When Jack Schwarz sticks a long sailor's needle through his bicep, he feels no
pain, does not bleed and has no infection. Why? He uses a detachment visualization
technique. It is not HIS arm attached to HIS body, but instead it is AN arm away
from his body and therefore no feeling is possible. Amputees sometimes suffer from
the phantom limb 'itch' where they feel an itch on a limb that does not exist.
Now stand in a comfortable, relaxed position with your eyes closed. Do some
steady abdominal breathing for a couple minutes and assume a balanced position.
Now become aware of your left arm and raise it over your head. Feel the muscles
flex as you stretch it all the way to your fingertips. Bring your conscious awareness
to each set of muscles in your hand, arm and shoulder and feel the way they move.
Now lower your arm. Now raise your imaginary or mental left arm, and flex and
stretch it the same way. Feel the muscles move as if it were your real arm. Alternate
flexing your real arm and then your mental arm several times. Do the same thing with
your right arm, experiencing as much feeling in your mental arm as possible.
Alternate several times. Now extend both real arms out from your sides and rotate
them in circles, then reverse the direction. Make the circles bigger. Do the same
thing with your mental arms. Alternate back to your real arms, then your mental arms
again. Repeat several times.
Now bend down to touch your toes with your real fingers and be aware of how
the process feels. Return to the standing position again. Now bend down with your
mental body to touch your toes. Feel the same process take place with your mental
muscles. Come back. Now alternate to the real body, then again to the mental body.
Repeat several times.
Now put your hands on your hips and rotate your torso to the left and then back
again. Do the same with your mental body. Now swivel your torso to the right and
then back. Do the same with your mental body. Now rotate your real torso to the left
while swiveling your mental torso to the right. Come back to rest. Now turn your
real body to the right and your mental body to the left. Come back. Repeat several
Now, extend your real arms straight out to the sides. Simultaneously imagine
your mental arms hanging at your sides. Now slowly raise your mental arms as you
lower your real arms so that they switch positions. Put your conscious awareness
into the process and feel the transposition taking place. Now reverse it. Lower your
mental arms and raise your real arms. Repeat several times. Now with your real body, hop into the spot on the floor one foot in front of you.
Now hop backwards to your original spot. Now let your mental body hop into the
same spot in front of you. Now hop back again. Repeat the process with real and
mental bodies several times. Now jump forward with your mental body and remain
there. Now jump with your real body into that same spot. Now hop backwards with
your mental body, then let your real body hop backwards into your mental body.
Repeat several times. Now hop with your mental body forwards and turn around to
look at your physical body.
You have now learned to detach your mental body totally away from your real
body to act as a casual observer. This detachment visualization process brings about
a 'realness' to the mental body that has to be experienced to be understood. If you
ever find your attention wandering in this exercise, stop and practice another day, for
total awareness and concentration is necessary to perfect this technique. In the end,
you'll master this exercise and develop a non-attached point of view not hindered by
fear or repressed emotions.