THINKING FEELING AND ACTING FROM "SURVIVAL MIND"
Our identifications with our selves and others are bound up by the complex interplay of instinct, thought, feeling, and acting embodied early in life, modified over the years, and influence us in the present, One purpose of this site is to help liberate human beings from the self oppression imposed by this mindset. Looking at the image representing the vortex created by thinking and feeling may give one a sense of being overwhelmed or spellbound by the machinations of the psyche. "What's the use?" "This is too much!" or "God help me" may even be heard coming from inside. Yes, it may seem like change in the way we view our selves and our place in the world is next to impossible, so why bother putting much energy toward such a daunting task.
Well, there is bad news and good news with regard to changing your individual mindset. The bad news is that it does not happen overnight like winning the lottery or discovering buried treasure. It takes some regular effort over many weeks to months, or even years, for your mind and body to unlearn an ingrained method of operating. The good news is that a transcendent operating system is already present and available within you, just waiting to be utilized to bring you an infinitely vaster life experience. And all that is required is to choose no longer to believe and create meaning from what you have thought or felt in the past. Another way of saying this: Stop taking seriously the stories that you created.
If your initial reaction to this idea is to reject it as absurd or to withdraw from it for fear of experiencing uncomfortable feelings, then you have confirmed that your "survival mindset" is still working strongly. Perhaps allowing a new mindset, grounded in a present-time awareness of "not knowing", threatens the very fabric of who you believe yourself to be. The essential elements needed to break away from such limitations of your personal beliefs are your TRUST and WILL. Trust that the emptiness or angst experienced by giving up everything you use to define yourself and others will be met by your authentic nature, delivered by grace, not by effort. Use will and determination to keep showing up for your self, practicing radical self-acceptance, and staying your course toward thriving.
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