The Mental Freedom Control Panel (MFCP) transcript
Today’s stren introduces you to the most powerful tool I have found to free our will from domination by instinct, tradition, and human dictators. I label this resource The Mental Freedom Control Panel. Its use will empower you to recognize when you are directing your will power constructively and when you are being your own worst enemy.
The MFCP identifies eight word-switches available to your will power to direct energy to a specific action pathway. Two of these choices consistently create positive outcomes. The remaining six commonly take you on paths that get you where you’d best avoid. As you teach yourself to recognize these eight choices, you will have a powerful tool to invest your energy in the action choices that consistently lead to happy returns, while the harmful choices atrophy from disuse.
Learning starts with labeling! Accurate labels are our handles for thought control. Labels whose meaning turns on accurate understanding are the meansto direct our thinking and will power to make preferred change. Some words are symbols for concepts. Concepts are mental motion pictures that serve our mind to problem solve. Labels that create accurate understanding are often all that we require to energize constructive management of an issue. I have chosen the following eight labels to reasonably include each of the mental choices available to us. The labels that switch on each action pathway are worthy of considerable attention. Thus, I suggest you first familiarize yourself with all eight word-switches and then consider each as an individual stren to be studied, understood, and applied over time. With practice, you will be able to integrate them into your “mind control” with little effort. By labeling and recognizing these alternative action pathways, you can make yourself master of your life’s experience. Learn the simple formulas that identify the common responses that bring dramatic results.
Think of The Mental Freedom Control Panel as your switchboard through which you control your life’s experience. Simply teach yourself to switch on the preferred choices and turn off the others. We no longer need to remain controlled by instinct, tradition, and human dictators. Consistently select the Problem-solving and Self-endorsement switches. You will learn how they complement one another and lead to the additional wisdoms that are provided in the newer way of thinking series.
Today’s introduction will prepare you for our next eight meetings, where each choice will be explained in greater depth. You will acquire a clear understanding of the origin of the limited action pathways and how they work.
Here is the list of action choices available to your will:
2. Blaming-in and secondary blaming
5. Self-endorsement and secondary endorsement
8. The Mind/Body connection
Numbers 1 and 3, Blaming-out and Avoidance, are today’s equivalent of the primitive fight or flight response prominent in instinct. Number 2, Blaming-in, is commonly the outcome of our nurturer’s efforts to have us conform to their rules by programming us with guilt, self-putdowns, and the like. Numbers 4, Problem-solving and 5, Self-endorsement, work together to get us what we want; they avoid what we don’t want using common sense wisdom. Number 6, Worry, is today’s way of expressing the “red alert” behavior our ancestors required to survive in a savage environment by anticipating the possible danger that lurked at every corner. Number 7, Helplessness/hopelessness, is the devastating “give up” response that shuts down our energy factory and leads to depression and apathy. Number 8, The Mind/body connection, is the source of many areas of muscle contraction pain we experience, such as headache, backache, jaw pain, etc. It is also the source of sustained excess or lack of production of stress chemicals that influence heart rate, blood pressure, and our physical body functions.
The most common mental action choices are the “primitive responses.” These consist of Blaming-out and Avoidance. They are considered primitive because they arise from our inherited biological automatic “fight or flight” instinct. The remaining mental response choices rely more on our ability to think, on the more recently developed cerebral cortex portion of the central nervous system. The MRFP strens will show you how to recognize these action pathways. Once you can “spot” them, you can make the substitutions that convert the harmful patterns to helpful ones. The Problem-solving and Self-endorsement patterns are consistently beneficial; the other six, with few exceptions, are the source of most unhappiness.
Recall the basic wisdom of two great philosophers! Peanuts, a cartoon written by Charles Schultz, advised “Happiness is a state of mind.” Epictetus, a 1st century Greek philosopher told us, “Men feel disturbed not by things, but by the views which they take of them.” Many individuals have wealth, status, good looks, connections, and health; yet they are quite miserable. We see others lacking these assets; yet they face their life situation with enthusiasm and joy because of their mental attitude. I am not suggesting it is better to be without material assets. Given the choice, better to be (and strive to be) “a have” rather than a “have not”. However, these assets do not replace attaining the mind control that is the most significant contributor to our well-being.
The huge benefit in learning to recognize these eight alternative choices is the ability to direct our will power to consistently create wise outcomes. Once you teach yourself to master the individual switches on your Control Panel, we’ll go on to the even bigger payoff of seeing how they are interrelated, how we benefit by recognizing patterns instead of individual actions. You will be provided a simple way to measure the degree you use each of these patterns of behavior. The self-evaluation tool will show you how you can strengthen the positive patterns and dramatically improve your well-being. I recommend that you post in writing the eight word-switches that comprise the MFCP until you create a sufficient mental picture that you no longer need to refer to it.
I look forward to our next meeting where we’ll get started with the most primitive and easy to recognize pattern, “Blaming-out.”