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How to Open Your Mind

When you open up the range of your thinking you increase the power of your mind. Of course you can increase your mind power in more direct ways as well. A technique or habit of asking a few crucial questions anytime you consider something can make lead to more productive thinking, for example. On the other hand, opening your mind to new ideas, though it may seem like a more passive approach, may be the best way to think more deeply and comprehensively. The first step in this process is to be ready to be mistaken.

Are You Ready to Be Wrong?

For most of us, being right is very satisfying. At least this is true on a certain level of consciousness, or in a certain part of our minds. As a result we often feel better having argued our point well than having learned something new from our "opponent." But when you consider this for a moment, it seems clear that learning new things from others rather than proving to them how right we are, is more valuable. Nonetheless, when we enter an argument or even most casual discussions, learning what we can from the other person is a rare goal.

We can refer to this as the ego level of consciousness. It not limited to our direct interactions with others, but also shows itself in how easily we identify with ideas as our "own," and how we feel pride in that. When we are enamored of an idea that we either worked to arrive at or even invented, we don't want it to be wrong. Of course it's obviously an impediment to the power of the mind to attach so much value to an idea that we ignore better ones, or even fight against them.

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For a great example of how to open your mind, consider Stephen Hawking's first idea about information loss in black holes, which he came up with decades ago. There was no way for information to survive entry into a black hole, he proved, and for many years nobody could show any flaw in his proof. The technical aspects of this are not important here, but this is: The one who finally proved this theory wrong many years after the fact, was Hawking himself.

This demonstrates the true mind of a scientist, because it is crucial to the advance of science not only that ideas and theories are overturned when better ones come along, but that individual scientists look for truth above all else - including above defending their existing ideas. It is the approach we all need to think in more powerful ways.

Be ready to be wrong. Always accept that there may be better ideas just beyond whatever is in your mind at any given time. In fact, know that sometimes a good idea kills creative genius, because once accepted as "the idea," it stops further exploration for something more. It halts the process that might have lead to truly innovative thoughts, theories, products, or inventions.

Look a little further at all times, and challenge what you think you know to see if there is some truth that you aren't seeing right now. Try even to argue against your own ideas in order to see what others thoughts might make sense. That's how you open up your mind and increase the power of your thinking.


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