Lani enjoys providing in-depth summaries of books she has read on psychology, relationships and self-help.
Have you ever taken the time to notice what you are saying to yourself? Have you ever stopped and given deeper thought to your thoughts? For most, the answer is no. It is this absence of consciousness that blinds us to the pitfalls and black holes of our imagination. Our inability to view our thoughts objectively lead us to become slaves to our own conjured reality. A reality that we feel we cannot escape. Mind Hacking, teaches you the art of hacking into your mind to free yourself from the shackles of your confined imagination. Reading this book will teach you how to decode your thoughts, reprogram them for more positive results, and change your life forever.
Your mind is responsible for what happens within your internal reality. What occurs in your inner reality is hugely influential in your external reality. Distinct loops can summarize our entire existence. Loops in thinking, lead to loops in perception, inevitably resulting in loops in our behaviors.
3 Principles to Mind Hacking:
- It is free:The knowledge gained from your journey into mind hacking should be shared freely, for free.
- It is experimental: Mind hacking is not an exact science, and there is no singular way to do it correctly. You are both the experimenter and the experiment.
- Mastery: Never believe your journey is complete. Strive to master your art of mind hacking.
3 Phases to Mind Hackong
- Analyzing: Figure out how your mind is currently working and identify areas of improvement.
- Imagining: Be creative when believing what you can accomplish. There are no limits, and there are no boundaries.
- Reprogramming: Take what you've imagined and reprogram your mind until it becomes a reality.
1. Analyzing and Becoming Self Aware
The beginning chapters focus on the separation between thoughts and self, suggesting the mind plays like scenes in a movie, re-casted continuously, re-taped and re-written on a whim. Your mind is simply a projection of future aspirations and past transgressions, most apparent when thoughts are idle. "Why do I keep doing the same stupid things over and over again?" "No one really likes me." "I wish I could be better at (fill in the blank here)." People ask themselves these questions after becoming lost in their own movies, their imagined projections of reality.
By stepping out of your movie and observing your thoughts, you can consciously re-write your script. Instead of thinking, "Why do I keep doing the same stupid things over and over again?" You can direct your character to say, "Next time, I will (fill in an optimistic response here)." By doing this, you learn to stop trying to work within your mind, but instead begin working on your mind. The "You" in yourself and the "You" in your brain are separate. The thoughts in your mind are a show that you can watch, critique, enjoy, and become lost.
Most people live in their simulations so long they become unable to decipher between their fiction and actuality. When you lose yourself in your personal production, you lose the power to view its content objectively. Everything your mind tells you then becomes your truth, a dangerous and toxic place to operate from as it can rule out rational thought and overshadow logic. For example, you may believe all your co-workers hate you, or all your classmates are talking badly behind your back. In your mind, these are absolute truths, but in reality, it's just not so. There may be one person at work who dislikes you strongly or two or three kids in your class who say bad things about you. What is most often the case; everyone else is just as lost in their movies as you are and don't have much time to think about you at all.
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2. Imagine What It Is That You Desire
When you become lost in your production, you forfeit your rights as director. Your imagination takes over the project, and it can go wildly in a new direction. You may have written out your Monday morning screenplay to be a jaunty salute to another great weekend. Then your imagination takes over filming. Suddenly your morning is an anxiety-filled social thriller. You know you will lose your job because you left your half-eaten apple on the lunch counter over the weekend. Gnats have absolutely taken over the entire office, and you know Daren is somehow allergic, because, let's face it, he's allergic to EVERYTHING!
Daren's hospital visit will be on your hands, and it will be the end of your life as you know it. Your answer to your impending doom? Call in sick, and start looking for a new job. Sounds crazy but many have regularly drawn equally terrifying conclusions and accepted them as truths without a second thought. Your imagination is a powerful thing; it can carry you away in fun flying bliss, or it can entrench you in infinite chaos and despair. Gnats overrunning your office and inducing an allergic reaction in one of your co-workers is the work of your imagination; it is not reality. Consequently, if you repeatedly tell yourself this will happen, you will undoubtedly believe it, turning it into your reality. Gaining control of your imagination is pivotal to achieving control of your thoughts and your life.
Uncontrolled imagination often draws focus on those things you do not want to happen. You don't want to be embarrassed in public, you don't want to annoy your co-workers, and you don't want to drive your car over a cliff. Choice is a magical weapon and is useful in your imagination. Learning to see your inner movie objectively gives you the power to yell, "CUT!" Then redirect your cast towards a desirable ending, even if equally outlandish as its malicious gnat counterpart. Wake up Monday morning and imagine you've won the lottery. Met your knight in shining armor, (also filthy rich) and bought an island in the tropics. Oh yes, and on your new island, you discovered a groundbreaking potion, ridding your life of gnats forever.
3. Reprogramming Your Mind
Writing is a powerful tool that can be used to bridge the gaps between intangible and tangible. An idea created within your mind begins its existence as intangible. When you take the time to write your imagination down, it becomes tangible. Reprogramming, just like the imagination, starts as an immaterial entity, waiting to become a reality. Merely thinking about reprogramming, or even imagining the success you will achieve with reprogramming your mind is not enough. You must write it down. To write down your progress and success makes them tangible; it makes them real. People who write down their new year's resolutions are always more successful than those who do not. The same is true for reprogramming your mind. You will be more successful if you document your progressions and regressions. Remember, the goal is not to get it perfect. Do not get wrapped up in perfection. The goal is progression. Your plan must be to advance continuously. As you move forward through reprogramming, you will gain mastery and be able to critique and revise your efforts, thus continually improving your progress.
As you strive to re-write, re-script, and re-cast your movie, fear will be your enemy. Fearlessly release your new scripts in "theatres" (i.e., your everyday life) right away. A quick-release approach to reprogramming will help identify areas needing more attention and move past areas that do not. This will save you energy and time and give you immediate feedback into how you are progressing through your journey of hacking your mind.
Think of your life as a video game. You don't start by facing the big boss. You have to conquer smaller, more manageable levels first. As you move through the game, you collect minor achievements, become better at defeating your enemies, gain invaluable knowledge and experience, and eventually defeat the villain.
Your life begins and ends within the confines of your mind. If you lose control of your thoughts, you lose control of your life. Positive and negative loops in our thinking define how we perceive, interpret, and respond to the world around us. You can no longer take for granted the power of reprogramming your entire life through mind-hacking. Mind hacking is the conscious reorganization of how you think. Addictions influenced author John Hargrave's experiences and motivations, but his remedy stretches far beyond those limitations. When you accept the challenges of mind hacking, you will find its techniques can be used to achieve any of your goals. Continuously reaching to identify, modify, experiment, and repeat.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Lani Morris
Larry Slawson from North Carolina on August 27, 2019:
Very interesting! Thank you for sharing!