The IE Technique

The IE technique is based on the idea that all thoughts are equally untrue.

It is important to understand that this statement itself is not a belief. It is, in itself, not true. It is the foundation of the IE technique, however, and as such it is useful—essential, really—because without it, the technique simply doesn’t work.

When to Apply the IE Technique

Short Answer: Whenever you find yourself believing a thought.

How do you know you believe a thought?

• When you sense even the slightest resistance to the present moment.

• When you have a sense of desire, lack, or longing.

• When you find yourself seeking truth, or even just an explanation.

• When you’re using thought to find some philosophical or spiritual truth, scientific truth, or truth of any kind.

• When you feel the need to defend or support a thought.

1. Use IE on psychological thoughts

• When you have a recurring thought that you can’t seem to shake.

• When you have a thought that doesn’t feel useful.

• When you are feeling depression, sadness, grief, anger, panic or anxiety, fear, shame, or guilt, and you associate this with a negative thought.

Basically when you experience a negative psychological reaction to any thought you are believing.

(In the early stages of the practice, the IE technique is applied only to negative psychological thoughts. In advanced applications, the IE technique can be used on all psychological thoughts, including thoughts that are considered positive, or thoughts that appear to be practical in nature.)

2. Use IE to end seeking

• When you’re thinking of using a technique, method, or path you believe will make you better than what you are right now.

• When you’re using thought to find some philosophical or spiritual explanation, truth, scientific truth, or truth of any kind.

• When you find yourself believing thoughts, and by extension paths or techniques, that seek fulfillment, happiness, truth, or anything considered lacking,

especially enlightenment, some time in the imaginary future.

3. Use IE to end all belief

Your last beliefs are shed in this application, and so using IE for this purpose comes in the final stages of the practice. These are the beliefs upon which most people base their identity—the idea of their own separate existence.

To give you an idea of what these beliefs might be, here’s a short list:

• The belief in the story of you—a you with a beginning (birth) and an end (death).

• The belief in a you made up of a series of past events and future aspirations and hopes.

• The belief in a you who only exists in imagination.

• The belief in a separate you who can observe an external “reality.”

• The belief in a future enlightened you.

• The belief in an unenlightened you.

• The belief in the necessity of belief itself.


1. Identify the thought opposite to the one you are believing.

2. Use the opposite thought along with reasoning to negate the original thought, and stop when both thoughts are seen as equally untrue. (In order for this to be effective, it is essential to use convincing reasoning that resonates for you.)

3. Determine if and how either thought could be useful to you at this moment.

For an in-depth introduction to the IE Technique get I THINK, THEREFORE I LIE: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE INSTANT ENLIGHTENMENT TECHNIQUE.(Available now in Paperback, Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and more.)

If you are currently practicing the IE technique and have questions or would like assistance, contact me for a free one-on-one session.