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The Brain - So Much You Didn't Know!

The Brain

Your internal super computer.

“The human brain is an incredible piece of equipment and the most complex structure in the known universe.” Not an overstatement but pure fact, borne out by how little we know about it and the fact that everyone has one, but they all work differently. Just think about that for a few minutes ……….. and on top of that just think about how many people, since time began, have been born and died and how many more will be born in the future and each one will have a unique brain. Just incredible.

The human brain is an incredible piece of equipment and the most complex structure in the known universe, so here’s some facts about the amazing grey matter between your ears which will give you some insight into how special it really is. The brain is processing about 2,000,000, yes two million pieces of information every second you are awake but can only remember about 150,000. Your brain accounts for only about 2% of the body’s total weight. It uses approximately 20% of the body’s total oxygen intake. It takes 40% of your protein intake. Your brain uses about 20% of your daily energy. It’s made up of around 71% water and any amount of dehydration impairs its function. Interestingly 71% of the earth is covered in water which I am sure is only coincidence isn’t it.? Consider this…. More than 100,000 chemicals reactions take place in your brain every second. And if you think you are control of your life, think again. About 95% of decisions you make are made at the unconscious level. Your conscious mind could be thought of more as an interface to that powerhouse.

The unconscious mind is responsible for almost everything that you do and how you react. As I mentioned earlier about the number of pieces of information the brain processes every second, what happens to the information that isn’t required, well three things: deleted, distorted and generalized. So the deleted bit is easy to understand, although deleted it can still be recovered if enough effort is put in, just not there for easy recollection, a bit like a hard drive on your computer or laptop. The distorted and generalized bits are where the fun begins. This is where you take things that are seen, heard or experienced and they go through lots of filters and come out the other end as your unique brain interprets and understands them. This is why two people experiencing exactly the same thing will remember differently, it’s also why each and every one of us has learned behaviors and patterns of behavior.

That is pretty interesting don’t you think? As of course it begs the question who is responsible for teaching you what you think you need to learn? Well that’s pretty difficult, a lot of what we learn, our beliefs, our values, our behavior are given to us as we grow up and they are deeply embedded. That’s why it can be very difficult to change habits, addictions and our reactions and behavior. But ultimately the responsibility is YOU, you are responsible by setting your intent clearly in the first place and allowing your unconscious mind to take in the information that will lead to the answers you desire. Notice I said allow your unconscious mind to take in the information that will lead to the answers or knowledge you desire. Your unconscious mind is incredible and one of the best aspects of your unconscious mind is that although it doesn’t get a day off and works tirelessly to look after your entire system it is basically lazy! And will take the path of least resistance to achieving a desired outcome. Which means FAST and easy…! in fact the secret is to let it do it and not to use your conscious mind in ways that will interfere with that. Remember your conscious mind is just the interface to the super computer. And you have the most complex structure in the known universe working 24 x 7 to produce whatever you want in life. If anyone has any topics they'd like me to write about, please keep it sensible and relevant, just let me know and I'll have a go.

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