Mind/Body Connection - Mind/Body Medicine, Part 2
by Michael Braunstein
Think Less and Know More — The role of the intuitive mind in everyday life.
Dateline: April, 1998, Talladega, Ala., home of the fastest NASCAR auto race.
Racecars roar around this 2.66-mile track in central Alabama at 215 mph, pulled by 750 horsepower. Chevy Monte Carlos and Ford Taurus’s resemble only faintly the store-bought variety you see on the showroom floor. That they are fitted with solid steel roll cages to protect the drivers is a good bit of luck for those inside them. When these NASCAR athletes make a wrong move in traffic on the 35° banking here, they can send their carriages careening end over end in chain reaction devastation with the cars around them. And it happens more often than not at this, the most dangerous of tracks.
“You have to consider the guy in front of you, the one in front of him and the two behind you... and you’ve got less than a split second to figure it all out. Not even time to think,” said Jeremy Mayfield, 33-year-old driver of the #12 Ford, second in the current series point standings.
Not even time to think, he said. How do you know what to do then? There is no time to analyze. No time to equate or to judge. “Just Do It” some Portland, Ore. shoe company once liked to admonish us. And we do, without our analytical, intellectual, critical and judging part of our mind. But that is not to say that we do it mindlessly! There is very definitely mind involved. But not the intellectual one.
When we take on a body, we certainly, definitely have a mind. We couldn’t exist without one. And even just as a two-day-old, we experienced things; formed and stored memories. But we certainly did not have any kind of intellect. We categorized memories by some way but not words. We knew no words. We had no definitions in our mind to intellectualize with. But we needed somehow to interface with the world of form, so we eventually adapted a part of the mind to do that: an intellectual, critical mind that gave things words and separated out things for use. We made a part of the mind to work for “us.” This mind’s purpose was to help, “us,” whoever we want to call who “us” is, in our everyday dealings in the world of form. We began to use an intellectual power to manipulate form, drawing on guidance from the “us” that we are.
The point being, we were not born with an intellectual, analytical, conscious mind. We had to develop it. We were, however, born with a subconscious, non-analytical mind that interfaced with the physical world on a much different level than the conscious mind does. And that subconscious mind trumps the conscious one for all our days.
Mind Games Somewhere along the line, at no easily definable point in time, that new tool, the intellectual or “conscious” mind begins to think it knows it all. Well, after all, we spend years in school and tons of time reading and gathering intellectual data to make judgments. We hear and learn and watch- everything from TV to news and shows and others and parents and the entire world to get a notion of the “right” thing to do in all cases. Why, with the right kind and largest amount of data, life should be a breeze. Then why is it we so often fail in our bid for happiness if all we need is “more time to think about it? A little more information so we can make the ‘right’ decision?”
Because thinking is not what we need. At least not in that sense.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” - Albert Einstein
He really said that. The guy with arguably the most respected intellect in history was basically telling us it was not as important as imagination. Well.
The point is, our higher mind, our subconscious if you wish, is capable of providing hugely successful and imaginative solutions to nearly everything that is asked of it. We need only to get out of the way and “listen!”
But the intellect, the analytical mind, that “Chatty Kathy” or “barking dog,” that incessant yakkety-yak mind that thinks it knows best is the same one that won’t stop when we are trying to go to sleep at night. And with its overbearing ego, it thinks it always knows best. With that loudmouth mind yapping, is it any surprise we may not hear our own inner voice? Oh for just a bit of peace and quiet! Oh for peace of mind!
Ok, so we are born with a mind. Of course. But is it a mind that can define and arrange data by verbal association or analytical differentiation? No. When we are two days old or two months old, this incipient operating system is not based on intellectual skills. But we still have a mind, don’t we? And that mind processes and stores experience, doesn’t it?
Feeling is the secret. How does that initial operating system of the mind, that non-verbal, non-analytical subconscious process experience? The answer is by feeling.
Though, as a young inhabitant of this world of form we have no verbal abilities, we do have feelings. We know when something “makes” us feel happy or makes us feel sad. In fact, the way we feel is a prime motivation for learning how to talk in the first place. Empty stomach? I feel bad. Full stomach? Feels good. Full diaper? Feels bad. Dry Huggies? Feels good. Loving arms when someone holds me? Mmmm, that feels really good. And so on. Our initial, non-intellectual (subconscious) mind absorbs and categorizes by feelings and images.
But then we begin building an intellectual mind to work for us; to help us manipulate form and reach our desires. But as we mature, that initial mind that “feels,” i.e. the subconscious, still operates on feelings. That is still the more powerful and the mind that “runs” or drives us. We do things all through life based on how we feel. What happens though, is somewhere along the line, that intellectual, analytical mind that we trained, wants to become boss. It figures that it has gained so much data that it is now capable of clear, proper and infallible judgment and that if we were smart, we would hand over the guidance to it. Don’t do it! As Albert said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Next: How to access the higher mind.
Continue: Read Part 3