Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself
Over Coming Your Environment
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself – Over Coming Your Environment– By now, I trust that you’re beginning to accept the idea that the subjective mind has an effect on the objective world.
You might even be keen to acknowledge that an observer can affect the subatomic world and influence a specific event, just by collapsing a single electron from a wave of energy into a particle.
At this point you may also believe the scientific experiments in quantum mechanics I’ve discussed, which prove consciousness directly controls the tiny world of atoms because those elements fundamentally are made of consciousness and energy. That’s quantum physics in action, right?
But perhaps you’re still on the fence about the concept that your mind has real, measurable effects in your life. You may be asking yourself, How can my mind influence bigger events in order to change my life?
How can I collapse electrons into a specific event called a new experience that I want to embrace in some future time?
I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re wondering about your ability
to create life-size experiences in the larger world of reality.
My goal is that you understand, and can see in action, how there might be a scientific basis for accepting that your thoughts can create your reality. For the doubter, though, I would like you to entertain the possibility that the way you think directly affects your life.
Keep Revisiting Familiar Thoughts and Feelings and You Keep Creating the Same Reality
If you can accept this paradigm as a possibility, then by pure reason, you would also have to agree that the following is possible: to create something different from what you’ve grown accustomed to in your personal world, you have to change the way you routinely think and feel each day.
Otherwise, by repeatedly thinking and feeling the same way you did the day before, and the day before that, you will continue to create the same circumstances in your life, which will cause you to experience the same emotions, which will influence you to think “equal to” those emotions.
Going out on a limb here, permit me to compare this situation to the proverbial hamster in a wheel!
As you continually think about your problems (consciously or unconsciously), you will only create more of the same type of difficulties for yourself. And maybe you think about your problems so much because it was your thinking that created them in the first place.
Perhaps your troubles feel so real because you constantly revisit those familiar feelings that initially created the problem. If you insist on thinking and feeling equal to the circumstances in your life, you will reaffirm that particular reality.
So, in the next few chapters, I want to focus on what you need to understand in order to change.
To Change, Be Greater Than Your Environment, Your Body, and Time
Most people focus on three things in life: their environment, their bodies, and time. They don’t just focus on those three elements; they think equal to them.
But to break the habit of being yourself, you have to think greater than the circumstances of your life, be greater than the feelings that you have memorized in your body and live in a new line of time.
If you want to change, you must have in your thoughts an idealized self—a model that you can emulate, which is different from, and better than, the “you” that exists today in your particular environment, body, and time.
Every great person in history knew how to do this, and you can attain greatness in your own life once you master the concepts and techniques to come.
In this chapter, we’ll focus on how you can overcome your environment, and lay some groundwork for the two chapters that follow, in which we’ll discuss how to overcome your body and time.
Our Memories Make Up Our Internal Environment
Before we begin talking about how you can break the habit of being yourself, I want to appeal to your common sense for a few moments. How did this habit of thinking and feeling in the same way, over and over, begin?
I can only answer that by talking about the brain—the starting point of our thoughts and feelings.
Current neuroscientific theory tells us that the brain is organized to reflect everything we know in our environment. All the information we have been exposed to throughout our lives, in the form of knowledge and experiences, is stored in the brain’s synaptic connections.
The relationships with people we’ve known, the variety of things we own and are familiar with, the places where we’ve visited and lived at different times in our lives, and the myriad experiences we’ve embraced throughout our years are all configured in the structures of the brain. Even the vast array of actions and behaviors that we’ve memorized and repeatedly performed throughout our lifetimes are imprinted in the intricate folds of our gray matter.
Hence, all of our personal experiences with people and things at specific times and places are literally reflected within the networks of neurons (nerve cells) that make up our brains.
What do we collectively call all these “memories” of people and things that we experienced at different places and times in our lives? That’s our external environment. For the most part, our brains are equal to our environment, a record of our personal past, a reflection of the life we’ve lived.
During our waking hours, as we routinely interact with the diverse stimuli in our world, our external environment activates various brain circuits. As a consequence of that nearly automatic response, we begin to think (and react) equal to our environment.
As the environment causes us to think, familiar networks of nerve cells fire that reflect previous experiences already wired in the brain. Essentially, we automatically think in familiar ways derived from past memories.
If your thoughts determine your reality, and you keep thinking the same thoughts (which are a product and reflection of the environment), then you will continue to produce the same reality day after day.
Thus, your internal thoughts and feelings exactly match your external life, because it is your outer reality—with all of its problems, conditions, and circumstances—that is influencing how you’re thinking and feeling in your inner reality.
Our Routines: Plugging into Our Past Self
What do most of us do each morning after we’ve been plugged into our reality by these sensory reminders of who we are, where we are, and so forth? Well, we remain plugged into this past self by following a highly routine, unconscious set of automatic behaviors.
For example, you probably wake up on the same side of the bed, slip into your robe the same way as always, look into the mirror to remember who you are, and shower following an automatic routine.
Then you groom yourself to look like everyone expects you to look, and brush your teeth in your usual memorized fashion. You drink coffee out of your favorite mug and eat your customary breakfast cereal. You put on the jacket you always wear and unconsciously zip it up.
Next, you automatically drive to work along your accustomed, convenient route. At work you do the familiar things that you have memorized how to do so well. You see the same people, who push your same emotional buttons, which causes you to think the same thoughts about those people and your work and your life.
Later, you hurry up and go home, so you can hurry up and eat, so you can hurry up and watch your favorite TV show, so you can hurry up and go to bed, so you can hurry up and do it all over again. Has your brain changed at all that day?
Why are you secretly expecting something different to show up in your life, when you think the same thoughts, perform the same actions, and experience the same emotions every single day?
Isn’t that the definition of insanity? All of us have fallen prey to this type of limited life, one time or another. By now, you understand the reason why.
In the preceding example, it is safe to say that you’re reproducing the same level of mind, every day. And if the quantum world shows that the environment is an extension of your mind (and that mind and matter are one), then as long as your mind remains the same, your life will stay “status quo.”
Thus, if your environment remains the same and you react by thinking in the same way, then according to the quantum model of reality, shouldn’t you create more of the same?
Think of it this way: the input remains the same, so the output has to remain the same. How, then, can you ever create anything new?
READ MUCH MORE INSIDE…
Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Specialist & Addiction Counselor