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Excess Baggage – Change Your Conditioning

This article aims to point out how countless aspects of who we think we are and the way we view the world are really stolen from others’ beliefs, and how knowing this can take a massive load of your mind.

When I first learnt about this, it showed me a new way to approach life. It showed me a new way of thinking and allowed my thoughts to become more fluid.


Life is a Canvas

For this to be understood, look at life as a blank canvas. There is no meaning and is subjective to individual observation. Everything that happens doesn’t mean anything, it is the conditioning and the filter through which we have been accustomed to which is so ingrained in us, that chooses the meaning of every event. Knowing this, everything that happens in our life and our reaction to it is simply illusory. We now can see both sides of the coin. The emotional response to an event only comes from our beliefs attached to it, which is stolen either from your friends, parents, teachers and/or society in general. They are not your beliefs, give them back as they only act to hold you down; they are not your bags, so don’t steal them and carry it on your own shoulders. That’s by definition, insanity.

Changed Belief, Changed Reaction

Simply changing your belief you can choose the reaction you wish to have to things. It really is simple, and you’ll be amazed how easily your emotions will follow your belief. Your mind can’t discern the difference between an event actually happening in real life and a fabricated mind made story. Emotions will be released through both means, try it now and see. Have you ever come out of a sudden daydream and felt really excited and happy because of whatever you were dreaming about, even though you might have been having lunch, or in class?

Story of Mr. Maybe

This is a noble story to help state what I’m trying to say: A wise man won an expensive car in a lottery. His family and friends were happy for him and came to celebrate. ‘Isn’t it great!’ they said. ‘You are so lucky.’ The man smiled and said, ‘Maybe.’ For a few weeks he enjoyed driving the car. Then one day a drunken driver crashed into his new car at an intersection and he ended up in the hospital, with multiple injuries. His family and friends came to see him and said, ‘That was really unfortunate.’ Again the man smiled and said, ‘Maybe.’ While he was still in the hospital, one night there was a landslide and his house fell into the sea. Again his friends came the next day and said, ‘Weren’t you lucky to have been here in the hospital.’ Again he said, ‘Maybe.’

The man’s ‘maybe’ embodies his refusal to judge the event. He has trained his consciousness to be at zero point, a state of balance. From this zero point of no judgement  we can attach our own positive judgement to it. There are 3 easy steps to help you change your belief. Remember that any belief is as normal as any other beliefs; there is no limit to what you choose to believe.

Practical Guide

The following three steps are my simple guide to changing beliefs, and yes – it’s actually this easy.

1. When an event occurs, identify your current belief

  •  I don’t want to go to that party because I have a hard time socializing 
  • I don’t want to swim because I’m fat
  •  I don’t want to talk to that girl because I believe they find it annoying

2. Remove all judgement and beliefs

  • Be at a balance point 
  • Enter a state of ‘no mind’ – focus your awareness to the present moment
  • This step is really the point of transition between the two other steps and there’s nothing to ‘do’ to induce it.

3. Change to a new, more positive belief

  • People love socializing with me and I find it easy to relax around strangers
  • I’ll go swimming even though i’m self-conscious because no one really cares 
  • Girls love the fact that I approach and talk to them, even if things don’t go the way I plan

Your belief can absolutely be anything, but here’s the kicker – The belief you have about a particular event e.g. ‘I don’t want to talk to that girl because I believe she will find it annoying’ is actually a major contributor to the cause; you will give off the annoying vibe, it will stifle you mentally and it will literally make you act it out in real life. It’s reflective to the saying, What you resist, persists. Don’t resist anything, but surrender to the beliefs you wish to have happen. 

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