Swami Lego Ver is
a “Spiritual Adviser”
to the rich and famous.
He lives in Hollywood

C O N T R O L  S Y S T E M S

The Inner Dictator:
How to Think Bad Things

Written by Swami Lego Ver,
exclusively for Anxiety Culture

As you’ve probably noticed, there is a lot of resentment going around: political, ideological, economic and personal. Much of it seems justified. It also appears very contagious.

I tell my celebrity clients that no matter how justified their resentment seems, the effect on their health is still bad. And while forgiveness looks like an antidote, the moment they think they should forgive, their resentment grows.

Recommending forgiveness upsets people and it’s bad for business – so I don’t mention it. I instead give my clients instructions to calm down. In my soft guru voice, I say to them:

Could you sit quietly and let go of your responsibilities for a moment?

Could you relax and let go of wanting to change things?

Just for a moment, could you let go of wanting to control yourself?

If they have problems relaxing, I have them visualise their servants, chauffeurs and lawyers taking care of all the troublesome things. Then I continue:

Could you trust billions of years of evolution to produce in you normal, natural states such as anger, fear, cowardice and greed, which can be embarrassing and awkward for a person of your high standing?

Could you feel a pleasurable lack of trust in your ability to control these embarrassing and awkward states?

Could you feel a pleasant sense of relief from letting go, just for a moment, of wanting to control everything?

Once the client is sufficiently relaxed, I start to work on their resentment. First I get them to think of a person they resent, and I suggest that they welcome the feeling of resentment.

Generally, we are too controlling; our minds are like dictatorships – everything, inside and out, has to be controlled. Most of my clients are politically liberal, but since they run their brains like totalitarian regimes, they deal with resentment in the same way that they deal with everything else – by attempting to control it. To ease up on controlling resentment, just welcome it instead. Let it develop naturally into a grudge.

If you resist the resentment, it will just launch a coup d’état in your head anyway. So just let it exist. I say to my clients:

Could you let this person exist in a way you resent?

Could you let go of wanting to control them, for a moment?

When you grant people the right to be obnoxious, and you let go of wanting to control their annoying behaviour, sometimes your resentment seems to spontaneously dissolve. This is a mistaken perception – the resentment hasn’t dissolved, it’s just been postponed for a while. I recommend that you allow your resentment to linger. Reserve a little area of your brain where you can store grudges.

It’s possible to sincerely believe that “love is the answer” and still hold grudges. That’s because the human brain is complex and can accommodate a multitude of mental states. And, by definition, we experience only one mental state at a time. In other words, saints don’t exist and the guru game is a con. Love, saintliness and wisdom occasionally manifest, but only for a while before pettiness and stupidity reappear. People who manifest wisdom relatively frequently all seem to agree that the most one can hope for over the course of a lifetime is to become a little kinder. And perhaps to think more clearly. The rest is guru bullshit, but it’s good for business.

Some people get confused about this. For example, they worry about ethics and morals – they think ethical codes about behaviour should also dictate how we think. They therefore feel that it’s wrong to think “bad” things. This is a recipe for a totalitarian psychology – an inner dictatorship.

To give an example: We have social rules about honesty and politeness. But politeness often means social lying (we tacitly agree to lie to each other – eg “I had a nice time” – to save time and energy). If you internalised the rules about honesty and politeness, your psychology would have to become extremely narrow and controlling (basically neurotic) to exclude all the psychological functions that aren’t both polite and honest.

(Many people who rigidly internalise the kind of qualities we’re supposed to exhibit – duty, responsibility, selflessness, rectitude, etc – end up with clinical depression).

So, my message to my clients is: Loosen up your psychology. Play around with the contents of your mind in ways that completely ignore what you “should” or “shouldn’t” do. Feel free to commit sins inside your own head.

As the dark saying goes, “Everything is permitted, nothing is true”. Make the most of your psychological freedom while you can. I guarantee that God won’t strike you down for thinking bad things.*

Unreasonable Happiness

For example, we believe that our level of happiness “should” reflect, in a reasonable way, the circumstances in our lives. We “should” be unhappy at a funeral; we “should” be happy at getting promoted, etc. But there are an infinite number of reasons in the world to be unhappy (or happy). Why limit your choice to your own immediate circumstances? Your mind is free to rove the universe of space-time for a reason to be happy (or unhappy). In fact, you don’t even need a reason, you can just practice being happy or unhappy in a way that disregards circumstances. (Neuro-Linguistic Programming claims you can experience happiness by just remembering the mental and physiological states you associate with happiness).

(Note: Unless you’re from the cerebrally-challenged right, the idea that happiness needn’t depend on circumstances doesn’t seem like a very good argument for appallingly low wages, poverty, shit jobs, cutbacks in welfare, lousy public services and endless war).

What does all this have to do with “control systems”? Well, the control system is what makes people react to circumstances in a socially acceptable way. Social expectations, laws and rules, etc, have their place… externally. But internally only your own rules can apply. It might be a good idea to behave like a “responsible citizen” (at least when people are watching), but it’s not a good idea to think or emote like one.

This seems like good news to me. It’s an official** licence for you to use your ingenuity to convert your brain into a pleasure generator, without any social guilt.

*The author (and anyone involved with the website) accepts no liability for anything that might happen to the reader (particularly lightning and meteorites).

**Absolute authority is hereby granted to the reader. This officially*** supersedes all other authorities as of this moment.****

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