Experienced FIML practitioners enjoy levels of metacognitive control ordinary humans cannot even dream of.
This control comes after years of diligent FIML practice. It happens because the skills acquired through FIML combined with its metacognitive results allow practitioners to practice FIML on themselves.
FIML practice gradually removes virtually all communication error between partners. This error-removal process is ongoing because it cannot be otherwise. All living systems must remove waste and error to function optimally.
Successful FIML results in two major achievements:
- very clear, optimally functioning cognition and metacognition
- the skill-set needed to attain the above
When these achievements have been realized, FIML practitioners will find they are able to rather easily apply them to their own introspection, their own subjective states while alone.
Ordinary people cannot do this because they have not experienced the metacognitive states brought about by FIML nor have they acquired the skills to quickly remove error from their thoughts.
The FIML skills of quickly removing error from our thoughts cannot be acquired overnight. It must be built upon diligent practice and experience. You cannot imagine it into being.
Once these skills and experiences have become established in the mind as reliable functions, they can be applied to mental states while alone.
A good place to begin is with mental states that arise after waking in the middle of the night. Rather then lie in bed suffering the torture of anxiety, depression, or excessive self-recrimination, skilled FIML practitioners are able to easily remove or redirect their thoughts and emotions.