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Entrainment – Part 2 – The Influence of Masters

There’s a reason millions of spiritual seekers
gather around masters to advance their enlightenment…
and it’s not primarily to hear what they say.

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The ancient Vedic and Tantric spiritual traditions considered that the truly authentic masters can teach without words.

Teaching without words means that something else is producing an enlightening influence. Anyone who has sat with a true teacher has felt this, to some degree (depending on their own state). Just being in the presence can produce a transformative effect.

This is entrainment in action and it has everything to do with the amplitude of personal power that the teacher is emitting. This power is innate to consciousness so we all have some as long as we’re alive. The difference lies in amplitude. Everyone is at their own power level.

Every one of us experiences the contraction in consciousness that is necessary to sustain our human forms in this dimension. Those who are the most contracted, have the least amplitude to their power. When you are in their presence, you don’t feel much of an entrainment effect. Those who are more awake, pack more of a punch.

What changes the amplitude of our power? It’s fairly obvious. Any activity that focuses our awareness in a positive direction – like meditation or any of the mindfulness practices – increases our amplitude of power. Fragmenting activities like expressing random negative emotions, being stressed out and argumentative, engaging in unhealthy addictions… these diminish our power.

Some teachers talk about “making matter from matter” to describe the nature of dysfunctional creativity, necessary whenever invisible life force has ebbed to the point where next to no influence is available and only an imposed physical solution can produce change.

It’s interesting to track the downward calibration of personal power relative to personal health. Someone who rarely leaves the sofa, eats junk food, and watches TV all day will tend to have more problems. A person who exercises regularly, eats a healthy diet, meditates, etc. will tend to be healthier, even faced with genetic insufficiencies.

Let’s say an accident happens and suddenly both of them need emergency surgery, then an extensive protocol of drugs. The healthier person might not need the same drug regime. And their regular meditation habit would strengthen their immune system to accelerate healing. The unhealthy person might struggle to recover and develop other problems… because their system is vulnerable.

In both cases, the person’s personal amplitude of power would be assisting in the healing process, significantly for the healthy person, almost imperceptibly for the unhealthy one.

This is where the principle of entrainment begins, through entraining ourselves.
As you evolve and continue waking up, spiritually, you begin to experience your own presence as self-entrainment. That’s the starting point for us all. Then others near us begin to notice something, as the amplitude of our personal power continues increasing.

We must first experience self-entrainment, then we can influence others. BTW, the easiest, simplest, and more impactful way to increase our power is through meditation. But the real advance comes from extending your meditation beyond the “sit.”

Yes, it helps to close your eyes and perform some kind of traditional meditation regularly. But what happens when you open your eyes? Was this just a technique, something to squeeze into a busy day, perhaps as a stress reduction strategy? No, the real goal of meditation is to become consistent in that state, to be in a meditative posture during more and more of the moments of your day. Finally – and this is the state of any true master who entrains with his presence and without words – you are in meditation all the time.

This might sound daunting. Could you even function at work in that state? And how could you possibly find the time to practice enough to ever get there? Well, as the Zen proverb says, “If you’re too busy to sit still for 10 minutes, you need to sit still for an hour.”

If you’re serious about your spiritual grown, make the conscious choice to actively increase your personal amplitude of power. You might even ask this question before engaging with an activity: “Will this increase or decrease my amplitude of power?”

What a question! Just imagine how this might change your habits, like ordering lunch, picking up a movie to watch, engaging in a political conversion. If you used the question as a compass, you could navigate your way through the challenges and opportunities of every day towards a constantly increasing ability to entrain and inspire with your mere presence, to teach without words.


Synchronized Swimming

Entrainment – Part 1 – The Entrainment Principle

“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances,
but only by lack of meaning and purpose.”

~ Victor Frankl

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All of us carry the potential to bring meaning and purpose into every circumstance, to uplift those we encounter and shine light into darkness.

It’s been said that if you truly want to help others along the path of personal growth and transformation, then shine your light on the path, not in their eyes.

That makes sense!

Big ego teachers blind you with their brilliance. This may impress upon you how great they are but it doesn’t really help you navigate your life. What we really want and need is to see the road ahead more clearly. For that, we’re better served by the guide who takes a more trans-egoic approach. They have no need for personal recognition, they are servant leaders.

Luminaries like Gandhi and Mother Theresa come to mind. Humility was a central ingredient in these sainted individuals. They lived simple lives and did what was required, one moment at a time, to help others.

We are not so different from them, at least potentially. Yes, we live small lives, most of us. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t offer the same kind of inspiration. In fact, whether we know it or not, all of us are constantly entraining others into the quality of our presence.

Flock Birds

They say that birds of a feather flock together. We might explain this on a superficial level by pointing to shared interests. But there’s also something deeper going on for us humans. We are invariably attracted to and repelled by others, depending on the similarities or differences in our energy fields.

This is explained as a powerful phenomenon known as entrainment. The simplest example is what happens when you put two or more analog clocks on the same wall, those big clocks with pendulums that swing back and forth. Before long, the clocks become synchronized, swinging together.

What happened? They entrained each other. Similarly, people do the same thing. A happy person tends to hang around others like them and they grow happier together. Conversely, when you’re grumpy, it’s easy to find allies to share and grow your discontent. In fact, they say that misery loves company!

Unfortunately, it’s become easier these days (and some might say inevitable) to be entrained by mass media into victimhood and fear. After all, we’re assailed by disturbing news 24/7. Consider for a moment: what’s the ratio of positive to negative news? Almost all of it is bad. That exerts a powerful influence, especially if we are in the habit of watching the news on television before we go to sleep.

That’s a dangerous habit, but it should be an easy one to break. Just quit doing it! But well established habits are never easy to change and just getting rid of something is an ineffective strategy because something else will rush in to fill the void.

Imagine using meditation to replace the late-night news. This is just one example of how you can choose differently and change your field of entrainment. Anyone who soaks in the quantum field regularly, trading frantic mind storms for extended moments of calm and inner peace, develops an energy field that entrains others into a similar state.

Just as poets know that the deepest meaning in their verses are embedded between the lines, our greatest contribution is not so much in what we do but in who we are, because who we are transmits through all that we do.

Floating in Pool

The journey to becoming an effective positive entrainment expert, begins with adopting a very different attitude about what’s going on in the world and Lao Tzu gave us excellent direction hundreds of years ago:

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”

We are not passive spectators when we live these words. Acceptance of the way things are enables us to flow more perfectly, to course correct as required, and help others do the same, not to fight or strive but to flow and to let reality be reality.

Was there ever a time when this kind of leadership was more desperately needed in human affairs? Surely now is the time to be inspired not discouraged and to provide what’s been missing – the entraining wisdom, kindness, and strength, of any of us on the journey of discovering a sense of deep meaning and purpose in the experience of authentic living moment by moment.