Have you heard of the story of the elephant and the rope? It is on the Internet. It will give you some idea of how your subconscious mind works and how distorted perceptions can enslave you.
“A man passing by a group of elephants observes that these huge creatures were being held by a tiny rope tied to their front leg. There were no chains or cages, and one could see they could easily break away from their bonds at any time. But for some reason, they did not.
Seeing the trainer nearby, he asked him why these animals just stood there and made no attempts to get away. “Well,” said the trainer, “when they are very young and much smaller, we use the same size rope to tie them. At that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
This story shows how we are all conditioned beings. Our perceptions and the cultural environment we grow up in, conditions our thinking. It is, therefore, most essential to learn about our subconscious mind and how we can break free of this conditioning.
Most people have no idea how their subconscious mind works. They eat, they drink, and they sleep without even knowing what their subconscious mind is doing. They work, they play, they argue and fight without even knowing that they have a subconscious mind. When they have any unpleasant experience, they try to forget it. They hope and wish things might be different and use it as a garbage dump. But our subconscious mind never forgets anything. It will behave the way you train it.
Yes, you may temporarily forget a problem and put it aside. But years later it can come back and disturb you. Why? It is because you have not resolved the issue.
Do you know that your breathing, your heartbeat, your digestion, your sexual orientation, and other vital functions are all under subconscious control? Even your immune system which protects and heals you are also under subconscious control. So shouldn’t you learn more about your mind and the part you don’t understand?
Is it possible for you to manipulate your subconscious mind? Of course, it is. You are manipulating it all the time yet are not even aware of it. The world outside you is also manipulating you, and you think you cannot be hypnotised.
If you observe, you will find that most of what we do, our activities are all directed towards appeasing our subconscious mind, that is manipulating our subconscious mind.
So when we pray to God or some Higher Power, for instance, what are we doing? We are saying words and sentences (verbalising) in our mind to some higher authority that help us soothe our subconscious mind. Words, not their meaning, have a powerful hypnotic effect on us. They give form to our feelings. If we did not verbalise, you would find there is no substance to our emotions. Hence when we pray, we are directing our attention to the most potent energy source within us, which is keeping us alive. And that is our subconscious mind.
When we attend a funeral, we always say beautiful things about the person who is gone, although we know the contrary background of that person. Why? It is because when we say all the good things about the other person although they may not be accurate, it helps us to feel better. We do it for ourselves, not the other person to appease our subconscious mind.
Also, we may perform rituals and ceremonies so that the departed soul may rest in peace. But in fact, they are performed for our benefit. It is how we console ourselves for the loss we have incurred. Yes, we are all very selfish individuals. Whatever we do, we do things to make ourselves feel better. We are always trying to do something to appease our subconscious mind.
Again when we are listening to music or dancing to a tune, what are we doing? We are stimulating our subconscious mind in a way that makes us feel happy. We use music in so many ways to entertain ourselves.
Going to a restaurant eating delightful food in a friendly company is another way of enjoying ourselves. Taking part in a game, playing a sport, watching TV, listening to the radio or going to the cinema etc. are all activities designed to make ourselves happy.
Even when people take drugs, drink alcohol, etc., what are they doing? Some people might like to drown their sorrow or get kicks with drinks and drugs. But again, it is the subconscious mind they are trying to please.
As one can see, our subconscious mind is the most powerful energy source we have that keeps us going 24 hours a day. Yet most of us are not even aware of it. We take it for granted, like the elephant in the room.
No matter who you are or what you are, your perceptions and thinking are influencing your subconscious mind all the time. If you ignore this fact, you will be in the same boat as that elephant thinking that the rope you are tied to is preventing you from doing your own thing.
Freedom is a state of mind, and so is enslavement. They both affect our behaviour and physical condition. The secret to breaking free from this conditioning lies in your perceptions. It is your perception you must change. Your perceptions make you think the way you do. Without changing them, you are the same person. And if you do not change, your thinking is the same, and your destiny will be the same as that of the roped elephant.
This article applies not only to all individuals but also applies to groups. The medical profession is a perfect example of an elephant that needs waking up to its responsibilities. You have to congratulate the government for doing such an excellent job with them. They have trained these doctors from being independent thinkers to being bureaucratic thinkers. At the same time, they have also made them believe in the system of self-regulation. Once that achieved, one can see how this dumb animal’s perception and thinking is now making it regulate itself- fait accompli for the government.
After reading this article if you agree and see the truth in what I have written, and realise that you are at present in the same position as this roped elephant, what must you do? Do you continue in the same way or try to break free from your tied place? What would you think of yourself if you remained in your present position? Please think. Your liberation lies in your perception.
Please read the second edition of my book “The Enchanted Time Traveller – A Book of Self-knowledge and the Subconscious Mind”. This time it has a preface and additional chapters to help you discover your true potential. It is a must-read self-help book for all health professionals and all interested in solving their problems, not living with them.