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                                    THE HEALING MIND

Wisdom has much to do with the thinking mind: how it thinks. The thinking mind can either heal or cause illnesses.

The human brain is composed of grey matters and neurons that transmit information and messages; they are the building blocks of the brain for efficient functioning of the thinking mind.

Neurons are responsible for all human behaviors in the form of perceptions, which then trigger a mental process in the thinking mind that may result in an action or an emotion. If the process becomes instinctive, then the output in the form of actions or emotions is also automatic and predictable. That is how attitudes and habits are formed, including the fight-or-flight response to any given situation. This automatic or spontaneous mental process is often not “by choice” but by instinct.

But this so-called “learned” mental process is often responsible for the way you think and act, for your beliefs and emotions, for your actions or inactions, as well as for your overall choices and decisions resulting in your behaviors.

Therefore, it is important that: you understand how your thinking mind perceives and processes all your life experiences; you recognize your instinctive or automatic mental process; you challenge its reality or validity in order to see through the myth or even the deception; and you may then ultimately change your mental process by taking the appropriate actions accordingly.

The reality is that your thinking mind processes all your life experiences, and they then become your own thoughts and memories, which are the raw materials of your thinking process. They ultimately control and dominate your thinking mind.

In short, wisdom is the capability of the thinking mind to separate the sheep from the goats, that is, the truths from the untruths. To do just that, you have to understand how your thinking mind may be, affected, either positively or negatively, by your life experiences, by your five senses, and by your subconscious mind.

Your Life Experiences and Your Thinking Mind

Your experiences in life are the byproducts of what happens to you throughout your life journey, which is determined by two pivotal players: choices and circumstances.

Choices result in actions or inactions, which often bring about consequences as well as circumstances that may affect your life in general and in specific.

Circumstances are the events that happen to you and around you. There are two types: self-inflicting internal circumstances, such as your own procrastination, affecting all the subsequent events that happen in your life; uncontrollable external circumstances, such as accidents due to no fault of your own.

To illustrate, you had to complete a project and submit a report on that. You had sufficient time to do what you were supposed to do, but you made the choice to procrastinate until the last minute. An unforeseeable event took place and made it impossible for you to finish your work on time, and thus creating a self-inflicting circumstance of frustration and undue stress that might affect the other choices you subsequently had to make.

Personal choices may not be able to alter uncontrollable external circumstances, but they may still play a primary role in your reactions and adaptations to those external circumstances that are beyond your control.

To illustrate, in the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, the Japanese people demonstrated their remarkable resilience in their reactions and subsequent adaptations to the uncontrollable external circumstances inflicted on them by nature.

Remember, your life is all about choices and consequences, and your living has much to do with causes and results-they may all become the components of your life experiences that may ultimately affect your health and the healing process of your disease.

Your Five Senses and Your Thinking Mind

The five senses form the basics of human sensations: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. But your five senses do not tell you everything; as a matter of fact, they may often give you only the half-truths.

The person who uses only the vision of his or her eyes is conditioned by what he or she sees. It is the intuition of the spirit that really perceives the reality. The wise have known for a long time that what we know through our eyes is not the same as the intuition of our spirit. If that is the case, sadly, most people rely only on what they see, thinking that “seeing is believing” and thus lose themselves in the realities of external things.

A case in point

In 1997, Richard Alexander from Indiana was convicted as a serial rapist because one of the victims and her fiancé insisted that he was the perpetrator based on what the victim and her fiancé claimed that “they saw with their own eyes.”

But the convicted man was later exonerated and then subsequently released in 2001, based on new DNA science and other forensic evidence. Experts explained that a traumatic emotional experience, such as a rape, could “distort” the perception of an individual. That explains why the woman and her fiancé “swore” that Richard Alexander was the rapist, but evidently he was not.

Likewise, a traumatic experience, such as a cancer or myasthenia gravis diagnosis, may distort how you perceive your health and healing.

Your Subconscious Mind and Your Thinking Mind

Only your thinking mind can discern the truths from the delusions, the myths, or the half-truths. Only you have the answers to all the questions you ask about your own health and healing. To seek the truthful answers, you must also know how your conscious mind and your subconscious mind may work in your life.

The thinking mind -- the consciousness of the brain -- has two components: the conscious mind, and the subconscious mind. All your life experiences and perceptions of what happens to you processed by your five senses are stored in both your conscious mind and your subconscious mind.

Unlike your conscious mind, your subconscious mind embraces indiscriminately all your life experiences and perceptions of those happenings encountered in your life. Your subconscious mind is like the basement of your house, where you dump all the physical possessions you have been hoarding over the years.

Your conscious mind, on the other hand, is like the living area in your house, where you proudly display only some of the physical possessions that you may have chosen according to your likes and dislikes, such as a piece of antique furniture in the living room, or an original painting hanging on the wall in the dining room.

Your conscious mind filters all your thoughts -- what you think is appropriate or relevant to your mental storage. In other words, your conscious mind consciously chooses what it wants to remember. Your subconscious mind, on the other hand, simply absorbs all your mental perceptions and reactions to all your experiences; it does not have the power to reason or to analyze any of your mental input. That is to say, it may not be able to tell the half-truths from the whole truths. Yet, it is your subconscious mind that controls your whole being, because your subconscious mind dominates your conscious mind. Yes, your conscious mind makes decisions, but it is your subconscious mind that directs and manipulates your conscious mind.

To illustrate, if you immediately turn on the TV as soon as you get home from work, most probably it is your subconscious mind telling your conscious mind that now is the time for relaxation and for watching the television. Likewise, many people talk on the cell phone while driving -- that, too, is, their subconscious mind doing the driving, while their conscious mind is doing the talking.

Therefore, do not let your subconscious mind control and direct your conscious mind. Instead, learn to gain access to your subconscious mind through a mental dialogue in order to find out what is actually going on in your subconscious mind.

Meditation is an effective way of having a mental dialogue with the subconscious mind. Just like going through everything accumulated in your basement, you may find something valuable or totally trash to you; you may also find something that brings back good as well as bad memories. This internal mental dialogue of meditation with your subconscious mind may help you find out what is going on back there, and help you look more objectively and non-judgmentally at all the thoughts associated with your past experiences that have been stored in your subconscious mind over the years.

Remember, the mind can heal or make you sick. Make your mind the healing mind.

Stephen Lau

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