Albert Einstein once said that “Reality is an merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one”, and after all my investigations into possibilities and the human potential, the words of MC Escher are for me truer than ever:”Are you really sure that floor can’t also be ceiling?” Although this question might sounds strange, how can we know, and how do we know what is real and what is not? Is there actually such a thing as reality?
I don’t know where I first heard this, yet I know that many times I have used this argument myself when asked why I do what I do. The basic notion is that we only use 10% of our brain, and that drugs as well as other measures can increase this percentage. Additionally, we tend to believe that geniuses such as Einstein or Da Vinci used more of their brain. Yet, is this really true? Do we really only use 10% of our brain?
When you look at nature, different species are born in different stages of their readiness to tackle this planet. Mountain goats, once born, take a couple of minutes to get their balance, and the next thing you know, they are skipping around happily! Fish can swim immediately as well. So, depending on the species, the “apprenticeship” has a different time frame. Now, the longest of all these apprenticeships is served by the human being! When we are born, the only thing we are equipped to do is scream, eat and soil ourselves. What does this mean?
From the very beginning of our education, our teachers tend to focus more and more up and to the left, where rational thoughts is said to be generated. The rest of our body is seen as a mode of transportation, to get our left hemisphere from one place to the next. That is why we believe that we can control our mind, yet our body just tends to do whatever it wants to. But what if our body and mind are more intimately linked than we think? What if the body can affect the mind the same way the mind affects the body?
When I started surfing, I was in the water every day. Every day I would do my best, however I did not make any progress. The more time I spent in the water, the harder it got. So, I left it. I did not surf for an entire month, and when I got back in the water, BOOM. It was easy. A similar process is at work whenever we think too much about a problem. The more we work on solving it, the less obvious the solution becomes. What to do? Sleep!
“They can because they think they can.” – Vergil
Surfing through the web you can come across some crazy stuff. Just yesterday I saw a site offering meet ups for anything under the sun in any major city. By itself, this is a great thing. But then, I came across my favorite meet up groups: the shyness group. This is a group of 32 people who say they lack the confidence to meet people…am I the only one, or is this a touch ironic?
Yesterday night I had the dubious pleasure of watching a horror movie called “The Descent”. Although the plot is mediocre at best, I couldn’t help sitting on the couch hanging on to whatever was within reach. Scene upon scene, the dark filming was underlined by dark music that would turn any holiday video into a rendition of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. So, what really scared me in this movie was not what I saw, but what I heard. Deciding to experiment, I sat down on the couch and watched a couple of scenes without sound, and my fear had all but disappeared. So, what is the incredible power of music?