15 Perspectives That Will Shift Your Reality
Chances are, your mind could use a detox right about now. If you are like me, and most of us, you may still have a little demon inside who thrives on fear, self-doubt, and mediocrity. And I’d like to thank Sigmund Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays, for helping me to realize why I need to stamp it out for good.
Edward Bernays (1891-1995), inventor of public relations, believed “It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind”. He was the man who made it cool for women to smoke and for eggs to go with bacon, and invented techniques to manage and control the minds of the American people. His ideas were used by government, corporations, and even the CIA. He showed companies how people could want what they didn’t need, by linking mass-produced goods to their unconscious desires. Cigarettes became glamorous torches of freedom. Cars became happiness machines. As Adam Curtis points out, in his illuminating documentary “The Century of the Self“, Edward Bernays started the trend: “by satisfying people’s selfish desires, one made them happy and thus docile…irrelevant objects could become powerful emotional symbols of how you wanted to be seen by others.” He realized that our subconscious mind has a knee jerk reaction to irrational fears and, coupled with our “herd instinct”, could be easily manipulated for profit. He recognized and identified our inner demon—the irrational subconscious—and how to control it.
Why is this so important to know?!
When we are consumed with our irrational fear and a desire to consume, we become, in Edward’s words, “docile”. We stay with the herd. An individual subject to fear and self-esteem issues, is an individual under control. We are easily led to purchase and consume. And If you don’t want to be part of this, the best thing to do is consciously pull away from the herd.
Recently I made a deliberate decision to pull away from the herd for the foreseeable future. I decided to stop giving in to the demon who wants to feed on the most horrific stories our globe has to offer, and avoid the celebrity gossip with clever product placement that only serves to pump my demon up on steroids. I’ve made the decision to become a selective sifter of media, and have begun a conscious detox from stories aimed at my knee-jerk reactions. I am starving out the demon, and it is getting weaker by the day. And, perhaps most telling of all, I’ve replaced the need to “stamp out the demon” with the following question: “How do I make my life richer and more fulfilling?” And, you know what? The answers to that question feel tremendously good.
Our point of view is largely influenced by the information and stimulus that we process. In the hope to achieve a sensation of freedom over who we become, who might we invite to impact our minds? A shift in power is apparent, as many of us deliberate away from large media. Sources of awake and intelligent influence offer collaborative wisdom-building that addresses life and reality, opening the heart and tuning the cognitive process such that we may remember how to hear our collective soul.
Below, we list 15 detox resources to cleanse the palate from large media:
1. Alan Watts (1915-1973) was a philosopher, writer and speaker, remembered for spreading Eastern philosophies to a Western audience. His teachings are incredibly relevant today, and are resurgent in recent years. Try it!
~”Your soul is not in your body; your body is in your soul.”
2. Pema Chodron is an ordained nun, author, and senior teacher in the Shambala Buddhist lineage. Chodron graciously applies Buddhist wisdom to universal day-to-day struggles. Try it!
~”Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It is a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
3. Brain Pickings is an “Inventory of the meaningful life”, a blog featuring culture, books, and eclectic subjects. Try it!
~”I myself am a firm believer in the power of curiosity and choice as the engine of fulfillment, but precisely how you arrive at your true calling is an intricate and highly individual dance of discovery.” ~ Maria Popova, Founder of Brain Pickings
4. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a cosmologist and astrophysicist known for communicating science in a fun and accessible way. Try it!
~”I like to say that I’m tracing the intersection between big ideas and human experience, between theology and real life.” ~Krista Tippett, Host of “On Being”
~”I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion–and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.”
~”I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
~“If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.”
10. Vandana Shiva is an Indian scholar, environmental activist and anti-globalization author. Her bravery and scholarship rev the engines of countless global-sibling-interconnectedness enthusiasts. Try it!
~”Seed is the source of life and the first link in the food chain. Control over seed means control over our lives, our food and our freedom.”
11. Joel Salatin is a free-thinking farmer whose “beyond-organic” techniques and animal husbandry heal the soil, and yield healthy real-food to local consumers. Salatin’s high-volume wit accelerates the comprehension of sustainable-farming curriculum, and he imprints the hearts of his readers with his spirit of integrity over profit. Try it!
~”Don’t you find it odd that people will put more work into choosing their mechanic or house contractor than they will into choosing the person who grows their food?”
12. Open Culture ~ Founded by the director of Stanford University’s Continuing Education program, this site allows us to take a free online course in physics while listening to Bill Murray read poetry… Or learn Bulgarian while enjoying a virtual tour through Ancient Rome. Featuring over a thousand free online courses, and daily articles highlighting an element of eclectic fascination, this is an excellent online site for culture seekers, and is guaranteed to renew your sense of wonder. Try it!
~”Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.”