Another Metaphor

 The human mind is the source, and properly directed, the solution to all our problems. Dalai Lama

I can’t resist sharing this interesting story here to make my point about the mind. Three scientists were discussing: “What is the most wonderful invention in the world?  world?”

Astronomer: The radio telescope. With it the furthest reaches of the cosmos are open to human inspection, and the mysteries of the billions of galaxies beyond our natural sight are revealed.

Nuclear Physicist:: The particle accelerator. It reveals to us the fundamental intricacies upon which the entire universe is based.

Engineer: You are both wrong, it’s the thermos bottle. Why? Because it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold. When asked what is so wonderful about that, he replied… How does it know?

This story is an important metaphor or symbol for me because I believe the human mind is the most wonderful invention in the world. Why? Because science doesn’t even know how it knows. I believe there is no technological device, no matter how sophisticated, that can equal the power, flexibility, and user-friendliness as the human mind. We all possess the world’s finest multi-sensory learning devise right behind our eyes. All we have to do is believe it and use it.

Using the whole brain and the multi-mind may not be the whole story since we don’t yet fully understand human consciousness. In making our important decisions in the future we may need to consider involving our brain, mind, spirit, soul, heart, gut, and even the “seat of our pants.” I realize that the thermos bottle doesn’t need to know whether the contents is hot or cold. And maybe we don’t need to know how we know. And maybe we don’t need to know as much as we think we need to know.

Why do I focus on what is in your mind, my mind, our minds — our collective worldview? The mind is the source of creating a positive future because your beliefs about life and the universe, about the past, present and future and about what is positive and negative are in your mind. Today, for example, when the coronavirus crisis increases uncertainty, what is going on in our minds is our greatest asset. Properly directed, it is the solution to all our problems.

Properly directing your  mind involves your human consciousness where information, reason, beliefs, thoughts, perception, emotion, intuition, intention, imagination, memory, etc. take place and form your worldview. Be sure to use all of it. But one thing you need to understand about mind and consciousness is that we don’t yet fully understand mind and consciousness. So we are discussing something we don’t know how it knows.

The mind has a mind of its own, Old saying.



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  1. EUGENE UNGER says:

    Like it very much. Add faith and you are complete. Without it , when our mind ceases to exist, so does all its beautiful thoughts. HB , in whom or what will you trust to carry you into eternity? Lovingly your friend Gene

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Marianne says:

    This is a very thought provoking blog. I like the metaphor very much. However, now when my brain is not functioning as well, what does that mean for our ability to use it all. If my brain is not functioning fully, who am I really? I worried about that when I was young and first was aware of people “losing they minds” or having a psychological breakdown. If that happened, would I still exist as me. Now that my brain is not functioning fully, am I still the person I was?

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