Achieving Autonomic Muscle Control (Abdominal Warming)

Through practice with autogenic training, you will get better and better at
consciously directing the physiological functions of your bodily cells when it
becomes necessary. Accompanying this process, you also will achieve the side
benefit of better emotional control as well. Studies have shown that repeated
exposure to upsetting people, places or things actually lose their emotional impact,
after continued practice with autogenic training. There is more acceptance and less
objection to the way people are in the world. Some psychiatric patients relax so
deeply that they can ask their subconscious such questions as “What do I really need
to be happy?” and receive the answer in a dream-like visualization. Other people find
that they can induce a deep meditative state more easily after mastering these
autogenic exercises.
Begin this exercise with the "warm-up" of "Exercise -- Achieving Autonomic
Muscle Control (Limb Heaviness)." Then repeat the brief form of the heavy to warm
formula, the heart and breathing formulas. If you prefer, you can rest your hand on
your abdomen during the exercise. Now repeat to yourself, "My abdomen is
radiating warmth," 6 to 8 times. Then say, "I feel completely calm," one time. If
you find it easier, visualize the sun warming your abdomen. Do this exercise for 10
minutes at a time, 2 or 3 times per day for 2 weeks. If you feel a definite warmth
before that time, then move on to the next exercise, but continue to practice and be
thorough.