Program Your Mind
Here’s the bad news: As a human, you are a programmable computer. Here’s the good news: As a human, you are a programmable computer. Let me explain.
First a quick review of computers. Computers are basically machines with hardware and software. The hardware is everything physical, such as electric circuits, the electricity flowing through the circuits, microchips, etc. The software is the non-physical component, including the programs and software you use for work, games, etc. The hardware is pretty much fixed, but you can alter the software by changing the commands (code) which run the program.
Now for the humans, (minds and bodies specifically). We are basically the same, but our hardware is biological (brain and nerve cells), with the exception of electricity flowing in our nervous system. What is our software, or programming? The mind! In other words, our thoughts, beliefs, feelings, perceptions etc. And just like we can change the code in a software program and get a different experience when using the software, we can also change the programming of our mind and have a different experience in life.
This can be bad news because if you have bad programming (negative thoughts and beliefs), then you will be having bad experiences. Also, if your thoughts and beliefs have come from others who are trying to control you, then your experiences will be dictated by them.
However, this can also be great good news when you fully realize that simply by changing your programming for the better (positive thoughts and beliefs in your mind), your experience in life will be enjoyable.
So here’s the nitty-gritty. How do we actually go about reprogramming our mind? If we understand the process of how the mind creates experiences, then we can change a part of that process in order to alter our experiences.
Here’s how the process works:
1.) The mind creates a thought
2.) The thought is believed to be true
3.) The corresponding feeling is experienced
Pretty simple, right?
Here’s an example:
You’re going to a party, and when you walk in the door all of a sudden you feel nervous. What happened here? It seems as though the nervous feeling arose out of nowhere. But actually the three-step process mentioned above was happening, although very quickly. If you slowed down your mind at the moment you walked in the door, you would see something like this:
1.) A thought such as, “Oh no, look at all those people!” This is basically the same as thinking, “These people are scary, I might get hurt somehow if I talk with them.”
2.) You believe this thought to be true. These people REALLY ARE scary, and you REALLY might get hurt by talking to them.
3.) Your mind creates a fearful feeling based on this belief, and you have a fearful, nervous experience.
Once you understand this process and see it happening in your own experience, then you can change it by altering either step one or step two. You could alter step one by changing your thought (instead of, “Oh no, look at all of those people!” you can think, “Awesome, look at all of these cool friendly people I get to hang out with!”). Or you could alter step two by recognizing that your negative thought is simply a thought, and choose not to believe it.
For some people this reprogramming can work very well once they’ve clearly seen how the mind is literally creating their experiences by this three-step process. However, many people often have trouble with altering their negative thoughts and/or beliefs, often because they are very ingrained or they are believed very strongly. If this is the case with you, don’t worry. There is a method that is very powerful for uprooting even the most deeply entrenched negative thought patterns and beliefs. The method is called Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT for short. It is an aspect of the new developing field called Energy Psychology.
In a nutshell, EFT applies the technique of fully expressing your subconscious negative thoughts and feelings in conjunction with tapping various energy points on your body (mostly the head and torso area). This powerful combination of psychological and energetic methods allows you to quickly and easily release the negative programming from your subconscious mind. As a result, you are freed from negative thoughts and beliefs, which in turn frees you from negative feelings and experiences.
It’s really just that simple. Acknowledge your negative thought and belief pattern, allow it to be felt while at the same time tapping the energy points on your body, and experience the joy and freedom of having it released from your system. In other words, you become the programmer of your own mind! I’ve used EFT for many different aspects of my life, and I can tell you that it definitely works.
What I’ve explained is the basic process, but to really use EFT effectively you either need to get a good book on the subject or work with a practitioner who is trained in the technique. A quick Google search can help you with either one, but here are some recommendations:
The Promise of Energy Psychology: Revolutionary Tools for Dramatic Personal Change, by David Feinstein, Donna Eden, and Gary Craig
Improve Your Eyesight with EFT by Carol Look
The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner
Tapping Into Wellness by Kathilyn Solomon
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