Here we will talk about mind tools and how to increase it. It is an introductory page to some powerful mind tools.
As you explore new dimensions of thinking, many mind tools can help you improve your existing mind powers. We will see some of these techniques here.
With the term mind power, we usually mean the overall capacity of the mind. It can be expressed in many ways, some of which are listed below:
Mind power, like intelligence, can not be measured on an absolute scale. It has infinite dimensions. Two people may have great mind power, but it may be impossible to say who is stronger.
In some cases, people have superior specific mental abilities, but they lack in other skills. Interesting is the fact that the skills that may be lacking are considered quite common.
You may not be able to measure your mind power, but it is evident that you can increase it through practice.
Many techniques can help you towards this aim. Mastering some of them will improve your everyday living quality. Also, it will make your reality a “bit” more interesting.
For example, imagine how great it would be if you could read a whole book in just 2 hours. Imagine all this knowledge you would be able to absorb. A method like that is undoubtedly a life changer. The good news here is that this is possible and anyone can do it. Motivation and patience is the key.
The major problem with all these mind power techniques is the absence of discipline. If you want to succeed, you have to stay focused on and invest significant amounts of effort and patience.
This rule applies to everything in life. Just remember times in your past where you had to work really hard to succeed. The same you must do if you want to master a technique.
Stay focused on whatever you do and you will succeed.
Your mind power will expand if you master any, some or all of the following techniques.
This list can go on and on as many mind-expanding dimensions can fit in. Some of the above relate to each other, like Meditation and Mind Control or Language Learning and Writing.
Some meanings are subsets of others. The reason that they are included in the list is that they are alone effective in expanding the power of the mind.
Your brain consists of the left and the right hemispheres. Each hemisphere manages specific mental tasks. The techniques we mentioned earlier target both hemispheres.
For example, some Brain teasers and games improve left hemisphere while wondering engages the right hemisphere. The most techniques though improve both hemispheres, like writing that triggers creativity (right hemisphere) and linguistic skills (left hemisphere).
Overview of the Mind tools
Let’s discuss briefly the list of mind tools.
Mind Mapping is a learning technique that exploits more of your mind capabilities. Who said that learning is linear?
Using mind maps while you study, you help your mind to store the information into the long-term memory. A mind map is not linear. You cannot read it in a sequentially. It is just a scheme containing the important information you want to learn.
Mind mapping is not a replacement for the traditional method of learning but a supplement. It is an extra study tool.
To create a mind map, you have to know the essential meanings, definitions and concepts of what you read. That’s why you cannot replace the traditional way of studying with mind mapping. You need to clarify the ideas in the text that you read before adding them to the map.
If you haven’t ever used mind mapping before, then I recommend you to try it. It’s a powerful tool that can definitely increase your learning capability.
Brain teasers and brain games are entertaining, and you can also benefit from them.
There are many types of brain teasers and games. Each type is intended to improve a particular area of your brain. Brain areas such as frontal, parietal and temporal lobes, are related to different mental tasks. Improving these areas results to better and faster thinking.
You don’t need more than 15 minutes per day to keep your brain in shape.
They say that the brain is like a muscle. You have to train it regularly. Using your existing neuron networks is vital. Because If you don’t, then your brain shut them down as it understands that they are not needed anymore. As a result, your total mind power declines.
Speed reading techniques help you read faster. The tricky part is to get used to it. Despite that, they become a bit tiring after a while.
There are many speed reading courses online that instruct you how to increase the reading speed. I will write a review if I find a good course.
Be careful of the scams. There are also many programs that promise to increase your reading speed to unbelievable and extreme speeds.
When you read faster and faster, your comprehension lowers. So a program that guarantees reading speeds like 20000 words per minute at 100 percent comprehension it is likely to be a scam. Keep your money safe.
I use this term for observing people’s reactions, behavior and body movements. A part of this is the body language. People Observation takes you a step further from the body language. You also observe their mindset as a whole.
You can find similarities in the way of thinking in totally different people. If you do this with every person you meet, after some time, you will do it subconsciously.
In the end, you will have an intuitive feeling about the thoughts of others and their emotional states. Emotional Intelligence develops and gets improved.
Observing people, even strangers, improves your psychological skills as well. You will be able to detect lies, intentions and maybe some thoughts of others.
I used to do this consciously every time I met someone. If there was no one to meet, I just watched the people around.
Finally, this skill became active permanently, and I never do it consciously anymore. This ability gives me an advantage into my interpersonal relationships. It’s a good way to understand people and communicate better with them.
Meditation is an ancient relaxation practice used mainly by oriental civilizations. Its positive effects on body and mind are proved, and nowadays meditation has become very popular.
When you meditate, you go deep into yourself, and slowly you silence your thoughts.
Meditation is the art of awareness. Any act that is done with awareness and doesn’t involve judgment or feelings is meditation.
With meditation, you can increase your brain power in various ways like altering your consciousness to a higher level. For more details check the Meditation Techniques page.
Meditation is a method of mind control and thought management.
Critical thinking, in general, is the ability to judge correctly a situation and then decide if you agree or disagree with it. This situation may be an argument, a belief or an action.
Critical thinking is a left hemisphere process and involves basically logic. But it is not only logic’s product. Critical thinking involves other skills as well such as clarity, fairness and others.
It is a common belief that people who have critical thinking usually tend to reject. But actually, people who mainly reject have no critical thinking. They just are suspicious and afraid everything.
Lateral thinking now is a whole different way of thinking. Lateral thinking is a product of creativity, and it is a right hemisphere process. It is also known as “thinking outside the box”.
When you think laterally, you approach a situation in an indirect way. You create new ideas and invent new perspectives.
Lateral thinking helps you solving problems creatively, finding solutions that are not initially visible. Lateral thinking is also an ability that is appreciated in management and business.
Thinking out of the box means that you are creative, and creativity is a trait of increased mind power.
Wondering and Thinking Deeply
Wondering is a trait that indicates the existence of Spiritual Intelligence. Wondering has to do with supreme and philosophical questions like how the world was created, the existence of God etc.
Such questions triggered philosophers to think and share their views about the world.
When you wonder you have the tendency to search and find answers to questions like these. Of course, you can only conclude in theories as most of these issues are still unknown.
You finally end up with your theories and explanations and see if they fit in the world or not.
These processes lead your mind to a never-ending analysis of the world around you, inducing you to think deeply.
More or less we all have moments of deep thinking in our everyday living. Sometimes we may realize truths that we were unaware of, shifting our understanding of the world.
Try to compare your current views with those you had five years ago. Can you identify topics that you have changed your opinion? Of course, you can, even if you don’t practice often.
Every day you realize things that change your way of thinking. Thinking Deeply helps you understand better the world and the people around you.
It is also a form of lateral thinking. Asking yourself why and trying to understand how things work, cause you to think laterally. Thinking Deeply expands your consciousness and your mind power as a consequence.
Writing is one of the four linguistic skills. The other three are speaking, reading and listening. I chose the writing skill because it engages your mind’s creativity and also gives you the time to organize your thoughts.
When you write an article, thousands of thoughts and ideas pass through your head. You may not know how to start writing an article (blank page syndrome) but if you start, your mind overflows with ideas (brainstorming), and you can write for hours.
When you write your creativity is engaged. Do it often and your mind learns how to enter in this creative state faster. You can reach a level that this can happen instantly. By becoming more creative, you increase your mind power significantly.
Nothing can maintain your mind’s resources better than learning a new foreign language. When you learn a new language, a process called neurogenesis is engaged in your brain.
Neurogenesis is a term describing the creation of new neuron networks.
Despite this fact, a different language introduces you to a whole new way of thinking. Your intelligence and memory improve as you learn all the new vocabulary, syntax, and grammatical rules. It engages all of your brain’s subsystems. It is a complete mind power technique.
I once read in a magazine that learning a new language slows down the aging process. It is an all-in-one way to expand and keep your mind in shape and a powerful way to increase your mind power.
How can this knowledge contribute to your mind expansion? It keeps you motivated and healthy.
It is not actually a technique but a prerequisite. You have to know your brain’s limits to achieve your goals.
You cannot expect that you will develop telekinesis in a matter of days or months. The possibility of ever developing such a power is nearly zero.
The above example emphasizes on the fact that you must have patience. Setting rational goals that your brain can achieve will have much greater results than setting goals that even you don’t believe in.
The brain is not a machine; it is a biological organ, and so it needs rest. Don’t push your brain to work restlessly because you damage it. You will lose all of your gains if you don’t pay attention to your brain’s needs.
Healthy brain foods must also be a concern. They will boost the brain’s potential limit. Feed well the gray matter and you will be rewarded.
Sleeping is a vital process of your mind. It needs it to organize the day’s new experiences, so give it its time. Try to sleep as many hours as your mind needs, not less, not more. Oversleeping is also not good for your mind.
Neurolinguistic Programming is a set of psychological tools that increase your influence over other people. Mastering NLP techniques give you a huge advantage and disposition when interacting with people.
You can actually control other people’s minds if you are an expert in NLP. It’s not easy to reach such a level, but you can learn some basics that can help you to influence someone.
What I mean in this chapter, is the ability to organize your thoughts and set priorities effectively. This technique usually applies to a working environment where many jobs must be completed in a short time.
People who have a good thought management own managerial positions in companies. They can put priorities to a job stack and finish all of the jobs in time. If you think about it, it is tough because a job position like this is super stressful.
A strong thought management skill requires to control yourself and be calm and relaxed. It is more a result of increased mind power than technique. When you control your stress levels, then it is easier for you to manage your thoughts.
Your mind power can be noticeably increased as you start controlling your mind. There are techniques, such as the Silva Method, which can help you bring your thoughts under control.
Mind control is not just a method but a set of practices. It is a category in itself that will bring your consciousness to an upper level. Expect the effects to be strong and to change your general world perception.
All the things we discussed here are tips and techniques that will evolve your mind. You don’t have to master all of them to level up. Take your time and don’t get anxious. Remember patience is the key.