Blue and green should often be seen

– Immerse in an uplifting physical environment –


Nudge: things that shove you in the right direction by making the good choices the easy choices

Christmas Day 1977, when I was a tender 7 years old, was very memorable for me. Not in a good way.

Like Christmas days should, it started well. I woke up to find a bright green bike under the Christmas tree with my name on it! I could hardly contain my excitement and desperately wanted to take my new machine for a spin, but alas it was raining heavily outside. I waited, and waited, but by midday it was obvious that the rain had set in and so, encouraged by my mum, I decided the maiden voyage would have to be a lap of the hallway in our house.

Before proceeding with the story, I need to set the scene by adding that I was (only) wearing the new superman underwear that I had also received as a gift that unforgettable Christmas—trust me, it is an important detail of the story.

As I was poised with one bare foot on the peddle, about to push off, something completely unexpected and alarming happened. From the ceiling above me fell the biggest and hairiest spider I have ever seen. In Australia we call them “huntsmen” spiders, and while they are purportedly harmless, I maintain that their name implies otherwise.

The hairy, scary monstrosity landed on my bare knee and I freaked out—my Superman undies did nothing for my courage, but they certainly electrified my leap as I jumped from my new bike. The spider fell to the floor and made a dash for my foot, causing me to start convulsing like a madman until I was could escape from the scene of the crime.

The reason I remember that experience so well is because it was emotionally charged, and as we have already learnt, that is how your Limbo is wired to work—strong feelings equal strong memories. The point of this story is that what we see can trigger instantaneous emotional responses because of the way they affect the Limbo.

Even though the Limbo sits in a comfy cranium away from the world “outside,” it still knows what is happening “out there” because it receives messages from the surrounding environment. Your Limbo is constantly tuning in to, and picking up cues—sights, sounds and smells—from the environment around you. Consequentially, the physical environment you are immersed in has a profound effect upon your Limbo, and hence your emotional state. You are about to learn how your Limbo is wired to your senses and how you can deliberately send it uplifting messages so that you can feel more upbeat.


The eye is a truly marvellous creation and, for most people, the source of their dominant sense. However, when your optic nerves send messages from your retinas to your brain so that you can “see,” the messages first go to the Limbo and then secondly to the Leader. Hence, our emotional reaction to a sight or image precedes our thinking response. For example, if a so-called friend places a plastic spider on your shoulder, notice the order of your reactions: first comes an emotional “Ahhhh!” as your Limbo “sees” the spider, followed a moment later by “Ohhhh” as your Leader (your thinking brain) receives the signal and realises it is a fake. Indeed, your Limbo is heavily influenced by sights, and because of the way it is wired (as shown below) its reaction to sights can be almost instantaneous.

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