You go to the movie with friends. After the show you're all discussing a particular scene. That's when you notice it's as if you all watched a totally different sequence. One person saw details you didn't even notice, another disliked it as much as you loved it.
That's the power of quantum at work in our human minds.
What's a Quantum? There are many theories around quantum. Specifically, quantum mechanics states that we each have a multitude of optional realities within our experiential data stream. We select our specific reality based on our individual experiences, learnings, focus and expectations. No two of us have the same mindware, so no two of us select the same exact reality.
Then What is Reality?
Quantum biologists report that we each take in over 11,000,000 bits/second of information from our senses. Our unconscious minds then select ~ 126 bits/second, or .00001222 of the potential information, to pass on to our conscious mind for processing.
Now think about all the other potential realities in the 10,999,874 bits/second of data we choose not to use. Hmmm...
Our minds are quantum computers in action. Out of a vast array of optional realities, we select our reality based on what's a) expected b) familiar and c) comfortable. We select that reality based on a three step process of deletion, distortion and generalization. No two of us will select the same reality, even if we're experiencing the exact same data. That's because no two of us have the same mindware programs that guide our unconscious 3-step data processing.
Change Your Mind, Change Your Reality
Have you ever noticed that when you wake up grumpy, negative things tend to fill your day? When you wake up positive, good things tend to happen? Or you start out happy, then something upsets you and your day's events change?
That's your unconscious mind selecting the reality that matches your current programs, focus and expectations.
What if by changing our mindware programs we can and will change our reality?
Guess what. It really is that simple. Any one of us can do just that!
A Personal Example
My cow horse Pearli and I have had a long learning curve. She had a frightening experience when showing at young age, so she'd act out on that first fear when we stepped into a show. Three years later we were still having trouble. She'd warm up fine, then freak the moment we set foot in the arena to show.
One day, as I drove to a show, I realized I was already expecting the worst. I decided to change my expectations and see what happened. I used a simple neural linguistic programming (NLP) practice to shift my belief; from expecting the worst to expecting everything to go great.
When we stepped into the arena, she was awesome. She was great all day and in the end, we won the overall in the show. How's that for a new reality? Horses are powerful empaths and Pearli was sensing my emotional expectations. I changed my program and that changed her response.
It really does work. And yes, it really is this simple. We're just programmed that getting what we want has to be hard.
Here are a three of ways to begin shifting your own reality. Practice them for a month and then - I'd love to hear about the changes in your life!
- Say and Think What you Want. Your unconscious mind doesn't process negatives. So when you think or say, "I can't fail this test," your mind hears, "Fail this test." Whenever you catch yourself thinking about the negative - switch to the positive of what you do want. Then, watch the world change.
- Shuffle the Deck. Our unconscious mind loves patterns. That's because it can stop seeing what's really there and simply pick what it expects in the pattern. So change the way you look at information. Reformat that class worksheet, use a different style of bar chart. Before you assume someone is being less than supportive of your idea, shift into the other person's perspective and ask yourself what else they might mean by their statement. These shifts force your unconscious mind to really evaluate the new information or perspective - and your impressions will change.
- Instead of making statements, ask questions! Statements trigger your unconscious mind to focus on the subject of the statement, evaluating it with respect to your mindware programs. That limits your information and keeps you stuck in the same reality. The simple process of questioning activates your conscious mind. Once there, you'll activate creative and innovative thinking, and new choices and opportunities will come into your awareness.
The Bottom Line
Imagine, transforming that bad day into an unstoppable sequence of positive events. Changing the way you feel about your teacher changing your mind. Shifting from a job search with no opportunities to find a wide variety of suitable and available options. Understanding your girlfriend and matching your style to hers to create better communication.
You can do all this and more. Starting right now. Believe it and just do it. It's all in your mind.
To see Rebel Brown's reaction to Louise Leakey's TED Talk, "Louise Leakey Digs For Humanity's Origins," click here.
Check out the infographic below for more details about the complex processes our unconscious mind uses to select our reality. If you think this graphic is a bit complex, think about this. We worked hard to make it simple.... That's how complex the quantum computer we call our mind really is!
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