We’ve been discussing the figurative interpretation of the disciples of Jesus as disciplines of an enlightened mind. The disciple of Simon is hearing and especially being able to stop repeating out loud what you say to yourself. Creating positive self-talk is one of the most beneficial actions you can take to change your life.
What goes through your mind. . . more importantly what you listen to determines your experience of life.
UNDERSTAND YOUR CONTROL TENDENCIES
Chart your weaknesses. Anticipate habits that have stopped you. This is diagnostic. Once you have a diagnosis of self-talk habits you’ll have a foundation to launch you’re self-talk efforts . It begins with an accurate appraisal of your weaknesses. The first step is to articulate what your control tendencies are. Ask yourself when you say something in your mind is this fact or fiction?
IS IT FACT OR FICTION
When you hear yourself repeat your internal self-talk you may hear the tone of one or another of your parents. Listen to what you say in your head. Diagnose what your weaknesses are. For instance, if you habitually say “I can’t.” this may be an attempt to avoid failure in order to control. Or if you say “I should do this,” or “I ought to do this,” then you may be compulsively trying to control. Internally, do you say “I’m such an idiot.” Do you always say “I don’t know what to do.”
SEPARATE FACT FROM FICTION
- The future is unknown. Facts are realities.
- For instance, if you say “I’m too old to go to school!” Is that a fact? No.
- If you say, “I’ll never be any good!” How do you know? That’s not a fact.
The idea is that when you hear yourself say something in your head you must question if it is really true. If not, eliminate that type of self talk. Unless you verify your assumption, it doesn’t matter how plausible it is.
The discipline of Simon says, “Ask if what you’re saying to yourself is fact or fiction?
In the next blog we leave Esoteric Christianity and ask the questions “Are we robots, and how does a robot wake up?”