Can We Change Our Brain?
If we can change our mind, we can change our brain.
But changing our mind isn’t as easy as we think!
Neural pathways are set up when we’re young
and that is our programme, our way of seeing.
We can change the way our brain works by being aware of the corruption within it. Our judgements are based on memory – the software on the hard drive – and that influences the whole process of perception. This programme is developed in our early years when we are at our most receptive, and thus we live a certain way of life. Most of us believe that’s the way we are, and we accept our place in life.
If we feel that we cannot change, then perhaps we can agree that we can refine our ideas – or at least be aware of our bias. First we have to be prepared to investigate how robotic we actually are. You cannot have a discussion with a robot. Being robotic is being unable to process new information that we hadn’t previously considered: we find that not only are we not interested, but we actually turn our gaze away.
“I’m not a robot!” Can you change your approach? Not easy, is it?
There are three approaches to changing our mind, changing our brain, changing ourselves. Wisdom meditation is the first way. It’s being aware of awareness, conscious of consciousness. In order that we don’t become robotic in our meditation, we destroy the meditation – short moments many times. This ensures that we turn our ‘self’ off. Wisdom is the clarity of mind essence. This the first influence of change.
The second approach is deep appreciation for the teachings about the nature of reality, to the extent that we now value this knowledge which makes our life meaningful, beneficial and happy. We become devoted to the genuine teachings and the genuine skilled teachers who make sure that we understand. This the second influence of change.
The third approach is a genuine, sympathetic kind heart towards those who are experiencing levels of suffering from the gross to the very subtle. That is compassion. This the third influence of change.
All three approaches take an idea of self out of the picture.