The Marvellous Machine is a fifteen minute narrated journey in VR, so this guide will show you a checklist of things to consider in order to get the most out of the experience.
Trying it more than once
The first time you try the experience it can be easy to become distracted by the environment and you may realize that you’ve forgotten to listen to the narrator. Some people have also reported that they were constantly anticipating something sudden or unexpected to happen, which made it difficult for them to relax and focus fully on the experience. If that sounds familiar, just try it again. On your second run you will have seen the environment before and will know the experience, allowing you to relax more and pay more attention to the narrator and the inner experience.
Even if you had an amazing experience on your first go, there’s still plenty of incentive to try it again at another time. The inner experience can vary greatly from one occasion to the next so there are endless experiences to be had.
Clearing your thoughts
If you find it difficult to clear thoughts from your head, perhaps you should try the experience again when you have less things on your mind. If you feel like that you always have a lot on your mind, it can be good to know that your mental state will vary from hour to hour and day to day, even if you don’t realize it yourself. Perhaps your state will never be ideal, but it may be better than the previous time. So just waiting a few hours or a few days may result in you having a completely different experience.
If you’ve never really been good at clearing your thoughts, then feel free to use the tools of the experience to your advantage. It may sound contradictory, but just imagining that you are great at clearing your head may result in you actually becoming better at clearing your head. If you have a hard time believing something like that could work, then try imagining that you believe that it works.
Having prior experience with meditation, mindfulness or hypnosis may be beneficial to you when going through this experience. But bear in mind that it could also prevent you from experiencing something new or different. If you’ve meditated a lot you may have grown accustomed to a specific result, and you may end up getting the experience that you expect rather than something different or new. Try not to let your past experiences limit what you can experience today.
Differences over time
This experience is not meant to only be tried once. If you try it at multiple different occasions, perhaps days or even months between – you’ll notice that the experience is slightly different each time from a subjective standpoint. You may also notice that you interpret the narrator differently over time. At one occasion, a specific topic may be particularly relevant to you while another topic can be more interesting at another time.
But also, it’s easy to forget things. So make sure you go back to the experience once in a while just so you get a refresher and don’t forget.