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The Instant Consciousness Doubler

book cover recommend book⇒Handbook to Higher Consciousnessto book home
by Ken Keyes Jr. 978-0-9600688-8-3 paperback
birth 1921-01-19 died:1995-12-20 at age:74 978-0-9600688-9-0 hardcover
publisher Love Line 978-0-940687-13-4 audio
published 1984-08
Ken’s classic. This is by far his best selling book. You can read part of it online.
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Ken discusses the ICD (Instant Consciousness Doubler) in Handbook to Higher Consciousness.

Expand your love, your consciousness and your loving compassion by experiencing everything that everyone does or says as though you yourself had done it.

Don’t overlook this method. It is one of the simplest and gives very fast results.

You can turn the ICD (Instant Consciousness Doubler) into a party game that simultaneously has everyone roaring with laughter and solves long-standing life problems. Get people to perform in comic skits based on distressing scenes from their lives, complete with costumes. You play the person giving you all the grief and someone else plays you. Really ham it up.

By making it into game, people are sometimes more willing to share the details needed for a realistic play.

You can sing the ICD. Unfortunately, I don’t have a recording of what it sounds like. For singing, use this abbreviated form:

Experience everything, that anyone says or does, as though you yourself, had said or done it.

There are three variants of this method:

  1. If you have done something that you cannot emotionally accept, imagine someone you deeply love has done it. What are your thoughts now?
  2. If someone has done something you cannot emotionally accept, imagine someone you deeply love did the exact same thing. What are your thoughts now?
  3. If someone does something to you that you cannot emotionally accept, imagine that they did it to someone you deeply love. What are your thoughts now? In particular, what does this mean about the victim?
Some people find the ICD threatening. They imagine that if they tried to see the point of view of someone they are angry with, a criminal or enemy, somehow they would be contaminated. In actuality, if you know your enemies deeply, though use of the ICD, you are in a much better position to defend yourself.

Ken Keyes on the ICD

Here is what Ken Keyes himself had to say about the ICD. I quote at length here because the ICD is the peace-making method. The world desperately needs this wisdom. Happily, the ICD is easy to learn and use in isolation without understanding the full complexity of the Living Love system.

The Instant Consciousness Doubler can help you sidestep many of your addictions. Most of the time a major expansion of your consciousness requires a lot of continuous inner work, but there in one short cut through the woods that may be called the Instant Consciousness Doubler. Since conscious and love are synonymous, you might consider this an Instant Love Doubler.

Expand your love, your consciousness and your loving compassion by experiencing everything, that everyone does or says, as though you had done or said it.

When you use this Instant Consciousness Doubler, you will bring into play a certain programming in your biocomputer that you may not consciously use now in responding to the actions of other people. You are usually aware of some of the inside reasons and feelings that account for what you do. But when you perceive similar behaviour in another person, you usually interpret it with different programming than you use for experiencing your own thoughts and actions.

This leads us into such psychological conjugations as: I am firm, your are obstinate, he is pigheadeded. I am frank, you are blunt, he is rude. I enjoy my food, you overeat, he is a glutton. I occasionally correct people for their own good, you are quite argumentative, he has a terrible temper. In all of the above situations, the external actions could have been the same, but the programming you use to interpret is entirely different.

The purpose of the Instant Consciousness Doubler is to remind you to use the same programming in perceiving and interpreting the actions and words of other people that you use in understanding your own actions and words. If you simply delay your response to each situation long enough to run it through the programming your reserve for yourself, you my find that your ability to understand and love other people will instantly double. You may be able to simply bypass the old programming and let it gradually wither away from disuse. You begin to realise than you would probably feel and say the same things that other people are doing and saying if you could just stand there in their shoes and see things from their point of view.

To use the Instant Consciousness Doubler, you consciously feed the situation in through the programming in through the programming you use when crystallising your perception of your own feelings and actions. In many situations this can instantly double your perceptiveness and wisdom in responding acceptingly and lovingly to everyone around you. Almost every time you feel irritated or angry, you are simply alienating yourself from another person who is probably doing exactly the same thing that you’ve done thousands of times — and which you may have accepted fully in yourself.

Suppose, for example, you ask someone to do something for you and he replies in an irritated way, Why don’t you do it yourself? When these words come in through your auditory nerves and are fed into the interpretive sections of your biocomputer, you are very likely to experience a threat to your Power Centre. This is the point at which you use the Instant Consciousness Doubler. You can say to yourself, “There have been many times when I have been annoyed when someone asked me to do something. Perhaps I was busy. Perhaps I felt they could do it easier and better than I, and they should not be asking me in the first place. Or perhaps I was tired. Perhaps my addictions were at that moment keeping me from loving them enough to want to be helpful. I can furnish myself with dozens of reasons for not wanting to help people when asked to.”

How soon will you realise, that the only thing you don’t have is the direct experience that there’s nothing you need that you don’t have?
~ Ken Keyes Jr. (born:1921-01-19 died:1995-12-20 at age:74)
When you use the Instant Consciousness Doubler, you give other people the benefit of all the inside understanding, that you use to forgive yourself when you respond in an alienating way. And so instead of becoming angry when someone refuses to help, you use the Instant Consciousness Doubler to perceive it in a broader perspective that lets you accept it and accept the person. This helps to free you from the dualistic programing that is used for perceiving the actions of other people.

The Instant Consciousness Doubler helps us realise that there are no others in this world. All of us have shared the same feelings, the same problems, of being dominated by our security, sensation and power addictions and the same needs for love and oneness. When we experience this with here-and-now awareness, how could we feel anything but love and acceptance for all our brothers and sisters?

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