Psycho-Cybernetics Part 30 of 30: Action Manual
June 25, 2009 by Dr. Lam
Maltz ends this edition of Psycho-Cybernetics recalling the story of Jeanne Sanders, a woman afflicted with muscular dystrophy who for years toiled to try to walk and not be wheelchair bound. She struggled with her progressive disease that ravaged her self identity. Then in 1960 when she was at a book store curious about this new book, Psycho-Cybernetics, she asked the clerk whether it was any good. The store clerk said that she couldn’t keep it on the shelves. Sanders read the book and was mesmerized. She changed her negative self image into that “winning feeling” and began to see herself differently. She used it as an “action manual” rather than a philosophical treatise and with that she became what was known as a “medical phenomenon.” She could walk and drive, two things the medical community had judged to be impossible in her case but wasn’t with Psycho-Cybernetics.
I encourage all to read Psycho-Cybernetics, especially the new edition The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Dan Kennedy, that updates Maltz’s thoughts and uses relevant, contemporary examples to pull his classic text into the 21st century. I have found such a wealth of information in it that it has greatly helped my life as well as my patients’ lives. I have used it not quite daily but several times a week now to help my patients’ overcome their own battles with self image to liberate themselves and achieve a higher consciousness and thereby to affect their own servo-mechanism to flourish and succeed.
I particularly like the image of a man (or woman) that seeks self betterment (as we are all doing with these blogs) as a natural course for a human being to take, i.e., Maltz’s idea that we are like bicycles, moving we are stable and doing well but stopped, we fall over. We need meaning in our lives and we need purpose. I truly like the idea that we can move from struggling to go toward our purpose to just setting our purpose to move in the direction we want and allowing our guided missile of our unconscious mind to do much more powerful things. Playing the mental imagery in our mind (Theatre of the Mind) of what we desire can be as vivid as if we already undertook it making the task or objective more easily realizable. Like Jack Nicklaus selecting his golf clubs using his unconscious servo-mechanism or Greg Louganis playing out his dive 40 times before the jump, we all can control where we are going through this mental exercise that allows our more powerful unconscious mind to do the work.
Many people ask me how do I film all of these videos on facial plastic surgery subjects, doing several back to back with no script and no pre-planning? The answer is that I don’t work on a conscious level. I have a creative idea in my mind and then with only the germ of the idea and with no script and with no prethinking I let the cameras roll. I have never thought of in the past how intuitive I work as a human but I truly work on a deep level of unconscious drive. I don’t force a lot of things (remember the Tao verses on this subject) but allow my intention to carry me forward. As a counterpoint to this, I also work with multiple accountability groups (see my previous blog on this subject too) to keep me directed where I should be. They are my “bunkers”. Remember that Maltz talked about keeping your eye on the green and knowing where the bunkers are. We must all have a positive self image but one that is steeped in reality not a self-deluded lie. We also must know where the bunkers are so that we can avoid these traps and “zig-zag” (as Maltz says) toward our goal through minor corrective maneuvers.
I hope all of you have been using Maltz’s plan as an action manual for your life rather than reading these blogs as merely provocative thinking. If not, we always can start today.