#053 DFQ

Continuing on from the last lesson, we are still exploring the enormous hindrance that PTV–the Plato Truth Virus–has placed on our ability to think independently.

Any time you devote to exploring and understanding this issue will have a huge pay-off in accelerating your own speed of thought.

Truth ‘R’ Us (continued)
Following on from the last lesson here continues the small sample of PTV-infected claims which have long since upstaged those claims made by the original teacher:

Krishna Consciousness:
Direct love for the Lord Krishna, in the form of chanting, singing and dancing, is the best way to rid the soul of ignorance.

Church of Scientology:
It is only through the exercise of the principles of Dianetics that there is real hope for happiness in this lifetime and the eventual-freeing of the soul from death.

The Children of God:
No power in the world can stand against the power of David. (This refers to David Berg, the sect’s leader).

Catholic Church:
No one can be saved without that faith which the Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, Roman Church holds, believes and teaches … the One True Church established on earth by Jesus Christ … to whom alone it belongs to judge the meaning and interpretation of the Holy Scriptures.


All these extravagent and greedy claims would be rejected by most experienced adults along with similar claims made by door-to-door salesmen and others. The problem is that they are often programmed into the brains of very young children before their minds are sufficiently immune to reject them.

It may be that the scale of this kind of cognitive abuse makes other forms of child abuse pale into insignificance by comparison of numbers.

In spite of these corporate claims and the consequences they have caused to millions, most members of these groups become less infected with PTV as they grow older.

Most of the faithful are people of genuine peace who quietly go about their business. They try to live by their creeds without bothering others at all. The silent majority are not the villains, so often they are the victims, too.

If there were ever such a thing as absolute truth, by its own definition, there could only be one absolute truth. So, which truth is the ‘true’ truth?

As a philosophical piece of gamesmanship, this coveting of the label of absolute truth is not limited to religious doctrines, but spills over into political, business, sociological, and even economic theories, although the latter have fallen on hard times lately.

At first, adding PTV seemed to make a set of intellectual claims or doctrines superior to those that were not absolute, but time has shown the opposite to be the case. We know now that once the thinking effort switches to defence and support, (as it must if a doctrine is frozen asabsolute truth) further growth and creative development are discouraged. The truth begins to lose its credibility as it begins to lose its relevance and its effectiveness.

PTV inevitably serves to undermine the doctrine it was originally meant to reinforce.

Two people can, of course, have two different points of view. Nothing odd about that. But, if each viewpoint is infected with PTV, if each believes his viewpoint is uniquely right, PTV can keep them fighting and bullying each other for some time.

Replace two people with two families, two communities, two groups, two religions or two nations and this pernicious truth virus can be passed on to each successive generation and the fighting and persecution can continue for hundreds of years.

It may be that Plato’s truth virus has done more damage to Western civilisation than any human thinking device ever invented. It has been estimated that just last century alone more than 136 million Westerners have been killed by PTV. This does not include similar viruses that may infect non-Western societies.

Myths, Theories and Hypotheses
It does seems to be a genuine, legitimate and universal need of the human mind to create myths, stories, theories and hypotheses to explain and make coherent an unexplainable world.

– When frightened by a thunderstorm some thinkers explained it as a
burst of Zeus’ anger. Others later said it’s an electrostatic phenomenon.
– An illness can be seen by some as a voodoo spell or by others as a viral infection.

In an attempt to perform their function of making sense out of chaos, myths and scientific theories work on the same principle. The view that we humans build of our world is always a product of our imagination.

Your view of a situation is a cognitive phenomenon. In a situation, your experience of the situation is an electro-chemical event which takes place in your brain. The phrase ‘your experience of the situation’is important because it points to the uniqueness of your understanding of the situation. Others in the situation will also have their own unique experience of it. Which experience is ‘The Truth’?

For example, I love movies. I am a regular movie-goer. I find movies to be great value. In movies, thousands of talented people spend thousands of hours and millions of dollars to create a product that I can enjoy for $15. Where else do you get such enormous leverage of value?

When I tell you about a recent movie I have seen, am I telling you about the movie, or, am I telling you about my experience of the movie? When a movie critic writes about a movie, is she writing about the movie, or, is she writing about her understanding of the movie? Note the distinction.

There is a distinction and it is a crucial one. PTV is a problem because it can distort the host brain’s ability to make this distinction. The virus-impaired brain may be unable to distinguish between its parochial experience and that of other brains.

The PTV-infected brain thinks its experience is uniquely right.

Bores and Bullies
The sick brain can cause people to become bores or bullies, I’m not sure which is worse.

The boring brainuser is one whose behaviour is wearying to others because he or she cannot stop their tedious, enthusiastic talk about their own interests and experience, not because others are interested but because PTV makes them assume others are interested. Many companies train their salespeople to become bores who annoy their prospects and prevent them from ever becoming customers.

It would be interesting to measure the profits lost to shareholders who have no idea what they are losing due to management’s archaic, PTV-infected sales doctrines.

For example, one large, multi-level soap company has so bored the marketplace with its PTV-riddled training propaganda and Nuremburg-style sales rallies, that it’s now too ashamed to mention it’s own name to new prospects. Its sales agents are so embarrassed they won’t even admit what brand they sell. It probably comes as no surprise that less than 2% of their sales agents ever make a profit.

American Way

Can you imagine a company achieving a state of affairs where they are actually frightened of their own name! Well, this company so contaminated the marketplace in America with its spooky tricks, that it’s #1 competitor sued it for damages FOUR TIMES and won each time.

PTV can wreck a business like this. It can cause brainusers to automatically assume that other brainusers are aligned to their unique interests when they are so unlikely to be. It can assume others want “to share” when they do not.

Or, PTV can cause a brainuser to need, want, or demand others to share their ‘uniquely right’ experience of a situation. The infected brain can cause behaviour that even employs pressure, coercion or force to frighten or bully other brainusers to toe the line.

So much time, effort, peace and productivity has been wasted by nagging bores and tiresome bullies.

Yes, the human brain is an explanation-manufacturing mechanism but that’s not the same thing as explaining. Do notice the difference. By creating explanations to fill in the gaps when needed, the brain helps to keeps us mentally stable. This will always be a useful property of the human brain.

Thinking, being a thinker, having a healthy curiosity is a normal part of the functioning of a healthy human brain. What is not healthy or normal but is a very dangerous cognitive disease is the condition of the True Believer. In pop psychology terms, thinkers are OK but True Believers are NOT OK.

The symptom of the True Believer is the colloquial and very crippled viewpoint that says: “I have the truth” … “My policy is the true policy” … “My doctrine is good and your doctrine is evil”, or, perhaps, “Wasn’t I lucky to be born into that True Religion and now what are we going to do about you, unbeliever?”

It is difficult to imagine a more dangerous mental condition.

Some believe that religious extremism is a greater disease than political extremism. Commenting on the damage being done by religious extremists to the Australian Labour Party, Ben Chifley, the much-respected former Prime Minister of Australia, once said, “The religious fanatic is far worse than the political fanatic.”

In the Preface of his book, The True Believers, (Methuen 1986) Peter Bowler warns:

“Here they come, the True Believers, wide-eyed and earnest; here they come, the devotees, the fanatics, the evangelists, the pilgrims, the worshippers, the contemplatives – clutching their hymns and invocations, observing their holy commandments and taboos, performing their sacrifices but, above all, believing. Believing in God, or in several gods, or even a goddess or two.  Believing in the soul, in demons, in eternal forgiveness, in eternal  punishment, in life after death, in assorted varieties of heaven and hell, in the power of faith to heal, to move mountains …

“They are and always have been, the idealists of humankind. Seeking  something beyond the material, something intangible, something to explain the unexplainable, something to assuage their fear of the uncontrollable, something to compensate them for the unacceptable, something to offer
them a kind of dignity and power in the midst of indignity and impotence.

“Let us not mock the True Believer for their idealism. But watch out for them – they can be dangerous. Combative people, they are, by nature; crusaders rather than compromisers. Because they are right, others are wrong. The sinful must be punished, and who more sinful than the unbeliever? The more intolerant and warlike among them seek to punish the unbeliever in this life, with holy wars and inquisitions; the more benevolent and tolerant leave it to their God to punish the unbeliever with eternal torments after death.

“From time to time history has thrown up a sect that is gentle and moderate and peace loving, like the Quakers or the Baha’i; invariably these sects are singled out for the most ruthless persecution at the hands of the True Believers. When two religions are so similar as to be almost identical in every significant respect then take cover, because the conflict between them will be truly murderous. Buddhists and Presbyterians get along famously, but if you are selling insurance you would be ill-advised to set up shop in Palestine or Belfast.”

For example, the number of Europeans who died or were killed as a result of the Crusades is put at approximately four million. The victims of the Inquisition, in Spain alone, included:

  • 30,000 – burned at the stake
  • 17,000 burned in effigy
  • 290,000 punished by torture, prison or financial ruin.

Of all these victims, most were women, ‘heretics’ and Jews.

That’s all very sad, of course, but those medieval days are gone now, aren’t they? Today we live in the Age of Aquarius, the new millennium, isn’t all that truth virus stuff rather old hat and even slightly alarmist to us cool, laid-back, dudes? ‘Fraid not! …

For example, in recent years the world’s headlines were filled with stories about a group in Japan whose ideas are very much infected with the truth virus. Time magazine’s cover story (April 3, 1995) is about a group that poisoned 3,000 Tokyo subway commuters with nerve gas.

Time magazine reports: “In what could only have been a carefully coordinated, painstakingly planned atrocity, an apparently diluted form of nerve gas called sarin, a weapon of mass killing originally concocted by the Nazis, was placed simultaneously in five subway cars at morning rush hour, killing 10 victims and sickening thousands more. … (later at the suspect group’s compound) Policeman in protective suits with canaries emerged with ton after ton of chemicals–sodium cyanide, sodium fluoride, phosphorus trichloride, isopropyl alcohol, acetonitrile … enough to kill 4.2 million people. Later, it was reported that police found containers of a biological toxin called botulinum, one of the world’s deadliest. They found enough to wipe out the whole planet! Presumably this would be justifiable, all in the name of truth. As a result of this atrocity “the Japanese have lost their trust in society,” says sociologist Kenichi Tominaga of Keio University. “It will never be the same.”

And the name of this post-modern group of the 1990’s? Aum Shinrikyo which means – Supreme Truth!

Since then we’ve had September 11 and almost daily examples of PTV-infected brains causing havoc and devastation in the name of ‘The Truth’.

PTV is not just a medieval curiosity. Today, PTV is still very much alive and may be living it up in your brain!


DFQ #053:

Try this thought experiment

Sit quietly now for about 3 to 5 minutes and notice the activity going on in your brain. Try to notice the thought patterns, the dissonance, the defences that PTV is working to preserve its survival. What you have noticed about your thinking patterns and what, if anything, you have noticed about PTV’s activities in your brain?

After doing this experiment, what you have noticed about your thinking patterns and what, if anything, you have noticed about PTV’s activities in your brain?

404 thoughts on “#053 DFQ

  1. I felt uncomfortably thinking that there is no One Absolute Truth. It seems I got infected with PTV. Then I tought maybe The One True Truth exists. It felt like I hoped so.

  2. I notice my resolve is only strengthened with regards to my faith and belief in Jesus Christ. To suggest that God is made up is no different than suggesting God is real. Truth is where you find it as an individual. I submit the absence of belief in God is an infection of PTV.

  3. I have recently become interested in meditation and have been to classes at a Tibetan Buddhist Temple near my home. Thinking about Buddhism I found myself wondering if the information that they have been sharing with me is “the Truth”. I wondered if they fight to defend their “Truth”. Then I noticed that I liked the Buddhist philosophy and found that I wanted it to be the Truth, because I liked it. I noticed that as I thought as I considered specific topics and I had a positive disposition to them I wanted them to be the Truth. Then I had to remind myself that they are simply thoughts, assessments and they could be changed should I wish too.

    The most interesting thing that I noticed was how almost transparent it was for me to look at something and try to label it or my opinion of it as the Truth.

    I think that I must be a boring Brainuser because until this lesson I had not considered that a friend may not be really that interested in my latest passion. It is not a little challenging to notice that you may be a BORE. Apologies to my friends, I will be intentionally interested in you much more in the future. Thanks for the lesson.

  4. I noticed that my mind kept focusing on the idea that it was important to point out alternative ways to define, look at, and understand certain concepts presented here (for example, “If there were ever such a thing as absolute truth, by its own definition, there could only be one absolute truth. So, which truth is the ‘true’ truth?”).

    However, after some deeper reflection on the issue, helped by the moderaters rejecting my first responses, I could understand that just because I thought it important to point out alternatives, doesn’t mean that it is in fact important. My thinking in that way was a kind of PTV; i.e. I was right and therefore it had to be done.

  5. I have a sense of what I believe to be the truth and am challenged to think about whether that is the ONLY truth. I have a problem with the assumption that all truth can be derived by reason alone and that other ways of coming to it are either erroneous or invalid. I still believe that God is very real, although I suppose that could be attributed to PTV infections at an earlier stage. Unfortunately, in my case I came to that conclusion much later in my life and it was through independent thought and analysis…

  6. I didn’t find any cognitive dissonance to anything I’ve read today from your writings. You have valid and sensible points of view. I don’t take them personally, its meta-cognition.

  7. The most astonishing thing for me is that, even for a person like me, not very religious for a long time, the effects of PTV are difficult to get rid off.
    As a result of the self-maximising properties of our brains, it remains embbeded in many brains that there really exist a “God, Heaven, or Hell”. And this is purely a result of the abuse metted out at a very young age, by being introduce/force into church/mosque etc. Its a never-ending cycle, parent to child etc.

    PTV spills over to academia as well. Many, if not all, business school will teach you that, the sole purpose of a business unit is “profit maximisation”. Its there in my business management 101 text book. should it really be that way? With this in mind I don’t find in hard to understand the recent global economic turmoil we’ve experienced from about 2008.

    PTV is alive, it is very subtle and I’d venture to say that the advancement of humanity has been stunted hugely as a result.

  8. Before i embarked on SOT lessons, i frequently approached my daily situations always with the view to compromise and obtain a Win Win situation in every outcome. The lessons have made me awared of the powerful brain software of CVS2BVS.
    In my construction supervision works, Contractors are required to carry out works in accordance with a set of standard drawings that is adopted by the Authority. With PTV, the set of the standard drawings is the absolute truth that the Contractor must follow to construct the infrastructural works accordingly. If either the standard drawing contains mistakes or there is better way to get the job done by modifying the standard drawing to get a superior outcome, the later approach should have been taken rather than be inflexible and stick to the Truth.

  9. That I am looking for the right answer to this experiment,
    I notice beleivers thinking its their right to slaughter non belivers.
    History now shows their belief were wrong,
    Never enough to dictate who lives or dies,
    Wisdom and experiance can be learnt from this,
    A new style of thinking [GOOD] that they think and [BETTER] find best idea.
    RIGHT/WRONG contaminated with PTV virus.

  10. I have a lot of resistance, emotional resistance, to pairing Plato’s name with such a negative concept. It’s a bit like calling nuclear weapons Einstein bombs. I feel a little bit of Plato’s work has been taken out of context and he’s been unfairly associated with some pretty nasty consequences. Do we blame the founders of the internet for every crime or other negative things that happens online?

    A tool is a tool and most tools can be used for good and bad.

    Is there something ironic about someone telling us “There is only one absolute truth: there are no absolute truths.”

    At any one point in time, when action has to be taken, we have to decide what is the best outcome available at that time. The PTV is a useful tool at the point.

    Be prepared to revise what is best in light of changing circumstances.

  11. People tend to believe a lot of hype maybe because it’s the easy way out and they don’t want to be left out. A lot has to do with the way your’re bought up. It saddens me to think nobody is wise enough or tough enough to stand up to others ideas and not try to find another solution.

  12. I notice my thoughts are all the time putting to myself under pressure, I have to be better, I have to work harder if not I am feel guilty… I can’t have a break and leave my mind empty because I feel I am losing the time… This is one of my contamined Catholic-PTV virus… feeling guilty, guilty, and guilty …

  13. So very hard to do! Spent most of time trying to think about what I would write. The words “Sit quietly” kept repeating in my head. I constantly felt like I needed to be looking at something and understanding it and getting ready to discuss it. Sitting quietly is so hard for me if I’m thinking about it

  14. According to my observation about my thinking pattern and behavior, I think I am indulgent. I tolerate different point of view specially about religion and science. But I can not bear extremism. I think fundamentalists and atheists are two sides of the same coin which is bet on a loser horse.

  15. As a consultant, you are asked for a proposal by a client. So you spend numerous hours putting it together. When you finish polishing it off and finally submit it, you pat yourself on the back on a terrific job done. However, when the client rejects yours and chooses another submission, your first reaction is how stupid can they be? How can they not see the brilliance in mine? They for sure will fail by not accepting mine!
    This is PTV in action disguised as ego. Why do I need to defend my proposal? It’s quite conceivable that the other proposal happens to be a better fit for them. The client is entitled to choose. Instead of proclaiming “sour grapes”, I should be proactive and learn from the client what I could have done differently.

  16. My thinking patterns have been hammered in to me probably for the first
    sixteen years of my life for last forty six years I have been looking at things differently the older I get the more things are not as simple to explain as I once thought they were there is always a bvs

  17. PTV sometimes exists in my brain, in my thinking,happily very rarely. I do not welcome it, I do not follow its strange nature and I’m by any means trying to avoid its existence.

  18. I have caught myself defending a believe, an idea and even a method of working. Then from no where a thought would pop into my mind asking myself is the another way or a better way, in short bvs. I think writing out cvs2bvs daily may have something to do with it.

  19. ptv indeed.


    personally this ptv kicks in during discussion. recently on an internet forum, this ptv automatically wants to attack the view it sees.

    and I have allowed it to dominate.

    Now i pause let ask questions, lead the person into a position then I crush them with ptv. lol.

    Seriously, although it is an easy thinking default to fall back on. Instead I pause. CVS2BVS and find merit in the other persons views and see if both sides can benefit.

    So I’ve gone from a ME stance to a You stand and find a We stance. I hope that makes sense.

  20. I have thought about many matters that I seem to have fixed ideas about. I am troubled to think that some of these need to reconsidered. This thought seems to be taking me out of my comfort zone.

  21. My thinking pattern always seem to try to justify its views. This PTV activity is something that I to have to consciously and actively root out by replacing it with the mantra of CVS2BVS.

  22. I got rid of it years ago. “PTV” as you named it is real and all too obvious in most people I come in contact with. If you read this and you also managed to get rid of your “PTV”, look me up. Maybe we can start a club: “PTV Free Minds”

  23. I too thought I got rid of it, but after serious contemplation I am still finding traces of the virus in my mind. I have however evolved to a space where I actually am so aware of brain activities that I stop and adjust/review them as soon they come up.

    It does take effort and concentration to stay consious on this level, but worth it.

  24. I dont notice any PTV’s activities in my brain when it comes to Religion and spiritual beliefs. However, my thinking process tends to a kind of manicheism, in the sense that I tend to see and perceive things as black OR white. I’m now deliberately working on exploring the gray areas in between.

  25. The PTV does not like uncertainty or dissonance … whenever there is an ounce of uncertainty … AN ANSWER HAS TO BE FOUND, and NOW …

    It’s always of the utmost urgency … the mind cannot be settled until all questions are answered.

    But I also find I like to find NEW answers to the SAME questions, personally I’ve not been opposed to out-of-the-box thoughts, ever since I was young.

  26. Lot of thinking was happening in my mind. After reading the article, lot of information have to be thought and analysed…….

  27. My strongest thought is denial around having a PTV infected mind. However I have noticed a few times recently where my thoughts were ‘PTV based’; for example having judgments about other cultural practices being ‘wrong’ and what I’ve experienced of the equivalent in Australian culture being ‘better’.

    Also, I’ve noticed the impulse of wanting to defend and convince others of my point of view when I think it is ‘more right’ than them.

  28. When there is cognitive dissonance, my stress levels are higher and my thinking is less structured and clear. There is cognitive dissonance when I am trying to solve a complex problem and cannot come up with a good solution or when I firmly believe I know the solution but it is different to what others may believe.

  29. I agree and have the similar views as yours on this topic and as this was not new to me I see no dissonance.

  30. Amazon (Germany) had ca. 8 million books in their search engine Sept. 2010.
    Today – June 2012 it is ca. 13 million.
    Why i write this: i thought, quite often, when i am really convinced of something – i go and tell others. usually the more i am convinced the more intense i tell it to others (ignoring the risk of annoying them).
    Many write books when they think they have to tell something to others – see Amazon.
    Often they write it, even if there is plenty of similar content already available.

    Before this Amazon-thought popped up, my thinking was like this:
    tired in the beginning – absolutely no clear focus (not much sleep last night). Takes some effort to focus then. There was usually one dominating thought – i felt it more in the front of the head (maybe because my eyes are there – after a while, some new thoughts “overwhelmed” me. They came somewhat from behind, maybe the spine.
    But – often i didnt notice the change. I can only describe it afterwards. Its like – 2-3 seconds of white screen or fog, then something new is here in the brain.
    What popped up: things that should be done, bad feelings because things have not been done yet, bad conscience gets broader – here i think there is a PTV active – when i think about myself and “punish” myself for this and that. I KNOW what was “wrong” and therefor i hate, push, etc. myself (Dont worry about me, i am alright, just writing a lot because at this moments there is a lot going on).
    Maybe there is on thing to get started: get rid of PTV working against yourself

  31. I’ve always been one to preach my view point even if nobody wanted to hear it. This old world is not my home I’m only passing through it seems like passing the buck on responsibility.

  32. The thing I notice is how engrained my thinking patterns are and how then ten to repeat over time like well worn grooves on a record.

  33. In my humble opinion, the most damage throughout history, as well as today, is not caused by The True Believers but by crooks and bandits that use all kinds of idealogies to achieve their aims.
    I suppose that even in the Middle Ages most of the Popes knew there was not God but used the idealogy for their own enrichment and crooked life. The same goes with communism. And in the process they used for their purpose, through manupulation, bullying, etc. as many True Believers as possible.
    So the number one priority should be not to allow such miscreants to usurp and hide behind otherwise well-intentioned ideologies !!!

  34. The “lessons/indoctrination” of early childhood are difficult to “shake-off”.
    I am still infected with PTV – I am aware of the infection -and I am working towards a cure and an understanding of the condition and how to overcome it.

  35. Being kind for the sake of kindness.

    I want to believe it. However…sometimes there is ulterior motive beneath the act of kindness.

    Yes. I am very suspicious.

  36. I Most comfase that i have being infected by pTV,Becouse my idealogy of get people thought on religious issue is exceptional.but for now i am trying to have a change of the thought,in other to be relieve from PTV.

  37. My thought patterns are typically ones of questioning and applying the CVS2BVS method. Unfortunately, in most cases I cannot tell others because they don’t get it.

    Evolution of thought can sometimes be a lonely journey!

  38. what you have noticed about your thinking patterns?

    They tend to repeat and most of the time they arrive to the same conclusion. Other important feature is those thoughts or ideas that activates pattern tend to be dominant and obsessive thoughts

    if anything, you have noticed about PTV’s activities in your brain?

    Yes, because now I am conscious about them, so I can track them . The exercise I am doing these days is to observe those PTV’s without any judgment. Then I tried to remember where did I got those PVT or under what circumstances I have accepted them. Finally I start introducing cvstobvs and x10 in order to see some movement.

  39. For sure the PTV activities keep playing around in my Brain and want to be heard, but they don’t succeed in overtaking my calmness and balance. I have become the observer of my thought patterns in such frequency that my awareness is always present and acts as a filter.

  40. I realize that I want “truth.” Over time, it has evolved to what is true for me and then to what is true for me now–knowing that it will change.

    I expect, like an addict, I will always want a dose of “truth.” My goal is to find truths that allow me to be the most I can be and others the most they can be without me impinging on them and their life and their beliefs with my “truths.”

  41. As much as I recognise the many and various thoughts that seek my attention and consideration, I also realise that there are thoughts that my mind protects, defends. I realise that I can detect the dissonance new or previously known thoughts bring to me and how I reject the ones I want to.

    However, I realise there are thoughts that had a dissonance for me, Darwin’s for instance, but I can now align with beliefs that I hold with adverse or strong negative reactions.

    I am now gaining a consciousness of the flow and ebb of my thinking and glad that I can always realign my view points.

  42. Since beginning SOT training around 5 months ago PTV activity within my thinking has now reduced to almost nothing! My CVS2BVS thought patterns immediately now dismiss the PTV viewpoint and begin looking for an alternate view of the situation.In most cases this now happens at a sub-conscience level, as an analogy it is like a camera shot focused in on a narrow and close head on view quickly panning back and up to a great height resulting in a wide angle holistic view of the whole vista below. From here it is easy to find an alternative BVS to the PTV.

  43. I’ve noticed that my thinking pattrens are open to improvement. I always try to look at a problem that comes my way from different angles. The cognitive dissonance in my case , probably, is caused by the fact that while reading this material provided by Dr Gleeson, is sometimes difficult to grasp, probably beacuse of the language, which is not my mother tongue , and the very material is scientific. Doubts sneak into my head whether I’ll have enough patience to overcome these obstacles… I want to study this material not superficially but fundamentally to be able to spread this knowledge, to be able to explain it to my children, students…Building a sytem in my head – this is what I strive for…The proper understanding of the provided information requires also the knowledge of sociology, politology, psychology but we didn’t study these disciplines deeply at the university. I have to eliminate this pattern and simply study the received material and move on…

  44. I notice my thinking skills growing, using x10 and other SoT practices, employing these skills more,often, and becoming aware of using them, engaging the skills. When thinking of a problem to solve or an idea, I don’t accept my initial thought, brush it aside, or think to improve it. I also notice I am being awakened to the scourge of PTV, and other widely accepted thoughts and beliefs. I’ve never been big on religion and do find it easy to move from the religious CVS as I already have developed a BVS, my own perspective on the truth, but now I ask is it PTV, and if yes, move to a BVS.

  45. Because meditation is a regular part of my daily routine, and has been for the last 40 years, when I sit quietly for a few minutes my mind has been trained to focus on what is known in Sanskrit as the param satyam. For the purposes of this experiment, I directed my mind to consider interactions I’ve had where some constrictive criticism about mysef has been pointed out. I could see clearly that my reaction is often an immediate defense; the criticism is wrong — after all how could I possible be faulty — and I defend myself. A combination of PTV and the very strong pushing of the false ego.

  46. I am learing midfulness recenly. It is a very effective way to bring your attention to the present moment.During this excercise there is always something going on in my head, by using mindfulness I can escape from thoughts in this way I am becoming less judgmental
    In other words mindfulness is escaping from CVS and going to a CVS

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