Typical Mistakes with the Direct Method

Lack of a free-floating state of mind, even though it is mandatory.

Assuming an incorrect position when lying down.

Performing direct techniques during the day when a practitioner is inexperienced, instead of in the evening or at night.

Performing more than one attempt per day.

Performing protracted relaxation before the techniques, even when this may play a negative role.

Performing the techniques for too long when they should be exercised for no more than 20 minutes.

Forgetting to affirm a strong desire to awaken upon a lapse of consciousness.

Falling asleep during lapses out of consciousness while in a free-floating state of mind, instead of working toward multiple lapses with awakenings.

Forgetting separation techniques and awaiting some unknown event upon emergence from a lapse, instead of taking advantage of the moment.

Excessively alternating the techniques in a primary repertoire, instead of testing them in a planned and systematic manner.

Holding the breath when unusual sensations are encountered. Always be calm.

Halting practice when unusual sensations occur when it is necessary to continue what brought about the sensations.

Excessive excitement while performing direct techniques.

Lack of aggression during attempts due to fatigue and sleep deprivation.

Lack of a clear plan of action. Understanding and planning the use of distinct variations of the techniques beforehand is crucial to the analysis of subsequent errors in practice.

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