Actualism HOWTO

The following is my delineation of the Actualism Methodthe ongoing enjoyment and appreciation of this moment of being aliveas I understand it:

  • Set consistent Enjoyment as the goal to obsessively and fascinatedly (see Be fascinated) achieve, with the help of effortless (see Effortlessness) Naiveté that is unlocked by Sincerity.
  • Experientially realize that it is my choice as to how I feel right now: We choose how we feel
  • Stay affectively aware (24/71) of how I am experiencing this moment (the only moment) of being alive
  • Once I find myself no longer feeling good (thanks to the aforementioned affective awareness), stop whatever is it I’m doing, and engage cognitive attention1 to trace back to the exact trigger that caused that feeling.
    1. Recall, in memory, the moment prior to the trigger wherein you were feeling good
    2. Then, from that point in memory, trace forward so as to Determine cause and effect (and succession)
  • Seeing the silliness of having such an incident puts me back on track (i.e., I resume feeling good).
  • Make a mental note of the trigger such that in future if a similar kind of incident is to occur, I can decline going down this path by nipping it in the bud
  • The goal, ultimately, is to as-constantly-as-possible continue to enjoy and appreciate this moment of being alive (with the constant affective awareness of the same; else, it is impossible to attend to any dips in feeling good). Then, up-level that level of enjoyment, via identifying subtler dips in feeling good.

Here’s how the method is officially described:

RICHARD: Once the specific moment of ceasing to feel good is pin-pointed, and the silliness of having such an incident as that (no matter what it is) take away one’s enjoyment and appreciation of this only moment of being alive is seen for what it is – usually some habitual reactive response – one is once more feeling good … but with a pin-pointed cue to watch out for next time so as to not have that trigger off yet another bout of the same-old same-old. This is called nipping it in the bud before it gets out of hand … with application and diligence and patience and perseverance one soon gets the knack of this and more and more time is spent enjoying and appreciating this moment of being alive. And, of course, once one does get the knack of this, one up-levels ‘feeling good’, as a bottom line each moment again, to ‘feeling happy and harmless’ … and after that to ‘feeling perfect’. –This Moment Of Being Alive

And here’s how it is described in a more verbose manner to someone who appears somewhat depressed and is struggling to practice it:

  1. Note that this does not mean that you must renunciate your everyday activities, which you can do at the same time as practicing actualism. See Affective Awareness vs Cognitive Attention.