Lesson 3: You Are Not Your Brain
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You Are Not Your Brain We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the brain.
But now you need to know something fundamental.
You are not your brain.
You are not your mind.
You are not that which answers to your name. You are not your job. You are not your beliefs. You are not those things that have happened to you in your life.
You are so much more.
You know that voice you hear in your head? It’s crazy, isn’t it, and it never seems to shut up, does it?
It is always saying this, then that, and then back to this and then something completely different. It just won’t quit. If you listen to it, the voice describes your world for you, be it true or false. And most of what it is saying is negative, isn’t it?
It is telling you why you are not satisfied with your life.
It is telling you about something potentially bad that could happen to you soon.
You can hear it say all this stuff you aren’t controlling. You don’t know what it will say next. It just pops into your mind, seemingly out of nowhere. But you can take control of the voice. Make it say something. Make it say “apple.” Now make it shout “amazing.” Now make it whisper “strange.”
It is strange. You can take control of this voice and make it say anything you want, but if you leave it alone, it doesn’t go away, and it takes control of your mind and says whatever it wants.
Sometimes it says good things, and sometimes it says bad things.
So, is this voice you?
Is it you when it says the good things?
Is it you when it says the bad things?
Get ready for this next statement. It is huge.
You are not the voice in your head. You are not the voice of your mind. You are not your mind. You are the one who is observing the voice.
Think about this. The observer cannot be that which is being observed. If you see an apple on a table, you cannot be the apple or the table—the same with the voice in your head. You can pay attention to what it is doing. You can even make judgments about what it is doing. Therefore, it can’t be you.
So, who are you?
What is the part of you doing the observing?
Your consciousness. Your soul. Your Higher Self. All three of these are separate but be assured they are all YOU.
Consciousness is awareness. Without consciousness, there is nothing. You do not exist. But if there is consciousness, there can be absolutely nothing, and you will notice the nothingness. Can you see the difference?
You are the consciousness. You are the awareness. You are, therefore, unlimited.
We will talk a lot more about consciousness later. Right now, let’s learn more about this voice in your head and what we can do with it.
If you pay attention to the voice, you will notice that a lot of what it says is useless. It even takes on both sides of arguments in your head. You have about 50,000 thoughts a day. Do you even remember what most were yesterday? Of course not.
I will bet they were negative thoughts. I bet you are sure of that.
Your inner voice can be downright mean. It is constantly telling you bad things about yourself. It is constantly making you upset, nervous, and angry.
Would you say the things your mind says to you to another person? No way.
So why in the world do you keep saying those things to yourself? Stop it.
Can you stop the voice?
You need to understand the voice will never be content. It will present you with problem after problem. If you solve one problem, another will immediately be there to take its place.
Your voice is like a little child. Treat it as such. It is throwing a tantrum.
Don’t get caught up in the tantrum. Don’t give in to the child. Don’t give in to your mind.
Feel empathy for the mind/child. It doesn’t know how to make sense of the world. All it wants is to feel safe and secure, but it doesn’t know how. It is scared.
Step outside your mind. Do this by just observing your mind. You are the observer, so observe your thoughts and emotions. If you are experiencing a strong negative emotion, don’t fight it. Don’t judge it. Just experience it. Just let it flow.
It may be hard and uncomfortable at first, but soon you will notice the negative feeling weakening a little. Continue to observe it, and it will get even weaker. The strong negative feeling will eventually subside.
It may come back, but it will not be as strong as before. When it comes back, just detach and observe it again. Soon it will no longer have a hold on you.
You can take control of how the voice makes you feel. You can take control of how you react to the voice, and once you let the voice stop getting to you, it can be beneficial. You can learn from what it is saying.
For the next ten minutes, try this experiment. Try and keep your mind as quiet as possible. Concentrate on your breathing. Take long, deep breaths. Do your best to keep your awareness on your breath.
You will notice it won’t take long, and you will forget about your breath, and thoughts will pop back into your head. That is fine. Just return your attention to your breathing. Again, the thoughts will return. Again, center on your breath.
After ten minutes, think back to the thoughts that came into your mind. What were they? Do they tell you anything about yourself? You better believe they do.
Now think about this. We usually think our brain determines how smart we are. But if we are consciously observing our brain, does there not have to be an intelligence in our consciousness? So, which is more intelligent, our brain or our consciousness?
Later we will show you ways to use the part of you who is observing your thoughts to access intelligence way beyond what you ever thought possible. I first wanted to introduce you to the observer and let it sink in that the observer is you. You are not your thoughts.
Okay, now it is time to draw a picture representing what you have just learned and teach someone else. Again, please do this. It is very important. You will understand why as we get into later lessons.
In the next lesson, we will talk about your subconscious mind and beyond.