Where are our beliefs? And, how do we know if we even believe them? For example, I know the word “purple”, but is my purple the same as yours? Just because society agrees on a word to represent the color, where is this story?
At first, it’s in the mind, labeled FACT. But to really know – to own it – is on a different level.
If we intentionally reshape the stories in our mind, we can experience our authentic selves (“Authentic” in this article refers primarily to being free of imposed identities).
Studies in neuroplastcity (The brain’s ability to form new neural connections) suggest we can actually CHANGE the results of earlier experiences – even when trauma has occurred.
Neuroplastcity is a fairly recent discovery. It means, basically, that our brain is malleable. It can be taught to override experiences and create new connections.
This is an exciting discovery! It wasn’t that long ago that we thought the brain had a limited number of neurons and cells, and that they each were assigned a specific role. For example, one might hold a memory, another recognizes the color red. We now know,however, that all of this is just the beginners guide to the brain! There’s so much more!
Methods That Are Useful to Rewire the Brain
Research has shown that just writing for a few minutes each day about anything can dramatically boost your happiness and sense of wellbeing.
On a deeper level, try writing about an event that truly hurt you in some way. After venting (on paper), take a break. Then, re-write your story with the title “A Heroes Journey“. Notice that a change in perspective is a change in reality.
But all of our “truths”, our perceptions, are malleable. They are NOT factual.
My friend and trusted “guru”, Byron Katie, says it this way:
” In this world “I” is always you. I never cease to love what I create and give life to, which is you, me, everything.
How is it okay that children suffer? Look to your own suffering and ask yourself. End the suffering of one child in the world: you.
If you are suffering, you are a child, a child in awareness, innocently suffering your own lack of enlightenment, your own immaturity. As a child, the only possible way to suffer is to believe the thoughts arising in the mind.
The only way to suffer is to believe that you really believe what you think you believe.
Discovering your true self is the beginning of the end of suffering in your world. You have the power to end fear, and the end of fear is the end of war.
I invite you to take yourself to the paradigm-shift that is possible right here, right now.
Take a little walk into you and change the whole world!
Isn’t that what you really want?”
Discover your own innocent story, and give yourself the compassion you deserve.