The Ultimate Leverage Point (#964)

I had my first insight into the principles behind the inside-out understanding in 2007 and immediately began sharing what I had seen with pretty much anyone who would listen. One of the first people who not only listened but really heard something profound was one of my apprentices, Jamie Smart. Since that time in 2008, Jamie has dedicated himself to going deeper into the inside-out understanding or as he calls it “the principles behind clarity”, and has become one of the most vocal and effective spokespeople at sharing this new paradigm with the world.

To mark the release of his newly revised and refined The Little Book of Clarity, here’s an excerpt that speaks to how a deeper understanding of how the mind works is the “ultimate leverage point”in creating change…

One of my first ever coaching clients had a dog phobia. I asked her “How do you know when to get frightened?” Her head shot back, and she said “As soon as I see the gnashing jaws”, while using her hands to mimic a dog snapping at her face. When she saw a dog, even if it was 50 feet away and on a lead, she would generate this frightening hallucination and respond accordingly.She was responding to a THOUGHT-generated illusion as though it was a material reality.

It’s easy to dismiss my dog-phobic client’s fear as “irrational”, but each of us gets hypnotized by the same order of illusion on a daily basis. Whether a person is worrying or daydreaming; stressing out because they’re stuck in traffic or getting excited about a date they’re going on later; they’re experiencing a THOUGHT-generated perceptual reality.

So what has this got to do with clarity?

Increasing clarity is the inevitable result of a transformation in your understanding of how life works…

When it comes to people changing, there are four “levels” where a person can get leverage.

Level 1 – Material reality

The material world is bound by certain laws, such as gravity. If a person drops a brick on their foot, it will likely do some damage. If a person exercises regularly, their muscles will get stronger.

Level 2 – The content of thinking (i.e. what you’re thinking about)

Sigmund Freud popularized the idea that the content of a person’s memories “caused” their current experience. Making changes at this level is like changing the content of a movie (or making up stories about the impact of movies you watched in the past).

Level 3 – The structure of thinking

The originators of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) came to the conclusion that the structure of a person’s thinking plays a significant role in shaping their experience. Making changes at the level of structure is like playing with the shot selection, camera angles and soundtrack in a film.

Level 4 – The nature of THOUGHT

THOUGHT creates our multi-sensory “picture” of reality; our experience of the world is created “from the inside-out” via the principles of MIND, THOUGHT and CONSCIOUSNESS. Insightfully understanding what’s behind the scenes of our experience (i.e. seeing the nature of THOUGHT) can lead to a profound transformation, increasing clarity, security and peace of mind. People often experience a significant reduction in stress, and an increase in their sense of resiliency, regardless of external circumstances. Longstanding problems and issues often disappear without being “worked on”.

Figure 8.1  The Four levels of Psychological leverage

When it comes to films, the most powerful shift a person can experience is a shift in understanding. Once a person insightfully understands the nature of films, they can watch scenes which would previously have put them in fear for their lives.

Until a person understands the nature of films, it can really seem like those flying monkeys are going to come out of the screen and get them.

But they won’t. Ever. Because that’s not the nature of films. It doesn’t work that way.

Until a person understands the nature of movies, the best they can do is keep reminding themselves that “It’s just a movie, it’s just a movie…” Once a person insightfully understands the nature of movies, they don’t have to do anything. No further intervention is necessary. They can still be deeply affected by a film, but they know that their well-being isn’t at risk.

Until a person understands the nature of THOUGHT, intervention at the level of content or structure seems to make sense. As you begin to understand the nature of THOUGHT, intervention at the level of content or structure starts losing its appeal…

The flying monkeys can’t get out of the screen. Ever…

I want to really highlight Jamie’s use of the phrase “insightfully understands…”  The kind of understanding that transforms lives isn’t when something “makes sense” to you – it’s when you get it like you get a joke. Sometimes you can’t even explain why you laugh at a joke – it just strikes you as funny. As you begin to insightfully understand the nature of the mind, some things will just strike you as true or meaningful, whether or not you can explain them. And in the same way as the more you explain a joke the less funny it becomes, the more you attempt to prematurely explain your insights, the further you will be taking yourself away from the truth of what you’ve seen.

Have fun, learn heaps, and happy exploring!

With all my love,

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