The study of human consciousness has seen three profoundly important discoveries emerge in the past couple of decades:
- The subconscious mind has data processing power much greater than the conscious mind; perhaps a million times greater.
- There are about as many brain cells in the human heart as in the entire brain of a dog.
- The universe and everything in it (including our bodies and minds) is a part of an interconnected energy matrix.
Each of these discoveries, considered separately, is astounding. But the combined implications are so significant that it may well change our very identity as a species more deeply than any previous knowledge about how mind is related to matter.
In his book on Cellular Consciousness, Bruce Lipton says that our subconscious mind is similar to the operating system in a computer. Its purpose is survival and growth. This programming begins in the womb and is completed in early childhood, and it determines as much as 95 percent of all your behavior. Once information is uploaded, this programming will normally remain mostly unchanged. Glitches in this programming are apparently the source of most human problems.
He writes that every living cell can at any time be in one of two modes: growth or protection. In the protection mode the chemicals normally used for growth and maintenance of the body are converted to the necessities of fight or flight, and dealing with possible wounds or trauma. Industrialization has greatly increased the number and severity of stressors. So we remain in the protection mode more and more. And we have not developed any adequate means of dealing with this. Stress overload causes cells to begin to fail which results in reduced immunes and various illnesses.
At any given time we all have in your body as many as 500 types of harmful, bacteria, virus, and the like, which can become opportunistic and make us ill. We have many generic stem cells in your blood stream that are switched on, not by DNA, but by a signal from the subconscious mind. Think of it like a radio signal that is powerful enough to affect cells that are removed some distance from your body.
Obviously you might expect that you could re-program your subconscious mind by using your conscious mind, but it isn’t quite that simple. You can consciously hold your breath until you pass out, then you begin to breath again. If the conscious and the subconscious are pitted against each other the subconscious wins.
When there are insufficient data available for the conscious mind to make a decicion, or when the is not enough time to process available data, we regularly rely on subjective information or hunches that come from the 'gut' or the 'heart' which we think of as intuition. Regular meditation is apparently the best way to develop your intuition.
Those thoughts flagged with the greatest emotion take precedence in the order of things to be considered. And we regularly make choices according to how we feel about something. Thus intuition often over-rides logic and approach and avoidance choices are likely to be emotional, especially when a speedy decision is required. The Heartmath studies offer new information about how and why this works, and how it can be turned into an advantage.
Gregg Braden believes that emotion is the very key to our how we create and sustain life. His book, The Divine Matrix, he writes that:
"There is a field of energy that connects all creation. This field, plays the role of a constsnt, a bridge, and a mirror for the beliefs within us. The field is non local and holographic. Every part of it is connected to every other, and each piece mirrors the whole on a smaller scale. We communicate with the field through the language of emotion. '
Old science tells us that we are mechanical systems governed, fundamentally, entirely by impersonal laws. But now we have come to a new understanding that we actually create our reality moment to moment. Noted physicists and mathematicians, as well as psychiatrists and neurophysiologists, are now supporting this opinion. Quantum mechanics supports the theory that personal creativity plays an essential role in our perception of the what we call reality. What we call a "quantum change" is a vivid, surprising, benevolent, and enduring personal transformation.
Some quantum changes are logical, an "aha!" that leaves a person breathless and confident of a new truth and a new way of thinking. Other quantum changes are mystical. Both kinds tend to impart a mysterious and enduring sense of peacefulness. Both mark the beginning of lasting and often pervasive changes in a person’s life. Both usually involve a significant alteration in how one perceives other people, the world, oneself, and the relationships among them.
The Law of Attraction takes the principal "Like Attracts Like" and applies it to conscious desire. That is, a person's thoughts (conscious and unconscious), emotions, and beliefs cause a change in the physical world that attracts positive or negative experiences that correspond to the aforementioned thoughts, with or without the person taking action to attain such experiences. This process has been described as "harmonious vibrations of the law of attraction", or "you get what you think about; your thoughts determine your experience".
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