Sports psychologists often talk about arousal levels, and the effect arousal has on the nervous system. Levels of apathy or anxiety brought on by not enough, or too much mental projection. Then often a cognitive thought based practise is advised to bring this into alignment.
In my experience as a coach and a keen student of conscious ego study, I find that projection itself is a lot of the problem, and you can’t solve a problem with a problem. The performance has to come to you. You, the awareness, does not project out onto the world of objects, or the performance in this case. This is an important misunderstanding for athletes, and all human beings who are longing to truly perform to their potential.
The ego mind will tell you that you need to project your energy outwards to the object outside of you. This to me is a great way of leeching your power and energy.
Awareness does not ever project, objects can only appear to awareness. Awareness does not and cannot appear to objects. All objects outside of the self are inert in that they have no power what so ever unless you use your mind to think they do. Objects are literally only able to exist because of awareness itself, so your projections are an illusion of the mind.
Ok, so why is this important for athletes and sport? Because athletes spend a mountain of time projecting outwards, everything is a projection outside of the self. Then everything as a consequence is a judgement of the self. Judgement and projection can only live inside the finite limited mind. That finite limited mind is seen by the unlimited infinite awareness.
Now take a moment and really feel into this question. Which level of consciousness do you think houses more potential, the finite limited ego mind, or the infinite awareness that sees and watches that mind? Awareness is totally neutral. It was there prior to the conditions you were brought up under. I’ll say that again for clarity, “prior to”. Yes, awareness was aware prior to your ego minds limited development. Everything that came after awareness was learnt. Everything you learnt as a youngster was taught. You were taught how to walk, talk, what bus to take to school, and yes, you were taught what to say and when to say it. You were also taught what to think about yourself and others depending on the conditions of your upbringing. That’s right, you were brainwashed, and who isn’t? That’s an uncomfortable thought, but it’s also irrelevant.
Why? Because awareness is prior to mind, and mind is a product of your conditioning. Just like your physicality is a product of your training, no different. You don’t need to try to change your conditioning or your thinking mind, or to try to block your emotions or thoughts. You can’t anyway. Often that kind of therapy struggles to stick, a temporary band-aid that always comes off, and the more times it comes off, the more skin it takes with it.
You can however decide whether you are going to operate from a place of unlimited awareness, or the place of projection and judgement called mind. How do you learn to operate from awareness? You already are, you always have been. It’s just that we believe we are the thoughts and conditions of the limited self called mind.
Awareness doesn’t need practise because it is the original you. Regardless of what you think, do or say, it is still the real you.
All that you need to do is become aware that you are aware.