Since the beginning of time, man has been trying to figure out the mind.

Psychology and psychiatry have accumulated endless material trying to explain it.

So, by all reason it seems that the mind is an infinitely complicated instrument. After all, it’s an intangible thing that has the power to affect our lives in dramatic ways.

Well, the truth is — it really isn’t all that complicated.

That may sound like a bold statement, but bear with me…

Throughout an upcoming series of articles, we are going to begin systematically dispelling myths about the mind and see it for what it really is.

As we explore these topics about the mind, it’s extremely important to apply the releasing tools. Through releasing, you quiet the mind and you will find your own answers to what we’re talking about in an experiential way.

So with that said, let’s take a look at the mind.

There are three aspects to the mind:

The first aspect is the sensing aspect… we feel hot, we feel cold, and so on. Animals have this aspect and we have it.

The second aspect is the recording and playback aspect. The mind records things and plays it back to us, whether we want to listen to it or not.

Have you ever laid awake at night thinking, “You know what so-and-so said to me? I should have told them…”

Take a moment to consider this question: Who said you had to listen to this thing talk to you — this voice in your head?

Whose voice is it anyway?

By the way, we possess this aspect of mind as do animals.

If you take a baby elephant and tie its leg to the ground with a stake so it can’t move, it records in its mind that it can’t move when tied to the stake. When the elephant grows to eight tons, it won’t even try to move when tied to the same stake — even though it could easily lift its foot and pull the stake out of the ground.

This second aspect of the mind is the one that creates the most detriment in our lives. What happens is that we put a program into the mind and it plays forever until we decide to take it out.

Which leads us to the third aspect of the mind: the discriminating aspect.

Humans possess this aspect, but animals do not. A human knows that it’s a human, but a dog does not know that it’s a dog.

Picture yourself driving down the road and someone cuts you off. Anger erupts and you speed to catch up to them. Once you pull up alongside them and you look over to see that they are 6-foot-4 and weigh 280 pounds, your discriminating mind kicks in and you decide, “Wait a minute — maybe this isn’t such a good idea.”

So what’s the point of all of this, you may ask?

That’s what releasing is all about.

When you release, you are using your natural ability to take yourself off of automatic (immediately) and identify that you have a previously-recorded program playing in your head. You then use your tools to remove that program — on the spot.

When you pull that out, the mind goes quiet and you are able to take appropriate, discriminating action as needed…

…or simply enjoy the peace of mind that results when it no longer plays that program.