Do Our Beliefs Create Our Reality?
Updated: Dec 3, 2017
In order to answer this question, we need to begin with exploring where our beliefs originate and how we come to believe the things we believe.
From the moment we are born into this world to around the age of two, our human brain functions primarily in the Delta brain wave state, which is what we experience during deep sleep. This explains why a newborn does not remain awake for more than a few minutes at a time. The trance state that infants exhibit suggests that newborns have very little analytical faculties. Information from the outside world enters their mind without any analysis, judgment, editing, or critical thinking. In fact, sensory information that an infant processes is encoded directly into their subconscious mind. Essentially, anyone that interacts with us is contributing new data into the "belief program" we develop.
From about 2 to around 6 years of age, the brain begins to operate in the Theta brainwave state. Theta waves are experienced in the twilight state in which some people find themselves half awake and half asleep (usually right as we fall asleep and right before we wake up). This state is evident in adults when the conscious mind is awake and the body is somewhat asleep. This is also the hypnotic state where there is access to the subconscious mind (what we access in a Quantum Healing Hypnosis session). In Theta, we are more programmable because there is a thin veil between the conscious mind and the subconscious mind.
Let me explain what is meant by the subconscious mind. Because of the research done in brain wave frequencies, we now know that when we are born, we are totally operating from the subconscious mind. The child learns from positive and negative associations that give rise to habits and behaviors. An example of a positive association is when an infant is hungry begins to cry. As the child makes an effort to communicate in order get its mother's attention and the parent responds by feeding the child, the infant makes an important connection with the outside world. It only takes a few repetitions before the baby learns to associate crying with being fed or becoming comfortable. It becomes a learned behavior.
An example of a negative association is when a two year old touches a hot stove. It learns very quickly to identify the object with the pain s/he is feeling and, after a few tries he learns a valuable lesson. In these examples, sensory stimuli from the outside world produces an internal chemical change in the body. And in time, when the developing mind pays attention to whatever it was in the environment that created the internal change, be it pleasure or pain, that process is an event in and of itself. It's called a memory. This type of associative memory requires little conscious awareness.
Somewhere between the ages of 5 and 8, our brain waves change again to an Alpha wave pattern. In Alpha, the brain is in a light meditative state. The child can still exhibit imagination, but it is at this point in that the analytical mind begins to form. The child is genetically changing and along with the sum total of the environmental cues he has experienced, both will influence the growing nervous system. As a result of this type of brain wave activity, children begin to interpret and draw conclusions about the laws of external life. This is just about when children figure out that there is no Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus. As the analytical mind forms at this age, it acts as a barrier to separate the conscious mind from the subconscious mind.
Psychology texts state that the subconscious mind makes up about 90% of who we are. The conscious mind is therefore 10% of the total mind. While the subconscious mind is made up of those positive and negative identifications and associations that give rise to habits and behaviors, the conscious mind is primarily made of logic and reasoning which contribute to our will. It is at this point in development that we function more from our rational thinking. This is when the ego begins to take shape.
Because of how our brains develop, children have the ability to absorb vital information directly into their subconscious minds. Children are highly adaptive during the early years of life in order to organize cultural beliefs and societal behaviors into our nervous systems. The opportunities we provide for our children will directly dictate the experiences they will embrace in their own personal reality at some future time.
Now that we have examined how our brain (our "internal computer") develops, it becomes clear that by the time we become young adults, we have received all the programming needed to shape the people we become. We’ve always believed that human conscious thought is the seat of all higher forms of thinking; from art, to science, to language, our ability to process the world around us and reflect on deeper meanings has always seemed to be in the forefront of our minds. But what if all of our more abstract ruminations did not come from conscious thought at all? What if it was actually the subconscious dictating most of the things we do? Modern science now states that our brain makes up its mind up to ten seconds before we realize it.
So, what does this mean for our (perceived) free will?
In many of the ancient belief systems, they believed that our only free will is in our responses to external stimuli. We certainly cannot control what happens outside of ourselves, but what we CAN do is make a conscious choice every moment to respond to our environment in a way that will bring us our desired result. If we practice this every day, over and over, eventually we re-wire our brains to create a life that WANT instead of experiencing a life that is happening to us!