Why "The Mind is the Map" To Emotional Intelligence
We’ve all heard to stop the negative self-talk. We’ve all heard everyone say, “Stop beating yourself up!” We’ve all heard we need to “keep it positive”. Unfortunately, our thought patterns don’t change, even if we may remember to halt a negative thought in its tracks every now and then. In their book, “The Mind is the Map”, Christina Reeves and Dimitrios Spanos address this common mindset with some uncommon thinking about how to gain emotional intelligence by developing Awareness.
In western civilization, we are just beginning to understand the science of neuroplasticity, but ancient wisdom understood the persuasive power of the subconscious mind long before science taught us about neural pathways in the brain.
This all leads to a question that this book answers very well… what is the true source of negative thinking? The answer lies deep within our subconscious mind. The authors of “The Mind is the Map” liken this to “writing on the wall”. They believe that in the timeline of our childhood brain development, our subconscious mind is programmed by events in life, both good and bad. Thereafter, we react or respond to situations based on this subconscious programming, but thanks to the scientific fact of neuroplasticity, we can re-program the writing on the wall of our subconscious mind to become healthier and happier people.
About the Authors
Christina Reeves is a Holistic Life Coach and Energy Psychologist. Her successful career has spanned many years as an accomplished author, speaker, facilitator, entrepreneur, mentor, and coach. She has hosted workshops, seminars, and lectures both at home and abroad.
Dimitrios Spanos is a co-founder with Christina Reeves of the Eudaimonia Center, a learning center offering transformational change, core healing, and personal growth, development, and empowerment for individuals of all ages. He is a Certified Practitioner of Six Seconds EQ - the largest global organization focused on the growth and research of emotional intelligence (EQ).
You Just Need One Tool To Begin
According to the authors of “The Mind is the Map”, all it takes is one simple tool: a journal. The process of self-discovery takes years, but this book offers some short-cuts for the journey including many deep, thought-provoking questions you can ask yourself to re-program your subconscious mind.
“It is important to understand that what you see is not in the data. It is determined by our own perceptions or our interpretation of the data. Perception is our belief. When we truly believe in a perception, we see it as the one and only reality, ignoring all other possibilities. Our mind has a host of programmed perceptions that directly shape the biology, behavior, and character of our lives. Therefore, it is important that we know the origin of these perceptions.” - The Mind is the Map, Pg. xix
Christina and Dimitrios believe that Awareness is the key to Emotional Intelligence and mindful living. In this book, they will teach you how to take the path towards Awareness.
In “The Mind is the Map”, readers will learn:
- How to break down and rebuild the mind’s neuropathways
- How to seize control and change deep-seated emotional habits
- How conditioned responses play a role in every choice we make
- How to uncover and repair our hidden belief systems
- How to use applied psychology to understand the nature of happiness
What I Liked About This Book
“The only true clean slate in the brain is the neocortex. This part of the brain is involved in thought and decision making and is strongly linked with the amygdala. The amygdala is invalid in responses such as fight or flight and emotions, and like other parts of the brain, it is largely “pre-programmed.” but it has space to learn within its “programming.” - The Mind is the Map, Pg. xx
According to the authors of “The Mind is the Map”, there are three ways the subconscious is programmed. They explain these in detail inside the prologue. Our subconscious mind interprets over 40 million nerve impulses per second opposed to the conscious mind that only processes approximately 45 nerve impulses per second. Scientists have discovered that the conscious mind is only responsible for 5% of our cognitive activity. Therefore, the subconscious mind controls our decisions, emotions, actions, and behaviors 95% of the time. Christina and Dimitrios believe that this is the human equivalent of cruising on autopilot for the majority of our lives.
What I Didn’t Like About This Book
The authors take a humanistic approach in their methods, believing that (and I quote) “The closer we get to the light, the more fully we become the light.” As a believer in Jesus Christ, He is the source of my Light. The authors also believe that (and I quote): “The reality is that there is no good/bad, right/wrong, shame/blame. Every experience simply “is as it is.” I believe many will disagree with this philosophy for the consequences of good and evil are very apparent in our world today. We cannot change our reality, but we can change our perspective. This book offers many practical tips, but not all readers will agree with the spiritual stance the authors take in this book. However, I do believe that all readers will gain valuable insights from this book about how to have healthier thought patterns based on the science of the brain. I admit I was disappointed by my realization that this book’s focus was spiritual rather than scientific. The authors reference and incorporate spiritual beliefs and philosophies from Buddhism, Christianity, Humanism, Ayurveda, and various other religions.
In conclusion, “The Mind is the Map” will take you on a journey of self-discovery that will leave you with a deeper sense of compassion for yourself and others. You will learn how to re-program your subconscious mind to interpret the daily events of life in a healthier, more meaningful way. The benefits of growing this Awareness will enrich your life with endless possibilities for continued growth and a deeper emotional intelligence that will benefit your relationship with your loved ones and the world around you. To learn more about the Eudaimonia Center, please visit their website here.