Taming a Minotaur In The Labyrinthine Corridors of Ego

What is a self-reinforcing two directional feedback loop? It is equivalent to opposite charges that will continue to attract until an external change interrupts them. Oftentimes people don’t even know they’re in a feedback loop. The subconscious mind is capable of tying loops of psychotic denial around your conscious awareness if you cannot handle an aspect of reality. Luckily this side-effect can be mitigated through opening a formal dialogue. A way of practicing your intuition- training your subconscious mind to channel the incoming information that may have otherwise remained habitually avoided. You want to learn more about where you are prone to self-delusion. The kind of “mental gymnastics” that we partake in when we don’t understand the will of the subconscious mind.

Ever heard of the term “mental gymnastics”? Chances are the more you have to go out of your way to explain yourself – the further you are from the doing what’s “right”. That is why we should begin with what doing what is “right” instead of being solely concerned with yourself or even just your own family for example. The collective support network has a tendency to reward people for doing what’s right. Nobody should be afraid of being left behind as long as they are objectively providing real value. The reason why I say that is because if you are met with a “moral challenge” to the source of your survival, self justification can lead to a cascading distortion of thought that impedes the accuracy of your future vision. In this way, people who are more codependent in their relationship style or material attachment are especially vulnerable to “mental gymnastics”.

Like I mentioned in a prior article, this self-justifying feedback loop of moral relativism is essentially the origin of the subconscious mind – it steps in to track your behavior when the conscious mind gets all tangled up in itself from unnecessary forms of attachment. It is also why, in order to spot the presence of an identified destructive feedback loop, you’re going to have to observe THE EFFECT of your behavior rather than the intention you might have had. Because the environmental effect of emotionally motivated behavior is a language that is well understood and in use by the subconscious mind, grasping that sort of architecture will be useful in establishing a dialogue. Afterward you could begin opening up that dialogue in a very simple way that involves observing and recording your own thoughts during the “default mode network” a neutral resting state in the brain.

The subconscious mind has evolved a natural form of emotional pattern recognition – to deal with the reality of risk and reward regardless of your ideology, fragility level or degree of psychological sensitivity. It has accomplished this through “emotional warping” a kind of intellectual magic trick that temporarily fools the conscious mind into thinking that you’re doing absolutely everything for some kind of intellectually justified purpose rather then for unresolved themes in childhood. Because the conscious mind is more prone to long bouts of moral relativism from un-integrated emotional volatility the subconscious mind is actually what is keeping track of objective reward and punishment. It is why opening up a dialogue is beneficial, because it is like unlocking the mathematical part of your psychology that predicts the outcome of emotional risk and reward.

You could imagine the subconscious as keeping track of what situational “themes” make you emotional, uncomfortable or likely to react. It is why periodic self-reflection is so important. When you are more calm look back and see if you made any sudden unfair judgements (or yourself or others) so that emotional warping does not accumulate in the long run. When there is not enough self-reflection for de-fragmentation of the ego to emerge our subconscious mind will intervene to keep us alive. At that point you can get caught up in your own “wilderness of mirrors” where it is difficult to tell apart truth from fiction. In situations of disequilibrium the subconscious mind will be forced to take on the role of chaotic puppet master. In order to understand the true meaning of that we have to first clear up a misconception about chaos.

Often it is actually the presence of higher order that creates a requirement for chaos at a lower level of resolution – in order to guarantee that a larger transition can be made in time to preserve the entire system. In other words, just because something is falling apart, doesn’t mean that something else may not also be coming together. You might consider that in some chaotic situations throughout your life the subconscious mind was simply attempting to lead you to a new trail before the one your on hit a dead end. In this way – it behaves like a chaotic puppet master when the ego refuses to take a hint. Remember – that is sees so much more than the conscious mind. In other words, what is chaotic to the ego may not be as chaotic to the subconscious mind. Maybe this is where the term “getting out of your own way” comes in to the picture as well.

The only way to figure out the real incentive structure of your identity is to perform an investigation – By observing the result of your behavior on the environment and people around you. The adapted behavioral routine implanted by the subconscious mind is due to an associated cause and effect, as far as behavior and how it affects your life rather than the philosophical intention you may have had in the moment. It is important to remember that although the subconscious mind is a natural form of pattern recognition it utilizes the language of emotion to make you act without question. That is it’s purpose, to motivate the individual in response to an emotional pattern detected across the dimension of time, rather then what style of thinking may be offered by a solely present minded analysis.

Once you have an idea of what effects you are having on the environment you should ask yourself: Are they biologically compatible or incompatible? self destructive or reinforcing? Was that my intention? Why? Would society work at large if everyone behaved as I did? After that you may begin to open up a formal dialogue with your subconscious mind in order to determine the real cause of your behavior by asking it about any lack of consistency you’ve noticed between what you BELIEVE IN and the RESULT of your actions on the environment. You may begin by sitting down with a pen and paper, and seeing what words come to your mind. like any acquired skill-set establishing a dialogue requires that you remain patient and consistent in your attempts to do so even if the first few sessions do not necessarily make sense.

The reason why this is so important is because it is not necessarily intuitive for a lot of people. In the modern era it is far too easy to claim that you stand for something whilst doing nothing. The concept of anti-fragility applies here insofar as when the organism is not exposed to a minimal threshold of austerity in comparison to its prior evolutionary momentum it can develop an inaccurate picture of what is required to maintain progress. The issue with thinking that you ARE what you BELIEVE is that sometimes you never ACT to become.

Exercising some degree of habitual self control through delayed gratification can introduce just the right amount of simulated scarcity for psychological motivation to emerge from a healthy level of felt urgency.. Humanity has to remember the connection between satisfaction of our basic needs and the desire to act at all. The habitual over-saturation of biological desire can lead to a disconnect from the more ancient primordial reservoir of willpower associated with delayed gratification and simulated scarcity.

When you fast your adrenaline and dopamine will rise stoking the flames of willpower. However when you eat or have sex serotonin levels go up instead, priming the organism for the parasympathetic response of “rest and digest”. As you can see, there are things that feel good in the moment but might sap your energy afterward. You may consider delayed gratification as more suitable to the beginning of your day – where there is still a lot to get done for example. This intuitive way of applying principles from neurology for the cultivation of will-power has been in use by over-achievers for millennia. It’s just that we haven’t had the scientific language to explain it until relatively recently.

Remember that “simulated scarcity” could be as easy as fasting for 12 hours of the day and eating food that is more approximate to the diet of your ancestral lineage (see nutrigenomix). In that way it closely resembles “tactical minimalism” in that you are doing less to get more – you are essentially uncomplicating your life through evolutionary psychology. Or “simulated scarcity” could be as complex as exposing yourself to the cold after a practice session and then timing that cold exposure differently for optimal memory consolidation based on whether or not it is a mental or physical skill being trained.

Reason why cold exposure is simulated scarcity for example is because we would have avoided the cold for the majority of our evolutionary history. Our species is from a tropical environment. Therefore our body and mind has adapted to associate cold exposure with a need for better memory consolidation in order to “learn the lesson” behind the experience that lead us there. Very much like a spike in Adrenaline while being pursued by a wild animal might do the same thing. So by learning how to do this on our own we are exercising direct control over a primordial force in natural evolution that would have otherwise went under-utilized.

By exposing ourselves to the cold under very controlled conditions we are not only developing fortitude – Through the proper timing of exposure we can enhance the consolidation of different kinds of memory (physical or mental). We can also modulate that exercise to become more about psycho-physiological adaptation rather then solely building mental fortitude. It is one thing to “endure” through discomfort however it might be more effective to alter the nervous state ahead of time, based on the demands of a future environment. It does require however that you become better at directing your change in state beforehand, rather than always waiting to be effected BY something.

In other words you want to learn how to anticipate and adapt as well as persevere. For example: Try breathing deeply before you expose yourself to a stressful situation (like cold exposure). In that way – you are not only training your tolerance threshold for cold but you are also training the instinct to prepare ahead of time. So that WHEN you CAN exercise more control over changes taking place you DO – as early as possible in recognizing it’s requirement.

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