The mind’s power is such a difficult thing to comprehend, and we still know very little about how it works and why. As soon as we start to understand bits and pieces of it, we find even more about it that wasn’t even considered; or, scientists and doctors find out they were chasing their tales and were totally ass-backwards about what they thought within their findings.
As our technology heightens, our understanding of ourselves and our chemistry and biology’s evolution speeds up faster and faster, just like the technology looking into us. Only at the end of last year (October 2014), a team led by researchers from Heidelberg University in Germany found a new brain cell that is stronger and passes information more efficiently than our regular ones. When we thought we knew everything, the technology we have now proved us very wrong, for lack of a better term: we don’t know shit. And it’s entirely portentously moralizing to think otherwise. Our technology is now so advanced, we use it to advanced itself, and a computer, for example, can make its own algorithms better than our best minds at work can pull off. Soon, technology won’t need us anymore, and hopefully, they don’t turn on us.
Here I’ll discuss five things we don’t have any proper understanding of ourselves:
- What is the Power of Mind over Body?
Time-and-time-again, we see and hear of people curing themselves of any ailments just merely of the power within. Anything from fixing oneself of pain-related injuries or diseases like arthritis to curing cancer is the placebo effect. A medic discovered the placebo effect by Henry Beecher’s name during the Second World War. He found that once he ran out of morphine, he was using a saline solution to help treat soldiers. Amazingly, it was 40 percent effective. So what is causing this hidden power within? Is it something that science can’t even determine? Do we have to look to spirituality to help understand this? Could it be the hiding forces of spirit guides taking over to help cure us?
- Why is it, we think?
This is a mind fuck within itself. Our brain has areas that most animals do not; it gives us the ability to reason instead of acting upon instinct. Thankfully, we’ve evolved (well, most of us) to the point where we can sit back for a moment to think of different options to take when carrying out a task. For example, you take a bear; if they’re hungry, they’re going to eat, even if it’s their own kind. We tend to over-think things too, which can cause stress, and stress is the most common ailment found within adults, leading to anxiety or even depression. Where do these thoughts come from anyway? How is it we can think of new ideas always? Why are there so many thoughts all day without being able to shut the mind’s ability to think down? Even when we’re sleeping, the reason is still working, just as if we’re still awake…
- Why do we dream?
Sigmund Freud theorized that dreams mainly express aggressive impulses, infantile sexuality, and an expression of repressed wishes. Some other psychoanalysis believed that plans had more to do with feelings of inadequacy or filling a compensation gap within. In more recent times, psychologists point more towards dreams help with memory consolidation and or threat stimulation. These leading theories account for some types of goals but clearly don’t define them for all. During the rapid eye movement (REM) state, the brain areas are the same as if we are in our awaken state when we’re dreaming.
2.What’s with our unconscious mind?
Our unconscious mind is approximately 30,000 times more potent than our conscious one. While we are fully aware of what is happening in the conscious mind, we understand what information is stored in the unconscious mind. It consists of the mind’s processes that occur automatically and is not available to introspection and includes thought memory, functions, motivation, and affect. Empirical evidence suggests that unconscious wonder has repressed feelings, mechanical skills, subliminal perceptions, thoughts, habits, automatic reactions, and possibly complexes, hidden phobias, and desires. We take in so much information during a typical day that there is no way the conscious brain can handle it, storing it inside the unconscious.
- What is imagination?
As young children, our imagination runs wild. As we grow, it seems to start to diminish. We pretty much get influenced by what to think that drives the vision down. The greatest thinkers, scientists and minds alike have a vast imagination. Take Albert Einstein, for instance; he contributes a lot of his remarkable scientific discoveries and theories to his active vision. He even was quoted as saying, “imagination is more important than knowledge.” Are one person’s imaginative thoughts just being recycled from someone else’s? When someone’s imagination comes up with an idea, does someone else, somewhere else, think the same thing simultaneously? Are these imaginative thoughts actually fictional, or does it happen within different lifeforms on a planet somewhere within the cosmos?
“I am not here to build a business; I am not here to build a corporation; Not here to build Schools; I am not here to build churches—I am no Mother Theresa. What I will do, though, is—lead a legacy.”
– Dean Mathers