The Zone

At the highest level of human achievement, in any field, sport, music, academic or art, we reach a state of being beyond and free from effort, understanding and conscious control. It is a state of intuitive knowing, effortless power and universal flow that we call being, “In The Zone.”

This seems to be a higher state of consciousness where our thoughts, words and actions flow from a more wise, knowing and evolved part of ourselves. In this state, we need only get out of our own way and allow these more perfect thoughts, words and actions flow through us. The “Great Ones” in all fields, like Gretzky, Einstein, and Jordan all had gifts, learned well how to focus and then, step aside to allow their most powerful and creative expression.

“The Zone” experience is a gift we gain after hours of focus, practice, and mastery in our field and finally, the ability to give up conscious control of its expression. The Great Ones, the Masters, are those who have learned the teachings, lessons and skills of their field well enough to step aside and let their intuitive knowing, well-learned knowledge and well-trained reflexes respond to present performance demands. What results is the perfect shot, the picture play, the greatest goal, the sweetest song, the wisest truth, the most creative discovery.

Learning to give up conscious control is like learning to give up pain and fear, an ongoing process of practice, trust, surrender and success. First, we learn to focus, and our skill; then to breathe and give up tension; finally trust, and to “Let Go!”Learning these skills is the goal of this "Peak Recovery" workshop. Appearing simple, they are often deceptively difficult, and yet, essential for “Peak Recovery and Performance” in any field.

This Zone or Deep Relaxation exercise is a simple meditation method to ease us through the clouds of our fear-based ego, the layers of our mind, body, emotion self, into the zone of creative, healing energy within that is our "Eternal & Authentic Self." Our ego mind has no ability to connect with this Zone and has assured us that beneath the level of mind, body, emotion self lies death.

Through a process of breath awareness, mental focus, and deep muscle relaxation, you will be gently guided through the layers of ego into "The Zone" of infinite peace and power that I call our Source or Energy Self. In this deeper part of our consciousness we connect with our infinite and eternal healing energy, power and peace. Many find this deeper zone of consciousness only after great suffering and a severe loss of energy that finally forces a total surrender of control, all very painful and fearful for the ego mind. This meditation exercise is a slower, more gentle path into the same "Zone" If you remain skeptical about the existance of a healing energy field or zone deep within our consciousness, remember that a medical doctor only sets a broken bone into a cast. By doing so, he puts the broken bone to rest, where, in the stillness, an unexplained, powerful, healing energy miraculously works to fully repair the break. By placing our thinking mind to rest, in the stillness, is it not very likely that this same healing energy field or zone can also repair our mental and emotional body? Since you can only come to find and trust this truth through experience, I encourage you to try this exercise before you turn away in doubt and disbelief. Through personal experience, I have come to trust fully in this powerful healing energy we carry deep within us.

This exercise, if patiently practised without expectation and desire, will eventually move you beneath the ego self into a sense of deep peace, power, joy and gratitude. This Zone of infinite peace and power, is our Real Identity. Identifying with our ego is like identifying with our car. It is only temporary and very vulnerable vehicle, the way we transport our Eternal or Soul Self through this world, for a very short time, to explore and learn our lessons here. A "Course In Miracles," says simply, that nothing we seek for in this world can help us or bring us peace. This is because lasting peace only lies deep within our consciousness beneath the layers of our fear-based ego, far beyond the grasp of our five senses and thinking mind.

You need not believe, understand or accept these ideas. In fact, your ego mind will most likely actively fight against them. If, however, you have been seeking more peace, power, joy and freedom from pain and fear in your life, without success, I ask only that you try this exercise, along with the others presented in this "Peak Recovery" program for at least one month. Then judge their validity from the results of your own EXPERIENCE. You will, I believe, find a significant shift in the level of peace and freedom from pain and fear you begin to experience.

David Ott, M.Ed.

Author's Bio: 

avid Ott, M.Ed., Director
Peak Recovery Program, Victoria,B.C.

Trained at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto
Student and Teacher of “A Course In Miracles”

Former guest workshop facilitator at
“The Orchard Recovery Centre” on Bowen Island.

Former Employee Assistance Program Director
for Panorama Ski Resort, Invermere, B.C.

Former Life Skills Coordinator
for the Canadian Military, Baden, Germany