The Human Mind

The human mind is a unique and powerful phenomenon in the Universe. The intelligence that created us endowed us with enormous creative abilities that can be utilized once we understand how the mind works.

The human mind has been described as a “psycho-cybernetic” mechanism. This means that it responds to stimuli from the environment according to how it has been programmed from years of repetition and experience. The term “psycho” refers to the mind and the term “cybernetic” refers to a self-regulating feedback system. It is a system that, for the most part, operates automatically, according to how it is programmed. An analogy to this operation is the thermostat in your home. If the thermostat is set at 72 degrees, and the temperature falls below this level, the thermostat will sense the deviation from the programmed setting, and send an electrical impulse to the furnace which calls for the programmed response, i.e. more heat.

During the first 7 years of life, our minds are downloading information from our environment and forming conclusions and beliefs about who we are and how we relate to the world around us. Our parents, teachers, friends, enemies, and all others we come in contact with influence our perceptions of who we are, and what our potential is in various areas of life. These perceptions form our motivations and attitudes regarding the world around us. This process does not need any conscious intervention and occurs automatically. By the end of the first 7 years, most of our personality traits and automatic responses to most stimuli are already programmed into our minds. This process occurs through repetition and the programs that are recorded are imprinted into our subconscious mind. Some of these programs are beneficial to you later in life, and some are not. These programs remain in place and operate automatically to corresponding stimuli, until the program is changed or replaced with another program. The mind is therefore the interface between you and the world around you. It influences, along with all of its embedded programs, how you perceive reality and interpret what happens in your life.

When you attempt conscious change in your life, your subconscious mind resists adapting to the deviation from the established program. It must then do everything it can to keep you within the established boundaries of the existing programs (much like the thermostat regulates the temperature of your home). You therefore cannot affect lasting change on the outside without first affecting change on the inside of your subconscious mind. You must change the “image” on the inside in order to change the image on the outside. You must effectively reprogram your subconscious mind with new, more beneficial programs that are consistent with your conscious desires.

There are two basic areas of the human mind. The conscious mind, which is the creative, logical, thinking mind, and the subconscious mind, which is the intuitive, reflexive mind which operates automatically, based on the assumptions it has internalized as “facts”. The subconscious mind directs actions and reactions to external and internal events (thoughts) according to what it has learned through experience. The majority of your physical actions and reactions are governed by your subconscious mind and occur automatically, without your conscious awareness. In addition to your actions, all of your body functions such as your autonomic nervous system, including the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, control everything that goes on in your body. These systems include, digestion, blood pressure, heart and breathing rates, metabolism, sexual response, production of body fluids (saliva, sweat and tears), urination, defecation etc. These processes are regulated by the subconscious mind without any conscious effort on your part. It is all done automatically as the name implies.

In a like manner, many of the responses in your daily life, and therefore your reaction to certain events, occur automatically consistent with the programs that are currently in place.

In the following chapters, these concepts will be explored further, as well as discussing the importance of feelings and emotions in the creative process.

Taken from Chapter III of “Being and Becoming” which will be published later this summer on Amazon.


About Greg Roukema

25 year experience in finance, investment, commercial real estate, and private equity.
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