Addicted to narratives

I’m not the first person to say your most important sense-organ is your brain.

Sure, you need intact eyeballs to see. The amount of processing your brain has to do, though, is spectacular.

Feed raw optical nerve data into a monitor and you’d get a blurry, twitchy mess. The brain does a lot to make sense of all that – to translate jumbled electrical impulses into vision.

If you’ve heard that before, you’re not impressed.

So let’s take this out of the realm of curious factoids and ask ourselves… what can we do with this?

Here’s something:

A while ago, I started doing some visual memory exercises. I soon noticed my vision became sharper – much sharper. Then I slacked on the exercise, my vision returned to normal, then I got back into them and my vision improved again.

Training visual memory improved my visual resolution.

Will that happen to you too? Is it all in my head? Does that even make sense?

Eh, I don’t know. As long as it keeps working, I don’t care.

That makes me… not rare as such, but at least uncommon.

Humans are addicted to narratives. It’s one of our greatest strengths and weaknesses. For example, it’s hard for people to accept that something works without knowing why – even if the ‘reason’ is nonsense.

Don’t believe me?

Even scientists – who should follow the data before anything else – do this. Hypnosis was doing things that science at the time called impossible. It did them consistently and skilled hypnotists outperformed convincing amateurs, so it wasn’t all about the show.

Still, no one knew why. The best explanations involved ‘something to do with magnets, I guess?’ which were quickly disproven.

When the proposed explanations were disproven, they then decided the phenomena were disproven.

It wasn’t until we could peak inside living brains and watch them shift states that hypnosis gained acceptance. A century of clear evidence wasn’t enough without a satisfying story to explain it.

Obviously, I’m generalising here. The people who could think like scientists followed the evidence, whether it made sense to them a not. Then and now, more folks call themselves scientists than think scientifically.

It’s weird, it’s even a shame, but this gives you an advantage.

If you stop listening to stories and start looking at what the universe is telling you, you can find wonderful things that are right in front of you.

That includes hypnosis because, yes, many folks still doubt what it can do. They say things like, “that seems mystical and mysticism isn’t science, therefore it’s not real,” then pat themselves on the back for their genius reasoning skills.

The irony?

Clever use of hypnosis can help you see what is, not what is said.

In the spirit of that, experience it for yourself here:

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