The second point: THE BRAIN CANNOT DISCERN FACT FROM FANTASY.
This is why we have emotional and physical reactions to stories being played out on a movie screen – and to situations throughout our day that actually have nothing to do with us. Exhaustive scientific research has failed to locate the consciousness (aka awareness, presence, thinker, observer, conscience, etc.) that appears from time to time throughout the movie – and throughout our day – to remind the brain of the truth.
FEAR = Fantasized Evil Appearing Real
Most people have not been trained to cultivate and keep up a disciplined connection with this presence or “present moment awareness.” As a result they have very little power to control the behavior of their conditioned mind. Events from the past leave an imprint on the brain. Later when seemingly similar circumstances present themselves, the brain will issue warning signals. If we are not paying attention (present/aware) we will believe the brain’s interpretation of imminent danger and react accordingly. We are re-acting the plot from a situation that may have happened years ago and have no relevance to the current situation whatsoever! If we are in the moment, we open ourselves to the possibility of a different interpretation. We can choose to respond differently and experience an entirely different outcome. When we respond we pause to respire and ponder.
Present moment awareness frees me from being held hostage by my past.