The Program

by Hari Heath

Having been present at several human births I am a witness to life’s beginning. At life’s onset, the newborn is unable to hold up its head, move about, control its bowels or bladder, find sustenance or provide any of life’s essentials, save breathing. This is the human condition for the first few months of life. We begin dependent on another, usually a mother, who can provide the essentials.

After several months of total care we begin to explore the world in a slow, horizontally ambulatory mode—the crawl. Somewhere around a year into the journey of life, the young human takes its first steps as a biped. From there, the adventure of life accelerates. As more abilities are learned, there becomes less dependency on others and greater opportunity to develop human skills—if the natural progress of such growth is uninterrupted.

Experience and programming

Each of the young humans I have watched grow and progress into life possessed a unique individual nature from birth. A persona existed from the beginning, but thereafter these young minds became imprinted and formed with experience and programming. Experience involves the things we can touch, see, feel, hear, etc., directly from our contact with the world around us. Programming is when others impart their experience, knowledge, beliefs, or other concepts into our minds.

Parents are usually the first to imprint and program the child. In a modern society, school and religion begin to install a programming that is beyond the direct, immediate experience of the child. A belief system begins to develop for many subjects mundane, secular and religious. In a world full of divine mysteries awaiting our exploration, even the agnostic/ atheistic archetype is only a belief system.


Societal experiences and the various interactions with others that are part of “growing up,” imprint upon and program the fledgling mind. Unfortunately, many of us experience some trauma in the course of life that we never quite resolve, leaving a negative imprint that tags along through the journey of life. Molestation and abuse, war experiences, relationship failures and other serious trauma can deeply imprint and sometimes irreversibly short-circuit the mind.

Most of us have some form of pride in our accomplishments, our abilities and ourselves. We like to believe that we can think for ourselves, discern the realities around us and conduct our affairs accordingly—with integrity. We believe we are independent thinkers because we assembled our own collection of programming. But how does the mind really work? How much of our thinking is really our own? Are we more subject to “the program” than we will admit?

Subconscious vs. conscious

The mind, as mystical disciplines have known for years and science is beginning to discover, is really several minds. We think, see and exist primarily in our conscious mind as we move about in our mundane affairs—or so we think. Our “attention” focuses on immediate tasks and interests and is captivated by them as it flits from focal point to focal point. That is the mind most humans identify with.

There is a much greater mind, ever busy doing the real tasks, that is largely ignored by our conscious “butterfly” mind. The subconscious mind is a vast receptor array and storage unit. All of the senses provide a continuous feed of raw data inputs, which are processed through the subconscious. The conscious mind, unable to focus on the vast amount of input coming from our many sensory perceptions, is fed filtered information from the subconscious. The conscious mind can request different kinds of information depending on the focus of the moment.

A jogger running down a path will be narrowly focused on their rhythm, physical movements and the next few steps they will take. A hunter near the same path will be broadly focused on every sound, movement, smell and tactile sense of wind and the elements. The jogger and the hunter could be the same person at different times, accessing the subconscious mind’s inputs with a different “conscious” focus.

Much like a computer, the subconscious is like the hard drive; its many input and connectivity portals, the operating system, and all the programs that are installed.

The conscious mind is like an open window on the screen. We may have several windows of active programs that we can switch between, but for the most part it’s one window at a time.

There is another mind, sometimes referred to as the superconscious, the intuitive, the divine mind and other names. In computer-like sense, it might be viewed as our Internet to the universe— a divine, universal connectivity. The vastness of that mind’s function and potential is well beyond this article’s focus on “the program.” We’ll leave that for another day.


The subconscious, being mostly a receptor array and storage vault, loads up with the information it accumulates. What is fed in through the senses is inventoried and finds a place in the great warehouse of the subconscious mind. We are imprinted with every sensory experience and programming this life has thrown at us. Details of such input, which the conscious mind did not focus on at the time, are still in that great warehouse. Depending on our ability to access such “memories,” the conscious mind can recall and make use of all that information.

Trauma, physical or chemical brain damage or other conditions can lock down our access. Alzheimer’s disease, for example, is a breakdown of the inventory and access protocols in the great warehouse. Anything might come out, mixed in any combination, or be forever blocked. Family and close friends of a person with Alzheimer’s are often unrecognizable to them.

Hypnotism, Emotional Freedom Technique and many other methods can access or unlock the blockages that shut down our great hall of memory. Like a computer, an overloaded, well-used hard drive can fragment, compress old files or lock them away in a zip file, requiring maintenance and special programs to regain access.

The files are there, somewhere, imprinted on the hard drive of our minds.

A brief history of imaging

Imaging, the imprinting of a belief or program from outside our direct sensory perception, probably began as stories around the tribal fire, milleniums ago. Naturally, these images in the mind formed culture. Anastasia tells us the first use of imaging to capture minds and control society began with the Egyptian priest craft 6,000 years ago. As westerners, we might attribute it to the Greeks. We are fond of ignoring Chinese culture and history, dismissing their substantial presence on the human time line and considering them as merely an emerging third-world culture that is rapidly abandoning failed communism to embrace our superior capitalism—oh how well we have absorbed our programming!

Regardless of the origins of this mind craft—imaging—civilizations are built on collectivism. To bring diverse individual minds into the fold of the collective, those who seek to rule each collective have imprinted commonly shared imagery. Every major and minor civilization has done this since our memory of time began.

Religion, social codes and taboos, governmental structures and the other components of civilization exist first as an image imprinted in the mind. Collectively imposed, they form the belief structures that we commonly share in an ordered society—a society that can be ordered by those who control the images fed into our minds.

Thomas Paine was as important to the American Revolution as George Washington. His pamphlets created the concept of a republic independent of a monarch and inspired Washington’s troops when all seemed lost. The mental images his words created made it possible.

Hitler came to power with great support of the German people because the propaganda scientists crafted the images that rallied their minds to the cause. A German friend of ours, after spending some time in the States, said rather succinctly, “TV is your Hitler.”

TV: “tell-lie-vision”

TV is perhaps the most powerful image imprinting device ever created for mass consumption. It is literally called programming. We watch “programs,” installing them on the hard drive of our mind. Across a nation or region, a collective belief system is installed. We rally to the living room, grab the remote and willingly sit for the imaging imprint, as we drift into a beta state—our conscious mind subdued and absorbed into the program.

Commercial imprinting or advertising even uses the terms “imaging and branding” to describe what they do to us for their clients. They create a desirable image in our minds for the brand, company or product they want to sell to us.

Politics, economics, war, new shoes, a vacation paradise, obedience to the state, a new car, the truth about…whatever, it doesn’t matter— they are selling us a believable program. Our worldview has been made for us. We may have individual variances, but we often hold to commonly shared perspectives. Those who benefit most from our collective programming are more able to afford the further shaping of our beliefs—installing their program between our ears.

The wall of truth

What happens when the great warehouse of the subconscious receives programming inputs that are contradictory? How can it inventory information and prescribe access protocols for the conscious mind when there is a conflict of truth?

The mind is like a computer that operates with complex data switching, written into a code, that forms an operating system, which supports various software programs, which can process digital data and make it available to the window on the screen—the conscious mind. The conscious and the subconscious mind are dependent on the integrity of their total system.

When contrary information hits the wall of truth both the mind and the computer do the same thing—program not responding—end program. They both have to shut down.

In psychological terms, when the mind shuts down from conflicting programming, it’s called cognitive dissonance. The mind must either reject the programming that is contrary to that which is already on file or it must review and reprogram old data to conform with the new programming inputs.


So how does this relate to your friends and neighbors? You begin to explain to them the myriad of details about what is really going on in this world and all they can do is tell you you’re crazy. You have to be. It’s against their programming.

How can they accept your new input data into the mainframe of their mind when you tell them money is a complete fiction of nothing but numbers passed between accounts with nothing in them? They have been cashing checks, using credit cards and dropping paper with pictures of dead presidents and numbers on them for years. They walk out of the store with what they need—it must be money—really, you’re crazy!

They can’t compute the discrepancies between the official story they were fed about the events of 9-11 and the crazy notion of the airliners being drone Air Force tankers; the pre-wired demolition of the buildings in New York; the lack of a Boeing at the Pentagon and the anomalies of the Flight 93 “crash.”

Of course we need vaccines to protect us from the swine flu. What do you mean the government engineered the flu and is authorizing and funding the vaccination program as part of a eugenics program to reduce the population to manageable levels? Are you crazy?

Your friends and neighbors grew up saying the pledge of allegiance every day in school. They watched TV, some, since it was only black and white. Superman taught them truth, justice and the American way. Walter Cronkite gave them trust. Every ball game starts with a patriotic song. You’re messin’ with the program!

Bottom line, it’s a lot of work weeding through the lies and deceptions that are woven into our worldview. Many Americans are lazy and scared. Scared to leave the comfortable images their programmers have made for them. Too lazy to question, investigate and consider the possibilities of the truth.

It’s easier for the mind to reject programming that is contrary to what is already on file. It’s work to review old data in the subconscious archive and reprogram it to conform with new programming inputs. It’s easier to just stick with the program.

If we want to live in the truth, we have to go out and find it. It’s time to restart and install your own program.