The subtlety of a human brain never ceases to amaze me. The human brain is a marvellous organ that cannot be compared with anything in this world. Even the computers that we have invented cannot hold a candle to the marvel of a human brain.
Today an average computer can store 250,000 pictures, 20,000 songs and hundreds of movies while our mind can perform 10 Quadrillion operations per second and we are not even aware of it!
Even the Supercomputer – the fastest and the most powerful computer in the world falls flat in front of the human brain. Experts have proven that our mind is 30 times faster than the Supercomputer! Isn’t it amazing?
How often do we stop and think as to what is keeping us alive? Every single operation that takes places in our body is commanded by this small organ – breathing, pumping of blood from the heart to the veins, and maintaining the body’s core temperature and the six trillion things that are needed to keep you alive.
The most amazing thing is that we are not even conscious of the fact that our brain is working every single second of the day, to keep us alive.
While it is easy to dissect one’s brain through science it is difficult to configure the subconscious. Our subconscious mind is not only a multi-layered memory bank but it essentially shapes the person that you really are. However, there is one thing that our subconscious can’t actually do. Can you guess what that is?
It cannot distinguish between a real event and an imaginary one. You don’t agree? Let me give you an example. It is late in the night and you are asleep after watching a late night show of the movie Conjuring and the witch pursues you in your dreams almost catching you. What happens when you wake up from this nightmare? You are sweating profusely, your heart is beating and your throat is parched – almost as if you were really chased by the witch. In reality, you were not chased by the witch instead you have been sleeping in your bed but did your mind know that? No.
I can give you many other examples of instances where the mind is persuaded thus to believe in something that is not real.
Sometime ago, a research was conducted in the US where two groups of patients were treated for illness. Group A patients get doctor’s prescribed medicine that would cure their illness while the Group B patients get a sugar pill (which they think is the real medication) and at the end of the week, both groups of patients are cured!
How did this happen?
It is known as the placebo effect – when you prescribe a medicine or conduct a procedure just for the psychological benefit of the patient. Just as we try to pacify a child to forget its bruise with a chocolate, the placebo effect works even on adults.
Let me give you one more example and you will learn just how powerful the subconscious mind really is. New England Journal published an experiment that they performed on two groups of patients suffering from degenerative knee disorder. Group A was prescribed a surgery that would relieve their symptoms while the Group B patients had a fake surgery where three small incisions were made in the kneecap! Both groups of patients recovered completely from their surgery! Need I say anything more about the power of placebo!
Now let’s talk about the other side of Placebo – Nocebo effect. Nocebo is the exact opposite of Placebo where instead of curing one’s body it conjures illnesses. Hypochondriacs of this world suffer from a surfeit of Nocebo, where their belief in their supposed illness is so much that they suffer the symptoms quite realistically. If you have seen the movie ‘Piku’ you would know what I am talking about.
This is exactly how hypnosis works. I recently saw a program on TV where a hypnotist planted the idea on one of the viewers that his finger was hot and when he actually touched the man’s hand, he developed blisters! It was a very successful demonstration of the power of suggestion.
As I learned more and more about our mind, I have come to realize that there is no such thing as ‘free will’. It is an illusion that we persuaded ourselves to believe in. I would say that only 2 to 4% of our decisions are made through our own free will while the rest of the time it is the subconscious mind that is deciding for you. You don’t agree? Let me prove it to you.
Do you love ice creams? If yes, then can you snap your fingers and unlike them? No. That can’t be done. Our likes and dislikes are distinctly shaped by our subconscious mind and we are attracted to it in our life. Let me give you a simple example.
You are on the road driving your new car and what do you see ahead of you, another car in the same make, design, and colour as yours. What do you see when you turn the bend, yet another car of the same design and colour parked? Why? The very same cars have been on the road for many months but you notice it now because you own one them now and you are thinking about it.
This means whatever is in the back of our mind shapes our reality today. Now that we have established that, are you wondering what shapes our subconscious mind?
Practically everything… whatever we see, taste, like, dislike, hate, and love everything shapes our subconscious and takes root in there.
Do you know that an elementary school child gets to see an estimate of 8000 simulated murders on television from programs that are supposedly meant for children?
At an age when we need to be teaching children the value of life, compassion, honesty, and kindness they are being provided with a medium that doles out extremely graphic violent scenes. This makes me wonder as to what kind of children are we nurturing for the future?
Science has proven the fact that every word that is spoken has a vibrational frequency. Negative words and intentions have been found to have slower vibrational frequency while positive words have a higher vibration. There is no need for me to say as to what you need to choose here.
It is our thoughts that create us and we need to be careful of what we hear, see and feel because what we feed to our mind will materialize in our own lives.
Let me give you a small example. I often see people indulging in gossip.
‘Everyone does it so what’s the big deal?’ you might ask but here is what happens when we indulge in gossip.
When you indulge in gossiping you are holding a negative memory (thought) in your mind and then you share it with your friend. When we hold negative thoughts in our mind our brain releases Cortisol – a stress hormone into the blood. This weakens our immune system, reduces the actions of white blood cells and increases the chances of contracting an infection and lastly it promotes weight gain. All this from just mere harmless gossiping!
Did I just scare you? Do you know that an average person has over 60,000 thoughts in a day? How many negative thoughts are buried in your mind?
For many, fear and pain of the past remain etched in our brain as negative thoughts and they influence our future. It is we who create us while our thoughts that shape our future and the day we learn to control our negative thoughts and fill our mind with positivity we will experience true liberty.
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