New Life with Psychotechnics
As part of the Awakened Mind courses Max Cade conducted in London in the 1970s and '80s, he taught psychotechnics, which he defined as "a practical humanistic branch of psychology which teaches those skills requisite to self-awareness, self-understanding, and self-control." The aim of this course was to enable the individual to become what s/he already is in potentiality—that is, to help the student self-actualize.
Psychotechnics is an art and a technology concerned with the range of our ability to act and maximize our potentials. It is used for the development of mental fluency and the ability to master our states of consciousness.
Max Cade
Psychothechnics has four major aspects
Openness to Life and Experience
a) Your ability to find something potentially useful in everything, including criticism
b) Your readiness to go into something completely alien

a) Your ability to be able to feel what others are feeling
b) Your ability to enter the state they are in without become affected or imbalanced by it
c) Your ability to give the right response to the situation without telling them what to do
Excellence in Interpersonal Relationships
a) Excellence not just in relationships with your friends and those that are easy, but also your family, parents, relations and working associates
a) Your ability to still the mind, be calm and meditate, not just at home or in class, but in situations of personal or environmental turmoil
Part I
First and foremost, the idea is to see/visualize yourself clearly and without judgment, as you answer the questions underlying each aspect (click 'plus' to see what they are). Spend two minutes reflecting inwardly on each one.
Part II
Go through the questions again and see things as you would like them to be. Spend another two minutes on each question then get together in partners of two or three to discuss your answers and insights.
Note from Judith Pennington:

"I found this script on psychotechnics in Anna Wise's files, which were sent to me by her son, John Wise, after she passed away in early 2010. Later on, I presented this exercise to my monthly meditation group of seven people, who contemplated the questions with the seriousness they deserve.

Two people discovered that they had little to no empathy for others and committed themselves to meditating on how to regain their empathy. Several people felt they had so much empathy that they physically felt other people's emotions and consequently tended to withdraw from certain people to protect themselves.

Cade's standpoint was that mastery includes being able to empathize with others from a calm place of compassionate non-attachment, which is most easily developed in meditation. In his writings we see his understanding that our separation from anything and anyone leads to self-separation and the blind spots that disconnect us from unity consciousness. If we are to be truly awake, then we must find ways to stay open, receptive, empathetic, and compassionate with All That Is—like ocean waves ebbing and flowing without borders or boundaries."

Judith Pennington
IAM Founder
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a chronicle of my amazing psychic and spiritual experiences at The Monroe Institute,
please visit my website: http://www.thestillsmallvoice.org

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