Time to Upgrade Your Consciousness?
Apple Computer Slogan
you ever feel like you’d like to reboot your brain, clear out
memory and start over with fewer conflicts and increased resources?
While computers are often compared to the human brain, our brains
don’t really work that way. But what if we could manage our mind
like we manage our computer system? Would it be time for a
consciousness upgrade? Some people enjoy using their old familiar
operating system, but if you are keeping up with the technology you
know that the newest operating system upgrade will let you do many
things more easily. If you are operating your brain in the same frame
of mind you had 10 or more years ago, you are probably underpowered and
working too hard.
If you were born in the 1940s or 50s and were working with the same
mental operating system you grew up with, you would probably often feel
that you are the victim of circumstances. Your emotions would be a
mystery to you. You would not have the ability to alter them. You would
get angry easily and not know what to do about it. You might see your
mind as purely a function of brain activity. You would see the
operation of mind and body as quite separate. You would be eating a
diet high in fat and cholesterol. When you exercised, you would never
drink water, because it might give you a cramp. You would not lift
weights, because it would make you muscle bound and slow. You would
sleep with rollers in your hair if female and put oil on your hair if
male. You would not consider going to a nice restaurant, church or the
airport dressed casually. You would be certain that males are superior
to females, the weaker sex. If male, you would be unable to cry. If
ordered to go to war you would do it unquestioningly. You would be good
at following orders. You would not question your religion. You would
see other religions as deeply flawed or very weird. You would believe
that race is a very significant difference between people. If you were
running the white version of your mental operating system, you would
believe that people of color (you would call them something less
polite) are inferior. You would not expect them to do well in business,
sports or education. Your expansion slot related to gay people would be
empty. You would work hard, but probably see your success, or lack of
it, as largely dependent on luck. You would think that sexual abuse was
very rare and striking family members would be considered acceptable if
you were the adult and especially if you were male. You would strive to
be rational. Your body awareness would not be running in the upper
memory area. You would not know about wizards. Your connectivity would
be limited. Your mental screen might be black and white.
Keeping in mind that partial upgrades are possible, let’s look at
what we might get if we upgrade to the Millenium+20 Edition Brain
Operating System (ME+20 BOS). One of the first things you will notice
is that this is an open architecture system. You can control what you
put into your thinking and behavior. With the upgrade, you feel more in
charge of your own destiny. You have a greater appreciation of the old
computer concept of “Garbage In, Garbage Out.” You take
control and responsibility for the information you download to your
brain from the media and other sources. You know that to live a happy
life you need to focus on the good.
You have increased awareness of your emotions and you know that your
thoughts play an important role in forming and directing your feelings.
You know you can set your word processor to positive mode so that what
comes out of your mouth is helpful to others, and what you think is
helpful to you.
You have more control over your body. You have access to an incredible
database of exercise and stress reduction techniques to help you become
strong, flexible and relaxed. You can also create multimedia
experiences using imagery and visualization to calm the mind and help
the body heal itself.
Your new system comes with a wide universal bus that provides better
access to the cosmic network. You know that through prayer and
meditation you can reach higher levels of mental/spiritual awareness.
You can tap into the ultimate power source without interference from
network administrators telling you how and when you can log on.
Your new operating system includes:
⦁ Acceptance of full responsibility for your responses to the events of your life.
⦁ Breathing as a method of increasing awareness and otherwise altering mental states.
⦁ Ability to handle 3-D and millions of colors. You can see people and events in their complexity.
⦁ Peer to Peer networking: all people are accepted as valuable and born with the same rights.
⦁ Full integration with the cosmos. You sense you are a part of the big picture.
⦁ Non-artificial intelligence. Intuition is valued
along with reason. Synchronicity is welcomed as an additional source of
input in decision making.
⦁ Mindfulness. No longer an esoteric concept but something you practice every day, every moment.
⦁ Healing through the use of mental imagery, directing bio-energy, and adjustment of mental attitude.
⦁ The power of intention.
⦁ A whole mind/body package: increased awareness of
the need for good nutrition, exercise and rest, as well as acceptance
that the way you think is dependent on the way you take care of your
body, and the way you feel is dependent on the way you think.
⦁ A wide range of meditation technologies. Regardless
of their original source, meditation techniques are seen as useful
tools for mental and spiritual development and good for physical health.
Think about how you run your life and your mind. Are you getting all
you can out of life? Do you feel empowered, balanced, in harmony with
the world? Maybe it’s time to upgrade your consciousness. There
is no single download site, and while the upgrade can be instantaneous
for some, it can be a slow hard process for others. You have to ask
yourself, “Where do I want to go this lifetime?”
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