Shamanistic

This is the only shamanistic strategy I know and use but it works every single time, so I highly recommend it.

I always lose or misplace things. Once, I turned over the entire house in search of my passport. It was nowhere to be found, and I was getting really worried. Feeling exhausted after hours of searching fruitlessly in all the places the passport was likely to be found, I decided to have a snack and continue the search. Of course, the moment I opened the refrigerator, I found my passport right there, on the top shelf.

This is why now I don’t waste time looking for things. Whenever I lose anything, I use my shamanistic strategy. This is what it entails: close your eyes and try to relax as much as possible. Try to avoid thinking and wait for the white noise to come. When you reach that state, open your eyes and immediately run in the first direction that occurs to you. That’s where your lost object will be located.

This is neither an atavism nor voodoo science of any sort. When we look for misplaced objects, we often guide ourselves by the knowledge of where the objects are likely to be, according to logic and reason. These reasonable expectations prevent us from remembering where we actually left the object in question. Our memories of events often are erased and substituted with what we think must have happened. This is precisely why witness accounts are so unreliable.

4 thoughts on “Shamanistic”

  1. Excellent! I often find that when I’m looking for a book or something like that and I haven’t been able to find it despite a thorough search, it’s because my mental image of it is wrong. I imagine I am searching for a blue book of a certain size and thickness, when in fact the book is black and not as I remember it. So then I must switch off all expectations and search for the unexpected. Using this strategy, I can much more easily find what I am looking for (not just books).

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  2. I think this qualifies as a shamanic technique: I can lower my blood pressure quite dramatically just by sitting quietly and breathing carefully, concentrating on exhaling slowly and forcing as much air as possible from my lungs after each breath.

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  3. David Bellamy :
    I think this qualifies as a shamanic technique: I can lower my blood pressure quite dramatically just by sitting quietly and breathing carefully, concentrating on exhaling slowly and forcing as much air as possible from my lungs after each breath.

    great tip.

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