“When we break old patterns of thought and behavior, new worlds can emerge.” ― Guru Tua
Most people want the world to be a better place for everyone, not just a few. If we want a better world, we need to change our thinking. To do this, we must overcome the critical mass of religious bias, commercialism, and greedy capitalism.
These are influential sources of negative programming that pollute our minds. We need to learn how to break the patterns of thinking that hold us back.
“You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.” ― Albert Einstein
Every positive change starts with the individual. So, we promote inner work and self-development, which expands awareness. When awareness grows, so does our conscience. We need more people with a healthy conscience. Harmful actions begin as thoughts. So, everyone can change the world within their sphere of influence, starting with themselves.
“Hurt people hurt people. That’s how pain patterns get passed on, generation after generation after generation. Break the chain today. Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion, cruelty with kindness. Greet grimaces with smiles. Forgive and forget about finding fault. Love is the weapon of the future.” ― Yehuda Berg
Patterns of thinking are habitual scripts. And habits are hard to break. We expose ourselves to advertising and propaganda daily, making the task harder. The process of changing thought patterns can be uncomfortable, but the results are worth the effort.
“Cycles exist because they are excruciating to break. It takes an astronomical amount of pain and courage to disrupt a familiar pattern. Sometimes it seems easier to just keep running in the same familiar circles, rather than facing the fear of jumping and possibly not landing on your feet.” ― Colleen Hoover, It Ends with Us
Break The Patterns of Thought And Behavior
To create that better world we want, we must change the way we think. The first step is to break old patterns of thought. We need help to see these patterns because they are often deeply ingrained beliefs. They are hard to observe unless we make a conscious effort and use the proper techniques. We cannot change what we cannot see.
These habitual patterns are significant, as they are the default settings of awareness. As children, we fashion thought routines that become habitual. Our parents and our culture also help to form these patterns. These sources help to create the thought patterns and values of our worldview. The quality of these depends upon the messages you receive. Hopefully, this programming is positive and not harmful.
We are creatures born to explore. Exploring the unknown draws us to the Hero’s Journey. We want to see and grow beyond the default settings of a child. Breaking old patterns of thought and behavior is the key.
“Either you must control your thoughts or the outside forces will control them and be warned that the outside forces usually consist of fears, worries, and doubts.” ― Maddy Malhotra, How to Build Self-Esteem and Be Confident: Overcome Fears, Break Habits, Be Successful and Happy
Personal and spiritual development gives us the perspective we need to make positive changes. So, we need something to help us see them. Once we see them, we have the power to change and move beyond them. Here’s one exercise for changing thought patterns.
The Key is Reprogramming Self-Talk
“The first step is learning to monitor your thoughts; to think about what you are thinking about.” ― Neale Donald Walsch
The following strategies are proven techniques to break the patterns and change your self-talk. Find a group or friend on the same mission and team up for support. The process is only four steps, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy.
1) Identify or find the negative scripts
2) Replace the harmful scripts
3) Reinforce the positive scripts
4) Avoid the Source of Negative Programming
The mind naturally resists change. So we must keep a focus on the goal. If you are like most people, you will fall back into old patterns. But, when you do, you will spot it and then take the proper action to correct it. Be patient and gentle with yourself, but also be persistent.
1) Identify the harmful thought scripts
Use your spiritual journal to help you spot trends. You can do this by conducting some experiments with the following processes:
- Automatic Writing Techniques
- Exploring Memories
- Comparative Analysis
We recommend you use all three processes. If you do, you’ll see patterns of thought and value. Breaking old patterns of thought starts with finding them. These patterns will include things like values, bias, and prejudice. We don’t like to look at these. We need to find the harmful thought scripts that keep these stereotypes in place.
Write the words and phrases you hear yourself repeating inside your head. These are the words and phrases that reinforce and shape reality. If you find these harmful scripts are coming from an outside source, remove them. This programming comes from religious and political propaganda that is masquerading as news.
We hope you have the desire and courage to change those things which are harmful. However, sometimes people don’t understand that their religious prejudice is unhealthy and destructive. That is the first challenge to this exercise.
If you do decide to make some changes, you are ready to replace the negative with positive.
2) Replace the harmful scripts with positive ones
You can change your self-talk from negative to positive, affirming self-talk. Monitor your self-talk. When you observe harmful or destructive thoughts, stop. Instead, insert the positive words you WANT. The key is learning to catch yourself when you begin negative self-talk.
Insert and language into your self-talk to give you the result you desire. Write the words or phrases you want to use on sticky notes to “see” and remember the new expression. You can stick them in your car, on the refrigerator door, everywhere. Set up an hourly reminder on your smartphone with these desired replacement phrases.
Learn to spot the triggers that prompt this self-talk, especially if these words and phrases are negative. What are the situations and emotions that cause negative self-talk?
3) Reinforce the desired change
When you catch yourself falling back into old patterns, stop yourself. Everyone falls back into old habits because they are habitual scripts. But, the more you become accustomed to this practice, the more you will be consciously aware of your self-talk.
Positive scripts can help to break the patterns of negative thoughts, but you must be diligent.
When you finally see the words and the phrases of your self-talk, then you can decide what you want to change. If what you are saying to yourself is what you want more, reinforce it. It if not, alter your self-talk.
To reinforce the change, use affirmations. These are the thought scripts that are the heart of the law of attraction. You can think of the right words, but your attitude is the fuel. A negative mindset will negate your positive comments. Don’t skip steps in the process. Use affirmations last.
For instance, use a repeating positive mantra, like my words shape my reality, and I am creating _____.
4) Avoid Negative Programming
One last but important point here, you must avoid the sources of the negative programming. Otherwise, it will simply reinstall the old scripts. Five minutes of negative programming can rewrite all of your hard work.
So, be mindful of your exposure. Avoid anything that provides religious programming. If that means avoiding or limiting conversations with friends, then that’s a decision you’ll need to come to grips with after some thought. Breaking or saving a friendship with someone who supports the counterculture of far-right ideology is a difficult choice.
There are things you can do to expand your awareness and make yourself more resistant and resilient. Several other technologies can expand awareness and change the way we think. The ancient pioneers of spiritual exploration give us these tools. These tools help us recognize how and what we believe. More importantly, they help us move beyond them.
Spiritual technologies are what we call the ancient methods for exploring consciousness. These tools expand awareness and unlock the gifts to reach higher states of consciousness. We divide these tools into four major categories:
Anyone can use these techniques. All you need to do is follow the process. It’s like following the recipe for baking a cake. If you combine the right ingredients in the right way and you get something delicious.
Everyone needs to learn how to break the old patterns of thought and behavior. These patterns contain unhealthy biases and prejudice that are hindering our path. Don’t wait another day. Take steps to set off on your journey. It takes some serious inner work, which can shine a light on these patterns. Breaking old patterns of thought is the key to making positive changes.
The process is simple; it is only three steps. But it takes courage. If you have questions about this process, please get in touch with us.
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(1) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia