The TV in Your Skull
In my search for Supreme Success, I know for certain that I need to become a lifelong learner. The natural question to follow — how?
We spent the first part of our lives, learning, we are forced to learn — our teachers teach us rudimentary techniques to achieve this, resulting in us, dispising even the thought of learning. I feel a sense of dread when I think about some of the experiences with learning in my younger days. This shouldn’t be the case, we should be taught to love this area, as it will be a part of our lives for the rest of our lives.
As an Adult now, coming to this realisation that learning is a part of me, I have become curious about how I can re-ignite this area and learn to enjoy every single moment of it. Once I can achieve this, then I know for certain that no matter what the circumstances are, my life will be filled with joy, as I know that the TV in my skull will be stimulated beyond my imagination.
As I looked around, I noticed, there in the background, a book, wow, perfect timing, what a “coincidence”, exactly what I needed, “Unlimited Memory” by Grandmaster Kevin Horsley.
As I start to flick through the pages, two passages strike me:
“Your mind is like an internal movie screen on which you can ask it to produce information. This is how we think and learn effectively. Your brain creates miracles everyday by converting lifeless information into pictures and ideas. When you become aware of this, every word becomes a picture drawn with letters because words are only symbols of three-dimensional images.”
“Reading and understanding is also a creative imagination process. It is a power that can be compared to magic. We succeed in this area when we produce images in our mind. When we don’t, we feel confused or ignorant. If I tried to explain to you how a car engine works but you don’t know what an engine looks like or if I didn’t have one for you to look at or a drawing to represent it, it would be really difficult to understand.”
WOW, my mind is blown — it seems so obvious. I know subconsciously, I do, do this at some level. However, I know for certain, that consciously it doesn’t feel like, that is the aim when I read or learn. I have taken out the imaginative and creative part of learning and therefore, I always felt confused and frustrated. That pain takes over, and the News, Facebook, and Youtube tabs open, my dopamine hit has arrived, ahh, finally, my brain doesn’t have to deal it with anymore. I can relax for five minutes before I switch back. Damn, that five minutes has cost me twenty minutes in focus trying to re-adjust, what a waste of time.
My life and approach to learning have drastically changed with only those two passages. I now make the conscious effort to visualise and attempt to use my brain — all of a sudden it feels fun! It feels like I am making a movie in my head. I can feel the neurons connecting and forming.
As lifelong learners, we need to ensure that when we learn, it is fun. Otherwise, we are going to retreat at the first sign of a struggle. We need to use our imagination. We need to visualise. We need to use the brain for its intended purpose, to be creative.
We have become so lazy, that nowadays we let the Television do all the work of our brains for us. Our brain sits in our skull, contemplating its uselessness and its purpose. The brain becomes lazy, it wants to conserve energy, and you are helping it. The saying “use it or lose it” is not unfathomed, it has a lot of merits.
Why not flip it around, let us work that muscle in our skull and use it to make our own movies.
I know for myself, this will take a lot of energy to re-train, but now that I have become conscious of it, it feels…right. It feels like I’m using my brain the way it is meant to be used. It is slowly becoming easier for the brain to grow, just like any other muscle, it takes time and patience.
Let us not degrade the most important muscle in our body, what is a body, without a mind?
If you have any suggestions on ways that have helped you enjoy learning, please share, I am always interested in learning new and different techniques.
Alhamdulillah for the knowledge and inspiration to write this article.