If your mind carries a heavy burden of past, you will experience more of the same. The past perpetuates itself through lack of presence. The quality of your consciousness at this moment is what shapes the future. ― Eckhart Tolle
Our brains have a very narrow bandwidth for the conscious processing of information. This means that we spend a lot of time letting autopilot run our lives, based on how the unconscious mind processes incoming information. The unconscious processes information rapidly while the conscious mind is much slower. This has important consequences for our survival but can create difficulties in the modern world.
The unconscious mind is not able to tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined. The same pathways in the brain can be triggered by either of them. This means that we may respond to our internal thought processes or our current emotional tone, as if they were a response to real events in the outside world. Continue reading