There are a lot of cool “truisms” that sound pretty cool.
But what’s often missing is a usable strategy.
On a more meta scale, you’ll find this everywhere.
Technically, it’s when we humans mistake a “description” for a cause.
This is kind of hard to wrap your mind around.
But consider something like gravity.
Like the law of gravity.
Let’s say I held out my hand, that held a ball, and dropped it.
And I asked why did it fall to the ground?
The sensible answer would be gravity.
But is this answer really correct?
And no, I’m specifically NOT talking about Newton’s idea of gravity vs. Einstein’s idea of gravity.
Just for the sake of this argument, assume that Einstein’s idea of gravity doesn’t exist.
So, is it true, that the ball falls to the ground BECAUSE of gravity?
Once upon a time, Newton noticed things falling to the ground.
And he looked up at the sky, the moon, the sun, the stars and suspected the SAME THING was holding that “stuff” together.
That the Earth was “attracted” to the sun the same way that falling things were attracted to the Earth.
So he took a bunch of measurements, and came up with an equation that described this process.
And he named this “gravity.”
What Causes What
Now, does the mathematical “law” of gravity CAUSE things to move around?
Or is Newton’s gravity equation merely a mathematical DESCRIPTION of what always happens?
I let go of the ball and it drops to the ground.
That is one collection of words that DESCRIBES what happens.
There is a force of attraction between objects based on the distance between them, their respective masses, and a universal gravitational constant.
This is another description.
So, the brain bending truth is that the following saying:
The balls drop to the ground because of gravity.
Is really the same as:
The balls drop to the ground because they drop to the ground.
We can PREDICT that if I let go of the ball it will drop to the ground.
Because that’s what it always does.
NEVER has it floated up into the sky.
Now, where is all this metaphysical hooey going?
Back to those truisms.
Here’s a story about two Buddhists.
They’re out on a stroll and they see a hot young lady.
Buddhists (at least this kind) are not allowed to touch hot young ladies.
But this hot young lady begs one of the Buddhists to carry her across the river.
So he does.
They continue on their walk.
An HOUR later, the other Buddhists asks his mentor:
Why did you pick her up, that is forbidden!
The other Buddhist says:
I put her down an hour ago, but you are still carrying her.
Cool story, one you’ve likely heard.
But it’s a DESCRIPTION.
That holding on to stuff that happened in the past is BAD.
The letting go of stuff is GOOD.
But this silly store doesn’t do JACK when you actually need to put something down.
That takes a little bit of work.
Luckily, it’s not much more work.
And the benefits are ENORMOUS.
Mind Persuasion has plenty of books and courses to teach you how to speak hypnotically and persuasively.