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A Brilliant Insight: How Your Mind Works – and How to Make it Work For You

We forget that to a certain extent we can choose what our mind hears, sees and experiences. This means we can change our interpretation of the world and reality.

There’s a great viral sensation that’s taken social media by storm (pardon the pun), and it illustrates this powerful understanding brilliantly.

It provides a wonderful insight into how we create our reality through our own chosen perception. What this means is we see, hear and experience what we look for – or what we’re focus on.

This auditory illusion has made the rounds before. It offers you the opportunity to focus on whichever word(s) you decide, and then those become the words you hear. Check out the original version HERE

It’s a fascinating insight into how our brains work. If you choose “brainstorm” or “green needle”, or perhaps a combination of either such as “green storm” then that is what you will hear. In fact, some people hear all of the words at once.

A friend of mine was intrigued by a TikTok video with the same content. It had gone viral. He was baffled and wanted to understand what was going on in his brain. That’s what inspired this article. I felt this was a wonderful way to understand the way our brain interprets reality and the amount of control we actually have.  

What many of us fail to realise is:

Our perception of reality is all reality really is – and we create it!

What an empowering thought this is.

The brain sees and experiences what it looks for. I illustrate this to my clients by suggesting they close their eyes and then asking how many red items they remember being in the room. The usually mention a couple, and are surprised to open their eyes to many more than what they’d “seen”.

So, let’s take this concept one step further. What are you likely to see, hear and experience if you focus on the following:

  • The goodness in you.
  • The special qualities in others.
  • The terrible state of the world.
  • Love – of yourself and others.
  • Your talents and abilities.
  • Helplessness.
  • Past mistakes, trauma, regret.
  • Future worry, fear, doubt.
  • The joy of life.
  • The freedom you have to choose anything you want.

Can you see the power in this simple but phenomenal understanding? 

At a deeply unconscious level, I believe one of the reasons why this video keeps going viral and why people are so intrigued by it, is because unconsciously we know it provides us with a brilliantly powerful understanding of how our mind, brain, senses and experiences are created and generated from inside out.

Sometimes, when my clients experience incredible life changes, they ask me how it’s possible. They wonder if perhaps the changes they’ve experienced emotionally and physiologically are simply a perception. Well, my answer is the same each time: of course it’s a perception, everything we experience is a perception of reality. In fact, the same reality can be perceived completely differently by different people. And our individual perception of the same reality is altered from day to day, even hour to hour, depending on a huge array of influences – such as how we are feeling emotionally or physically at the time, who we are with, the weather and an endless number of other external and internal factors.

It’s for this reason that when studying the impact of new medications, or as is incredibly important in today’s world – the effectiveness of a new vaccine trial, even the scientists are not aware of which trial participants are given the placebo versus the actual vaccination. This is because we know for a fact that the observer changes the observed; it’s a simple undisputed fact of physics. You can read about it on the Wikipedia page here.

If you really want to explore the concept even further this recent Forbes article explains how science proves the fact that the actual act of observing reality actually changes the reality.

The increasingly popular power of the “Placebo Affect” is something science is now taking very seriously – because it’s undeniably scientifically evident.

An awesome illustration of this was a recent client who we can call “John” for the purposes of anonymity. John was overwhelmingly plagued with uncontrollable eye floaters, to the point where he couldn’t stop blinking, he was unable to see, speak or think clearly, and it was affecting every part of his life. It was having an impact on his ability to work, it was negatively impacting his relationships as he was unable to focus on the conversations he was having. He felt distracted and unable to control the “eye floaters” he was seeing “95% of his life”. He was also struggling with a lifetime of OCD. Well, after just under 2 hours of intensive inner work, he opened his eyes and in disbelief he shared the fact that the eye floaters were gone. We went outside to test – bright light normally triggered the floaters to the extreme. They weren’t there. He texted me the next day in awe of his mind and the incredible way in which his life had changed. His OCD was no longer “his” – it was something he’d simply let go. 

Well, the fact is everything John experienced was about his perception of his thoughts, his vision, his experience and his reality. The changes did not reflect a change in the world around him, but rather a change in his internal world – which in turn generated the change he experienced in interpreting the world around him.

The great news to come out of all of this is:

  • You can create any reality you want.
  • You are able to recalibrate and rewire your brain, body and internal state.
  • All choices are yours.

Lyn Megan Macpherson (M.A., M.Ed., Dip.Clin.Hyp., Dip.NLP) is a Double Masters qualified, award winning, Government Accredited Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, Social Ecologist, Transformative Psychotherapist and published author.

Lyn has researched and practiced revolutionary ways to overcome fears, anxieties, and all forms of destructive patterns of thinking and behaviour in order to generate long-term, natural and transformative change. She specialises in empowering people with anxiety to calmly take control of their lives to confidently create their ultimate future.