Do you know that your ego, which you identify as me or me, is the most incredible survivor and confidence trickster in mind? For the ego, death is anathema. So much so that we have created various beliefs and philosophies to comfort us and think that there is life after death. However, we see people commit suicide. How is it possible that this ego, the great survivor, suddenly turns around and goes on a path of self-destruction? The answer lies in understanding how our perceptions and our thought process influence our subconscious mind.
In my recent article titled “Rational or Delusional Thinking?”, I posed this question “Are you a rational or delusional thinker?” Most people think they know themselves and believe that what they are doing is correct and justified. The types of actions they take as a result take them in different directions depending on their perception of reality.
The problem is that most people think they know themselves, but they don’t know how their mind works. They do not realize how the body and the mind are so intimately connected. So, to help you understand the basics, let me recap the following from my observations. First of all, we all know that we have a body that is the physical part and a mind that is the mental part.
Everyone is familiar with the physical part, the body that does not require much explanation. However, most people do not adequately understand the mental aspect, the mind. They are not aware that it has two parts, the conscious and the subconscious. Most people are aware of the conscious part, where our ego is active and does all the time travel. However, not many people are interested in or understand the subconscious mind. Most of the time we take it for granted, like the elephant in the room. Even the medical profession that should be interested in our mental health ignores this because doctors lack knowledge of their mind and are uncomfortable looking at their egos. Since our subconscious mind, the supreme energy source, controls all our vital functions such as our cardiovascular system, respiration, digestion, etc. Wouldn’t it be stupid to ignore it? Yet we do. Doctors will be deluding themselves if they think they are practicing evidence-based medicine today.
Have you noticed how we are always trying to appease our subconscious mind in everything we do in life? When we pray to God, for example, aren’t we trying to appease our subconscious? Most of our activities are all aimed at making us happy or calming our subconscious.
However, people do not know how the ego operates in their mind and how it influences the subconscious mind. People are not aware that our thought process is hypnotic and that we hypnotize ourselves every time we think. Not only that, but most people are not aware that the outside world hypnotizes us as well. Many people believe that they cannot be hypnotized.
That is why it is so easy to be fooled. Since we live in a very self-centered world, one can become very isolated. Without self-knowledge and without having a vision of one’s own mind, one can become a potential candidate for suicide. To understand how we deceive ourselves, we must first learn to understand how our subconscious mind works.
Remember, our subconscious mind is the most powerful source of energy in our body. It controls all of our vital functions in our body and makes us feel happy or sad, depending on how we stimulate it. It has no discriminatory power. It does not recognize right from wrong or right from wrong. It affects us at various levels of our consciousness, from the cell phone to our central brain. It is like a sponge that constantly absorbs information from our internal and external world. In short, I would say that our subconscious mind is made up of a whole system of conditioned reflexes designed to protect us from our environment.
To understand how easy it is to fool ourselves, we have to look at the effects of words on the subconscious mind. Words have a direct reflex action. Its meaning does not matter.
For example, when we press a key on a piano keyboard, it makes a specific sound. Similarly, when we say a negative word in our mind, it produces a harmful chemical in our system. When we say a positive word, it creates a positive chemical. The meaning does not matter to the subconscious mind. The way I see it, how we feel at any given moment is the sum of all the good and bad chemicals in our system.
Let me give you some examples of how we continually deceive ourselves. When you tell a person how to do a task, and the person says “It’s too difficult, I can’t do it,” you will instantly produce chemicals that will block further understanding of the task.
It means that the person had defeated himself before starting, even if he didn’t mean it that way. Why? It is because words have a direct effect on the subconscious mind. If you keep repeating this phrase, you will feel helpless. It is how you fool yourself into thinking you are helpless.
What you should do is say the opposite, even if you don’t mean it: “Yes, I can do the job. If he can do the job, I can do better. All I need is training, knowledge and experience. Yes ” , I can do it. “If the person keeps repeating this type of phrase in his mind, he will eventually succeed in getting the job done. He has continued to produce positive chemicals to keep his subconscious mind open to all possibilities. Please be aware when you find yourself saying negative words. It could lead to disastrous consequences even if you didn’t mean them seriously.They affect your perceptions and reinforce your negative thinking.
In the same way, a person can delude himself into believing that he is on the right track when he says “I understand.” Or I know”. In this case, the subconscious mind will immediately block further understanding of the assigned task. It is because the subconscious mind reacts to the words, not to the meaning of the word. One can easily believe that he knows everything about work and yet has not understood everything. So please be aware of how you use words in your mind. Please don’t say “I understand”. when you have not learned the meaning of what was said. That way, you will keep your mind open.
Let’s look at another example of how we use words to hypnotize ourselves when we feel good. You attend the funeral of a person you know who had a reckless past and was a difficult person who never listened to anyone. But the person in the pulpit says all the good things about him. Tears fill your eyes, even if you are not sad. Why? It is because words have a direct effect on our subconscious mind. We have no control. Here, we are comforting ourselves with words, whether we mean them or not. This is why we never hear harsh language at any funeral.
Let’s consider smokers. They say they know smoking is bad for them, but they continue to smoke. They don’t realize that they use words in their mind that keep them smoking. They should be aware of this because it is just a habit and say the opposite of what they feel, like “I hate smoking. It is a dirty and disgusting habit. I hate smoking.” If they keep repeating these kinds of phrases, it will be easier for them to kick their habit. Better yet, they should also use the power of perception to help themselves where they can instantly quit smoking.
Again, if you suffer from any chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, etc., it is even more vital to straighten your perceptions. You are in this position because your immune system has been damaged. You can help yourself by changing the way you think and your approach to life. So if you harbor hatred, anger, bitterness, resentment, or any negative feelings in your mind, be aware that you are producing harmful chemicals that can further damage your immune system. They are detrimental to physical and psychological health. Please be aware of these words. Replace all negative words with positive words. The best part is, you don’t have to mean them or focus on the words and see how quickly you start to feel better.
As you can see from above, you don’t know yourself until you begin to understand your subconscious mind. The world is manipulating you. Therefore, it is easy for a person to feel depressed or suicidal just by speaking negatively. Without a vision of one’s own mind and without any self-knowledge or understanding of how our mind works, one can easily convince oneself to take action that can lead to disastrous consequences.
After reading the above, can you still trust that you will take yourself seriously? I have written this article to give you an idea of your mind. If it helps you make sense, it means you have some understanding. If not, it will have the same effect as reading the Holy Book in front of a buffalo. The thirst for self-knowledge has to come from within. You can lead a horse into the water, but you cannot force it to drink.