You inadvertently drop mental curtains over certain of your senses every day by
not directing your conscious awareness to them. Thus, various forms of stimuli in
your environment go totally unnoticed. So-called people with 'one track' minds are
most effective at doing this. The more 'multi-aware' you are, the more concentration
is necessary to shut down your other senses.
Concentration is a relaxed focusing of you attention in one area without being
brought back to another area desiring shutdown. One New York dentist distracts his
patients from experiencing pain by having them concentrate on adjusting the volume
and tuning of a certain station on a radio headset while he is drilling their teeth. In the
middle of a football game, a player may sustain a painful injury, but only become
'aware' of it after the concentration on the activity subsides!
Through hypnosis, it has been shown that one or more of your senses can be
temporarily shut down, but there are other techniques that can accomplish the same
thing without hypnosis. To have the sense of feeling disappear in your arm, stroke
the skin on the back of your one hand and arm with the fingers of your other hand,
while suggesting that the sensation of feeling disappear. Stop after about a minute;
then repeat the process. Practice this exercise for 5 one-minute trials per day, and
soon the suggestion will become so real that a pin stuck into your skin will not be
Hold an object in front of you, and bring your conscious awareness into focusing
your total attention to it. Notice small details, scratches or imperfections about it.
What makes it different from other objects? Question yourself about it and don't
allow any distractions to interrupt your thought. Do this exercise for about 60
seconds, and you'll notice your sense of hearing go dormant. With practice, you'll
be able to read in the noisiest environment without distraction.
Next, stare at a spot in the room and simply listen to all the different sounds filling
the atmosphere. Key in on each one and question yourself about them. Conjure up a
mental picture about the originator of each sound. In about 60 seconds, you'll notice
your vision go dormant. Sometimes this happens while reading. Daydreaming starts
and an awareness of the reading material ceases.
To cut off hearing and vision, concentrate your attention (which doesn't mean
grimacing with a tense frown on your face) in a relaxed way on an inner mental image
of what your room looked like as a child, seeing as much detail and clarity as possible
while inhaling slowly to the count of five. Hold it for 12 counts and then exhale slowly to the count of 10.
You can also switch off one of your senses by visualizing its sensing fibers
leading to an imaginary gate in the brain. At the gate, there is a switch box with a
lever to turn the sensing fibers either on or off. See yourself turning off the switch at
the gate. Repeat this several times a day and eventually the technique will be
mastered and that particular sense can be consciously switched off.