Step 1: Develop an unconditional trust in logic
Logic is the consistent patterns that bring about our reality.
The Scientific Revolution marks the point in which we began to understand and apply this logical patterns surrounding us. As an example, the works of Galileo Galilei and Sir Isaac Newton gave us a better knowledge about the mathematical nature of the Universe. Most scientists agree that those insights had a crucial role in propelling the Industrial Revolution and all the subsequent technological advancements.
Instead of a cold or neutral feeling, it’s essential to connect a positive emotion to logic. The best way to emotionally connect with it is by embodying it as a mother, a close friend, God or someone/something that gives you a warm feeling.
There are 3 things that will help you develop a trust in logic on an emotional level:
- Understanding that our reality is brought about by logic and that everything can be explained logically;
- Understanding that logic is the originator of all modern luxuries and provides for all your safety;
- Understanding that you cannot trust in your current core value as much as you can trust in logic.
Point 1 speaks primarily to the rational part of your brain, and hence is insufficient to develop an emotional connection. Nevertheless, it will give you a solid foundation going into points 2 and 3, which speak to the emotional side of you.
1) Understanding that reality is brought about by logic and that everything can be explained logically
Logic is the consistent patterns that bring about our reality. When we look around us, the world is made up of clearly defined logical patterns that give rise to buildings, trees, humans. Everything can be explained logically.
Appreciating logic is recognizing how these patterns came to existence through billions and billions of years and how logic eventually allowed living beings to become self-conscious of their creation.
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While engaging with this new information, several people mentioned they found themselves using it as a means to procrastinate. Keep yourself in check and determine whether you are actively following the actual steps.
2) Understanding that logic has brought about all modern luxuries and provides for all your safety
After developing a basic understanding of how the world is made of logic, you should proceed by emotionally connecting with it.
A very efficient way many people have used is realizing how they overlooked the importance that logic has in their lives.
Reality is governed by mathematical patterns, and since our ability to rationalize enables us to conceptualize these patterns, they can be leveraged to our advantage when navigating the world. For instance, it was our reasoning that made it possible to invent things such as clothes, houses, and airplanes; harness the power of fire; and build complex networks of collaboration: all things that increased our quality of life and odds of survival.
Furthermore, it is no secret that all great advancements were only made possible thanks to logic. Take, for example, the exploration of space, the invention of the Internet, or the development of computers.
While we tend to take all these discoveries for granted, together they create the sense of safety that we experience in our life.
To connect logic with our emotional awareness, it is important to link a very positive feeling to it.
So how do you do that?
Think about what you value the most in life (things you already associated positive emotions with). For instance, this might be a boyfriend/girlfriend, a loved one, a friend, an activity, your house, a piece of technology, the Internet, nature, and so on. Then, explain yourself how these ‘things’ are brought about by logic and channel positive feelings to it.
The following explanation presents an example of how you could frame it:
If you have someone whom you love dearly, visualize that person and let yourself feel the positive emotions that you connected to him/her (remember great memories you had together, things that you did, reasons why you love the person). Once you’ve brought these positive emotions to the surface, stop for a moment, and realize how it has been logic that has granted you the opportunity to experience this strong emotional bound.
In fact, the feeling of love, and the different stages of love, has been pinpointed by neuroscientists to a few hormonal combinations, such as for example, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin during attraction.
These hormones can in turn be broken down into atoms, which can be broken down into protons, neutrons, and electrons, which can be subdivided into quarks – particles with mere mathematical properties. If the chemicals that are responsible for your sense of love are comprised of quarks (which merely have mathematical properties), and these particles are the building blocks of the entire universe, the notion that everything ultimately is mathematical does not seem so far-fetched anymore.
Once you understand that ‘love’ (or anything else) is brought about by ‘logic’, you can link your feelings of ‘love’ to ‘logic’, hence building a bridge between the two concepts.
Notice that this example builds upon a very simple three-step process:
i. Think of something you correlate positive emotions to,
ii. Understand how it is brought about by logic,
iii. Link those emotions to logic.
When following this process, you should always try to reflect in which ways what you value creates a feeling of safety and trust. Doing so will enable you to channel the emotion of safety and trust to logic (point iii). This will be very helpful later on, when working on step 3 and attempting to convince your inner child that unconditionally trusting in logic will provide much more safety than your current core value.
3) Understanding that you cannot trust in your current core value as much as you can trust in logic
You can also begin preparing step 3 by comparing the level of trust you can have in your current core value and logic.
For now, you can simply visualize how the outcome of small tasks, key work activities, and lofty goals would turn out if you had logic versus comfort as your core value. During this process, you will often realize two different things:
- Logic is far superior to comfort when it comes to getting things done and achieving whatever you set out to achieve;
- Clinging on to your current core value will likely hinder your chances of achieving your goals.
We will be delving deep into this process of comparison later on Step 3 but for now, here are the summarized 4 steps:
i. Decide a situation in which you will compare your current core value to logic.
ii. Visualize how the situation plays out with your current core value. (How do you act? What outcome do your actions lead to? How do you feel throughout?)
iii. Visualize how the situation plays out with logic as your core value. (How do you act? What outcome do your actions lead to? How do you feel throughout?)
iv. Comment on your findings and link appropriate emotions to your current core value and to logic.
Final points to ponder
You can continually work on Step 1 by always being observant of the things that you take for granted, understand how it is due to logic that they exist, and thus connect the positive feeling that you have for them, to logic.
Regularly ask yourself: ‘How would this activity/situation feel, and what outcome could I expect, if I had logic as my core value rather than my current one?’ Seeing the activity play out from the perspectives of both core values is key, as it will make you notice the qualitative and quantitative differences between the two.
As a wrap-up, these thoughts have helped some people to connect positive emotions to logic:
- The only thing that will give you true safety is understanding reality. What allows you to understand reality? Logic.
- Logic is your creator, your God. Don’t read the bible, read reality.
- Logic will take care of you like a friend that's always there by your side.
- With comfort as your core value you can feel safe in your room, with logic you can feel safe anywhere.
And remember, you can also find more information here: Content to help you appreciate logic