Our Mind in regulating the flow of information and energy for Performance

Following the novel definition of the Mind, ie. It is a process that regulates the flow of energy and information, we see that it plays a predominant role in our ability to perform well in any situation that requires an optimal flow of information and energy. Performance is the act to fulfill tasks or roles given to us and just about any task given to us will require the energy to do it as well as the information as to what to do, how to do or when to do it. The philosophical ones may even ask why do it but whatever our traits may be, if we do not get the information we need or have the energy to do it, little or poor performance will be the result.

When we talk about Information, we think about Learning. It has always been my belief that anyone can learn anything if he or she has been born normal without any brain damage. From the moment of birth, the baby begins absorbing much information very quickly and naturally without any teachers teaching the principles of the subject. I am always fascinated with the learning of a language and recalling that I first learned the English language by simply listening to both my parents who spoke to me in English. From little babbles, I soon progressed to a level where I could talk in sentences that had clear meanings using the words consisting of nouns, verbs or adjectives arranged in the right places or sequence. I did that quite naturally without anyone teaching me the principles of the English language and had greater difficulty trying to understand the rules of English grammar when taught to me at school. I just felt more comfortable by using the method of how it sounded to me than needing to apply grammatical rules and I was fine doing that for the rest of my life speaking or writing near perfect English. I say near perfect as I do make mistakes and often spell "then" instead of "than" due to typing what I hear rather than applying what I know. Another example is in using the apostrophe "s" and misspell "its owner" with "it's owner" due to not understanding or remembering the principles of using the apostrophe.(You can click apostrophe for the hyperlink explanation)

Yes, we are natural learners and can learn anything but the mind can learn something more perfectly if it concentrated on learning the rules or laws governing the thing we are learning about. That is the sophistication and complexity that the mind is capable of achieving without which exact mathematical formulas cannot be derived nor can a man be able to travel to the moon and back safely. The reason being that just half a degree off in calculation of the flight direction can lead to the rocket to miss the moon by thousands of kilometres as the distance to travel between the moon and the earth is over 350,000 km which will magnify any error in a directional setting. (Yes you can click distance to see the hyperlink for how the distance is determined)

To summarize, we all can learn naturally but the degree of sophistication or complexity of the information desired will depend on the task or role given to us to be fulfilled. Thus the amount or depth of information on music in playing the piano for instance will vary depending on whether we are to perform at a Church meeting or at a Concert for classical pianists. What we will later discuss is how our minds can be trained to be at different states of learning suitable for different types of information needs.  Let's now touch on regulating the flow of energy.

When we talk about Energy, we think about the strength or force in doing something. That is the simple understanding. The study and explanation of energy can also be more detailed as found in the various branches of science and philosophy but the simple understanding of it will suffice for now. Without energy is without life and we know that in everyday living. The basic source of energy for Man is found in nature from the food, water and air we breathe in not forgetting sunshine. The body system as we understand it obtains energy from food sources that we take in that is broken down through chemical processes in our body which can store and release energy when required. Science has established the brain organ to play a significant role in the regulation of such processes without the need of the mind to think consciously about it. It seems to be self regulating or something that is not dependent on the conscious mind. The conscious mind however can affect brain functions and thus the self-regulating functions as well. Example if the mind is put in a state of alert due to fear of an external threat, the whole body seems to be put geared up for it by preparing to release more energy making us feel more tensed and reactive. Blood pressure will definitely rise as the heart automatically pumps faster to enable faster blood circulation that carries oxygen and energy sources for the entire body. Calming our mind will reverse the body's reactions to make us feel more relaxed and at ease.

To summarize, Energy levels in our body system are regulated sub-consciously without us thinking about it. However, our state of mind can affect the regulatory processes of the body that regulates energy flow. Hence we will later discuss the various states of mind that change our energy levels to meet appropriate demands of the performance activity desired.