I am 36 years old.
The Earth has completed 36 rotations around the sun during my physical existence. The ultimate carnival ride, right?
As a child, I was continually exposed to Christianity. It started early. If my memory serves me well, I’d say it began at the age of 5 or 6.
On Sundays, my family and I would attend church services. My brother and I attended “Sunday School” at the church before the sermon. I guess the reason for this was to mold our young, innocent minds?
Sunday School was strange. I recall feeling
Out-Of-Place most of the time. We were always singing, listening to stories, or studying Bible verses that were “translated” into a format more suitable for children. (To help them understand, I assume)
Even at six years of age – It felt bizarre. The stories, the worship, the beliefs, and so on.
But – once church ended, so did my thoughts about religion and God. At that point, it was back to the woods to build a fort or back to the big yard to play baseball. (Ah, the life of a 6-year old boy)
I tell you this for a reason. First – to give you a sense of my early days and the religious views of my family. Second – clarity and understanding as to why I feel the way I do today.
Spirituality and Religion – two fascinating topics. Such strong emotions, faith, beliefs, lifestyle choices, and time investments are all part of the systems. – it’s all felt within, and nothing outside of ourselves can prove or disprove either.
This is where brain chemistry enters the conversation. From many of the conversations I’ve had with people about the brain – I feel the brain doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Through simple observation, I believe many take it for granted and don’t truly understand the brain’s role in nearly every aspect of their existence.
The following paragraph, including bullet points, is from webmd.com:
The brain is made up of many specialized areas that work together:
• The cortex is the outermost layer of brain cells. Thinking and voluntary movements begin in the cortex.
• The brain stem is between the spinal cord and the rest of the brain. Basic functions like breathing and sleep are controlled here.
• The basal ganglia are a cluster of structures in the center of the brain. The basal ganglia coordinate messages between multiple other brain areas.
• The cerebellum is at the base and the back of the brain. The cerebellum is responsible for coordination and balance.
The brain is also divided into several lobes:
• The frontal lobes are responsible for problem solving and judgment and motor function.
• The parietal lobes manage sensation, handwriting, and body position.
• The temporal lobes are involved with memory and hearing.
• The occipital lobes contain the brain’s visual processing system.
The brain is surrounded by a layer of tissue called the meninges. The skull (cranium) helps protect the brain from injury.”
This list is the basic functions of the brain. In fact, your brain is everything – including your thoughts and the focus you give each thought. Your brain is capable of being trained and also capable of producing life-long hallucinations – that you then see as your ‘reality.’ This is due to the synapses – the billions of nerves that communicate with the trillions of connections. Each of these connections is powered by millivolts – an electrical current that sends each process (thought or action) to the next phase of its millisecond lifespan.
It is my assumption that the more conscious attention we give each thought or action – the higher that millivolt power becomes over time. This process is most likely a process in-of-itself. That being – ideas and beliefs can be made more powerful and become a significant aspect of your subjective reality over time. Your brain at work. Fascinating stuff!
Beliefs handed down to you when you were young and continually driven as you age. The language we use and become comfortable with – phrases such as: “It is raining.” Or, along the same premise but, in the format of a question: “Is it raining?”
We all know what is implied or asked with these two examples, right?
Of course – we’re used to it.
What if I were to ask you what the “it” is that is stated in both examples?
I know what you’re thinking right now…
“If we all understand what is meant by certain phrases, what’s the issue with it?” Am I right? Something close to that, maybe?
I’ll tell you what is wrong with it –
First, it’s important to understand that these two examples are merely the tip of the tip of the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our collective understanding of this shared reality, by way of how we think/speak to each other. If we’re speaking to each other with these phrases – then those phrases/thoughts are part of the endless cycle of thoughts we all have. This is where the subjective perception of reality is developed. In deeply-rooted, fundamental beliefs and of standard, everyday existence.
What may seem harmless on the surface – is a highly-toxic hallucinogen that is growing stronger in the collective subconscious by the minute.
This hallucinogenic thought pattern – which is pushed with intense velocity by our current educational system – implies that we, as humans, are separate from nature and of the Universe.
That we are here experiencing this reality and that we are at effect to what happens around us. That we must adapt.
That we must follow the patterns of our elders.
That we must abide by our geographical/cultural standards of living.
Most importantly – We are taught we are separate, different, an alien, a cosmic Foreigner – That we are not this Universe.
Oh, my friend, this is where we went wrong. We are not something that happened to this place. We are this place. As in – this place and us – a magnificent simultaneous process.
Public educational criteria are providing a tremendous disservice to students (and the health of our species) by avoiding this topic. Life is vibrational energy. That’s all it is. That’s what WE are. That’s what this keyboard is that I am currently typing on. Our minds create this reality. We are all connected to this one energy; not one living essence is exempt from this. Our thoughts have physical properties that can be measured in the world of quantum mechanics. Don’t you think that is essential knowledge to obtain? The kind you could strap to your belt as you graduate high school?
If this stuff interests you at all and you haven’t heard of “The measurement problem in quantum physics,” I highly suggest you look into that right now. It’s even more fascinating than theoretical physicist Dr. James Gates Jr’s presentation on finding computer code within the equations they want to use to describe the cosmos. In fact, I’ll include a link to both of the videos. Watch these videos. If you’re unfamiliar with this stuff – I highly recommend you watch them both. You will not regret the time spent.
Computer Code video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvMlUepVgbA
The problem measurement video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfPeprQ7oGc
You are the entire Cosmos.
But – the definition of “I” is not the same. The definition used here is about the ego.
“Hi, my name is Billy Bob. I am an astronaut.”
In this example, Billy refers to himself as his name and occupation – which, of course, is what we were taught to do. It does have value regarding symbolization and simple communication but, it has no value in labeling yourself and furthering the understanding that we are all the entire cosmos – expressing itself through our senses.
Let me throw something in here:
You were NOT born to struggle, work a shitty job for low pay, worry about bills every payday, succumb to these potentially addictive chemicals that are dangled in front of our faces from the time we are infants, work for an evil corporation where profit is everything…and then die.
That is not your life. I hope you know this. This reality we’ve been given is not the real deal. The things we’ve been taught are mostly lies. Life is so much more, and I am on a quest to escape this mental gas chamber.
Before I go on, I want to clear up any confusion that you may have:
The brain is 100 trillion times more complex than we realize. In fact, your brain controls everything. The brain sends out an electrical signal once every 1/1,000,000th of a second.
Yes. 1/1-millionth of a second.
Cut a pie into a million pieces, literally, and start taking piece after piece until you have one million pieces of pie in front of you. Your brain essentially does that same exercise (by way of electrical impulses through the pathways of brain cells) every second of every day. The more conscious and deliberate focus we put on something, the higher the voltage within each pathway of brain cells. Higher voltage produces a higher level of understanding/skill/patience in the respected area of conscious focus.
The Brain Remembers
One of my most influential teachers was an instructor I had while taking an online course. The course’s main focus was optimizing brain function.
The instructor had a quote that went, “The brain remembers.” He said it a few times and each time, he stated that it is his “favorite brain pun.”
The brain remembers. The brain also functions on “automatic processing.” Meaning much of our daily routine is accomplished without much conscious effort. Think about it – the last time you brushed your teeth or showered – how conscious were you while taking care of these simple tasks? Of course, you were aware, but most of the action that occurred required minimum deliberate attention. This is not absent-mindedness, this is automatic processing. Its purpose is to reserve resources for the more pressing issues and instantaneous reactions that eventually will arise.
So – how does all of this tie-in with religious beliefs and social expectations? Just put – All beliefs, about anything, begin in the brain. Through continual exposure and intentional focus, those areas of the brain become dominant – thus becomes a significant aspect of your personality and your perception of the world in which you live (perceive). Does it make them the truth? No. Does it make it fact because a vast number of the human population holds the same beliefs as you? No – it does not. Am I saying you are wrong if you disagree with me? No – you’re probably right.
After all – we are all living a slightly different reality due to brain functions. The sooner we all realize this and truly understand it – the sooner we can stop fighting over dirt patches and moral/cultural differences.
Come on, humans – we are better than this. We have a neurological masterpiece in our skull yet, by-in-large, our main focus is to desperately seek ways to keep it quiet. To drown out that inner conversation. Why? Why do that?
I’ll leave you with this:
Picture yourself 30 years from today. Imagine you’ve spent the last 30 years running from your fears and your endless flow of thoughts – trying anything to keep your mind busy.
I can’t guarantee you will feel well physically 30 years from now – maybe you will and maybe you won’t but – I can guarantee you this:
If you spend the next 10, 20, 30, or even 40 years running from yourself and seeking to escape your own mind – one day you are going to wake up in the morning with the awful realization that you’ve missed the dance, the symphony, the incredibly colorful patterns of life – due to the illusion of fear.
You will regret the things you didn’t do or didn’t try FAR more than the things you did do and were not as successful as you would have liked. I know you’ve heard that expression but have you felt it? Really felt it?
Be who you are. I know it’s cliche but, it’s the number one attribute of anyone who has reached any level of personal success.
Don’t waste any more time seeking approval. Just get out there and do it.
Better yet – follow me if you don’t know where to start.
Your world. Your experience. Your consequences. Your success.
They are all waiting to take you on a beautiful cosmic ride.
As Always, Thanks for Reading.
Much Love, My Friends.