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Thought experiment regarding transferring a person into a computer

This is a popular science fiction theme - man builds a computer, man transfers himself into the computer, the computer is him. This is an appealing fantasy but let's think it through. If I did it, which part of me would be transferred?

My memories - I don't really use them that much. They are generally horror stories so I wouldn't want them dragging me down in my computer wonderland.

My personality - this is hard to pin down. I respond differently to different people in different situations. Perhaps there is a true me in there somewhere, but which one is it. My personality also varies depending on my exhaustion, whether I stubbed my toe or not, and whether I managed to get what I want. I wouldn't want to take these in with me because most of them get on my nerves anyway.

My intellect - there is nothing special here.

My soul - by this, I mean the essence of me. The essence of me is derived from the world around me. The world is in me as much as I am in the world. In a s…

Your mind is perfectly happy without you

When you examine what makes you sad, there is generally one common theme - you. This might seem a bit of a useless insight, but it is quite handy when you realise that 'you' is a kind of moveable feast - it changes with the weather. Indeed, days fly by quite nicely if you manage to drop the incessant you-ness and instead open up your awareness into the magical spaciousness of the mind. At some point you might come to realise that the reason this works is because 'you' are not really a thing at all, just a constellation of ideas coming together at any particular moment to 'get your way'. Then the real wonder begins.

I realise that I have been 'excessive' with the quote marks in this post, but it felt like the right thing to do.

Sensations

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I sat still for a few moments and noted the sensations it was feeling, mainly from my body but also in reaction to my thoughts. I rated pleasant feelings as 1, nothing feelings as 0 and unpleasant feelings as -1. As you can see it changed a heck of a lot. These are pure sensations. You might notice that there is a lot going on and that I am not actually in control of any of it - they mostly just happen. 
So, if you've been reading my last few posts, then you'll know that we naturally want pleasant things all the time, and yet now it seems as if the pure sensation of pleasant arises for no real reason at all. There's our problem right there. Want does not always get. You get what you're given. Now I'm starting to sound like my mother ...

How to get what you want without doing much

In my last post I suggested that if you wanted to change yourself you should do nothing and let change happen by itself. Now clearly people want to achieve certain things - be happier, thinner, better job, successful, and so on. We can be ruthless, driven and push ourselves hard but it comes with  a certain cost which I'm sure we can all identify. However this seems a bit more proactive than doing nothing.

So then, for those of you who still have things to achieve, there is a middle way. The way we behave and make choices in the world is largely unconscious and a learned behaviour. This is the first lesson - manipulate our unconscious reactions. The next thing to note is that as you change other people will change with you to accommodate the new you - in other words, change is possible.

Here's the practical part that makes it work. Do the relaxation I mentioned in the last post and then drop some intentions into your mind - I like myself, I want to be happy, I am confident. Vi…

Time for a change

It's a new year and there's a sense of freshness now that the old year has been completed. We want to change, be a new person, but is change possible? How do we change?

Here's the short and curlies of it: we can change but it's very difficult.... The thing that needs to change is the thing that doesn't want to change - you. You want things to be different while you stay the same. It's one of those mind bending inside out situations.

So, it's best to let go of wanting to change and relax instead. Find a nice chair, do some breathing exercises, find a gap in your thoughts and let everything go. Do it everyday and things will never be the same again. You will change in ways you never thought possible.