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Meta-programs for the human mind


The human mind is programmable in the same way that a computer is. In this article I aim to outline how to rewrite the programs and strategies contained within your mind, so that you can obtain more positive results in your life.

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The human computer

Sometimes it is easy to take actions and behaviour for granted. Because of the speed and the effortlessness in which actions occur, it is sometimes easy to believe that they happen all by themselves.

This is not the case. Although behaviour happens so quickly it does not mean that there isn't an intricate program behind the scenes creating the result or action. The same goes for computers. Programs and functions of computers run so smoothly that you forget that for every output a computer produces there is a detailed programming system behind it.

A computer's every function is composed of a specific sequence of commands, and it is the unique order of these commands that produces a unique output. The human brain is very much the same. The results that you generate on a day to day basis are a combination of specific commands that at some point you have written and habituated internally and externally.

These commands are created from 5 different sources of information; the 5 senses.

Therefore all internal and external commands are a combination of visual, auditory, kinesthetic, gustatory, and olfactory representational systems, which become the building blocks of all your experiences. The way in which you string these commands together in order to generate a desired result is called a strategy.

Therefore a strategy can be defined as a sequence of these 5 senses that stand alone to produce a specific result.

Success is based on what strategies we chose to apply to obtain a specific result, and how effective these strategies are in producing the desired effect

There are 2 levels in which your five sensory representational systems function; internally and externally.

For example you have two kinds of visual experiences. The first is what you visually experience in the real world with your own eyes. The second is the internal image that you create within your mind.

The same applies to all of the other sensory modalities, for example you can have internal and external auditory experiences.

The critic inside your head that often verbally tells you what is wrong with your life is an example of an auditory internal experience.

The sounds that you physically experience day to day would be labeled as auditory external experiences.

I try to avoid the use of unnecessary abbreviations, however on this occasion I will have to make an exception in order organise all of the 10 different sensory based representational systems:

Ve = Visual External

Vi = Visual Internal

Ae = Auditory External

Ai = Auditory Internal

Ge = Gustatory External

Gi = Gustatory Internal

Oe = Olfactory External

Oi = Olfactory Internal

Ke = Kinesthetic External

Ki = Kinesthetic Internal

The effectiveness of these representations in creating the results you want in your life are dependent on 2 variables:

  • The first variable is the exact sequence of the representational systems.
  • The second are the direct quantities of your representational systems. For example how much auditory experience do you create (how loud, how fast, how soft are the sounds?).
  • A chef's recipe is a good metaphor to explain how these representational systems work together to produce a particular result.

    Once the chef has the correct ingredients it is then up to him to orchestrate the quantity and the order in which these ingredients go together. If he gets the order the wrong or makes an error in the measurement of quantities then the desired result in his meal will not be acheived.

    The same applies to the brain. Some psychologists argue that if you are not getting the results you want it is only because your representational systems are not being sequenced in the correct order and in the right amounts.

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