Mastery of the mind does not mean that it is controlled consciously; it means that its natural functionality is recognised and acknowledged. This particularity is one of the unique traits of the Water Pianist and results in the fullest freedom, most natural progress and most enjoyable piano experiences.
In order to reach the state in which total recognition and acknowledgement of the natural functionality of the mind becomes possible, and from within which one may become a Water Pianist, a few mental exercises are recommended.
One way to introduce yourself to your mind is through repetitious concentration activities. These will quickly reveal the large gap between your conscious mind and the natural mind state; or, the false self and the true self. The former is what causes many difficulties to a regular pianist, provokes frustrations and guarantees jealousies; the latter being from where the Water Pianist plays at peace.
Although it may still be believed that playing the piano takes place with only the hands and fingers, it must surely be understood that control of the fingers originates from the brain? The brain itself either sends voluntary or involuntary signals to the body; the former from the conscious mind, the latter from the unconscious mind.
The conscious mind can focus on no more than three things at any one time whereas the unconscious mind, the natural mind state, controls uncountable commands from breathing and heart rate to balance and speech. Its content has been programmed either consciously or unconsciously, both through repetition.
Considering ten fingers are available, it would seem more beneficial to let the natural mind state deal with playing the piano and let conscious thoughts focus on absolutely nothing at all, when playing.
You would do well to remember this mantra: ‘habits are the result of positive-ideal repetitions’.
Since habits are stored in the unconscious mind, the place from where the Water Pianist plays, it is necessary to access it through conscious, repetitious concentration activities.
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First, understand that habits may be physical or mental. Physical examples include on which arm one naturally places a watch, which shoe is put on first and the way the mind knows its way home from almost anywhere, within reasonable distance, all without any conscious thought. In fact, such actions usually take place when preoccupied with other activities such as speaking with others or thinking about things consciously.
Mental habits are the instantaneous reactions to events in sensation and feeling form; in other words, emotions. If you see an animal being killed for food, you will either instantly feel disgust or you will be unperturbed. In terms of piano, listening to a particular pianist will either astound you or leave you with a painful boredom.
Second, understand that both the aforementioned habit types are acquired through either environmental or conscientious conditioning.