What if There Were No Shackles?
Facebook Post 17/5/2016 – edited.
What is a free mind? And when a mind is truly free what do you imagine it could achieve?
Scientist and philosophers have posed this question in numerous ways in the past, and their conclusions, have of course been based on the understanding and knowledge of the day. Now though the modern world has opened up this kind of debate to all of us. Film is often used – and not always on an entirely conscious level – as a means of doing this. Never underestimate the power of film, either as an educational, thought provoking tool, or a means of pedalling propaganda. Let’s take a look at one of the more modern examples of this, a film entitled: Lucy.
Where this film initially falls down is in its assumption that we humans only use 10% of our brains
By modern means we now know that there is in fact no part of the brain we under utilise. All of the brain’s mass is used, just not simultaneously, but at varying points during our sleeping and waking hours. We can accept, for a Hollywood script to work, inaccuracies are common place, even so and if nothing else, this film is a fun way of demonstrating, how when we use the power of our imagination, it’s possible to dream up all kinds of magic.
Magic that at times does become reality. Who would have ever thought the magic of the sixties Star Trek communicators, for example, would become the modern Smartphone’s we have today; quite remarkable.
So, if we’re already utilising all of our brain, how can we improve? Well this brings me back to my initial question: What is a free mind?
Put in its simplest terms a free mind is one that has easy communication between its parts: consciousness and unconscious. What stands in the way of this easy communication is a filtering system between these two parts; this is known as the conscious critical faculty (CCF). We can further describe these critical filters as our specific understandings of the world learnt from birth, i.e our CCF lets us know that water is wet and fire can dangerous, or useful, depending on how we use it.
A free mind, is one that has the minimum level of conflict, between what is unconscious and that which is conscious
A free mind is one that has the minimum level of rigid, dogmatic generalised unconscious beliefs, that conflict with our CCF. Nothing is fixed or certain in a totally free mind. Due to this absence – of fixed and rigid beliefs – it is flexible and bending in its approach to all things. A mind that has become ‘one’ with itself is also a useful way of explaining this concept. Once we’ve become ‘one’ with our mind we’re then better able to approach and change core beliefs. Now, think of Albert Einstein.
Albert Einstein had a very powerful imagination
Einstein was able to conduct ‘thought experiments’ within his mind in order to postulate and test out his theories to himself. Being one with his imagination (unconscious mind) will be the difference that made the difference. So it’s not so much that the vast majority of us don’t fully utilise the power of our brains, it’s that we’re not one with our unconscious mind. We’re allowing everyday thoughts of past and future, and our critical filters to prevent us from fully utilising our powerful unconscious.
Enter meditation and hypnosis. It’s said that Einstein would enter a trance state whilst holding a small ball. If he dropped the ball this meant he had drifted too far toward sleep to be useful.
All he required, to bypass his CCF, was a light trance
The act of dropping the ball would wake him, and as such, he was controlling the level of his trance in order to fully utilise the power of his imagination and unconscious. We’re all too well aware of the wondrous results of such a process. E certainly does = MC2. We can only wonder and speculate on what ‘core’ beliefs Einstein had. We can be certain that his unconscious-core-beliefs only acted as an aid in his genius. Many of the beliefs we unconscious hold are currently having the reverse effect to genius. Confusion is the game.
Freeing our minds will help us to find our own personal level of genius. It starts by remaining, as much as is humanly possible, in the present moment. Also by questioning those things we hold as rigid and fixed – our generalised core beliefs – we’re beginning to free ourselves from their potentially limiting influence.