One of the most curious tendencies of human beings and one I’ve fallen prey to myself is the desire and even habituation to changing one’s state.
We chase feelings in so many ways.. drugs, sex, money, power…
Some part of us craves a break from the ordinary, possibly even more so in the circumstances many of us find ourselves in today.
There is value within this desire but also something which could swallow us whole.
The more powerful something is the more potential it has to do damage as well as good.
The method of creating Nitrogen which allows us to feed the world population also allows for the creation of Nuclear Weapons.
The ability to alter our state is of a similar magnitude.. It has that same quality.
Atomic insights or galactic, bottomless numbness both come from the same machinery.
Our mission is to express the genetic potential we inherit as human beings. We must learn to steer the boat effectively, even if we don’t fully understand what’s in the machine room.
A great way to do this is to learn using alternate modalities of thinking, to have a richer inner experience. This leads to a richer outer experience and greater ability in the moment.
An example of this is mental rehearsal. Athletes are known to have a richer thinking about their given specialty, a higher Kinesthetic, Visual and Auditory process hints at a greater mental faculty.
Dreaming is another fascinating example, how many great insights throughout history have come from dreaming?
What both of these states have in common is their Hypnotic quality. By that I mean that the ideas take a life of their own and are no longer thought but experienced.
When we experience thoughts instead of thinking them, we have made the inner world as real as the outer world in that moment.
In that moment, the fundamental feeling of lack of control is removed. This feeling of lack of control is the reason behind many of the problems we mentioned.
Try out some mental rehearsal today, I think you’ll find it relaxing and rewarding.