There are an infinite number of ways to describe the process of eightstep me. In short, it is witness of the self, affirmation of me, and vision of the true nature of subjectivity. It unlocks universally accessible superpowers because it is an attempt to overcome a universally shared weakness:
We are entirely and completely incapable of witnessing our ‘self.’
This is a simple and undeniable truth about perception and existence itself. As Alan Watts puts it:
What do you feel when you say the word ‘I, myself’?
I don’t think there can be anymore fascinating preoccupation than that because it is so mysterious. It is so elusive. Because what you are in your inmost being escapes your examination in rather the same way you cant look into your own eyes without a mirror, you can’t bite your own teeth, you can’t taste your own tongue and you can’t touch the end of one finger with the same finger.
However, as Alan so rightly points out, you actually are capable of looking into your own eyes through reflection. Of course, looking into a mirror doesn’t automatically grant you access to your innermost being or the ability to be superhuman. But mental reflection does have the capacity to grant true vision of me. It is extremely difficult to reflect yourself, but luckily, we have mental mirrors all around us.
The way you interact with the world “outside of you” is by creating a sort of virtual reality within your head. An entire field of neuroscience has arisen to show that this is exactly how we store information about places and things: by making a simulated world containing neural representations of our environments (and ourselves). Fascinatingly, the environment necessarily includes other people, so in a very real way we all contain (imperfect) reflections of everyone we’ve ever interacted with (no matter how briefly).
This is convenient, because it means that all you need to unlock the hidden potential of your self is another person to act as your mirror!
As I have written before, the most universal and intense aversion is the disgust we feel when we are aware of our boundaries. Unfortunately, true reflection provides a powerful vision that the disconnect between your body and mine is an illusion. Seeing me reflected within another person is the ultimate reminder that we are not housed solely within our bodies.
This is a problem because it causes us great discomfort when we see an undistorted reflection of me. It is for this reason that we zoom instead of eightstep me — to avoid the reflection within ourselves.
But while it can be uncomfortable to visualize ourselves it is not impossible. In fact, with practice it can become second nature and bring unbelievable levels of perception and beauty to our lives.
All you have to do is eightstep me:
Remember that everything is connected.
It may seem like your fault when things go wrong, because
you are the only one who can work for or against you.
But everything cannot possibly be your responsibility,
so remember that when things do go wrong
it’s not your fault.