“All of us Kennedys are politicians… To get a good job, you need a good education…My TV would never lie to me.” Family, societal, and media conditioning is lathered upon us from the moment we enter this world.
What is conditioning? It’s received input through word,thought, or action that influences our behavior. When we receive a message over and over again (especially when we’re very young), it enters the subconscious mind and will eventually be acted out in our lives. It’s not necessarily good or bad. Problems arise when the input received from our surroundings (family, society, media) doesn’t fit who we areas people. This creates internal conflict and puts us at odds with ourselves and our world, which is ? you guessed it ?a powerful subconscious emotional charge.
“We’ve been lawyers in this family as long as I can remember. My dad, his dad, his dad’s dad. We go back generations. By God, you’ll be one too!” That may be fine for my brother Seymour, but I’m just not wired that way. I need to beat to my own free-spirited drum. For me, becoming a lawyer would be a straight shot to hell.
Families can be blown apart by adherence to family conditioning, especially if it supersedes genuine needs. How many of us know someone who has gone into the family business and hated every minute of it? How many of us have been crushed by family disapproval over something we were genuinely passionate about? If we are to grow and mature into the people we are meant to be in this life, we need to listen to the voice within. It may or may not be in accordance with family approval. Blind adherence to family conditioning, at the expense of yourself, can produce a lifetime of suffering.
“Man is mad.” That’s one of my favorite quotes I picked up at Oneness University. Because each of us projects the circumstances of emotional charges into our lives, many societal values are tainted with the spewing of these charges. It can be a vicious cycle that propagates even more suffering.
“In order to transform our world, we must transform ourselves on the inside. As we do, our values will shift.”
Collective values get filtered through the charges and chattering minds of millions. Ideals behind a societal system can easily be polluted into the perpetuation of things like needless war and excessive corporate greed. It’s no wonder the state of affairs can get so messy. As each of us goes, so goes society. In order to transform our world, we must transform ourselves on the inside. As we do, our values will shift. Emphasis will then be placed more on the quality of life and less on the trappings of the conscious and subconscious mind and unresolved emotion.
Technology? Talk about a runaway freight train. Don’t get me wrong, I love it?or at least parts of it. I can’t denounce technology as I sit here pecking away on my laptop. Let’s admit it: we’re hooked. What’s worse is that our kids are hooked. Most kids nowadays are more familiar with some flat, illuminated screen than members of their own extended families. If I were to ask my sixteen-year-old stepdaughter today, “What was the weather like this morning?” or “What phase is the moon in right now?” she would probably answer, “Uhh… I don’t know, but I have thirty new friends on Facebook!”
We are absolutely hammered every day with electronic media. The media tells us what to do, how to be, who to be with, where to spend our money, and that violence is acceptable. And, boy, is it effective. When we watch TV, surf the web, or play on our phones, we go into a mild trance state. When we’re in a trance, our subconscious mind is open. This allows images, sounds, and emotions to come right in and attach themselves to the framework of our belief system.
It’s extremely difficult not to be subconsciously influenced by media. It is creating and shaping our era. Let’s face it: We wouldn’t have cell phones without Star Trek. Again, this is neither good nor bad. The question is, “Does this influence produce suffering in our personal world?” This question falls back on the awareness of powerful subconscious emotional charges.
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