THE WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
Short term view
Resistant to reason/Oblivious to reality
Open minded/Moved by logic and fact
Seek to be in touch with reality
Self reliant/Creative/Take responsibility
Long view perspective
Seek meaning and purpose
Discern distant consequences
Sense a duty to the future
Most of us
start with the characteristics reflected on the list to the
left. To own the characteristics on the list to the right,
characteristics that offer the most promise for bettering each
of us individually and the whole world, requires us to be
To see the need for change requires us to first of all open our minds to the real world, all of it. However, most of us don’t do this because we have created our own little realities by opening our eyes only to that which fits our preconceived beliefs. We should be moved to have an open mind because that is the only honest mind there is. Honesty in turn requires that we reach forward into the front part of the brain and down into the heart to activate the goodness that is there.
Also, our intuitive sense, our conscience, tells us there is more to life than its mechanics and that we have a responsibility to serve more than our immediate selfish needs. Listening to that voice, believing it, understanding that we can only muffle it so long without suffering consequences and terrible pangs of guilt, is a reality it is wise to face as early in life as possible. That voice also tells us we have duty. Surely the sad state of world affairs and our experiences with others individually tell us that change is needed and things could be better. The world is headed for disaster and all about us we can see people in self-destructive modes of living—drugs, laziness, obesity, debt, violence, needless disease, compulsive consumerism, inactivity, narcissism, and so on. History proves that our voice, our actions, no matter how seemingly small, can make a difference. All change begins with one.
Since the mindset we have is riveted in place by repetitious thematic messages from family, friends we choose, the media, our religious group, and work environment, and those rivets are in turn welded by our experiences and rewards, the pattern must be changed. Breaking our mindset addictions requires a conscious effort to recognize the patterns that are threatening us and their belief etiologies.
For example, people everywhere are under the belief (mindset addiction) that more access to modern medical care will mean more health. If all we do is listen to our doctor, watch medical hype on television, remain ignorant of our body’s natural mechanisms, read drug advertisements, and marvel at the short term effectiveness of medical intervention, we will continue in that belief, even if our health is failing. The reality that must be faced is the fact that our health is failing. That should lead to a conscious effort to find out why by letting in all the facts and information—as I did in the previous section on modern medicine.
Reading more widely, exploring, learning, and experimenting will reveal that the prior belief in medicine and the patterns it produced in our lives were wrong. From there we should discard the old belief and institute a new, more holistic view of health that respects natural balances and puts responsibility where it belongs, on us, not doctors and government programs. Then new patterns in lifestyle, eating, and treatment approaches can not only reverse disease safely, but expand health itself. We create a solution for ourselves, rather than just continue to wallow in a belief addiction that ruins health.
Because beliefs are so potentially deleterious, even deadly, we need to make a conscious effort to scrutinize every one of them. We should go through the same mental process we did with medical beliefs, and examine political, environmental, religious, industrial, social, economic…all beliefs. Then, in the light of full disclosure, let them fall, change our mindsets and institute new living patterns.
Change—betterment—will not come if we don’t make a conscious effort to get off our high horses of assumed truths. Otherwise we will fail to notice what we fail to notice. Ambition (it is not “too hard”), fearlessness of truth, sensitivity to conscience, facing reality, activation of intelligence and all the SOLVER principles (Self responsibility, Open mindedness, Long view thinking, Virtuous intent, Evidence first, and Reasoning) can serve us so well.
Personally, I have always found it most helpful to understand that the sources of the beliefs that drive our behavior are other fallible people with their own belief baggage and personal agendas. That should embolden us—if for no other reason than pride—to freely shed them. We can then strike out for better ideas (that remain malleable) earned on our own and paid for with the currency of facts and reason.
Change is our only hope and should be welcomed with enthusiasm, not avoided and dreaded. Truly, the only sustainable consciousness is a learning and growing consciousness. Our crises, the individual ones and those facing the planet, can be but passing storms. But they can only be prevented from organizing into a horrific cataclysm if we have the insight, courage, and ambition to change. Although crises in themselves stir an awakening (disease, smog, war, escalating fuel prices, rampant teen pregnancies, starvation, etc.), the scale of the importunate problems now facing the planet is such that we cannot afford to wait until we are threatened or uncomfortable. If we do not act on the wisdom of foresight, some of our problems will be irreversible.
The incredible world-wide communication now possible, particularly by means of the Internet, lays bare bad ideas and unites those of a higher consciousness. Increasingly there is no excuse for ignorance. It is no longer possible for wrong political, health, religious, economic or other ideas to linger under the assumption that the masses will remain shielded from the truth. All beliefs that trap the minds of humans are being exposed to the scrutiny of reality. Hopefully this exposure will eventually burst all the false belief bubbles permitting individuals to improve their lives, and humanity to unite and create real planetary solutions.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Our willingness to change is the only thing that will make sure it is not the beam of an oncoming freight train, but rather the dawn of a wonderful new era.
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