Note: This is an excerpt from an ebook I’ve been twisting myself over writing. It is a 31 day guide to cultivating awareness using Meditation. I created this myth/model to help me grasp what the fuck is happening in my head. If it interests you, and you want to join me in the 31 day dance, become a Patreon. We’ll start January 7th.
“Man is an enigma to himself.” -Carl Jung
Your conscious life begins with the realization that you don’t know what the fuck you are, and you haven’t spent a single day in control. If this isn’t self-evident, take a moment, and ask yourself: “What is something I do, that I know I should stop doing?”
A part of your psyche that doesn’t quite feel like “you,” will instantly answer your question.
Whatever that thing whispered, attempt to follow it’s advice, and stop doing that thing for a week.
If you are honest, (and if you have given any attention to your New Year’s resolutions), you will find that you are unable to change. When we look deeper at what is happening here, terror is a reasonable initial reaction.
You are not alone in the house of your psyche.
Not only is there this whispering thing we call intuition, there appears to be something, or somethings, that want.
“Man has no individual I. But there are, instead, hundreds and thousands of separate small “I”s, very often entirely unknown to one another, never coming into contact, or, on the contrary, hostile to each other, mutually exclusive and incompatible. Each minute, each moment, man is saying or thinking, “I”. And each time his I is different. Just now it was a thought, now it is a desire, now a sensation, now another thought, and so on, endlessly. Man is a plurality. Man’s name is legion.” -G. I. Gurdjieff
There are forces, that our ancestors called Gods and Demons, inside you, that have motivations contrary to yours, who want to be made manifest through the body’s actions.
With the discovery of the theory of evolution, modern psychologists can look at these Gods and understand them. Evolutionary Psychologists call them “evolved psychological adaptations.” They are the behavioral programs evolution coded into our nervous system over the course of millions of years of sexual reproduction.
However, the Greeks understood something scientists have only recently rediscovered. We’ve evolved to more easily understand stories and characters than abstract concepts and equations.
While the foundation of this ebook is scientific and logical, the way I will present it is through myths and anthrophormizations. The point of this ebook is not academic, it is pragmatic; I am not looking to make you an expert on evolutionary or behavioral psychology, I am however, looking to provide you the most effective model you can use to change yourself.
Carl Jung, the revolutionary psychologist of the 20th century, discovered these Gods before evolutionary psychology, and called them Archetypes.
“Contemporary man is blind to the fact that, with all his rationality and efficiency, he is possessed by “powers” that are beyond his control. His gods and demons have not disappeared at all; they have merely got new names. They keep him on the run with restlessness, vague apprehensions, psychological complications, an insatiable need for pills, alcohol, tobacco, food – and, above all, a large array of neuroses”. -Carl Jung
After a lifetime of studying his mind, and actively practicing psychoanalysis, he concluded that the destiny of each individual was to “individuate” themselves, which is the process of becoming aware of the Pantheon within you, and then to integrate them into a single, whole, identity.
We individuate our Pantheon by creating a powerful, compelling, and organizing personal Myth; and this is the goal of Metaprogramming.
This individuation process seems to be a natural compulsion of all human organizations. Governments try to do it with Constitutions and politicians. Companies try to do it with Mission Statements and CEOs. Religions try to do it with Commandments and priests.
We must do it to our psyches with a grand organizing myth and Metaprogramming.
Our Individuation Process begins with cultivating Awareness, because in order to begin metaprogramming, we have to realize the myth we’re currently in, and that is the primary aim of this ebook.
We will achieve this by focusing on the single most powerful habit humanity has used for thousands of years to cultivate Awareness; Meditation.
With meditation, we can begin to recognize the Pantheon within us, and as we learn their patterns, we can learn to negotiate with them, and when we learn to negotiate with them, we learn how to lead them.
In order to become who you could be, you must see what you are, and what you are is not singular nor a noun, but a verbing plurality.
You are a Pantheon, and you need to create the Myth that will organize you.
Cultivating Awareness (The Model)
Metaprogramming is a pragmatic, step-by-step, guide to achieving Jung’s Individuation Process.
A Metaprogrammer is someone who realizes that they don’t know what the fuck they are, and has started using the psychoanalytic and evolutionary reality tunnels to study themselves. They understand that they are an evolved animal who is creating a myth about themselves in order to organize their competing drives; their Pantheon. They are ready to see the chaotic state of their current myth, and to take responsibility for creating and organizing their new Myth.
As a computer needs electricity to run, Awareness powers Metaprogramming. All self-change, self-transformation, and self-creation begins with Awareness.
The Metaprogramming Myth
I’d like to introduce a model of the psyche we will use to Metaprogram; Awareness and The Artist.
Note: This is only a model, it is not the truth; but when weighing the science with the pragmatic, this is the most useful model I know. The Awareness and Artist model was built with Depth psychology, Evolutionary psychology, Cognitive psychology, Buddhist psychology, Positive psychology, and Narrative psychology in mind. Remember, the map is not the territory.
I’ll present this model as a story, then each of the following sections in Part 1 will explain a piece of the model. The second part of the ebook will be the actual techniques you can use to start metaprogramming.
Your experience of existence is like a great Artist who paints upon a canvas in the dark. Most of your moves are unconscious and instinctual. You are near unaware what you paint, and you are so absorbed in your work that you think your creation is reality.
This is you before you’ve started on your Individuation Process.
At some point, the sun begins to rise and floods the room with light. For the first time since you can remember, Your Artist can see her painting. The gestalt emerges, and in an instant, your Artist can see the patterns it’s style has created.
This is the introduction of awareness. This is where you begin to see that the life you have, is a creation you’ve cooperated in constructing. This will be our focus in week 1.
With the light of Awareness revealing the paint upon the canvas, The Artist has a choice. Do you want to continue painting this way, or do you want to create a different piece of art?
The moment the Artist takes responsibility for changing her art, she becomes a Metaprogrammer. Awareness and responsibility transforms the thing that created the chaos, into the thing that can create the order.
The first thing the Metaprogrammer must do is envision the masterpiece they wish to create. Up to this point, the canvas is proof of the Artist’s profound disorganization. In order to change the painting, a new potential must be imagined.
This is the first step of the Metaprogrammer; to envision the life that is desired. This ebook will walk you through a scientifically studied and validated technique for doing just this. This will be our focus in week 2 and 3.
The Artist knows that most of the painting happens unconsciously while the sun is down. In order to change the painting, The Artist understands their style of unconscious painting must change. With the Ideal envisioned, The Artist turned Metaprogrammer now begins the slow process of changing her style from what is creating this chaotic mess, to the style that would manifest the masterpiece.
This is the Metaprogrammer’s daily task; to slowly and consistently reprogram her daily habits from what they currently are, into the habits that their ideal would have. This will be the focus of week 4 and beyond.
As the Artist turned Metaprogrammer begins this individuation process, she begins to experience things she has never felt before. Meaning, transcendence, synchronicities, and miracles begin to manifest on the canvas. She begins to create beyond her ability, and what she finds on the canvas each day when the sun returns, is something greater than she had imagined.
This is what the great minds of history have reported as the Tao or the Way; that when the individual begins to align with their purpose, or destiny, or genius, or daimon, the world begins to act strangely, as if, some kind of coherence is being achieved.
The rational modern mind is comfortable with the word Flow, and we’ve all tasted it. As you begin cultivating awareness, and slowly start aligning your daily behaviors with your Ideal, you will find more flow enters your life, and as the flow increases, the meaning, the magic, and the majesty of life increases as well.
This is the Metaprogramming model. It is what I will use to help you understand what your mind is doing, and what you can do to organize it. The rest of part one is a deeper dive into the parts of this model. If you are ready to begin cultivating awareness and metaprogramming, you can skip to Part 2: The Practice.
I wish you the best on your individuation process, and I hope this model and practices will help.
If You Want To Metaprogram
I’m going to be uploading the first draft of this ebook to my Patreon community January 1st, and we’ll start the 31 day challenge on the 7th. I plan on doing the course with the community, and will use y’alls feedback to make the 2nd draft. Anyone who is a Patreon will get the 2nd draft for free. If you’d like to begin Metaprogramming, join us.