Every day, as you see
the same people (your boss, for example, and your spouse and kids), do the
same things (drive to work, perform your daily tasks, and do the same
workout), go to the same places (your favorite coffee shop, the grocery
store you usually frequent, and your place of employment), and look at the
same objects (your car, your house, your toothbrush . . . even your own
body), your familiar memories related to your known world “re-mind”
you to reproduce the same experiences.
We could say that the
environment is actually controlling your mind. Since the neuroscientific
definition of mind is the brain
in action, you repeatedly reproduce the same level of mind by
“re-minding” yourself who you think you are in reference to the outer
world. Your identity becomes defined by everything outside of you, because
you identify with all of the elements that make up your external world.
Thus, you’re observing your reality with a mind that is equal to it, so
you collapse the infinite waves of probabilities of the quantum field into
events that reflect the mind you use to experience your life. You create
more of the same.
You may not think that
your environment and your thoughts are that rigidly similar and your
reality so easily reproduced. But when you consider that your brain is a
complete record of your past, and your mind is the product of your
consciousness, in one sense you might always
be thinking in the past. By responding with the same brain hardware
that matches what you remember, you’re creating a level of mind that is
identical to the past, because your brain is automatically firing existing
circuits to reflect everything you already know, have experienced, and
thus can predict. According to quantum law (which, by the way, is still
working for you), your past is now becoming your future.
Reason this: When you
think from your past memories, you can only create past experiences. As
all of the “knowns” in your life cause your brain to think and feel in
familiar ways, thus creating knowable outcomes, you continually reaffirm
your life as you know it. And since your brain is equal to your
environment, then each morning, your senses plug you into the same reality
and initiate the same stream of consciousness.
All of the sensory input
that your brain processes from the external world (that is, seeing,
smelling, hearing, feeling, and tasting) turns your brain on to think
equal to everything familiar in your reality. You open your eyes and you
know the person lying next to you is your spouse because of your past
experiences together. You hear barking outside your door, and you know
it’s your dog wanting to go out. There’s a pain in your back, and you
remember it’s the same pain you felt yesterday. You associate your
outer, familiar world with who you think you are, by remembering yourself
in this dimension, this particular time and space.
What do most of us do
each morning after we’ve been plugged into our reality by these sensory
reminders of who we are, where we are, and so forth? Well, we remain
plugged into this past self by following a highly routine, unconscious set
of automatic behaviors.
For example, you
probably wake up on the same side of the bed, slip into your robe the same
way as always, look into the mirror to remember who you are, and shower
following an automatic routine. Then you groom yourself to look like
everyone expects you to look, and brush your teeth in your usual memorized
fashion. You drink coffee out of your favorite mug and eat your customary
breakfast cereal. You put on the jacket you always wear and unconsciously
zip it up.
Next, you automatically
drive to work along your accustomed, convenient route. At work you do the
familiar things that you have memorized how to do so well. You see the
same people, who push your same emotional buttons, which causes you to
think the same thoughts about those people and your work and your life.
Later, you hurry up and
go home, so you can hurry up and eat, so you can hurry up and watch your
favorite TV show, so you can hurry up and go to bed, so you can hurry up
and do it all over again. Has your brain changed at all that day?
Why are you secretly
expecting something different to show up in your life, when you think the
same thoughts, perform the same actions, and experience the same emotions
every single day? Isn’t that the definition of insanity? All of us have
fallen prey to this type of limited life, one time or another. By now, you
understand the reason why.
In the preceding
example, it is safe to say that you’re reproducing the same level of
mind, every day. And if the quantum world shows that the environment is an
extension of your mind (and that mind and matter are one), then as long as
your mind remains the same, your life will stay “status quo.”
Thus, if your
environment remains the same and you react by thinking in the same way,
then according to the quantum model of reality, shouldn’t you create
more of the same? Think of it this way: input remains the same, so the
output has to remain the same. How, then, can you ever create anything new?
There is another
possible consequence that I should mention, if you keep firing the same
neural patterns by living your life the same way each day. Every time you
respond to your familiar reality by re-creating the same mind (that is,
turning on the same nerve cells to make the brain work in the same way),
you “hardwire” your brain to match the customary conditions in your
personal reality, be they good or bad.
There is a principle in
neuroscience called Hebb’s Law.
It basically states that “nerve cells that fire together, wire
together.” Hebb’s credo demonstrates that if you repeatedly activate
the same nerve cells, then each time they turn on, it will be easier for
them to fire in unison again. Eventually those neurons will develop a
So when I use the word hardwired,
it means that clusters of neurons have fired so many times in the same
ways that they have organized themselves into specific patterns with
long-lasting connections. The more these networks of neurons fire, the
more they wire into static routes of activity. In time, whatever the
oft-repeated thought, behavior, or feeling is, it will become an
automatic, unconscious habit. When your environment is influencing your
mind to that extent, your habitat
becomes your habit.
So if you keep thinking
the same thoughts, doing the same things, and feeling the same emotions,
you will begin to hardwire your brain into a finite pattern that is the
direct reflection of your finite reality. Consequently, it will become
easier and more natural for you to reproduce the same mind on a
This innocent response
cycle causes your brain and then your mind to reinforce even further the
particular reality that is your external world. The more you fire the same
circuits by reacting to your external life, the more you’ll wire your
brain to be equal to your personal world. You’ll become neurochemically
attached to the conditions in your life. In time, you’ll begin to think
“in the box,” because your brain will fire a finite set of circuits
that then creates a very specific mental signature. This signature is
called your personality.
As an effect of this
neural habituation, the two realities of the inner mind and the outer
world seem to become almost inseparable. For instance, if you can never
stop thinking about your problems, then your mind and your life will merge
together as one. The objective world is now colored by the perceptions of
your subjective mind, and thus reality continuously conforms. You become
lost in the illusion of the dream.
You could call this a
rut, and we all fall into them, but it goes much deeper than that: not
just your actions, but also your attitudes and your feelings become
repetitive. You have formed the habit of being yourself by becoming, in a
sense, enslaved to your environment. Your thinking has become equal to the
conditions in your life, and thus you, as the quantum observer, are
creating a mind that only reaffirms those circumstances into your specific
reality. All you are doing is reacting to your external, known, unchanging
In a very real way, you
have become an effect of circumstances outside of yourself. You have
allowed yourself to give up control of your destiny. Unlike Bill
Murray’s character in the movie Groundhog
Day, you’re not even fighting against the ceaseless monotony of
what you are like and what your life has become. Worse, you aren’t the
victim of some mysterious and unseen force that has placed you in this
repetitive loop—you are the
creator of that loop.
good news is that since you created this loop, you can choose to end it.
The quantum model of
reality tells us that to change our lives, we must fundamentally change
the ways we think, act, and feel. We must change our state of being.
Because how we think, feel, and behave is, in essence, our personality, it
is our personality that creates
our personal reality. So to
create a new personal reality, a new life, we must create a new
personality; we must become someone else.
To change, then, is to
think and act greater than our present circumstances, greater than our
Before I begin to
explore the ways in which you can think greater than your environment and
to thus break the habit of being yourself, I want to remind you of
It is possible to think
greater than your present reality, and history books are filled with
people who have done so, men and women such as Martin Luther King, Jr.,
William Wallace, Marie Curie, Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Edison, and Joan of
Arc. Every one of these individuals had a concept in his or her mind of a
future reality that existed as a potential in the quantum field. This
vision was alive in an inner world of possibilities beyond the senses, and
in time, each of these people made those ideas a reality.
a common thread, they all had a dream, vision, or objective that was much
larger than they were. They all believed in a future destiny that was so
real in their minds that they began to live as if that dream were already
happening. They couldn’t see, hear, taste, smell, or feel it, but they
were so possessed by their dream that they acted in a way that
corresponded to this potential reality ahead of time. In other words, they
behaved as if what they envisioned was already a reality.
For example, the
imperialist dictums that had India under colonial rule in the early 1900s
were demoralizing to Indians. Despite that, Gandhi believed in a reality
that wasn’t yet present in his people’s lives. He wholeheartedly
endorsed the concepts of equality, freedom, and nonviolence with undying
Even though Gandhi
endorsed liberty for all, the reality of tyranny and British control at
that time was quite different. The conventional beliefs of that era were
in contrast to his hopes and aspirations. Although the experience of
liberty was not a reality while he was initially engaged in changing
India, he did not let outward evidence of adversity sway him to give up
For a long time, much of
the feedback from the external world didn’t show Gandhi that he was
making a difference. But seldom did he allow the conditions in his
environment to control his way of being. He believed in a future that he
could not yet see or experience with his senses, but which was so alive in
his mind that he could not live any other way. He embraced a new future
life while physically living his present life. He understood that the way
he was thinking, acting, and feeling would change the current conditions
in his environment. And eventually, reality began to change as a result of
When our behaviors match
our intentions, when our actions are equal to our thoughts, when our minds
and our bodies are working together, when our words and our deeds are
aligned . . . there is an immense power behind any individual.