By Italian Dudeship Andrea Favro
Remember my article about Your Own Personal Genie? I’m revisiting it to give you some techniques on how to give it a rub and get it out of the lamp.
Theory is a great thing, but means nothing if not put into practice, so I thought to be a good idea to explain some techniques for achieving with the help of our beloved subconscious mind.
Practical stuff dudes.
First and the most important of all is Imagination/Visualization.
Our mind doesn’t use words, instead it uses images, so to communicate with our subconscious mind we must use images. The simple use of words isn’t enough. If you are like me, a complete bum at visualizing, then use Imagination, in other words, imagining the outcome desired. Visualizing it will ultimately arrive with practice, and if it doesn’t it’s OK because imagination alone is more than enough.
Now, experiment one (stretching):
Standing straight, raise your right or left arm straight until the hand is at shoulder height. Turn your upper body to the right if you’re raising the right arm or to the left if you’re raising the left. Whatever is more comfortable. Now lower your arm. Then take some breaths, obviously belly breaths. Close your eyes and imagine that you’re able to twist twice as much you did. Repeat the visualization three times, open your eyes, raise your arm and turn your upper body.
You should have gone farther. Right? Far out, man.
Experiment two (snatching):
Probably you already know the trick of picking a banknote suspended by a friend between your thumb and index finger. Dudes, I was a very shit at this, I was always a loser. But now I know the secret. Close your eyes and see in your mind that when the banknote is there you swiftly snatch it with your fingers. Remain relaxed, breath and catch it. Now it’s easy, isn’t it? I could have won this trick if I’d just used visualization. I’d be loaded.
Experiment three (Ninja throwing trick):
Go to a place where you can play darts and throw ten, recording the result. Take two or three breaths and throw twenty of them without any intention to hit the top score, just throw them, relaxed and focusing on how your body moves to throw. Now take some breaths and focus on the red circle and imagine that your darts all hit it effortlessly just like self-targeting missiles. When you’re ready throw ten darts and compare the results with the first set. Obviously this trick requires some practice, but it can be applied to almost any throwing sport. Even bowling, dudes! You’ll be throwing rocks tonight.
Experiment four (Aikido‘s Secret)
You’ll need a friend for this experiment. Put your thumb and index finger together forming a hole and ask to your friend to separate them, of course without hurting you! Now as usual, relax, take some breaths and imagine that that ring is made of steel, a very strong ring of steel, almost impossible to break. Keeping in mind the image and keep your arm relaxed. Ask to your friend to separate them again. It should not be an easy task.
This is similar to what happens in the stories about women lifting heavy weights to save their children. The subconscious takes over, accessing inner resources, and does the job. I’ve always found this very cool. You can call it Focused Relaxation. You give the directives and let the hee-ro inside you to do the job.
So then, Relax/Breathe and Visualize/Imagine.
I hope you find this small article interesting, there are many other tricks but I feel these one are the best. Obviously all of them must be performed relaxed, otherwise they don’t work. No one can catch a banknote with a tense arm. Of course some people are already naturally good at these exercises, but we are not born with the same abilities. For those of us who aren’t, this will help show the value and power of Dudeist thinking. It’s a sort of Dudeist martial art. Call it Dude-Jitsu if you like.