Tiny boat on a fathomless ocean

by | February 6, 2012

You are a tiny boat hurled by waves, swirled by winds on a fathomless ocean.

There are monsters in the deep, circling ominously.

Spasmodic swells threaten to capsize you.

At times you drift drowsily through doldrums.

You panic when you lose your bearings in thick fog.

The ocean is your subconscious mind, the boat your conscious mind.

According to Harvard professor Gerald Zaltman, ninety-five percent of our thoughts, emotions, and learning occur without our conscious awareness.

Most cognitive neuroscientists concur. NeuroFocus founder Dr. A.K. Pradeep estimates it at 99.999 percent.

Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University and author of Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions, concludes from years of empirical research that:

“…we are pawns in a game whose forces we largely fail to comprehend.”

David Eagleman, neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, writes:

“…consciousness is the smallest player in the operations of the brain. Our brains run mostly on autopilot, and the conscious mind has little access to the giant and mysterious factory that runs below it.”

Dr. Richard Grant of the University of Texas explains that our relationship with our subconscious mind is the same as that with water: We can periodically and briefly swim underneath the surface and discover a hidden fantasy world shimmering with dazzling colors and sensational creatures.

But if we spend too much time below, we’ll either drown or be devoured by the monsters in the deep.

Like most people, you can toss helplessly on the ocean of subconsciousness — enslaved by unexamined and deeply embedded beliefs, a puppet on the strings of unconscious reaction.

Or you can harness the power of the ocean to your advantage.

There’s one way to survive on the ocean and sail unwaveringly to destinations of your choosing: Use vision to create a fixed, immovable point that acts as your North Star. Then use the rudder and sails of conscious choice to navigate to your fixed point, no matter how colossal the waves and furious the winds.

Take refreshing dips in the ocean through playful imagination. Fish for fresh ideas through introspective meditation.

Be fiercely vigilant about the thoughts you entertain in your conscious mind and the habits you create.

Indulging in unworthy and negative thoughts and addictive behaviors are like flinging blood in the water — the sharks will streak to your boat and tear you to pieces.

Life Manifestos are sweet water and fresh food to thirsty and hungry sailors. A cool breeze on a stiflingly hot day on the ocean.

They give your conscious mind the nourishment you need to man the rudder and adjust the sails.

They give you the strength you need to fight the swarming monsters of temptation, depression, and negative-self-talk.

They give you the refreshment you need to stay energized through the doldrums.

They gleam through night clouds to keep you ever focused on your North Star.

You are a tiny boat on a wild ocean. But you have the rudders and sails of conscious choice.

Are you using them?

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