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This OVERVIEW consists of concepts used throughout the Educational Community content – including the 100+ collection of strens, two books, the Mini-course, the Peace Quiz, and everything available on our forever free web site.  A reading of this stren will provide a unified theory of the power of ANWOT.  Familiarity with the concepts and newer trigger-words will make your learning easier, faster, and more satisfying.  Some of the terms will be new to you; others are familiar words used in new and unexpected ways.   

A checklist will follow these explanations to determine if you have gained familiarity with the terms. 

ANWOT – a newer way of thinking:  Einstein’s proposed solution to prevent human catastrophe and promote world peace – the process of learning to apply common sense wisdom to solve today’s problems using current knowledge.  ANWOT frees our thinking from dominance by our genes and nurturers, and provides originality, initiation, and self-mastery. 

Stren: any word, concept, idea, wisdom, and experience that strengthens our well-being.  “Stren” is a word invented by a group of mental health professionals after hearing anthropologist Margaret Mead state that our language is constructed to foster negative thinking and action. We increase our well-being as we expand our collection of strens (see wisdom tip #5).

Mental Wealth millionaire:a super-mature individual who has acquired sufficient strens to consistently make their life joyous and meaningful.  Mental wealth millionaires, unlike material millionaires, love giving away their mental wealth.  The same mental skills that make us mental wealth millionaires are those that create the newer way of thinking Einstein told us we require to survive and thrive.

Trigger words and word-switches:  a word, phrase, symbol, or gesture that is programmed with meaning to trigger energy to a specific response in the same manner a light switch is wired to turn on a specific light or set of lights.  The response may influence our chemistry, thinking, emotions, and actions.  Consider how the same symbol – a cross, a crescent, a six-pointed star, or a swastika – may elicit different responses depending on one’s upbringing.

trigger word: a signal that turns on a specific pre-determined action pathway 

word-switch: a signal sufficiently powerful to redirect the pre-determined pathway linked to a trigger word to a newer action pathway under our own control   

An understanding of the concept of trigger word and word switch is important.  Our means to promote a newer way of thinking and mental freedom is adding new word-switches to our existing language as we acquire more wisdom.  Imagine that you are the controller of railroad track switches.  An oncoming train will follow its current course to the predetermined destination.  However, by making one simple change at a single point, you not only bring about your preferred path and outcome, you also prevent the unwanted, pre-determined outcome.  Use this analogy to recognize the power of word-switches to give you control of your own destiny.   

            Meaning energizes the thinking, feeling, and action pathways established by its creator, be it instinct, tradition, our self, or some combination.  Our first set of trigger words expresses nature’s perspective, primarily instinct.  After birth, our nurturers provide us a second set of trigger words wired to turn on their perspective, primarily tradition.   With the maturity of our freedom organ, i.e. our intelligent cerebral cortex, we become self-programmers.  We ourselves can create a third set of signals that turn on the newer interpretations and meanings we assign to data by applying current wisdom.  Word-switches are distinguished from other trigger words only by the three characteristics we here assign to them: 

Word-switches

1.     have the power to substitute an alternative meaning and a newer way of thinking, feeling, and acting for a trigger word that is presently dominant.

2.     are usually the products of a mature freedom organ.

3.     are supported by the most current universal common sense wisdoms.

             You know the power of these common trigger words to turn off or turn on energy: “I can’t; I won’t.”  I think I can.  I’ll try.  I will.”  Can you think of newer words that are the result of new knowledge that influence the way we think and act?  Here are a few to get you started – world citizen, Internet, Mental Wealth, weapons with ultimate destructive power, cholesterol, evolution, word-switches.  Do you see how trigger words turn on ideas?  Have you assigned meaning to any of these newer trigger words that turn on sufficient energy for you to initiate a change in your thinking, feelings, and actions? 

As we acquire more knowledge of universal cause-and-effect relationships, what we call “science,” we increase our power to initiate both constructive and destructive outcomes.  The current discovery and proliferation of weapons with ultimate destructive power require that we create newer, more appropriate word-switches that consistently direct our power to constructive outcomes.  Let’s recognize that our native language is heavily biased toward trigger words that turn on the animal brain instinct that favors bigotry, prejudice, and destructive confrontation.  As our freedom organ attains physical maturity and we teach ourselves the wisdoms that create spiritual maturity, we can design new word-switches that apply current knowledge to current issues to create original solutions. Word-switches are our means to elevate ourselves to the higher levels of civilization to which we aspire.  Our newest weapon of mass construction is creating and using effective word-switches.

 

The five ANWOT building blocks to attain self-mastery (explanations of each to follow):

1.    The ingredients: the raw material to build new skills (see above and later)

2.     The  language of ANWOT: the seven mind-freeing, life-changing, world-saving word-switches

3.     The mental freedom control panel (MFCP): the eight choices available to our will to take or modify our actions

4.     Strens: the collection of wisdoms that adds strength to manage life’s challenges

5.     Our value system: the assumptions and beliefs that influence our thinking, feelings, and actions

Building block #1: Like the flour, water, yeast, and salt needed to make bread, there are five ingredients required to develop self-mastery.  What you don’t possess is readily available to you. 

Faith: belief that “I can” make a difference.  Without some faith, we won’t try.  Wegenerate energy for our first steps when we say, “Yes, I think I can.  I will!

Work: the practice required can be very satisfying.

Patience: the benefits of most worthwhile skills are not realized immediately. 

4.     Direction: we have the advantage of “standing on the shoulders of those giants who have preceded us.”   

Risk-taking: acquiring a new beneficial manner of thinking usually means letting go, even “murder,” of established ways of thinking that once protected us. 

Money, unusual intelligence, “connections,” good health, and magic are not needed. 

Building block #2: The seven mind-freeing, life-changing, world-saving word-switches.

1.     Substitute “I think I can,” the spark of energy that inspires action, for the helpless/hopeless trigger words such as “why bother,” “what’s the use,” “it’s too hard,” “I can’t,” “to Hell with it. 

2.     Substitute “I could” for the dictator phrase “You should.”  

3.     Substitute the personal responsibility word-switch “I allow” for the blaming words that express dependency: “he (she, they, it, the world) makes me ….” 

4.     Most important, substitute “both … and” that focuses on similarities for the “either/or” trigger word programmed into every native language that divides the world into opposing categoriesand promotes bigotry, prejudice, and intolerance.  

5.     Regularly substitute the problem-solving sentence: “What is most likely to make things better for me AND you (or us and them), for now AND the future?for “My way, the only way.” 

6.     Substitute when possible “energy” for “anger.” 

7.     Substitute “urgent” for “emergency” and immediately assign “high,” “medium,” or “low” priority to the “urgent” situation.  Instinct biases us to mislabel low and medium priority issues as “emergency.”

Keep in mind how you will benefit from each of these word-switches: 1. Yes, I think I can turns on the energy we require to get results. Word-switches 2, 3, and 4 free our thinking from mental slavery to the instinct and traditions that nature and our nurturers program into us through the years we are helpless, immature, and it is appropriate for us to blindly obey the authority of dictators.  5. The universal problem-solving sentence is the “magical” tool that, regularly used, creates common sense solutions that work while harmful alternative actions wither away from disuse.  Word-switches 6 and 7 diminish the instinctive anger and the emergency fight or flight impulsive responses that are least likely to work in our relatively civilized world and that often get us into trouble.

Building block #3: The mental response freedom panel (MRFP) identifying the eight (8) choices available to our will to take action.  Most of these mental action patterns are nonproductive or harmful. It is easy to learn to wisely manage them, and immensely improves our skill at self-mastery.  They work with uncanny effectiveness.  If all you develop is skill in managing blaming-out and blaming-in, you will derive great benefit from ANWOT.

1.     Blaming-out: mentally attacking an “other”

2.     Blaming-in and secondary blaming: mentally attacking our self (guilt, putdowns)

3.     Avoidance: mentally “running” from a stressful situation. This includes procrastination, substance abuse, excuses, dropping out, etc.

4.     Problem-solving: the “magical” sentence –What is most likely to benefit me and you for now and in the future?

5.     Self-endorsement and secondary endorsement: “Attaboy! (Attagirl!)” I deserve to be proud.”

6.     Helplessness/hopelessness, the H/H response: the devastating “why bother” response that shuts down our energy factory

7.     The “what if” worry response: wasting energy by exaggerating negative alternatives while neglecting the positive and most likely outcomes.  Anticipating the worst leads to inappropriate anxiety and phobias.

8.     The mind/body response: mind over matter reactions, such as tension leading to headache or back pain

Actions 1-3 are primitive symbolic expressions of our physical fight or flight instinct. 
4. Problem-solving that seeks win/win outcomes for all parties present and future is a worthy universal direction.  There is no emphasis on blaming and finding a scapegoat.  Energy is not wasted on resentment, avoidance, and other non-productive actions.  While not magic, the results will often seem “magical.”  5. Self-endorsement creates the independence to love our self and others.   6. The H/H response is the most devastating because it turns off problem-solving action.  7. “What iffing” the worst
rather than the best or most likely outcomes is carried over from our ancestors’ need for constant vigilance when in a life-threatening environment.  8. The influence of mental stress on our physical state is becoming increasingly apparent.

 

“Secondary blaming-in” (action 2) is blaming our self for blaming our self.  “Secondary endorsement” (action 5) is endorsing our self for endorsing our self.  They are powerful variations of blaming-in and self-endorsement.  Even after people learn that self-blame for mistakes is not productive, they commonly find they continue to do so and then make things worse by attacking themselves: “I’m such a jerk, I should have learned by now.”  On the other hand, few individuals recognize that if self-endorsement is one of our most positive actions, it is desirable to endorse our self when we endorse our self, thereby strengthening our positive action.        

 

Note:  These eight mental response patterns are rarely “either…or.”  They are intertwined, one often leading to another.  These combinations result in an infinite variety of patterns forming a characteristic personality print, akin to a fingerprint.  We do well to emphasize problem-solving and self-endorsement (actions 4 & 5) while we attack our negative mental responses, not ourselves!

 

Building block #4: The collection of strens that consistently lead to wise judgment.  We are all born ignorant.  By becoming collectors of wisdoms and personally discovering new insights, we make ourselves Mental Wealth millionaires, “wealthy” enough to make life joyous and fulfilling even if fate and circumstance are unkind.  Sharing our wisdom is among life’s most satisfying endeavors. 

 

 

 

Building block #5: A value system supported by common sense interpretation of universal knowledge.

 

We differ from animals because we use symbols to interpret data; we make assumptions that create morality.  By the political and religious ideologies we create, we may sufficiently influence our thinking, feelings, and actions to override what fate and circumstance make of us.  Our ancestor’s values required gigantic leaps of faith because they lacked knowledge of cause-and-effect to support their wild beliefs.  We continuously modify our unreasonable assumptions and rituals as we discover universal knowledge and wisdom.  We elevate our values from savagery to civility by substituting the common sense wisdom of our cerebral cortex for the instinctive trial-and-error solutions pre-wired in our animal brain.  We recognize that our new destructive power requires that we upgrade our self-serving values, “My way, the only way,” with global values all tribes can support, such as “Love our neighbor as our self.” And “Treat others as we would have others treat us.”   An “eye for an eye” escalation and domination by “war and cure” no longer work; cooperation and collaboration for mutual benefit, forgiveness, love, and other humane values are now required if we are to survive. 

 

Animal brain: the six segments of the brain that automatically regulate our behavior, i.e. our thinking, feelings, and actions.  These segments include what we call the medulla, pituitary, pons, pineal body, cerebellum, and thalamus.  Because the segments are so interconnected in form and function, these segments have alternative classifications.  Maturing very early, it advocates survival of the fittest and self-preservation.

Human brain: the seventh to evolve and the last to mature segment of the human brain is the one commonly called “the cerebral cortex,” or what I prefer to call our “freedom organ”.   Unlike the animal brain, it requires decades to reach full physical and emotional maturity.  It is our source of common sense wisdom, civility, and self-mastery.   

Human being(s): the prevalent misleading trigger word that leads to the interpretation that we are static individuals dependent on fate and circumstance like other species.

Humane becoming(s): an invented word-switch that enlightens us that we are gifted with the opportunity to become increasingly powerful creators.  Humankind is a dynamic work-in-progress.  We have a purpose and mission to elevate ourselves to become the civilized, humane species we can now envision.     

Either/or dichotomous thinking: our established animal brain and tradition favor processing information into two opposing categories: right/wrong, good/bad or evil, we /they, safe/dangerous, win/lose, etc.   Focusing on differences, dichotomous thinking is a major cause of bigotry, prejudice, intolerance, destructive aggression, and win/lose confrontation.

Both ... andlogical thinking:the intelligent cerebral cortex’s modeof processing information that considers the positives and negatives of multiple alternatives.  Focusing on similarities, logical thinking promotes tolerance, cooperation, constructive problem-solving, and win/win cooperation.  “Both...and” is the newer way of thinking (ANWOT) that enlightens us to add global priorities to self-serving local priorities. 

MDR: the minimum daily requirement of endorsements to thrive:  You are already familiar with this term as applied to our physical needs.  “We believe the minimum daily requirement of vitamin x is 4 milligrams.”  The exact amount may be unknown.  Similarly, we can apply this term to the daily emotional endorsements we need to maintain our self-worth.  ANWOT explains how to insure that we receive our MDR.

Love: the creation of energy using our highest mental function (our “freedom organ”,) directed to the well-being of some other and/or one’s self.  The generation of love powerfully influences our physical well-being.

Sex: the natural urge for procreation and physical gratification by stimulation of receptor cells in the genitals and elsewhere.  Sex is strongly influenced by our genetic inheritance and the older animal portion of our brain.  Note that the major sexual organs, the penis and clitoris, are in-born “receiving stations,” while love is a creation of our choosing we send from our highest mental function.  Sex and love are quite distinct but are most satisfying when combined.

Infatuation: the illusion of love generated largely by powerful biological urges.

Religion: the assumptions about the world, based largely on faith, that influence our thinking, feelings, and actions.  The limitations of our knowledge of cause-and-effect require that we “leap” to assumptions based on faith with respect to values, aesthetics, justice, and most of our daily choices.  I consider every person to be religious in that we each primarily act on our unique set of faith-based beliefs.  Although formal religions agree more than disagree on fundamental values, most people seem to follow their personal religion rather than adhering to the universal values of the formal religion they profess - values that would promote unity more than the intolerance we more commonly observe.  

Knowledge: the enlightenment of an intelligent mind to the universal orderly rules of cause-and-effect; understanding gained through experience or study.  Knowledge is the basis of science and philosophy.  We become increasingly powerful creators as we expand our knowledge and apply it to muscle.  There are more scientists and philosophers alive today than all of history, and the growth of knowledge is accelerating in every direction like the spreading light we create when we explode fireworks.

Power: a force to initiate change, the energy source to create and destroy.         

Intelligence: the ability to acquire and apply logic to knowledge to become a powerful creator.  Humankind is distinguished from other life on earth by our sophisticated cerebral cortex.  Only we have sufficient ability to use words, make interpretations, and pass them forward to continuously expand the power of knowledge.  

Wisdom: understanding what is true, right, or lasting; the direction of knowledge to constructive outcomes, good judgment;common sense judgment applied to current knowledge to adapt, survive, and thrive when faced with new challenges to our well-being.  Our intelligent, mature freedom organ creates new solutions to current and anticipated challenges. None of us are born with wisdom; our work-in-progress is to collect the necessary self-enlightenment skills.  We preserve and enrich our well-being as we increase our wisdoms to make ourselves Mental Wealth millionaires.

Foolishness/poor judgment: We act foolishly when we try to solve today’s problems using yesterday’s solutions.  Trial-and-error wisdom that is deficient in common sense wisdom often leads to harmful outcomes.

Common sense wisdom:our freedom organ’s process of applying universal common sense logic to current knowledge to solve today’s problems.  As we increase our power as creators, we can express our originality both wisely and foolishly.  Common sense wisdom is our means to consistently direct our power to constructive outcomes and prevent the expression of those trial-and-error wisdoms that have lost their effectiveness or have become dangerous.  For example, when all tribes possess weapons of ultimate destruction, the rules of survival suddenly change.   Survival of the fittest becomes destruction of the fittest!   Common sense recognizes that win/win cooperation is preferred to win/lose competition.  We must rapidly popularize a newer way of thinking skilled in common sense wisdom to survive and thrive in the age of weapons with ultimate destructive power. 

The common sense test of universal wisdom:Tribes with different geographic, religious, ethnic, and political backgrounds will come to similar insights based on logical thinking; common sense is by definition “common.”  Universal wisdoms appear spontaneously and have widespread acceptance.   Assertions by one tribe that our way is theright or only way clearly fail the common sense test, the consensus of divergent groups.  We can usually recognize the self-serving purpose of assertions that lack consensual acknowledgement.   

Examples of universal wisdom/values for a satisfying life experience include:

 Treat others as I would have others treat me.

 Love myself so that I may more ably love others. 

 To make yourself happy, direct your attention to what you have accomplished,
what you have now, and what you might attain in the future
. 

To make yourself miserable, dwell on what you have lost, what you don’t have           now, or what you may never have in the future. 

I will acquire the courage to change what I can, the serenity to accept what I can’t change, and the wisdom to know the difference.
 ...
the serenity prayer advocated by Alcoholics Anonymous, slightly modified

     What universal wisdom(s) would you add?

Creation: the orderly process of change from one state to another, usually more sophisticated state.   Every effect has a cause.  Logic suggests there was a first cause or “uncaused cause” that set creation in motion, whose mystery is beyond our present intelligence to understand.

Our Creator [also referred to by trigger words such as “God,” “nature,”  “the ‘first’ or ‘uncaused’ cause”]:one who causes something to exist (dictionary definition); the yet unknowable force that has set creation in motion.  Throughout history we have modified our view of our creator, progressing from superstition, worship of multiple idols, and bizarre rituals, to the current common belief that our creator is a force that deals with all equally and is itself a work-in-progress.  My personal belief is that our creator has provided humankind with a freedom organ that provides us the opportunity and responsibility to become a part of the creative process. We can elevate ourselves; we can cause our extinction; we can bring about anything in between. Whether you share my belief or maintain a different one, I urge each person to focus on our shared interests so that all humanity will benefit.  

God:a being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe (dictionary definition); the first or uncaused cause of all that exists.  I refrain from using “God” because through tradition it has become a powerful trigger word with such diverse meanings that it is often a source of conflict. Throughout history, “God” has become a trigger word that inspires self-serving biased interpretations, leading to foolish, destructive aggression.  Conflict is not only prevalent between creationists and naturalists but between people of related religious faiths, even within the same faith.  I personally believe those contradictions are mostly of our own doing, often inspired by our animal brain’s instinctive “either/or” thinking.  The less biased word-switch, our creator, turns on our shared commonalities and limits the non-productive conflict.  World peace requires tolerance for differences, that we accept that no tribe is superior; that each deserves equal respect.  Our most urgent need is to unite our problem-solving energy to discredit one dangerous belief: “Our side is superior, and punishment, even murder, is justified for non-members.”    

Dictator:  any source of prescribed demands based on authority rather than consensual agreement.  Many years pass before we are equipped to evaluate the prescriptions of instinct and our nurturers.  We, like animals, remain servant to fate and circumstance and human dictators until we are able to initiate self-mastery.  Our work-in-progress is to free our self from dictators to acquire the humane qualities we preach and the utopia we can now envision.  Acquiring knowledge and wisdom is our means to free our self from dictators.   

Fate and circumstance, instinct and habit (tradition), nature and our nurturers: the first dictators who direct our life experience.  The dictators who we first serve may be marvelous role models, self-serving parasites, or most likely some combination of the extremes.  How would you rate your early dictators?

Work-in-progress (WIP):A progressive change from simple and primitive to complex and sophisticated is characteristic of all creation.  WIP is the intentional action by a creator to modify the present level of complexity and sophistication.  Our human WIP appears to include freeing ourselves from dictators to acquire self–mastery, to join fate and circumstance in determining who we are and what we are as we strive to reach our highest level of function. 

·      Our individual work-in-progress is to teach our self the wisdoms that create mental freedom. 

·      Our collective work-in-progress is to acquire and pass forward the humane civilized skills we preach, such as forgiveness, love, kindness, mercy, and compassion.  Our freedom organ, properly educated, empowers humankind to change the savage, mindlessly governed world into a civilized Utopia.   

Becoming one’s own person (BOOP): Studies on adult development suggest that our thinking, feelings, and actions are dominated by the perspectives of our early masters, i.e. our genes and nurturers.  Just our bodies require many years to reach physical maturity, so do our brains.  The unique degree to which we are capable of reflective thinking, i.e., being aware of our consciousness and directing it, requires the maturation of the brain.  Studies of this process suggest that the acquisition of a “self” that surpasses our early teachings, that can wisely challenge them and attain freedom to make independent choices, does not occur until our late 20's or early 30's.  Indeed, in many, it never occurs at all to any substantial degree.  One goal of ANWOT is that you become your own person.     

Consciousness: the private mental “virtual” reality created within our freedom organ.

Reflective self: that portion of our sophisticated mental activity that is conscious of our conscious awareness, that examines our thoughts and thinking.  The reflective self is the “me” that provides us identity and frees us to become an autonomous individual.  It may develop the power to manipulate, modify, and innovate our activity.  The reflective self is “born” many years after our physical birth, once the brain is sufficiently mature to lay down the wiring for a newer way of thinking and is equipped with language and knowledge.

Self (shorthand for “reflective self”):  the trigger word that identifies us as unique in the world; it is often used in combination with another word to recognize our special powers such as self-mastery, self-consciousness.  This is the “me” part of our higher mental activity that is able to reflect on itself, is relatively free of the demands of the first controllers of our life, and has acquired the skill to wisely manage our thoughts and initiate problem-solving action.  Self in italics is not to be confused with “our self,” which should be understood in the more traditional manner to represent all that we are physically and mentally.     

Reflective thinking: the skill to think about our thoughts; the source of what we call “free will.” Just as it is much more efficient to shave or put on makeup with a mirror, the power to observe our selves enables us to make a quantum leap in our creative power. Reflective thinking = self-consciousness + imagination.

Self-consciousness: becoming conscious of our consciousness; the ability to engage in reflective thinking to interpret our thoughts and what we think; thinking about what we think – a human quality.

Self-mastery: the work-in-progress to elevate us to the humane individuals within our capability.  Most individuals attain significant self-mastery in their late twenties or early thirties.  Some require longer while others remain dependent throughout their lifetime. 

Board of Directors: the “Capitol” where ideas are accepted or rejected by its members.  Representatives of our nature, nurturers, and our self, through various agents, debate issues and vote on actions to be taken.  The Board changes over time; for example, there are significant membership changes at puberty.  With maturity, we may modify our Board’s composition and/or the authority of its members.  The power of fate, circumstance, our parents, and other authorities diminish as we add agents representing our self.           

Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.): the “director” or “boss” overseeing our thinking, feelings, and actions.  As we attain maturity, we may engage in the process of becoming C.E.O. of our life to oversee the conflicting interests and demands of the members of our Board.  We may have a number of executive directors but the “chief” is the senior officer.

As in any complex organization, there is too much going on for the C.E.O. to be directly involved in each activity; much needs to be delegated.  Think of the “section chief” members of our mental Board of Directors as representatives of nature, nurture, and our self
.  The C.E.O. and members of our Board may change according to our age and the stage of our development.  Each would-be-director can be expected to govern according to their unique perspective.  Can you identify any of the specific “sub-boss” agents that sit at your Board of Directors?

Master (also “director”, “controller” or “boss”): a major energy source that directs our thoughts, feelings and actions.  We are wise to recognize the three masters that co-exist within us: our nature, our nurture and our self.

Our three controllers and examples of their influence:

1.     Master nature - what we inherit, including instinct: the wisdom of millions of years of genetic development encoded in our animal brain, a chief advocate of self-preservation, fight or flight behavior, and self-gratification.  A basic principle is “If it brings pleasure and/or avoids pain, do it.”   The favorite word of your nature is, “Yes!”  Genes and DNA are the primary means through which we inherit our nature. 

F Body size, appearance, color, and function; sexual gender,  intelligence, dependence.  What else would you add?

2.     Master nurture - what we are taught:the standards you have acquired from your parents, culture, and environment.  Of necessity, much of your nurture takes the form of prescriptions, what “you should do” or “shouldn’t do.”   The favorite word of your nurture, so common in your early years, is, “No!”  The directions of your nurturers are frequently in opposition to the directions of nature. 

F Language and symbols[1], religion, assumptions about how the world operates, habits, guilt, resentment, how to think, good/bad, right/wrong, me/not me, us/them, win/lose, trust (faith, belief, and dependence), suspicion, identity (labels that describe and convey meaning and emotion to our self).  What else would you add?

3.     Self-mastery - what is ours to acquire and/or create: mental freedom, thought control, wisdom, becoming director and producer of our life’s experience, originality, creativity, self-initiation; the degree we own our self, love and the qualities we consider humane.

F What you make of yourself. 

Nature is often characterized as “instinct.”  Nurture, the second master, may be referred to as “habit,” and when passed forward to future generations, “tradition.”  Self-mastery may be referred to as mental freedom, thought control, becoming our own person, and super-maturity.  Self-mastery requires that we equip our cerebral cortex with sophisticated language, skill in interpretation, and a newer way of thinking to free our will from dictators and assume responsibility for our life’s experience.

Each of these three masters rules its own domain, has a specific agenda, and advocates its own interests.  They are sometimes competitive, sometimes cooperative.  They express themselves in multiple areas or “departments” of our life.  They each are represented on your Board of Directors and have voting shares that may change ownership in relation to your age and level of development.  Expect heated discussion with respect to your values, diet, appearance, sexual gratification, and so on.    

NOTE: Instinct and tradition are usually automatic, effective, and relatively effortless as most life challenges remain constant.  They are poorly equipped to manage new challenges created by new knowledge, such as weapons with ultimate destructive power.  New knowledge is best managed by applying common sense wisdom to current knowledge.     

Director/“boss”: an order-giver, a would-be controller of your thinking, feeling, and/or actions.  We have many would-be bosses: our biology, parents, community, and on and on.

Controller: another term for someone/something that acts to direct or “boss” your thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Endogenous “boss”:  the activation or alteration of an event where direction is most characteristic of our inherited instinctive tendencies and biological needs, our nature; the innate automatic regulation of our thinking, feelings, and actions.

Exogenous “boss”: the activation or alteration of an event where the source of direction is most characteristic of our acquired tendencies, such as our nurturers, culture, tradition, fate, and circumstance.  Exogenous “wiring” turns on action based on tradition, i.e. what our ancestors believed according to their state of knowledge.

Mentogenous “boss”: (an invented word because our language lacks a trigger word complimentary to endogenous and exogenous!): the activation or alteration of an event whose direction originates from the mature problem-solving thinking portion of our mind, i.e. self-mastery; the “wiring” is designed by the self-conscious portion of our mind; the creativity originates in our freedom organ and is initiated by our freed will power.  

Stages of Development:  ImmatureèMatureè Super-mature

Stage one - immaturity: the period of incomplete development when resistance to dictators is low; we serve the urgings inherited through our genes and those enforced by our nurturers and environment.

Stage two –maturity: the process of increasing self-awareness and self-consciousness to become a powerful creator with the capacity for constructive and destructive action.  Rebellion, doing the opposite of what is prescribed, marks the transition from dependence to self-mastery.

Stage three - super-maturity: the process of adding common sense wisdom to consistently direct the power of knowledge to constructive outcomes; we our self initiate directions, taking into consideration the urgings of the stage one and two dictators who constantly push to reign as C.E.O. of your Board of Directors.   

Freedom: without restraint; liberty from slavery, oppression, incarceration; choice; free will; immunity from the arbitrary exercise of authority.  Becoming a powerful creator does not of itself provide freedom; our creative power may remain under the direction of instinct and tradition until we teach ourselves a newer way of thinking.  Physical freedom is self-direction of one’s muscles; non-physical (mental or spiritual) freedom is becoming master of our self.  “Slavery” is far more than the subjugation of one’s muscles to another’s will; it includes the surrender of our opportunity to become what we are capable of becoming.  Mental freedom is the goal of ANWOT; “pursuing our own good in our own way” J.S. Mill.

Slavery: bondage to a master; being subject or addicted to a specific influence. 

Dependence: the state of being determined, influenced, or controlled by something else.

Independence: self-support, competence; self-governing.

Physical freedom (opposite: physical slavery): self direction of one’s muscles. 

Mental freedom (opposite: mental slavery): the process of becoming master of our self, to become independent creators.  The work of our mature cerebral cortex, is to free our will power from the control of dictators.  We strengthen our freedom organ through skill in reflective thinking, acquiring knowledge, and the intelligent use of imagination to increase our originality and creativity. 

Will power:  the mental energy we create to turn on action.  Three masters compete to control our will – nature (instinct), nurture (tradition), and our self.  

Freed will:the mysterious power we acquire through our mature freedom organ to assume responsibility for our own thinking, feelings, and actions.  The process of becoming self-programmers of the way we think.

Conscience: a name commonly given to the mental “voice” urging us to “do the right thing.”  It is usually a “prescription” of our phase two nurturers.  Rather than blindly conform to our conscience, we act more wisely when we reflect on its message to ask if it presently represents an appropriate directive.  We sometimes are taught to “hear” a voice on one shoulder telling us what we “should” do - i.e. our conscience, an angel, a “Jiminy Cricket” - and a voice on the other shoulder -  i.e. a devil-like figure, urging us to do the “selfish” thing.   “Conscience” is not to be confused with “conscious awareness” or “consciousness,” and is not related to “science.”

Freedom organ- our cerebral cortex.  The cortical area of the human brain is the latest-developing segment of our seven-segment brain and the most rapidly evolving organ of homo sapiens.  Specific organs, such as the kidneys and liver, develop to perform specialized tasks.  This newer brain area develops to become our “self-organ” or “freedom organ”.  It is our resource for mental freedom and self-mastery.  It is the source of our intelligence to discover knowledge and apply imagination and will power to originate new alternatives.  We engage in advanced abstract reflective thinking.  Our freedom organ provides us the opportunity to change ourselves and the world, making us unique among life on earth.  We join fate and circumstance to determine who we are and what we will become.

The languages of our thought processes: Language is a collection of words and symbols by which we think.  Can you imagine what your consciousness would be like if you were never exposed to a language?  Commonly we identify languages that are related to specific geography like English, French, and German.  If you were born in China, Chinese would likely be your “native” tongue.  The symbols and notations of music are more of a universal language designed for a specific function..

In the course of our development, we acquire at least three languages.  Each language is designed to serve a different master or “controller” of your life’s activity, and “speaks” in the native tongue of its own master: nature, nurture, or self-mastery.

The first language – the language of nature
, our innate or endogenous controllers:  Your endogenous controller is determined by genes.  Its interest is self-preservation and its behavior has been described as “fight or flight”.  It is a self-centered boss, oriented to the present, and can usually be identified because of its “I want what I want when I want it” motto.  The words of this early language are usually in the family of “yes”, “do it” words.   I call this the endogenous language because it is “wired” to serve your inborn needs.  

The second language – the language of nurture, our external or exogenous controllers:The second would-be boss is our outside demands, coming from our parents, teachers, authority figures, the law, the religion, and cultural dictates of our specific environment. The language designed to serve this second master is wired to stimulate responses which are usually in direct conflict with the wiring of the first language.  It emphasizes a family of “no” words that prescribe what you should not do and/or must do.   I call this second language the exogenouslanguage because it is designed to serve the outside or environmental forces that make demands upon us.   Parents’ most common expression of this language is “NO!”   Variations such as “you can’t,” “don’t,” and “you must” are easily identified.   These words characteristically are wired to some form of reward or punishment.  Physical and/or verbal “putdowns,” withholding of love, approval, privileges, promotions, and restrictionof freedom are usually favored over “rewards.”

The third language – the language of your reflective self, the “freedom” or mentogenous language of self-mastery:This language permits mature thinking and fosters problem-solving over punishment.  Its family of words is primarily “descriptive,” such as “I prefer”, “I am wise when”, “I like”, “I value,” and so on.  Descriptive words are wired to seek both short and long-term positive outcomes to our actions.  Such words stimulate reflective-thinking and encourage loving actions that promote our own well-being in cooperation with the well-being of others.  I call this the mentogenous language because we mentally initiate the word-switches that update the endogenous and exogenous trigger words of the would-be bosses that will be with us the duration of our life.  The mentogenous language is our means to become our own person, to create and choose “feeling good” and “doing good”.   It is quite revealing that the English language has the trigger words endogenous and exogenous that identify our first two “bosses,” nature and nurture, but I have had to invent the word mentogenous because there is no complimentary word to represent the language of self-mastery.  ANWOT advocates the study and application of the mentogenous language of self-mastery.

Mental variations of processing information (see also explanations re “Mind”):

Thoughts: the mental impressions our senses bring to our freedom organ:  They “magically” pop into our mind.

Thinking - the use of imagination to rearrange thoughts into original combinations: consciousness + imagination.

Reflective thinking- the skill to think about our thoughts and what we think:  The source of what we call “free will.”  The power to see ourselves in a mirror enables us to “see our self” and make a quantum leap in our creative power.   Reflective thinking = self-consciousness + imagination

Mind – the home of our conscious awareness and our reflective or higher self:  Mental activity has thus far defied description of its material attributes.  The relationship of our mental and spiritual activity to the brain is an ongoing area of interest to both science and religion.   

Thoughts: the “motion picture” stream of words, symbols, pictures, and experience that fill our conscious awareness, messages that originate from our nature and nurture.  Thoughts passively, automatically “pop” into our mind as though received from the outside, usually through our five senses, and are passively received from within, from our body state.  Examples: “hot,” “tastes good,” “danger,”  “hungry,” “bladder full – pee.”

Thinking: the action portion of our mental activity that represents our higher self.  It is capable of manipulating thoughts, creating new solutions, and providing direction to our self.  Thinking serves three masters, initially the commands we inherit through our genes; later, the commands we acquire from our nurturers; and eventually the modifications we initiate as we acquire self-mastery.

Reflective-thinking: the special mental processing through which we reflect on our thoughts and thinking, and become conscious of our consciousness (self-consciousness).  Reflective-thinking empowers what I have described as self.  It conveysindependence through abstract reason.  Our complex brain and use of symbols are our sources of mental freedom, originality, and self-mastery.

Wiring patterns:  the pre-programmed pathways to action.  Words and symbols foster thinking because they call forth specific images; they are “handles” or “switches” that result in specific activity in our brain.  I call the connections that lead from a word or symbol to the activation of a pattern in the brain our “wiring.”  The wiring for physical action is electrical and chemical, such as nerve impulses.  The wiring for mental or spiritual action is still a mystery we call “will power.”        

Different words stimulate different wiring patterns or images.  This is because there is a specific “wiring” pattern which the word “triggers.”  For example, what response do the following words call forth: fire! Mother, cancer, money, Attention! You can’t! free, fefm, satz.   Can you identify specific words, symbols, or ideas that stir in you specific emotional responses?  enthusiasm? tears?  Words trigger specific electrical and chemical responses that are characteristic to each person, depending on their innate and acquired “wiring.”  Imagine a light controller in the entranceway of your house that has three switches that look and in fact are identical.  One switch turns the outside light on.  The second activates one or more lights in the living room.  The third controls the lights in the hall. Even though you don’t see the wiring behind the wall and may not understand how or why it does what it does, you know that the simple act of flipping the right switch brings about your preferred outcome.  The switch that activates multiple lights and appliances in the hall has no effect on the outside or living room lights.  Likewise, the family of words that is associated with the demands of each of your controllers, your genes and nurturers, is wired to process “word” switches differently than the family of words dedicated to self-mastery.  ANWOT identifies the two early controllers of your actions, your genes and nurturers, and describes the endogenous and exogenous language by which each expresses itself.  Further, ANWOT promotes the development of the third mentogenous controller of your thinking, feelings, and behavior, i.e., self-mastery.  Some modification of existing words and introduction of new words are required to grow your skills of self-mastery.

The family of word-switches that comprise the mentogenous language of self-mastery is essential to attain our highest level of function, super-maturity.  Whether or not you understand and/or agree with the explanations here offered about “wiring,” your use of the “freedom language” will work.   I believe an understanding of this “wiring” concept will enrich your progress and stimulate new exciting insights.

Here is one further thought about the “wiring” of our language.  Our tendency is to identify “language” as distinct because of its geography, as was mentioned above in the original entry on “Language of our thought processes.”   A word or symbol that is different in more than one language may express a corresponding meaning that will lead to an identical response.  The symbol differs but the meaning follows a “final common pathway.”  For example, the symbol for fire in the native tongue of the English, German, French, and Chinese person may follow similar wiring pathways even though the actual spelling and sound of the “trigger” words are different for each individual.  On the other hand, I have described how the wiring and therefore the processing and outcome of words we take as similar may indeed serve different masters and lead to different outcomes.  For example, depending on one’s religious wiring, the thought of eating cow or pig may elicit very different responses.  Can you imagine color coding words as an electrician uses color wiring to distinguish the action of one wire from another?

Operating system(s): the means our mind uses to process information to an action outcome.

Strens are primarily designed to provide “practical” direction to feeling good and doing good.

You will benefit whether or not you recognize how and why the wisdom described works.    However, the “picture” of how and why our self works through its own operating system may stimulate creative thinking. To the degree the “theory” strens are accurate and you understand them, you will strengthen your capacity to open new doors to get where you’d like to go.

Hardware – the physical equipment used to get things done:  A computer and our brain are examples of hardware.

Software – the program(s) designed by their creator to process data: Our computer may have various software programs focusing on different tasks: word processing, number crunching, photo management, musical notation, and so on.  Our brain contains multiple programs provided by nature, our nurturers, and our self, each emphasizing its own perspective. 

Trial-and-error wisdom:  Our creator produces infinite variations of life.  Those adaptive to fate and circumstance survive while the others become extinct.  Over 95% of the species ever to have lived have become extinct.  Those trial-and-error methods of adaptation that have survived 3 ½ billion years of life on earth are passed on to future generations through genetic inheritance and tradition.  They provide automatic regulation of our thinking, feelings, and actions.  Trial-and-error wisdom is the preferred problem-solving method of our animal brain. These mindless wisdoms provide reliable solutions to yesterday’s issues and those that remain currently unchanged.  However, trial-and-error wisdom is poorly equipped to problem-solve new issues, especially the recent creation and proliferation of weapons with ultimate destructive power. 

Trial-and-error learning: One of the most common ways we acquire skills is by learning from our mistakes.  Though mistakes may be costly, they are often necessary to get the information needed to learn.  Walking is an example where we learn from our falls.  Recognizing and acknowledging our mistakes is worthy of self-endorsement more so than putdowns because it is one of our most productive means of improvement.  

Imitation, mimicking, and role model learning: Much of what we learn while we are growing up - our mental wiring - is attained by blindly copying, mimicking, and practicing patterns others prescribe.  Our brain has a super-ability to learn by mimicking until puberty, and we continue this method of learning into maturity. 

Cognitive rehearsal and “no-trial” learning: mentally working through alternatives to deal with an issue before taking action, considering short and long-term outcomes.  This is the basis of prevention and therefore a critical skill when we are dealing with issues that may be beyond “cure,” such as WUD.  Skill in cognitive rehearsal may be acquired with maturity. 

No-trial learning: this term is often the equivalent of cognitive rehearsal, but is more general in that we may learn by imitation and role-modeling that requires little or no reflective thinking

Prevention:  mental consideration of alternative solutions to an anticipated problem; use of no-trial learning. 

            Cure:  dealing with a problem after its occurrence, as in “war and cure.”

Instinct: the trial-and-error wisdoms that are preprogrammed into our biology to automatically direct our destiny.

Tradition: the predetermined patterns of behavior created by our ancestors from trial-and-error wisdom and the common sense use of then-current knowledge.  Traditions are passed forward from generation to generation regardless of their appropriateness to current circumstance.  Tradition becomes our dominant master until we acquire sufficient common sense wisdom to redirect what instinct and tradition make of us. 

The power of interpretation: We make ourselves creators through our use of symbols.We create a private “virtual” mental reality in which we assign meaning to the data our senses provide, and imagine and manipulate ideas and concepts to create new phenomena.  We then apply the mysterious power we call will to introduce our original conceptual reality into the physical reality we share in common.  Our mental interpretations initiate actions that change ourselves and everything about us.  We make ourselves increasingly powerful creators as our scientists discover the universal knowledge of cause-and-effect.    

Our signaling systems – the means to action: The types of signaling systems are described below.

First signaling system - the final common pathway to all physical action:  The mindless biological nerves and chemicals that directly turn on action as commanded by nature, nurture, or what we initiate through our freedom organ. 

Second signaling system - the power of mental interpretation using symbols to modify our first signaling system: the mature use of imagination to become powerful creators.  We recognize that physical stimulation activates pathways, such as eating calling forth digestive juices.   The thought of a steak or fresh lemon juice on our tongue, i.e., a mental act, can also “signal” pathways that duplicate the effect of physical stimulation.  This “second signaling system” concept helps us to understand the power of our mind to influence what we experience physically.  Even though the means by which physical stimulation creates mental activity, and mental activity initiates physical activity, is yet an unsolved mystery of the mind/body connection, we can create the mentogenous language to educate our second signaling system in self-mastery and super-maturity.  

The Self-mastery signaling system– the newer way of thinking that combines imagination and common sense knowledge of cause-and-effect (wisdom): The self-mastery signaling system is simply the consistent application of current common sense knowledge and wisdom to our secondary signaling system.  Our newest weapon of ultimate construction (WUC) is educating our cerebral cortex to popularize the humane values we preach but have yet to teach.  Our work-in-progress (WIP) is to elevate ourselves to our highest level of function.  The newer way of thinking will grow our population of Mental Wealth millionaires and citizens of the global community.    

Our biggest problem: Humankind’s special power of interpretation using symbols enables us to initiate phenomena into the world that are unprecedented in nature.  Power without wisdom is not an asset.  Wisdom and self-mastery do not automatically accompany the godlike power we now hold to change what nature provides!  Wisdom and self-mastery are self-taught skills.  Our increasing power to create is subject to the direction of any of the controllers of our life experience who would have us serve their direction.  Their will may be wise and constructive, self-serving and destructive, or any combination in-between.  The power we wield through our second signaling system offers the opportunity to create the joyous, meaningful life experience we desire.  It is critical to recognize that we are simultaneously creating the unprecedented dangers that threaten to make us the first species to initiate our own extinction.  We can prevent the imminent catastrophe.  The means to proceed to succeed begins with conscious awareness of the problem.  If we can muster our will to surmount this first step, the rest is all downhill.      

 “Positive” words of the newer language:The words that comprise the native language we first acquire are biased to focus on the negative.  Our thinking is imprisoned by words that permit only a negative direction.  New words to unlock our thinking may initially seem strange;  however, when we don’t have simple words to identify important positive concepts, we would be wise to add these new words to our common usage.  They serve a practical beneficial purpose.  Here are some examples:  

Pullup:  We recognize a putdown asa derogatory statement about someone, or the common act of blaming ourselves.  Enthusiastically endorsing someone, or oneself, would reasonably be called a pullup, the opposite of a putdown. 

Setforward: The word setback is fairly common when we experience difficulty.  How commonly do we use the word setforward when we experience the opposite?  It’s not in our dictionary – an example of the bias in our language to focus on the hole rather than the donut.  Perhaps familiarity with the word would stimulate greater attention to the growth experiences we have enjoyed.

Optimizing:We all seem to know and use the word “worry,” anticipating the worst and most unlikely outcomes of a situation.  “When I fly, what if ....”  Can you think of a single word in our language that calls to mind that anticipates the most positive outcomes of a situation?  The word “hope” was suggested but to me this word doesn’t express the comparable level of energy conveyed by “worry.”  The closest I’ve come is “optimizing.”   How often have you heard, “I spent the weekend optimizing”?  “Most likely ...” is an appropriate substitute for the “What iffing” that creates unproductive anxiety and phobias.

Resentment: One of this word’s early definitions is literally re-experiencing sentiment or feelings.  “Re-sentiment” is neutral in that it favors neither positive nor negative feelings.  Yet, in modern usage it has come to exclusively mean re-experiencing and holding onto real or imagined injustices that sustain negative, usually angry, punishing emotions. 

What other words in our commonly-used language direct our thinking in negative ways that bring us what we don’t want? 

conflict resolution: the attempt to restore peace and calm from a struggle

win-win outcome: each party to a conflict benefits from the action taken

win-lose outcome: the winner is benefited; the loser is hurting in some manner

lose-lose outcome: each participant experiences hurt

Aggression: the energy we require to attain our needs. Our language and our culture have come to associate “aggression” with destructive action.  The newer way of thinking directs us to the positive aspects of aggression – directing our aggressive energy to “attack” disease, prejudice, terrorism, pollution, and the like.  We can aggressively expand our ability to love, grow wisdom, share, cooperate, negotiate, and improve our well-being.  It is interesting that the anatomical locations of sexual pleasure and aggression coincide in the animal portion of our brain. This makes sense, because if an organism was interested in procreation but lacked the aggressive energy to satisfy the interest, the species would not survive. 

WMD: weapons of mass destruction

WUD: weapons of ultimate destruction – any weapon, including nuclear, chemical, and biological, capable of causing widespread devastation to human society with a single use.

WUC: weapons of ultimate construction – the application of common sense wisdom to current knowledge of cause-and-effect by our mature cerebral cortex to create out-of-the-box solutions to current problems.

Tribe:any collection of individuals focused around a common interest, goal, or way of thinking. A tribe can be a family, religious community, political party, or nation, to name just a few examples. One common characteristic of tribes is an “us vs. them” way of thinking.

Local citizenship: loyalty to a circumscribed tribe such as a family, team, religion, country, ideology, etc.  The innate need to identify with like-minded supporters.  

Global citizenship: recognition of oneself as a member of an interrelated community of like mind; the commitment to contribute to the well-being of the community of humanity in addition to local loyalties.  Tolerance for diversity is a learned skill that modifies our early need for local affiliation to a “superior” tribe.

Local loyalty to one’s tribe is inherited.  Global citizenship must be acquired through education.

Mental Cancer: the self-serving belief that “I, us, our tribe’s way deserves superiority” AND what is “not I, not us, or not my tribe are deserving of punishment, even murder if they don’t conform.”  Our tribe deserves to rule the human race!  Its source is usually to be found in the survival of the fittest perspective of our older animal brain.

Mental Cancer antidote: The common sense belief that “I, we, our tribe is an important part of a larger system.  We best serve ourselves by contributing to the well-being of our global community.”  This newer way of thinking antidote is the creation of our mature freedom organ once we equip it with knowledge and wisdom.     

Practical: what “works” to attain one’s goals most rapidly and with the minimum expenditure of energy; readily taught/learned by ordinary people.

Feeling good:  a positive or pleasurable emotional state we enthusiastically seek and want to sustain.  It is usually associated with an attitude of gratitude, and of awareness and appreciation for what we have.  Feeling good is not the absence of feeling bad; it is the awareness of the presence of something positively experienced.  Peace-of-mind is a positive experience.

Doing good:  using creative energy and acting in the best interest of ourselves and the larger community of which we are a member.  Doing good involves activity that contributes to what is desirable “without doing bad.”  Each act of “good” adds to the total balance of “goodness” in the world, and can be known as  a good deed, or a “mitzvah.”

The Doomsday Clock:Created in 1947 and monitored by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist’s Board in consultation with its Board of Sponsors, which includes 18 Nobel Laureates, the Clock has become a universally recognized indicator of the world's vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, and emerging technologies.  The Doomsday Clock conveys how close humanity is to catastrophic destruction—the figurative midnight—and monitors the means humankind could use to obliterate itself.  It is presently set at 6 minutes to midnight, in the past as close to 2 minutes to midnight during a confrontation by major powers. 

Ontogeny:the growth and development of an individual in form and function from a single cell to its complex mature state.  

Phylogeny:  the creative process beginning with the evolutionary history of a species.  The embryo of the most complex life begins as a single undifferentiated cell.  

Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny (ORP):An organism progresses to its highest level of function by entering and then graduating from each of the less sophisticated preceding levels of development.  ORP provides us a valuable map of where we came from, the direction we are headed, and what paths we might choose to reach our preferred destination faster, easier, and with great accuracy.  As organisms become more complex, trial-and-error learning, mimicking role models, and conscious problem-solving are added to instinct.  ORP reveals what we must do to survive and thrive.    

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Here are a few examples of simple word-switches that redirect the long-established mental pathways created by instinct and tradition to the newer self-mastery way of thinking.

·      Substitute could for should.  Could inspires our mind to create alternative solutions.  Should is a popular dictator’s word that demands a predetermined course of action, and is a favorite trigger word of theirs.  It implies there is one right path and all others are wrong.  Too many individuals go through life creating animosity by “shoulding” on others and creating non productive guilt by “shoulding” on their self.

·      Substitute I allow for he/she/it/they make me.  I allow triggers our need to take responsible creative action.  They make me triggers blame and excuses.  Since we must be taken care of for many years, people come to expect the world will continue to do so.  When this doesn’t happen, frustration leads to blame.  Maturity is the process of teaching ourselves to assume personal responsibility.

·      Substitute both...and for either/or.  Either/or thinking, which we all learn when we are immature and dependent, divides the world into two opposing categories.  It promotes bigotry, prejudice, and harmful confrontation.  Either/or thinking is the preferred language of instinct, tradition, and human dictators.  Both...and recognizes similarities, the positives and negatives of each alternative, and supports win/win rather than win/lose relationships.  Both...and is a critical word-switch because our survival requires cooperation instead of confrontation. 

·      Substitute win/win cooperation for win/lose confrontation.  Instinct demands survival of the fittest and fight or flight as our means of survival, but as all tribes acquire weapons of ultimate destruction, survival of the fittest becomes destruction of the fittest.  Our freedom organ, once enlightened with wisdom, applies logical problem-solving to create collaboration for the benefit of all parties.

·      Substitute humane becomings for human beings.  Tradition tells us God magically created everything in six days and the seventh was designated for rest.   The trigger word beings conveys that we are a passive, static species.  Becomings triggers the understanding that humankind is a dynamic work-in-process with a mission and purpose to continue to elevate ourselves from generation to generation.  Our creator has gifted us with a freedom organ that distinguishes us from every other creature, past and present, by the opportunity to influence our own destiny.  The more knowledge we acquire, the more we understand that creation is a work-in-process and that we are an active part of the process.  Becomings clarifies our need to add new word-switches to our language that turn on new ways of thinking that are adaptive to new challenges.

·      Substitute our creator for the established trigger word God.  Tradition has established self-serving meanings that promote the interests of dictators that are not supported by knowledge or logic, and that threaten to lead to our extinction.  For example, too many of us understand God to be a personal advocate of our tribe’s views, who labels “not our side” as evil, and who will magically punish those who disagree.  Our most urgent need is to unite our problem-solving energy to discredit one dangerous belief:  “Our side is superior and punishment, even murder, is justified for non-members.”  The word creator envisions a broader unbiased concept of the mysterious mostly unknown or unknowable source of all about us that we are striving to understand.  The trigger word creator provides a common ground for diverse religions and naturalists to set aside their differences and collaborate in logical win/win problem-solving action to make our world a safer, gentler place.  A newer way of thinking focuses on our commonalities and shared interests more than our differences.   

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Review the following list of words and concepts to assess your familiarity with their meanings: 

ANWOT - a newer way of thinking

Stren

Mental Wealth millionaire

the ingredients to change: faith that “I can,” work, patience, direction, risk-taking

trigger word

word-switch

components of the ANWOT curriculum for self-mastery

1.the ingredients: faith in one’s self, work, patience, direction, risk-taking

2.the language of self-mastery

3.the mental freedom control panel (MFCP)

4.strens (wisdom, mental strengths)

5.values

basic language: the seven mind-freeing, life-changing, world-saving word-switches 

1.“Yes, I think I can.  I will!” – the spark of energy to take action

2.“I allow ....” for “they (he, she, it) make me ....”

3.“could” for “should”           

4.“both...and” for “either...or”  

5.“What will make things better for us and them, for now and the future.” for “My way, the only way.” 

6.“energy” for “anger”

7.urgent for emergency + assign high, medium, or low priority

the mental response control panel (MRCP), the mind’s eight (8) response pattern “choices”

1.blaming-out

2.blaming-in and secondary blaming

3.avoidance

4.problem-solving: the “magical” sentence

5.self-endorsement and secondary endorsement

6.helplessness/hopelessness, the H/H response

7.the “what if” worry response

8.the mind/body response

animal brain

human brain

human being

humane becomings

either/or thinking

both...and thinking

MDR: the minimum daily requirement of endorsements to thrive

love

sex

infatuation

religion

knowledge of cause-and-effect

wisdom

universal “common sense” wisdoms/values

the test of common sense

creation

our creator, first cause, uncaused cause, prime mover, etc.

God

Dictator

instinct and habit/fate and circumstance/nature and nurture

becoming one’s own person (BOOP)

self

reflective self, self consciousness

self-mastery

Board of Directors

C.E.O.: Chief Executive Officer

master

three masters

director/“boss”

   exogenous boss

   endogenous boss

   mentogenous boss

controller

development

stage one: immaturity

stage two: maturity

stage three: super-maturity

freedom freed will

  slavery

  dependence

  independence

freedom organ

the languages of our thought processes

   The first language of our nature, the language of our innate controllers

   The second language of our nurture, the language of our external controllers

   The self-mastery language of our reflective self, the freedom language of self-mastery 

Mind

consciousness

thoughts

thinking

reflective thinking

wiring pattern

operating system(s)

trigger word, word-switch

intelligence

instinct

tradition

first signaling system

second signaling system

third signaling system

the power of interpretation

 

“positive” words of the newer language

   optimizing

   pull-up

   setforward

   resentment

   [you may add to these sample words]

conflict resolution

win-win outcome

win-lose outcome

lose-lose outcome

aggression

WMD, WMC

trial-and-error learning

imitation, mimicking, and role modeling

cognitive rehearsal and “no-trial” learning

Prevention

          cure

tribe

local citizenship

global citizenship

mental cancer

mental cancer antidote

practical

feeling good

doing good

self(freedom)-organ

ontogeny

phylogeny

ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny (ORP)

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[1]Consider the variety of responses that may be aroused by a cross, a crescent, six pointed star, or swastika depending on one’s upbringing.