The ability to be conscious of the power of your mind, to “believe in” its power, to tap that power and choose how you will use it, are all part of the mind’s marvel. Is the mind more than the brain? Is consciousness the steam that comes from the engine of the brain or is consciousness the coal that drives the train?
Either way, the brain itself is spectacular. As the neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran said,
A piece of your brain the size of a grain of sand would contain one hundred thousand neurons, two million axons and one billion synapses, all “talking to” each other.
At the least I would say that the mind is more than the logical workings of the brain, and more than the conscious processes of the brain. It includes impulse and intuition, and the ability to witness yourself reflecting and growing and connecting with other beings in profound ways. It includes herculean stamina you didn’t know you had, powerful passion you didn’t know you felt and expanding care for those beyond your close circle. It can make creative connections you didn’t know where there and create beauty beyond your wildest dreams.
If you need to be convinced of the phenomenal power of the mind, read this statement-
I cdnuolt blveiee I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmaun mnid! Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer inwaht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh, and I awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt.
The mind is powerful. It can make or break your intentions for 2012. Tap into the power of your mind, transform your thoughts, and you will transform your life. The Bible describes this as “being transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
To begin the renewal, give your mind the respect it deserves. Think for yourself and test everything you hear. This is especially important in an election year when the circus is in town. Make sure you aren’t caught a few clowns short of a circus in your own responsibility to think clearly and freely about the issues. (read on for more about the power of mind)
It’s easy to get lazy. High on most peoples’ analysis of 2011 are greedy corporations and dysfunctional political systems. No doubt there is a partial truth to this. But keep in mind that this all happened while WE THE PEOPLE turned a blind eye or lived in denial or failed to speak up until very late in the process. We allowed it to happen. Democracies include an expectation that “we the people” stay informed, think critically, speak freely, vote responsibly and nurture moral consciousness.
We the people got lazy and forgot our power; primarily a power of the mind. We fall for political rhetoric as if politicians are doctors handing out placebos. Then we get disappointed when things don’t work out, or don’t work out as quickly as we hope, and very quickly the placebo turns into a nocebo (feeling harm or negative effects from sugar pills). I heard a classic example of the placebo affect recently. A customer was complaining to his pharmacist that his capsules weren’t working. The pharmacist said, “You’re taking them the wrong way. You have to make sure the green half goes in first. A week later, the customer stopped by to thank the pharmacist. He said he was feeling much better. He said the capsules were now working fine.
The interesting thing about placebos is that their effect seems to be getting stronger. Historically, in research studies, about a third of the people tested were responsive to a placebo. More recently, these numbers are in the upper sixty percent range.
We are putting too much focus outside of ourselves for the answers; whether it relates to health, politics or our spiritual path. We’re forgetting who we are, and what our minds are capable of. We’re being fooled into believing that we aren’t capable of making change happen. In 2008 Obama campaigned with the slogan “change you can believe in.” I think it’s more important to craft “beliefs you can change in.” Nurture beliefs that are optimistic and open to possibility, beliefs that can adapt to circumstances and ride the crest of a crisis without losing hope. It’s part of the power of the mind that you CAN choose and change your beliefs according to what serves you and others.
Come out head first in 2012. Claim the power of your mind to think freely and live an expansive life.
There is a place for following your doctor’s advice or trusting your preferred politicians or checking in with reputable journalists and commentators. Check in with your own common sense at the same time. Come out head first. You have more wisdom than you usually give yourself credit for. Say to yourself,
I know who I am. I claim my power. Transformation begins with the renewing of my mind. I’m coming out head first.
May yuor mnid tsnecrand ltimiitnoas.
May yuor ccssnoiusens eaxpnd in ervey deiroictn.
May you dvoescir yeuslrof to be a gterear pseorn by far tahn you eevr dmaered yulserof to be. Patanjali