Experience a New Reality: The 3 Powerful Ways Reading Revamps Your Mind

Your mind will be unrecognizable after reading habitually. 

There is no better act than reading to deliberately revamp your brain.

Your brain is malleable and anything you consume acts as the mould. Not all moulds are alike — some are bad for you, and some are good.

You’re reading this because you choose reading as your current mould – great choice! Right now, and frankly, since the invention of the television, the most popular form of consumption is video. That’s because it is easy…

You’ve made a good decision in choosing to read because reading takes effort.

And when something pushes you past your limits, you better believe that it has the power to alter your perception.

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These are 3 Perceptual Alterations that Happen as You Read More:

  1. You start to become a BETTER reader
  2. The door of your mind starts to creak open
  3. You begin synthesizing the knowledge you gain

The numerical order of these is intended.

First, your reading skills improve — what was once a long read becomes less of a time consumer.

Next, the magic of having an open mind starts to dawn on you:

  • You view reading as a necessity to expand your horizons and uncover the unknown.

Then it all culminates into #3 — the act of synthesizing all your knowledge to form and alter your perception.

And as you progress, your perception moves from a rather surface-level change to a deeper evolution.

Nevertheless, at all three steps, your perception is changing.

Reading Makes You a Better Reader

One shallow way of understanding life is the fact that we adapt to stimuli.

We, like all living things, encounter things that cause us to act. Snails have a siphon which retracts rapidly upon touching it. They are initially startled by the touch, however, upon multiple touches, they start to adapt to the point where there are no retractions.

Humans adapt in similar ways to the habits we perform. At first, they are uncomfortable stimuli that require a conscious effort to push through. And after a certain length of time, they become automatic and effortless.

Reading, like any habit, follows this trajectory. And once you read effortlessly, that book becomes much more attractive to pick up.

As a kid, reading was a chore. I hated it cause I sucked at it. Therefore, I didn’t read and my reading skills were non-existent. You could generally get away with being a shitty reader in high school. However, if you don’t start reading at university, there is something wrong with the school you’re going to. There is no education without reading.

I spent thousands of dollars on education and thankfully, I left with the ability to read. Talk about an expensive habit…move over golf.

The World is Your Oyster and Reading Shucks it Open

What you don’t know, now you know… 

 — The Notorious B.IG

We all have our known knowns — the things we know we know. You know, the things instilled in us through our upbringing and education. 

Then, we have our known unknowns — the things we know that we do not know. You know, like the phrase “I don’t know…”

Now is where it gets interesting. Enter into the realm of the unknown:

  • Our unknown knowns — the things we don’t know we know. Our unconscious biases, for example, fit into this category.
  • Our unknown unknowns — the thing we don’t know we don’t know.

Reading for information barks up the tree that uncovers our known unknowns — we seek out this knowledge because we know that we don’t know it.

Reading for revelation is concerned with the realm of the unknown. This is exciting, unexpected, and more visceral than the others.

When we uncover an unknown, it moves in the realm of the known knowns. Making something conscious like this has the power to fester in your mind and alter your perception. Usually, coming across this type of information is rare. It, however, becomes less rare when you have an open mind to read voraciously. Humans tend to engage in confirmation bias — confirming a belief already in your mind.

Confirmation bias puts us in a state of close-mindedness.

Some ways to combat this through reading are:

  • Deliberately reading a variety of subjects
  • Picking to read things contrary to the viewpoint you hold
  • Finding ways to reconcile your previously held beliefs with the new information you’ve uncovered

Not being able to confirm your beliefs puts you in a state of cognitive dissonance — a state of confusion where you hold two opposing viewpoints, unsure of which one to pick as your own.

Now it’s time to write and synthesize all that juicy knowledge you’ve read to relieve this dissonance. 

Synthesize knowledge → Form and Alter your Perception

Like crafting anything creative, its degree of genuine creativity is proportional to the potential it has to alter perception.

Writing is one medium you can use to synthesize the knowledge you’ve gained from reading. Nowadays you can even post that synthesis to gauge how creative it truly was. What a time!

If reading is our food, then synthesizing the knowledge gained is like our bodies assimilating that food. Acting upon that knowledge in the world is like using that fuel to move and get shit done.

What was once just ink on a page has now been translated into a living action.

This last step is the culmination of the Art of Altering Perception.

And it all started with the powerful, timeless, and simple act of reading. #sparkperception

“The viewer of television, the listener to radio, the reader of magazines, is presented with a whole complex of elements — all the way from ingenious rhetoric to carefully selected data and statistics — to make it easy for him to “make up his own mind” with the minimum difficulty of effort. But the packaging is often done so effectively that the viewer, listener, or reader does not make up his mind at all. Instead, he inserts a packaged opinion into his mind, somewhat like inserting a cassette into a cassette player. He then pushes a button and “plays back” the opinion whenever it seems appropriate to do so. He has performed acceptably without having had to think.”

 — Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren from How to Read a Book
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