Breaking Old Patterns of Thought and Behavior — So New Worlds can Emerge

Breaking Old Patterns of Thought and Behavior — So New Worlds can Emerge

If we want a better world, we need to change.  Breaking old patterns of thought is the key.  We must make is a personal mission to change our way of thinking.  That’s the only way we will get a better more verdant world.

When we break old patterns of thought and behavior, new worlds can emerge.
― Guru Tua

Many people want to make the world a better place for everyone, not just the rich.  But, to accomplish this task we must overcome the critical mass of commercialism and greedy capitalism.   We need to learn how to break old patterns of thinking.  And, spread this knowledge as far as possible.

Every positive change starts with changing the individual.  We need to promote self-development, which expands awareness.  When awareness expands so does conscience.  We need enough people with a conscience who can change the world within their sphere of influence.  This is the only way we can overcome the greed that manifests in the misuse of people and the planet.

Breaking Old Patterns of Thought and Behavior

We want to see a new more positive world.  To do this, we need to change the way we think and act.  This means we must break old patterns of thought.  But, we need help to see these patterns. They become a part of our ordinary thoughts.  So, they are hard to observe. After all, 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 helps to form these patterns.  These sources help to form 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 negative.

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. 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.

Change Your Self-Talk

change your self-talk

  • You can change your self-talk from negative to positive, affirming self-talk.  For instance, use a repeating positive mantra, like my words are shaping my reality and I am creating _____.
  • Use affirmations as a reminder and to change your attitude.  You can think the right words, but your attitude is the fuel.  A negative attitude will negatively affect all of your positive words.
  • The “best practice” for being able to change self-talk is, first, to write the words and phrases you hear yourself repeating inside your head.  This reinforces the words that shape reality.
  • Use your spiritual journal to help you spot trends.
  • Learn to spot the triggers that are prompting this self-talk, especially if these words and phrases are negative.  What are the situations and emotions that cause negative self-talk?
  • The more you become accustomed to this practice, the more you will be consciously aware of your self-talk.  When you 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 of, if not, change your self-talk.

After you’ve written the words and phrases that ARE being said inside your head, then write the language you WANT to change. When you catch yourself involved in negative self-talk, stop yourself.

Insert and language into your self-talk that will give you the result you desire.  Write the words or phrases you want to use on sticky notes where you can “see” and remember the new phrase.  Put them in your car, on the refrigerator, everywhere.  Set up an hourly reminder on your smartphone with these desired replacement phrases.

Several other technologies can expand awareness and change the way we think.  The ancient pioneers of spiritual exploration give us these tools.

Spiritual Technologies

Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness.  They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable.  Everyone who can follow a process can use these tools. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.
You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group.   We like this simple method of grouping.

Critical Thinking

The first group is several analytical tools to enhance critical thinking. The Enneagram Personality Profile is the first tool of our blended learning process. This tool provides insight into the mechanisms of ego, personality, and instinct. Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms. These are the three major tools of logical reasoning. This helps you to avoid common mistakes in assessing information.
Next, a research tool we call Comparative analysis.  This is a process to help us explore and compare belief systems.  This process is a scientific process form of comparative religious studies. Together these analytical tools give a solid foundation of common sense thinking. They sharpen your ability to discern facts from fiction.

Seated Meditation

Seated meditation is the heart of most spiritual practices. This includes a wide range of meditation techniques. It starts with Beginning Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. It progresses to more advanced forms like Japa Meditation the Siddhis of Patanjali.

Moving Meditation

This is another foundational element that strengthens the mind-body connection. Moving meditation is also to our health and wellness.  This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi.

Awareness Expansion

Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like the spiritual journal and automatic writing. Here we introduce lucid dreaming, the Shamanic Journey, or Guided Meditation. There are also techniques for third-eye awakening and soul memory awareness.

Healing Practices

Healing practices are the last group.  This branch includes Pe Jet, Reiki, and Shiatsu.  Self-care is an important element of this group. It is vital for normalizing our inner work and maintaining our health and wellness.

Final Thoughts

Everyone needs to learn how to break the old patterns of thought and behavior.  These patterns contain unhealthy bias and prejudice that are hindering our path.  Don’t wait another day.  Take the steps to set off on your path.  This takes inner work, which can shine a light on these patterns. Breaking old patterns of thought is the key to making positive change.

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Interested in spiritual exploration?  Check out the blended learning process at the core of our teaching process. It reflects what Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey.  Our learning options include both face-to-face and virtual learning sessions.  Please consider donating and supporting our mission. This helps others learn the knowledge for developing their path.

References

Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia

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