself. Do not reject something because it seems to conflict with everything you know.

5. SEEK EXPERIENCE, NOT PHILOSOPHY. Recognize what are words and what is experience. Do not be hasty in evaluating experience. Become aware of what experience really is. Find out how that experience fits into a larger picture.

6. LOOK BEHIND EVENTS OR ACTS. Pay attention to factors not on the surface. Become aware of "cause and effect" on many levels. Look behind apparent "blocks" or "openings" as to what is really going on. Look behind "coincidence".

7. CONTROL YOUR MIND. Become aware of your thoughts and their effects. Learn to discern your thoughts from your feelings. Learn to discern your thoughts from others. Be able to stop all thought yet still retain an active mind. Learn how to listen. Learn how to be a "fertile field" for the seeds of experience. Learn to focus your attention.

8. EXAMINE YOUR FEELINGS. Find out where they come from. Deal with any fears or desires which keep you from spontaneous action. Do not accept limitations. Learn to love.

9. DEVELOP YOUR INTUITION. Pay attention to the little feelings that you can rely on. Sort out when thought or feelings interfere with intuition. Find out what "filters" you put up through which experience comes.


You may be interested in reading the following essay by Abdul Aziz Said. It includes some good examples of unconditioned work. It is titled: "An essay on knowlege, learning, peace, and truth."

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