How To Bend The Universe To Your Will: Hack Reality With The Power Of Your Mind (NLP)
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The Power of the Mind
How would you feel if I told you that it's possible to learn how to program the human mind just like it's possible to learn how to program a computer?
Well, it's true!
It's also true that the human mind is the most powerful thing that we know of in the entire universe, most notably the subconscious part of the mind (although technically conscious and subconscious are not separate). The subconscious mind functions in the background outside of our conscious awareness twenty-four hours a day and we therefore never give it credit for it's true power because we are not usually consciously aware of it's true power. We tend to remain caught up in the material things in life that we consciously focus on.
For this reason, many people are missing out on their own true potential. In reality, the human mind, especially the subconscious mind, is the universe's most powerful quantum processing supercomputer! It's true that the subconscious mind can work miracles when it's full potential is harnessed properly. Fortunately, unlike learning how to program a computer, learning how to program the subconscious mind is a lot easier. In this article, you will learn the basics of how this is done although the subject can and does go a lot deeper; volumes of books have been written on it.
Positive Thinking & Creative Visualization
Creative visualization is a popular form of positive thinking and whilst many people are of the opinion that these kinds of topics are generally pseudoscience, it's true that positive thoughts create positive results which can be measured and observed with experimentation. In actual fact, the power of creative visualization and positive thinking (amongst other techniques) go much deeper than they seem to on the surface.
Such techniques can be very powerful when utilized properly and there is a scientific reason for why they are so effective and yet creative visualization is literally just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to programming the human mind. The act of creative visualization may have originated from New Thought philosophy which was largely the main precursor to the New Age movement.
According to Wikipedia:
"Creative Visualization is the cognitive process of purposefully generating visual mental imagery, with eyes open or closed, simulating or recreating visual perception,in order to maintain, inspect, and transform those images, consequently modifying their associated emotions or feelings, with intent to experience a subsequent beneficial physiological, psychological, or social effect..."
Some forms of hypnosis are also largely based on creative visualization which is used to help the subject to relax and to focus their attention internally (i.e. go into trance) and, as indicated by the above statement, creative visualization can be used for therapeutic purposes. However, rather than sticking to just visualization, the trance state can be enhanced by incorporating our other senses into the visualization too - not only imagining what it looks like but also what it sounds like, what it smells like, what it feels like, etc, thereby strengthening the internal experience that the subject is having. Incorporating these other senses ties in with what are referred to as "internal representational systems" in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).
"The map is not the territory."— Presupposition from NLP
Linguistics & Self-Affirmation
As the terms Neuro Linguistic Programming and Psycho Linguistics suggest, language affects the mind and vice versa. In other words, language can be used to program the mind and hypnosis, especially conversational (or Ericksonian hypnosis) largely relies on linguistic techniques in order to be effective.
Although most of us don't realize it, we are actually giving ourselves suggestions (auto-suggestion) constantly throughout each day. If we remind ourselves that we have to get up at a specific time in the morning, that is an auto-suggestion. If we remind ourselves that we have to do something important on a given day, again that is an auto-suggestion. It's true that our inner monologue is functioning 24-hours a day, we are just not consciously aware of it.
If something happens to annoy us and we think "sh*t!", we are giving ourselves the subconscious command to carry out that action! Additionally, the statement "don't think of a blue elephant" is an example of negative suggestion which causes the subconscious to think of a blue elephant in order to process the statement, thereby causing you to think of the thing you were told not to think of.
By taking control of our internal auto-suggestions and ensuring that they are positive helps us to reprogram the mind and moves us closer towards manifesting our well-formed outcomes.
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Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP):
In NLP, the term internal representational systems is used to describe our internal map of external reality. In other words, we use our five main senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste) to absorb information which is decoded by our brain which then tells us what to see, hear, smell, etc - in other words, our perception of external reality is a mental creation hence the presupposition in NLP, the map is not the territory. It is only our perception of the outside world and all perception actually happens in the mind.
Consciousness is therefore universal and exists outside of the human mind and body and the reason for this is because reality is a reflection of our inner consciousness. Those interested in universal consciousness may want to check out the ancient philosophical doctrine of panpsychism and Dr Robert Lanza and Dr Stuart Hammeroff's theory of biocentrism.
As explained in the video to the right, we can utilize the power of our representational systems to develop well-formed outcomes; crystal clear images of our true desires. We combine our five main senses to imagine what that desired outcome looks like it, what it sounds like, how it feels and what it's like to already have it. When we do so it causes us to experience more vividly what we want that outcome to be like.
By developing and crystallizing such a clear picture of it in our minds utilizing all our senses, it also helps us to respond emotionally to those thoughts and emotion is an extremely important factor in manifesting your desires. By developing a clear mental experience of the desired outcome as possible and by emotionalizing those thoughts, this helps us significantly in manifesting our most desired well-formed outcomes.
The principles used in both creative visualization and in NLP will be familiar to those who already know how The Secret, or the Law of Attraction, works.
By utilizing the power of visualization in this manner, what we are doing is essentially using our internal representational systems to recode our experience of life - we are using visualization techniques to program the subconscious. For anyone who doubts the efficacy of such techniques, bear in mind the fact that our dreams are in fact metaphorical representations of reality.
In NLP, it is also possible to use visualization techniques in order to change how we emotionally respond to visual stimuli which can be used for therapeutic uses such as overcoming phobias.
"Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself."— Andrew Carnegie, Steel Tycoon & Philanthropist
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The Law of Attraction
Most of us have heard of the Law of Attraction, especially since the 2006 publication of the movie, The Secret. It's true that The Secret doesn't seem to be so secret any more!
However, the real secret behind The Secret/Law of Attraction was not truly revealed and the proposed fundamental basis behind it was that "like attracts like" - the Law of Attraction, however, goes much deeper than this and in reality it's not about like attracting like. It's more about how the true nature of consciousness really works and the real secret behind the Law of Attraction has already been hinted at once in this article.
Just as with creative visualization, the Law of Attraction can also be traced back to the New Thought movement of the late 18th and early 19th century and therefore they pretty much seem to be the exact same thing. There are, however, other principles which have been incorporated into the Law of Attraction to make it much more powerful.
It's recommended that those with a deeper interest in the Law of Attraction and how it actually works research the "secret Carnegie formula" and read the books, Think And Grow Rich and The Law Of Success In Sixteen Lessons by Napoleon Hill.
Think And Grow Rich has become one of the best selling books of all time and is largely based on the study of thousands of America's most successful men, at the request of the great Andrew Carnegie. The book details many of the fundamental principles behind the Carnegie formula and is capable of changing the lives of anyone who is observant enough to pick up on the subtle clues it offers.
Andrew Carnegie used the knowledge and techniques himself in order to become a self-made steel tycoon and became one of the wealthiest men to ever come out of America. During the last eighteen years of his life, Andrew Carnegie donated nearly 90% of his self-made fortune totaling $350-million to charities, foundations and universities and in 1889 in an article entitled The Gospel Of Wealth, Carnegie proposed that the rich and wealthy use their money to improve society and created a new wave of philanthropy by doing so.
Many notable people have endorsed the power of creative visualization, representational systems in NLP and the Law of Attraction, some of those people including Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith. The reason is not because "like attracts like" but is because reality is merely a reflection of our innermost thoughts, desires and emotions and this is now being proven by quantum mechanics and the true nature of consciousness.
Combine these visualization techniques with other techniques such as self-affirmation/auto-suggestion and you find that you have something very powerful indeed which is in fact capable of bending the universe in your favor.
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