Who is in charge?

Ego In Charge
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Pettry amzanig huh?

The above paragraph illustrates that we do not read by assembling letters into words from left to right. Instead we use forecasting to predict what a jumble of letters means. This allows us to read fast and correct for errors.

The key idea here is that forecasting is central to how we function. This is not limited to just reading but pretty much everything we do. The central aspect of forecasting is that it needs a model. A model is an idea of how something works. Once the model is in place we can input a limited number of details and simulate the rest. When we read the words in the first paragraph we are able to simulate the words in the original sentence through the model of English Language in our head. Somebody who is not a native English speaker may find it hard to read the first paragraph because the English model in his head may not be very good.

When sight is restored to somebody who has been blind since birth, he does not immediately begin to “see”. All he sees is fuzzy formless light. It may take months, if not years before normal seeing commences. This is because the person has no model for vision. Only once this is built can normal sight work. When we look around the room we do not scan every part of the room starting with the top left corner zigzagging down. Instead we take in the details of a few spots and simulate the rest using our in-built model for sight. Continue reading

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The Enemy Is Us!

Why is our life such a struggle for success and love? Does this have to be this way? Is there a way out? This short video presentation provides some tantalizing answers. This may take you in a whole new direction in understanding and exploring consciousness.

If you know the source of your problem then you can do something about it. Take the time and find out the answers for yourself! If you find this useful click on the Like button to share and forward this on.

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The Challenge Of Consciousness

Consciousness is the highest gift that has been bestowed upon us. However we spend very little time understanding it. This is because we are just too busy consuming consciousness rather than understanding it!

Does consciousness arise due to a special arrangement of atoms? Just like you can make a computer can we also assemble a brain that then gives rise to consciousness? In other words is consciousness “created” by the brain? If the brain does not exist does the conscious experience go out with it?

There is an alternate model for consciousness. Rather than being “created” by the brain it is merely “received” by it. Just like a radio receives a broadcast, we can imagine the brain “receiving” consciousness. Now instead of thinking of consciousness as an emerging phenomenon, we think of consciousness differently.

We can now think of consciousness as a deeper independent property of the universe that manifests in the brain. Just like our eyes are tools that manifest vision and sight, the brain becomes a tool that manifests consciousness.

When we disassemble the radio we do not find a band of musicians inside, similarly when we disassemble the brain we do not find anything that can create cognition and intelligence. All we find is a mechanism that can “catch” the “broadcast” of consciousness that is coming from elsewhere.

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A Gift Not Accepted


One day Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. “You have no right teaching others,” he shouted. “You are as stupid as everyone else. You are nothing but a fake.”

Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom the gift belongs?”

The man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, “It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.”

The Buddha smiled and said, “That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself.”

“If you want to stop hurting yourself, you must get rid of your anger and become loving instead. When you hate others, you yourself become unhappy. But when you love others, everyone is happy.”

The young man listened closely to these wise words of the Buddha. “You are right, o Enlightened One, “he said. ”Please teach me the path of love. I wish to become your follower.”

The Buddha answered kindly, “Of course. I teach anyone who truly wants to learn. Come with me.”

This story came to us via e-mail. The source of this story has not been verified and we have no idea of the historical authencity of this story. We nevertheless feel that this story offers a useful lesson and are hence posting it. Please let us know your thoughts on it and pass it on if you find it useful.

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Who packed your parachute?

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Captain Charlie Plumb flew combat missions over Vietnam. On his 75th mission, with only 5 days before he was to return home, Plumb was shot down and he ejected into enemy territory. He was captured, tortured, and imprisoned for the next 6 years. He survived the ordeal and now maintains a web-site and is a motivational speaker.

Recently he narrated a story to his audience. He was sitting in a restaurant and was approached by a stranger. “You’re Captain Plumb!” The stranger exclaimed. “You flew jet fighters in Vietnam. You were on the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down and parachuted into enemy hands,” the stranger continued.

“All this is true. But how do you know?” Plumb asked.

“I packed your parachute!” replied the stranger. Plumb was speechless when he heard that. He staggered to his feet and held out a very grateful hand of thanks.

Plumb could not sleep that night. He kept wondering, “How many times I must have passed him on that aircraft carrier and not even wished him good morning. After all he was a lowly seaman and I was a fighter pilot!”

Plumb could not help thinking about the many hours the sailor must have spent alone in the bowels of the ship on a long wooden table laboriously hand packing hundreds of parachutes. And that he was alive today because of the diligence and sincerity of this man’s effort.

Plumb then looks to the audience and asks, “Who is packing your parachute?”

“I survived thanks to not only the guy who packed my physical parachute. I survived also because somebody packed my emotional parachute, my spiritual parachute, my health and wellness parachute, and so on.”

“We must take time and acknowledge all the people who pack our parachutes! For those who we do not even know, the only recourse is to pass the favor forward and make sure that we in turn pack somebody else’s parachute!”

To see Charlie Plumb in action watch this video.

While we are on the topic of Parachutes, you may like the following stress-buster joke.

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