I previously wrote a blog post about the capability of the human body. Now, after a few months of pondering and research, I can finally share a follow-up with some of my thoughts on what our minds are capable of.
Shall we start with the mind of a serial killer?
Maybe not, but now I have your attention, allow me to tell you about the book currently on my nightstand. It’s called “The power of your subconscious mind” by Joseph Murphy, Ph.D.
Murphy explains mind-focusing techniques that remove the subconscious obstacles preventing us from achieving the success we want and deserve.
So, what amazing things can the subconscious mind do apart from storing all our “dark thoughts”?
The subconscious mind is 30,000 times more powerful than the conscious mind. The subconscious mind does amazing things, like moving your arms and legs, keeping your blood flowing through your body, keeping your organs going, and keeping your heart beating without you having control of it.
Little compares to the storage power of the human brain. It can hold approximately three million hours of your favourite TV shows. To put this into perspective, it would take over 300 years of non-stop watching to get through.
What else is there to know about the mind?
Your mind is split into two parts, the conscious mind, and the subconscious mind (objective and subjective). Your conscious is the reasoning mind, where you make all your decisions. It includes long term memories and will power. Your subconscious mind feeds from your conscious mind, accepting the decisions and beliefs you make with your conscious mind. It stores your conscious mind’s long-term memory and controls your emotions.
Whatever your conscious mind assumes and believes as true, your subconscious mind will accept and bring to pass. Believe in good fortune, right actions, positive thoughts, and all the blessings of life.
So, how do we teach ourselves to think positively? To be happy, and believe that we are unique and to be the best version of ourselves.
Think of a ship, and you as its captain. You have a crew below deck controlling the engines. As captain, you order your crew to go full steam ahead or to slow down. Your crew must take orders from you, as they cannot see where the ship is going.
The ship is your brain
The captain is your conscious mind
The crew is your subconscious mind
Give an order to your subconscious mind to create and store all the good things in life. Replace the bad with good. Create the most amazing long-term memories. Imagine the will power you can create, and what you can accomplish with just a small change of positive thought every day.
“All that we are is the results of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become” – Buddha
When our CEO, Herman, returned home after a motorcycle accident and stint in hospital, he said, “I decided I wasn’t going to complain or bitch about my situation. I figured it’s not going to benefit me. So, I started focusing on the lessons to learn from the experience – accident and recovery. No amount of could’ve, would’ve, should’ve is going to change the situation. It is what it is – deal with it.”
Herman focused his attitude and thoughts about his situation into something positive. His conscious mind sent an order to his subconscious mind, telling it to deal with it.
You are the captain of your soul (subconscious mind) and the master of your fate. Remember, you have the capacity to choose. Choose life! Choose health! Choose happiness!
A few interesting facts about your amazing brain:
Your brain is faster than you think. It takes just 13 milliseconds to see an image.
The brain is the fattiest of all your organs (60% fat to be exact) and stops growing at the age of 18.
The brain lacks pain receptors, which is why brain surgeons can slice into the cerebral cortex of fully conscious patients.
Brains put out an astonishing amount of energy. The sleeping brain could power a 25-watt lightbulb.
Ninety minutes of sweating can temporarily shrink the brain to the equivalent of one year of aging.
A mere 5 minutes without oxygen can cause brain damage.
Multitasking makes you less productive. Your brain simply toggles back and forth rapidly between tasks. This results in decreases in attention span, learning, performance, and short-term memory.