Humans are creatures of habit that consciously or unconsciously create habitual constructs. A habit is when something is done so many times that the body knows how to physically react faster to emotions than the mind does, as a result of which, ‘The familiar past will become a predictable future’ (as stated by Dr. Joe Dispenza). This means that emotions from the past are evoked by feelings and thoughts from the past, because every thought is linked to an emotion that was experienced earlier in life. The phenomenon of time is the overall setting in which past emotions are continuously and often involuntary relived. Without linear / cyclical time there would not be memory. Without memory there would be no preconditioning of anything. Without preconditioning of anything there would be total freedom and limitless possibilities.
Emotions cause to feel glad, happy, anxious, guilty, ashamed or angered – states of mind that have an immediate effect on how the chemistry of the body responds. For instance, if a sudden anxiety catches a person off guard, a flood of adrenaline is generated by the adrenal glands and a small number of neurons that increase the blood flow to the muscles (to enable fight-or-flight reaction), dilates the pupils (contributing to elevated alertness) and raises the blood sugar level (increasing muscle strength). This person is physically and mentally prepared for the worst instantly. But (s)he has to have a reference to past events to respond to circumstances in such a way; young children, for instance, do not recognize threatening situation, because they have no memory of it. Therefore they have no fear and no physical and mental response to what imperils them. Other hormones that affect our bodily functions are:
Dopamine. Also known as the ‘feel-good’ hormone, dopamine is a hormone and neurotransmitter that’s an important part of the brain’s reward system. Dopamine is associated with pleasurable sensations, along with learning, memory, motor system function, and more.
Serotonin. This hormone (and neurotransmitter) helps regulate moods as well as sleep, appetite, digestion, learning ability, and memory.
Oxytocin. Often called the ‘love hormone’, oxytocin is essential for childbirth, breastfeeding, and strong parent-child bonding. This hormone can also help promote trust, empathy, and bonding in relationships, and oxytocin levels generally increase with physical affection like kissing, cuddling, and sex.
Endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain reliever, which the body produces in response to stress or discomfort. Endorphin levels also tend to increase when engaging in reward-producing activities, such as eating, working out, or having sex.
Although there is a first time for everything within the construct of linear / cyclical time, each of the conditions mentioned above are stored in memory and as a result serve as a memory reference to a particular experience. This is how emotion, ability to think and time affect the physical states of human beings, the first two of which are functions of the body, while the latter is a property of the natural environment in which life takes place. Note: memories are always tied to the past, the container of time in which they are stored, regardless of the fact if they are accurate or not. But without time, memories could not exist. Below you read what Sadhguru wrote about memory:
This memory is an anchor. You throw in an anchor and you are trying to move your boat – at the most it can only go in circles. With spiritual sadhana, we are trying to pull in the anchor or cut the rope which holds us to the anchor so that when we power up, the boat will move.
If emotion based memories affect the thinking process – which in turn affect emotions, the reverse could also be done to combat negative emotions and as a result improve our physical and mental condition. And beyond that reach a state of mind that allows to undo the conditioning that has been imposed on earthly life. It is the first step to escape the cyclical prison that I wrote about in previous blog entries. How to unleash the power of the mind is explained in this video clip, which is an interview with Dr. Dispenza whom I mentioned in the first paragraph of this blog entry.
At the 8:02 minute mark of this video Dr. Dispenza says that humans spend 70% of their life in survival mode that causes stress, because they are hard-wired to expect the worst (of the future events), based on previously experienced emotions. But in retrospect only a minute part of those fears become reality. That means that the mindset of fear that people experience in most cases is unnecessary, which in turn means that the unhealthy bodily states created by a false mindset could have been avoided if they would have made an effort of thinking their emotions of the past into a proper perspective. It is why – as Noam Chomsky once said – governments make sure society is of a repressive nature. Karl Marx said about this subject, referring to the oppressive nature of society in France in his days:
‘The repression is turning society into a sack of potatoes, just individuals, an amorphous mass that can’t act together.’
The fact that people too often experience stress, is a consequence of a lifetime of conditioning that tells people to always be prepared for the worst – as they were told – concerning events that most likely would take place in the future. TV-news often is littered with depressing events for this reason. This programmed mindset (which is why TV-broadcasts are called programs….) is what has deteriorated many peoples’ health and even ruined countless lives by intentionally inducing stress. Finding a way out of this imposed conditioning by thinking differently obviously is a method for the majority of people to improve their lives. The benefit of such a thinking mode would be a reduced measure of stress, which would create space and time to think of even more ways to improve the quality of their life.
From the above could be concluded that living in linear cyclical time inherently includes the danger of perpetually retrieving emotions from the past, which reduces the quality of life in both a mental and physical sense. Opposing such harsh rule leaves less room to spend time thinking of ways out of the cyclical prison earthly life currently is confined in. It is why those that do not have the best interest of humans at heart, plunged mankind in cyclical processes that prevent human souls from making infinite progress.
So, the first thing to do, is to create a situation in which stress is less dominant or preferably absent entirely, so that it no longer is able to demand a huge chunk of time in life while harming the health of the human mind and physical body. It will allow to think more clearly and profoundly to which should be added that the type of information on which common thought is based, should be questioned, because that also is part of the hidden agenda of entities that aim to prevent the victims of cyclical processes, imposed by them, to find a way out of their confinement.
Making such changes in the way a person usually thinks, will lead him into unknown territory, which is scary. The records of past memories that shape a person’s behaviour and response to situations have become the default reaction that person reverts to over and again, because that person’s brain has become hard-wired to think that way after having done so during that person’s entire life. It causes the effects of bodily hormonal secretion to override the impulse of the mind to live differently, even if the secretion of those hormones, mentioned earlier, makes that person suffer instead of allowing to lead an improved life by making the necessary scary choices.
Bear in mind that everyone has been conditioned even from before birth. In the mother’s womb, the emotions she felt were also felt by the embryo (the first 11 weeks of pregnancy) and foetus (after 11 weeks of pregnancy). The medications or drugs she takes also affect the unborn, because they share the same blood circulatory system. This is the programming to which each human is subject. After birth this conditioning continues without interruption in raising the young child, in the educational system and when participating in society that has a set of rules to which individuals are expected to comply. It therefore is difficult to keep the good and discard the bad.
But it is necessary to do that anyway in order to be able to live a life that allows an escape from the imposed cyclical prison that tries to limit every human being. Some may say that they are not conditioned, but when learning a new language that is not a person’s native language, people will always speak with an accent that is recognized by native speakers, because the brain was not hard-wired to communicate in this acquired way. So basically a new type of hard-wiring of the brain will have to be acquired to live in a way that allows to break free from the life long conditioning.
However difficult that may be, it is the only way towards living the life that human souls originally were meant to live. The rewards for such a tremendous effort will be beyond imagination nevertheless. I would like to conclude this blog entry with a quote of French philosopher Henri-Louis Bergson:
‘If man allows himself to be reduced to a being that only relates to clock time (i.e. Kronos), he loses the link with his inner time (i.e. Kairos) and everything connected with it.’