Breaking the conditioned mind

As you might have noticed in many of my former posts, I have pointed out the role of society in determining for us what is wrong or right, or how we should judge situations. Some might even say I have been harping on about it.

Even before we open our eyes for the very first time, our DNA includes basic programming that will allow us to survive in this world.

Then from the moment we are born, we are programmed line by line to make sure we are able to operate in the current system. It starts with parents and close family tightly weaved with inherited religion, continues with education, follows through with friends, colleagues, romantic partners, and is maintained by media (social, news and entertainment).

Every written line of code is a condition that tells us that <IF> this happens <THEN> we should react like that. <IF> you feel like this you <THEN> should respond like this.

The problem is that many of us do not recognize this automatic behaviour.

We do not stop, take a breath and observe what is transpiring in our mind and body when a specific encounter triggers an <IF> <THEN> condition.

The aim of my Blog is always to make sure you are looking at a specific programmed condition in your brain and see if its programming makes sense. We should refuse to be a mere programmable piece of hardware.

Our brain is made to constantly challenge and discover, it is capable of self-diagnosis, self-debugging, self-reprogramming and so on…

It would be arrogant of me to say that I have reached the point where I am no longer conditioned and entirely in control of how I react to specific events in life. I would be lying if I told you it is possible to be entirely in control of it.

If we would be able to reach that finished state of being, then my blog’s title would make no sense. Every day we are under construction.

The question is, who is the builder? Or keeping the analogy, who is the programmer?

It is straightforward, if you are not the one programming, someone else is.

It is a shame really…

We are such marvellous creatures, capable of such wonderful things and expressing pure and amazing emotions.

Yet we degrade ourselves to mindless and mechanical beings, following outdated lines of code that used to shape societies long gone.

We judge people in the blink of an eye, be it over colour, gender, sexual preference, religion, language, age…

We see people, and… <IF> <THEN> …we already have decided in our minds what kind of person they are.

Editing the code

Step 1 – Analysis

As no-one is born with a fixed set of opinions, they must have been grown. To understand the origin, it is needed to dig down to the roots of your beliefs.

Take the time to observe yourself, and analyse the way you react to certain situations, people, opinions, and beliefs. Every time you have to ask yourself: Why? Why not?

To illustrate this, let us compare it with playing Solo Chess.

When you play a game of chess against yourself, you are always conscious about what your opponent – you – is thinking. It is tempting to use this to your advantage to lean the game towards one side of the board.

But if you wish to develop yourself in becoming a better chess player, you must play with the honest intention to make the best move on both sides, you must remain indifferent about what side wins the game.

Step 2 – Changing sources.

Recently many code writers have started using 3rd party programs to analyse their coding. These programs are made to detect bugs, memory leaks, loops and so on…

It would be ridiculous of them to search for programs that would only agree with their coding and never suggest any improvements.

In fact, it would make their work utterly useless, and this behaviour and thinking would push them entirely out of the market.

We all have a tendency to look, read or listen to sources that confirm our own biases and opinions. Many times, I caught myself in attempt to prove a point, laying aside contradicting evidence, and only presenting the supporting one.

But to crack the code of a conditioned mind, it is needed to expand the sources of information.

If reading contradicting articles frustrates your thinking and beliefs, it means it was high time you opened up your mind. Instead of feeling frustrated, you should feel challenged.

If you are looking to go beyond your conditioned thinking, then no matter which opinion is right, it is always a win-win for you.

Step 3 – Unplug

Perhaps you recall the moment where Neo gets unplugged after consuming the Red pill (The Matrix – 1999). When Neo wakes up in the real world, a machine unplugs the steel probe from the back of his neck that has been feeding his brain with the computer-simulated Matrix world.

This simulated world generated so much data, so much distraction, so much ‘noise’ that it kept Neo from perceiving the truth.

We are not in a much different situation, where this world, overdosed on information and distractions, keeps us linked and preoccupied.

If it is not the endless mind-numbing television shows, the don’t-you-want-to-be-like-us celebrity shows or the terrifying and frightening news items, it is your computer, tablet or bleeping smartphone pulling your attention away from a place that really matters.

In all of us, there is a place of pure intelligence, which is not stained by any condition or opinion, a home of honest and pure thoughts.

Many spiritual and religious leaders have been pointing to this and called it a dimension of “stillness”, “consciousness” or “awareness”.

They achieve this state or dimension by disconnecting from this physical and materialistic world and cancelling out the ‘noise’ created by it.

Personally, I found my “stillness” in the arms of nature.

Several times I have encouraged friends and people that were conflicted or looking for answers, to take a walk with themselves in the wild nature this planet has to offer.

Immersing myself in the green embrace, I’ve had the most honest, enlightening and confronting dialogues with myself.

It is not surprising that going alone in the wilderness was used as a practice for spiritual rejuvenation and clarity throughout human history by various cultures. Many tribes sent out their youngsters on a spiritual journey before they could become men.

Step 4 – Rewriting the code.

While I have been writing these steps in a particular order, there is no real order to these actions. In fact, many of them will coincide.

Taking your personal time, for example in nature, will enable you to use the different sources you investigated and apply them to the moves of mental chess you are playing against yourself.

Many who did this evaluation and analysis of their own code, came to the conclusion that much of their programmed lines were outdated, obsolete, or should never have been part of their thinking.

Some of the wise ones even understood that there is no need for having an opinion about everything, some things simply do not need to be judged.

But before you decide on formatting your whole Hard drive, please bear a moment with me.

The problem does not lie in the fact we are programmed or can be programmed, the issue lies in the fact we allowed others to write the code for us. The biggest concern is that we allow our brain to be hacked and exposed to corrupted thinking patterns.

The obligation lies with us to stop taking our beliefs and opinions for granted and making assumptions that find no root in personally examined grounds.

So, stop… Take a deep breath…

Observe yourself and see what transpires in your body and mind…

Focus on that piece of code and study it…

<IF> This happens <THEN>…

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