Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mind Control

I've written before about the things you own, owning you. But the same is true for non-physical things: I'm talking about ideas and thoughts. Taking on a thought or idea is just like buying a gadget. You spend your money when you buy physical goods. You spend your attention when you watch TV, identify with a group, or become angry at the dog. That gadget owns you as much as you own it. The same is true for ideas. They own you.

What you believe limits where you can go and what you can do. Your beliefs tell you what to eat and what to wear. They will drive all the decisions in your life; decide what is important to you and what your priorities are.

So that means in order to become the best version of yourself you need to keep to good thoughts and ideas. The ones that benefit you, rather than hurt you. In order to do that you need to control  your mind rather than become a slave to it.

So the question becomes: how do you control your mind?

Lets just brainstorm on things that affect the brain..

Mind altering substances - most that I know of are negative. You certainly won't help yourself with most drugs and alcohol. There are stories of famous founders using psychedelic drugs such as Ayahuasca.

Electric stimulus - Neuroscience have recently showed that they can apply electronic impulses to the brain at specific times in order to alter thoughts. By doing this they have been able to cure some people's addictions.

Audio/Visual stimulus - Our surroundings probably have the greatest impact on our thoughts. From the media to talking to those around us. We are the sum of the 5 people we surround ourselves with the most because thoughts and ideas permeate between interactions. In today's world, the constant bombardment of media might have caused many of us to be permanently distracted. At the same time novel thoughts and stimulus are shown to activate different parts of the brain.

Physical stimulus - they say the mind and body are connected. And there is a lot of evidence now that thoughts are just brain impulses. That means they can possibly be affected by the overall conditioning of the body. There is direct evidence that exercise at the very least pumps more oxygen to the brain. Our body controls our thoughts: if you are tense and your heart rate is up, the brain can interpret this as fear or excitement. Nutrition as well. Just like the rest of our body, our brain is affected with the food we eat as well.

Controlling thoughts itself - at any moment we are able to direct the brain into thinking thoughts. We do get distracted and we do get tired. Practice such as meditation helps with this. Helps us create stronger focus and concentration. You can also reinterpret thoughts. If you think you are nervous, you can decide that you are actually excited instead.

That's all I can think of for now. Within those categories above there are a million different tactics to choose from, but in order to control our mind, that's what to focus on.