The Mind is Like an Iceberg
The mind is like a iceberg. The conscious mind is the tip of the iceberg containing what your most aware of in your thoughts and actions. Some believe this to be approximately 1-5% of your daily thoughts. The subconscious is everything beneath the surface, containing all the programming behind why you do, think, act, behave, and feel the way that you do.
The purpose of this article is to really dive into the deeper self and question what is really running things in our life. In doing this we open up and expand the mind allowing us to release our limitations and maximize our potential.
What you think about expands as mental habits. For example, if your default thoughts are based around joy, happiness and freedom, the result is more like thoughts providing joy, happiness and freedom. If your default thoughts are sad, inadequate or fear-based, the result is more like thoughts creating more fears, sadness and self-doubt.
The brain – always changing
An important note here is that the brain is no longer seen as a static organ but found to be pliable and always changing, as noted via the term Neuroplasticity. Our brains continue to develop new pathways all the time when we are actively engaging the mind and learning new tasks. So its entirely possible to rewire your brain and thus change your baseline thoughts.
Building new pathways…
Every experience you have creates an impression in the mind. These impressions have associated feelings and beliefs which build the pathways in the brain. You change your imprints through habitual practice, self-reliance, self-acceptance, and self-awareness. It requires a conscious effort in the beginning, just like if you’re learning a new language or skill, but in time comes with great ease as new habitual patterns are formed. Think back to when you first learned how to drive a car. In the beginning you attempted to focus on all aspects – the road, the mirror, gas petal, breaks, steering, shifting gears, speed and likely found yourself under a great deal of stress. However, through repetition and practice you became a good ‘relaxed’ driver and all those things became automatic.
“Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.”
~Santiago Ramón y Cajal
This same concept applies to building new pathways in the mind. Through conscious repetition while working in a relaxed state of mind you change your impressions and build new pathways. You speed up the process by combining multiple learning methods (audio, visual, kinesthetic) repeatedly – under a relaxed state of mind.
Its important to note here that you cannot force these changes and attempting to force any changes will only result in more resistance within. The resistance only affirms the previous patterns making it even more challenging to change. It is the path of least resistance that gives you more immediate results.
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Until next time,