This Cybernetic Loop Will Alter the Trajectory of Your Life

Treat what interests you as a compass.

“When the student is ready, the teacher appears. Likewise, when the teacher is ready, the student appears. “

In other words, your interests, fascinations, and inclinations are meaningful. When you follow them, you’ll learn lessons highly particular to your unique level of awareness. In 2021, this ability to easily absorb content unbounded by space and time provides immense learning opportunities that are a fair trade for the isolation we sometimes feel. Here’s why.

A cybernetic loop for everyone

“When the student is ready, teacher appears” and its inverse forms a cybernetic loop that speaks to the inherent order within our interests. Cybernetics is the study of systems that self-regulate, and a cybernetic loop illustrates the flow between these self-regulating systems.

“Think of everything you do as part of your calling. It will rid you of extraneous judgements you have about your life. You are on purpose.” -Wayne Dyer

Below are three strategies to plug you into the utility of this lovely cybernetic loop so that you always get the most out of the content that finds you.

Remember that you’re not just reading a book: you’re taking flight on the wings of an expert

While reading or listening to audio, I often pretend that the author is sitting beside me, informing me about a topic that I’ve become ready to hear.

Employ the power of others for an upgrade in your point of view

The book of wisdom from the 6th century BC, the Tao Te Ching, offers a number of powerful, paradoxical insights about living. One especially impactful line occurs in chapter 68:

“Those who are good at employing others put themselves beneath them. That is called the virtue of non-contention. That is called the power to employ others.” -Translated by Patrick E. Moran

Seeing the content that intrigues you as coming from a voice of a teacher with good timing helps illuminate the power in this line. When you ride the urgency employed by an author while writing, you can use it as the basis for your own willingness to create.

The creators you admire represent permission

“In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

In one of his final interviews, philosopher, ethnobotanist and mystic Terence McKenna said that his real function for people was permission. He represented a kind of freedom that was untapped yet already present within the psyches of his followers.

Forget will power, resistance, mistakes, cause and effect, bandages, petrochemical fertilizers. Reprogram your subconscious mind

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