You see the title of this article and you're thinking what the heck does this mean? Trust me, I'm going to make this a short but very important article geared towards wrong thinking and how exactly the entire process starts, and ends. I have done my best to simply the process to make it easier to remember and to understand.
An event or experience enters the brain through a 'keyhole" called the medulla oblongata. The oblongata's job, is to always ask the same question ... “what does this mean?” It kind of reminds me of an old Monty Python movie when the bridge keeper would ask one question before allowing anyone to pass ... "what is your favourite colour?"
Then our little subconscious voice in our head opens the bad memory files - the old videotapes and recordings of the past - and creates a movie in our head. This movie is kind of like Imagination TV, and after the movie begins, our 10 million nerves accept this ITV program, and then believes it to be real.
This process then leads to our feelings, and as a result, creates bad feelings. Then, these feelings establish a belief system for us. Once the belief system is established, we then develop a bad attitude. Going beyond the bad attitude, comes the final stage of the cycle ... bad actions and/or bad behaviour. It's that ego reminding us of what happened the last time ... you know this isn't going to turn out right, etc.
To stop the cycle of bad events, we must change the "source perception." We must close the bad memory files ... put away the tapes, tape a lid on the boxes, and see each event as NEW and FRESH. Here's how we guard the gate ... and actually make that change in our source perception ... to be more mindful of what enters the keyhole entrance and how we answer the question of "what does this mean?"
So we answer the question asked of the medulla oblongata from a different perspective. We answer from our CONSCIOUS awareness and NOW perception rather than allow our subconscious memory files to apply the negative OLD bad memories to the event instead. For some reason, we like to return to that which is familiar. It's just easier.
Trust me, if change the way you think, you’ll change the way you live. I guarantee it. See everything as a new experience in the NOW. Your job, relationships, co-workers, even commuting in dense traffic. Look back only in reference if it leads to learning and knowledge of how to perceive your current NEW event or experience in a positive way. If we base all of our experiences on old bad memory results, we can't change the negative cycles and can't break free from the ITV channel. Grab the remote, and change the channel.
Just a thought ...
~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.