No doubt you have heard that we only use 10% of our brain, well… with new research neuroscience tells us that the figure is now more like 2% or 5%. The part of the brain that we use is the conscious part of the brain. This is the seat of intelligence, this is where we do our problem solving, planning and reasoning; it is the part of the brain which houses willpower and creativity. This is the part of the brain that we must engage to create change. The remaining 95% to 98% is the unconscious part of our mind; this is the part of our mind that makes ALL decisions if we are not being present, conscious or mindful. So, this is where old programs can run over and over again, getting us the same repeating results if we are not aware…
The first step is self-awareness – by paying attention to what you are focusing on throughout your day, each day. This will create awareness as to whether your thoughts are positive or negative, motivating or sabotaging? Without self-awareness and without being present or being conscious of our thoughts, how can we create the changes necessary to correct our outdated habits and beliefs, which are the foundation of our thoughts and feelings? These are the programs that run our lives, whether these programs are serving us, or sabotaging areas in our lives such as our self-esteem, relationships, careers or health.
Of course you cannot stop your thoughts, the more you try to stop thinking certain thoughts, the more you think about them – for example, if I were to say to you, ‘Don’t think of a white polar bear?’ you will naturally think of a white polar bear, to not think of one. Rather than resist, be the observer of your thoughts and choose the ones that you are going to let pass through you (without paying attention to them) and the ones that you are going to take in. Beconscious or present regularly, so as to build on the positive thoughts, to manifest them into reality.
The best way to get a picture of what I am tying to portray is to describe what I do: I imagine a conveyor belt sitting just above my head that runs 24 hours, 7 days a week, and on that conveyor belt sits the thoughts (packages) that continuously pass through. Sometimes when there is a busy day of thoughts, one of those packages may fall off the conveyor belt and, depending on how this thought is making me feel, I place it back on the conveyor belt to move it right along. On the other hand, being the observer, watching all these thoughts (packages) go by, if I find one that is interesting, one that triggers positive emotions and heightens my awareness, I then consciously choose to take that package off the conveyor belt and give it more attention, I will reflect over it and see how or why I would want to manifest it into reality.
We so often find ourselves in our lives with the same repeating patterns over and over again – whether they appear in a different year, different time, different job or a different relationship – but the same repeating patterns or outcomes occur over and over. Have you ever asked yourself why?
We have many unconscious filters and programs that run outside of our awareness. Most of the time these programs are old programs that serve us no purpose. They may even be sabotaging our relationships or career or day-to-day experiences. That is because our unconscious mind is running the show, the unconscious mind is why we do what we do, and this is where all our habits, beliefs, memories, behaviours and old programs reside.
What you focus on expands. If you focus on positive things you will create more of it in your life, so… what are you going to focus on each day to create the life you deserve?