Breaking Old Patterns of Thought and Behavior

Breaking Old Patterns of Thought and Behavior —

If we want a better world, we need to change old patterns of thought. That’s the only way we will create a better world.

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

Breaking Old Patterns of Thought

Most people want the world a better place for everyone, not just a few.  But, to accomplish this task we must overcome the critical mass of religious bias, commercialism, and greedy capitalism.  These are the sources of negative programming that pollute our minds.  We need to learn how to break these negative patterns of thinking.  And, spread the knowledge of how to do it as far as possible.

Every positive change starts with the individual.  So, we promote inner work and self-development, which expands awareness.  When awareness expands so does our conscience.  We need more people with a healthy conscience.  Everyone can change the world within their sphere of influence.  This is the only way we can overcome the negativity that manifests in the misuse of people and the planet.

Patterns of thinking are habitual scripts.  And habits are hard to break. We are exposed to advertising and propaganda on a daily basis.  This makes the task harder, but it can be done, but it takes some effort.  The process of changing thought patterns can be uncomfortable. But the end result is worth the effort.

New 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.

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.

Change Your Self-Talk

change your self-talk

The following strategies are proven techniques to find and change your self-talk.  If you can find a group or friend that is on the same mission, team up for support.  The process is only three steps, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy.

1) Identify or find the negative scripts
2) Replace the negative scripts
3) Reinforce the positive scripts

The mind naturally resists change.  But, the goal is worth the effort.  You will find yourself fall back into old patterns.  But, when you do, you will be able to spot it, and then take the proper action to correct it.

    • First, Find the negative thought scripts.  Use your spiritual journal to help you spot trends.  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.  But, we need to find the negative thought scripts that keep these stereotypes in place.
    • 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.  If you find these negative scripts are coming from an outside source, remove it.  More than likely the sources are religious and political propaganda that is masquerading as news.
    • Second, replace the negative scripts with positive ones.  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.
    • 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?
    • Third, reinforce the desired change.  When you catch yourself falling back into old patterns, stop yourself.  Everyone falls back into old patterns 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.  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 of then reinforce it.  It 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.  When we expand our awareness, it helps us to recognize how and what we think.

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.

The second group is the tools of logical reasoning.  These tools help you to think logically and assess information using common sense. These tools are Logical reasoning, spotting logical fallacies, and logical axioms.

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 another tool key to our health and wellness.  This progression includes several methods of energy collection. Here we teach Forest Bathing, Qigong, and Tai Chi. It also includes more contemporary processes for Grounding. This includes techniques like Tree Grounding and Sun Gazing.

Awareness Expansion

Pathways for expanding awareness include a variety of tools. This group includes practical tools like a 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 Jeut, 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.

The process is simple; it is only three steps. But it takes courage.  If you have questions about this process, please contact us.

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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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