I was talking to my young cousin, Rylee, the other day, and said, “I bet in your lifetime people will be able to plug a computer into their brain, and reprogram it to work better and faster.” I later researched it, and found mostly natural ways to push your mind to the next level. It was a bit refreshing in a world where technology seems to be the usual answer. This reminded me that I read a book over the summer called, ” You’re Smarter Than You Think You Are.” The thrift-store find immediately hooked me. Up front, the idea of a set and limited IQ is debunked, and it later included hundreds of fun puzzles, SAT questions, and exercises to stretch your brain.
I had been in the habit of working crossword puzzles as a way to stretch my brain, for years, having my grandfather propose the idea to me. We worked three crossword puzzles, passing them back and forth, every morning during my foundational year at Penninsula College, and his final year of life. I’m very glad for that time.
Later, I decided to become ambidextrous. I began doing all my crossword puzzles with my non-dominant left hand and it was a further exercise. You have no idea how far into my being, my grandfather’s practical philosophy of self-imposed stretching and growing, has seeped. It’s been a most wonderous virus. Thanks, grumps. 🙂
So you can wait a few more years for a stripped-down, consumer version of a brain hacking device, which will no doubt be confined to only a squashed-down version of what can be achieved. Or you can get in the habit of stretching your own self (as oposed to being pulled along by the forceful means of Technology), and use the same tools people have been using for centuries. In the Baroque era, classical music was used as a tool for hammering oneself into a higher level of consciousness. Typically, a theme melody was rehashed with different intervals and variations, and the audience would try and decode all of the happenings in each piece. Unfortunately, most of the music commonly listened to today, lacks this growth encouraging property. As it probably also was in antiquity, only a relatively few are interested in growth; most people are in the habit of seeking peace, while growth is akin to a state of war. Incidently, I don’t think equilibrium is more than a bird’s-eye interpretation; under the illusion of stagnancy, lies a perfectly matched competition.
It’s great to note that there are many artists, in today’s age, which explore the territory of expanding consciousness. These artists use linguistic metaphors to break down mental blocks, multicultural sounds to dissolve cultural barriers, and various samples and synthesizers to stretch one’s attention and focus to encompass a much larger perspective.
In order to use either type of music, the method would be to pick any repeating sound, next add another to pay attention to, then another, and so on.
Actually, you can do this with nearly anything; start paying attention to one, then two… When you get to really “see” each feature of an image, and then add a slight sway so that you can be aware of the reflection from lighting, then you’ll be acid, my friend, and when you look into eyes you’ll see them dilate.
Woah. Too much?
The post-post-modern age may be slightly lacking in the mainstream use of the old methods of stretching, and it even offers some new Lazy Man’s cheats, but it also offers some amazing ways to grow your brain, if you’re aware, and if you’re willing to push.
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