It has been scientifically proven that most of the time we humans use only 2% of our brain power.
To me that’s astonishing. But, it’s true, to function on auto pilot ie: wake up, take a shower, brush teeth, have breakfast, get to work etc we only need to tap into 2% of our brain power. And that has become the way in which we are living our lives, most of the time, on auto pilot.
We can all relate to the fact that we have 5 senses: sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch and we experience the world through our five senses. But give the following questions a few moments’ thought.
When was the last morning you walked from your hall door to your car and listened to the birds singing high in the trees? Or did you rush to your car battling the elements, rooting in your bag or tapping your pockets for your keys, double checking you have your phone and checking the time again?
When did you last sit down and taste your meal? Really inhale the aromas of the food and taste the flavours as they explode in your mouth? Or did you rush your lunch while scrolling through the app on the five-inch device in your hand?
When did you last hold a conversation and really listen to what the other was saying, really hear them, without your mind filling with thoughts of how you are going to respond while they are still talking?
When did you last stroke a blade of grass, feel the bark of a tree, or stop and feel the breeze in your face? Or did you rush on by oblivious to your surroundings in haste to your destination.
When did you last feel the sand beneath your feet or soil fall through your fingertips?
And when was the last time you really hugged someone – to be fair I think this one tops the mark because I still feel when humans hug, most of us really hug.
When you consider that each of us have an internal super power (our intuition) constantly available to us, it seems crazy to me that we forget to tap into that power. And for those of us who do tap into and listen to our intuition, most of us are so busy living our lives on auto pilot we forget to remember the power that our intuition can connect us to.
We are not just human machines. We are spirit beings having a human experience.
We are here to create, share, learn and grow. To do so we need connection, both to each other and to Mother Nature. The most conscious way in which we connect and experience the world around us is through our five senses.
These cold Winter days fill the outdoors with scant clad trees as they pause and sleep. Crisp days and long, warm nights with the glow of dancing fires fill our retreats during cosy nights in hibernation. The joy and the magic of the Christmas Season sings through the air. Christmas carols, candle light and the aroma of pine and cinnamon fill our senses with Yuletide’s blessings. Innocence rises to the fore with excitement and hope for what will be. Followed by the birth of a new year, new growth and new beginnings. Notice how Mother Nature fills the now, complete with providence and harmony, ensuring the effortless flow that completes the cycles of life. All we need to do is be aware and at one with Her harmony. Feel, see, hear and notice the perfection in her providence.
When we do, we notice the stress fall away from our limbs as we become more centred and we notice a clarity awakens within. That’s the connection right there. Quite like an instant momentary restoration reset.
Yet we live on autopilot and wonder why we feel disconnected.
The truth that most of forget to remember throughout the busy moments that become our lives is that Mother Nature provides her womb in which seven billion of us live. Her placenta is the life force that carries infinite providence, feeding us with all that we need in which to grow, create, experience and share. Even though we can never understand where the providence is coming from or how it gets there on a humanistic level, part of us trusts it and knows it is in endless supply. In much that same way as a child in utero trusts his mother and knows that he is at one with his mother. Relate this to your life right now and ask what would you do differently if you completely trusted the universe, in the knowing that you and the universe are one in the same? Quite like Rumi says: ‘We are not a drop in the ocean we are the entire ocean in a drop’.
The Universe whispers her messages every day, through her subtle, powerful sounds, sights, touch, taste and smell. Yet we are distracted in autopilot, forgetting to notice the voice of wisdom and feel at one with all that is, and whole within ourselves.
And we wonder why there is a sense of lack in our lives.
The many complex systems in our human anatomy hold the intelligence to identify problems, heal itself, let us know what our body needs, it tells us when we are hungry, thirsty, tired and so on. Not only that, our brain has the capacity to develop far beyond a measure that we have even discovered.
Yet we live life at the level of function.
We disregard the five senses while the ever-present conversation the Universe is having with us goes both disregarded and unheard, because we think we are too busy to stop and listen, feel, see and know.
Imagine if the battery on your phone was at 2%, the stress and anxiety caused to try and do all that you need to do, within the limited power available. Yet as humans we forget that all we need to do is plug into the mains and allow the flow of effortless and endless connection.
To me, this is like having the most powerful car parked in the driveway. This baby can do anything, go anywhere, its intel is the latest, most sophisticated there is, all it needs is fuel and it can take us anywhere. It has inbuilt sat-navs, the latest blue tooth device, it knows the road, adjusts to speed limits, terrains and even has a system that’s constantly updating itself – For those of you of a certain age (I cannot believe I just said that!), some might even call this super power ‘KIT’. This baby can do anything, we just need to program her, connect with the road and off we go.
Yet we drive to the shop and back in second gear.
So, how do we connect with the whole of us? How do we listen to our intuition and drive our potential from there?
Connect with all of you, connect with nature, each other and self. Listen and hear with all of you. Look and see with all of you. Taste, touch and smell with all of you and feel the wisdom that surrounds you. Be mindful of you, mindful of the moment and mindful of your surroundings. Make this a practice and notice your power naturally rise.
I will leave the final word to Shakespeare: ‘To thine own self be true’. Remember we all come from the same Source of Creation, some call that God and I do too. God is Love and so are You. Behind all the noise, chaos, worry, haste and confusion, that’s all that counts because that’s all there really is.
Throughout the moments that become your life, connect with that love through your body, mind, heart and soul. There you will find your clarity and peace of mind. From there, your life will begin to change, and your power realised to a potential beyond measure.
Hilary Connor, Author, Spiritual Development Coach