The first thing we have to talk about is the open mind. What is it, what does it do, do you have one and why would you want one. These are all good questions, so let's get into it.
An open mind is being open to not knowing. It's being open to being wrong, it's being open to the possibility that what you currently believe to be true could be wrong.
Is it a good thing to have an open mind, is this a healthy approach?
Well only you can answer that. If I tell you, it me telling you what to think and then you could just be following my beliefs. Unless you already have an open mind.
So let me ask you. Do you think it's better to have a belief and stick to it rigidly or is it better to be open to the possibility that something else could be true?
It's seems pretty obvious.
So what does having an open mind do for you?
It allows you to change the way you see the world, it allows you to change your beliefs and behaviours.
Let me give you two examples of a closed mind;
"When you die, that's it. Your body dies and your mind goes with it, lights out, nothing else happens, the end."
This could be true, it makes sense, you have a human body that has become conscious. It is able to support life but when the body can no longer support life, it dies along with you.
Let's look at another example;
"Everything is energy, your are a spiritual being made of energy, energy can't be destroyed. You are in a body capable of supporting this energy that has become conscious. When the body dies, it can no longer support life, but the energy (your spirit) leaves the body and moves on, to live life again. Each time this energy wants to become more and more conscious and so it's mission in life is consciousness."
Both could be true. We have no way of knowing for sure if one is right or wrong. If you're rejecting one and don't have a solid reason other than it sounds ridiculous. You have a closed mind. To open your mind you need to not rule either out.
I've been thinking a lot about the open mind lately and I see it all the time. If you think all this spiritual stuff or God sounds like B.S. and so you choose to believe in nothing and that you'll just die and that's that.
It's still just a belief. It's one possibility. It's no less or more ridiculous than the other possibilities. Only your current belief makes it sound like that.
You can argue with the disillusion of a mystical God in the clouds, but even that could be a misrepresentation of it's actual meaning. It sounds very similar to what a lot of spiritualists talk about with the universe and when viewed like that. Even my once closed and sceptical mind could see the possibility.
It even makes sense when you see some of the science behind it. We don't know everything there is to know. We're not even the first intelligent civilisation on this planet if you believe in the City of Atlantis, which was apparently destroyed with all records lost.
Do you believe that? Because it could be possible right...
So what got me onto this, is that I'm watching a training course on Quantum Healing Hypnosis Therapy. In this the instructor talks about Past Life, Singular Consciousness and Extra Terrestrials as if this is the truth.
When you're listening to this is sounds very plausible. It could well be the case. Just as a film like the Matrix can make you question reality, so it is possible that this reality could be true also. And in case you're wondering as far as the course is concerned I have no doubt it works for overcoming issues a person is facing as effectively as many other modalities.
My issue with this course is that it's talked about as if it's fact, and it's not. It's an opinion or belief. The techniques work, but when the instructor is talking to the Subconscious as if it's the collective energies of the spirit world to me it seemed as if she's just talking to the Subconscious.
I'm not saying she's wrong, just that she's not right either.
My personal belief on the Subconscious and why it's powerful to work with is simply because the conscious mind is by definition is aware or distracted by so many things. When you get to the subconscious, you're turning those things off and allowing the person to get into the questions you ask them without distractions.
I can ask the same questions to a person when they're not hypnotised (or in deep relaxation) and they'll be able to search their own subconscious for the answer (it will be a little harder but comes with the benefit that they'll be able to do it themselves while they are in their day to day state.), they just have to search for it a little more as they dig through the clutter.
By the way, to have an open mind I have to be open to this being wrong too, it's just a theory like all of the others.
At the end of the day, all that matters is does it work. Does it help the client.
So, what's the point in having an open mind? Is it worth it? Well if your mind was completely closed you wouldn't believe you could change your life and could leave everything completely to fate to sort out. So the chances are your mind is at least partially open. And it seems to be a good thing. To question the status quo, to question your own beliefs and reason.
But don't take my word for it. Ask yourself if having an open mind is something you want. If it is, starting questioning things. A great question to ask is... "Why".
Let me know what you think in the comments.
Ashley suffered with Social Anxiety for 15 years, he learned tools and techniques to help him quickly and while having fun overcome and heal his Social Anxiety. Now he is showing you how you can live free of anxiety and enjoy your life the way you want to.