Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Mentalist

Here I will explain why the Mentalist is a cool series to watch and what I particularly enjoy about it.

I like the character of Patrick Jane because in a way he doesn’t really have any friends – which enables him to challenge any person in his world and expose them, question them. Obviously this makes him ‘disliked’ by his surroundings and many people see him as a ‘jerk’ – yet this does not influence or bother him (he actually even enjoys it when people react to what he says or does, as he enjoys to push people’s buttons)

Obviously there is some ego in the character as well when it comes to him seeing himself as ‘the smartest’ – though he will often use arrogance deliberately as well to make a person react and within that have them reveal something, expose themselves.

One case in point was when he asked a person who’s college had died, if he had killed his own college. This he will do very often, because within such a simple straight forward question, people will reveal themselves through the way they ‘handle’ such a question. In this case Patrick Jane went a step further – because he really wanted to make sure he would touch the person to their core and get real feedback – by looking him straight in the eyes and asking: so how did it feel like to smash his skull with a bat? This made the person explode with anger and reveal ‘who they are’ - to which Patrick Jane simply commented that he had anger issues even though he was ‘innocent’.

So in general Patrick Jane’s character does not have much respect for human beings and will mostly expect them to be lying and deceitful – as this is his continuous experience of people.

So, there is a valid message in the Mentalist – which is that human beings can’t be trusted due to them having a ‘secret mind’. The ‘secret mind’ is that which one indulge in as the thoughts one have which one believe no one knows about – the inner nastiness of a being.

A point that is well developed in relation to this is the point of physical behavior: merely by observing people’s physical behavior will the ‘mentalist’ be able to tell if they are lying to him - by observing their facial expression and body gestures as he speaks to them. Interestingly people will often mistake him for a ‘psychic’ (someone who can read people’s minds) because they are unaware of the extent to which they actually expose and reveal themselves (that which they thought they were able to keep hidden) through their physical (unconscious) behavior.

So, the point being demonstrated is that even though one can try and hide – the physical never lies.

Thus, to conclude – the mentalist is good material for anyone interested in critical self-analysis – which one could simply call self-honesty – and perhaps one can use this series as a mirror for oneself and ask the question: who am I ?


Gabriël Zamora Moreno

Friday, June 10, 2011

Writing yourself to Freedom

I’d like to share what my experience has been with writing and how ‘writing myself to freedom’ assisted me in getting to know myself.

So, first off when I started the process of self-forgiveness ad self-honesty – the initial step was most of all a process of ‘stopping’ – where I stopped speaking and writing my thoughts and had to find a way to direct myself in and as breath – to instead of thinking, be here with every breath. Then the point of ‘writing yourself to freedom’ was introduced – which was very exciting because now I could start really ‘digging’ into myself and write out many suppressed experiences I had had during my life – which were still influencing and controlling me.

This process of writing was quite intense because in the beginning I had this experience where I ‘couldn’t remember’ much of my childhood – and the writing actually assisted me in ‘breaking through’ my own veil of ‘forgetfulness’ and open myself up to myself – meaning: to how I had actually experienced myself in those moments that had a major influence over ‘who I had become’ as a person – though which I had never before in my life written about or even looked at.

So – I can definitely say that through writing I discovered all he forgotten parts of myself – I actually experienced it like that – like an inner journey, and it was the most liberating experience I had had in my life as well, because as I would write I would also ‘release’ the suppressed emotions/memories that were controlling me. And I found gratefulness towards myself within doing that, because I realized through writing out these events and releasing the emotions – that I was actually not those emotions – and I became ‘lighter’. I realized: I am Here.

Whenever the point would not be clear after the writing I would do additional self-forgiveness until I felt I was ‘empty’ – until there was no more inner tension.

Eventually I would only write self-forgiveness and skip the ‘writing the past’ part because more and more the points would be ‘here’ accessible for me and thus I could simply write self-forgiveness and let go of the point much quicker.

So, that is how I found writing has assisted me in ‘opening up’ – because I was keeping myself under the spell from the past through ‘forgetfulness’ – therefore through writing and self-forgiveness I took self-responsibility and could ‘break myself down’ and change myself for real.

I will only share parts of ‘what it meant to me’ - and obviously one have to see for oneself - as I am not interested in convincing anyone: the proof is in the pudding.

So, you can find the writings of which I speak on this very blog – and you’ll find other people’s writings in the blogs that are listed by author to the right of this page – which also inspired and supported me in my own application.

Gabriël Zamora Moreno

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