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Viagra for the Mind


Would you like some Viagra for your mind? Viagra overrides certain limitations by altering our physiology—in both men and women. There is something similar we can do to override our psychological and emotional limitations. When we do this we essentially turbo-boost the results we achieve in our lives.

Altering consciousness

Viagra works by altering blood flow. Through other means—in this case a very specific meditation practice—we can alter the flow of our consciousness. I am proposing that our consciousness operates at three different levels. The most common level is “safety-consciousness.” This is how most of us spend a majority of our lives, focused on making ourselves safe, which includes being productive, accomplishing things, competing, as well as defending ourselves when we perceive any kind of threat.

We can alter the flow of our consciousness and access “heart-consciousness,” which turns on our attachment circuits and stimulates emotions such as longing, desire, grief, loss, passion and compassion. As we become skilled in accessing “heart-consciousness” we will find it easier to relate with others, especially when we combine “heart-consciousness” with maturity.

Both safety-consciousness and heart-consciousness serve vital roles in our lives. But when we approach life from these levels of consciousness we limit ourselves. So, although they are both necessary, they are insufficient if we want to reduce our anxiety—even eliminate it.

Spacious consciousness

With practice we can learn to alter the flow of our consciousness and access something I call, “spacious-consciousness,” which helps us to transcend many psychological and emotional limitations.

The reason for this is that when we move into spacious-consciousness we stop using time as our measuring stick. Just as Viagra removes anxiety about the length of time a man can maintain an erection, “spacious-consciousness” removes anxiety and urgency from all areas of our lives.

And, as with Viagra, I must warn you, “Seek immediate psychological relief if you experience spacious-consciousness lasting for more than 4 hours—call your psychotherapist to schedule a session.” And during that session you will discover that what you previously perceived as your problems are no longer problems. What previously made you anxious will no longer make you anxious.

About time

Much of our anxiety and emotional suffering comes from living in safety-consciousness and heart-consciousness, both of which stimulate our awareness of time. And because we perceive time as limited—running out—we experience urgency and angst in our lives.

We often unconsciously refer to time. We talk about “difficult times” and “hard times.” When things are challenging we offer comfort by saying, “Time heals all wounds.” When people are hurried we tell them, “Take your time.” It’s always there—time—in the background of our lives.

Many brilliant minds have addressed the subject of time . . .

“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Charles Darwin

“Time heals what reason cannot.” Seneca

And of course, “Time is an illusion.” Albert Einstein

Einstein also said, “The significant problems we have cannot be solved with the same level of thinking with which we created them.” And this is my point. We create most of our problems from within a state of safety-consciousness or heart-consciousness, and if we want to bring about sustainable change, one of the most powerful ways I know to do so is to learn to access spacious-consciousness.

The first step

For therapists working with clients, first learn to do this for yourself, then show your clients how to access spacious-consciousness, and you will dramatically alter the nature of the work you do. And for clients, there is nothing I know of that is more liberating, because once we learn how to access spacious-consciousness it is something we forever have available to us.

I do want to be clear that spacious-consciousness alone does not solve all of our problems. But it does allow us to move beyond the limitations of time, so that we can see our lives from an entirely new perspective—a perspective of spaciousness.

After learning how to do this we can live with much greater ease in our lives, less drama and confusion. This is because as we access spacious-consciousness we create more space between any stimulus and our response to that stimulus. As a result of creating this space we can identify many more choices, and we with this sense of space we become far less reactive.

To create more space in your life

If you want to learn more about this, scroll to the bottom of this article and fill out the form requesting a free copy of my upcoming e-book. Not only will my book teach you spacious-meditation, but you will be invited to ask questions as you read this new kind of e-book.

Viagra for the Mind


Jake & Hannah Eagle

Jake & Hannah Eagle conduct small retreats at beautiful locations around the world for the purpose of encouraging people to live more consciously. They also provide coach and health consultations.


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, . (2016). Viagra for the Mind. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 13, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/healthy-relationships/2016/02/viagra-for-the-mind/

 

Last updated: 22 Feb 2016
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