Here’s a scenario.
You wake up one morning and in a moment of inspiration, you wake with a new idea. So, you jump out of bed excitedly, forgoing your morning ritual of your partner feeding you grapes and orange juice. Why? Because you’ve just had an inspirational moment as you awoke, so you are on a mission to achievement.
By 12 noon, you have been inundated with all the usual reminders that encourage you to ‘give up’. Your sub-vocalisation (the internal voice of ego) is whispering inside the dungeon of your mind “don’t do it”, “you’re not good enough”, “everyone will think you’re silly”, “what if you fail?”. This….is ego at work.
So, as you read this message, your have three brain regions firing all at one time. Your frontal lobe, the creative centre that makes us different to all of the other creatures on the planet, the limbic system which produces chemicals as you read this message, and your cerebellum where your old limited beliefs take up residency.
The problem is, that two of these brain regions are at war with each other, and in this war, there is only one victim to the atrocity of the ego…. YOU. Yep, you are the victim in this battle of wits. You are imprisoned by your old thoughts which we call the ego. It’s all in the video at the bottom of this message. But just before you go there, let me explain a little more.
The ego, is the subconscious mind. It takes up residence in the cerebellum, the brain region just near the medulla, above the spinal cord which has neurotransmitters for body to brain messages and vice versa. The cerebellum is a brain executive (it’s in charge). It has a direct hotline to your old beliefs, and it helps the body-mind connection (you) to make decisions. Decisions have nothing to do with the past but have everything to do with the future.
BUT, here’s our self-made prison…the cerebellum is polluted with misinformation. It needs information to make decisions, and if that information is incorrect, then the decisions we make are also incorrect, we are basically imprisoned within the walls of a prison of misbelief. A recent study proved, that almost half of the experiences we say we had growing up, never took place, ever. BOOM. That’s huge! Why? Because the brain relies on past experience to make subconscious decisions that affect our futures. Bad info means bad decisions which lead to a bad life. You may already be experiencing that…. without knowing why? You can conclude that you don’t even know yourself.
Here’s an example. Your Uncle Bob has a beard. He’s your Dad’s brother. Your Mum has been mentioning at the dinner table that she doesn’t like Bob. You listen to story, even if you are only listening subconsciously. You try to figure out in your mind why she doesn’t like Uncle Bob, but you can’t quite find a reason.
Then one night, you are allowed to stay up late for the very first time. There’s a thriller on TV rated ‘M’, and because you are getting older, you are allowed watch it. It’s full of high emotion and it’s a little scary too. In the movie there’s a killer on the loose, killing kids at a school summer camp. Your summer camp is coming up next year. Finally, near the end of the movie, the face of the killer is revealed, and he has a beard. You go to bed and you are thinking about the movie, the murderer and the upcoming school camp. Your ‘nurtured nervous system’ goes into protective mode and makes a subconscious decision that men with beards are bad. Bingo, you’ve just built a thought followed by an emotion which we call ‘a habit’. Now, and for the rest of your life, you wont trust men with beards. Why? Because that’s the way the brain works, whether you like it or not. Oh wait…. we forgot about uncle Bob.
Your brain hasn’t finished pattern matching yet. As it does, it subconsciously concludes that Bob too, can’t be trusted. All Bob was actually guilty of was pushing your mums’ emotional buttons at a BBQ 13 years ago, for which she will be eternally unforgiving. What you didn’t know is that lots of people push your mums’ buttons and she gets upset. What you also didn’t know is that uncle Bob is a generous man, with a good heart. He’s a loving and kind dad to his kids. He’s a church goer. In fact, the Pope has been planning on canonising him if he dies. This is how great Bob is.
But that won’t matter to your mind. Unless you have some other stimulus about Bob, your mind is made up. Men with beards cant be trusted, period.
Fast forward to 35 years later, you are putting out a tender to contractors, for the company you are employed by. There are three tender applicants. All of them are coming to your office for a meeting. Two of the three just randomly happen to have beards and the third is an absolute crook.
Who do you think your ‘ego’ will award the job too?
Yep, you got it. Bad information, bad decisions. Watch the video.