Month: January 2018

Creating a Life Worth Living Series #4, by Bo Sebastian

The Results of Old Thoughts

Old thoughts that live inside of your brain turn ideas—bad or good—into what is currently going on in your life. So, when anything happens to you, in a moment, your brain infuses the new experience with your old attachment to it. Then, you respond and react.

For instance, you may be in a loving relationship, right now. But after your brain infuses your anxiously-attached past with loving actions, you may become insecure, even in the arms of someone holding you.

Another example: You may have a perfectly good evening out with friends. But, your brain has a fearful moment, coming from a time when you had been rejected. So, after your brain infuses this old experience with what is currently happening, you may end up sitting in the corner by yourself, feeling unworthy and unliked.

What takes more precedence about anything going on in your life, right now, is what you think about it.

Updating Your Mind

Continuing with our computer metaphor: If the monitor is not turned on, the computer of your brain cannot show you the stored information therein. So, we must begin by turning on the monitor. This happens in meditation.

In meditation you separate your current ideas from the ones dwelling in your humanness—brain and body. This creates a window to the brain, like the computer monitor, allowing you to self-reflect.

Then, if a thought does not line-up with what you believe about yourself, you will know that you must UPDATE that old thought or pathway.

You must stand apart from the Old Story to see what needs changing in the mainframe of your brain.

Your brain may need a major update to coincide with your current lifestyle, thoughts about yourself, and your beliefs. This is much like updating your computer with the newest software, so that the current programs on your computer will run smoothly.

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In the coming pages you will begin a courageous walk that will completely change your mind about life. You will gain the power to UPDATE THOSE OLD THOUGHTS stored in your mind.

Though, in theory, this all sounds psychological; the practice of changing your thoughts depends a great deal on your self-reflection and, ultimately, your ability to apply Spiritual Principle to your problems.

A malfunction in your physical brain may affect interpersonal relationships, your relationship to your job, and your relationship to yourself—based on traumatic or insecure-attachment events in the developmental stages of childhood. As I said in the past section, this disorder may incline you to respond in one way to a situation, even though the circumstance may well deserve a different response.

In other words, situations that mirror an old event from your childhood, may cause a misfire if you do not consider the idea of Updating Your Mental Software with immutable, sound Spiritual Law.

When you have misfires in your brain, what you see on the monitor of your life is much different than what you imagine should exist from the actions you take and reactions to your life’s situations.

These conflicting thoughts can be very confusing and cause you to be insecure and anxious about life, in general.

When what appears on the monitor of your life is actually a triggered response or an instinctual reaction—a fight or flight human reaction—you begin to mistrust your own mind to make the correct and just decisions.

Because of this misappropriation and confusing network of thoughts and information filtering all of your life through the past, you have to do some basic work to discover what thoughts and ideas have been imposed upon you, and which of these thought-triggers need to be erased and changed.

Definition: Subconscious is the part of your mind that is beneath your conscious reasoning, the undercurrent of your belief system, and the storage center for the past.

Note: I will use the term subconscious only to refer to the working patterns of the human brain. I purposely intend not to confuse the word MIND with the word BRAIN. The two are vastly different.

The mind is infinite; the brain is human.

Continue with me in this series or go back to the beginning on this blog. You can also go to my books on Amazon, BoSebastian.com, my vegan blog or my YouTube Channel for meditations and further instruction.

 

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CREATING A LIFE WORTH LIVING SERIES, by Bo Sebastian #3

Principles and Definitions

If you wonder why, sometimes, you feel bad even though you seem to have a perfectly fine life, you may be experiencing one of the paradoxes of the human brain. Your old thoughts about yourself and the world, actually, may be negatively impacting what you see presently and how you react to what you see.

If you experience this kind of confusion, do not spend another moment fretting. Answers exist both psychologically and spiritually, which can help you out of this dilemna forever.

Attachment Theory

Imagine that your brain is the mainframe of a computer. Most of the data stored on a brand new computer has been placed there before you even open the box. Let’s metaphorically call this portion of your infant brain your Instinct.

Also, on the mainframe, there are initial instructions, influencing how you control the computer. These we will call Attachments.

As a human being—not a computer—your initial instructions or attachments are impressed upon you by teachers, friends, ministers, and parental figures. Each person who has spent time with you as a child has influenced the way you react in this present moment.

Just seconds after you were born, data began to collect in this mainframe of your brain, forming a complex network of pathways. Each of these pathways has a trigger, which causes you to react in a specific way.

Like a keystroke triggered by your finger on a keyboard, the current events happening in your life trigger these pathways in your memory. What transpires from triggering an old pathway is a mood or a feeling that is based totally on a past event.

Bad or good—these pathways move you to respond or react almost every moment of every day. These feelings and reactions come from situations starting all the way back from infancy. This is the basic idea of Attachment Theory.

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If, for this moment, you could imagine that everything that you emotionally feel and think IS EXPRESSING AS YOU, then a combination of all of your current reactions in your body and mind are expressing as your Current Story:

  • If you are consistently in a bad mood, you can be assured that the story in your mind is a reflection of something traumatic that happened in your past;
  • If you are happy-go-lucky most of the time, you probably have had great experiences in your childhood that generally boosted your self-esteem; and
  • If you have always experienced a lack of money, you can be certain that the story in your mind is all about poverty!

When you begin the process of examining the motivation of each feeling that passes through your mind and your reaction to it, you begin the process of self-realization.

You will soon see that a great deal—if not most—of your reactions are based on old thoughts or Attachments.

Your past beliefs, starting all the way back from infancy—the thoughts and fears that come up during everyday life—cause the majority of your stress and fear.

As you think and believe, so shall you be!

Continue with me in this series or go back to the beginning on this blog. You can also go to my books on Amazon, BoSebastian.com, my vegan blog or my YouTube Channel for meditations and further instruction.

 

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CREATING A LIFE WORTH LIVING SERIES, by Bo Sebastian #2

Releasing the Old

You can put periods at the end of sentences in your life. You can edit what you may. You can sift through all that you have collected. You can throw out or give away that which no longer serves you. But, in the end, what surfaces in your consciousness is what needs your greatest attention and most likely needs to be released.

Moving to a new home is one of the most terrifying changes anyone can face in life. Moving is even harder than divorce and facing a death of a loved one. Moving changes everything in your life. Every single thing!

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During the days prior to my move to Florida, my heart, sometimes, felt as if the world had tromped on it and given it back to me to be revived. I had been travelling the road of moving for three months, and every day seemed to get more difficult.

One day, however, I decided, the difficulty that I had been perceiving must change NOW! Here’s what I did to make this change happen:

  1. I went through every room in my house and put aside, in a pile, every article of clothing, every kitchen gadget, electronic gismo, and beautiful thing I owned.
  2. I made three piles. One pile to give to someone who was in need, one pile to sell, and one pile to store in a place other than my home.
  3. I took down every piece of artwork and released all gifts that were from any exes in my life and sold them to the highest bidder.
  4. Lastly, I asked some friends for help.

Asking for help was probably the hardest part for me. We all must have our rocks that we lean on, once in a while. Three friends came to my aid the next morning to help me move the rest of the large articles.

What this process did was that it got rid of my extra weight that I had been trying to take with me on my move. So much of what I had gathered in my life was no longer needed or even served me. These articles were simply heavy weight that I needed to purge.

This process was ritualistic and wonderful. I laughed. I cried. Mostly, though, I released feelings and emotions I did not know that had been buried into the simple framework of my nostalgic things.

 Don’t Look Back

When all of my belongings were on the truck, my car had been hooked up to the moving trailer, and every last paper had been finalized for the sale of my house, my soul finally let go.

I got on a plane and headed for Fort Lauderdale International.

The following day, the moving truck arrived at my new home in Florida. My family helped me move into my apartment. I have not looked back since.

Life is amazing every day. I want it to stay this way—totally present, exotically rare, and perfectly wonderful.

I meditate every morning and also pray with fervor. I feel the guidance of Spirit with me 95% of the time. During the times of resistance or fear, I use simple affirmations to get me back on track.

In the following chapter, I will give you definitions and guidance as to the simplest ways to pray and the most effective directions to use the Laws of the Universe to benefit your unique life. Always moving you forward, never backward and with the knowledge of God Principles, you will inevitably surge toward your—individual—perfect path.

THIS SERIES WILL CONTINUE EVERY DAY. I WILL PUBLISH IT AT 10 AM EVERY MORNING FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS. PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND LET THEM KNOW IT IS A SERIES THAT WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES AS IT WILL YOURS.

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