Verses abound in both scriptures and secular literature on the deleterious effects of negative thinking. Positivism is a pre-requisite for success and is bound by cardinal principles of the universe, by the same rules that a theorem and a theory are differentiated from a law. Prescriptive laws are inviolable and are inherent properties of the universe and all beings, animate and inanimate are under their governance, whether these laws are physical, moral or metaphysical. Human lives are inextricably intertwined by these laws, which have bearing in his journey of existence and invariably influence the fortunes, success and well-being during his sojourn on this planet. The law of positivity is a prescriptive law of the universe. Success in our lives is operated by the law of positive thinking, whose dynamics involves two important aspects of our mind, namely the conscious and sub-conscious.
The conscious mind is the input port whereas the sub-conscious mind is the output screen of our experiences. The inputs are the thoughts, processed by the conscious mind based on the totality of everyday experiences – from home, school, friends, social networks and social capital – that each are endowed with. From the initial filter, these thoughts, good or bad are stored as impressions in the subconscious mind, which is a huge memory bank. Scientists and psycho analysts have concluded that by the time an individual reaches 21 years of age, the subconscious mind would have stored data equivalent to more than ten times the size of Encyclopedia Britannica.
The relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind is that of a master and a slave. With exceeding loyalty, the subconscious mind executes whatever the conscious mind orders, which are actually the thoughts. The subconscious mind is therefore amoral, insensitive and interdependent as its function is to execute an order, similar to retrieving the stored data among library files in a software program. If the weighted average of the thoughts is negative, the experiences will inevitably become negative, since the commands received as inputs are all negative.
Common stereotypes of negative commands to the subconscious mind are “This is impossible”, “It’s too difficult”, “I don’t think I can do it”, “The world is without hope”, “There is no way out, in or through”, “My life is doomed” etc. Pessimism and optimism are worldviews created by you, ‘In Toto’ of the thoughts, convictions, narratives and belief systems. You are the master program.
Your thoughts are akin to audiovisual signals digitally encoded and transmitted by the conscious mind, which is decoded by the Set-Top-Box (STB) or streamed as OTT over the Internet and projects on to the TV screen as pixelated visuals and sounds. The audiovisual image on the screen is determined by the type of content transmitted. The image is dependent on the content, whether violence, horror, action, drama, romance or comedy. An STB or an in-built TV program cannot alter the content once transmitted as their only function is to copy what has been received.
This axiomatic relationship between the conscious and the subconscious mind, tantamount to action and application, tests and results are analogous to seeds planted by a farmer in a field. From sowing till reaping, a set of sequential processes are warranted to ensure a good season, predominantly watering for the seeds to sprout and germinate to agricultural inputs to improve soil fertility and yield, constant monitoring to detect weeds, spraying pesticides during the entire crop-cycle to the final harvesting. The quality of the crop is dependent on a time-bound series of events and processes. If you are incessantly worried about your future, the future will never be promising and glorious since history is created not just every year, but each second, minute, days and weeks. Most of humanity is ignorant that future is actually the present.
The Holy Bible enlightens in Matthew 6:27 “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” and warns in Luke 21:34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap”. Once a corrupted, radicalized and pessimistic worldview is entrenched within your system, facilitated by bad, destructive habits, you are probably treading a path of no return.
Therefore, habit formation and personality are irrevocably linked. Your subconscious mind will only execute what is familiar, which are defined by your habits and comfort zones. All proverbs are true due to these facts which are distilled wisdom, based on human experiences and responses to the drama of life. Setting lofty goals based on immutable universal moral laws and supplemented by a disciplined lifestyle are indispensable for achieving desired success. Rene Descartes, the legendary French mathematician and philosopher elucidated in his timeless quote “I think, therefore I am”, that thoughts fuel actions and actions in turn transforms into behavior and character.
Clarity and quality of thoughts are the first links in the chain of a contended life. Ayn Rand, the celebrated high priestess of capitalism and objectivism expounds in her novel, “Atlas Shrugged”, the theme of individualism in a man’s soul. It is evolved, nurtured and consummated by independent thinking leading to the moral purpose of happiness, using the tools of reason, and undermining emotions in the role of the mind. Auto suggestions, prayers, meditations, inspirational quotes have the power to reengineer and reprogram your subconscious mind by deliberately affirming positive thoughts, however blighted, depressing and tumultuous be your extant situations.
Placebo effects are known to heal even terminal cancers and other psychosomatic ailments, exclusively based on the faith of the afflicted, which reprograms subconscious minds through the positive inputs, administered either individually or collectively. Thoughts can influence physical processes in the human body, since empirical medical research has categorically proven that most physical ailments are linked to psychosomatic disorders, especially stress, anxiety, acute manic excitement (AME) and hypochondria.
In an unforgiving and indifferent universe, which formed the foundational theoretical framework of Existentialism propounded by Jean Paul Sartre, man is a free agent whose choices determine his destiny in an apparently meaningless world. These conscious choices are fashioned by your thoughts processed and interpreted by the conscious mind and stored as giant databases in the subconscious mind, that has the power to create and destroy human lives. As is the mind (conscious and subconscious), so is the experience. This eternal truth is best encapsulated by the peerless sage Kahlil Gibran, in his immortal words “We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them”.
About the author : Jaykhosh Chidambaran is an accomplished management professional with over 20 years of diverse industry experience in MNC’s and is currently an EdTech Growth and Strategy Consultant for India & Middle East. He is an alumnus of Chicago Booth School of Business.
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