Every great Movie — and I believe Story of life — has one pivotal point in time. When, the Hero has reached the limit to what is humanly possible and faces the moment of Truth.
Will they give up? Or will they open themselves to the Unknown of discovery to achieve beyond their wildest imaginations?
Maybe, you’ve lived up to that moment, made a purposeful chosen effort to accept the Unknown, and have experienced the transformation of your heart and spirit. If so, you could finish this presentation, and your Story would harmonize with the one I’ll share.
The engineers of hardware and programmers of code are quite proud of their efforts in computer design and performance. Yet, the most powerful computer is a poor excuse for the magic inherent in the human mind.
You see, computers can only do what they have been programmed to do. We, on the other hand, have minds which can analyze options, create new ones if necessary, and eventually choose the best for us — individually.
We have freewill. No other species of animal, or invention of humankind, has this inherent trait. Literally, we are the Captain of our own destiny.
Without an Operating System (OS) any computer is simply a glorified doorstop. A toaster has more functional use than a computer without an Operating System. Do we ever consider the Operating System of our mind?
My mind has one (an OS) — and so does yours.
All we do begins with a thought. Each of those internal commands (thoughts) emanate from and are executed by the Operating System of our mind. Those thoughts result in actions, which will either benefit us and others, or cause mutual harm and destruction.
Cause and Effect is not a novel concept. So, let’s look behind the curtain as to the cause. There again, what we find is the working of our mental OS.
In the Beginning
At birth, the hard drive of our mind came with a fresh installation of an Operating System. Parents — doing the best they knew how — began programming our conduct.
I’m not sure any parent “thinks” of what they’re doing in that way, but they definitely are “bending the twig” of that impressionable mind.
As time marches on, parents are joined by other Family members, friends, teachers, peers, and the average Joe on the street to plant seeds (food for thought) into the minds of little ones, teenagers, and young adults.
I don’t know about you, but I was twenty-something when the realization struck, “I was running on autopilot with a program designed by everyone else, and I didn’t like the results.”
File Structure Analysis
Just as any program is designed to do, with the 0’s and 1’s of computer code, the flowchart had brought me to another “fork-in-the-road.” I could patch the program and continue — or clean house by deleting and organizing.
No different than with broom and dustpan when we do our Spring cleaning. Making a computer run better involves deleting the useless Files and enhancing the environment for the good ones.
With insight into the importance of managing my mind, the concept of a “crap cleaner” carried me through many years.
Three score years into the Story of my life (60 years old) found me at my moment of Truth. Evidently, I’m a slow-study because it required more than two years for me to accept the Unknown of discovery, to begin achieving beyond my wildest imaginations.
We experience life forward and understand it in reverse.
In the simplest of computer lingo, my Operating System had reached the point of failure: Blue Screen of Death (BSoD).
For sixty years, I was unaware of the accumulation of viruses, malware, cookies, tracking codes, hidden files, registry errors, and other related serious threats to my psyche.
We get what we allow. And, with hindsight, I can clearly see that I had allowed my Operating System to be compromised. I had not kept watch over what entered my mind and life. Just as a rogue computer program can contaminate an Operating System, outside influences had warped my mind.
The damage had been done. There was no going back for a redo, and a reboot isn’t an effective option for matters of the mind.
Cause and Effect
What causes the Blue Screen of Death?
Reasons for BSoD include: (Source)
- Problems that occur with incompatible versions of DLLs: Windows loads these DLLs into memory when they are needed by application programs; if versions are changed, the next time an application loads the DLL it may be different from what the application expects. These incompatibilities increase over time as more new software is installed and is one of the main reasons why a freshly installed copy of Windows is more stable than an “old” one.
- Faulty or poorly written device Drivers.
- Hardware incompatibilities.
- Damaged hardware may also cause a BSoD.
I won’t bore you with the details from the Story of my mind adventures. Yet, I do encourage each of us to pause and consider the personal analogies.
- Have we diligently protected our Dynamic-Link Libraries?
- What are the Drivers we allow to influence our thoughts and actions?
- Has the Hardware of our environments affected our attitudes?
- How might we have Damaged a few brain cells because of bad habits?
One of the best features of the Windows 10 OS is the ability to “reset” the Operating System.
Resetting re-installs Windows 10, but lets you choose whether to keep your personal files or remove them.Microsoft Windows Support
Is there a comparable feature to the human mind?
Let’s think this through, together. If humans can design and create a chunk of metal and plastic to reset, isn’t it probable and possible (to imagine) a Higher Power has been leading the way in our design and creation?
As I emerged from my Blue Screen of Death (AKA Trip Through the Desert), there was one, very vivid, new thought: some people talk about being “born again.” All I knew for sure was that I felt like a fourth grade schoolboy!
Remember the discovery of thinking for ourselves (a little, anyways)? Experiencing the day as one big adventure? And (for me) discovering girls (blonde hair, blue eyes, and straight A’s — her name was Kim, too).
Please, stop for a moment and visualize in your life Story a similar experience. Now, wrap your arms around that thought. Because the metamorphosis of a new Mind OS surpasses any warm fuzzy from the past.
Renewing grace works as great a change in the soul, as the turning a dead stone into living flesh.Matthew Henry Commentary
New Heart & Spirit
In contrast to a “reset and re-installation” of the Windows 10 OS, our architecture and design (by default) lets us keep our personal files (the memories of education and experience) without a conscious choice.
This is our Choice — whether to accept a new Mind Operating System:
I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you.
I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.
And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.Good Book
Pardon me, but this is another “humor Kim moment.” I find it somewhat amusing that, when an operating system fails, we reference “freezing.” And, when the condition is permanent, the hardware becomes a “brick.”
… “bricking” suggests that the damage is so serious as to have rendered the device dead.
Computers operate with a “hard drive” and Narcissists manipulate with a “hard heart” — to use and abuse their victims.
If only we could “pull the plug” on the narcissists to prevent further damage to everyone in their sphere of influence. Which leads us to the point of this presentation: there exists two separate and unique Power Sources.
One is pure evil and the other pure love.
Each of us has the freedom to choose who or what we will serve. The contrarians among us will want to debate the issue. That’s fine. If they can’t be honest to identify their Master, a five-minute conversation will reveal it.
In summary, I’ll leave you with this: I sincerely hope, when confronted with your moment of Truth, YOU will open yourself to the Unknown of discovery to achieve beyond your wildest imaginations.
The new Mind Operating System will help YOU achieve at the speed of belief.
Whatever the mind can Conceive and Believe, it can Achieve!