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13. Thought Patterns And Habits In Relation To Suffering


Hi, I am Jonny John.

Today, I want to explore suffering in relation to thought patterns.

Every one of us has specific thought patterns which can promote the experience of negativity and unhappiness.

For instance, some of us can hate the experience of flatting with strangers, some of us can experience anger when someone does something stupid, some of us are easily jealous and so forth.

To transform these thought patterns is much the same as transforming a habit.

A habit is created when we repeat the same thing again and again. To transform it, we have to do something different, we have to go against the flow to transform the pattern rather than repeat that flow.

If we simply repeat the same thought patterns again and again, then there will be no change, no Self-Transformation.

So, for instance, instead of always reacting negatively at the thought of flatting with other people, you can try your best to accept that idea.

I.e. Every time you experience fear, try to tell yourself that "Everything is going to be fine!" rather than "Everything will be horribly wrong!"

Or even, every time you experience anger, try to forgive rather than let the fire burn!

If you were to react negatively again and again as you've done in the past then when the same situation happens again, then you will experience the same negativity.

So in life, try to do something different each time.

And initially, when you try to go against the flow, for instance, to go against your negativities, against your fears, you will be met with a great internal resistance. This is because you are disturbing the flow of the mind. This is completely natural. And the mind will be greatly unsettled by this, much like when opposite flows of water come to meet each other—a clash will result!

It is important to continue to create this clash because this is how you change the direction of the flow!

Initially it will seem difficult, but it will become easier and easier. You will realize that if you react less negatively one time, the next time, you will experience less negative reactions!

And also, by unsettling the mind, we can observe the mind to see why the mind can't simply accept the opposite flow? For instance, to accept that it is ok to fail or embarrass ourselves? Or to chase our dreams and simply to express our opinions without the fear of being judged?

And like this, through the process, the Knowing of The Self will be developed. You will know yourself more and more, and this will help you with your journey of Self-Transformation.

An important key to transforming our minds is that we need to incorporate Stillness into the practice. Because without Stillness, there will be only chaos. Without Stillness, you will simply react to the experience, much like trying to struggle to get out of Sea. It is only when the mind is calm, you can observe the situation, understand what it is, then swim out of it.

So in summary, it's a good idea to challenge your habits because that is how you change the flow of the mind.

-Jonny John Liu

Know and Transform The Self!

Reading articles helps with understanding, but to transform the mind, one realizes the truth from experience.

For such an enlightening journey, the Self-Transformation Course has everything you will ever need!

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