What You Don’t Know Can Help You

What people “don’t know”… what a touchy subject … sounds like an impending un-learning situation coming on, where someone’s going to start building a nest in your head for their ideas. Well, yeah, that’s what we do – remodel brain cells. Hopefully you’ll see the logic of the argument, and take interest rather than offense.

Brains and brawn have much in common

Your paradigm serves as the foundation for how you relate to your surroundings – it is the eye of your beholder… the bio-filter for your perception. Your “beholder” is the consciousness inside you that witnesses your life in the world. I call the eye a filter because it alters the report of reality that it sends to your brain, just by virtue of the nature of its design. Your paradigm (ideas of how things work) does the same thing – it alters the report of reality (according to your subconscious programming).

Certain issues of your current foundation (the concepts that you base your life upon) may need to be addressed before we learn new things (change). A new foundation can’t be build on top of a faulty one.  I realize you may be quite happy with things as they are, but life is movement, growth, change – evolution.  Stagnation is a death spiral, for both body and mind.

The good news is that many the problems with “change” are biological – they have nothing to do with “you”. If that sounds like a paradox, keep reading because what you don’t know can help you. Realizing that the bio-drama discussed below is just biology talking, helps to put things into perspective, so that you can see what lies beyond it (otherwise you identify with the drama, and your evolution as a being stops).

Perhaps you haven’t given it much (conscious) thought, but your  identity is based on what you “know” – your “experiences”. Neurologically, an “experience” is the firing of nerve pathways in your brain. It is bio-logical that you get identified with what you know, since your identity is neurologically a function of your memories (brain patterns).

Pain is felt when you are prodded to change old habits, or you realize that what you thought you knew is wrong.  Pain is a threat, when you feel it your reptile reflex gets defensive.

The evolution encoded in our genes causes brain levels to respond like those of animals: brainstem (reptile), limbic system (mammal), and cortex (human). From Keleman's "Emotional Anatomy"

Defensiveness motivates resistance to change. Resistance is due to a perceived threat: anything that attempts to change who you are is experienced as a “death” of “you”(who you think you are). We are wired to stand our ground; to defend and survive. It’s a brainstem thing – the reptile in us.

ID with “knowledge” > pain > defensive > resist change

This is body consciousness, which our society teaches us to identify with from birth (no this isn’t “normal” for all societies). It encompasses everything that our brains are responsible for: sensation, feeling (emotion), and thought. If that seems like “everything” to you, then what you don’t know can help you…

A paradigm is a stepping stone

There is a lot of bio-drama blocking access to our potential as human beings, and a big chunk of it starts because we tend to identify with what we know; which by definition limits us.  So make a conscious effort to not do that – stretch your paradigm a little every day, and remember to try on paradigms rather than marry them. Always be ready to discard them, when they are outgrown.  The truth is much more valuable than being “right”.

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