Movies manage to cover broad periods of time in only two hours, and obviously a lot of details are skipped, but have you ever noticed that movies and TV also compress even small amounts of time? It’s an art form — the show makes it appear that more has happened in a period of time than would be physically possible in real time, yet you feel like you’ve seen all the action and nothing has been left out. What they do is show the pertinent details and let your mind fill in the rest. For instance, an actress goes to answer the doorbell from an upstairs room. You see her appear upstairs, then start down the stairs. The scene cuts over to the person standing outside. Next you see the actress walk from the bottom of the stairs to the door and open it. The show producer has cut out maybe 15 seconds of action, yet you feel like you know exactly what happened.

Now fast forward to a day later, and someone asks you if you saw the actress come down the stairs. You probably say yes. You may even remember seeing her coming down the stairs. But no one saw her come down the stairs because the producer yelled “cut” and they switched filming to another set and resumed filming there. You might be certain that you saw her come down the stairs and can even envision that in your mind. Yet it never happened.

Magicians use “slight of hand” diversions often to make you think you saw something you didn’t, or didn’t see what you really did. They do something that appears routine, something of which you think you know all the details, and your mind tells you that you saw everything and there’s no way that rabbit got into an empty hat without your notice. You didn’t notice that the hat was set down on a table with a table cloth hanging down to the floor, and the table jostled just slightly as someone pushed the rabbit up under the table through the false hat top.

Producers and performers aren’t conducting research studies on how the mind works and how to trick it. They just know from experience what works. But research explains much of the mystery. Your brain is constantly receiving data through your senses — vision, hearing, touch, taste, smell — but all that data is too much to fully process consciously. If you try to open your mind to everything that is going on around you for a moment, you will notice a lot of detail that you were not noticing before, but you still can’t fully experience everything at once: you can’t simultaneously see everything including all your peripheral vision, notice all the sounds around you, sense the feel of all your clothes against your skin, notice the slightly uncomfortable pressure from where you are sitting, and sniff all the smells that you’ve been ignoring. You can tune into some, but not all — it’s just too much. At least it’s too much for your conscious mind, but all that information is reaching your brain and has to be processed in some way.

Do you see what I see?
We talk about attention, where we tune in to some things at the expense of others. Our attention can shift, sometimes very rapidly, but it has to focus. So your brain is getting lots of data that it has to sift through constantly. If something is burning on the stove, or if you are sitting on something sharp, your sense of those things gets a priority flag attached to them in your brain and they suddenly get your attention. So you can already see that your brain is doing a lot that you are not aware of, and some part of it is quite busy even when you think nothing is going on. To handle sensory inputs, process them, decide which should be passed on to other portions of your brain, relate them to memories so you identify what the input means, bring them to your conscious brain, analyze them and then decide how you will act upon what you are noticing — that’s going through a lot of steps. Yet it all happens in microseconds.

Since you simply can’t process all the data coming in, your brain helps you out. You’ve seen people coming down stairs many times, so you know what it looks like to put one foot on the next step down, shift your weight onto that foot, bring the other foot off the lagging stair, and move it forward to repeat the process. Therefore, you have no need to pay attention to each exquisite detail anymore. If you saw someone come down stairs recently, you think you know all the details of how that happened, but what you are remembering is a combination of old experiences melded with your observation and forming a memory of what you think happened. You can play it back in your mind. But if you were then to look at a recording of the event, or replay that part of the movie again, you find that the details don’t exactly match what you thought you remembered. In sports, instant replays are crucial for this reason, so you can correct your memory of the details that it didn’t really record, but just filled in.

That may be interesting, but how is it helpful? It can make interviewing witnesses at a crime scene tricky because all the recollections are somewhat different, but there is another application: we predict actions even before they happen and often override our senses with those predictions. With another stair example: the person you just saw coming down some stairs might have tripped just slightly or slowed for a moment instead of coming downstairs at an even pace. You don’t expect that, and you think you saw the person coming down smoothly and evenly because that’s how you remember others coming down the same stairs. The trip or stall was so slight that it wasn’t worth noticing, and you didn’t notice it. In fact, you’ve got a memory in your mind of a perfect execution of coming down the stairs that you can replay in your imagination. You know what is supposed to happen when someone comes down the stairs, and unless the trip or stall is noteworthy, you ignore it — it never happened.

The magician knows what you expect to see and how your mind will predict certain actions, probably better than you do. After someone shows you how the trick is done, you might even kick yourself for not noticing what was right in front of your eyes. How could you miss it? You can’t once you’ve seen the secret and change your expectation of what you are about to see.

How does it work?
Well, we can’t have brain mysteries happening without researchers delving into the details of how they happen. In a study conducted by the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, published in Cell Reports, researchers studied hospitalized patients who had electrodes contacting their brains directly, in preparation for surgery, to see in detail the bioelectrical activities of the brain when watching short movies of typical daily household functions being performed. They found that the brain areas that would be activated if the patient were doing these chores themselves were also being activated by just watching them being done. But they also saw that their brains were significantly ignoring details of what they were seeing in the movies when the chores were being done in a normal manner the same way that the patients would do them.

Instead of noticing the details of familiar actions being performed, they took more information from their memories of those functions than from what their eyes were seeing, and formed their next perception based more on what they expected to happen other than what was actually being shown. They were predicting the next move of the person in the movie and making that the reality in their minds.

The researchers saw that information was flowing from the premotor portions of their brains primarily and less from the visual processing portions.

The patients knew how to put butter on toast, so when watching someone do it in a movie, they “saw” what they would do rather than what the person was actually doing. Their premotor regions knew what should happen next, so there was no need to actually observe and process the visual data. Expectation was driving their reality more than observation.

This isn’t a critique of someone not paying attention to details: it’s what we all do to manage the flow of information we are constantly bombarded with. Police detectives are trained to pay much closer attention to actual observation and to lessen this automatic reaction, but only so much is possible — brains work the way they work. We see things “from the inside out”; that is, we rely heavily on our knowledge, understanding, and most importantly, expectations, as we take in the world around us. If we saw the world from the “outside in”, we would record like a computer, not spicing the data from our own expectations. But we would also go insane because we would be trying to record and process the whole world around us. We have our own view of the world, and that view makes what each of us sees slightly different, even when we are all seeing the same event.

So what? You can geek out over how the brain works, and it can provide insight into why you see things the way you do. You can even better understand others, especially those close to you, who don’t quite see things the way you do. You can take advantage of these differences if you work together to solve a problem, because your different perspectives may give one of you vital insight into the solution. But the main insight is into what makes you react the way you do now, which even affects your very health and longevity!

Perception is your reality
If what you are perceiving in your world is hinging on your expectations, what formed your expectations? Why do you see an opportunity where those around you see a problem (or the reverse)? Why do you have predetermined conclusions about what your future holds, how people around you will react, whether you can pick up that heavy box or not? Expectations flow from beliefs, which are projections of what you “know” will happen into the future. Where do beliefs come from? Are they not based in memory of past events? They are, because as we grow from infancy we build a huge portion of our worldview upon what happens to us early on. It can be no other way, because we have to start “from scratch”, knowing nothing when we come into this world and having to learn even the framework with which we determine right from wrong. Of course we don’t filter what we hear and see for the first six or so years of life, because we have to develop even the filter itself from scratch. Core beliefs and understanding of the world in general happens during this time. Sometimes, this is abused. Beliefs built in this early stage of life are hard to dispel later because they are foundational, making young kids very susceptible to their early environment.

“Beliefs originate from what we hear – and keep on hearing from others, ever since we were children (and even before that!). The sources of beliefs include environment, events, knowledge, past experiences, visualization etc.” This quote is from a research review article published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, where researchers reviewed studies of the placebo effect and followed actual physical changes resulting from it. Another quote:

“The biochemistry of our body stems from our awareness. Belief-reinforced awareness becomes our biochemistry. Each and every tiny cell in our body is perfectly and absolutely aware of our thoughts, feelings and of course, our beliefs.”

This article cites examples where beliefs changed a person’s physical health, as in “Psychosocial dwarfism”, where children who believed they were unloved had depleted levels of growth hormones and did not grow to normal height, and in cases where patients with diabetes have reversed the disease when they believed they were taking a drug that would cure them.

We are seeing that beliefs override even our senses. We expect something, and that is often what we get. Wealthy business people will often attest that their success came mostly because of their beliefs that they would succeed. You see things from the inside out, projecting your expectations onto your reality. In the case of health, your beliefs do shape reality, because your cells are listening. They are listening mostly to subconscious thoughts, because those are the great majority of your thinking, continuing every second of your life. Whatever the composite of all your thoughts is telling your body is what will drive your health, one way or another.

 

Dr. Nemec’s Review

Let’s look at the Cell Reports publication in detail. What is this research is saying is that stored subconscious programs were activated and formed their perceptions more than the actual events happening. Information was coming from the premotor cortex and not as much from the visual cortex. This means they were filling in the blanks of their perception of the situation by their past history that was stored in the premotor cortex and not even relying that much on the visual cortex.

This is what controls our perception. This controls how we see our life and this controls our health: our mental-emotional outlook, function, and physical health.

So what is actually happening is not what you see, what you hear — they are just stimuli to retrieve past subconscious programming. They are nothing more than triggers to activate what’s already been stored subconsciously from age 0 to 6 in your life when most programming was established.

Let us use a broad analogy with general percentages. When you see or hear anything, it activates the non-sense related parts of your brain — up to 95% — leaving 5% or less to the sense organ data. This means that the sense organ stimulus, whether it be the eyes taking information in visually or the ears through the auditory pathways, these are just triggers or stimuli to high-speed access indexed programs which turn on past responses, past memories, past perceptions that were written in the subconscious and conscious mind. These are sourced in various areas in the brain like the promoter cortex, the limbic area, the hippocampus, the thalamus, and the frontal cortex. So what you see and what you hear are mere stimuli to retrieve stored information written and wired neurologically into your brain.

Already established file
It’s like a file retrieval system. You say the word “love” and all who hear it already have a unique subconscious and conscious programming on the hard drive of their brains of that concept called love. When the word love is spoken, their brains don’t think about it, they merely retrieve past perceptions and programming. This is the way over 95% of your life and your health is controlled. So when someone says, “I love you”, they say it from the perception of their past programming, and the other person receives it from the perception of their past programming. Those perceptions don’t necessarily match.

Words and images are nothing but triggers to bring up already stored past programming primarily in the subconscious mind, and also the conscious mind.

What does this mean?
Everything in your life, from your mental-emotional state to your physical health, is a product of your past programming — predominantly from age 0 to 6. And you don’t remember anything when you were age one, but you were writing subconscious programs continually as you interacted with the mental-emotional and physical environment around you. These programs are foundational. They are written early in life so the brain does not get overloaded with sensory information, but can just retrieve a file that is stored in the brain rather than spending energy trying to take in and process the actual information of the present environment. You simply don’t have enough neurological capabilities to take in all the information with all your senses each second of your life. So instead, the majority of what you see, hear, taste, touch, and smell simply activates parts in your brain — predominantly subconscious programming — for automatic retrieval and response.

How does this affect me now?
First of all, subconscious and conscious past programming rules your mental activity, mental-emotional function, biology, biochemistry and physiology at the cellular level. You are not the information you take in, you are not the conscious thoughts you think about — you are mentally-emotionally and physically a product of your subconscious programming and past perceptions stored in brain tissue.

How it works?
At Revolution New Medicine, when we see patients with mental-emotional or physical disorders or diseases, we must not only examine the biology, physiology, and biochemistry of the cells of the brain and all the organs gland and tissues. We must also, much more importantly, access the subconscious and conscious stored programs that activate perception and response from a biochemical perspective.

If you see a lion running at you, you will activate a fear program which instantaneously causes your brain to secrete specific neurotransmitters and hormones to all the cells in your body, telling them how to react and what type of physiology to produce. You see, your mental-emotional and physical state is mostly controlled by your past programming.

We assess this part of your health with 3-D brain imaging with a very unique and specialized protocol to pick up the subconscious and the conscious programs that are producing stress in your mind, emotions, and physical body.

What is the root of all disease in the body, both mental-emotional and physical?
Inflammation

What is the root of inflammation in the body?
Stress

What is stress?
Stored subconscious and conscious past programming in the brain.

Who are you?
Simply a product of your past programming.

Who can you be?
A whole new you mentally, emotionally and physically. All you have to do is find the past programs that produced misperceptions, release those programs — which is done with a very specialized protocol — a physical treatment, and then rewrite new programs to be stored in your nervous system and written into the cells of your brain tissue.

You are not who you think you are consciously. You are who you are programmed to be subconsciously.

Here are the ways we can help you in your health journey:

  1. Outpatient Comprehensive Teaching and Treatment Program-has the most benefit of teaching, treatment, live classes and personalized coaching. This program has the most contact with Dr. Nemec with 3- 6 month programs that can be turned into a regular checking and support program for life. This is our core program that has helped so many restore their health and maintain that restoration for years.
  2. Inpatient Comprehensive Teaching and Treatment Program-is our four-week intensive inpatient program for those that are not in driving distance, usually over 4 hour drive. This is the program that is an intensive jumpstart with treatment, teaching, live classes and coaching designed for all our international patients along with those in the US that do not live in Illinois. This program is very effective especially when combined with our new membership program support.
  3. Stay at Home Program-is offered to continental US patients who cannot come to Revolution New Medicine but still want a more personal, customized plan to restore their health. This program also includes our Learn Membership Program.
  4. Membership Program is our newest program offered for those that want to work on their health at a high level and want access to the teaching at Revolution New Medicine along with the Forums: both Dr. Nemec’s posts and other members posting. And also, to have the chance to get personalized questions answered on the conference calls which are all archived in case you miss the call. The Membership Program has 3 levels to choose from: Learn, Overcome and Master. The difference is at the Overcome and Master levels you received one on one calls with Dr. Nemec personalizing your program for your areas of focus.