Exorcising Your Lizard Brain
The answer to exorcising our ancient “lizard brain” (the amygdala) is to ignore most of its dire warnings and be positive in our outlook.
I can share with you that this is the oldest part of the brain and is credited with keeping us aware of danger via the fight or flight response.
But living in modern society, it also functions to keep us in a fearful, negative, or even angry state of mind.
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Avoid the pitfalls of your lizard brain
To avoid those pitfalls (which I prefer to attribute to the subconscious mind), we must train ourselves to stop listening to it (unless there’s a dragon in your driveway), and stop being overly cautious.
Don’t make a Plan B and just go for it!
The subconscious mind keeps the record
The subconscious mind knows all there is to know.
It has listened to every aspiration we have dreamt and knew how to achieve it long before we consciously think of it.
The subconscious mind can hold people back from achieving their dreams and aspirations.
It’s not enough for the conscious mind to know that it can get something done.
The subconscious mind must also know it, or it will hold back its power.
Your subconscious mind lurks in the background
Here’s a brief passage from my upcoming book about this mind:
Your subconscious mind lurks in the background, like an antenna that sees and hears everything, whether your conscious mind is aware or not.
Your subconscious mind knows the truth of who you are and where you come from. It is a valuable asset that allows you to choose your own path. It doesn’t compete with anything or anyone.
This mind will never force you to look down the rabbit hole.
It wants the best for you and won’t tell you lies.
This mind is quiet and waits for you to ask for help, like an all-powerful and all-knowing genie locked up in a bottle, waiting to be called upon.
Unlike your ego, this mind does not need to prove its power; instead, it owns its power.
Embrace the mirror
There are three things you can do to Embrace the Mirror and get in touch with your subconscious mind:
1) Learn to quiet the conscious mind:
Start your morning off by spending ten to fifteen minutes just sitting in silence.
Take a stroll in nature, stop and appreciate the beauty that’s all around you. You might call this meditation, or simply your quiet, alone time.
2) Give thanks:
Start each day by being grateful for all the things that are going right in your life.
Don’t focus on the things that are not working, simply focus on the good. Our lizard brain wants us to worry and be fearful.
Focus on the positive.
3) Let go of your ego:
Put your ego aside and learn to dream and play like a child again.