THE POWER AND SPEED
OF YOUR SECRET BRAIN
(in one minute)
have an exceptional resource that we know nothing about: our irrational
brain. It has to do with a mental circuit that works at great speed
and controls particular muscle bands: the "deep musculature".
Here is the first experiment: it will immediately make you understand
how these muscles work.
YOUR ARM MOVES BY ITSELF
Place the back of one hand against a piece of furniture or against
a wall. Begin pushing hard with your arm, as if you wanted to move
the obstacle. Continue pushing for a minute. Then move away from
the obstacle and relax your arm. Incredible but true, the arm rises
by itself as if by magic.
It is strange to see the arm move by itself without the brain consciously
ordering it to do so. As this happens, you feel a strange sensation
of fresh lightness (listen to it, later, we will see why)
THE MUSCLES WORKING
BECAUSE THE DEEP MUSCLES
ACT OUTSIDE THE CONTROL
OF THE RATIONAL BRAIN
WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?
While you pushed your hand against the obstacle, the voluntary superficial
muscles (controlled by the rational brain), got tired quickly. This
fatigue was signaled to the unconscious brain, which activated the
muscles that it is in charge of (the deep musculature). One of the
functions of these deep muscles is to provide support to the voluntary
muscles when they get tired. When you stopped pushing and relaxed
your arm, the order given by the rational brain didn't reach the
unconscious brain, and so it wasn't retransmitted to the deep musculature,
which therefore, didn't receive the order to stop pushing. Thus,
while you believe you are no longer pushing, the arm rises by itself.
We are not able to consciously feel the strain of the deep muscles
precisely because the signal that they send while working stops
at the unconscious brain. Therefore, the rational mind doesn't feel
the work of the "irrational" musculature.
We use this musculature commonly; for example, while riding a bicycle,
when we no longer feel the strain, even though we keep making the
same movement. We also use it in moments of fear, when adrenaline
completely frees this kind of muscular power.
times instead this process gets jammed: when a car is coming towards
us, it can happen that we are unable to deactivate the rational
brain and to activate the irrational one. Thus we find ourselves
to be perfectly aware that the car is coming towards us, but we
are unable to move. And in the meantime, we diligently note to ourselves:
"Yes, the car is coming toward me. I can't move, the car
is getting closer, it will squash me, it'll hurt like hell! I'll
end up in the hospital. Oh, shit!'
This is what you call panic.
TO DOUBLE YOUR STRENGTH IN AN INSTANT.
it be better to learn to use these unconscious muscles? This is
very easy, because it is natural to know how to use them. First
of all, breathe deeply. Then repeat four or five times the experiment
of the arm that rises by itself. Breathe deeply, and savouring this
strange lightness, you will also feel a light freshness for a fraction
of a second. This sensation is very light, but tangible. Listen
to it, identify it, "photograph it" (so to speak).
Now you must try doing something goofy. Imagine feeling this fresh
sensation in your arms while you lift a weight. Think only about
this and about lifting the weight, without contracting your arms
(it's an obvious contradiction in terms).
You feel like an idiot doing it, but if you try it, you will succeed.
You have to pretend to feel that light sensation as you remember
it. You will feel very little fatigue. You won't feel the strain.
By repeating this exercise two or three times a day for a week,
you will restore the possibility of consciously controlling the
deep musculature. You can activate it in an instant at your will.
You need only to order the muscles to relax and to become fresh
while you are carrying out a strenuous task. It is as if you are
communicating with your unconscious brain "on the rebound",
reproducing in your rational mind the sensation that accompanies
the result that you want to obtain.
The deep musculature causes freshness. Thinking
about freshness, I cause the deep musculature to be activated.
isn't it? But there's a lot more!
THE SPEED OF YOUR REFLEXES
YOUR INSTINCTIVE REACTIONS
is a technique that will allow you to win a pile of money betting
with the usual cousin or uncle who thinks he can do anything (there's
one in every family). You do it with a dollar bill, but you can
also use a $10, $50 or $100 bill, depending on your possibilities.
One person holds the dollar bill and the other stands with his thumb
and index finger a centimeter away from the banknote. When the one
holding the bill lets go, the other has to catch it by closing his
fingers and without lowering his hand.
It seems simple but it is very difficult. Try it and see for yourself.
The problem is that too much attention is required when the other
person lets the banknote fall. This way, you make the rational brain
work, which records everything and therefore is very slow. If you
want, you can make your reflexes five times faster. Once again,
it is just a matter of activating the unconscious mind and the deep
musculature (which is lightning swift when it wants to be). How
is this done? We will use a trick here too.
As usual, you have to think something absurd... that is, you need
to think that you have already caught the banknote. You must not
think of anything else. Don't order your fingers to grasp the money.
Pretend you already caught it. Imagine your fingers already grasping
the bill, the touch of your fingertips against the paper. You will
see that after a while, you will succeed in acquiring surprising
speed. You will end up being able to catch the bill before it falls
more than 2cm.
succeed you must not think.
It seems strange that the fingers close automatically. But it's
really not so strange. Let's go back to the previous example. If
a car is about to hit you, you don't start thinking that you must
first move the right or the left leg. Otherwise the car will mash
The fear that seizes you when the vehicle is about to run you over,
alters the normal way of how your brain works. You no longer think
of what you have to do, but where to move in order
to save your skin. In other words, your attention shifts to the
objective that you want to reach. How to reach it is a task that
is transferred naturally from the rational to the instinctive brain.
If it has ever happened that you have saved yourself from danger
through swift action, you will have noticed afterwards that you
remember only the moment preceding and following the action. You
didn't register the action itself. This is because your rational
brain was deactivated while you were acting, and therefore it could
not register what happened.
FINGERS WILL CLOSE
IF YOU WANT THEM TO.
THE HARD PART IS BELIEVING IT!
ONLY WHEN YOUR BRAIN IS TURNED OFF
DO YOU OBTAIN
YOUR MAXIMUM BODY SPEED.
MIGHT YOU HAVE DIFFICULTY
CATCHING THE DOLLAR BILL?
we use our rational brain to command our actions. You look at the
dollar bill. The dollar bill begins to fall. Your brain registers
what is happening. It orders your fingers to close. Your fingers
This entire procedure is too slow. In fact, the dollar bill falls.
That is why you need to act using your instinctive reflexes. We're
too used to thinking that we command all our movements and that
nothing can happen outside our rational control. But, as we have
seen, this isn't the case.
Repeat this exercise until you succeed in catching the bill in the
air. If you don't succeed in thinking that you have already caught
it, just try to relax and keep on trying. Sooner or later, you'll
When you have finally succeeded, continue doing this exercise. Try
to "photograph" the sensation that you have in your brain
as you catch the dollar bill, and try to reproduce it.
Use this method when you are thrown a pair of keys or you drop a
glass. After the first successful attempts, you will see that it
becomes very easy. Practice for a few days, and when you get a chance,
use the same method (thinking that you have already succeeded).
Or use it while you play darts, tennis or volleyball.
Even in this case, over time, you will witness a change. Gradually,
this technique will come natural to you for catching an object in
the air or for aiming at something.
Japanese archers have used it for centuries.
They aim by imagining that the arrow has already
hit the target,
or by imagining the arrow stuck in the center, or by thinking of
being at one with the arrow and the straw target.It is simply a
trick by which the unconscious mind activates itself. It is in the
mind that takes aim. This ability has nothing to do with "powers
of the mind" that propel the arrow... In fact, the unconscious
mind is able to aim only after it has learned everything about the
trajectory of the arrow, and this happens only after hundreds of
hours of launching arrows with a bow.
It's not a miracle: it's only a basic technique to fully develop
our potentialities. But it works so well that by now even Western
archers who practice the quick shot use it. By following this method,
you will notice that you are able to grab an object that falls out
of your hands without even having decided to catch it.
This happens when the process of reactivating the unconscious circuits
of the deep musculature and of the instinctive reflexes has been
completed. For this to happen, I repeat, you don't need months of
boring daily practice. You need only to repeat the exercise for
a few days in order to "fix" the experience and then to
remember to use these circuits when you want to.
self-training process is automatic. In fact, it's not about learning
something new or creating new abilities; rather, it's about reactivating,
a natural operative system that we have forgotten to use.
It is the same with newborns. If you throw them in water right away
just after birth, they will swim. But if they aren't given the chance
to do it, afterwards they will no longer be able to swim. Only after
learning how to stay afloat does it again become instinctive to
move the right way (obviously, learning how to swim "with style"
involves the learning of a particular technique, but that's another
kettle of fish).
The topic of the rediscovery of natural processes is very important,
and it is central to explaining better why quick change is possible,
precisely by following this policy of small steps that I am suggesting.
If it was possible for you to lift a suitcase without effort and
to catch the dollar bill in the air, you have just achieved a profound
change in your way of being. The satisfaction from the results achieved
has pleased you and you will want to use these methods again for
obtaining other positive results, which will gratify and motivate
you to experiment further. And this will happen without effort,
without having to discipline yourself.
The satisfaction of changing without effort will cheer you and
you will start to appreciate this unconscious brain of yours - poor
thing! - so that when you explain to him properly what you want,
using a language that he understands, he will faithfully obey you,
offering you astonishing performances.
This way, the rediscovery of a small element of your personality
becomes a small change, a module, a fractal that reproduces itself.
In the end, your conception of yourself will be modified. When faced
with a problem, the first thing you do will be to choose which mental
circuit to use.
Just like when you sit down in front of the computer, you first
decide which program to use depending on the work that you have
to do (obviously the rational brain has its advantages, too. If
I had to fill out my income tax form and tried to use my unconscious
mind, the result would be pretty scary).
To ask ourself which circuit to use will inevitably lead us to rediscover
and to finally identify a world that is part of us but which we
never look at. Have you ever reflected on how many things we do
using our instinctive circuit at least in part?
STATE OF FLUX
you think of what movements to make while you are dancing, your
movements will lack grace.
You have to switch off the rational mind and let the unconscious
take over if you want to move smoothly. Has it ever happened that
you were able to write something "at one go"? Have you
noticed that it seems that you are writing under dictation and the
words only come out the instant before your pen writes them? Where
do they come from? From the unconscious mind.
It's like when you have a word at the tip of your tongue,
but you're unable to say it. You continue to search for it with
your rational brain as hard as you can. But you don't get anywhere.
Finding the right words is not a rational activity. It is the unconscious
that goes searching for them in the archives of your memory. You
are not able to remember because you are too rationally involved.
In order to find the lost word, you have to distract yourself. If
you do, the unconscious processor starts to work again properly,
and shortly afterwards the missing word comes back to mind magically.
same can be said for the intuitions that don't come if you try too
hard, but instead come on their own while you brush your teeth or
take a walk.
Constructing a drawer in our mind and putting inside it all these
activities that we perform in state of flux will further change
your point of view. To identify these moments means to make use
of them, to acknowledge them, to be conscious of them. To bring
them out from that shadow zone of events that have no value or that
we never think about. It means to exploit forgotten resources. Then,
when you're not able to write something or you're not able to let
yourself go with the music, you remember that you cannot because
you are using your rational mind instead of letting yourself go
with the "flow". In other words, that relaxed state in
which everything flows without effort, when the rational and the
irrational work in synergy. And you know that you can reach this
state by entering into a state of slow consciousness.
UNITED IN THE FIGHT
(THE SYNERGY OF MENTAL FRESHNESS)
You can induce a state of flux with the same silly method used before:
to imagine, to prefigure, and to project the sensation of what you
want to obtain. Once that sensation is photographed, you can relive
it as much as you like, pretending to feel it.
You communicate "visually" what you want to the irrational
brain, making it "feel" your wishes. And it obeys you.
Breathe, relax and let yourself go. Shortly afterwards, you will
find the words that elude you. If you still can't, forget about
it, sleep, or do something else. You've given your order. Your obliging
unconscious mind has received the right command. Have faith and
you will see that "inspiration will return to you". And
when it comes, you can let yourself go with that flow.
All the great artists, for as long as art has exited, have told
us a thousand times over that art blossoms like this. It seems to
happen by itself. You need to have patience and wait for it to come
and then you can let it possess you. Michelangelo would say that
the statues were already inside the block of marble. All he did
was to let them come out. But how does this happen?
The idea is that beneath the surface of things flows the energy
that sustains the world: an energy that, if we listen, we can see.
It will guide us if we let ourselves be carried away by its harmony.
If we trust this harmony, we will allow it to guide our existence
in the best way. By what else can we let ourselves be guided by
if not by the natural rhythm of the elements?
Start communicating with the life force; listen to your unconscious.
You will begin a whole different journey.
Yes, this is magic. The magic of life.
You need only to realize that an arm can rise by itself, and in
a few minutes you find yourself thinking about the vital spark that
you can perceive by leaving the unconscious part of yourself open.
This way, you can touch with your own fingers the miracle of the
essence of the world.