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Our unconscious mind, receives multiple layers of sensory information continually, but has to filter this in order to keep the input to a minimum, whilst keeping us safe. Our unconscious mind does this by associating patterns and past experiences, and 'hash-tagging' them with codes that are relevant to particular thoughts, beliefs, or past realisations or associations. Our mind is 'coding' the information to store it. This keep the need to store huge amounts of information to a minimum, but allows a flexible approach to memory, which is based on 'connection' or association of separate parts.
A sound, or a smell may be recognisable individually, but put them together in a set pattern or combination, and they will alert the mind to past scenarios where they were meaningful or significant. That 'alert' will activate different strategies that we may have used in the past to cope with or address the situation as it emerges.
It is often the EGO mind which anchors onto set patterns and beliefs and makes them 'sound' and significant. The EGO proves its intelligence again and again in the box of constructs, beliefs and rules that it has created for itself! Over time the conscious mind begins to associate its sense of 'self' with the 'ego' mind. It is important to remember that the 'EGO' part of the mind is always engaged in an act of self-preservation.
This act of self-preservation is one that primarily relies on us 'surviving' past conflicts, problems or attacks - whether physical, mental or emotional! Our ego is always aimed at keeping us safe from external attack. The ego mind senses danger at all turns and has adapted multiple strategies to avoid or avert danger. It has built constructs and frameworks of beliefs and values around which it hangs the 'truths' that it has elicited along the way.
The EGO relies on ITSELF heavily - patterns built within the unconscious begin to communicate and become evident through the conscious mind. As the conscious mind becomes a part of the active mechanisms of safety and presence in the outer world. It shows up as the conscious mind 'protecting the self' in all of its forms (real or imagined). Therefore the EGO is often easily recognised when it is acting to protect itself from any perceived attack. Highly egotistical people will not respond well to threats upon their intellect, their point of view, or the things they have decided are 'truths' in their world.
We might describe these people as being headstrong. They are those who believe that they are always right. They tend not to bend their own thinking or constructs, nor to be adaptable to other ways of thinking. They are the people that we might say are 'full of themselves' - of their own importance and presence within the world! We should remember that these people, with their projection of 'big egos', are merely trying to preserve their own sense of self, and are ultimately trying to keep themselves 'safe' in a BIG way!!
Our conscious minds have been built on set standards and truths - which we define through our learnings as we grow up. Through family, school, society, religion, gender: all of these create our filters, and colour our perception of the world in which we live - and our place and purpose within it. We will rarely let go of those constructs, which are tried and tested and re-affirmed to us every single day in the society in which we live.
It requires a different experience - one where we are feeling unsafe to such a massive degree, that the construction of our 'ego' becomes shaken.
It is only within these 'ego-shattering' moments that the normal 'patterns' we have built over a lifetime can become uncertain enough for us to be alerted to an inner, divergent voice.
These 'ego-shattering' moments can turn everything on its head! It does after all mean that the individual will have to learn to listen to a quieter and less 'certain' inner voice.
In such times of confusion and uncertainty, that inner voice tends not to be in alignment with the things that traditionally 'made sense' to our ego or conscious mind. However, it is interesting to be aware that if we have this experience - our conscious mind is less pliable (or in neurological terms less 'plastic') than our unconscious mind. In these times, our conscious mind is unable to "make sense" of things, the situation, the experience. It is our unconscious mind which will initiate protective mechanisms, precisely because it perceives such (real or perceived) life-threatening danger.
Sometimes the "protective mechanisms" that the body will initiate, are "biological programs". These are the 'adaptations that occur within the body whilst it is trying to find biological solutions to the problem. These "biological programs" are what the Mind Body Detective explores through Meta Perspectives on Health and Disease. It is a Meta Health, or a Metacological approach to uncover the root cause "stress" behind disease.
For example, a 'biological program' that might be initiated for a person who often uses their mind to "work out problems". A person who uses their logical, cognitive mind to a high degree, may find that this cognitive part of the brain is no longer functioning well. The brain becomes "foggy" and unreliable. They may suffer memory loss, or the inability to focus or 'think straight'. The conscious mind has traditionally been used to "getting everything right". However, when the unconscious mind recognises that the "constructs" of this ego, conscious mind are no longer working, or worse - it considers them downright dangerous - the unconscious mind will use biology to 'shut it down'. Long before our conscious mind understands what is happening, the unconscious mind has activated protective, life-saving programs. The conscious mind remains in 'darkness' (a state without understanding or awareness) of the unconscious mind and the individual only recognises the dysfunction of their cognitive mind. Living with symptoms of brain fog, forgetfulness or other deteriorating brain-functions.