Five Keys to Activating Your Psychological Immune System

Most people don’t know it, but everyone owns a psychological immune system. Just like your physical immune system is designed to bring you back to health when ill, your psychological immune system will actually do the same at times of mental confusion or even depression. The trick, however, is to not interfere.

That said, here are my five keys to keeping your innate ability to self-correct activated to full capacity:

  1. Know where your feelings come from.

The most perilous misconception known to mankind is that our feelings come from circumstance (the actions of others, our past experiences, the future), when, in truth, they come from inside of us—from the ebb and flow of our own thinking. Feeling low and then looking outside and blaming what you find is a sure-fire way to obstruct your psychological immune system. Don’t look outside when you’re down and, without effort, your feelings will improve.

  1. Avoid coping strategies.

If you’re at the low point on a roller coaster and decide to pull the emergency brake and fix the car, you’re stalling a process that’s designed to go up on its own. Your mind doesn’t need your help. Coping strategies (self-help techniques, mental tools, gambling, sex, meditative practices, drugs) only interfere with your psychological immune system. Keep using them and you’ll feel better less and less.

  1. Grasp that the content of your thinking is irrelevant.

Analyzing thought is never in your best interest. Regardless of content, you’ll feel bad when you overthink; you’ll feel good when your head is relatively clear. Sure, it’s natural for your thinking to get the better of you at times. What’s not natural is to dig into what you’re thinking about (that’s learned). To self-correct with ease, remember: It’s that you think—not what you think.

  1. Stop adding thought.

How do you feel when you’re at your best? Light? Unencumbered? Free? What you’re feeling is an absence of personal thought. So, when you’re not at your best, using the intellect (adding thought) to find answers won’t return you to this wonderful state of mind. Take your foot off the gas pedal when your tires are stuck in mud—the mud will dry and you’ll pull out straightaway.

  1. Stay in the game.

What happens when you sit on the sidelines and think yourself into a troublesome experience? Right, it grows. Deliberately pausing to remedy a bad feeling only holds the bad feeling in place. It’s okay to instinctively take breathers, but the key to resilience is to get on with life—even when you feel like quitting—and allow your psychological immune system to wipe the slate clean. Everyone is blessed with an amazing capacity to get over, and make sense of, things. Stay in the game and you’ll keep this capacity running smoothly.

There’s the list. Question, comments, criticism? Refer to your psychological immune system and call me in the morning.

GK

Practices, Practices

Mindfulness. Acceptance. Forgiveness. Positivity. Common practices in the fields of psychology, spirituality, and meditation. But are these practices necessary? Do these practices even work? My answer to both questions is no, and here’s why: They require thought. And thought is what causes a person to not be mindful, accepting, forgiving, or positive.

You see, what all human beings have in common is that we feel our thinking—or how much thinking we have in our heads at any given moment. When we have a lot of thinking going on we feel bad; we are not mindful. When we have a little thinking going we feel good; we are. Therefore, adding more thinking (practicing mindfulness) cannot make us more mindful.

You might disagree. One day not long ago, you found yourself in a bad mood, thought positive thoughts, and suddenly felt better. But does practicing positivity always work? Of course not. In fact, as I said, by adding more thoughts into your head—even positive ones—you’re only jamming your thought system even more. A recipe for feelings worse.

So what can you do when you don’t feel mindful, accepting, forgiving, or positive? The answer is: Simply get on with life. If you don’t try to fix your state of mind, it has an amazing natural ability to fix itself (yes, you actually own a psychological immune system). When this happens, you’ll automatically feel—from the inside-out—all the wonderful feelings that these practices are attempting to instill.

No doubt, it’s easy to get fooled into believing that applying a practice is the key to an improved feeling state. But that’s called coincidence. Your innate ability to self-correct is the only thing responsible for an elevated mood. The more you obstruct it, through the use of these outside practices, the less efficiently it will work. Remember: There’s a big difference between the acts of mindfulness, acceptance, forgiveness, or positivity—and finding yourself in a state of mind where these sentiments come naturally.

My European Tour T-shirts on real people!

Nephew Alex and Mecona modeling the tees

Nephew Alex and Mecona modeling the tees

I wanted to show off these t-shirts in all the colors so here you can see it in Sage Green (Alex) and Orchid (Mecona), the t-shirts are also available in Cream and Stone Blue (see below).

T-shirts may be ordered on the t-shirt sales page. (All colors are available on that page).

More pictures of the t-shirts in the other colors.

Stone Blue t-shirt back

Stone Blue t-shirt back

Cream t-shirt back

T-shirt in cream

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Another Sneak Peak Inside My New Book

Here’s another excerpt from the Path of No Resistance. As always, if you have any questions or comments, just reply to this email. The book is due out on October 14th. I hope you enjoy this sneak peak.

Garret

 …There is a central theme of this chapter, and it runs throughout this book: If resilience, well-being, and achievement are important to you, then it’s advantageous to learn (or relearn) that you live in the feeling of your thinking (inside-out), not in the feeling of what happens to you (outside-in). In order to feel something, you must think it first.

Often, as people start to notice the virtue in this message, they wonder about the personal warning signs of a low psychological outlook—the mental state from which we’re prone to futility and frustration as well as inept or aberrant behavior. We’ll talk more about warning signs (feelings) in chapter 3, but, at this stage, here’s a list that I hope you will find helpful.

What follows are twelve intuitive signs that you might be making decisions, changes, or corrections from a depressed or unruly mind-set. And if so, it’s time to ease off the gas and let things settle.

 1. You notice your thinking.

A productive state of mind, or clarity, is the result of fluent or undetectable thinking. Contentment, consistency, and success come from insight and instinct—not intellect.

 2. You feel bound up, anxious, or angry.

Feeling out of options, lacking confidence, and volatility are clear-cut signals that your inner vision is temporarily distorted. Insecurity is a normal result of the fact that you think—it’s not related to the events of your life.

3. You blame your circumstances for the way you feel.

Whether you grasp it by now or not, all people discern the world from the inside-out. The way you feel about your circumstances is determined by the fluctuations of your own thinking. That’s why you’ll perceive the exact same circumstance differently from moment to moment.

4. You judge other people.

Judgment is the effect of a cluttered mind-set; it has nothing to do with other people or their actions. From a high state of mind, you’ll have compassion and understanding for the same person you’ll judge and disrespect from a low state of mind.

5. You keep looking outside of yourself for answers.

If you’re on a constant quest for fulfillment, jumping from relationship to relationship, team to team, school to school, city to city, guru to guru, self-help technique to . . . you get the idea, then you’re only preventing your level of consciousness from ascending on its own. If allowed to sit still, a glass of murky water always becomes clear.

6. You try to think positively.

I can’t say this enough: Those who understand the randomness of thought almost never try to change or fix their thinking. If you combat negative thoughts by trying to override them with positive ones, you only energize the negativity.

7. You take things personally.

When your state of mind is low, you’ll take things to heart and become sensitive and defensive. When high, just the opposite. It’s okay to feel vulnerable, but don’t forget: It’s got nothing to do with the actions of others.

8. You focus on illness and not health.

Waging a continuous battle to overcome your perceived deficits is like fighting a paper tiger. From a clear mental outlook, you’ll recognize your innate health and empower it. When frantic, you’ll detect illness, and, if you buy in, it becomes the standard.

9. You are intimidated or afraid.

Fear is a sensation to which we instinctively respond to in the moment—with no thought or tension. If you’re thinking about another person or situation and are intimidated, then what you’re thinking is a self-created illusion born from a momentarily low psychological perspective.

10. You believe you’ll feel better when . . .

Milestones have no ability to regulate your level of satisfaction or joy. Your state of mind creates your experience; your experience (fortune, fame, health) cannot alter your state of mind.

11. You can’t find your passion.

As I explained, you’ll be passionate when your mood is elevated; passionless when it’s deflated. So, when you lack drive or enthusiasm, don’t look to your life for the why and wherefore. Young children are passionate and wondrous about everything because consciousness and clarity are their norm.

12. You practice awareness, mindfulness, or happiness.

Often, this final sign is misunderstood and looked at in reverse. If you practice awareness, mindfulness, or happiness, you turn built-in processes into forced strategies that require thought—and an excess of thought is what takes us out of awareness, mindfulness, or happiness.

Understanding that there is a direct link between your current mind-set and perceptions of everything is the key to enlightenment…

Amy and her dog paddleboarding

Amy Dalsimer on her paddleboard

Amy and her dog. How cute is this!

This picture appeared in the Waterbury Record, Vermont local paper. Front page news. Amy and I (and Charlie) love paddleboarding. It’s the most mind-relaxing sport I can imagine—until the wake of a motorboat hits or a big wind blows up. But even then the idea is to stay cool.

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The T-shirt has materialized

What started out as a lark and a tongue-in-cheek take-off on a rock music tour actually turned out to be a really nice T-shirt. Here’s how it happened: toward the end of my European tour, because I had covered so many countries in such a short time, Julian Freeman from the UK suggested that I do up a T-shirt of the tour. I thought the idea was totally ridiculous, embarrassing even. Then someone else in the UK came up with the same idea. So I started to think Julian might be right— that it might be funny. Then I thought, I wonder if I could actually do this?

So I put out feelers to see if anybody had T-shirt-making connections and I got a few leads, but Frank Gerryts, my 3P webmaster, took it upon himself to design a Jack Pransky Three Principles European Tour 2014 T-shirt. It looked nice to me.

All of a sudden I realized the lark was becoming a reality, and I decided to do it and send one out as a thank you gift to every person who took care of me on my European tour.

So I worked back and forth with Frank to get the design the way I really wanted it and brought it to Amalgamated Cultureworks in Burlington, Vermont to put the finishing touches on the design. They did a really excellent job! And while I was at it, I decided to print up a bunch more than I needed in case any other people wanted to buy one.

So, this is to announce that “The Jack Pransky Three Principles European Tour 2014” T-shirt is now available for purchase. That’s what it says on the back and lists all the places I stopped on my tour and all the wonderful 3P people who helped me out along the way.

Front of t-shirtOn the front, above the left breast, it says: The Three Principles Mind, Consciousness, Thought with an ↓pointing to concentric circles, with fear, ego and beliefs on the outside, and peace love and wisdom on the inside, with a line like a ladder going from the center to the outside edge, indicating levels of consciousness So, it can also be thought of as a Three Principles T-shirt. Wear it proudly.

It is available in orchid, stone blue, sage green, and cream. Sizes are small, medium, large, and extra-large. The sizes tend to run a little on the big side than usual. The T-shirts are good quality, so they shouldn’t shrink.

Cost: it was more expensive than I thought to make good quality T-shirts. They will be available for sale on this website for $20 US apiece, plus shipping and handling (envelopes to ship them in). Shipping and handling costs will depend on the shipping location.

To order your t-shirt go to our t-shirt sales page.

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What ever happened to peace and love?

 

peace and love

What ever happened to peace and love? The answer is nothing has ever happened to peace and love. Peace and love are constants of the nature of all mankind.  Peace and love are the spiritual essence of humanity.

Then how do we explain the murderous rage, the boiling resentment, the hatred of “others” spreading across the world? Those things have nothing to do with our spiritual nature. They are the products of insecure thinking unrestrained, misleading multitudes into vortices of fear.

It looks hopeless to many that mankind will ever live at peace, that people who don’t see eye to eye will work together constructively to find common ground, that “others” will be appreciated for their differences and understood as part of the family of man. It doesn’t look hopeless to me. Yes, it is painful to be a witness to widespread human suffering. But it only strengthens my determination to keep on working to share the underlying logic of the human psyche, the simple Principles that explain the creation of both peace and war and describe the power each person on earth has to choose a new direction.

Let’s look at a simple chart of the spectrum of states of mind:

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As we understand how our thinking works, we find more and more inner peace and see life from gratitude and joy, free from fear and judgment. Without understanding, we become entrapped in insecure thinking and fall prey to feelings of alienation and despair.

The words could be different, but pick up on the feelings implied. Above the red line, people are in relatively calm states, with wisdom and insight accessible to them. The higher their level of calm, the more they are at peace and their minds are free and clear. Below the line, people are in relatively stressed states, increasingly caught up in personal, habitual thinking. The deeper they fall into distress, the more they cling to their thinking and lash out in self-protection.

We are always in some state of mind, but we are oblivious to it. Whatever our state of mind, our thinking looks like reality to us. If we are living in a chronic state of anger and upset, we are feeling insecure, off-balance, and fearful of protecting ourselves and our own view of things. When we are living in a constant state of ease and calm, we are feeling secure, confident within ourselves, and able to access insight and creative solutions to problems.

The ups and downs of our states of minds play out in the worldly realm, like weather on the surface of the ocean. But below the active, ever-changing surface is the steady flow of the current of life.  The Principles describe that current. The current is not the weather; but without the current, the weather would not have a way to play itself out. The current brings the ocean to life. The Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought describe how experience enters our awareness. Mind is the intelligent energy, the breath of life, that infuses our spirit. Thought is the way we use that energy to create ideas and images within our own heads. Consciousness is the way we become aware of what we have created and have a sensory experience of it.

Most people have no recognition that this process is constantly at work, generating our experience. When we awaken to how our thinking and our states of mind work, we understand our present experience and we know that if we do not like it, we can change it as we find deeper calm and wisdom. When we innocently believe that the thoughts we are having and our reactions to them are being caused by things outside ourselves, we are at war with the circumstances of life. We can never win because we cannot force others to fit our thinking about how life should be. We can only come to the realization that everyone is the same, and just like us, they are looking at life through their own thoughts.  When we all realize that our own thinking is creating our experience of what is happening, the power to change is ours, and we are one insight away from a completely different experience of the same world.

Pain arises from all our “if-then” thinking: If this changes, then I’ll feel better. If that group would go away, I could enjoy my community more. If those people weren’t bothering me, I wouldn’t have to kill them. Peace arises from the insight that each one of us is looking at the same circumstances through their own unique thinking and states of mind. One person’s good outcome is another person’s nightmare.

How would understanding this help? We would stop fighting each other’s insecure thinking and instead look to generate calm and security before we took action. There are examples of this in the world. One of the most touching in recent history is the Forgiveness Project. All of us have had moments in which a healing insight has transcended resentments or anger, and given us a fresh start with someone or something. Large or small, those are the moments which turn us towards the light of our spiritual nature, the capacity to be at peace

Love and understanding harmonize the mind of humanity to its true inner nature.

What you give in life is what you receive. 

To give love is to receive love.

A mind full of love and good feelings can never go wrong.

Love and forgiveness go hand-in-hand. Without them, life is encumbered by ill feelings and unhappiness.

Judging your own faults or the faults of others leads to unhappiness. A mind that dwells in non-judgment is a contented mind.

A heart full of love is void of all judgment and is filled with divine spirit.

Sydney Banks, The Missing Link

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