The first thing I have to say is this is a really great little book , i'm sure it will help me immensly when I run into problems. I've had trouble with the step one mental exercises though i've gotten better at it recently and I've talked to various people about it, I've also read in a book I'm not sure which one but It was either Kundlina Yoga or another book by the same author, that its better to train concentration fairly extensivly before trying to empty the mind which is a differnt order than bardon teaches.
Whats worked best for me is learning to concentrate with the step two exercises a little bit then started practicing step oen and it was much more natural and my mind naturally was much more silent. I ussually do a little of both each day not always the same amount. Obviously your of the opinion that its better to train in the order Bardon teaches which is probably best if you can do it. I've talked to another magician who says that for him he had to work on the step two mental concentrations up higher before emptying his mind for 10 minutes, I have much less experience and knowledge than you or Bardon, I just wanted to know your opinon on practicing like that.
Also I've been practicing pranayama like you told me to a few weeks ago and I think that has been a part of whats helped me recently since i've had more success in my practice since then.