Brain Bulletin: Because That is How You See Yourself


Terry Small


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You don’t perceive reality as it really is. You perceive reality as it is constructed by your own mind. Henri-Louis Bergson stated, “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” He was right. Your brain thinks in pictures, not words. Close your eyes for a moment and think of a tomato. Notice that you saw a picture of a “tomato”. It was probably red. You didn’t see the letters “t-o-m-a-t-o” floating nowhere in space.

This picture was created in the occipital lobe of your brain. Metaphorically, we call this “the mind’s eye.” These pictures in your mind’s eye are a big deal. Scientists, for years, have speculated that the act of seeing things in your mind’s eye uses the same brain circuits that you use when seeing things with your physical eyes. Brain scans now show this to be true. The mind’s eye really does exist and it shapes your version of reality.

Your brain engages with your environment by connecting incoming stimuli with what is already stored in your brain. Most likely the dominant picture. You check your Facebook pictures, the family album…when was the last time you mindfully checked the pictures in your brain? It is difficult to overstate the importance of this. Napoleon Hill once said, “You become what you think about.” This is a powerful thought. Your brain is a thought producing machine. Thoughts are real forces. Thoughts produce pictures in your brain.

These pictures are more powerful than you suspect. Any picture that is held in the mind’s eye is a force that will eventually produce an effect. And remember, thoughts that are emotionalised become magnetised. They attract similar thoughts. Albert Einstein said, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” You will always remain where you are unless you change your picture.

By changing the picture in your mind’s eye you begin to change your reality. Put the exact pictures you want in your brain. Once or twice won’t do it. Put them there over and over again. Then watch things change. Congratulations on learning something about your brain today. The Brain Bulletin is committed to help to do just that.

Always remember:“You are a genius!” Enjoy your brain.

What picture do you see when you think about yourself? What about success and failure? Terry Small is a brain expert who resides in Canada and believes that anyone can learn how to learn easier, better, faster, and that learning to learn is the most important skill a person can acquire. To interact with Small, email Click here for more brain experts. 
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