Change is an unavoidable fact of life, in fact change is the only constant in life, but it can be a source of deep discomfort and resistance. Imagine that moment where we state a personal declaration to ourselves. We announce our commitment to change an aspect of our lives. It could be the time we wake up in the morning, a new health routine or spending less time at work. We may follow through with our new plan, but suddenly we slip back into our past behaviours. What seems like a simple step towards improvement, somehow becomes a difficult hurdle.
The human brain has, on average, 60,000 - 70,000 thoughts a day and 90% of those thoughts are the same as the day before. So it makes sense that we feel resistance to change if our present thoughts are on a hardwired continuum of old thoughts.
Same Thoughts → Same Choices → Same Actions/Behaviours → Same Experiences/Reality → Same Feelings (then feelings loop back to thoughts)
Hebbian Law explains: “Nerve cells that fire together, wire together”. So as we repeat our cycle of thoughts, choices and behaviours these patterns become hardwired into our system. We all experience these ‘hardwired’ programs. It could be our response to certain emotions, the routine of our day, the route we take the work, our reactions to situations and so on.
The human mind is the most complex structure in our known universe but the conscious part of the mind, what we call the thinking and analytical mind, makes up only 5% of the processing power. So when we try to change a behaviour with 5% of our conscious thinking mind, the new thought is fighting against the 95% subconscious programming that is ingrained into us and drives our habits. This programming can easily override our new thoughts and leave us as a slave to our past conditioning and thus, we remain in the same environment. Nothing changes except we feel like we have failed again which sets off a series of negative thoughts and the loop begins again. No wonder we resist change.
But, if we understand this process, we can make room and push our comfort zones to break these cycles, through new thoughts, new environments, new habits and so on. As we consistently create disruptions in these cycles, our mind and body become less resistant to change. We can become more adaptable, more flexible and more open to the flow of life. Our subconscious and conscious minds can become more coherent and aligned instead of working against eachother. This becomes the divine space of creativity, presence and Oneness. Where we are no longer allowing our past experiences to create our predictable future. Instead we are inspired (in-spirit), and are able to co-create time and space with the universal flow or Spirit.