Friday, June 1, 2018

You Are the Master Programmer

by John Boodhansingh of Zero Mindfulness

In each moment of life, your senses receive uncounted inputs from the external world.

So overwhelming could this potentially be that your brain allows only a tiny fraction of these inputs to become conscious.

In other words, you remain mostly unaware of most of your life experience.

To some degree, this is understandable. When walking past a newspaper stand, you don’t need to consciously know every letter and word your eyes pick up, directly or peripherally. (It’s probably all disinformation, anyway.) Or when walking around at a carnival, you’ve no need to consciously key in on every conversation of every person within a 200-foot radius.

But after thanking your brain for vigilantly protecting you from Data Overload Syndrome, you may wish to consider that you are still the one who decides, in very large part, how much of your experience you perceive consciously and what specific aspects of it.

For it is your personal set of beliefs (thousands of them) that your mind uses to determine what is filtered both into and out of your consciousness awareness.

As an example, if you don't believe in UFOs, then you'll "never" see them. Barring some unknown soul choice to the contrary, due to the Law of Free Will, life will either not present UFOs to you, or if it does, your mind will come up with any reason required as to why any unidentified flying objects you see are, unquestionably, balloons, swamp gas, or a new species of bird.

Or if you believe in a certain religion, then life will seem to present to you, via your mind’s perceptual filters (no one else’s), whatever agrees with what you have defined as “true.” Could cognitive dissonance play a role? Like “scientific faithers,” could you believe one thing intellectually but believe something “miraculous” contrary and so see, or imagine you see, both? Sure.

Alternate to both above examples, if you choose not to create beliefs about either UFOs or religion, life will present to your conscious awareness whatever is real.

If UFOs exist, you will potentially see UFOs; if religion is true, you will potentially see what is true about the religion. (Or you may not since we just don’t see all things all the time, and some things needn’t come into our lives if they needn’t come into our lives.)

You will also see what is false. If there is certain truth and certain disinfo about UFOs, you will discern it more readily; if there are certain truths in religion but also lies, you will discern them more readily.

Most people won’t choose the path of the open mind, of the unfiltered perception. They will choose the closed, filtered path instead—the one of “(fear-driven) safety” and “(uncomfortable) comfort.”

This latter path is what could be called the "Fool's Path." It's foolish because it’s based wholly on an attachment-based perception of "what I wish to be," rather than a clear-minded perception of what is.

The Fool’s Path is not in any way ideal. Which is why anyone walking that path would do well to cease believing anything at all, at least until their minds are clear enough that they can be programmed consciously.

So, while our bodies perceive everything through one sense or another, what becomes conscious to any individual is reliant upon what the individual has programmed into his or her mind, and therefore perceptual filters, as "true," "real," “acceptable.”

Decide to let reality stand by itself—precisely because reality does stand by itself—and your conscious awareness and experience will expand dramatically.

Decide to filter reality through belief, and you will remain stuck in a prison you’ll likely never be willing to believe even exists.

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