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