You have mind cancer. As a matter of fact, we all do. The good news is it’s the figurative kind. If we did have real cancer, our brains would eventually lose the ability to clearly process thought. The cancer cells would essentially distort our neuro pathways, and our thoughts would become unclear. What if this same process happens when we’re fed “abnormal” thoughts?
Abnormal thoughts occur when we take in the ideas and opinions of others and formulate a story about who we are and what we do. Just like a patient with a malignant tumor, our rational ability to take in and process information becomes difficult and distorted. Every experience we’ve had, good or bad, creates the lens we see our environment through. If we pay enough attention to these thoughts, they become our truths. To better understand how this happens, let’s take a quick look at the multiple layers of our thinking.
Information goes through a two-step process in our minds. First it enters the conscious or external layer of our mind. This is the place where we “think.” The conscious mind is where we churn ideas and formulate our opinions. Next the information flows into a deeper level of thinking, the subconscious. This part of the mind is far bigger than our recognizable conscious thought. Think about an iceberg. You can see the small top above the water line, but there is a deep, vast portion you don’t see under the water. This hidden part is the subconscious, and it controls most of our thought. This is where the cancer lies.
Think about the last time your mind raced or chattered. That’s the cancer. Psychologists call this cancer the ego. With uncontrolled thoughts, the cancer’s constantly talking to you. It makes you feel bad by telling you what you “should” or “shouldn’t” do. The most common way the cancer makes itself known is when you feel doubt about your dreams. In fact, the cancer can take over so much, you become paralyzed.
At this level you never take a step towards what you want, and you never allow yourself to think outside the box. You continue to get up each morning, go to a job you hate, and spend the few free moments you have doing the things you “should” do. This mind cancer is what continues to lead you down a path you probably never even wanted to go down. It keeps you unhappy and sick. The good news is your cancer is very treatable, and you can go into permanent remission…if you choose.