Think of the human brain as a tool.
It’s functions are many, but we’re going to focus on how it’s really good at figuring out problems.
So in simple English: The human brain is a tool that figures out problems…
…If you use it well.
Of course, considering the total lack of a manual, we often use our brains poorly.
- We have a problem we want to fix, and we think about it a lot, only instead of asking our brains to figure out solutions we let it find anti-solutions (you know those scenarios your brain creates where your life falls apart? These are anti-solutions. These are your brains attempts at imagining the worst case scenario so that it’s not surprised – it hates surprises.)
- Or say you’ve got a big problem, that you know is important to deal with, but you just can’t stop avoiding it to deal with something else. For example, you may be fat, and you know you have to figure out a better diet, but you can’t stop watching cats on YouTube.
- Or maybe it’s time you figured out what to do with yourself, which requires some imagination, but you can’t seem to think of ways you could improve, because your brain is focused of ways that your already really shit… like your total lack of imagination… and how you can’t achieve anything…
These are the types of problems that frustrate us owners of brains. In many ways they are a result of lack of control.
I of course have been interested in how to get more control for a very long time.
You can read my most popular article on the topic here.
But now I want to discuss a problem I have found.
It goes like this:
There are many different perspectives into mind mastery.
All of psychology, philosophy and most religions are attempts to figure out the mind.
From my study of all these I have discovered two very distinct strains that both interest me but are really hard to unify.
These two separate schools of thought are as follows:
The conscious trainers
These chaps are generally of the opinion that we can use our conscious mind to reprogram ourselves to be unreal.
They will have you doing lots of meditation, repeating lots of affirmations, monitoring your brainwaves, visualising yourself succeeding, and things of that nature.
The guys you’ll find spouting this sort of stuff are:
- Some forms of Buddhism
- New age law of attraction gurus
- Life coaches like Tony Robbins
- Performance psychologists
- Abrhamic religions that use prayer
The attraction of their idea that “you can take control” is appealing, and I most certainly think these methods work.
But they focus on ordering the unconscious mind about and they only use their imaginations to get what they want, unlike…
The unconscious explorers
This crew are much different, much more radical, and much more chaotic.
Their idea is that the conscious mind is submissive to the all powerful unconscious, and the only really progress we can make is by adventuring into the unconscious mind to… sort shit out…
These guys want you to get out of your normal way of thinking so they’ll have you doing lots of psychedelic drugs, digging through traumatic memories, reading dreams
Their idea is that the unconscious is really smart, it has this ability to organise things by using energy. This is not just any energy, but intelligent ordered energy, like the energy of an emotion or instinct.
This may seem batty, but think of how fluidly someone speaks when their angry, they have this genius honesty about them, they cut out the bullshit.
Or when a leader takes over a nation, often it is his energy or what he represents that organised people around him as opposed to his words or even real personality.
The central idea is that our energy is often what determines our destiny. If you are psychologically wounded and doubt yourself, that hurt will override any amount of “mind training”.
The goal is to discover these energies in order to change our destinies.
These energies are alive in symbols and these “explorers” would have you venture into the land of dreams (either at night or while taking heavy doses of drugs) to learn how to trigger them.
A project for students of Chaos
Once you pass the novice stage of this mind stuff like I have, (not to say you or I can stop practicing the basics, no room for arrogance here) the landscape will begin to clear up and present these two separate schools of thought.
Something that interests me is the pursuit of more mind skills without having to subscribe to the dogma of “one way”.
Us modern students of the mind have the task of peeling back the layers and figuring out which parts of all disciplines are functional and to create a more holistic and unified approach going forward.
Think of it like the MMA or mental arts (mixed mental arts?)
The project I am currently on is understanding all this stuff in more depth, particularly through experience.
This site will be my place to record discoveries!