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Your personal breakthrough is always preceded by a confused mind…

This is a bit of a different concept today, and you may find that a light bulb goes off in your mind as your reading, if you’re currently in a time of ‘seeking answers’.

I learned a concept a couple of years ago, that dramatically enhanced my ability to learn new skills and create ideas, and what the specifically states is that in order to have clarity – it HAS to be preceded by confusion, because of the nature of the mind – AND, not only that – it couldn’t be any other way.

In fact, you could say that you can’t not be confused before you have a breakthrough.

First, let’s answer the hidden question of ‘why’ that is, and then let me tell you how you can utilize that concept to create inspiration and personal growth on demand, at any time you choose…

So why does your mind NEED to create confusion, in order to have personal breakthroughs?

First, let me tell a story.  When I was 19 years old, I went on a mission for the Mormon church over in England.  I used to walk around all day in a suit (Lol. I think my disdain for wearing suits may be traceable to this time in my life) and talk to people about God and whatnot.

The schedule was intense, and I believe was one of the things that helped me gain work discipline – we used to wake up at 6:30, study for 3 hours, then walk around for 12 hours – from 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM and hit people up on street corners.

I noticed that, the more I read and asked questions – that throughout the day I would have what I called ‘inspirational flashes‘ where two seemingly un-related ideas would connect together in a blinding flash of insight and inspiration that were specifically related to the task at hand (saving all those darned English Heathens from the deceptions of Tony Blair and the musings of Monty Python).

There were three things that added to the quantity and quality of insights, and when I picked up on why they happened, I found out how to have them all the time, and now that I have spent 8 years researching the mind, I understand WHY they happen, as well.

The three things that force instantaneous inspiration to appear:

1.  How much I studied, and the number and quality of direct and specific unanswered questions I had in my mind.

2.  The amount of contradicting information I encountered on a day to day basis – for example – running into a Jehovah’s witness and having them rip me a new one with the Bible. (That actually happened quite a lot).  This step caused a new set of direct questions.

3.  The desire, intensity, and length of asking the questions and actively seeking answers and solutions.

These three things working together at one point will cause the fourth step to manifest:

4.  Either I have a nervous breakdown, stop asking, or have burst of brilliant inspiration eventually, connecting seemingly nonsensical data into a blinding insight that solves an apparent unsolvable problem.

(I prefer four – but have also had small nervous breakdowns by asking dumb, unanswerable questions that don’t have real solutions that exist in the real world)

POW. Every single time I’ve followed that formula, I’ve gotten a unique ‘inspirational insight’ into whatever subject I’ve used it on.

Why?  It’s actually pretty simple – the human nervous system operates on two kinds of memory (predominantly):  Electrical and Reflex.

Reflex memory is what everyone is used to and in most things we do, is actually the most useful.  It also takes several days to form and is the hardest to increase.  The reason reflex memory is powerful, is that it takes zero processing time to use – so with language, for example, you can speak while simultaneously thinking because language is actually a physical, hardwired connection between representational systems in the brain.

Electrical memory, however, has by far the greater level of insight and memories, is easy to form and manipulate, and doesn’t operate on the same principles at all as reflexes do.  Because the connections are not stored directly in the brain, but are instead an interference pattern similar to what creates a hologram – you can store an unlimited amount of data, it just requires slight processing time to be able to use.

ALL memory is simply a set of connections between relevant or irrelevant data that you formed either on purpose or unconsciously throughout your life.  With a reflex, it takes 2-4 days for a nerve cell to actually grow and form a solid, permanent connection with another cell, with Electrical memory, it can form and develop almost instantaneous permanence, that can also develop into reflexes later.

An example would be – if you ever have gotten in a life threatening car crash – the tie between the emotion of fear and the image of being smashed by another vehicle produces a feeling of dread and terror combined with a visual image of being hit by a car.

If you keep replaying that association in your mind for 2-4 days, it will form a permanent association that can manifest for the rest of your life as an irrational phobia, until you re-wire the connection.  For example, your heart might start pounding unstoppably whenever you get in a car, and it could cause physical discomfort and upset.

Using a similar pattern, it’s possible to break an irrational phobia like this in a 15 minute conversation if you understand what your doing, and permanently sever the connection in 2-4 days of repeating the new pattern.

SO…

How does the inspirational insight occur?

Simple, your mind is seeking a solution that doesn’t exist with relevant internal connections (memories), and your unconscious mind takes the images, sounds, and existing information and associations, and creates a new electrical connection in your mind (a new memory) and it manifests as a brilliant burst of information, coupled with a release of neurotransmitters that make you feel a bit high…  (in a nutshell)

So how in the heck is knowing that useful?

Have you ever met someone who was a constant, never ending source of inspiration?  You can ‘model’ the inspiration by:

1.  Studying lots of relevant information.

2.  Asking A LOT of good questions.

3.  Intensely desiring the answer to the questions, and continuing to ask them and study until you have a brilliant insight.

4.  Working your ass off doing things that intentionally make you uncomfortable, and that you’re not good at…

In other words – by intentionally confusing yourself, with directed energy, you can PURPOSEFULLY create inspiration, and it will appear as a daily manifestation in your world.

How cool is that? So what are the best ways of confusing yourself?

Here are a few that I’ve found have worked again, and again:

1.  Look to ask questions that don’t have answers in whatever it is your learning.

2.  Start doing something that you specifically don’t know how to do – but don’t worry about it, you can’t know the right questions to ask when you start doing something unless you’re doing it.  (a mouth full)

3.  Look for a compelling argument that disagrees with your basic conclusions, and be open to the fact that you’re probably wrong anyways, and try and ask a question that leads to a newer, more ‘whole’ conclusion.

4.  Find someone smarter than you about something, and start asking them questions, listening, and taking notes – then, when they’re not around, ask open ended, unanswerable questions about what they were teaching, and see if you can create answers.

5.  REALLY want something that you’ve never been able to get, and ask questions that lead you to knowledge, information, resources, and techniques to get you there.

If you ain’t confused, you ain’t having breakthroughs – it’s as simple as that.

To your instantaneous knowledge and satisfaction that you’ll get when you opt in to the form now,

David Wood

P.S. Feel free to practice this technique – by writing a question into the comment box now, something that you don’t know the answer to, and that doesn’t make instant sense when you were reading through this post.

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18 comments
Tom Lincoln
Tom Lincoln

"(saving all those darned English Heathens from the deceptions of Tony Blair and the musings of Monty Python)."  I'm literally crying I am laughing so hard :D

Grahame Brown
Grahame Brown

Hey David, I must be ready for a huge break through I seem to be very confused this morning! Thanks for sharing a great post

John Fueledtocreate Downs
John Fueledtocreate Downs

I do not know the answer to this question but I KNOW I will figure it out: "how do I make an additional $42,000 a year in residual income" so that I can personally make a six figure salary and my wife can stay home with the kids. - Debt Free only have the house to pay off. Thanks David

Micah
Micah

wow that was deep! Fascinating concept, I may have to do some more research into this. Always been interested in the way the mind works. Thanks Dave!

Katie
Katie

I don't feel exactly confused by your post, but more overwhelmed I think. It's the kind of thing I will need to read several times and study to be able to understand. Here's a question that really confuses me. Why does your (Dave) reply name say "rasheda bryant"? I love your advice about starting something you don't know how to do, realizing you won't know the right questions until you start. That's where I am right now with my online marketing for my MLM/new business idea - I don't even have the questions yet! I have purchased or received free downloads for several books/systems on how to do online marketing, and I'm overwhelmed. My goals right now are to throw up a blog (or very basic website with blog), record 1-5 very short videos, and write 1-5 basic posts by the end of the weekend. I am sure I will do a lot of things wrong if I get started without studying, but I can see that I will never get started if I wait until I know how to do it 'right'. My first attempt at online marketing didn't net any income. I did a local group buy in 2009 for raw/healthy food items, and sold $4000 worth of product. I took it all online in 2010 and sold about $100 worth. But I learned how to set up a WordPress blog/site! I don't see it as a failure because I learned a lot in a short amount of time! How do I set up my avatar for this site?

Hans Schoff
Hans Schoff

Dave, I am confused... JK. That actually makes a lot of sense and if I retrace my moments of brilliance :) I can see how that process took place, following a deep desire for knowledge or solutions and some level of confusion. What a brilliant insight! How long were you confused prior to this insight? :) Great post, thanks!

Terrick Romer
Terrick Romer

Hey Dave, Great article, you have done an amazing job at getting everyone who reads this post to question how personal reality is actually created. And by that alone the process of creating ones reality starts to happen. When we start to create our reality rather than act in response to what is happening to us, we move from being a victim of circumstance to creating a life of True Freedom and Success. Thanks for Getting all of us to Question. Terrick Romer

James Hannan
James Hannan

Hi David so true. It is that confusion that drives you to go deeper and make the answer "Your Own". Unless you have to dig deep yourself and go through the battle, how can you truly understand the answer and then help others to understand it. I think in our industry it is the leader who goes through the pain to learn something that becomes the big income earners. Just my thought anyway :p

Ben Starner
Ben Starner

I agree with this Dave - Entropy is vital to make a breakthrough... chaos always proceeds higher organization. The system of your mind will either advance to a higher level, or get overwhelmed and blow up... lol, btw, I enjoyed your reference to getting ripped by witness's - - - Thanks for wearing my t -shirt to the No excuses summit, I nearly blew milk through my nostrils when I saw a picture of you up on stage with it on... you rock

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