One of the things that is extremely helpful to do in life is to learn to trust ourselves. I do not mean this in a new age sense, but rather that we have some very good inner resources which are extremely trustworthy. It is just that we often do not recognize these inner resources, in fact we have been talked out of employing them.
Take for example the use of alarm clocks. It is extremely rare that I will use an external mechanism to wake up, even if there is an important meeting to attend. I have found the unconscious mind to be much better at scheduling me than any system I have come across. It is unerringly accurate and has yet to let me down. This was not always the case, but over the years I have learned to trust my unconscious mind in this regard.
If we look at ourselves honestly we can see that we have developed a relationship with consumer products like alarm clocks. Historically though what did humanity do before alarm clocks were invented? Our dependence started somewhere – we were taught that we need alarm clocks at some point.
We might say that it is relatively easy to use the alarm clock in the morning, and I do not disagree. This is not an argument against alarm clocks as such. But it also tells us something about ourselves in that we often rely on the external without realizing our internal capacities. When we discover these little gems about the capacity within, it might make us wonder about other things we do no fully utilize. That is always a good thing.
If you have an interest in using less alarm clocks in your life, here is what I suggest.
- Make sure you have a good sleeping pattern.
- Your intent is very important. Make sure you are firm in your intention to awake at the allotted time and ensure it is a clear and pure intention without mixed messages. It also means you must enter a relationship with the unconscious. Put it to the test by all means, but treat your unconscious with a ton of loving kindness.
- Begin with less important events, ones that will not really hurt if they are missed or if you are late for them. Practice not using an alarm clock by setting a firm intention to wake up at the time you wanted.
- As your confidence grows, try some events of a little more importance but not so important that it will create havoc in your life if they are missed. As your confidence grows and you become unerringly accurate in arising at the allotted time gradually upgrade the importance of the events you do not want to use an alarm clock too.
- What I find very useful to this day, is there has been a disruption to the sleep pattern through sickness, or sleeping in an unfamiliar bed or any other reason is to have a safe guard. Ask someone to wake you or just use an alarm, it is really OK. What will surprise though is even in these circumstances the unconscious usually wakes us minutes before the alarm goes off. But I do not believe we need to be reckless and it’s fine to have a just in case approach in these scenarios.