The greatest discovery you will ever make is not a wooden chest filled with gold coins, or the true location of Noah’s ark, or a new species of plant or animal, or anything of the sort. The greatest discovery a person could ever make is the discovery of the potential of their own mind.
History is full of great minds and great achievements; but those achievements were all born in the mind of a person willing to listen to their own greatness – their own power from within. I can think about airplanes, and flying, for instance; but only because others thought of such things first – and in such ways that great, flying creations naturally resulted.
I say “naturally resulted” simply because everyone knows the only truly verifiable law of human nature is, “As a man thinketh, so it is done…” Other great minds throughout history have said the same thing in many ways; and it is up to us to come to understand what they mean – if we want true dominion over our own lives, anyway. How do some people turn their thoughts into reality — regardless of the size of the thought — when others seem completely unable to control the thoughts they choose to dwell on? There are at least two very different things going on here — two very different ways of using the mind and its ability to believe.
Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge;” and Henry Ford put it this way: “If you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right!” Both men – great and remembered for very different accomplishments – were simply paraphrasing the same teachings Jesus was passing along, and the same axiom investors must come to understand: “Past performance is no guarantee of future success.” It doesn’t matter what we “know” from experience, in other words; it matters what we “think” and “believe” about the future. As William James writes, “Belief creates the actual fact.”
The person who knows that men cannot fly in airplanes is not the person who spends long hours seeking such a thing, nor is he the person remembered for inventing the airplane. There are certain “rewards” reserved for he who believes. The difference between these men is not that one has a mind and the other does not; the difference is that one is using his mind while the other is using his brain.
The brain is where we receive and process signals from our environment – sight, sound, etc, enter our brain as waves of energy passing through the holes in our heads (pupils, ears, nostrils, mouth, pores, etc…). The brain and nervous system is also where we store that information as memory – just as your computer does. The things that go into our head are said to either stay in, or be accessible by, the brain. But that’s not where NEW things come from; they come from the Mind.
The brain stores and processes historical archives, or memory; creation comes from the Mind, arrives as a positive, uplifting feeling in your heart, and then travels to the brain as inspiration, just as sound travels there from your ears, light from your eyes, and smells detected by your nose. The heart is the “sensory organ for truth and inspiration;” hence statements such as, “As you believeth in your heart…,” by people who are wise enough to know the difference between “information” from the heart and head.
Just because you assume they mean “head” when they say “heart,” doesn’t mean they did. Research done by neurocardiologists at The Institute of Heart Math has highlighted for the entire medical world that the Heart is the source of Intelligence in the body – not the brain. And, in fact, the belief that the brain tells the heart when to beat is also a thing of the past.
The fact is that the signals sent out by the heart are much stronger (perhaps 40-times stronger) than the signals produced by the brain. The brain communicates with the heart, in other words, but only because it lives is it able to do so; and the source of that life, and the information that allows the brain to operate, is within the heart – just as is the source of the human heartbeat (another new understanding in medicine). The brain sends information wherever nerves go; the heart sends information to every living cell in your body.
The next time you say to yourself, “Man! I knew I should have…!” ask yourself which “part” of you KNEW what to do. You will find the part that “knows” is different than the part that “thinks and plans.” We represent these as a little “demon” on one shoulder and a little “angel” on the other, but this is the choice we are always faced with – whether to listen to our hearts or to our heads.
Unfortunately, because our heads are so close to our ears and our hearts are a little further south, most people listen to their brain (“I’d better do this; or something bad might happen…”) and respond to common fears and judgments about potential outcomes. This is why they say, “Think long; think wrong;” and the fact it is so easy and common is why they say that “the path to destruction is wide…”
Dream; dream big; and believe in yourself, your dreams, and in your heart. You can either believe you can, or think you can’t, but the choice is yours alone to make; and the choice you make is the reality you get. The world isn’t expecting you to be afraid; it is waiting for you to shine. So put your hand on your heart and be still. Ask for what you want, think and dream about it no matter what it is, or how big or small. When that thought feels like love in your heart, it is on its way. Then, do whatever you feel inspired to do; and do it boldly.
If you feel it in your heart, it is part of your plan. Have faith in yourself and keep knocking until the door opens. “Knock and it shall be opened unto you…” doesn’t mean knock once and walk away from your dream. Why would you do that at the door to your future? You deserve to live your dreams as much as the next person; but you can’t live them if you don’t have them, and you can’t enjoy them if you don’t learn to enjoy! If you want to live and be happy, you must be like a child; responsible adults are far more likely to die than happy, playing children. Don’t let your beliefs about life, and time, steal your time and life from you. Discover the power of your heart and mind. Discover your self; and discover your dreams.