About this course
The most important thing to realize about programming is that we are generally not aware of it, because it is an integral part of us and it is in our subconscious—beyond the reach of our conscious mind. In our first five to seven years, we arguably learn more than we ever learn in the rest of our lives. We learn to interpret what we see in the world, we learn to walk and play, we learn about relationships, we learn language, we are taught a religion, perhaps, and more. All this information is absorbed wholesale; we are like a sponge, absorbing everything that is delivered to our senses and our brain without judgement, discrimination or assessment. Much of it is very useful and practical and the subconscious is the best place for it. We don’t, for instance, have to think about how to walk or do thousands of other things once they are embedded in the subconscious. It is only as we grow older that our powers of discernment develop and we start to make choices of our own. However, by then the information we have absorbed from our parents, religious leaders and others in our early years has become an integral part of our identity. As far as we are concerned, it is the truth about us and we may defend it aggressively if it is challenged. However, it is not the truth about us, as we shall see in Lesson 3.
For now, let’s look at programming, and what it looks like. If you're feeling upset, depressed or confused, that's your programming. If you're fed up with the relationship you're in or with not having one at all, that's your programming. If you don't like your job or you feel as if you've got no direction, that's your programming. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the crises in our world and unable to maintain control of your life, that’s your programming.
All of these conflicts are caused by your programming, which creates a division between your installed beliefs and your instinctive, natural self. Your programming causes you to think and act in one way, pushing you in one direction, while your true self has a different, instinctive understanding of a situation and pushes you in another. The challenges, conflict and emotional tension resulting from those two opposing forces are designed to forge you into the person you're meant to be.
Your negative programming can prevent you from:
As part of your programming, you are told:
Your programming also teaches you:
Transforming your negative programming is the most powerful way to create the life you want.That's a daunting list, and you can probably relate to many of the points made. So, how do we go about transforming our programming? First, let’s get a better idea, in the next lesson, of how this whole devious, slippery mechanism works.
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