When I have a problem to solve, or a question to resolve, I take it into my inner room and discuss it with Socrates. My inner room is an imaginary quiet peaceful place and Socrates is an imaginary alter ego. I conjured this make-believe place and pretend person as a means to stimulate fresh ways of thinking, to gain a better insight of myself and to choose my role in the scheme of the universe.
This place and person was created over 40 years ago by using perceptionism… back then I called it self-hypnosis.
To enter into my quiet room I lean back in my recliner; close my eyes; get my body into a tranquil state by imagining every muscle and nerve of my entire body as being relaxed and perceive myself as being in a deep peaceful sleep… a state that many would define being a state of meditation but I call it a conscious state of sleep; a state of being in which the only thing that matters are my thoughts.
Once in this meditative conscious state of sleep, I then imagine myself at the top of a staircase that takes me to an imaginary door that opens into my inner room. The staircase has 10 steps leading down. As I descend to my inner room I pause on each step and give myself suggestions about being open minded and creative when in my quiet room.
Upon entering my quiet room I sit myself in a comfortable imaginary chair and inter into a conversation with Socrates who sits on the other side of a highly polished imaginary desk.
I want to make it perfectly clear that, although when in my inner room it is truly like being in a conversation with another person (Socrates), I never lose sight of the fact that I am conversing with myself.
An unexpected benefit of conversing with Socrates is that I can—while scripting this narrative—I can type: “Socrates said,” instead of saying “I said to myself.”
Next weeks blog topic:
How Socrates transformed Hypnotism to Perceptionism