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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 hyponotised.
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. Visit Website: http://theenchantedtimetraveller.com.au/.
Do you know that bureaucratic thinking is distorting our perceptions and thus becoming a significant contributor to mental illness in society?
When people have any mental illness, the medical profession puts them into boxes and various categories according to their behaviour and symptoms. It does not necessarily mean the doctors understand what is going on inside the person's mind. They will counsel and advise as best they can according to their personal experience and knowledge, and then it is for the patient to come to terms with the problem. But if the patient has no insight into his mind, then no doctor can help that individual except give him drug therapy. So when we are treating a person with a mental illness, what we are trying to do is help the person change his perceptions with psychotherapy and-or drug therapy.
In my mind, I see mental illness only as a disorder of perception. It is the degree that determines the level at which it becomes a clinical disorder of behaviour and action. Hence, a doctor must clear up his perceptions first before he can offer any mental health advice to a patient. If the doctor's perceptions are the same as the patient's, then how can he possibly help that individual? Therefore, acquiring self-knowledge and learning to understand the thinking process is most important for any health professional. We have to learn how to turn a negative perception into a positive one.
In my mind, there is no such thing as a broken heart or a traumatic experience that lasts forever. All experiences in life are meant to make you a better and wiser person by teaching you a lesson in life. Therefore, all experiences in life, good or bad, are eventually good for you. That is my perception and observation. So if a patient comes to me for help, what I will try to do is help him change his perceptions and help him to come to terms with the experience. Of course, if the patient has no desire to change or help himself, then obviously my help will be minimal.
Just labelling a person as suffering from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, PTSD, etc. does not change his perceptions. All it does is give him justification for continuing with his present state of mind? For example, he will say that "At last, the doctors have found something wrong with me. I now have ADHD".
In my mind, bureaucratic thinking which is the main base of governments and institutions all over the world is a principal factor contributing to the mental ill-health of people today. It is turning all of us into zombies. Bureaucratic thinking is simplistic thinking applied to control and regulate people.
Please let me give you some examples. Some time ago, in a small country town, I was approaching a T junction from a side street in my car. There was a stop sign. As there was no traffic on the road, I slowed the car and turned in. A traffic cop, waiting on the opposite of the road, hailed and stopped me. He asked, "Did you see the Stop Sign?". I said, "Yes." I had broken the law. Stop means stop, and he booked me for the offence.
Can you see here how only the letter of the law was applied? There was no use of common sense or consideration of traffic conditions on the road. No deep thinking, moral or ethical approach was in the police officer's mind. There can be no argument with what he did. He was only doing his job.
Let us look at the law that prevents parents, teachers and police from disciplining children. Here again, they literally follow the letter of the law. You cannot give any corporal punishment. However, when the kids are out of control, one can use whatever force necessary to contain them. Is there any use of any common sense in this? Violence is not permitted in one instance, but it is OK to use force in the next. This type of contradiction is bad for mental health. It creates confusion in mind and sends wrong messages to children as well as adults.
From the above, you must see that bureaucratic thinking has great limitations. There is no consideration for ethics, common sense or reason. It is just a plain, simple application of the letter of the law. One can see it affects our mental health and behaviour. It makes us feel intellectually handicapped. So you must think the medical profession would be the first fighting against this type of thinking. Right?
Wrong. These professionals who should be helping us clear up our perceptions are themselves suffering from a disorder of perception. They have themselves become bureaucrats who are trying to con the public into thinking that we are practising a high standard of medicine by having a bureaucratic QI & CPD (Quality Improvement & Continuing Professional Development) system. Nothing can be further from the truth.
In this system, a doctor is given points to take part in certain educational activities. He is required to attain a minimal number of points in three years, after which he is given a certificate of completion. This certificate qualifies him for further registration with the medical board and implies that he has met the standard required of him. Does it now mean that this doctor is currently practising a high standard of medicine? You would be very naive indeed to think that way.
In my mind, it is the individual doctor's ethical approach to his work that sets the standards in medicine. One may attend as many lectures, and hold as many certificates as one may like, but if one has no ethics and feelings towards his fellow beings, you might as well say goodbye to standards.
It is time for the medical profession to stop indulging in bureaucratic thinking and examine the role it should be playing in society. It should protect society from bureaucratic thinking, not become part of it. If we become part of the problem, how can we solve it? There must be an ethical approach to raise standards in medicine. Applying bullying and coercive measures is not the way to go. They are the same techniques of modifying behaviour used when I was a kid at school. The teacher will say "You will not be allowed to go home until you bring me one hundred lines "I must not talk in the classroom". I wonder whether we have progressed or regressed?
Please read the "The Enchanted Time Traveller - A Book of Self-Knowledge and the Subconscious Mind" to learn about your perceptions and thinking. Please do not become a zombie. For raising standards in medicine, it is always the singer, never the song. Visit Website: http://theenchantedtimetraveller.com.au/
November 28, 2019
Do you know there is a saying called "the Law is an ass"? It is derived from an English proverb which likens the law's stubbornness and stupidity to the supposed innate nature of a donkey. Charles Dickens popularised it in his novel "Oliver Twist" where Mr. Bumble is told in court regarding his domineering wife that "...the law supposes that your wife acts under your direction", replies:
"If the law supposes that," said Mr. Bumble, squeezing his hat emphatically in both hands, "the law is an ass - an idiot".
In my mind, the law becomes an ass because the judges, lawyers, and the legal profession do not follow the spirit of the law. They are only concerned with the letter of the law.
Our politicians are very good at making new laws all the time because it gives them the appearance of acting positive and trying to solve a problem. In doing so, they do not allow for the fact that when the lawyers and judges apply the law, only the letter of the law is followed and never the spirit. It leads to contradiction in many cases where all the ethical and moral considerations are lost. Thus the law becomes an ass.
We see this in action in every bureaucratic institution everywhere and at all levels of government. It means that those working in that situation are not allowed to use their common sense or reason with their brains. These people are being conditioned to think in a particular way and trained to stick to the letter of the law. Do you realise that when one is working under these conditions unless one is aware of it, one unwittingly becomes a zombie?
In the recent case of Isreal Folau and Rugby Australia, a moral and ethical dilemma has arisen because both sides have claimed their correctness according to the letter of the law.
Israel Folau claims that he has been discriminated against and unfairly sacked by Rugby Australia because of his religious beliefs.
Since Rugby Australia is a bureaucratic organisation which can only think in terms of the letter of the law, they had to find Folau in breach of contract to sack him. There was no other option because they followed the letter of the law.
To implement the law, Rugby Australia did what most bureaucratic organisations do, display their authority and use bullying tactics. They warned Folau and threatened him with dismissal so that he may bow to their demands. Under those circumstances, how would you feel if you were in Folau's position? Would you not dig in your heels?
Thus we have an example where the letter of the law is applied, without any ethical and moral consideration to an individual who had not committed any crime, to make him submit to their demands.
Recently in the Brisbane Courier-Mail of 7 May 2019, there was a report titled “Music legend felt ‘violated’” published. Diana Ross “was close to tears as a security officer felt between her legs during an airport pat-down”. “I was treated like s..t”. “Makes me want to cry.” “It’s not what was done, but how,” she insisted. “However, a TSA spokesman said that CCTV footage appeared to show the officers involved ‘correctly’ followed all protocols”.
Here again, was an example of how bureaucratic handling of a situation can result in traumatising an individual. And of course, the bureaucracy always goes scotfree because they always act within the letter of the law. Under the protection of the law, an average person subconsciously or consciously tends to feel more powerful and superior; thus, there is a likelihood of authority being abused.
Hence when we apply a law without the spirit behind its formulation, it becomes a heart without the soul. I hope this case between Folau and Rugby Australia does not settle out of court. I want the wise judges in our Law Courts to prove to all of us that the law is not an ass.
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September 9, 2019
The world is drowning in a sea of bureaucracy, and no one knows how to swim out of it. Everywhere one goes, there are forms to be filled, and paperwork attended to before one can accomplish any task. If you are a nurse, you have to enter patients notes on their charts before you go home. If you are a doctor, again you have to write some details on their files. One wonders if you should spend more time with your patients than writing notes to meet some bureaucratic requirements.
No matter where you go, you will find bureaucracy justifying its existence by creating more work for itself. It spreads like cancer, where the individual cells have lost their function. These cells are supposed to replace themselves and keep within their boundary, but they have gone crazy and start multiplying and migrating beyond.
Every one of us sooner or later will end up working for some private or public bureaucracy. When this happens, please become aware that this can put a limit on your intelligence and mental growth. The reason is simple. You will not be allowed to use your common sense and use your brain. You will have to abide by the rules and regulation set by whoever employs you. So unless you are aware of the limitations placed on you, you are likely to turn unwittingly into a zombie.
Here is one recent example of how bureaucracy limits your intelligence and makes one feel handicapped:
Do you know that an electricity company can take away your solar bonus benefit, without your knowledge, consent or authorisation? All they have to do is mistakenly give your address to Energex. (Energex is a company that supplies the electricity in Queensland.)
When you complain to Energex, they say that they have no option to refer your complaint to the seller, who made this error. You will have to reapply with a form they supply to have your benefits reinstated.
In my case, the electricity seller, Powershop mistakenly provided my home address to Energex who automatically cut off my solar bonus benefit. I had to reapply, filling a statutory declaration form to get it reinstated.
This situation did not make any sense to me. It raised the following questions in my mind. Why Energex could not have referred my complaint to Powershop and resolved this matter with them directly? Why did I have to reapply when the benefits were withdrawn from me, for no fault of mine? If Energex can take away my solar benefits without my consent, surely they can also reinstate it without my consent?
I took this complaint to the Office of Fair Trading, which is a branch of the Justice Department in Queensland. They explained that Energex had acted within the law. But is it fair for an electricity company to cancel a consumer's solar benefit without his knowledge or consent, and then make the consumer responsible for reclaiming the benefit?
I asked them that since they called themselves "Office of Fair Trading", did they considered this fair to the consumer according to the law? What was their position on this issue?
They replied: "Office of Fair Trading cannot determine if this is fair or not, and you would need to seek independent legal advice if you wish to take this further."
Thus we have a situation where someone makes a mistake, but you are held responsible for correcting it. And the Office of Fair Trading which is a branch of the Justice Department, cannot determine if this is fair or not.
Now if you think that this type of thinking is good for your mental health, please think again. May I suggest you read "The Enchanted Time Traveller - A Book of Self-Knowledge and the Subconscious Mind" and learn how your thinking affects your perceptions, and thus your mental health. Visit Website:
September 9, 2019
According to the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary, a “zombie” is defined as “someone who moves around as if unconscious and being controlled by someone else”. Another definition according to stories and movie is “a dead person brought back to life without the ability to speak or move easily”.
Now when you see the world around you today can you relate to the above definition? Can you see your own life in action? Can you see how people are rushing around doing their daily chores? You get up in the morning, have breakfast, catch a bus or train, or drive to work. When you come home in the evening, you have your dinner, put up your feet, watch TV and then go to bed.
If you are a housewife with children, you have your own routine for the day. If you are a husband, you have your own routine too. Then if you are a student, you have a different routine. No matter which role you play or what job you do there will be some routine involved.
As one can see, the world is turning us all into zombies. Do you think the educational system we have is helping us to think clearly? If you think so, I am afraid you are wrong. You do not realise that it is, in fact, conditioning us to believe in a particular way. It teaches us what to think, not how to think.
It means that if you have a good memory and regurgitate all the information they want, you will pass the exam. If you do not produce what the establishment expects from you, you fail.
Yes, even if you are a professional with lots of degrees behind your name, it does not mean you cannot be a zombie. In fact, professionals are more likely to be zombies because they are stuck in a groove of their own making. They think bureaucratic control is the way to raise standards This is a false perception. To raise standards in any profession one has to have an ethical approach. It is the only way to instil positive behaviour and attitude in the individual. How else can we develop a sense of responsibility towards our fellow beings? Bureaucracy numbs your mind, makes you insensitive, and thus turns you into a zombie.
This is because we live in a hypnotic world. Our thinking process is hypnotic. We use words and sentences to express our thoughts and feelings to communicate. But we do not realise that these words and phrases directly influence our subconscious mind. So we do not understand that we are hypnotising ourselves.
If you look at the world around you, you will find everything you see or hear is hypnotic. The media including the Newspapers, TV and radio, are all trying to influence you. The computer and mobile phone industry are all hypnotic. They are out there to keep you mesmerised and entertained all day long. They are manipulating you.
In a recent newspaper report (Brisbane, Courier-Mail 21/09/2018), a former Google manager has accused the company of “manipulating human nature”. He said that their No.1 goal was to keep people plugged into its services. He also claimed governments around the world had given the tech industry “a free pass on regulation”.
Is this not a disorder of perception? Whichever media you turn to, you must accept the fact that they are there because you want them there. You want to be informed and entertained. You allow them to exploit yourself.
Surely it is for you to decide when to switch off the TV, the Computer or the Cell Phone if it does not suit you. If you have lost that ability of decision making are you not turning into a zombie?
Again in the same newspaper and same date, there was a report titled “We’re not in control of our career, social life, or meals”. It says one in five of us don’t know what we’ll be cooking most days. One in four said they were not on top of their careers, social lives or running a household. Two-thirds said they would be embarrassed if unexpected guests popped round as their homes are a mess. Half of the people surveyed did not plan ahead, and 40 per cent did not make any inroads on their to-do lists. Two-thirds admitted they regularly have to rewash clothes because they forget to take them out of the machine. And so the survey report goes on.
What a society we are turning into? It seems we are losing the ability to think for ourselves and nobody cares. Of course, the government is happy that you cannot think for yourself. Social welfare is the tool the government uses to make you dependent. Politicians are thus glad buying votes from you. So when people vote, they vote for the type of government they deserve, not what the country deserves.
Mental illness is a disorder of perception. It is increasing in every society in the world today because our perceptions are being distorted continuously. Can we depend on the government to clear up our perceptions? Can we depend on the scientists to clear up our perceptions? If you think the medical profession might help us in this direction, please think again. This profession has a duty to look after the physical and mental health of people. Yet when it comes to mental health, they cannot even clear up their own perceptions. They have their own mental health problems. How can the blind lead the blind?
In the right mind, no doctor should play politics as it is a game of distorting people’s perceptions. To pursue this path is bad for mental health and is unethical behaviour. The medical profession should be independent of politics. They should expose politics. At present all they do is categorise you and prescribe medications for you.
So unless you wake up and think for yourself, can you see that the world is turning you into a zombie? Learn to understand your own mind and how you feel. Gain some insight and self-knowledge, so you know how you operate in your mind. The words you use in your mind have a powerful hypnotic effect. They have a direct impact on your subconscious mind. Learn how to manipulate the subconscious mind to make you feel better.
If you follow someone, no matter how great or wise, you will always be a follower. It is the same thing when you are travelling in a car. If you always occupy the passenger seat and let someone else drive the car, you will never learn to drive. It is only when you take the driver’s seat and start driving yourself that you can learn to become an expert driver.
Awareness dehypnotises you. Read “The Enchanted Time Traveller–A Book of Self-knowledge and the Subconscious Mind” to awaken your mind. Please become aware. Do not turn into a zombie. Visit the website: http://theenchantedtimetraveller.com.au/
August 27, 2019