Mind Power Issue #11
Issue #11 – Monday, May 16th, 2016
Today’s issue deals with two seemingly unrelated but fascinating topics.
You’ve probably never thought of chaos being your friend, but believe it or not, chaos drives the entire flow of the universe: the creation and evolution of stars, life itself, and even your individual problems, challenges, feelings and behaviors.
What I have to say about chaos is one of the most interesting topics I’ve ever investigated.
And, this week’s “Check It Out” is going to blow your mind.
Could you remember 50 random numbers spoken aloud – and then recite them backwards, too? Memory expert Jim Kwik can, and he’ll demonstrate it and also show you how he does it (you can apply this “memory “superpower” to many real life situations).
Finally, in today’s sixty-second secret, a very simple method of getting people to help you get what you want.
I Love Chaos (and so should you) Part 2
by Bill Harris
If you missed Part 1, click here to read it. (Though, you should know that you don’t need to read Part 1 to get something from Part 2.)
Believe it or not, chaos drives the entire flow of the universe: the creation and evolution of stars, life itself, and even your individual problems, challenges, feelings and behaviors.
Master The Dance of Order and Chaos and you’ll master your personal and spiritual growth, and your mental and physical health.
Ironically, the order we seek develops because of chaos, not in spite of it. All systems—galaxies, a school of fish, the ecology of a forest, or your brain—have an upper limit of how much input they can handle. Exceed that limit and chaos increases.
Sometimes this overdose of input decreases and the system recovers. Sometimes, though, it doesn’t, and the system falls apart. And—sometimes—something extraordinary happens…
…the system reorganizes at a higher, more orderly level.
Something new is created that can handle what the old system could not.
But what decides the outcome? Moreover, could we intentionally create the reorganizations we want—leading to a better world, a better mind, a healthier body, and a more inclusive perspective?
In 1977 theoretical chemist Ilya Prigogine won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry—and answered these profound questions. Prigogine was studying thermodynamics, rarely associated with personal transformation.
There is, however, a profound and fascinating connection.
The laws of thermodynamics describe what happens when one form of energy (chemical, mechanical, thermal, electrical, magnetic, gravitational, or nuclear) is converted into another. The short answer? In such conversions, energy is always lost.
This, it turns out, is highly significant.
When coal is burned to drive a steam engine, for instance, not all the energy is converted into mechanical energy. Some is lost as heat, light, and friction.
What’s more, the machine itself becomes increasingly disordered as friction causes moving parts to wear out. An orderly engine begins to clank as bolts come loose and parts stretch and wear out.
Unless energy is added through an overhaul and new parts, a machine (or any system, whether a star, your phone, the company you work for, or your own body) will fall apart, and randomness, chaos, or what scientists call entropy, takes over.
In fact, the Second Law of Thermodynamics is also called the Law of Increasing Entropy. And, it states that the universe is moving irrevocably toward increased disorder.
Not a happy thought. There is, however, a silver lining, as we will see.
Entropy is a measure of the amount of randomness, or chaos, in a system. The more order, the less entropy.
When the steam engine is new, the parts fit tightly. The engine runs well and efficiently converts energy into work. As the engine runs, however, entropy increases and efficiency decreases, until the engine falls apart.
That entropy is always increasing is not a theory. In this universe, it’s the law.
Prigogine’s “Ah ha!” was that order arises because of chaos, not despite it. Life, and all order, emerges out of entropy, not against it.
First, Prigogine realized that the Second Law applies only to closed systems—self-contained, at equilibrium, and lacking the ability to exchange energy or matter with their environment: a brick, a pile of sand, a piece of plastic, a picnic bench. Even a steam engine is a closed system—unless humans repair it.
Open systems, on the other hand (such as living things) freely exchange energy and matter with their environment. We, for instance, take in heat, light, food, air, and information, and give off CO2, waste, heat, behavior, art, creativity, etc.
Open system are in motion, adapting, changing, adjusting to unpredictable stimuli, growing and changing in unexpected ways.
They reproduce, fix themselves, and adapt if part of the system is lost or changed. They are a flow of energy, some coming in, some going out—like a whirlpool. Not the container of the flow, but the flow itself.
And, the ability to export entropy to the environment (the outflow) is what allows an open system to maintain its orderliness.
What happens, though, when an open system takes in more than it can export? The answer to that question is the real mind-blower.
In fact, some have even called it “the hand of God”. And that’s exactly what I’m going to tell you about in the next issue.
Check it Out!
Could you remember 50 numbers chosen randomly – and then recite them backwards, too?
Memory expert Jim Kwik can, and he’ll demonstrate it and also show you how he does it (you can apply this memory “superpower” to many real life situations).
Check out this video where Jim shows you how you can learn how to have a super memory (and other cool mental skills, too).
This is mind-blowing stuff! Check it out.
When you ask someone for help, there are two things that person needs to know…
1. What exactly you want them to accomplish, and…
2. The information necessary to accomplish what you want them to do.
(It’s also a good idea to tell the other person what they can expect to receive in return, if that isn’t clear already.)
Next time you ask someone to help you, consider what exactly you want them to accomplish, and what they need to know. Try not to assume someone will know what to do and how to do it.
The easier you make it for others to help you, the more likely they are to help.
If helping you is easy and the reward is worthwhile, people will enjoy helping you and offer their help. And, since you’ve set them up for success, you’re more likely to get great results (and avoid having to re-do work you thought was done.)
”The future is uncertain… but this uncertainty is at the very heart of human creativity.”
~ Ilya Prigogine
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