What if There Were No Shackles?
Facebook Post 17/5/2016 – edited 28/3/2019.
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 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 be 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 about genius, in particular, that 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 our brain power, 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 minds.
As further example of this power, the genius inventor Thomas Edison, would often utilise the hypnagogic state. Whilst holding steel balls over metal saucers he would drift toward sleep. If he dropped the balls, this meant he’d drifted too far toward sleep, to be useful. You can find a useful recourse on this subject here.
All he required, to bypass his CCF, was the hypnagogic state
The act of dropping the ball would fully wake him. As such, in order to fully utilise the power of his imagination, he was seeking to maintain the hypnagogic state. We’re all too well aware of the wondrous results of such a process. Where would we be without the light bulb?
In addition to this, we can only wonder and speculate, on what ‘core’ beliefs Edison and Einstein had. We can be certain that their unconscious-core-beliefs only acted as an aid to their genius.
Many of the beliefs, the rest of us unconsciously hold, are having the reverse effect on being able to fully utilise the power of our minds
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. Taking things a stage further, would be to question what we hold as rigid and fixed: our generalised core beliefs. When we do this, we begin to free ourselves, from their limiting influence.