How Your Mind Works …or Doesn’t

It’s hard to understand your own mind in the same way that it’s hard to see your own eyeball. But you do know what your eyeball looks like, because you’ve seen pictures and because you looked in the mirror, too. In the same way – using mirrors, magification techniques, science, and curiosity – you can know what the human mind “looks” like.

Your mind isn’t what you are… it’s something you have

Just like you talk about having a body (including a brain), you have a mind. You aren’t your mind, it’s something you have ownership of.

The reason I know this, is because you and I have different minds. Different things take place in our two minds. There’s physical separation between minds. They are things. Your mind is a physical thing.

Mind the Gap

“Mind the Gap”, by A.

Your mind is not your brain …it’s something that happens to your brain

Your mind relays non-physical ideas through your brain, and your brain translates those ideas into changes in your body. Exactly the way your computer’s operating system, programs, applications, and files translate to printouts, e-mails, sounds, visual displays, and all the other output of your computer. Every feeling, symptom, lump, gurgle and metabolic process in your body is a physical action directed by your brain, which would not do a thing if your mind didn’t tell it to. Your brain gets every single one of its ideas from your mind’s interpretation of your experience. Your body is just a physical result of your mind, and there is no illness or emotion of the body apart from the mind.

So your mind isn’t your brain, it’s something that happens to your brain. And, because your brain is the central control of your body, every event of your body is really an end result of an event of your mind.

Your mind doesn’t just influence your brain …it uses your brain

Your mind uses your brain to collect (and even manufacture) sensory information, which gives your mind new information to work with.

Your mind also uses your brain for storage of information, the way your computer stores your place in a game.

If I want to keep going with this analogy, I have to tell you at this point that your whole life is just a game. As a result…

You’re not a victim of your mind …you’re the master of your mind

Your mind, and your body, are your servants.
To interact with the physical world around you, you have to make thousands or even millions of decisions per second to determine which options that life currently presents to you will best fulfill your physical needs, get you through this level, and keep you alive long enough to get the high score. Over and over again, all day long, you make choices to gain yourself the most energy for the least expenditure of energy. It’s the basic premise on which every variant of the Game of Life is built: you have to manage your physical energy. You’ve got to translate the daily allotment of energy that shines upon the Earth into everything you need to keep going and play again tomorrow.

To play the game well – that is, to feel good, for a long time – means getting all the energy you need, and having enough to spare that you can try new things to see if they will make your life even better.

You create your own mind

Bit by bit, starting an estimated 0.27 seconds after conception, your mind begins to form right along with your body. The two help each other to develop. Initially, all you’ve got is stimulus-response, but soon that little clump of cells that you once were began to organize. And the organization was directed by a mind that acted based on stimulus-directed response. And it rapidly got more complex and sophisticated until you were a teenager capable of having your life destroyed by the appearance of a zit at the wrong time.

How your mind works

There’s something here that doesn’t make sense. Most of us go to school for at least 12 years just to learn how to not be total screw-ups in life …and yet I’m saying that somehow each of us is smart enough to have created our own bodies. How the heck did you manage to create your body, your symptoms, your life, and your skin problems – and even manage to stay alive all these years – when your mind is so dumb that you forgot to buy a new lightbulb for the bathroom for two straight months?

It’s because your mind has a conscious aspect and an unconscious aspect. The conscious aspect of your mind is pretty dumb – it handles about 7 pieces of information at a time. The unconscious aspect of your mind handles millions of biological processes at once. It also uses your brain to store every mental process you never completed. They’re all rolling around in your unconscious mind, getting shuffled, grouped, re-organized, and cross-checked against new information.

Taking charge

You only have direct control over your conscious mind. You get to choose where to put your attention. But it takes discipline, and the more unconscious stuff you’ve got churning and nagging at you, the more distracted you get and the harder it is to control where your conscious mind goes.

It’s because your mind’s job is to sort your experience and make sense of it and take actions to help you win the Game of Life. Whenever you’re confronted with something that doesn’t make sense, it acts like an obstacle for your mind. Your mind cannot ever let it go because once an experience gets into your awareness, it sits in there, waiting to be made sense of. Your mind can’t move forward past an incomplete process, just like a computer program can’t move past an incomplete line of code. So this is why new experiences tire us out: they demand attention and energy. Now you know why babies sleep 20 hours per day.

Even so, sometimes you have more experiences and you move forward even though you haven’t completed an experience, haven’t fully received it into your consciousness. In the meantime, your unconscious mind builds workarounds, patches, bridges, and bubbles around the incomplete experiences. These barriers and obstacles translate into symptoms in your body and emotions. You learn to cope and accept. And you keep soldiering on in the Game of Life, even though some weird shit went down that you still haven’t made sense of.

But these workarounds have their price. They require energy not just to build, but also to maintain. If you stop maintaining a barrier around these incomplete ideas, they go sliding around and contaminating other thought processes. Eventually, you’re investing so much energy into maintaining your unconscious nonsensical thought processes (“conflicts”) and their attendant emotional and bodily symptoms that you haven’t got enough energy left over to enjoy yourself. The primary symptom of not having as much energy as you need is that your life will suck. You will not like the Game of Life anymore.

And so, at some point, you’ve got only one choice if you want to be happy: you’ve got to turn off the Internet, cancel all your appointments, put on your jogging pants, and go finish your unfinished business.

The MindTree Health Process helps you uncover the unconscious internal conflicts that are the real cause of your health symptoms.

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