Practical Mentalism – 65 page Free Ebook Download
[…] The famous French Enlightenment philosopher Jean-Jacques
Rousseau famously said “Man was born free. But everywhere, he is in
Of course, Rousseau was talking about politics and religious
systems when he said this. However, his observation is spot-on regarding how
most people choose to live their lives. We are born free, but we choose to walk
around in chains. It doesn’t matter that the chains are invisible; their effects are
Let that sink in. People are born free because they have
tremendous power over their reality. But when you look at the
way most people live their lives, it’s as if they are slaves. They have
all these imaginary lines that they have drawn for themselves.
Things like who they can and cannot be, what they
are and what they’re not, where they can go and what’s off-limits.
Believe it or not all of us actively shape our reality. Our minds make us the
masters of our reality. The fact that you’re taking this training with a certain
attitude and you were able to buy this training in the first place means you are a
master of your reality.
It doesn’t matter whether you accept that or not. It doesn’t matter whether you
are aware of this or not. It’s still the reality. In fact, just through the daily
operations of your mind, you master and edit your reality.
What’s the problem? Well, most of us don’t claim this power. We live our lives
based on obligation. That’s right. We try to be the kind of people our parents
expect us to be.
We try to live our lives based on other people’s expectations.
We also get used to certain customs. Maybe it’s part of our culture. Perhaps it’s
part of our little group. Whatever the case may be, unless we choose to open our
eyes, we do things the same way as the people we hang out with. Birds of a
feather flock together indeed.
We also turn our backs on our tremendous mental power to shape our reality by
sticking close to tradition. Just because something has been done the same way
hundreds of years doesn’t necessarily mean that you should do the same. Just
because there is such a thing as conventional wisdom doesn’t mean that it’s the
only type of wisdom applicable to you.
Finally, you’re walking around wearing your invisible chains because of bad
mental and physical habits. It seems like no matter hard you try to change things
or turn things around; your habits keep pulling you back. It’s as if you only need
to see or feel certain things, and you start acting in an almost automatic way. It is
very discouraging. It makes you feel weak, small, and insignificant.
Mentalism teaches you to refocus your energy so that instead of
these mental processes working against you, you train your mind to
make it work for you. You only need to look at very successful
people to see how this works.
You only need to talk to very happy people and realize that they’re operating from a
totally different place. You can achieve the same.
This training steps you through the process of how mentalism can help you live a
more fulfilling life.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Peel Back the Curtains and You’ll See the Reality of Your Life 07
Chapter 2: Our Lives Are Intentional 14
Chapter 3: Too Many of Us Choose to Be Blind 19
Chapter 4: The Core of Mentalism 23
Chapter 5: All Stimuli Are Neutral 27
Chapter 6: Change Your Mental Filter 33
Chapter 7: Change Your Mental Habits 39
Chapter 8: Change Your Emotional Response Habits 48
Chapter 9: Change Your Reality Through Changed Actions 54
Chapter 1: Peel Back the Curtains and You’ll See the Reality of Your Life
I don’t want to mix metaphors here but just like people can
easily live their lives wearing invisible shackles, we can also live
our lives completely surrounded by invisible curtains. When you
put curtains in your house, you do it to block out light. It’s your
way of regulating natural lighting that comes through your windows.
Did you know that you’re doing the same with reality? However, instead of
windows, you have your mind, and there are certain beliefs and practices that we
have that block out reality. At the very least, it prevents us from seeing things as
they really are.
Most people are mentally lazy. There, I said it. We really are.
First of all, the older you get, the more you assume things. Now, I can’t blame you
for thinking this way because when you were growing up, you had to experience
things first hand and then make predictions based on those experiences or based
on what people tell you about those experiences. You have to go through that
process so you can learn enough to see certain patterns.
As you get older, you can safely rely on the wealth of experience
you’ve had and more or less make certain assumptions. At this point,
you would think that it is fairly safe for you to assume that once you
see certain patterns, then you pretty much can see the rest of what will happen.
This makes a lot of sense in most situations. You don’t want to sit around and
wait for things to fully develop when you know full well there’s a high chance that
things will turn out the way they’ve always turned out. However, this can only go
Also, when you get older, you tend to use this power of assumption in situations
where they don’t count or at least they shouldn’t be applied to. You can use this
with people you meet, and this can lead to very unfair and even downright cruel
dismissal of people.
I remember one time I was at a business meeting and one of the
guys who was supposed to make a presentation showed up in shorts
and flip-flops. At the back of my mind, I automatically assumed that
this person was a slacker. No way is this guy serious.
He made his presentation and he left. I only learned a week later that person was
actually a multi-billionaire. So much for my assumptions, right? It turned out that
we needed him more than he needed us. He obviously did not need our money.
I assumed that since he had that attire or lack thereof that he wasn’t professional
or that he was some sort of loser. Do you see how this works? As you get older,
you need less and less input for you to jump to conclusions, and this can be very
dangerous. You might actually be locking yourself out from a tremendous
amount of truths and opportunities out there.
Another form of mental laziness involves your expectations. In a way, this works
in a similar way to assumptions. When we find ourselves in certain situations, we
think we are right to expect certain results. We feel that somehow some way
we’re entitled to certain things.
This is a problem because the more entitled you feel to certain results, the less
likely you are to work for them. You’re less likely to be open-minded. You’re not
looking for a challenge. You become less flexible. It can lead to a serious mess.
Unfortunately, the only person we have to blame is ourselves. It’s too easy to
become a prisoner of one’s expectations.
Finally, we can develop such a crippling sense of entitlement that we do not take
initiative. We feel that the world has to come to us. We feel that people have to
impress us, or they have to take the first step or make the effort.
I’m sorry to be the one to break this to you but if you’re trying to make
it in this world, you’re going to have to take the initiative. You’re going
to have to bring value to other people’s lives. It’s not like they owe
you fame, riches and power.
You have to prove yourself. You have to establish a track record. You have to develop
a brand. All of these take initiative.
All the things that I’ve described above can act like mental curtains. In fact, the
longer you refuse to cast aside those curtains, the easier it would be for you to
feel stuck. Please understand that you’re feeling mentally stuck not because
somebody has a gun pointed at your head and demands that you be miserable
Instead, you have allowed this mental laziness and all these
negative mental habits to get the better of you so you basically end
up focusing on the tried and proven, the known quantities or the
safe spaces in your life. Everything else is off-limits.
You just can’t be bothered with them. You’d rather focus on
what you think you “know”.
This is mental laziness. These act as curtains that block out the healthy challenges
you need to master reality. To peel back the curtains of your life, you need to do
one thing: take inventory of your life.
Have you ever worked for a retail store? When I worked for a pharmacy right
after high school, I was hired as temporary staff to take inventory. I didn’t know
that the typical drugstore had so much stuff. I saw this firsthand because I had to
That’s what an inventory is. You have a clipboard in one hand and you have a pen
in the other, and you are looking through different categories and subcategories
of products, physically counting these products, sorting them. Sometimes we
have to take out a box and store stuff away.
In many cases, we have to go to back storage room, take stuff out of boxes,
count them as well as count and mark the boxes. That’s a lot of counting, that’s a
lot of tracking and a lot of monitoring. That’s how an inventory works. […]
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