How the mind moves a person through the world is interesting and I take keen interest in how it works and how much I can possibly get out of it.
The mind has two parts – the subconscious mind is the original brain and can process up to 40 million bits of data from the environment every second, and then there is the conscious part. The first is very powerful and very fast but it’s totally habitual. It’s not creative and only plays back what it learns.
In evolution, the frontal part of the brain gave rise to consciousness. Consequently, creativity is an add-on option, and many people don’t exercise it that much.
And it can process only about 40 bits of data per second, which makes the subconscious mind million times more powerful.
That’s why in emergency or stress people operate from the first one - it can handle a lot of data simultaneously.
They say that we’re conscious for about five percent of our cognitive activity. Therein lies the problem for some – if you’re more than that, you may struggle a little. Of course, there is a flip side to that statement – if you’re creative, then you will figure out how to make best of it, even if there is no manual how to do it.
A great example of human creativity is Las Vegas – a city that has no reason to be where it is. It’s not located in a natural harbor, at a river or in the arable land – it’s in the desert, the heat gets unbearable and there is no water nowhere close to it. And yet it is one of the fastest growing cities in North America – the level of creativity and collaboration there is impressive.
It could be that we spend too much time talking about the genes, but there is something more important shaping human interaction. Each of us is made out of some 50 trillion cells and they all are living entities. Every cell in your body has a minus voltage on the inside and positive voltage of the outside. Every live cell is a battery – each one about 1.4 volts. Multiply it by the number of cells – it’s about 700 trillion volts of electricity in your body right now. So, while you see yourself as a physical entity, you’re an energy wave that interacts with others. Ever wondered why you turned to a person in the next car because you felt like she just looked at you? Your thoughts are not contained in your head – they’re out there.
All plants and animals communicate with vibration – the gazelle doesn’t have to go to the lion to find out if he is a friend. She feels the bad vibes from the distance.
If we, when we were young, were thought to be sensitive to these vibrations we wouldn’t find ourselves in bad relationships and bad places. But we are usually told to go with what people say and language was designed in some part to hide feelings.
It is vital to recognize that your thoughts and your judgments are not just connected to you – they’re connected to other people. The person that will respond to your thoughts is the one that is harmonically resonant. All you need to do is find her.
Tom Kubiak is the author of The Traveler