Thursday, April 24, 2008

Trees

These trees really made my day.

Dan Gilbert: Why are we happy? Why aren't we happy?


Ted Talks Dan Gilbert: Why are we happy? Why aren't we happy?

In this memorable talk, Dan Gilbert demonstrates just how poor we humans are at predicting (or understanding) what will make us happy. Gilbert is a psychology professor at Harvard, and author of "Stumbling on Happiness".

The Simulacra final part 3

It finally happened, the sham political system collapses in the novel, and is obviously a metaphor for our western system of democrazy.


"They were frightened," Pembroke said." and frightened people lose the ability to think." about how the elite cowards lost their power structure :) I wonder how afraid they are in this reality.


"And don't worry about the psychological effect on the nation," pembroke said. "on the masses of Bes. I think they'll be able to withstand it, once the initial shock has worn off. There will be a reaction, of course; I expect it to demolish the system of government. Wouldn't you agree? By that I mean there will be no further der Altes (android replacement president) and no more so-called "Nicole," (first lady getting replaced by an actress when too old, people are too stupid to notice) and no more division into Ge and Be. Because we'll all be Ges, now." anyone else think of the bee gees here? :p

The Simulacra part 1 and part 2

Radiohead: All I Need


Radiohead: All I Need

Swish! Reprogramming and Transmuting the Negative into Positive with NLP

Here is a simple but very powerful exercise to re-associate or reprogram some aspects of your personality you'd like to change. It's a very tweak-able exercise so be creative with it!
To dedroidify: to evolve beyond BS and thus your own reality tunnel programming!

This exercise is called Swish in NLP.

Think slowly (and pay attention to your inner world with all senses) of 3 things or people you really dislike, that when they pop up in your head you get that icky reaction. Where did you see it appearing relative to your eyes? And how?

When you're done STOP! Red and green bicycles having fun on a road. Nevermind, that's called a "break state", so you're neutral again to continue the exercise.

Now think slowly (and pay attention to your inner world all senses) of 3 things or people you really love, that when they pop up in your head you get that full bodily reaction of happiness. Where did you see that appearing relative to your eyes? And how?

Again when you're done, STOP! Check the clock, what time is it? Oh ok, nevermind :p and let's go on. (break state)

Is some realization already occuring? If not don't worry. I actually re-discovered this stuff myself yesterday, to my own amazement!

Ok so get something in your head again that's negative, pay attention to everything, if it's not clear, pause and take another negative stimuli. By everything I mean: Where is it localized? How big is it? 2D or 3D? How sharp? How colorful? How still or moving? How clear or blurry? What sounds accompagny it? How do you feel and where does that start? Do you hear, smell or taste anything? (Use the senses the most that are most natural to you)

For example when I have negative stimuli popping up a visual comes up for me from the very slight bottom left (so actually really in the middle but a bit to the bottom left), I feel a short very slight sting in my stomach, the negative is seen in a blurry cloud.

Now the positive is totally different. When I have a positive stimuli it triggers a more colorful visual right and up from the middle, actually it's so far up it's freaking ridiculous. No wonder I was such a pessimist for most of my life! One reason was the negative was more centered, closer and thus faster and easier to visualise than the positive! I also get a good slight feeling in my tummy and the picture moves a lot more.

Now here are a few tips to transmute the negative into the positive. Obviously you don't have to start liking all you dislike. But this is SO helpful in forgiveness and understanding, and not getting unnecessarily uptight for silly reasons!

When you get negative stimuli, you see it where it's at, now as fast as possible: change the color to black and white, make it a stillframe instead of a moving picture, make the visual as small as possible, mute the sound and zoom it out away from you into the darkness, woot! It's gone!

[If the stimuli or memory it recalls is too heavy, or keeps moving etc, you can try this: See the memory but play it backwards (memories are only bad at the ending!) and in that small, black & white stillframe you made, add some circus music and some colorful crazy clowns on bicycles tumbling over around you. If you can be sad or depressing while visualising that you must be really be doing your best to not become happy! ;p You can be very creative with this and do whatever you want to make yourself happy, you are the best judge of how to do that!]

Now when the negative is zoomed out and away, you replace it with a positive stimuli QUICK, zooming in BIG, 3D, COLORFUL, LOUD, AMPLIFYING ALL POSITIVE ASSOCIATIONS YOU MAKE. Feel great! Breathe deep and Smile! :)
By big I mean HUGE, by colorful I mean insanely colorful, by loud I mean your favorite kind of music that fits with this visualisation like a huge symphonic orchestra is placed on each side of you, and see the good feeling you generate expand visually. You can even try it much simpler and try moving a negative visu to the positive side if you'd like to de-intensify it.

All time spent on this will be worthwile, you can de-intensify your negative responses so you're a bit more fun to be around with and you can get along better with yourself too. You can intensify your positive responses to have and be more fun. And best of all, you can transmute the negative responses into more positive ones. Remember, the world isn't automatically divided into good and bad, our perception really makes something good or bad, and we can change our perception anytime to become more happy and understanding of this reality.

From the Rabbit Hole

Check out this post straight From the Rabbit Hole. Apparently a scorpio moon doubled (I suck at astrology) there is an INCREDIBLE window open for manifestation and transmutation of energy, since scorpio moves between realms, and can transmute poison to nectar. So there!

Daily Dedroidify: 3 wise tales

Daily Dedroidify: 3 wise tales

Bodhidharma was the Buddhist monk traditionally credited as the founder of Zen Buddhism in China. People said that he was brought before the emperor Wu, who desired to see the wise man and wanted to hear approving words for the pious works he managed. Therefor he asked Bodhidharma:
"We have built temples, multiplied holy writings, converted monks and nuns. Your holiness, is there a certain merit to our behaviour?"
"No merit what so ever."
The distraught emperor was of the opinion that such a reply rejected the teachings and asked:
"What then is the holy truth, the highest principle?"
"That principle is in each thing, nothing is sacred."
"Who are you then, here before me?"
"I don't know majesty."

The Cave
A robber, artist, grabber and wise man were travelling together and found a cave, hidden deep in the rocks.
The robber said: "What a great hiding place!"
The artist said: "What a great space for murals!"
The grabber said: "What a great cavity to hide a treasure!"
But the wise man only said: "What a great cave!"

O!
The zen teacher Haku-In was praised by his neighbors for his pure way of life.
A pretty Japanese girl, that lived next to him with her parents, was expecting a child.
This made the parents furious. The girl didn't want to mention the father's name at first, but finally named Haku-In.
The furious parents went to see the master.
"O!" was his only reply.
After the child was born, it was brought to Haku-In.
Who had because of this incident lost his reputation, which didn't bother him, but he took very good care of the child. He received milk from his neighbours and everything the child needed.
A year later the girl couldn't contain herself any longer and told her parents the truth, that the real father was a young man who worked at the fish market.
Her parents immediately went to see Haku-In to ask him for forgiveness,
stuttered a thousand apologies and asked for the child to be returned.
"O!" said Haku-In, as he handed them the child.