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of the object; namely, that whatever we can see, taste, smell, handle., it an absolute individual (demonstrated empirically) and unspeakable. We then take the apple, bite it (actually performing), and explain that, although the object is not words., yet we are very much interested, and traditionally so, in this un-speakable level. Then we explain repeatedly and at length, emphasizing the important principle of evaluation, that to live we must deal with the objective level; yet this level cannot be reached by words alone. As a rule, it takes a few weeks, or even months, before this simple s.r is established, the old identification being psychophysiological^ very much ingrained. Once this is established, we stress the fact that we must handle, look, and listen., never speak, but remain Nilcnt, outwardly as well as inwardly, in order to find ourselves on the objective level. Here we come to one of the most difficult steps in the whole training. This 'silence on the objective level' involves checking upon neutral grounds of a great many 'emotions', 'preconceived ideas',. This step, in the meantime, appears as the first, the simplest, most obvi-ouus and most effective psychophysiological 'reality-factor' in eliminating the delusional identifications.
Once the child is thoroughly aware of the absence of identity between words and objects, we may attempt the expanding of the notion 'object' to the 'objective levels'. Such training requires persistence, even though it seems fundamentally simple. We demonstrate and explain that notion, actual bodily performance, and all objective happenings, are not words. At a later stage we explain that a toothache, or demonstrate that the actual pain of a prick., are not words, and belong to the objective unspeakable levels. Still later, we enlarge this notion to cover all ordinary objects, all actions, functions, performances, processes going on outside our skin, and also all immediate feelings, 'emotions', 'moods'., going on inside our skins which also are not words. We enlarge the 'silence' to all happenings on the objective levels and the animalistic, 'human nature' begins to be 'changed' into quite a different human nature.
When this is accomplished the rest is much simplified, although much more subtle. We explain, as simply as we can, the problems of evaluation and s.r, stressing and making obvious the fact that our actual lives are lived entirely on objective, un-speakable levels. We illustrate Ibis all the time by simple examples, such as our sleeping, or eating, any activities, or pain, or pleasure, or immediate feelings, 'emotions'., which arc not words. If words are not translated into the first order un-speak-uble effects, with the result that we do not do something, or do not feel