In order to direct our lives with intention it’s fundamental to understand exactly who we are. Whatever name you go by is just a label - a word used to connote you as a person. Your body is not you either. When we talk about our body we say things like “my hand” or “my head”. These are things that belong to us but are not our essential being. Who we really are is that something which is described by our name and is animating our body.
This is not understood by most people. But if we are to make any progress toward what we truly want to be in life it is vital to comprehend this. The fact is we exist simultaneously on three planes of understanding - the Spiritual, the Intellectual and the Physical. This is best encapsulated by the phrase: “We are spiritual beings, we have an intellect and we live in a physical body.”
To examine this a little more closely let’s start by considering the mind. Dr. J.B. Rhine said that “the mind is the greatest power in all creation.” But if this is the power we wish to access, how do we begin to act upon it and work with it? The mind comprehends in images. If you think of your possessions, such as your car or your refrigerator, you can close your eyes and easily recall an image of them into your consciousness and describe them. If we want to understand the mind we need an accurate image to fully capture it.
In 1934 Dr. Thurmund Fleet developed such an image. He knew that to treat our physical conditions we had to go to the primary cause of results in order to effect permanent change. The primary cause is the mind and he created a way to think about the mind that will have a profound impact on anyone who studies it. This image is commonly referred to as the Stick Person. It seems simple enough on the surface but contains within it deep practical meaning.
The behavior of people varies greatly, but the nature of people is exactly the same. The mind (the large circle) works in two domains - the conscious and the subconscious. The conscious mind is the thinking mind. It has tremendous power to formulate dreams and plans. But the conscious mind does not control behavior. It the the subconscious mind, the lower half of the circle, that is directly connected to the body and is responsible for manifesting thoughts into reality.
The conscious mind received input from the sensory factors: sight, smell, taste, touch and sound. Our knowledge of the outside world comes through the sensory factors. What happens with most people is they allow these impressions from the outside world to dictate their thinking and thereby control their actions. But in truth this isn’t really thinking at all. It is just reacting to circumstances.
If we are stuck in this endless loop of “outside-in” living our results will never change. We will just rehearse the same behaviors over and over again. What is needed is to reverse the process and live from the “inside-out”. We need to engage the full power of the thinking mind to create the image of the life we want. This image can then be passed on to the subconscious mind and the vibrations flow into the body in order to achieve new results.