Is Mentalism Mysticism?

Ideas on mysticism, religion and spirituality scare most people. I understand where they’re coming from because when people talk about religion and spirituality, they talk about a realm that can not be reduced to numbers.

That’s why many people are skeptical about spiritual states, traditional religion and morality.

There’s a reason religion is the one universal constant among human beings from all four corners of the globe. There is always religion in one form or the other.

Religion has fundamental truths that appeal to the human condition. They may refer to some witch doctor living on the hills, throwing chicken bones to make a rough prophecy, or somebody wearing a robe in the middle of a temple, inside a room full of gold trinkets and speaking a dead language.

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It’s very easy for any kind of analysis of innate human ability to shape our reality and become a debate about religion.

This is why a lot of people resist mentalism because they think that it smacks off religion, spirituality or, at the very least, mysticism one way or another.

Given a scientific and purely rational perspective, mentalism however, is very different from mysticism. Mentalism operates on how your mind actually works.

In other words, gravity remains true regardless of whether you believe it or not. Even if you think that the law of gravity is a scam, a sham, a fraud, you will find out in the worst way possible that gravity is real when you fall off a building.

It is the same with certain processes that the human mind works to turn ideas into feelings, and feelings into actions.

These truths are true now just as they were true in the past and, believe me, they are true long into the future as long as the human mind retains its basic shape.

This has nothing to do with language, creed, religion or national origin. It has everything to do with how the human mind is hardwired.

The problem many people have with mentalism is that they really can’t quite wrap their mind around the fact of the human brain being not just a physical reality.

If we can make all sorts of predictions on what we will think about, it would be great. , if only it were just a simple physical phenomenon.. Basically, what we will do is, we will just measure all sorts of chemicals and correlate them to different emotional and intellectual states.

The thoughts that go through the mind transcend the physical limitations of the brain. You are not just some sort of brain soaking in a vat of chemicals from somewhere.

A lot of philosophy professors have these questions for their students. What if you are just a brain in a jar being fed sustaining chemicals?

The problem with those questions is that the human mind, and all it’s capable of, is more than its physical components. We’re not just about the gray matter and the neurons that make up our brains.

With all these in mind, please understand that mentalism is far from mysticism. Instead, it works with how your brain functions so you can have a clear understanding of how powerful the mind is.

You escape the limitations of your mind when you’ve come to this understanding.

 

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