What is a meta story?

What is a meta story?

What is a meta story? – In the previous post, 5 main things that leaders do every day, I mention tuning the subconscious mind for what you want by using meta-stories. The term comes from “Anything Fast” by Stuart Lichtman. An MIT engineering graduate, Lichtman created a computer system in the late 1960s – Arintel, to model human decision making behaviour.

After further studies in Psychology and Economics (why humans do what they do), Lichtman went on to develop techniques for the average person to easily program their subconscious. The Cybernetic Transposition Technique was born and at its core is the meta story. Here is how it can help you..

What is a meta story?

 

As shown in Stuart Lichtman’s book, the basic idea of the meta story is that it is possible to create a story of a situation that appeals perfectly to you, to align all parts of the brain in going about a plan. (That otherwise might be in conflict).

We might think that when we think about a desired result, that’s it, the whole of us wants it. Apparently not.

According to Lichtman, the human brain is made up of four major parts, that sometimes all work together but a lot of the time they do not, they pull in different directions. The four parts are:

  • The right brain – works well with arrangement patterns, sound and rhythm
  • The left brain – fluent with words and logic
  • The midbrain – deals in emotions
  • The brainstem – physical stimulus and response

 

What is a meta story?

Problems with achievement of anything come when all these parts are not working together or even sabotaging each other.

So What is a meta story? A meta story can be used by anybody at any time to get all these parts of the brain wanting the same thing and working together. It resolves the internal conflicts that most of us find ourselves in from time to time.

The idea of the Cybernetic Transposition Technique is to be able to take any memory of past success in any area and shift it (transpose) to create success in another area (or the same area but at a later date).

The basis of this is the meta story. It is taking a past experience that includes positive aspects and maybe some negative aspects and rewriting the experience until it is completely positive and desirable. This is not reinventing the past but it is remembering and recording the past with modification (removal of negative aspects to create the meta story. A perfect or close to perfect version of events).

Here is an example from Stuart Lichtman. What is a meta story?:

 

It starts with writing down the actual memory:

 

I’m sitting at my desk in Santa Barbara, enjoying the cool breeze and warm sun, and looking at the wire transfer report from my bank that shows I have received a $170,000 payment.

I’m reflecting on the fact that I only worked five days to earn that much. But I also had three days of hard travel, during one of which my back started hurting terribly.

The pain got so bad that I was wheeled out of the airplane in a wheelchair and a doctor was waiting for me at my hotel.

He wanted to operate immediately but I refused, so he gave me some morphine to tide me over.

Despite the pain, I was able to perform five days of training with outstanding results. However, it was a triumph of will. I was really in agony. I couldn’t even lie down to sleep. I’m still feeling the pain as I sit here a week later.

Frankly, at the time, I would have traded the money for alleviation of the pain.

 

The problem with the above is that there are signs of conflict. The languages of the four major parts of the brain are there (emotions, patterns, logic and physical stimulus and response) but there is a lack of harmony between these parts.

In order to tell the subconscious what is desired in the future, there is no need to make up false facts about the past but the undesirable aspects can be left out, leaving a harmonious story that all parts of the brain can support. Here is Lichtman’s modified example:

 

I’m sitting at my desk in Santa Barbara, enjoying the cool breeze and warm sun, and looking at the wire transfer report from my bank that shows I have received a $170,000 payment.

I’m reflecting on the fact that I only worked five days to earn that much. But I also had three days of hard travel, during one of which my back started hurting terribly.

The pain got so bad that I was wheeled out of the airplane in a wheelchair and a doctor was waiting for me at my hotel.

He wanted to operate immediately but I refused, so he gave me some morphine to tide me over.

Despite the pain, I was able to perform five days of training with outstanding results. However, it was a triumph of will. I was really in agony. I couldn’t even lie down to sleep. I’m still feeling the pain as I sit here a week later.

Frankly, at the time, I would have traded the money for alleviation of the pain.

Now that I’m at home, I’m really enjoying being with my sons and relaxing some. I’m feeling great and very pleased with my performance.

 

So the above is a simple modification of a real memory. None of the facts are changed but the undesirable parts are omitted, turning the memory into a meta story that when reviewed, gives the subconscious a useful instruction. This shows it where you want to go.

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