A good guide is one who teaches technique students how to become good too. If you fall in love with the techniques you will progress, if you fall in love with the teacher you will limit yourself.
If you are focused on the basics of life (breathing), you can be thoughtless and thus without evaluation. Then you can build on energy that is cleansed of negative emotions.
How many books do you need to read and how much intellect do you really need to get into a pleasant emotional state? Every small child can do this very quickly.
It is not easy to leave behind years of illusions, but it is necessary if you want to know the truth. The hardest thing is to leave behind the belief that you are not good enough to smile at life in the morning and let go of dreams with a smile in the evening.
Thoughts are based on our experiences and can never be without evaluation.
If you are lost, it means that you have freedom and thus opportunities. If you have more options, you can make conscious decisions and that is what separates us from animals. So we get lost at least every so often.
The point of techniques to increase influence is to first convince yourself that you can go beyond the limits of your beliefs.
If we had to think (Descartes) because we are, then we would never experience time without thought, which means time without evaluation. If we are aware of the moment without thought, we can feel the purity of energy.
It’s not enough to have a good time. You need to be aware that you are having a good time. And if you haven’t done anything about it, then that pleasant feeling won’t be so sweet because it’s not yours.
We humans are more than 90% programmed in the environment in which we live. Only a few % is our true identity, but only if we are aware of it.