Just back from one my epic road trips to attend a service with my Community in Auckland. As I have become more immersed as a solitary Christian, I have come to clearly understand the importance of a peer/mentor relationship with others. Self-deception, seduction by things that look good but most surely aren’t, is a grave risk for anyone sculpting their own understanding.
Self-deception intrudes on almost everything we do. When we translate our impressions of our universe we have an almost irresistible need to exaggerate. Whether feeling good or bad, we tend to use words that are stronger than the actual feeling. Success or failure is embellished with style comparable to the caveman’s retelling of the hunt. This practice is self-fulfilling. With so much interest in hypnosis/NLP techniques, I wonder why the power of ordinary words in ordinary use has not been adequately explored.
Mood and behaviour are shaped by our impression of our universe in general and our self in particular. Maintaining an uncluttered impression of the universe and an undistorted sense of self is not a part-time activity. “Sessions” are a luxurious way to consolidate the work, but every internally or externally inconsistent thought or deed allowed weakens the structure.
In the course of a day, most of us will make numerous statements that reflect a self-judgment. Even if not vocalised, fully formed thoughts have the same impact. Tell yourself something often enough while in full alert and discerning mode and you will come to believe it far quicker than by trying to sneak it past the censor with hypnosis. The conscious mind is the boss of all, the subconscious is the hired help. If you want something done, go straight to the boss. Make use of tools, such as AVS/entrainment, to help shift brain rhythms into the optimum range for the type of thought at hand, but the key to progress is thought. Any decent decision must be preceded by thought. Any action whatsoever should be preceded by a decent decision.
Decent decision? One that you know you made is a good start. One that you could justify to someone who knows you well is even better. One that doesn’t require rationalisation afterwards. Beyond that, good, bad or indifferent, only time will tell.
There is a simple practice that makes wellbeing much easier – think and speak only your best truth, moderated only by compassion.
Taking my business (including Transparent Support) on the road for a few days was a great test run for the big Move To The Country that will hopefully come together early next year. We’ve had a piece of dirt up in Hunterville, in the beautiful Rangitikei for a few years, but Things have prevented us from moving up there. There’s much I like and much I don’t about the internet, but the location-independence it has enabled is the highest value to me.