Let’s start from a premise: we will be never able to control what happens outside of our mind. We can (and we must) plan our actions but there will be always the possibility that something unexpected prevents the things to go the way we want; it is inevitable, as it appears inevitable the change of our mental state in relation to these events:
- It’s raining and we are sad
- We are threatened and we are afraid
- Someone do a joke and we laugh
- Someone hits us and we lose concentration
Normally, the emotional state of a person depends on 2 kind of psychophysical variables:
- External (interpersonal relationships, weather conditions, etc.)
- Internal (state of health, self-esteem, etc.)
As long as we remain connected to variables (things that just vary beyond our desire) we will never be able to take the reins of our mind.
The solution is to collect and set aside in our brains a set of constants, “unalterable” values residing in our memory, unalterable moods belonging to precise moments in the past, points of reference that we can call whenever we need.
6DKF adopt different methods to control mind, in this case we will analyze one very simple (to use almost exclusively in emergencies): we introduce the concept of “anchors”.
What are anchors and how they work:
- We choose a physical stimulus at will (eg. pressing a fingernail on a finger, bite the tongue, lick our lips in a certain way, etc.)
- We must avoid things flashy, difficult to reproduce, outside the body or already typical of our person
- Let’s use the stimulus that we chose (the anchor) whenever we find ourselves in the state of mind that we want to connect to it (the constant, such as concentration, happiness, excitement, courage, winning attitude, etc.)
- We have to be very precise, if for example we choose happiness, we will have to stimulate us whenever we find naturally this condition (when we achieve a result, when we are happy, when we receive a compliment, etc.)
- More times and more consistently we will submit to this stimulus the more our mind will subconsciously connect the anchor to the chosen mood
- The idea is that if the we get used to feel a pinch every time is happy, in the same way, even in a grim situation, at the occurrency of this call the mind will become positive
- The conditioning should have a period of anchorage (at least) of 1-2 months to operate satisfactorily and with a lot of occasions of “mood registeration” (at least 15-20 times)
- The method is simple and works very well but has only one downside, if we abuse of it, the anchor loses effectiveness and its consistency or, worse, it will connect to the opposite of the desired mood (eg. from happiness to sadness)
- This is an emergency method, useful for example in dangerous situations (to call all the concentration and fight to the best of our ability but can also serve to pull off an unexpected smile, simulate deep sadness, etc.)
- The ideal is to use the anchor 9 times out of 10 when we are actually in the state of mind that we want to connect and 1 time on 10 to simulate it
- Anchors can be alimented also with music, films and concrete / spontaneous situations in theme with the state of mind we want to instill us
- Anchors work best when accompanied by thoughts and sensory feelings connected with the desired mood (let’s try to use all possible senses)
The method has several applications, for example, it is interesting to point out that it does not just give us only the power to control our mental states but even our voluntary and involuntary physical reactions (vomiting, tears, sweat, etc.) but this is more complex and dangerous, we will tell more about this later.
Author: Master Kongling
Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.