How clear is your current priority?
Are you seeking relief from a possible threat?
Are you reviewing new methods to promote a specific benefit?
Or, are you developing new focus by exploring buried motivations
(with no special urgency about any other priority besides learning about yourself)?
Option 1) GET FAST RELIEF:
If you want urgent relief from a possible threat and are reading this, then you will be open to new methods (because your prior ones have not satisfied you or you would not still be seeking relief). However, you may also experience a background of anxiety or even distress, so you will value quickly seeing repeated evidence of effectiveness (evidence that you consider credible). Next for you is to browse our index of solutions and then review the testimonials for that service. Click here now: “Somehow, I will get the relief I seek!” <not yet active>
Option 2) REVIEW NEW METHODS:
If you are already motivated by a clear target that powerfully attracts you toward finding the most effective methods that are relevant to you, then you may also have some method already in use (or that you tried and then stopped using). In other words, a valuable use of your time would be to precisely measure any methods familiar to you in comparison to a few relevant alternatives (which may even include things that are somewhat familiar to you). What is most important to you is getting the results that motivate you, not which methods you use (or else this is not the right choice for you at this time).
So, maybe you will keep using some of your old methods (at least occasionally). Maybe you will not. If you quickly see results that are far better than what is already familiar to you, then you will gather the resources to implement the methods that are the best fit for you (for promoting the priority that is motivating you toward new action). If this fits for you, click here: “I know exactly what I want and I am willing to get it through whatever way is best for me.” <not yet active>
Option 3) FOCUS ON MOTIVATION:
Every organism has innate motivations. Each of those motivations can be stimulated, left latent, or even suppressed socially. Through the skillful assistance of experts, we can carefully unleash motivations that we have learned to suppress or bury. This can be an immense relief and advantage, yet also may be dangerous without a skilled expert’s assistance.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO FIGHT YOUR OWN MOTIVATIONS?
What is it like to have suppressed motivations? When left buried, certain motivations may seem to conflict with our conscious intentions. They may distract us and make it hard to stay focused on less intense motivations (such as things that we have been programmed to fixate on or methods that we have been trained to relate to as totally essential).
Instead of us having the extra clarity and energy of those motivations available, those motivations (if buried) may even seem to cripple us. They are drawing our attention and respect.
Instead of depleting our own resources to suppress those motivations, we can release them slowly or suddenly. We will have all the extra energy that we had been using to suppress them. Plus we will have all the extra clarity that those motivations can provide us.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO DRIVE WITH THE PARKING BRAKE ON?
As a metaphor, imagine driving a car in rainstorm with no windshield wipers and the parking brake engaged (or the brake pedal pressed down hard). It will take a lot of energy to get started against the resistance of that brake, right?
What if you could easily release the brake, turn on the windshield wipers and then even turn on some headlights? Your clarity (perceptiveness) can suddenly increase, plus the power and efficiency of the vehicle will improve.
If you currently experience frequent discontent in your life, then you may be like someone who has headlights working and wipers working (so you can see where you would like to go), but you are using energy to keep the brake pedal slammed down as hard as you can. Rather than just pressing harder on the gas pedal to accelerate against the brakes, how about releasing the brakes first?
WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT: VISIBILITY OR SPEED?
However, it is important to make sure that visibility is excellent first before improving the power of the vehicle too much. For those who are accustomed to having to press down very hard on the gas pedal to get any response, it is good to have excellent visibility before improving the power too much. That visibility will help for someone to quickly recalibrate their own effort.
In some cases, we can see that poor visibility will actually lead to people being very cautious about using the power of their vehicle. Why do social groups suppress the power of individuals? One reason might be to give the individual time to improve their perceptiveness before being harmed by their own undisciplined use of power. Also, it might be important to have brakes that you know can function well (before getting too excited about how fast you can go).
MORE: HOW DID SOME MOTIVATIONS GET BURIED?
Over time, the attention of an individual typically gets programmed repeatedly. Certain subjects are identified as important (while other subjects are either dismissed, ignored, or ridiculed). So, attention is governed through language first, and then our interpretations of the targets of attention are also governed or programmed.
Among the subjects labeled important, there are two basic subcategories: such as good and bad. Some subjects are socially forbidden as dangerous and others are emphasized as beneficial. That is all social conditioning. Different social groups will label various subjects in different ways (important or trivial, good or bad, etc…). Some innate motivations may be encouraged and others neglected or suppressed.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CURIOSITY & CONFUSION
First, our attention is programmed (including by language). Then our interpretations (which are entirely linguistic) are also programmed socially.
Further, what we typically experience is just our interpretations (not the raw sensations, which are filtered and organized in order to eventually form interpretations). Only when we experience moments of curiosity are we unable to settle on a particular interpretation of our sensations. Without reactive interpretations, there can be raw sensation of stimuli without presumptive interpretations (as in with curiosity or “an open mind of an innocent child”). For many adults, such direct physical sensation without presumptive labeling is quite rare.
An intense form of curiosity is called confusion, in which we have direct sensory input plus a reactive interpretation that we further interpret as imprecise (a misinterpretation). Confusion typically produces a cautious retreat from the stimuli that we recognize as revealing a flaw or imprecision in our familiar interpretative models. In some cases, we may respond to confusion with enough interest to bring curiosity in to an exploration of the unfamiliar stimuli. Confusion is not mere ignorance. Confusion happens by mistaking one thing for something else and also realizing the mistake. Until the mistake is realized, there is no confusion but simply an unrecognized error of interpretation. Confusion can precede a surge of curiosity and accelerated learning.
However, most people are programmed to interpret confusion as a threat to their familiar model of presumptive interpretations. In fact, there is no greater threat to a pattern of presumptive interpretations than direct sensations that clearly establish the imprecision of the interpretative model.
In such experiences of a conflict between direct observation and programmed interpretations (also called “cognitive dissonance”), there are only two resolutions to the stress. Either there will be a retreat from the stimuli (which will be called things like confusing or offensive or disturbing) or there will be a retreat from the programmed presumptions. (Or, there can be a total retreat both from the social programming and from the stimuli).
So, consider that curiosity and confusion are both things that could be interpreted as important. When there is a context of insecurity about a particular interpretative model, then there will be social pressure to interpret confusion as extremely unfavorable. However, when there is a respect for interpretative models in general rather than a worship of one in particular, then confusion may be highly valued as a gateway to profound learning.
When do people cling to a specific interpretative model? When they have an experience of economic desperation / urgency, they can hysterically cling to the familiar in distress.
When do people relate to confusion as an opportunity to increase the precise of interpretative models? When they have an experience of economic stability and security, they tend to recognize that confusion does not need to be reflexively avoided. Instead, any particular confusion can be calmly identified either as presumed irrelevant and thus totally ignored (as distinct from resisted or attacked) or else as worthy of exploring with curiosity (and with innocent humility, as in a respect for direct observation rather than resisting direct observation in the idolatrous worship of a particular interpretative program).
So, by programming our attention and our interpretations, social groups also program our experiences (our perceptions). Based on the programmed interpretations that we experience, we respond behaviorally.
We develop certain innate capacities based on social influences. Other innate capacities may be neglected or even suppressed. We develop according to the influence of social programming (and other influences).
What is even more important than our innate capacities? Our innate motivations might be more important. If left unprogrammed, then our innate motivations can be expected to guide the development of our innate capacities.
Again, social groups may target the governing of our innate motivations (and the development of our innate capacities), including perhaps to allow us to increase our perceptiveness prior to use having “too much” capacity or power or ability. In some social groups, it may be important to the group to cripple the human resources in various ways so that not only are they unable to escape from the role that the system provides to them, but are unable to even perceive any alternative to that programmed role. They will be programmed to reactively interpret all alternatives as either irrelevant to them (for whatever justification) or as simply impossible.
However, by unleashing suppressed motivations, what may have in the past been dismissed as irrelevant may be re-interpreted as not yet relevant. In other words, if resources are lacking so that a particular method is not yet deemed relevant, then an unleashed motivation can producing a gathering of relevant resources.
Methods that are not yet relevant will not be dismissed. They may even be explored as triggers for releasing motivation (to the extent that a particular method is perceived to be promising).
In particular, confusion will not be reflexively avoided. In the presence of confusion, there will be intense motivation to obtain the assistance of a competent, trustworthy ally to promote clarity.
There may be momentary retreat from the trigger of confusion, but that will lead to approaching possible allies with an interest in assessing who is perceived to be trustworthy and competent in whatever ways are deemed relevant by the individual who is open to experiencing breakthroughs in perceptiveness as well as in power. Instead of saying “I cannot because it is too hard and too dark and too rainy,” they will say things like this: “I will not proceed with enthusiasm in these weather conditions unless first I can turn on my wipers and my headlights, then have a good map and a reliable plan for my journey (including sufficient fuel), and finally there is one more thing. I value making sure that I am not leaning on the brakes the whole way. I value releasing the parking brake before I press on the gas pedal. In other words, I value knowing where I am going and actually getting there. I’m not just trying to show off my vehicle for social approval. I’m not pre-occupied with going where certain other people say I should. I want to experience my innate motivations fully, including the discontent of unfulfilled priorities. I want to explore my motivations with respect, like as if they have always been my allies and were never my enemies. Finally, I am open to competent assistance. I might even seek it out.”
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