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Matrix of Your Habits

From: Janardhan
Sent on: Friday, March 28, 2014 3:57 PM
Pursuit of Happiness, Upcoming Events in the Bay Area & the Matrix of Your Habits.
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I'd like to share a video from a recent workshop on 'The Pursuit of Happiness'.

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Please see upcoming events in California. And, enjoy the passage on the formation and influence of our personality by Mike George.

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Matrix of Your Habits

When we attach to and identify with our habits at whatever level, the energy recorded and trapped in the memories of our consciousness is frequently released.  Triggered but not caused by external events and people, this energy emerges into our consciousness, often as emotion, flooding our mind and thereby disabling both our creative capacity and our ability to concentrate.  It also interferes with the eye of our intellect blinding and distracting our inner eye so we are unable to discern clearly and make sound decisions.
For example, let's say we have a 'tendency' to get upset.  We create a habit of irritation towards another because they are not doing what we want them to do.  This habit has its roots in a programmed belief deep in our memory, which says that others should dance to our tune and make us happy.  So when they don't do what we want there is the tendency to erupt and it's as if 'molten emotion' i.e. some form of anger, then flows into and floods our mind making it impossible to think clearly and creatively.  And so our personality sabotages our mental process, the very process we need to create our life.  The only way to change this habitual negative reaction is to cancel the belief and replace it with the truth.  This is the function of the intellect, which is to go beyond belief, and 'realize' (see reality with the inner eye, the 'real eye') what is true, which in this case reminds us that happiness is not dependent on others or our circumstances.
Our personality, however, can easily sabotage our intellect in a similar way as it sabotages our mind. For example, sometimes we say, "Well my intuition told me", which is our intellect connecting to our conscience, drawing on our innate wisdom, based on what is true.  But is it the truth that the intellect is seeing?  Between the intellect's connection with wisdom and the appearance of that wisdom at the level of feeling i.e. 'it feels right', and then at the level of our thoughts, the personality (programmed memory) interferes.   For example, the most common interference pattern is the habit of desire.  We might say, "My intuition tells me that I should be at that meeting tomorrow to make a contribution to the process".  But if we are honest, in reality we want to go to the meeting because there is someone there that we desire to see, and we desire them to see us!  So we allow our 'desire tendency' to deceive us and cloud our clarity of decision making.
While there are many subtle distortions of our 'intellectual eye' by our personality, much more common is simply 'blind belief'.  This is when we use our learned beliefs to blind our self to a deeper truth, which in itself just becomes a habit.  We see examples of this all around us every day.   Currently a hot topic is 'evolution versus creation'.  The meeting of these two camps illustrates how 'habitual believing' shapes personality and kills the ability to be open to others point of view and others ideas.  The 'evolutionist' is often so dogmatically certain in their understanding of 'how' we got here, to such an extent the 'creationists' point of view is strongly resisted, even ridiculed.  And, of course, the creationists do the same in the opposite direction and each personality creates the habit of adding heat to a discussion that often 'evolves' into the habit of argument!  Sides are taken and each side is closed to the other, as is the case in any argument.  Personalities, which means belief, thought and verbal habits, are locking horns.  Occasionally someone comes along without the habit of taking sides, without the habit of attaching to one side of an argument, one belief over another, without the habit of wanting to be right, without the habit of wanting to be seen as the winner, and they can 'see' both sides, they are able to integrate both views into one.
And so the roots of the matrix of our habits and tendencies that make up our unique personality lie within our capacity to record, remember and repeat our memories.  Much of our memory is outside our day-to-day awareness in what is often referred to as the 'subconscious'.  It is from there that the origin of all our tendencies and habits exist.  And, so it is there that we must go if we are to alter our ways of believing and thinking.  If we are to alter any unwanted habits we have created within our personality the root of 'learned belief' must be dug up from our subconscious and 'seen through'.  Through the ages one of the aims of the practice of meditation has been to lower the line that separates conscious awareness and subconscious memory.  In so doing we see the roots of our habit and tendencies, we see the original beliefs upon which they stand and we see through the belief.  This seeing beyond to a deeper truth is often referred to as 'realization'.  And with every realization our memory lets go of the darkness of an old belief and becomes lighter.  An old habit of thinking and acting is about to atrophy.  And is it does we feel freer, and our personality seems more 'real'.

© Mike George 2014
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