In our modern day society of constant sensory stimulation and information overload, our minds tend to be constantly racing with thoughts and emotions that keep us constantly distracted and prevent us from being present in our own life. Most of the thoughts that we think throughout the day are redundant, habitual, and virtually meaningless. Most of our thoughts are formed from suggestions we receive all day long from various forms of electronic devices, social media, news, videos, lyrics to songs, conversations, something we read, and emotional dramas being played out around us, that we readily taken in and allow to take hold in our imagination, where we build them into internal realities. Others are offshoots of emotionally intense events or memories of some sort that run through our mind continuously, unchecked, where we relive emotional dramas over and over, changing them slightly as possible variations, seating them securely in our subconscious as a form of self-administered programming. These kind of thoughts not only keep us in a constant state of living out of the past, but turns us into mindless drones controlled, programmed, and driven by whatever fad or political propaganda is saturating the media.
All electronic media works to stimulate the mind, brain, and body through a variety of methods that operate out of the same principles as hypnosis, energetic entrainment, and auto-suggestion. Anytime the mind is rendered passive while engaging in some form of idea or process, whatever suggestion (idea) is delivered with a strong emotional component, is readily “taken in” and allowed to take hold, and developed into a personal (imagined) reality by continuing to think about it. As we think about an idea, we build it into an internal representation that literally seats the idea into the subconscious mind, which uses it in the same way it does an actual memory. Out of these self-produced, virtual memories, comes metaphorical patterns for actualizing as experiences that the subconscious uses to connect with that same idea in the outer world, magnetizing us to it. As we think about something we build it into a possible experience in our imagination, and then form an emotional reaction to our own thoughts. As we imbue an idea with a strong emotion, we act to “tune ourselves” to that vibration as a “type” of reality. Whatever vibration we are tuned to is the type of reality we naturally engage in, expect, readily see and connect to, and participate in creating by becoming a channel for it. We literally lend our will to actively participate in co-creating it.
Ideas that are delivered with strong emotions become a form of “hook” that immediately grabs and takes control of the unguarded mind, and become metaphorical seeds which, once planted in a fertile mind, continue to grow until they become a part of our normal reality. Once we form an internal reality out of them, they’re integrated into our mental paradigm and become a natural part of our thoughts and shape how we perceive the world around us. These thoughts, which ultimately become habitual in nature, act to determine our emotional state, which is the electrical component that attaches us to that same idea and emotion in everything around us. Emotions are the motive force of the material world that’s constantly being projected and transmitted through the atmosphere and acts to stimulate everything that readily absorbs it with the same emotion. A physical stimulus takes place through “sympathetic resonance”, where energies of the “same nature” (vibratory frequency) enter into and act to vibrate the same qualities and characteristics in whatever absorbs it, bringing them into an actively expressing state. Emotions that we allow to “enter into us” without resistance, act to stimulate and influence us in the most basic sense, where we begin vibrating in harmony with them as a mental state. Once we become mentally entrained with an emotional state, we act to amplify, increase, and intensify the emotion, while also continuing to transmit it by expressing it. Once we begin resonating at a particular frequency, a form of gravity or magnetism is created that connects us with that same idea and emotional state in everything around us. We begin living out of the drama created, and this is what actually turns it into a reality and makes it “true”.
Electronic media has many other covert features that are always affecting us without our direct awareness. Whenever something is influencing us without us being consciously aware of it, it means it’s working directly on and through our subconscious mind. Our subconscious is emotionally driven, programmed through dramatic ideas, and habitual in nature. All electronics produce an electromagnetic field, which is similar in nature to our own electromagnetic field, and therefore acts to stimulate it. This energetic stimulus creates a form of tension in the body that produces a chronic form of stress because it keeps the body in a constant alert and reactive state. Our houses and dwellings are all electrically powered, and most of us live our entire lives in a sea of interwoven electrical currents that produce a form of chronic low grade stress, which over time wears us down, lowering our resistance and tolerance level (immune response and mental overwhelm), producing a form of passive, receptive state. Chronic stress is the very foundation for breaking people down mentally and emotionally to the point where they no longer care or have the mental fortitude to resist or rationally evaluate ideas.
Most media devices we use and interact with on a daily bases have screens that are backlit with LED lights. These screens operate using oscillating light, which not only effects our Pineal gland, which regulates our mood and arcadia rhythm, but also stimulates our visual cortex and induces what we call “brain entrainment”, which is a form of “trance”. The most common thing used to induce a hypnotic trance is a pulsating light, spiraling design, or rhythmic sound. So anytime we’re using a media device or in near proximity of one, we’re being energetically influenced by it, drawn to it through a passive state, stimulated with a slightly anxious feeling, and then entrained by oscillating light. Once we’re mentally entrained with it we become a passive receptor for whatever information and ideas are being delivered with an emotional punch. It the emotion associated with an idea that not only becomes the hook, causing a form of addiction, but also keeps us thinking about it for a long time afterwards. We are literally being hypnotized and fed constant suggestions through various forms of media use. This stimulus, mental entrainment, and suggestion keeps us addicted to the very devices being used to deliver information, and act to control and govern us by whatever information as a form of “hypnotic suggestion” they deliver and implant into our mind. Once an idea is successfully planted in our mind, we’ll begin turning it into a reality using our imagination, and whatever sensationalized idea we form in our imagination and dwell in consistently acts as a form of “program” for our subconscious, which uses it to form experiences.
Most media devices and TV work through “scenes” formed by oscillating light that changes rapidly, moving from one scene to a completely different one in a matter of seconds, creating a sporadic and illogical movement that directly affects our attention span. This illogical, super-fast change of realities and ideas causes us to bounce around from one idea to another without a logical transition. It promotes the inability to concentrate, stay focused for an extended period of time, or think as a logical progression, while being systematically programmed with whatever information we’re being given. Anytime we’re being entertained, we relax and enter into a receptive state, where we readily take in and engage in whatever idea is being played out by relating to it. Once we participate in an emotional drama of some kind, it remains in our mind as a memory, and we continue to think about it periodically anytime we’re in a similar situation. Once something is formed as a memory, it becomes a permanent part of us. Computers, and especially cell phones, use windows and scrolling methods that keep our attention span moving rapidly through a large array of information while in a passive and receptive state. This electronic entrainment produces sporadic and redundant thoughts and images that become habitual and chronic in nature, where they run through our mind in an automated fashion. Because of these types of factors, our mind runs continuously with repeated thoughts of whatever movies we watched, songs we listened to, news report we watched, what videos we viewed, commercials we saw, articles we read, what someone said, a conversation we had, or whatever we have engaged in and allowed our mind to become saturated with.
For the most part, our modern day society has produced an entire society of brainwashed people who suffer from chronic forms of anxiety, depression, isolation, learning disabilities, chronic stress, and erratic emotional states. The average person can’t control their own thoughts and feelings, and instead are controlled by them. Many live in a constant form of emotional reaction, where they move from one reactive state to another as a normal way of being. Many people can’t concentrate, can’t shut off their mind and go to sleep, can’t stay focused on a task long enough to complete it, ignore the people sitting right next to them while engrossed in their cell phone instead, have trouble maintaining relationships, lack motivation in achieving personal goals, can’t seem to read a full article, and when they do read they can’t comprehend or retain the information in it, and lack the ability to penetrate or think deeply about anything. Very few people nowadays have the ability to think for themselves, and instead think and accept as their own whatever they’ve been given or taught by someone else. They merely repeat whatever thoughts and agendas being played out around them, while hardly ever developing any ideas of their own. We’ve become a society of programmed drones who give our will over to those who brainwash us, and work our entire life caught up in a system we’re forced to participate in. Most are so accustomed to it now that they no longer see what’s happening right in front of them, or simply don’t care, and not only eagerly participate in creating and maintaining it, but will fight to defend it if someone points it out.
One of the main things you can begin doing in order to take back control of your own mind, is to begin observing your own thoughts and internal processes, while becoming aware of what they are and where they came from. You have to begin consciously deciding what you expose yourself to, what attitude and tendencies you display, and the behaviors you engage in. Breaking the electronic media habit can be difficult in the beginning because it’s very addictive, and we use them to function in our daily life. Yet we can limit how we use them, and avoid using them as a remedy for boredom, or as a way of engaging in activities and behaviors that are ultimately meaningless or for mindless forms of entertainment. By paying attention to what we expose ourselves to, and what type of information we allow into our minds, we can become more aware and select stuff that we actually want to acquire as part of our everyday thought processes. We can begin limiting our dependency on “entertainment” and the number of hours we spend watching TV or surfing the internet, and begin engaging in “actual activities” of some sort that require us to be present and actually “do something”. We can get back into “live engagements” with actual people that we can know in the real sense, actually talk to, see their emotional expressions, feel their energy, and bond with.
Another practice is to learn how to develop and use your “will”. Our will is the creative aspect of our mind that works through concentrating on ideas and building them into possible realities in our imagination, that form the basis for actions of some sort. All creative power lies in concentrated thought, and when we are scattered and think erratically, moving randomly from one thing to another without the ability to fix our attention on something for an extended period of time, we tend to never really create anything, but merely pass time instead. If we quit sitting idly watching TV or starring in our cell phones, and actually do something instead, like read a book, have a conversation with someone, clean the house, cook a meal, work in the yard or garden, repair something, read to our kids, go for a walk, and so on, we’re able to practice being present “in” our life. As we begin becoming more present in our daily life, we naturally begin developing the ability to concentrate and remain focused on something, improve our health, our relationships, and our living environment, while also becoming happier and more content. We can develop hobbies, form projects, build or make something, engage in creativity of some kind, learn to dance, take up a formative study of a topic we’re interested in, grow a garden, read a novel, sew or crochet, learn how to cook, and simply become more active and productive.
By realizing that various forms of “entertainment” are the best form of hypnosis there is because we engage in those activities without any resistance or need to rationally evaluate them, and as a result we readily engage in whatever we’re watching, taking it into our mind and allowing it to play out in our imagination, we can begin being more selective about what types of entertainment we engage in. Many people who watch TV for four or five hours every night, are also watching a good hour’s worth (if not more) of commercials. Every single platform on the internet is cluttered with advertisements, most of which are “catered to your search history” and personal interests, articles on many websites are so cluttered with adds that they can be hard to follow, and even videos are filled with of ads of some kind. So we’re being bombarded with various forms of media that’s all designed to get our attention and cause us to “click” on it, or ads that appeal to us emotionally and are designed to persuade us to purchase something. Nowhere is there a more masterful use of psychology and hypnosis than there is in the advertising, marketing, and news fields. Anything that’s delivered with a “strong emotional content” or that’s extreme and intense in some way, acts like a hook that grabs and engages us. Once the sensationalized information has been conceived, it continues to play out long afterwards as random thoughts that are triggered through associations of some kind. This is why many advertisers use “jingles” as rhymes that they repeat several times, because it sticks in your mind and you’ll find yourself singing them periodically as random thoughts.
When we engage in any type of “screen” activity (TV, Cell Phone, Video games, computer, etc.) within a couple of hours before going to bed, it stimulates our visual cortex, which directs our attention, and our Pineal gland, which is what regulates our arcadia rhythm (sleep cycle), causing us to feel anxious, where we can’t seem to “shut off our thoughts”, and restless, where we have trouble falling asleep. Those who watch TV while in bed, and fall asleep with it still going, are actually still taking in everything that’s being said or played out with their subconscious mind. The two most natural states of hypnosis we experience are when we’re drifting off to sleep, and when we first wake up, where we’re in between states, so to speak. While sleeping, our conscious “censoring mind” is completely subdued, while our subconscious, which never sleeps, is dominate, active, and still taking in and processing whatever is happening around us. When we fall asleep watching a screen of some kind, it produces an affect that’s similar to drinking alcohol before going to bed, where we tend to wake up a couple of hours after falling to sleep and can’t go back to sleep, often accompanied by a strong feeling of anxiety and restlessness. LED lights of any kind are not only harmful to your eyes, but are also a major cause of insomnia. A Lack of sound sleep over an extended period of time, causes emotional and mental “weakness”, which usually comes as feeling tired, vulnerable, mentally foggy, unable to concentrate, can’t think straight or problem solve, prone to emotional outbursts, unmotivated, delusional, filled with a sense of hopelessness, and chronic forms of depression.
So the best way to begin taking back control of your own mind and will, is by learning to manage what it is you’re giving your time and attention to. What type of activities you’re engaging in routinely, and what it is you’re exposing yourself to mentally and emotionally. Allow yourself to step back from your daily routines and notice how it is they affect you mentally, how they change or determine your mood, what type of emotions they keep you engaged in, and how they make you feel in the general sense. Become aware of how you’re being hypnotized through addictive behaviors and social dramas. Based on the insights you form, choose to only engage in activities that create a positive mindset, stimulate your creativity, cause you to think more deeply about things, provide you with practical tools that will improve your life somehow, and that teach you new things that are valuable somehow.
Here are a few basic guidelines to follow in freeing your own mind and improving your health and sense of well-being:
- Reduce the amount of exposure to any form of device that’s electromagnetic in nature, radioactive, has a screen, wireless transmission, and is filled with commercials.
- Don’t use a device with a lit screen within 2 hours of going to bed.
- Don’t fall asleep in front of a TV, don’t have a TV in your bedroom.
- Don’t sleep with a cell phone next to your bed.
- Avoid commercials and advertising of all forms, and the amount of news you watch.
- Limit the amount of time you spend on social media and scanning on your cell phone or computer.
- Engage more in “actual activities” that require you to be present, interactive, and think or do something.
- Meditate or take time out to just relax and reflect on something without any noise or stimulus – quiet time.
- Spend more time with people who are actually present with you, such as family, friends, neighbors, group activities, and animals of various sorts.
- Spend some time throughout your day concentrating on something for an extended period of time without letting yourself get distracted.
- Read more (Books, not screens)
- Spend more time doing things outside that are active, fun, enjoyable, and in sunlight.
- Make sure you get an ample amount of sound sleep (5 to 8 hours each night).
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, prepare meals using real, whole, organic foods, and drink plenty of fresh water.
Like all things, it’s best to start with a couple of basic practices and accomplish them before you take on more. Trying to make too many changes or accomplish too many things at a time will usually cause you to feel overwhelmed, set you up for failure, and create a stressful experience. Most of the activities you’re currently engaged in are a habit, and may be somewhat difficult to give up, especially if you find them enjoyable or as a means of filling time when you don’t have anything else to do. The best way to change a habit is to form a clear idea of what it is you’re going to do in it’s place, while making the new idea pleasurable and enjoyable. As you stop one activity you should have another one that you’ll be replacing it with. We’re never really “breaking habits”, in the sense of stopping cold turkey, so to speak, but rather consciously choosing to replace them with healthier, more beneficial habits. It’s more like transforming bad habits into more productive and beneficial ones.
Transpersonal Psychologist, Integrative Mind-body health consultant, and Spiritual teacher
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