Our Silent Pilot

The complex vessel of mind
The complex vessel of mind

Our Silent Pilot

By Tony DeLorger © 2011


The human mind is fraught with deception, cognisance a double-edged sword. The complexity of our minds can often work against us in ways we are not only unaware, but in action and conclusion, undermine our will. These primordial needs or inclinations at the root of this problem can surface without knowledge, manipulate our conscious thoughts and create circumstances to fulfil a hidden agenda.

The misnomer of cognisance becomes obvious in this scenario and proves beyond doubt that our individual awareness may well be far less than we imagine. Consciously we live our lives creating goals and working toward them, inching ourselves toward what we believe to be improvement, security and happiness. Unfortunately these motivations are more about conditioning and the belief structures formed by them. Under the surface of these motivations are vast and complex arrays of subconscious influences collectively forming clusters of attitudes and expectations that have been passed down from our forebears’ right back to primordial beginnings.

Like physical attributes these attitudes and inclinations are embedded in our DNA and unconsciously determine or at least influence every perception and thus the decisions we make. They are the driving force behind our choices in lifestyle, in our partnerships and motivations. Even our fears and concerns are more often about ancestral imagery rather than firsthand experience. So much in psychiatry is founded on childhood experience and relationships with parents, our first role models. But even deeper are the fears and concerns of our ancestors carried forward through our species to manifest as tendencies that for all purposes don’t have a logical root in our lives.

These tendencies don’t of course isolate themselves and become evident, they are simply there and undetectable to their real origins. The fact is that they exist at all and can play a part in determining our life path. However subtle they seem they exist within us, having their own agenda without our awareness, and perhaps should be acknowledged.

The purpose of knowing this is that we don’t continue to follow these unconscious motivations but learn to understand them. As I said we are complex beings. Our minds are capable of a multitude of functions with many facets co-dependant on one another. Collectively they conclude what is reality and how we perceive our environment.

The importance here lies not in the fact of origin, but that we are motivated by subconscious tendencies from both experiences and through our ancestry. If we question our responses rather than just act on them, we become more aware of what drives us on a subconscious level. Without this process of questioning, we are simply propagating what has come before us. In questioning and understanding our internal motivations we acquire skills that will be in turn passed on to our progeny and ultimately the continuing evolution of our species.

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