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The unconscious mind cannot tell the difference between what is vividly imagined and what is real. You may find this difficult to believe at first, so try this simple exercise.

Close your eyes for a moment. Do your best to clear your mind of all images and thoughts (as much as possible). Imagine that you are holding a fresh, juicy lemon in your hand; imagine feeling its skin, rolling it around your hands and smelling its scent. Imagine biting into it and the resistance of the peel before the flowing of the juices down your chin. It is sweet, sour and a little bit sticky.

Is your mouth watering yet?

Some people even start scratching when they hear about someone or something with fleas or lice!

The brain doesn’t know the difference between the material external world outside you and the world inside your head, the world as you perceive it to be. It creates an ‘internal representation’ of the outside world.

The eyes see more than the brain can process. The brain cannot possibly process everything that you see (every stimulus, every sight and every input) without it becoming overwhelmed with information. We have evolved to see the world in bits and pieces. In fact, you typically see less than 2% of the information that is actually available. The other 98% is there, but we are unaware of its existence in the external world.

It’s just like a movie film or flicker book of a matchstick man. When you flick the pages quickly it appears that the man is moving. If you look at a movie film strip you see it as a series of individual freeze-frame images. Only when the film is run at the correct speed through the projector does it actually appear to be a continuous moving picture. The brain edits out the gaps between the frames and presents for you an image of dynamic movement, after being filtered through your conditioned mind.

The brain is wired to present to you what you believe to be true. It creates and matches patterns that already existed in your life through your past conditioning and experiences. It creates and maintains familiar illusions that it can represent to you when you ask it to.

What does ‘conditioning’ mean?

Conditioning refers to the ‘normal’ or usual responses that you have to certain external events and circumstances. It means how you typically react and behave. It means the way that you create your experiences and how you respond to them. Your conditioning also influences how you make your internal representations. These conditions are the patterns and programs that we create in our lives.

These internal representations are also influenced by your emotions and past experiences to create your own unique world view. A world from your very own singular perspective based on the incoming stimuli and your state of mind at that moment in time. Your state of mind and your internal representations effectively filter (deletes, distorts and generalizes) over 98% of the external information. It is still there, of course, but you are unaffected and unaware of it.

It is your state of mind that controls the internal representation and it is this, rather than the external environment that determines how you feel and behave and how you feel directly effects what you experience. The accepted neurological truth is that when you interrupt a neurological pattern, your brain creates a new pathway (connections) and so by understanding how these patterns are created and how you apply your own filters, is an important first step to being able to change these patterns.

I was of the strong opinion, a this will be a huge surprise to those who know me, that my responses and behaviours were considered, logical and rational. Yes, I have emotions but they don’t influence my ‘truth’ let alone my behaviour.

Mmmm, maybe I am not quite in control of myself as I thought I was! Maybe I am just a conditioned response machine that can only function effectively by shutting out 98% of the big picture?

Excerpt from You! In A Nutshell Warren Adams and Philip A Birch
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B-W-Help-Y-B-Self-300x212We all have a unique way of processing and experiencing our world
We do this in ways that we as individuals have been conditioned and programmed to process and experience it. How this information is processed and how then we project this into our view of the world directly influences how we experience it.

By understanding how the body/mind works and by developing more flexibility, balance and inner strength you can develop the ability to stay in a good state of mind for the majority of the time.Look at it like yoga for the brain.  It should be your choice to have the life you would like to experience not the one you have been conditioned to experience.

In A Nutshell we provide you with the simplest, quickest and most practical solutions that you can apply in your own way, in your own time, in your own world.  Our aim is simply to be as simple as we can possibly be, to allow you to choose whether to change or not and, if you do, how to do it if you wish.

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