posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 07:32 AM
Since you talk of awareness and reaction I´ll use these two important key-words to describe how I try to behave towards the onslaught of stimuli.
This has been very helpful to me and also saved me a lot of time, money and suffering.
Knee-jerk-reaction. When I see myself or others quickly react to some outside stimuli, offer, artificial importance, sales pitch, ad, coercion,
command, I immediatly cease all reaction, action, response and retreat to sti quietly, observe, evaluate or even ignore. "We just HAVE TO go to that
event tonight!" a friend will tell me. If he does it in a frenzied, whipped-up tone of voice I dont respond at first and take a deep breathe.
Sometimes I say something to buy time: "Alright, I´ll think about it". I can then retreat and think about it before giving a yes or no answer. A
frenzied offering will mostly lead to a big NO from me. NO. Simple as that. NO!. Which can of course be conveyed in a gentle manner: "Sorry, I
cant come tonight". Unfortunately most people will indeed not have the willpower to think and decide for themselves but just go along with what
someone says they should do.
Especially if they are mentally overwhelmed. The inner exhaustion lets them say: "Hey, just tell me what to think and do, and I´ll do it".
An interesting exercise to experience what type of willpower is needed to resist advertisement-mind-control:
Play a classical piece of music. While doing so, imagine another piece of music such as pop or rock or flamenco or whatever, and dance to THAT, keep
imagining THAT. Or put on some pop/rock/hip hop music while hearing classical music in your mind and moving to THAT.
Another simple exercise: Sitting in the cinema, commercials running, place your attention elsewhere than the screen once in awhile. To the curtains,
the people sitting in their seats, to your breathing, to the ceiling, wherever. Theoretically its easy not to get hypnotized. Thing is, we WANT to get
hypnotized sometimes. We WANT advertisement to take us into another world.
But its a cheap world where shampoo is equated with to romantic adventure and butter is equated with a