What is a virus of the mind? They are barriers to goal setting. In this section you will learn how to change your thoughts and how to get rid of each of those mind virus which you have been accumulating since you were a child.
Although Richard Dawkins is credited with the first publication of the concept of the meme in his book "The Selfish Gene", it was Richard Brodie’s book "Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme", that taught me the theory of memetics.
So what is a meme?
A Meme is the basic building block of our minds in the same way that genes are the basic building blocks of biological life.
Memes are not physical, they are ideas and beliefs.
They are Viruses of the Mind.
What is a virus?
A biological virus has three functions: it duplicates itself (1; 2; 4; 8; 16; 32; 64 and so on), it infiltrates into all openings and it spreads into other bodies. You can see this activity under a microscope.
A virus of the mind is a cultural idea, symbol or practise which can be transmitted from one mind into another. Its function is similar to that of a biological virus. It duplicates itself, it infiltrates your mind and it spreads into other minds. But they do not have any physical properties, they are ideas planted in your mind from other minds.
If you read my section on the power of subconscious mind you now recognize that your subconscious mind is programmed in the first six years of your life. These programs became the habitual way that you run your life. Most of these are memes which you recorded from others.
So, what are some of these memes?
Here is a sample:
“It will be too difficult”, “it will take a long time”, “I don’t deserve it”, “it’s not in my nature”, “I can’t afford it”, “it’s never happened before”, “I am not strong enough”, “I am not smart enough”, “I don’t have the energy”, “it’s too big”, “my family will not approve”, “I have always done this way”, “I am going to die anyway” or “I am too old”.
Do some of these sound familiar?
Some of these memes could have been planted when you were out shopping with your mother at the local supermarket at age five. You picked up a toy and your mother told you, “you don’t deserve that, put it back”. This idea duplicated itself and infiltrated your mind. Now as an adult you actually believe this meme – “I don’t deserve it”. This belief is keeping you from achieving your dreams. Every time you look at something that you choose to bring into your life your subconscious programming responds “you don’t deserve it”.
This is not your programming; it’s your mother’s. You just downloaded it and now you believe it to be true!
But it is not true! It’s a meme!
You may even be spreading some of these memes yourself – to your kids and others.
So what do you do about it?
The segment that you have just completed is part of a process that starts with the section “Setting Smart Goals”. To go to the beginning of the section click on “Personal Goals” in the navigation bar.
I have also put together a flowchart which will guide you through the goal setting steps that are covered in various pages of this site.
To obtain this flowchart click on the graphic below.
Believe that each virus of the mind can be cured. As you start getting rid of those memes you start eliminating those barriers to goal setting. Then you learn how to change your thoughts to positive thoughts and you start manifesting and becoming everything that you have chosen for your life.