If I would have to consciously assess everything I do I would not live one day. I would probably leap off of a building because there would be no reason not to.
Consider the example from my previous post Conscious effort and the myth of will power. Is there any effort in you NOT taking a bottle of poision and drinking it? Probably there isn’t if you’re not suicidal. So why don’t you take it and drink it?
The thing that is holding us from not jumping off a building or drinking poison are reasons, or in other words beliefs. Beliefs are the programming mechanism of the human brain. This is done for efficiency. You do not have free will at every moment of your life, because simply it would lead to innefficiency or even worse to premature death. If you are walking up the stairs you cannot think about every movement of your legs because it would take forever to climb them. The brain is a finite state machine, it operates on simple models. So if you want to change the way you do things, you do not use conscious effort to achieve that because it doesn’t work. You must change how the subconscious mind operates.
You change the models inside your head.
(All my life I have been seeking answers to a really simple question: how do you do things. Because it is really simple if somebody tells you to do something, or gives you money for it, or generally you have no other choice. But what if you want to do something that is entirely yours? I hope I’m getting close to it, so I’m gradually writing all I know down.)
This is what happens if you do things the wrong way. By using conscious effort for example:
If you have ever programmed bot A.I. you know that you can program it to have a certain set of states which it operates on.
– if see enemy shoot
– if see cliff stop
– if low on health seek medikit
– if kill enemy say “haha!”
Now humans and every other animal operate in the same way. Simply because this system works. That’s all that evolution cares about.
Problems arrise when the states are not sufficient to describe the world you live in. For example if a bot picks up a rocket launcher and doesn’t have a state programmed not to shoot it at a wall it will soon kill itself. This is where you come in handy for the body.
In contrary to a bot you have the ability to program yourself. If a bot could program itself during play time we would call it intelligent. The same thing is for us, if we can program ourselves, we are intelligent.
(according to me, intelligence is not your ability to calculate long mathematical sums, it is your ability to study yourself – “Know thyself”)
The first step to becoming intelligent is to notice that all beliefs in your brain are just part of a state machine and they are simply there not because they are true but because at one point in life or another they were USEFUL.
Think of anything you knew back when you were a child and which you considered true. For example religion. Notice that you probably believed in God at one point or another because that pleased mommy and daddy. The belief was useful because it was a survival benefit in your young eyes. If you believe in a God today and have a different reason to do that, it still is useful to you in some way. I believe in Odin because it gives me strength, what do you believe in and why?
These beliefs directly correspond to action, what you do, what you say, how you think. This works like a machine. Gurdjieff made a lot of people mad in the beginning of the last century because he stated that people are “machines”. It’s funny how a machine can get mad because there is a program written in it called “ego”. The machine is just responding.
Threat to ego -> “I am better than you” -> Talk insults.
Action -> Belief -> Reaction.
Yes, you are a machine. Until you become intelligent.
For example a person that believes his destiny is to become a millionaire and has absolutely no regards when it comes to money he will devote his life to attain that goal. Working day by day like a machine and soon will probably achieve that goal.
If you have a goal like that to obtain money and you have contradicting beliefs you will never achieve your goal.
If I made a Soldat bot with a state “killing is bad”, it would be a useless bot.
If you have a belief “money is bad”, or “bad people make money” or anything like that, that belief will work against your goal.
Another example, from my post about Joey De Maio and the comments. What if you believe assholes are bad people and accomplishing your goal could be only done if you became an asshole?
I’m sure you can see many examples in life where you have to be a prick to gain anything. Now if you believe that is wrong, surely you won’t ever accomplish your goal! You would always run into blocks and think endlessly why you can’t get anything done and of course you would try to use conscious effort and will power. Search for the root of your behaviour. That’s how you change things.
I didn’t start bodybuilding until I got rid of a belief that only stupid people lift weights (don’t know where that came from) and what use is in having muscles? I’m not gonna lift cars or anything like Hercules?? I replaced those with a belief that I actually NEED to train.
Here I can see exactly the fault of rational thinking because before I started training I never saw any benefits from it, I was just blind. But once I packed some muscle I instantly saw a million benefits, some which I would never guess would happen.
Most good things in life are not rational, you just need to free your mind and do them.
And no amount of will power or conscious effort will ever make them happen. Simply because you are a machine working on beliefs and there is no such thing as will power.
Fortunately there is free will and this is what you can do.
You can become the programmer of your own brain.
Did you ever see Aibo robot dogs playing a soccer match? They put them on a field and they try to kick the ball in the opponents net. There are a couple rounds, after each of them, the programmers take the dogs aside, plug them into a laptop (through a USB switch in their ass) and change their code. Adjust something and then put it back to see if it plays better.
This is exactly how this works. You have very little conscious control once you’re doing something. But you can always stand aside and reprogram the code that is wrong.
I won’t write what you have to do exactly cause there are millions of methods of doing this, also this is something you do every day, you just don’t know it. I believe everyone works a little bit differently and if you are serious about this you will find a method of your own that suits you and works for you. If you want to understand and see how this works perform this little mind game. I got it from R.A. Wilson, he claims to have gotten this from some California occultists. Whatever, this shows you how you really work (from the book Prometheus Rising):
[Imagine a Magic Room, and this Magic Room
contains an Omniscient Computer]
To play this game, you simply “astrally project” into the
Magic Room. Do not ask what “astral projection” means, and do
not assume it is metaphysical (and therefore either impossible, if
you are a materialist, or very difficult, if you are a mystic). Just
assume this is a gedankenexperiment, a “mind game.” Project
yourself, in imagination, into this Magic Room and visualize
vividly the Omniscient Computer, using the details you need to
make such a super-information-processor real to your fantasy.
You do not need any knowledge of programming to handle
this astral computer. It exists early in the next century; you are
getting to use it by a species of time-travel, if that metaphor is
amusing and helpful to you. It is so built that it responds immediately
to human brain-waves, “reading” them and decoding their
meaning. (Crude prototypes of such computers already exist.)
So, when you are in this magic room, you can ask this Computer
anything, just by thinking of what you want to know. It will read
your thought, and project into your brain, by a laser ray, the
There is one slight problem. The computer is very sensitive to
all brain-waves. If you have any doubts, it registers them as
negative commands, meaning “Do not answer my question.” So,
the way to use it is to start simply, with “easy” questions. Ask it
to dig out of the archives the name of your second-grade teacher.
(Almost everybody remembers the name of their first grade
teacher—imprint vulnerability again—but that of the second
grade teacher tends to get lost.)
When the computer has dug out the name of your second
grade teacher, try it on a harder question, but not one that is too
hard. It is very easy to sabotage this machine, but you don’t want
to sabotage it during these experiments. You want to see how
well it can be made to perform.
It is wise to ask only one question at a time, since it requires
concentration to keep this magic computer real on the field of
your perception. Do not exhaust your capacities for imagination
and visualization on your first trial runs.
After a few trivial experiments of the second-grade-teacher
variety, you can try more interesting programs. Take a person
toward whom you have negative feelings, such as anger, disappointment,
feeling-of-betrayal, jealousy or whatever interferes
with the smooth, tranquil operation of your own bio-computer.
Ask the Magic Computer to explain that other person to you; to
translate you into their reality-tunnel long enough for you to
understand how events seem to them. Especially, ask how you
seem to them.
The Poet Prayed:
Oh would some power the giftie give us
To see ourselves as others see us
This computer will do that job for you; but be prepared for
some shocks which might be disagreeable at first.
This super-brain can also perform exegesis on ideas that seem
obscure, paradoxical or enigmatic to us. For instance, early
experiments with this computer can very profitably turn on
asking it to explain some of the propositions in this book which
may seem inexplicable or perversely wrong-headed to you, such
as “We are all greater artists than we realize” or “What the
Thinker thinks, the Prover proves” or “mind and its contents are
This computer is much more powerful and scientifically
advanced than the rapture-machine in the neurosomatic circuit. It
has total access to all the earlier, primitive circuits, and overrules
any of them. That is, if you put a meta-programming instruction
into this computer; it will relay it downward to the old circuits
and cancel contradictory programs left over from the past. For
instance, try feeding it on such meta-programming instructions
1. I am at cause over my body.
2. I am at cause over my imagination.
3. I am at cause over my future.
4. My mind abounds with beauty and power.
5. I like people, and people like me.
Remember that this computer is only a few decades ahead of
present technology, so it cannot “understand” your commands if
you harbor any doubts about them. Doubts tell it not to perform.
Work always from what you can believe in, extending the area of
belief only as results encourage you to try for more dramatic
transformations of your past reality-tunnels*.
*a reality-tunnel is what you experience as reality. It is the total set of your beliefs and models of the world.