Raise your hand.
Is your hand up? Good. You just willed your hand to lift up, and it did.
Did you tell the muscles to work?
Did you tell which muscle how much to contract?
No, you only willed it, and it happened.
At any one moment, your brain is creatively performing about 400 billion actions, and you are only conscious of around 2000. That is 0.0000005%, or one in two hundred million.
If we take ourselves to be this consciousness that directs our body, then we are a small part of a much larger structure. We, the thing that we can actively control, is only 0.0000005% of our brain activity. So, what is happening in the rest of your brain that you are not aware of?
Right now, your posture is being maintained subconsciously, your breathing, heartbeat and thousands of other internal functions are being regulated in a delicate balance of 2 million different proteins, nearly 47000 different enzymes, over 100 types of neurotransmitters, vitamins, antioxidants, fatty acids, nucleic acids – taking care of the body’s 100 trillion cells, making sure each are healthy, fed, clean and connected, where they should be. It’s enough to exhaust you just thinking about it.
The point of keeping the body going well and working optimally is so that the mind is free to do what it does best: experience.
The scale of this is like the population of four whole South Africas (200 million people) working just for you, all behind the scenes and working together handling a massive and mind-blowingly complex process so that you can use Facebook, play solitaire when you should be working, wash the dishes, eat pizza, have a conversation, go to gym, fall in love, or anything.
The subconscious is responsible for many mental and emotional processes, in addition to the physical. Even as you read this, allowing your subconscious to move your eyes and interpret the symbols, your consciousness is only focused on the meaning extracted from the reading.
Your subconscious is automatically making sense of the sensory data, fitting it into a shape that it understands and expects, then going back into memory and attaching value, emotion and meaning to it. This refined and meaningful information is then handed to you, the experiencer.
A good metaphor is the computer. With millions of calculations going on every second and complicated exchanges of data that we are unaware of; the only thing we are concerned with is the images presented to us on the screen; meaningful and ready for us to consume and understand.
We can easily see the profound role the subconscious plays in our lives and the value of interacting as best as possible with it. The catch is the subconscious is not good at filtering or evaluating what it stores. So what can happen is the information presented to us can be tainted by negative feelings, understandings or experiences. We may not be aware of this, because to us it feels and seems real as everything else.
What potential do you have to realize if your subconscious was accurately aligned and did its job in such a way to empower you? What could you do if all your false limitations, even the ones that you don’t know about were dropped?
Something to consider
“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.”- Lao Tzu
“Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretence. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” -Adyashanti
If “we” are only 0.0000005% of our brain, what part are we of our bodies?
We define ourselves by our interactions and experiences. We can see that the physical body we use mostly and consistently obeys our instructions. This body allows us to interact with things that we have learned are outside of our direct control, leading us to believe that this body is me.
Are we our hand?
Well yes; a hand is a part of us, a part of a greater structure -the body- which may be considered a small part of a greater structure, a family, and so on until we get to us being a smaller part of the universe.
Where did we start? When we were born? This consciousness that you have probably developed between 18-24 months; this is when humans become aware of themselves. It seems that consciousness is a product of your brain, the nature and composition of your nervous system.
The body (and brain) you are using is a product of 14 billion years of change. The chemicals and atoms that make up your body were created in the big bang and altered with the heat of stars to be what they are today. Your body has been around in some form, since the big bang 14 billion years ago. It has been in stars, supernovae, long dead galaxies millions of kilometers away. The energy that you use, that you are, is the original energy of the creation of the universe itself.
You are 14 billion years old. You are the universe, with your subconscious providing and supporting you behind the scenes with 200 million times your consciousness. What is impossible for you?
Life cannot be against you because you are Life itself;
it can only be against your ego projection.
“So to describe myself in a scientific way, I must also describe my surroundings, which is a clumsy way of getting around to the realization that you are the entire universe.”
– Alan Watts
“You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself. What an amazing miracle.”
– Eckhart Tolle
Understand your mind.