From Wikipedia:

"The Tetris effect (also known as Tetris Syndrome) occurs when people devote sufficient time and attention to an activity that it begins to overshadow their thoughts, mental images, and dreams. It is named after the video game Tetris."

"People who play Tetris for a prolonged amount of time may then find themselves thinking about ways different shapes in the real world can fit together, such as the boxes on a supermarket shelf or the buildings on a street. In this sense, the Tetris effect is a form of habit. They might also dream about falling Tetris shapes when drifting off to sleep or see images of falling Tetris shapes at the edges of their visual fields or when they close their eyes."

"The Tetris effect can occur with other video games, with any prolonged visual task (such as classifying cells on microscope slides, weeding, picking or sorting fruit, flipping burgers, driving long distances, or playing board games such as chess or go), and in other sensory modalities. In kinesthesis, a person newly on land after spending long periods at sea may move with an unbidden rocking motion, having become accustomed to the ship making such movements (known as sea legs or mal de debarquement). Computer programmers and developers sometimes have similar experiences, and report dreaming about code when they sleep at night. Similarly, students of mathematics may report dreaming of numbers or equations. People who play a certain game constantly for a long period of time will realize when they try to sleep their thoughts will be in a different fashion than usual."

You could say this is basically just "habit". And it is. Except games, like Tetris, make it easy to focus on one habit for such a prolonged period of time and with such attention to burn it into your mind. If a movie or TV show can grab your attention, it will have the same effect. I've experience this once after browsing through internet dating profiles even (curiously, I was approached by a random woman on the street the day after, in a very unusual manner).

So how would you go about using the power of this to burn something like "wealth" or whatever you want to manifest, into your life? I've thought about this. Like, with the above mentioned internet dating thing, you could probably build a game that simulates online dating interactions and train your mind, though it might be tricky. Perhaps some kind of "online shopping" game could train your mind to think of yourself as having a bunch of money? I've tried finding games that might help condition my mind in certain ways but I haven't found anything worthwhile. I do think there is some value in the idea though.

Any ideas? It doesn't necessarily have to be through video games, it's just that computers are the easiest way to simulate circumstances and thus the simplest way to build a habit and immerse yourself.

asked 13 Mar '13, 19:45

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edited 13 Mar '13, 19:50

What a great discussion @flowsurfer and @Wade Casaldi.

I have only recently found out about the Tetris Effect in the context of practising looking for opportunities and possibility. It is exactly as Wade said, and what I have been practising too, follow people who made it from 'rags to riches'. What ever it is they are doing, has proved to be successful, so aim to see the world as they see it.

The focus is about making a difference to your income and manifesting abundance.

There are ways to practise the vibration of wealth such as: Carry $100 with you and think of all the ways you could spend it, if you chose to. Start writing gratitudes for everything you have in your life and why you are grateful for it. (the focus is too often on what we don't have, not what we have) Help others by being generous - with your time and energy if not with money Be aware of what language you use to describe situations around money. Make sure that it is towards abundance and possibility, rather than lack.

Know that however far from wealth you feel, it is actually only a feeling you choose to settle in. There will always be someone who will strive for what you have now.

A great book to get into the flow is The Magic by Rhonda Byrne.

Good luck as I have been there and am now working on a book to help with this exact topic!! much love, Lindsay


answered 15 Mar '13, 13:47

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In the 80's this was called Pac Man fever.

I see what you are saying about putting this to use. Everything about us has a use we can put it to for our best interest. I had this with my video games, with cartoons, with my guitar playing. So I see that we can get so used to something that we actually dream about it. This confirms how deeply on the mind that this gets. I believe this has as well happened with reading and learning my lessons, I know it has. I have had dreams very connected to things I have been studying.

I believe it could be put to good use. My dreams have answered and awakened me to seeing things a new way many times. I am willing to bet wealthy people dream of wealth because that is what they think of mostly.

@flowsurfer I agree. I wish I could say from past experience, "This is how I did it." But I will give you what I am doing so that you may try these as well.

I am trying to watch, "The Secret to Wealth" and, "The Secret to You" as much as I can. I listen to Quantum Triliminals. Also I watch an app on my phone called affirmation mate. I have that programmed for affluence and abundance. Another thing I do is read a lot of books on the subject. I also put myself in the habit of looking at all the millionaires that started broke or even homeless. I look at these men and say, "If he did it, I can too. If he made it, I can too." The other thing I have been using is life goes on and therefore it is impossible to fail. There is always a chance to do things over differently. If something isn't working, I look to people that have achieved what I want then put my mind in theirs. Example: "How would someone confident that really knows this handle this?" Then after that, I do what that person would do. I try placing myself in their shoes, it changes how I feel, how I act, my posture, my gate, everything changes when I put myself in that frame of mind. It does not have to be an accurate representation of how that person would be. You could even say, "If I had confidence how would I be acting? If I was brave how would I be acting?"

I know to those not initiated this seems like real Jekyll and Hyde science fiction. Actually that is far more truth than most understand, we can flip ourselves. The Magic Story is exactly about this change.


answered 13 Mar '13, 23:34

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Wade Casaldi

edited 14 Mar '13, 00:40

So the question is, how do you make wealth (or whatever else you want) what you think of mostly when you are not experiencing it (or worse, are experiencing the contrary)? You can use your imagination but quite often that keeps a gap, you are thinking "of" wealth, not "as" wealthy, because otherwise you would be maxing out your credit cards. It also takes a lot of effort. Movies and books can help keep you focused but it's hard to find stories that are not filled with unwanted drama and tragedy.

(13 Mar '13, 23:47) flowsurfer

How do you practice the "vibration" of wealth enough to break a lifelong habit of practicing poverty?

(13 Mar '13, 23:48) flowsurfer
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