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5th April 2024

 You might remember an interesting scene from the movie, TAARE ZAMEEN PAR. The art teacher (Aamir Khan) tells the rude & cursing father of the dyslexic kid (Darsheel) about the Solomon Islands.

In those islands, the tribal don’t cut down a tree. They surround the tree & curse it for hours every day. Within a few weeks, the tree dries up & becomes dead.

Many of us might find that example too difficult to believe. How can intangible & invisible thoughts & words kill a tree!

Well, if you get to read Bruce H. Lipton’s ‘THE BIOLOGY OF BELIEF,’ you won’t only believe in the Solomon Islands story, but would also think a dozen times before saying something demoralizing to yourself and the people you love.

In this book, Lipton tells in detail about the power of conscious & subconscious mind.

The subconscious mind is millions of times more powerful than the conscious mind & decides most of the things in our lives according to the beliefs it has.

Many times we fail to change an unpleasant habit despite our will-power & consistent efforts. It’s because the habit has been so strongly programmed in our subconscious mind that the efforts made by our conscious mind hardly make any effect.

If you want to change your life in a far more effective way, you will have to get rid of the negative beliefs installed in our subconscious mind & reprogram it by installing new beliefs.

When the tribals of Solomon Islands curse a tree, they are actually installing negative & harmful beliefs in the tree’s mind (yes, trees do have minds too).

Within a few days, those negative beliefs change the molecular architecture of the tree and kill it from inside.

2500 years ago, when Buddha said that ‘you are what you think’, he was not articulating a random philosophical theory. Actually, he was telling a scientific fact which is now proven correct by Quantum Physics and Molecular Biology.

While reading the book, I remembered how Buddha had talked about the subconscious mind and its unfathomable power over our lives.

He called it ‘Alay Vigyan’ which means store consciousness. This is the part of mind where all our beliefs and experiences are stored; and they dictate our life from there.

The book has a special chapter on Conscious Parenting where it talks about the beneficial and harmful effects of what parents say to their children. If you are a parent and you keep cursing your child in the name of constructive criticism, you are installing beliefs in his mind which will keep harming him forever.

But if you keep appreciating the child in a sincere way, you are installing beliefs in his mind which will help him for his entire life.

And be careful of what you keep saying to yourself. Repetition of words and thoughts is the best way to install a belief in your subconscious mind.

If you keep saying you are a loser, don’t be surprised if you become one within a few months or years.

And if you have friends who keep saying such things to you, there is no harm in saying a quick goodbye to them. Maybe you value the friendship a lot. But you must value yourself a little more.

To sum up, I would like to share what Charlie Chaplin said to his grandson, “Even when I was in orphanage, when I was roaming the streets trying to find enough to eat to keep alive, even then I thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world. I had to feel that exuberance that comes from utter confidence in yourself.”

Be careful of your beliefs & what you say, say positive affirmations & stay blessed forever.