Wow! I didn't think my little foray into mentalism would trigger such an avalanche of reaction. Look, let me up-scale the tone here. Maybe I was wrong to bring Clint Eastwood into the discussion.
If you want a better zipcode for this stuff, I'm kind of giving a bad man's version of the concepts of abhaysa and vairagya in Patanjali's yoga sutras:
Yoga Sutras 1.12-1.16:
Practice and Non-Attachment
Two core principles: Practice (abhyasa, 1.13) and non-attachment (vairagya, 1.15) are the two core principles on which the entire system of Yoga rests (1.12). It is through the cultivation of these two that the other practices evolve, by which mastery over the mind field occurs (1.2), and allows the realization of the true Self (1.3).
Abhyasa/Practice: Abhyasa means having an attitude of persistent effort to attain and maintain a state of stable tranquility (1.13). To become well established, this needs to be done for a long time, without a break (1.14). From this stance the deeper practice continues to unfold, going ever deeper towards the direct experience of the eternal core of our being.
Vairagya/Non-attachment: The essential companion is non-attachment (1.15), learning to let go of the many attachments, aversions, fears, and false identities that are clouding the true Self.
Supreme Non-attachment: Gradually, non-attachment expands to the depth of the subtlest building blocks (gunas) of ourselves and the universe, which is called paravairagya, supreme non-attachment (1.16).
You'd rather have all that blather, be my guest. All I'm really talking about is quieting the noise in your mind.
As in the Dao De Jing:
When an archer shoots for nothing, he has all his skill.
When he shoots for a brass buckle, he's already keyed up.
When he shoots for a golden prize, he goes blind or sees two targets.
So you see? There is 0% nothing nada original about this kind of talk. This has all been well known and endlessly bandied about since at least the Beat Generation, long on 70+ years now. There are thousands of books about the zone or the present moment or be here now blabbity blah blah. Fine. Go check those out, you don't need ME for THAT, hell no.
My point was something more subtle, that I can't expect anybody to get, in our rush to talk about The Zone and everything. My point is ALWAYS first foremost and only energy-centric. Thus, my interest in this mentalism is DIFFERENT from the tens of thousands of New Age commentaries out there. The usual interest in this stuff is existential. Like, if you zone out properly you'll be enlightened or at least you could hold a seminar or make a satsang video or something.
I don't care about that. My interest is instrumental. That is, I have identified a mental state that functions strictly as a training aid or booster for the internal power, that's all. Lots of people sit Zen or whatever, that's fine but they have zip understanding of the internal power that is the subject of my books and my only interest. I don't care about mindlessness for mindlessness' sake! Only if are tangibly working with the energy would you (or me actually) have any use for or interest in this mental calibration tool, which lies right at the boundary of mind, body, and energy. It's subtle but real enough to take into account for practical training.
Otherwise I'd be like a sculptor with great mental inspiration, lots of lofty artistic ideals but I got no fricking marble in the studio. So where's the sense in that?