Are you jumpy when you watch a horror movie?

sisi's picture

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Are you jumpy when you watch a horror movie?

If you are then you are not ready yet to awaken from the illusory reality.

You have not yet curb your tendency to identify with something you know is an illusion.

You know beyond any slightest doubt that the horror movie you watch is not real, that it is an illusion, right?

And yet, you gasp with horror.


Your subconscious reaction patterns do not know yet to acknowledge what you consciously know for sure, that the movie is just a movie. They keep on identifying with the horror movie as if you are in it.

How then you can expect them to obey your knowledge of reality being an illusion?


You have more work to do.

Make it a habit to watch horror movies alone at home when the lights are off.

When you watch the movies, try your best to be conscious, to be consciously present in the room and not be drawn unconsciously into the movie. Be constantly aware of yourself watching the movie.

Pause the movie from time to time when it is too hard, when you find yourself sucked into the movie. Return your presence to the room, take a few deep breaths and remind yourself that it is just a movie. Then continue playing the movie and again do your best to consciously stay present in the room.

With time you will see that your automatic identification with the reality of the movie becomes weaker, that you are mentally more conscious and present in the room, that you are less afraid and jumpy, that you are more relaxed.

And in the same time you will notice that your identification with the illusory reality called life becomes weaker.

This is an excellent exercise.

kaput's picture


Genius observation. Genius exercise.

Gurdjieff spoke about it calling it "remember yourself" suggesting one should constantly maintain presence, continuously be aware of himself as the subject instead of loosing himself into the activity.

kaput | Sun, 06/21/2009 - 07:21
madan_gautam's picture


Be just witness also called sakshi bahava.

madan_gautam | Sun, 06/21/2009 - 08:40
mrkotians's picture

Saakshi bhava

You are absolutely right...

mrkotians | Tue, 04/13/2010 - 05:26
barbara's picture

Recede, watch from outside, be present.

Splendid exercise. Can be practiced also with any other movie you watch or the news or any other manipulative program on TV, in every heated argument you take part in, in every situation you get angry or even excited - at those sequences of events that make sure we are stuck in the dream.

Recede, watch from outside, be present.

The problem is that without noticing we are drawn back again to the automatic robotic mode. This happens less and less as you remember to practice this more and more.

barbara | Tue, 06/23/2009 - 04:33
kalgo's picture

Great technique

It is indeed an accurate indication. Will try it. Thanks.

kalgo | Tue, 08/25/2009 - 11:15
Phroggy's picture

Numbing oneself into a state

Numbing oneself into a state of indifference is not the path to Awakening. By that logic, violent video games are good for kids because they prepare them for the 'illusion' of life.

A better 'practice' is to learn to separate your thoughts and feelings ABOUT your experience from what is actually experienced. In this, the pain and suffering of the world does not get rendered into celluloid or dismissed as illusion, but rather is seen in it's perfection and no longer struggled with for that reason.
Yes, suffering happens. There will never be a need to close your heart to that. To open the heart fully is to embrace it without fear.

Phroggy | Tue, 08/25/2009 - 19:12
nathan's picture

reason and truth

I think you misunderstood the text though it is simple - if you get startled by a scene in a horror movie than you are attached to reality - you are identified with your agent here. Be present while you are startling and you will get over this central identification. Any further analysis instead of just testing this simple technique is futile.

And, logical or not, you become indifferent on the path to realization. You simply judge indifference as a bad thing. Apparently, the cosmos doesn't always adhere to plain logic combined with a bit judgment as we want to believe it does. Actually the interesting part is that which is beyond the limited cover of reason.

nathan | Tue, 08/25/2009 - 20:09
Phroggy's picture

Awww, nathan, I didn't

Awww, nathan, I didn't misunderstand it. Yes, the indifference is part of the 'path', but it's just the losing of interest in the drama. You'll come full circle to embrace it all from another perspective that isn't quite so 'me centered'. It's only the 'me center' that you're becomming indifferent to, not suffering and compassion.

Phroggy | Wed, 08/26/2009 - 00:36
Jai K Garg's picture

I have followed your blogs and comments...

...from the awareness of the mind interlaced with time and infused memory to rejecting re-incarnation.

With the physical mind and body lost in death, only the soul remains as unstable energy.

Seeking rebirth this energy attaches itself to another mind and body.

So how do you explain people remembering their past life in this new mind and body?
a)The energy becomes unstable to throw light on the past life and we have reincarnation.
b)If stable it remembers not its past.

Could be visa-versa too.

What if this energy remains unstable and free?
Ghosts and their likes.

What if this energy returns to its infinite energy?
It does not return from its stability. Moksh

Would you think these suggestions are just imagination of a weak or strong mind?

Jai K Garg | Sun, 09/13/2009 - 14:30
sisi's picture

I don't know, of course

Dear Jai,

I don't know the answers, Of course. Nobody knows. It's only speculations and therefore, to my opinion, of less importance except of being a nice entertainment.

Lately, I feel less and less interested in the "mechanical" theories about the "why" and "how". What they can give? I prefer to "waste" my time in meditation. This magic beyond all the explanations is something I was finally willing to give up to relatively late in my life.

sisi | Sun, 09/13/2009 - 21:02
Jai K Garg's picture

Waste time in meditation?

I would say you go up to higher levels of consciousness.

Like desensitization of fear after watching a horror movie:

Here you sensitize you mind to lift to a higher plain, with active meditation.

Jai K Garg | Mon, 09/14/2009 - 11:15
solomon's picture

Indeed a powerful exercise

Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. This is indeed a powerful exercise for cultivating presence and real-time awareness.

solomon | Wed, 09/12/2012 - 21:35