“Do you believe you are sick, because you are sick,
or are you sick, because you believe you are sick?”

August N. Alonzo



SECTION 2



Chapter Four



Practice


Well, we’ve made it this far. Let’s see what else needs to be said.

That which we see and experience privately and that which we see and experience jointly with others are the result of various impressions upon our conscious and subconscious minds. These impressions are then reflected as our three-dimensional physical reality – the only reality, for the most part, that our conscious, everyday, individual self knows. This is the only reality to which TALT training directs itself; the only reality in which we will look for results. This everyday, practical reality which may now be reflecting illness can be changed by inserting and reinforcing the proper impressions and thereby reflecting the chosen condition of health.

I don’t believe that.

That is why you don’t reflect a state of health.

You are reflecting your own beliefs in your ill-health and that has become your physical reality. It has its roots in time as we know it to be. Your illness is an undeniable, verifiable fact. The doctor says you are sick, your family says so, and you can see it with your own two eyes. However, your illness can be altered in time. Our beliefs about life and our physical reality exist as impressions upon the mind. These impressions are reflected as our three-dimensional physical reality. As we alter our current belief impressions, so do we alter our three-dimensional physical reality. TALT training is designed to bring you awareness of this fact, give an explanation as to how it operates, teach you the techniques of operation, show you how to appropriately apply them, and prepare you to recognize the results of your efforts for maximum effectiveness.

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Starting from Scratch

One of the most amazing and important aspects of this work is that it matters not how you arrived at your current situation. All those factors belong to a different belief program. As the old program of lingering fear and doubt automatically attempts to undermine our new program with reasons why the new program is doomed to failure, we can counter with the knowledge that it matters not how we proceeded in the past, but rather how we proceed in the future.

“I mastered fear by realizing physical health is a state of mind, and mastered doubt by realizing that happiness and physical well-being are states of mind, which I am currently materializing through belief reinforcement techniques.”

August N. Alonzo.



Yea, but, but, but!

Sorry!

Or should I say glad to let you know that this is the bottom line. This is the nature of our three-dimensional reality. This monster of our personal reasoning mind, which we have created, will be trying every trick it knows to maintain control of the situation, even at the cost of our demise. We must continually say NO to illness by dedicatedly applying TALT techniques.

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Practice Still Makes Permanent

All those still on the journey please gather ‘round. We’re going to build something – which means that although I still have quite a bit to say, all that remains to be said will follow the construction of the TALT techniques. So as we build, just follow along. The explanation will follow the construction.

“Do the thing and you will have the power.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson






As you can see, we have constructed two worksheets. One of the worksheets is computer-printed with Sections A through E labeled. The other worksheet is a sample worksheet handwritten by a hypothetical grandmother who is a 56-year old terminally ill cancer patient. We will analyze the computer sheet by section and response. (The handwritten worksheet is provided to show what your own handwritten worksheet may look like.)


SECTION A

The “reinforce the belief” section refers to the first step in the TALT technique. What we wish to accomplish at this point is to remind ourselves of what we are doing.

What am I doing? Answer: I am reinforcing the belief.

It is important during actual practice to remain aware of what you are doing, or at least try to do so. The answer to Section A leads us to the response in Section B.


SECTION B

This is a blank space to be filled in by the TALT trainee with a short, positive affirmation of the new belief impression we are establishing. This affirmation is to be quietly spoken or mentally repeated. It is very important that this affirmation be stated in the present tense. It does not say I am hoping to be healthy. It does not say some day I’ll be healthy. It does not say if all goes well I’ll be healthy. It says I am radiantly healthy, which means I am healthy NOW! It says so with conviction. It expresses its reality with radiant exuberance and enthusiasm.

At this point the TALT objective is to feel what you mean by radiant health. The use of the word radiant in your affirmation is helpful in allowing the feeling of health to emanate from within. This is the practice of creative imagination on the emotional or feeling level. This practice is very important in the process of establishing new belief impressions.

“But I don’t feel healthy.”

If we look at your state of health we can understand why you don’t feel healthy.

But that’s not important. The time spent repeating the positive affirmation of health is that short period each day when we become actors and actresses. For that short period each day we pretend that the desired state of health is real.

“My experience is contradictory.”

If it weren’t contradictory, you wouldn’t have anything to change through this creative process.

Try your best at this point to feel what you think radiant health feels like. No pictures in the mind or imaginings. Just a feeling of health that you would like to create as your reality. Feel, feel, feel that health. Continue to create the desired results on the deep emotional/feeling level. Make it your reality. Make it your own. This stage leads us to Section C and the third step in the TALT technique.


SECTION C

The “reflect the results” section refers to the third step in the TALT technique. What we wish to accomplish at this point is to again remind ourselves of what we are doing.

What am I doing? Answer: I am reflecting the results.

As we begin to establish the impression of a deep inner feeling of radiant health, we begin to reflect it in our daily environment. This is the stage at which the creative process is shaped and molded by creative imagination. The creative impulse that originated – through our efforts – has now reached the mental or thought stage and needs the conscious direction of our mental imaginings to give it shape and direction. That direction unfolds in section D.


SECTION D

At this point the creative impulse which we originated as a deep emotional feeling has entered the mental stage. Now we experience it not as a feeling, but as picture in our minds. This is where we picture to ourselves what being radiantly healthy means. Depending on how cooperative the mental process is, we can either imagine a fixed symbol of what health means to us (i.e. seeing a smile on the face of a loved one as he or she reacts favorably to our new-found health, or seeing ourselves standing at the top of those stairs we have been unable to ascend since being ill, or visualizing any picture or image that enhances the feeling of radiant health) or, if you have a vivid and fluid imagination, you may want to see yourself actually ascending the stairs, or being back on the job, or whatever, whatever, whatever. This is in turn leads us to Section E.


SECTION E

Section E is called “the poem.” Its purpose is to get us creatively involved in the process. What does being radiantly healthy mean to you? Think about it. Spell it out. Put it down on paper. You do not necessarily have to write in rhyme, but the more you put into making the poem a personal statement of your objectives, the more helpful it will be to you.

The poem can provide the symbol or running imagery needed for the mental process in Section D. The difference between Section D and Section E is that we take time in the poem section to expand that process:

Section E/1: I’m doing my job well.

Since being diagnosed as having cancer, our 56-year-old grandmother – we will call her Mary – has had many problems on the job. This has caused her grief. In the poem section she now imagines herself fully in control of her situation as she once was.

Section E/2: The children they sure can tell.

What a joy seeing the faces of her family reacting favorably to her new-found health. This imagining brings her much pleasure.

Section E/3: My popularity that sure is swell.

After her diagnosis, Mary saw changes in her friends and relatives. They felt uncomfortable with her situation and she could easily sense that. In this imagining Mary sees things as they should be. Everyone is joyful. This too brings Mary a sense of well-being.

Is the belief taking hold?

Section E/4: My savings they never fell.

Being ill is a costly indulgence and Mary’s bank account has felt the blow. In this imagining Mary is free from those monetary concerns.

Section E/5: I am very receptive to reinforcement suggestion.

Mary was quite concerned that she would have trouble with the imagination section. In this imaging Mary sees herself making steady progress toward her creative goals.

Section E/6: I reflect what I need and banish dejection.

In this imagining Mary has understood that her inner thoughts and emotions had caused her problems, and now she sees herself utilizing the TALT techniques successfully and banishing the state of hopelessness and dejection.

If you encounter an obstacle or the inability to reconcile your situation at any point in the training, create a line for your poem that exemplifies the situation as you want it to be, as opposed to the reflection you are currently experiencing. This process gives further shape to your creative endeavors as they grow into reality. If being slim and trim is a symbol of health, incorporate that into your poem. Be creative in your poem utilizations, but don’t go overboard. Six to eight lines tops.

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How much TIME does all this stuff take?

How much time does all this stuff take? Oh, oh, there’s that word again. TIME.

Very little.

Once a day for approximately 10 to 15 minutes you should find a quiet place to concentrate upon the TALT techniques. I say quiet place and time ideally. If you’re serious, you will always find the time and place to apply your techniques no matter what your surroundings.

Later on I will present a list of reasons not to worry. The ideal TALT session will begin with reading through and assimilating these reasons not to worry. After reading the reasons not to worry list, go to your worksheet. The worksheet information can be of your own creation or you can use some of the sample's ideas. As you proceed, remind yourself of the following:

  • In Section A, what am I doing?
    Answer: reinforcing the belief.

  • In Section B, I feel what it means to be radiantly healthy.

  • In Section C, what am I doing?
    Answer: reflecting the results

  • In Section D, I reflect the results.


At this point visualize a symbol or activity of your radiant health. This is round one. Continue on to line two and repeat the process. Do this for all thirteen lines. (The number thirteen is purely arbitrary but does give us a good workout). After line thirteen proceed to your poem.

  • In Section E, read and think through each line of the poem one time.


You have completed your practice for the day. We do the practice only once per day for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. If you are interrupted, you can always resume your practice later. You can read through the reasons not to worry list as often as it serves to prevent you from worrying about the results.

As you proceed with your TALT training, the wording for the reinforcement section or your poem may need adjustment in order to feel comfortable. Make these adjustments on your personal worksheet. In the final analysis, however, the intention behind the words makes the difference, not the choice of words or phrasing.

As mentioned previously, try to stay aware of what you are doing at each step in the process. Try not to let the mind wander. If it does, bring your attention back to the work at hand. Remember, it is the intensity of concentration that serves to create the deep impressions of health which we wish to establish.

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When Do I See Results?

I will start out with a little story that you can refer to from time to time. There was a great sage or teacher traveling to various villages in the East. A villager heard that this great teacher was to be in the neighboring village and went to hear him speak. The teacher was telling the audience that if they had sufficient faith (i.e. self-confidence) they could walk on water.

After the presentation the villager went over to this teacher and told him how impressed he was with the lecture. He asked if the teacher would grace his home by joining him for lunch the following day. The teacher said he would be delighted and asked if the villager would meet him at noon tomorrow to show him the way.

As scheduled they met at noon and set off for the neighboring village. After about a half hour of walking, they approached a wide river. The teacher asked the villager, “Where is the boat that brought you here?” The villager replied, “Boat? You said that if we had enough faith (i.e. self-confidence) we could walk on water. So, I just walked across.”

This little allegorical tale will lead our journey into the “what to expect and when to expect it” section. Results can be expected in as short a time as it took the villager to accept the belief impression that he could walk on water. However, the more likely unfoldment will see progress measured in weeks and months, as opposed to days or hours.

A number of years ago there was a television show called Naked City. This show would end by saying, “There are eight million stories in this naked city; this was one of them.” So, too, might we say there are five billion stories on this Naked Planet of ours. Since each story is unique, each individual will unfold according to his or her own unique set of emotional and psychological needs. But, nonetheless, the most likely unfoldment will see progress measured in weeks and months, although after a few days you might begin to see events or situations that if you choose to stretch your imagination – and please do – might be explained as results.

For some the first recognizable influence might be found at the thirty-day juncture. As we begin to establish new belief impressions, we are operating somewhat like we would with a tape or video recorder. If we don’t like what we see or hear, we don’t throw away the tape. We simply record over the old impressions. The act of re-recording simultaneously erases the old impressions. In our case, the re-recording must be an on-going process.

Once we are doing our practice for a while, there will be times when the old, the new, or both impressions simultaneously will be the dominant reflection in our daily environment. Take this all in stride.

Yeah, I know, I know. It’s easy for me to say.

The current impression of ill-health is well rooted in your thoughts and emotions or it would not have found its way into physical reality. But it is doomed to destruction because it has as its adversary your WILL to change. As soon as the will to change – as exemplified by your practice of TALT techniques – is put into motion, so too is the automatic creative process to carry out that change set into motion. You have but one thing to do to keep the process operational: the systematic and regular practice of TALT techniques.

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What if?, What if?, What if?....

I’ve learned not to second guess the process. By utilizing the power of the universal mind in our endeavors we have access to universal wisdom as well. What we, from our limited perspective, see as the most expedient path may be viewed quite differently from a universal perspective. Our job is to insert and reinforce the feeling and picture of our desired end results and allow the automatic process to determine the best course of action.

“The dream may not unfold as envisioned, but always as it should.”

Doctor Melvin Higgins

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Shall I Throw Away the Crutches?

Shall I throw away the crutches?

Hold on, hold on.

Not until such time as you can walk on water – and that is to be taken figuratively – should you stop your traditional therapy. Continue with your doctor’s advice. Explain to him or her what you are doing and ask for his or her support. There should be absolutely no interference with the doctor’s efforts. You’ll know when you can “walk on water” when your traditional practitioner says you are ready.

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A Defensive Emotional Position

When we begin to utilize TALT techniques, we are quite literally altering the physical universe. As we do, we can expect some apparent resistance from the status quo. To avoid such resistance from others, one possible course of action is to keep TALT under your hat. Don’t discuss your TALT training with anyone other than those from whom you are assured total support. A supportive environment is helpful, and to open yourself up to the objections of everyone who has a different point of view is not in your best interest. In fact, you might enlist the support of your closest ally to run defense for you when necessary.

You see, even though you may choose not to discuss your training with others at the present, they will still be peripherally aware of the changes taking place in your environment and will react accordingly. When this happens, it’s nice to have someone to intercede until you are truly strong enough to maintain your position without taking needed energy -- which can be well used for healing – and squandering it on useless debate.

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Watch for Your Cue

There’s a great show biz story I would like to relate to you about a New York actor who waited twenty years for his Broadway debut. His part wasn’t big – in fact it was only one line – but it was his big opportunity. His classic line was “Hark, I hear the cannons roar.”

For weeks before the opening night he practiced his line. Hark, I hear the cannons roar. Hark, I hear the cannons roar. Hark, I hear the cannons roar, etc., etc., etc. Well, finally opening night arrived. The house was full; the press right up front. This was it. The curtain rose. The actor walked on stage. The cannon roared. The actor said, “What the hell was that?”

Why do I relate this story? Because I ask you not to allow me to take something that is extremely simple (TALT training) and make it complex because of all my warnings and concerns. I have complete confidence that you will do just fine. You have no reason to worry. In fact, the next section will provide a list of reasons why you have nothing to worry about at all. So, fellow journeyers, on with the show.

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