I grew up in a home that talked of the subconscious mind, meditation and dabbled in self-hypnosis. Although I found myself better equipped than the average person to be able to handle emotions and negativity, I felt that there was a missing piece. I turned to religion, born a Catholic and having a strong connection to Jesus Christ and the saints I remained in that religious sphere. Still, I felt there was a missing piece, I turned to ancient Indian teachings and learned yoga and meditation. I loved the camaraderie but this too turned into an ‘us versus them’.
I drifted to learning about different religions, assimilating all that was good and discarding all that felt hostile. I have settled on science, the process of deliberating all the facts, verifying the statements and carrying out controlled tests, appeals greatly to me. A lover of truth I hate diabolical schemes designed to lure and brainwash people.
I have learned much about people and about how the mind works, especially the tricks it plays. What I discovered through self-introspection, scientists have studied and concluded; that humans are hard-wired to non-consciously shift their view of reality to avoid working harder.
“Our brain tricks us into believing the low-hanging fruit really is the ripest,” says Dr Nobuhiro Hagura, who led the UCL team before moving to NICT in Japan. “We found that not only does the cost to act influence people’s behavior, but it even changes what we think we see.”
Which inadvertently begs the question, can you trust your judgments to be true or is it just the easiest option? This explains something that has perplexed me for years, why do people support an organization, group etc. that is blatantly in the wrong? It takes courage to stand up against your own, easier to alter your perception and justify their actions.
The study of conspiracy theories and those who believe it is more understandable in this perspective. People are governed by how they feel and less with the truth of the matter. Your devotion to a person will make you less critical of them, your allegiance to an organization will have you defending murder if need be.
While all this served as an Aha moment and the filling of the human behavior as predictable, I was intrigued by another question. Is there a way to overcome this unconscious tendency to change reality to suit one’s concept of the path of least resistance? The obvious answer was to raise awareness. Mediation came to mind, surely mediation would be the one exercise that would help combat this truth-bending hardwiring of the mind?
I was shocked to discover that it does nothing of the sort if anything it gives one a grander illusion of one’s correctness. Apparently believing oneself to be enlightened or under the guidance of an enlightened leader reduces the brain’s need to consciously evaluate anything, less work.
The rate of trusting one’s gut feeling, intuition rises sharply throwing logic, reasoning and scientific approaches into the bin. The tendency to be magnetized (mirror neurons) increases and you tend to sync with the leader, the group etc. Individuality is lost, the theory of oneness triumphs, although quite altruistic in its description it is anything but loving. There is deep-seated resentment against those who don’t ‘get it’ or are ‘less evolved’. Anger, loathing, judgments, and the most docile reaction ‘indifference’ often misinterpreted as acceptance is prevalent.
So what does work? Apparently hard work, the willingness to be rejected, mocked, isolated and the hunger to know the truth. Not a very appealing prospect, but for those who seek the Truth, nothing else will do. What makes it easier? Having love and compassion, understanding why people do what they do and forgiving them. Knowing that only you need to know the Truth, the approval of others is not to be desired, in fact, if you find someone agreeing with you, question your truths and test your beliefs.
Referance : https://elifesciences.org/articles/18422