Mindipulation: Personal Growth: Positive Mind Shifting: Reflections on Daily Living: Be Free: Be You: Enjoy Life by Tygo Lee - Read Online
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From the time we are born we are programmed by many different people and institutions, and then influenced by social pressures to conform. A lot of this conditioning is good for us. Some of it...is not. For better personal relationships, and a more peaceful and happier life, this is Book One of Mindipulation.

This unique publication for personal growth offers a thought-provoking and entertaining mix of topics for you to reflect on that are related to our daily lives and relationships, such as: guru mania, sticky beliefs, getting in sync, juicy gossip, toxic people, paradigm traps, internal jabbering, external chattering, unhappy compromises, the power of silence, our heroes, the simpler the better, relative intelligence, energy drains, roller coaster emotions, mind and body connections, feelings and respect, mellowing out, making changes, power mongering, an uncertain future, and a reality check, among others.

Mindipulation--understanding the pitfalls of conditioned thought processes and moving forward from there. Be free. Be you. Enjoy life. Change is possible. Begin to shape shift your future today.
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Prologue

From the time we are born, we are programmed by many different people and institutions, and then influenced by social pressures to conform. A lot of this conditioning is good for us. Some of it…is not.

For better personal relationships, and a more peaceful and happier life, this is Book One of Mindipulation.

Be free. Be you. Enjoy life.

Tygo Lee

Famously famous

People are sort of lazy sometimes, don’t you think? And since I’m a member of the species people, I guess I have to be included among the sometimes lazy clan too! Oh well. What about you? Maybe not, huh? That would be great if you were an all-the-time, anywhere, with everything and everyone go getter. That would be great.

In my case, I openly admit—not very proudly, but honestly so— that I have my lazy moments. As they say, recognition and acceptance is the first step to transformation. Or is that two or maybe three steps in the process? Let’s see. First, recognition, then acceptance, and finally… Whatever. Something like that, huh?

Recognition and acceptance is the first step to transformation. That’s what they say. I mean, someone says that, don’t they?

I ask because it’s always better if someone else has said something, and preferably, that this other person is a guru type, or famously famous, or a specialist who has a whole lot of important titles or achievements. You’re following me on this, aren’t you?

For example, if a common fellow like me just comes out of nowhere and says recognition and acceptance is the first step to transformation, most people will probably barely raise an eyebrow and basically send my well-intentioned words off to a faraway spot in their cerebral garbage dump. Plop—it’s outta here!

On the other hand, if I were to precede that same phrase with, As you may know, the media star and publishing phenomenon Dr. So-and-So has said that…blah, blah, blah, suddenly my exact same words gain tremendous attention-grabbing value and the whole credibility of my statement skyrockets upward. Cool, huh!

Even if that same phrase were actually a very original thought of yours truly and in its essence represented ground-breaking insight into the human condition much beyond anything ever uttered before, do you really think anyone would pay much attention to my genius?

You know how it goes. I’d probably get a polite nodding of the head from my counterpart, a half-cracked forced smile, wiggly body language, and they’d quickly blow me off by changing the subject.

Hey, how ‘bout that game last night between the…? What an unexpected finish, huh?

Yeah. I’d respond. It had me on the edge of my sofa, that’s for sure.

And so ends my stellar observation, forever lost in neural space.

Don’t take my word for it. You probably wouldn’t anyway, but try out an experiment if you’d like. Say something really captivating to someone, but with just you doing the saying of it, and silently note her reaction.

Then say the exact same thing to another person, but beginning with "Dr. Whoever, the well-known psychologist, has confirmed in her many years of international research and publications that…" and see what happens.

The results are very predictable. Let me know if you get the same reaction as I do, okay?

This obsession with who said what is really quite amusing, don’t you think? It forms a part of the countless head games that we get involved in every day of our lives, and thus a part of the mindipulation that goes on almost endlessly among our species.

If I can persuade, impress, or even dominate someone by my knowing the who said what stuff, then so much the better for me!

To be honest, I’m happy with the I myself said kind of chit chat. But the thing is, this kind of interaction is real and it seems to be taken into account very seriously!

The head takes precedence over the heart in so many things in our lives, and our relationships thus often turn into a game of ingenuity: cleverness beats out sincerity, hands down. Yeah, double scoops of intellect and just a spoonful of feelings for the flavor of the day.

I like to think of this effect as the credibility hoopla. How does that sound? Can we go with that?

The credibility hoopla

The small minority of the famously famous and the vast majority of the common folk like me are definitely worlds apart, although we seemingly hang out on the same planet with the same basic biological, physiological, and psychological structures at our disposal. So what’s going on around here, huh!

I believe the followers in general for anyone or anything could be referred to as groupies even though this is most often limited to young, loyal fans in the music industry. Maybe it’s not cool for us adults to think of ourselves in this way when we glorify certain people or products, but to be honest, I don’t see much difference in the mentality. Let’s see. How about, I’m an admirer of…? Yeah, that sounds much better and more dignified for the adult groupies, don’t you think? That is much different. Let’s roll with that.

Anyway, it appears to be very normal and even well-accepted that a minority of our species is to be put on a pedestal. And it’s easy to understand that certain people do have advanced knowledge and insight in many different areas. That’s great!

But what bothers me is that beyond offering them our respect and well deserved attention, our tendency is to take their words in general as facts, and worse yet, to consider that these so-called facts are equally applicable in many diverse situations and with many different kinds of people. That’s where the mindipulation kicks in, and it can cause all sorts of problems in our relationships and the activities of our lives.

Need an example? How about this…a serene guru-type authoritatively insists that aggressive behavior is simply not acceptable as a part of our relationships. That’s it. End of discussion and time to meditate on the wisdom of that affirmation.

Well, okay, aggression can be very bad at times, no doubt. But in a competitive business environment, it may be necessary for the survival of the company, and thus the jobs of hundreds or thousands of people, and thus the livelihood of countless families.

And aggression in this case could translate as, an on-going, pro-active effort to differentiate ourselves from and dominate our competition in certain consumer segments of the market with a determined and forceful management style in a legal and ethical manner. In brief, that could be one definition of an aggressive company.

Pretty bad, huh? Not acceptable. Right?

Well, for your consideration, I’ll repeat something I previously said. "Our tendency is to take their words in general as facts, and worse yet, to consider that these so-called facts are equally applicable in many diverse situations and with many different kinds of people. That’s where the mindipulation kicks in, and…" that’s how we screw up a lot of our relationships and our lives in general.

You see, this minority of pedestal dwellers who seemingly have more spark in their neural plugs than what