Vanity arises when you believe beauty is a moral or social virtue. True virtue needs no classification.
Why do people fear the glitch? I can answer this, and also explain what someone stands to gain from exploring it.
When the veil parts, a hole occurs in your stream of so called experience. You encounter your self which is unknown. People fear it. People fear they have snapped or are getting ill though they are having no bodily difficulties. The sense of the self really is that powerful. You may have run into it. It feels sort of vacant, strangely neutral in the face of anything you might be experiencing, and yet at the same time seems to be able to entertain even the strangest ideas. It tends to present really odd impulses, feelings we would swear are foreign to us. Ever experience this?
We even have mini glitches sometimes, not full fledged breaks in the stream of experience. Instead, they emerge as strange little twists of a familiar idea or feeling, like a familiar feeling of devotion, say, with a simultaneous sense of revulsion about the object of that devotion at the same time. The interruptions are not your genuine thoughts or feelings. They are products of a sort of computation process that your brain is constantly doing but you are not normally aware of. Your brain tries to predict what you will do, or what you will feel, before you do or feel anything at all. What do you think of this? Your brain is playing a constant game of let’s pretend, but normally you consciously haven’t been invited to play.
So what can you do with this? Remember my description of the openness and flexibility of the true self? It functions with an energy I refer to as will, the genuine will, not the inertia our normal emotional investment colours our experience with. This will in the true self is what triggers any and all nerve signals. It can initiate, terminate and change sensory perception, and can structure new habits of such complexity that a simple hypnotic suggestion can unlock what seems like an entirely different personality in you.
Can you name someone who has captured your imagination well enough that you find yourself imagining what it would be like to be that person? It can be either a real or fictional person. We actually tend to know fictional characters and situations better than we know other people, sometimes even better than we know ourselves.
Sometimes fictional characters. I think we naturally put ourselves in their place. That’s what makes good storytelling.
Well, with the right suggestion, you can be tripped into looping through that fictional personality circuit. It’s true. It’s quite natural to do so. Just as shamans put themselves into the persona of the tribes prey animal, their insight and predictive ability regarding these things was said to be very deep as well as accurate. Even to the point of knowing that there are no deer near by let’s say, because some behaviour of the tribe or another animal in the territory drove them away, but you don’t have to experience a full blown personality change.
We speak of personality as if it had pieces or components, facets, yes? In the glitch state, when your mind is between the lines of your mental script, you can create and introduce small constructs, just pieces of personality that will create a desired change in your behaviour. This is what a hypno-therapist tries to do with of course limited results.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.