In order to get into altered states of consciousness, you need to have a certain softness in your mood. This could perhaps be described as an air of self-acceptance, or a willingness to release - rather than withhold - information and feelings. I was reminded of this again this morning, when I was not so soft. I seemed to be off-centre and struggling to contain something inside me.
In this example, I soon realised I was struggling with my feelings about a spate of public speaking engagements to which I am committed. For many years I have avoided public engagements, tried not go unnoticed in groups, and have become quite shy. This morning, my shy habit was making me feel unhappy about my upcoming speeches. It was time to be honest. I don't want to be shy any more. I want to stand out, shine and be impressive when I speak. That's the job. That's what's needed and it would be dishonest to pretend I want anything else.
It's a big relief when you make a sudden realisation like this. Your energy immediately softens. You have accepted what's really inside you and don't need to hide it any more.