I went to this really strange communication seminar a long time ago. It was all about non-verbal communication. The theory of the guy that was teaching it was that most of our communication is nonverbal very little of it is based on the words.
We had to do a lot of exercises to kind of discover this truth. One of the exercises we did was to turn out all the lights we covered up all the lights it was completely dark we weren’t allowed to talk and we had a communicate only by touch.
Of course we had to walk around very carefully so we wouldn’t grab anybody in the wrong place but we did that for an hour.
When I was in college my friends and I would sometimes like to go camping and we would usually go car camping and this just required this involved finding some kind of a campsite that was easy to get to about an hour two hours from campus, showing up and just kind of sitting around the campfire basically doing the same thing that we would do in the dorms on a Friday night except we would do it around the campfire under the stars.
This one particular time we decided on a Wednesday night to go camping and we just decided where we were going, what time we would meet and that was that. This was long before the Internet or cell phones or any kind of texting and all we needed was basic information.
Three Pieces of Data
The main highway, the smaller highway would have to take from the main highway and the name of the campsite which was about 30 miles up this smaller highway. With that simple piece of information that see extent of our planning.
We basically decided that we’re going to go and we decided that we would meet their Friday night get there however you can however many cars you can figure out how to get alcohol on your own and will just meet there Friday night and I was it.
After I had graduated and I’d gotten a job at a regular company I had a coworker that I would go backpacking with a lot in on this one particular trip we plan this for long time it was a weeklong trip.
Cut Across – Or Not
The second day we’re going to cut across this kind of low pass the book that we are usually actually recommended this route if you wanted to if you took this shortcut you would get to this huge basin with all of these lakes but if you hiked around on the trail take about six hours.
He took the shortcut to take about an hour and a half and so we got to the point shortcut and my friend kind of took off because it was a gigantic talus field which was a big field with these huge boulders the had a kind of hop on your way up over this past because he was an experienced rock climber he had a very easy time going over these boulders.
I, on the other hand, wasn’t so confident and after about 20 minutes I shouted up at him and told him that I was going to go around and he was in the cut across and I was going to walk around the six hours on the trail and he said okay I’ll meet you over there.
I read this book about consciousness. Not really about consciousness consciousness was part of it but it was actually about the human sensory system or sensory input system and was basically wasn’t really a book on metaphysics or anything like that.
It was actually more of a biology science book and is about how our senses take this raw data from our environment they convert that rod dated into this kind of electrical signal energy and that our brain has to interpret this electrical signal energy.
One of the points it made was her one of the metaphors it made was our brain is kind of like an AM radio if you have an AM radio you can tune it to the correct frequency see you can make a lot of sense of these invisible radio waves are being broadcast through the air but if you tune it just off a little bit you won’t be able to get anything except static.
Brains Are Receivers
Our brains work the same way. Our brains have this kind of set of tuning built into them that was put in there by evolution but essentially the stuff that we think were seeing inside of her brain these things that we think were experiencing the sounds were hearing the sites we see the colors we see the sensory sensations we see.
These are all interpretations of purely raw data that is hitting our senses. There are really no colors out there there’s really no there’s really no such thing as warmth or heat or coolness these are all just kind of gradations of a very basic energy.
The idea is that everything that we think we see is really just a hallucination so when you start to hallucinate when you start to see things that aren’t there that’s not really an accurate description because when you start to hallucinate your already seeing things that are there nothing that we see exist the way we think it does.
Matter Doesn’t Exist
In fact, if you talk to a particle physicist he’ll tell you there’s really no such thing as matter. Matter itself is just a metaphor because everything is really just energy waves Einstein said this Schrödinger said this.
It’s just that our monkey brains are tuned to this very ancient idea of these macro objects that we interpret out in the world around us but in reality everything is just use pure energy waves everything is use pure energy waves that don’t have any color don’t have any sound don’t have any kind of warmth or anything.
All of these ideas all of these labels that we put on these various forms of energy are based on how our mind kind of interprets that and makes up a hallucination what we think we see in this is kind of a weird thing to think about.
Reality Cannot Be Imagined
If you try to imagine what the world really looks like even including humans our brains can even contemplate what it actually is which is why when scientists talk about things like relativity and quantum physics there’s really no metaphors in our brain that can make any of that stuff makes sense.
One of the things I realized once I started to hike around was I was going to be walking by myself for about six hours. I wasn’t worried about my safety I had food I had a tent I had a sleeping bag I had a stove I didn’t worry about water, I knew where the streams were I wasn’t worried about getting back to our cars to the had a map and a new world trails were.
It was just that I was suddenly all alone these giant mountains and was kind of a very very strange unsettling unexpected experience.
Everybody Made It
We all showed up at least the car that I was in showed up on a Friday night with much of other people and I don’t really remember what happened during I just remember the next morning I woke up the next morning there was about 20 people all kind of passed out laying around the campfire.
All that was from this kind of two minute conversation we had about going camping. You can tell whoever you feel like telling and that was it nobody needed devices know many needed emails nobody written instructions with all this kind of meme this idea that we spread from brain to brain.
The very core components of that meme idea with the three basic pieces of data the main highway the smaller highway in the name of the campsite that was enough to take this idea that was concocted by four or five people and end up having 20 people wake up on a Saturday morning on this campsite it was two hours from campus way up in the mountains.
Trust Your Brain
The cool part about this seminar was after the first 10 or 20 minutes we are kind of freaked out because all you have is your thoughts and the stuff you can feel but it kinda trains you to get comfortable with the thoughts inside your mind.
A lot of people have said one of the biggest problems with modern humans is we cannot stand our own thoughts we need so much external data to validate us to help us to tell us what to do to give us reassurance that everything is okay.
One of the secret things that you can do to gain a lot of confidence and experience and ability to think creatively is to just get comfortable with your own thoughts.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.