Hack into your programming…
When I was a child, I had an old IBM computer. One of my old games for it was a Pac-Man type game where you would play a character – a ‘runner’, moving though a maze, colouring up the squares and escaping some bad guys – the ‘chasers’.
Some games were pretty basic back then compared to now. But then you have to experience the darkness to be able to appreciate the light. This game was particularly difficult. Each level was simply a variation of a maze on one screen. The main difference being that the bad guys chasing you would gradually speed up for each level. Within a few levels, the speed of the chasers was so fast, it made playing the game impossible. Within seconds, they would catch you and it was ‘Game Over’. Normally, with such a difficult game, a person would simply throw it aside and stop playing it. However, in those days, there was less choices available and so I would make use of what games I did have.
The curious thing about this game is that it was possible to break into the programming. By simply pressing the escape key at one point during the loading, the computer code for the game would come on screen. This was a kind of glitch in the system. And even though I have no understanding of computer programming, I could recognise enough to see that this was the computer language for the game. I could also see the coding for the chapters by recognising their shapes. Then with toying around, I discovered I could alter the appearance of the characters – the ‘runners’ and the ‘chasers’. I could change their appearance into small dots or I could also make them transparent. After making these changes, the game would still work with these alterations.
Hacking the game
Essentially, I could hack the game. I could make the game easier. For example by making my character – the runner transparent. I could move through the maze, and whenever the chasers found me, they would simply pass straight through me without harm. There would be – ‘No Game Over’. I had discovered how to make my character immortal by breaking into the programming.
And so I played level after level curious to see how many levels I needed to pass to complete this game. I think I played over fifty levels, and yet there seemed to be no end to the game. In the end, I gave it up and decided this game just had no ending. By this point, it was absolutely no fun to play anyway. It had become a chore. The only thing that kept me going was to see if I could finish it. But the ending never seemed to come. Perhaps it was incomplete. Or perhaps I needed to get to a hundred levels.
Years later, I have always wondered about this game. The only way this game could be played successful was by hacking into it. I wondered if this also relates to life.
Sometimes life is so challenging. With many obstacles. It is almost at times, like you are the runner in a world where the chasers (your problems) are getting faster and more ruthless. But what if your life is a computer simulation? And what if we could hack the programming of our life to make it easier? To change the parameters and make the chasers – (our problems) less powerful? Or to make us more faster? Perhaps we can hack life. This idea bears some relation to a previous article: Accessing your Inner Guide.
This game always reminds of one of the original Star Trek movies with William Shatner. Captain Kirk is the only captain to have completed an extremely difficult computer simulation where the Enterprise is under attack under seemingly impossible odds. The other characters in Star Trek thought he must have used some clever strategy to win and that he out-thought his opponents. But actually Kirk only won because he refused to play the game on the games terms. When asked how he was able to succeed, Kirk simply answered that he hacked into the computer system and changed the computer setting to ‘Easy’.
In effect, Kirk had acted beyond the game. Rather than attempting to out-think the game characters and play the game according to the game’s impossible terms. He chose to out-think the computer running the simulation and make the game play according to his terms. The other characters in the movie were somewhat shocked when he told them this. Why? Because we have this idea that things are not meant to be easy. We are supposed to fight against difficult odds ‘fair and square’ and if they are too difficult – it doesn’t matter, because that is life and as we are told ‘life is not always fair’. Right? Captain Kirk didn’t have any qualms about this. He saw it as nothing more than a game and he wanted to win. He was not shackled by such beliefs.
Are we shackled by beliefs that life must be hard?
Well, I think that we are meant to be able to hack life. I think we have the power, but we just have to figure out where that ‘escape’ key is. It is true, we may take away some of the excitement away. Just like in the maze game, by hacking, it could risk making the game uninteresting or less challenging. On the other hand, if the game is no fun anyway because it is too difficult, then there is no loss. And when life is going hard, it certainly is no fun.
But how to hack into the programming? That is the question. There seems to be lots of methods these days. The Law of Attraction gets a lot of attention. But I wonder if this is a a less-focused way of breaking the programming. You’re putting out intentions, but you’re not really breaking into and altering the code this way. It’s more like you are adding more code from outside. Perhaps what you want to do, is like Captain Kirk is to go in and alter the difficulty settings. The way to do this is by going into your programming, learning how to read it and then rewriting it safely.
Easier said than done.
Here is another movie reference: Probably one of the most interesting scenes in the Matrix movie, is when the character Neo gets trapped in a section of the Matrix and has no way out. It is represented by an underground station. As he runs down the train tunnel, he remerges right back at the beginning again. Unless he finds a way out, he will spend the rest of his existence in this place. After a while, he chooses to sit down, close his eyes and turn his mind within. Suddenly we see his mind whizzing though miles of computer circuitry. He is effectively mentally riding deep within the matrix.
Unfortunately, the scene ends quickly. He is interrupted from this meditation as his friends suddenly arrive to rescue him. This is a shame because I would have been interested to see what the filmmakers would have done at this point. It would have been far more interesting to see what his mind would have uncovered if Neo had continued his meditation.
Accessing our programming
On consideration, as we are not machines, the way to access our programming and life hack, must be through our brains and our thoughts. Meditation must be a way of pressing the escape key. Meditation is a way of gradually understanding the coding. The process of supplanting new programme during periods of meditation must be a way of rewriting the code. Our thoughts must have a greater sense of power than we realise.
Perhaps our beliefs hinder us. We believe that we can’t hack our programming. We may also believe that we shouldn’t make things easier for us in life, because we are meant to play the game fair and straight. But perhaps this thinking is wrong and there is a way to hack the programming. There is a way to set the ‘chasers’ difficulty level lower. I know that I would rather beat the chasers than be beaten by them.
An Exercise to Hack into Your Software
So how to hack into the difficulty level of life? How to make things run smoother? How to make things go our way? Is such a thing possible? There are various different ways. It may be different for you and you may have to find a way that works for you. However, here’s one exercise that may work.
Here are the steps:
1. Accept it is possible
First accept that it is possible to hack life. This means changing you beliefs. Our programming tells us that we have no control over life’s circumstances. Things have to be hard. If we consider where this belief came from, we may find it was a statement repeated to us many times by well-meaning parents or grandparents and we we may have adopted into our psyche. But if we look around, we can find plenty of examples of people where life actually seems to flow smoothly for them. Why them and not us? – is the question that is useful to ask. The answer if that – it can be us.
2. Identify the beliefs that tell you that such things are not possible. This can be done easily.
There is always going to be someone around you, where life always seems to run smoothly. They may not be working, or work a low paid job, yet money seems to flow to them in the form of inheritances of gifts or other unexpected sources. There will be people who don’t seem to be particular outstanding and yet, opportunity will fall to them enabling them to appear succesful. It is as if these people need only hold their hands outstretched and then money falls into it. Whereas you may find that no matter how hard you work, no matter how hard you ‘strive’, opportunity and money stay away. The reason for this is belief. These people have a belief that these things are possible and that things like money is always coming to them. And so it does. But perhaps you don’t share this belief. So this is the second step.
3. Identify clearly what you want.
This is an important step. You must be very clear on what you want. A general idea such as ‘I want more money’ or a ‘I want a partner’ is not enough. Your programming needs to be more precise. You need to think about the kind of life you would like to live, the work you want to do, and visualise your life with a partner if that is your goal. Wishing just for money is not strong enough. Money is only a resource to help you achieve a more fundamental goal in life. If you play a computer game, your character can often run through the platforms picking up money as he goes along. However, the money he picks up is not his primary objective. it is just a resource that helps him along he way. His primary objective is usually something more important – like rescuing a princess. If his primary objective was collecting money, what a dull game that would be. You must be clear about what you want in life and the kind of life you desire.
4. The next step is to locate the ‘escape key’.
This is where we use a guided meditation. Sit or lie quietly in any position you like. It doesn’t need to be in lotus. Switch off from the outside world and focus on your inner body. Be aware of any intentions in your body. If possible, let them release, but if not, just let it be. Follow your breaths. You don’t need to change anything. Just relax. After a few minutes, think about a difficult problem in your life. See it as an observer. You are the programmer. Watch how your body reacts and tightens up when you think about it. Let the tension release if you can.
5. Press the Escape Key
At this point in your meditation, visualise the ‘escape’ key. You can picture a key on your keyboard or it can take any form you like. Once you visualise it, then see yourself pressing it and tell yourself, I want to hack this programming. Once you have pressed it, now is the time to rewrite the code. This can be done in many different ways. Imagine how you want the outcome of a situation or circumstance to be like. Or tell yourself that you want to turn the difficulty level of the situation down lower. Or visualise the characters in your life changing their settings to ‘friendly’. Describe your input however you want it to be. Then press ‘Enter’. Bring your awareness back to the room and bring the meditation to an end.
6. Repeat and Wait and See
When you finish, It may seem you have not done anything, but you have inputting a new bit of coding into the programme. You have initialised a hack life protocol. You will have to repeat the exercise several times. But see what comes. The new coding is in there and it may take some time and several goes.