THE EGO INFILTRATES THE LOWER MIND.
The ego is like a computer virus that can take control of our biological computer. If the CEO delegates too many life decisions to the lower mind, this ego program will start to take over.
The ego’s only sphere of influence is the lower mind. To keep itself in control mode, it actively works to limit our access to the higher mind. The ego is only intended to keep us safe in hazardous physical circumstances. It’s ideal for managing routine daily tasks involving some risk, like cutting up food or driving a car. We can think of the ego as an ‘onsite safety officer’. It’s meant to protect us from physical risk by anticipating and avoiding dangerous situations.
THE EGO’S AMBITION IS TO DICTATE OUR LIFE.
But the ego can easily go too far! It can even go rogue, like a petty bureaucrat! The ego can start to dictate the management of our entire life. That’s if we are not aware of what's going on. It was never meant to run the whole show! The ego attempts this ‘take over’ under the pretense of keeping us safe in all circumstances. It can then determine our whole life!
In personal development, we need to keep a close watch out for the ego. The ego is an inbuilt form of self-sabotage. Overcoming our ego requires constant awareness, especially higher awareness. We will explain this more in subsequent chapters.
…Are you keeping your ego in check?
THE SUBCONSCIOUS PROVIDES US SHORTCUTS.
In the previous section, we discussed some limitations and traps in using the brain’s supercomputer. We indicated that there is often bias in our lower mind. However, the lower mind also has lots of incredibly good features.
For example, the brain has an excellent search function. It can provide shortcuts to other computer programs we consider important. It also assigns a distinctive label to the most important memory files. It does this by linking a powerful emotion to that memory. This allows us to recall the memory more easily and completely ‘process’ the experience.
OUR SUBCONSCIOUS HELPS PROCESS EMOTIONS.
The processing of emotions is important to personal development. Our subconscious mind keeps reminding us of any additional emotion processing we need to do. Our responsibility as a CEO is to encourage the processing of feelings and emotions when we get the prompts!
That emotion processing is very important for our inner wellbeing. If we don’t do this, these emotion-charged files can get ‘deeply buried’, suppressed or even corrupted. These damaged files then act as a computer virus! They damage the whole system from within.
…Are you processing all your emotions or still avoiding some?
THOUGHTS DIRECT OUR BIOLOGICAL COMPUTER.
Interfacing with a traditional computer requires a mouse and keyboard. This is slow and limited. Perhaps the coolest feature of our biological supercomputer is that we interact with it seamlessly via thought recognition!
We can command all the functions purely with our thoughts. We just empower the thoughts by briefly holding their intent. That's how simple it can be! To create big changes, we imagine or visualize what we really want! It does help if our thoughts and imagined scenarios are clear.
WE OFTEN DON’T HEAR THE ANSWER!
Usually only a little time is required for the computer to process our request. But it can seem longer if we don't listen to the quiet voice of our higher self. Or we don’t recognize the gentle insight or inner knowing that surfaces to our consciousness. We can be too busy, distracted or otherwise preoccupied to notice.
If the suggestion is not acknowledged, our supercomputer will consider that option was not suitable. It will then keep working on another option. So, it's important to acknowledge any useful response. We do this by becoming aware of the responses and feeling grateful for that input. If it's not quite right for us, we can ask again for another option.
…Are you grateful for the options your higher self is offering you?
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU THINK & IMAGINE.
As a CEO, we use our awareness, thoughts and imagination to assume executive control. We direct our mind in this way. This is how we deploy our requests and acknowledge the answers. Because we control our supercomputer with our thoughts, we must be very mindful of what we think. If our thoughts or imagined fantasies are too negative, they can have a damaging effect.
…Are you being careful with which thoughts you engage with?
THE RESPONSIBILITY CAN TRIGGER OVERWHELM.
Many refuse to learn even the basics of directing such a sophisticated supercomputer. Most are just not willing to constantly observe their thoughts and monitor the consequences! Having to supervise our dreams and imagination is just too much for many people.
…Is the prospect of managing all this just too overwhelming for you?
DISTRACTIONS TAKE AWAY OUR POWER & JOY.
Most people don’t accept the responsibility of managing all this. So instead of acting as a responsible CEO, we amuse ourselves by playing sophisticated ‘computer games’. We distract ourselves with pointless activities and cheap thrills! We marvel at the quality of the ‘video graphics’. It all seems so engaging and real. We watch endless re-runs of our past personal encounters. We further dramatize and embellish the storyline. Avoiding taking control just empowers the ego. By not accepting responsibility for our thoughts, we give up our sovereign control. This leads to a less than optimal life filled with chronic dissatisfaction. It eventually leads to a life crisis.
CONSCIOUS DECISION MAKING IS KEY TO SUCCESS.
In summary, we learned that we often neglect our immense mind power. This diminishes our potential and enjoyment of life. An important strategy for personal success is to utilize this massive resource. We have learned that good executive decision making is key to commanding this whole process. This includes understanding the potential strengths and weaknesses of the whole system. Only then can we utilize the incredible power of the extended universal mind.
…Are you now starting to see how it all fits together?
TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR MIND LIKE A CEO.
As the CEO of our mind, we need to:
1. carefully choose what we want in life
2. monitor our thoughts and imagination
3. decide what tasks to delegate to our lower mind
4. be wary of our bias and habits
5. overcome the ego’s control
6. further raise our awareness
7. tap into the higher levels of mind
To be a good CEO of our mind we need to optimize our executive decision making. This is a further strategy for success that we will consider next.