If you walked in the door at the right moment, you would come upon perhaps three hundred people jumping up and down, screeching and hollering, roaring like lions, waving their arms, shaking their fists like Rocky, clapping their hands, puffing up their chests, strutting like peacocks, giving the thumbs up sign, and otherwise acting as if they had so much personal power they could light up a city if they wanted to.
What the heck is going on?
What’s going on is the other half of the cybernetic loop: physiology. That bedlam is about one thing acting as if you felt more resourceful, more powerful, happier than you ever felt before, acting as if you knew you were going to succeed, acting as if you were totally energized as well. One way to get yourself into a state that supports your achieving any outcomes is to act as if you were already there. Acting as if it is most effective when you put your physiology in the state you’d be in if you were already effective.
Physiology is the most powerful tool we have for instantly changing states, for instantly producing dynamic results. There is an old saying: If you would be powerful, pretend to be powerful. Truer words were never spoken. One expert expects people to get powerful results from his seminars, results that will change their lives. To do that, they have to be in the most resourceful physiology possible, for there’s no powerful action without powerful physiology.
If you adopt a vital, dynamic, excited physiology, you automatically adopt the same kind of state. The biggest leverage we have in any situation is physiology because it works so fast, and it works without fail. Physiology and internal representations are totally linked. If you change one, you instantly change the other. There is no mind, there is only body, and there is no body there is only mind. If you change your physiology that is, your posture, your breathing patterns, your muscle tension, your tonality – you instantly change your internal representations and your state.
Can you ever remember a time when you felt totally run down? How did you perceive the world? When you feel physically tired or your muscles are weak or you have pain some where, you perceive the world quite differently from when you feel rested, alive, and vital. Physiological manipulation is a powerful tool for controlling your brain. So it is extremely important that we realize how strongly it affects us, that it is not some extraneous variable, but an absolutely crucial part of a cybernetic loop that is always in action.
When your physiology runs down the positive energy of your state runs down. When your physiology brightens and intensifies, your state does the same thing. So physiology is the lever to emotional change. In fact, you can not have an emotion without a corresponding change in physiology. And you can not have a change in physiology without a corresponding change in state. There are two ways to change state, by changing internal representations or by changing physiology. So if you want to change your state in an instant – what do you do? You change your physiology that is, your breathing, your posture, your facial expression, the quality of your movement, and so on.
If you start to grow tired, there are certain specific things you can do with your physiology to continue to communicate this to yourself: a slump in shoulder position, relaxation of many major muscle groups, and the like. You can become tired simply by changing your internal representations so that they give your nervous system a message that you are tired. If you change your physiology to the way it is when you feel strong, it will change your internal representations and how you feel at that moment. If you keep telling yourself that you’re tired, you’re forming the internal representation that keeps you tired. If you say you have the resources to be alert and on top of things, if you consciously adopt that physiology, your body will make it so. Change your physiology and you change your state.
The exciting things are that you can just as easily create the result called ecstasy by changing your physiology in certain specific ways. After all, what are emotions? They are a complex association, a complex configuration of physiological states. Without changing any of his internal representations, I can change the state of any depressed person in seconds. You don’t have to look and see what pictures a depressed person is making in his mind. Just change his physiology, and zap, you change his state.
If you stand up straight, if you throw your shoulders back, if you breathe deeply from your chest, if you put yourself in a resourceful physiology you can’t be depressed. Try it yourself. Stand up tall, throw your shoulders back, breathe deeply, look up, move your body. See if you can feel depressed in that posture. You will find that it’s impossible. Instead, your brain is getting a message from your physiology to be alert and vital and resourceful. And that’s what it becomes.
When people come to me and say can’t do something, Act as if you could do it. They usually reply, “well I don’t know how”. Act as if you did know how. Stand the way you would be standing if you know how to do it. Breathe the way you’d be breathing if you did know to do it right now. Make your face look as if you could do it right now. As soon as they stand that way, breathe that way, and put their physiology in that state, they instantly feel they can do it. It works without fail because of the amazing leverage of being able to adapt and change physiology. Over and over again, simply by changing physiology the second they change their physiology, they change their state.