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January 7, 2013 / Dale Melchin

The Matrix of Conditioning Part One

The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth. That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind. – Morpheus, The Matrix.

This is a fairly accurate description of the human condition.  No I don’t believe we are all living a in a computer program, however with the level of conditioning or programming we endure on a daily basis or even over a lifetime, I think that we might as well be.

We are born dependent upon others which is natural.  Physically, emotionally, financially, socially etc.  Which is fine, b/c at that time we are babies and its part of the process.

It is during that critical time from childhood to adulthood where we are either propelled forward or a held back.  Or a t a minimum are given a bunch of leg work for us to do as adults.  So yes, this is an admission that early in the game we are products of our environment.  Although I am a self determinist, conditioning plays a role in our lives.

However as soon as we hit the age of 18 we have a choice to make.  We can either live with the conditioning we are given or we can learn to hear that still small voice that guides us and find our purpose.

Now, I will grant that not all of our conditioning is bad.  However you and I both know that we have scripts running around in our heads tying us to predetermined roles that limit us in our ability to actualize our potential.

This is when conditioning becomes a bad thing.  A nuisance at best and a ball and chain at the absolute worst.

The key to overcoming the conditioning in our heads is to take be red pill of pro-activity and learn to become self aware.  To be self-aware means that we sense the feelings and thoughts that arise in our minds and make a choice to act on them or deny them based upon how useful they are in relation to our over arching purpose in life.  Our ability to choose is going to be tied to how well we are committed or how strong we are in relationship to purpose.

How do we cultivate a stronger relationship to our purpose?  That is a question for the next post.  However, I leave you with this question.

If you feel comfortable sharing.

How has conditioning helped you in your life?  How has it limited you?  What are some keys to overcoming it that you have found useful?


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