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    Default Altering One's State of Mind

    Do you believe it's possible to actively control the way one perceives phenomena in the world? If so, do you think this is functionally related?

    I ask this because I've had various experiences whereby I've been able to change the way I think about something, so that it enhances my actual experience. I'm also curious as to whether it would be related to a particular function.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezra View Post
    Do you believe it's possible to actively control the way one perceives phenomena in the world? If so, do you think this is functionally related?

    I ask this because I've had various experiences whereby I've been able to change the way I think about something, so that it enhances my actual experience. I'm also curious as to whether it would be related to a particular function.
    To a degree, yes. Mind over matter. Shifting how you look at things/perceive things so as to be more palatable, or to enhance experience, etc. Shifting focus.

    I think in some cases it can take a lot of conscious effort and work, and probably doesn't come naturally either (hence...why it's an active thing you're doing). I've written that for me it's like trying to re-wire my brain, and re-wire my thought processes/patterns.

    I'm not certain it's something that will ultimately 'stick', though. In the short term it might work, but in the long term I think it's debatable. You might inevitably shift back to your natural tendencies/thoughts. But it probably depends.
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    yes i do.
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    perception of what kind(s) of phenomena? when I've been smoking trees, the maxwell equations can be perceived as "divine instructions for matter"

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    behavior can also alter perception. trying something new with unexpected result yields new insight, for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ezra View Post
    Do you believe it's possible to actively control the way one perceives phenomena in the world? If so, do you think this is functionally related?

    I ask this because I've had various experiences whereby I've been able to change the way I think about something, so that it enhances my actual experience. I'm also curious as to whether it would be related to a particular function.
    There are many functions of the mind, but let us divide them into two.

    The cognitive functions and the creative functions.

    The cognitive functions are things like analysis, judgement and humour; and the creative functions are things like the appreciation of beauty, empathy and imagination.

    The cognitive and the creative are mutually inhibitory - so as you turn on one cognitive function, you turn off a creative function, and vice versa.

    And so a particular trance is defined by what cognitive functions are turned on, and which creative functions are turned off, and vice versa.

    Normally we have little choice about which are turned on and which off because trances are largely culturally determined.

    Unless, of course, you learn how to design your own trances - then you can decide what trances you wish to enter and leave.

    But how could you possibly learn how to be a trance designer?

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    Practice, practice, practice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred View Post
    Practice, practice, practice!
    Yes, they say it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a master.

    As it took Mozart 10,000 hours of practice to become a composer.

    And it took Bill Gates 10,000 hours of practice to become a programmer.

    And it takes 10,000 hours of practice to learn how to empathise.

    And it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a trance designer.

    But Tolle tells us on Oprah that we live in the now. It requires no practice at all. You can do it right now.

    So wada ya want?

    Do you want Mozart, Bill Gates, empathy and trance design, or do you want Tolle right now?

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    Better a Tolle in the hand than two in the bush, I always say.

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