Picking up from yesterday’s posting:
Just as we have created over- and under-inclusive national laws and policies, the brain has a built-in legislative function that does the same thing. It’s no coincidence: Since we used our minds to create the legislative arm and our laws, doesn’t it make sense that this function would mirror our minds?
As explained in my March 9th Blog, until around ages 10-12, the human mind really only has the substance of the right, creative, abstract “subconscious” part of the mind. One’s capacity to discern is not fully developed at this stage and the mind’s focus is on surviving and developing as a person.
In survival mode, we are in the same protective lawmaking mode as Congress, only we develop personal beliefs, rules, habits and behaviors. These enable easy adaptation to the people for whom we depend upon for survival and they also help us to get along in our communities. Thus, the same goals of harmony and protection exist. Also, this same part of the mind regulates our bodies as well.
With little discernment or independence during this early stage of development, the mind absorbs the thoughts of those its environment (espoused at home and out in the world) and takes instructions and statements very literally. Think about how literally kids take our statements and how they don’t understand “no, not, never.” It is because they have no discernment capability yet, and the creative mind learns through association, metaphors and positive terms. Upon absorption of these associations, the mind quickly devises rules so that it can operate automatically from the learning and turn its attention to acquiring more knowledge and skills.
This automated rule-making function can be of great value in certain circumstances. Example: When learning a language, which is key to connecting with others (a baseline of survival), the mind first absorbs the ability to understand and speak sounds, then letters, then words, then paragraphs and so on. It quickly creates a language program that runs on autopilot so that ultimately we can speak without thinking about how to speak.
This enables us to focus on the substance of what is being communicated so that we can absorb more knowledge and strengthen our connections with others. This is crucial to our expansion. Otherwise, we would have to use our focus on the language itself and couldn’t accomplish much beyond speaking. Driving ability, sports, any skill, any profession and much more are accomplished because of this brilliant part of the mind. We have even designed our technology to work this way as it advances into more and more of an automated state, creating efficiency and ease, allowing us to focus on further expansion.
However, the mind also creates temporary rules that are brilliant only in the short-term and harm us in the long-term if we don’t consciously adapt or delete them.
The mind is amazing in how it helps us to advance through this knowledge absorption, storage capacity and autopilot program implementation. However, in the early stage of under-developed discernment, we also trade our ability to follow our own inner-wisdom because we depend on others who may disagree with our wisdom and because our focus is on learning how to be human. It’s much easier to get along with those for whom we depend when we model their beliefs and habits and adapt ourselves. It’s more harmonious to block our intuition, especially when it conflicts with their beliefs.
At this stage, the mind creates numerous rules that are only temporarily helpful and effective for the context/time/situation (although they may save a child’s life in some cases). Many times, they are simply not absolute truths. However, in our developing mode, we often absorb beliefs about the world and ourselves that are false and then tuck them away from our conscious awareness. We forget about them in the same way we forget about the details of speaking a language after we begin to speak automatically. These limiting beliefs, or illusions, operate on autopilot.
We continue to create our lives from these programs even after we have reached independence (which renders them purposeless). We continue to use them even when they hurt us because we are totally unaware of their existence and often forget our power to adapt or delete them. The mind will continue to run them until it is told that it is safe to do something different and is given a specific directive to change, which can easily be done using hypnotherapy or hypnosis.
I find it interesting that most of us (including me until a few years ago) go so far as to deny that our minds do this and feel ashamed when life circumstances mirror back these outdated rules. Since we usually don’t remember the initial brilliance behind the rule or even know the rule exists, we feel stupid and will often blame something or someone else instead of owning and upgrading it. There may have been some truth to that when the rule was adapted—as a kid, there’s not much choice but to adapt to others—again, they have little discernment. An important part of being an AmeriCAN, though, is accepting that the human mind does this, that we are humans, and that we can choose to update/delete these over- and under-inclusive laws. We are independent! We have power. (I will talk more about how people are transforming these over-and-under-inclusive programs later.)
Examples of how our mental legislature passes over- and under- rules:
v False discrimination is a common protective mechanism: A kid has a negative experience with another person who is a certain race or practices a certain religion or has a certain color hair or speaks with a certain accent or is a certain height, etc. The mind associates the negative experience with the innocent external factor and forms an erroneous discriminatory rule to avoid and protect against having another negative experience (over-inclusive). It doesn’t include the cause, so it fails to provide complete protection (under-inclusive). By including a false factor, the person misses out on many positive connections and may engage in harmful behavior. Lawsuits are manifestations of limiting beliefs.
v Many of us form allergies and food intolerances this way:
- A kid is eating an apple when someone delivers shocking/sad/scary news to him/her. The body reacts with a stress response and the subconscious mind associates the apple with danger and forms a protective program to alert the body next time an apple is digested. Other rules are likely formed in this process as well, but this one is over-inclusive because it includes the apple, which is harmless. Adults can form such intolerances, too, when physical protection is involved because survival trumps discernment. No time to think, must act and will do so quickly through association.
- A kid goes to someone’s house to play with a friend and the mom is overbearing, strict and a little frightening. There’s a cat there that the kid enjoys petting while she’s stressed and the subconscious mind associates fear and stress with the cat. The kid has an allergic reaction and is taken to the hospital. Next time she pets a cat, she has an allergic reaction. The beauty of this initial allergic reaction is that, in the interim, it succeeded in rescuing the kid from being around the overbearing woman. Long term, it restricted her from something she liked (over-inclusive).
- Many really successful people develop illusions about themselves such as, “I’m only valuable when I’m producing or helping others.” (See March 9th Blog) (Not true. Babies are valuable; they can’t do much at all. Our true value is our wisdom.) This is an example of a fragmented belief that many kids adopt when they are learning how to be productive in school and elsewhere. Under this program, a person will focus all of his/her time on producing and helping others and leave no time for the body to be nourished, restored and fed non-fast food. The subconscious mind can sometimes correct this extreme imbalance with a food intolerance (i.e. Gluten, which is in a lot of unhealthy foods as well as some healthy foods) that, until discovered, will knock the person into bed, forcing restoration.
Even after it’s discovered, a conscious effort to pay attention to what one eats is made, so the program continues to serve a purpose, but it’s under-inclusive and over-inclusive because the person still doesn’t get enough sleep or exercise and yet gluten is ousted (over-inclusive) even though it’s innocent.
You get the idea that the subconscious mind creates imperfect laws based on erroneous associations (we called that a red herring logical fallacy in law school), and they are under- and over-inclusive. They help in the short-term but then later create chaos when they don’t apply. In essence, these imperfect rules conflict with one’s intuitive wisdom, and because they are intended to protect us, they often trump wisdom. When the subconscious mind understands that it is safe and necessary to make the switch to operate based on wisdom, it does so eagerly because ultimately, it aims to help us be successful. The more we are able to clear out these erroneous rules, the easier it is to be grounded in wisdom.
More fertilizer to come in Part 4, and we can begin to directly build a bridge between our minds and what we are creating on a national (and economic) scale.