In Brida by Paulo Coelho, there is a chapter I will never forget. Brida, our heroin, is learning how to become a witch. She's getting her master's in the mystical. This includes a lesson on reading tarot cards, which is half science half intuition. Her tutor, a seasoned sorceress, advises her to talk on the phone as she reads the cards. As soon as she does this while practicing tarot, she is transported to another place and time. Suddenly, the cards begin to mean something.
The reason, her tutor reveals, is when our brains are engaged in familiar behavior (auto-pilot activities) we are disarmed. Once our minds are free of preconceived notions, fears, worries, it can actually do its job seamlessly. In this case, it can flex a different muscle (our intuition).
As with all his books, Coelho manages to bring out the most basic universal truths in a simple story with so much meaning. What an interesting way to look at the seemingly useless activities in our lives, like our work commutes.
We sit in the car, we listen to music and sometimes we get to work not remembering the actual ride. It blends in the background of our minds like any other rituals we perform day in and day out. Unless something completely out of the ordinary jumps into your path, nothing will catch your attention. I always resisted this routine. It seemed like a trap humans should avoid. It never occurred to me that this disarmed state of mind was actually something to take advantage of.
When we're not actively engaged in our conscious minds, we are open for breakthroughs.
Thought for the day: Make your autopilot moments count. Transform your commutes, chores and errands into opportunities. Your mind is ripe for the taking.