You are working at a computer. There are programs running. Let’s assume that you prefer to work with Microsoft or MS Word.
There are plenty of books in bookshops that, if we buy them, we could, theoretically understand 100% of how MS Word actually works.
It would take a bit of time, but well, it is possible. But what do we do, usually? We have our initial program, and sometimes, when asked, we download an update from the Internet.
Despite all of that we mostly use MS Word and the computer, in the same fashion as we use a typewriter. We look at the screen and type. Hardly ever do we understand all the nitty-gritty behind the software. Sometimes, when the program hangs, we ask friends to help us, or restart the computer.
This is similar to our brains. The fact is however, we don’t get a user manual to the brain when we were born.
We develop our brain while we are growing up. And, just like a computer, we start installing programs in us (or other people installing programs in us) – these are beliefs, habits, values etc, into something that we call the subconscious or unconscious mind (both are actually the expressions for the same “thing”).
In fact, while we are small, our environment “takes care of the installation.” Parents, relatives, friends, school, TV, and the Internet and more do this for us. They all are taking care of “forming” our belief system, who we are and how we feel about ourselves.
Just remember the time, when your parents asked you to “finish the food because it is so sad to throw the food away on the plate (I am not saying that this is good!)” or “don’t play outside when it rains, because you will get sick.”
These are belief statements and some are good and some are not so good. But they keep running on and on and on. Sometimes, just like MS Word, or the computer, they hang – and this is when things get worse, because, it is not necessarily easy to stop such a program.