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For years, artificial intelligence and machine learning have been utilized in the mental health realm to help us regulate our emotions. In an article titled, “How Technology Can Enhance Behavioral Healthcare Design and Care,” the author effectively explains this trend:
“Part personal journal and part mood tracker, certain apps could also help physicians track patient symptoms and help prevent admission or readmission to inpatient facilities.”
However, beyond addressing clinical mental health issues, evidence suggests that data tracking coupled with AI can also help us improve our everyday mindset.
“Your mindset is the most valuable asset to creating true success in life,” says Kyra Yang, owner of Curate with Kyra, a C Ht. Hypnotherapist & Success Mindset Mentor.
Whether or not you subscribe to a spiritual view of mindset and manifestation, most can agree that attitude and beliefs shape our identity, and are often the catalyst behind manifesting our goals.
“Similar to meditation apps,” says Yang, “if AI can guide individuals to more relaxed theta brain waves, where suggestions are more easily accepted by the subconscious mind as done in hypnosis, that can begin to shift beliefs. Creating the life we want is about who we believe we are being and how we feel about what we are doing. ”
Generating positive beliefs is a seemingly simple, but ultimately difficult task for many of us. Just as we use technology to assist with other difficult tasks in our modern lives, can (or should) advanced technologies be utilized in this case as well?
In many ways, technology is already playing a role in manifestation and mindset practices.
“I see intuition as super-logic, intuition works because of pattern recognition which is exactly what machine learning is doing,” Pea, owner of Pea the Feary LLC. Pea is an Afrofuturist Artist, Mystic and Human Design reader for mainly business owners and artists with clients the likes of Tumblr, Sprite, and Impala Skate.
“The way this reality and our minds work is already algorithmic,” says Pea. “I see AI and technology as an efficient extension of human life, although I am sure some of my peers might disagree with that sentiment. I believe that studying AI allows us to gain a unique perspective on our own programming and how we can reprogram ourselves to perceive reality in a way that benefits us.”
“We are always manifesting in every moment, and our feelings are our indication of whether or not we are attracting into our reality what we desire or not,” says Susan Francis, Mindset, Manifestation and Business Coach, and founder of the Soul Aligned Business Babes Academy.
“In other words, if you feel good about something, are excited, expectant and eager, then you are attracting what you want. If you feel frustrated, anxious, worried then you are pushing your desires away from you.”
With this in mind, Francis believes AI could be a powerful tool in helping us track our feelings and thoughts, and help us to reframe and make mindset shifts quickly. She explains, “Having a tool such as an app to help you quickly identify and make mindset shifts would enhance your ability to manifest what you desire faster, because it would help you shift your point of attraction.”
Francis continues, “While the shifts still need to be done by the individual, AI could absolutely assist us in knowing how to do this faster and easier.”
In discussions with these experts, interesting use cases for AI in the space of spirituality and accessing full human potential also arose.
“I theorize that technology will allow us to see and experience aspects of reality that have been denied as ‘real,’”says Pea. She continues, “There is technology that helps to improve hearing or even perception of color and I hope that these things can be the starting point for technology that allows us to experience sense beyond human limitation.”
Pea also stated that while many spiritualists may be hesitant towards ideas of “AI having mystical experience” because of the tendancancy to conflate having a soul or a spirit with being human, it is still worth asking, “why couldn’t a machine be inhabited by a soul?”
An article from the observer titled, “Is there space for AI in a spiritual world?” also raised some interesting questions about the tangential impacts of AI on spirituality and mindfulness.
The author writes, “Technology will also enhance spirituality by changing how we spend our time and attention. Both by unburdening us from menial tasks and by restructuring economies, smart automation will increasingly allow us to focus more on our deepest values and transcendent aspects of life.”
Many of the experts interviewed for this piece have contemplated a future where technology allows humans to have more time to focus on spiritual health and overall health rather than survival and productivity.
“Imagine having more freedom and time for minds to focus on societal development in new and unique ways from people with unique backgrounds,” says Pea. “I am not sure if I am a believer in utopias, but I feel that technological development that releases people living under oppressive systems and allows humanity not to have to rely on itself for labor is a step in that direction.”
Yang adds to this sentiment, stating, “Humans innately desire time freedom. As we access more time with technological advancements, our focus can go in two ways. We either get further lost into the noise of our conditioning & seek even more external stimuli in an effort to fill the voids in our life or we start looking inward.
“We start to spend more time with ourselves, questioning our own models of the world based on our conditioning & perceptions and we do begin to tap into our deepest desires, who we really are at the soul level. As we begin to honour ourselves, we can reconnect with our own personal truths and ultimately find greater levels of fulfillment and success.”
In regards to her own personal experience, Francis adds, “Technology has allowed me to build and scale a global business from home in a very short amount of time, and I now have more time to do more of what brings me joy. I have technology to thank for freeing me from the old world paradigm of being trapped in a 9 to 5 and opening me up to growth, learning and deeper spiritual practices.”
Helen Reid, a leading Intuitive Success Coach and Human Design Specialist, also added to this conversation. She states, “In many ways it feels like AI has arrived at this point in time in order to support the spiritual development of humans. We are living in an era where more and more people are being drawn to self-exploration and discovery and I don’t think it’s any coincidence that this is coinciding with the technological advancements which will free people up from menial tasks and jobs.”
Like, Pea, Reid’s work with clients often focuses on the concept of “Human Design.”
“This is a beautiful and supportive tool to help us access a deeper level of self-understanding and expression – but it’s just the tool,” says Reid.
Similarly, AI should be perceived as a tool – not a quick fix – when it comes to mindset and manifestation. “Technology can definitely serve as a tool but, just like the Human Design system itself, it’s important we remember that the power lies within each of us – if we give that power away to something outside of us, we lose a part of ourselves,” Reid adds.
“The reality is that technology can’t manifest for us,” says Francis, “and following your intuition is a crucial part in manifestation, however, technology absolutely can be used to help you align your energy, shift your mindset and enhance your spiritual practices.”
Francis states that the tools and processes that she regularly uses with clients could be easily incorporated into an app that would allow individuals to make mindset shifts quicker and align their energy faster. “The individual would still need to do the work, but technology could direct them in a more powerful way to make those shifts quickly and, in turn, manifesting their desires faster,” says Francis.
Yang states the ability to identify negative thoughts and emotional states can bring individuals into immediate awareness to observe the patterns of thoughts one may be experiencing. Bringing these thoughts and emotions into conscious awareness as they are happening, can allow the individual to become the observer in their life, allowing for a perspective shift often required for mindset development and manifestation.
“We assign value to every thought that we have, based on our past experiences thus creating a present emotional state,” says Yang. “When we can start shifting out of those patterns to select a new belief, we can train our minds consciously to think in a positive and productive way. Although most of the work does lie in the subconscious mind, this is still a helpful part of the equation in mindset work.”
The use of AI in terms of spiritual development and manifestation is going to be very individual. Taking it back to Human Design, the level of factual, logical analysis which different people need in order to thrive varies hugely. “For those who are most comfortable using logic and the identification of patterns and trends as part of their life’s work, AI could serve as an important tool,” says Reid.
For example, technology could be used to track the level of resistance in the body or the efficiency with which emotions are being surrendered to and processed within the body.
“A danger, of course,” adds Reid, “is that I feel we’re now moving into an era where we’re being invited to largely shift our focus out of the head and into the body. For this reason, it seems to me that the use of technology would need to be supportive of that shift.”
For Yang, her predominant belief is that AI should not be used in tandem with manifestation, “as mindset and quantum manifestation pertains to new levels of consciousness.”
Yang concludes, “With that being said, the integration of AI is possible if it were to be programmed with customizable beliefs to assist the calibration of one’s mindset to new levels of success, love, wealth & confidence.”
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