Changing My Thought Patterns

Why is it that we can’t change the pattern of our thoughts so easily? Imagine a bird being so comfortable in its nest that, though perhaps sometimes it stands on the branch of the tree to inflate its chest and adjust its feathers, it never wants to fly and does not even realize it could fly. It never knows the blissful freedom of flight, never feels the wind through its wings.  It thinks the other birds that are flying around are unwise or foolish.  In much the same way, we never really leave our nests of old thought patterns. Our habitual thoughts become our comfort zone and each repetitive thought pattern is like a twig in the nest, which makes the nest stronger and our stay in the nest seemingly comfortable and permanent.  We never experience our true spiritual freedom or flight or feel the breeze of our inner beautiful nature.  Even the thought, “I am a soul” has to be realized eventually, so that we can actually experience its deepest truth.

In the world of spirituality, thoughts are like the map, but they are not the territory nor the reality of the experience.  Thinking – * I am a peaceful soul or * I am a loveful soul or * I am a powerful soul, is not being soul-conscious, it is only theory or knowledge, but it is definitely an essential start.  Maps are important and necessary, until we know the way home to experience. Reaching this final destination of experience makes it easier for us and empowers us to transform or change our old thought patterns.

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2 thoughts on “Changing My Thought Patterns

  1. Thought patterns, as you call them, is not thinking. In fact for those who believe those thoughts are them thinking attempt to ‘think’ something else. Until one discovers the thoughts are not them, not their creation but are at best something we are, do or have that attracts the thoughts creating the pattern. Attempt to change channels is one method… fighting a lifetime of programming and many lifetimes of culture it is almost impossible to change the channel. The ‘free will’ myth keeps most locked inside their patterns when in fact the subconscious, either the lizard brain, amygdala or monkey mind made the decision for you, and your conscious mind collects evidence to support the choice. All of this happens to the clueless without awareness or any idea what is actually happening. Concepts like justification, validation, patriotism and others frame what is allowed into your thought pattern. We form and join groups that support our patterns, other machines on automatic. Sadly, most do live lives of quiet desperation and never know who they really are. They will never know what is possible to accomplish with the universes greatest survival machine.

  2. Thanks for commenting Michael. I think meditation is the first step in this. To observe what we are thinking, maybe right it down even and then change it. We need knowledge to replace wasteful thoughts with worthwhile thoughts. We cannot stop thinking, but we can increase the qualities of our thoughts.

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