Four letters ― a world of difference within them.
So friendly and so close and overlapping that there is a spontaneous reaction before you consciously know it. This is the aim of AURELIS autosuggestion. There is no coercion involved at all. [see: “Autosuggestion versus Hypnosis”]
Please, will you do this for me ― which is also for you? In this overlap, rational and total-person-oriented, you may recognize Compassion. [see: “Compassion, basically”]
This is ancient Greek for ‘self,’ of course.
Intriguingly, γνῶθι σεαυτόν (gnoothi seauton, know thyself) was one of three maxims written at the entry of the temple of Apollo at Delphi. To me, the ancient meaning of ‘auto’ in this proverb wasn’t about money earned or power in society, or even any conceptual measure at all. Remember, we’re at Delphi, the center of a mystery religion. People were supposed to visit it carrying their deepest questions, hoping for an answer.
I guess the answer always came down to the same, related to ‘self’ ― more specifically, the deeper self.
With the deeper self, we’re also at AURELIS.
Only now, there is also the science to back it up [see: “The Post-Postmodernist Brain”], and a few millennia of trial and error from which humanity seems to have learned nothing, but nevertheless. History is available, and tons of culture are at anybody’s fingertips.
Put in a simplified way, the deeper self is the conglomerate of broader and ever broader mental-neuronal patterns of which one is conscious, barely conscious, or non-conscious. [see: “What is ‘Depth’?“]
The broader the pattern, the more I see it as ‘deep.’ This is not necessarily the same as ‘far away from conscious processing.’ A wise person can say profound things rather consciously ― take Socrates, who liked to use the above maxim.
This is vertical communication, right towards depth, to know thyself and kindle thyself to action. One may have some surface goal, such as diminishment of pain or addiction. In such a case, autosuggestion is also the communication of this goal.
While doing so, the goal becomes deeper, also in order to be understandable down there. The deeper self doesn’t get exclusively conceptual stuff. For many, this may be the main challenge in using anything autosuggestion-related.
Practice, guidance, and putting real effort in trying to make it happen as by itself.
Nobody ever said it would be easy, not in ancient Greece, nor now. Eventually, important is what happens in depth. That is the real ‘auto’ ― not the same as mere-ego. [see: “Speak to Ego and You Form Ego“]
If you want to attain depth, you have to put aside mere-ego, even if only for a little while. This may seem easy. Think again. For a starter, who is doing the thinking now?
This is what I mean with real effort: starting all over again with this last question, and again, and again, for instance, before listening to some piece of autosuggestion. Without this effort, one way or another, you’re kidding yourself.
Crucial in this is utmost friendliness, for the purpose of ethics as well as efficiency.