Humans are often related to computers and machines. Our habits, impulses, and routines are mechanical, and, at least in developed countries, we are trained for systematic thinking.
Humans consume and exert the same way a paper shredder might; they speak according to the language we are coded with, similar to computers; and they turn on and off after certain hours of the day, just like an automated machine is programmed to do.
Where did all this programming come from? For everyone, it is a different source, but most often a combination of childhood upbringing, media, societal beliefs, and education that collectively program you to think and behave the way you do.
Would you believe it if someone told you there is a way to purify your soul? That there is a way to rewire your machinery programming and live a life authentic to your being? The first step in this transcendence is accepting that as a fact.
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You are the creator of your own reality
Chances are, you have likely heard about things like “manifestation” and “Law of Attraction.” Maybe you’re a science-mind, then you might be familiar with, or an expert at, quantum physics, the science behind the metaphysical belief that you are the creator of your own reality.
Even if these terms are unfamiliar to you, have you experienced, for example, a moment where you wonder about a long-lost friend, and suddenly they text you? Or maybe you see them in the parking lot on your way into the grocery store! This is called synchronicity and is the result of manifesting something.
The way it works is that “every thought is a prayer” (Shirshree). If you wake up in the morning and stub your toe, forget your lunch, and your car won’t start, you will, if you haven’t already, think to yourself, “What a terrible day!” And, as it goes on, your day will increasingly get worse… and worse… and worse, potentially leading you into a breakdown. This is part of your programming by the way!
So to be free from the program, “I have bad luck today,” you have to change the way you think. It’s not always enough to reluctantly think, “Okay, fine, I am lucky,” and expect the day to turn magical. It might require gratitude, stillness, and a birds-eye-view to see that you aren’t actually unlucky!
Control over your thoughts is the way of becoming the creator of your own reality, because you are witnessing, as an observer, the programming which exists inside of you.
Setting yourself free
Perhaps the most important step to releasing old programs is to observe them without judgment, resentment, fear, guilt, or shame. Don’t blame your parents for the way you relate to things like money, sex, relationships, etc. Simply observe your patterns of being frugal with money, feeling guilty around sex, and avoiding intimacy in relationships as a program, not a Truth.
Setting yourself free requires self-love and compassion, which expands outwards to all that is around you.