How To Change Unwanted Habits


The brain is a funny thing.

Truly a marvellous organ, we all know we can’t survive without it.

Guess what? As much we can control our thoughts, and thus create our experiences, did you know that a whopping 95% of our actions in life are controlled by the subconscious mind? Yep, the part that we’re not even consciously aware of.

“Neuroscientists have shown that the conscious mind provides 5% or less of our cognitive (conscious) activity during the day – and 5% they say is for the more aware people, many people operate at just 1% consciousness. Dr Lipton also says that the unconscious mind operates at 40 million bits of data per second, whereas the conscious mind processes at only 40 bits per second. So the unconscious mind is MUCH more powerful than the conscious mind, and it is the unconscious mind which shapes how we live our life.

The scientists show that most of our decisions, actions, emotions and behavior depend on the 95% of brain activity that is beyond our conscious awareness, which means that 95 – 99% of our life comes from the programming in our subconscious mind.”

That quote comes from here.

This can explain a lot about how we get so stuck in unwanted habits, or ways of being that aren’t really serving us. It’s all to do with our subconscious programming. The programs we’re running that dictate our thought patterns and hence our way of being. The subconscious consists of neural pathways, developed resulting from past beliefs and conditioning.

The majority of my work as a Kinesiologist deals with clearing subconscious beliefs and thought patterns. It’s the very essence of the power of this modality.

Real and lasting shifts can be created, when we’re healing at this level.

A further element to this is as follows:

Our number one instinct as a human being is that of survival.

Yes. No matter what state of mind you’re in – high, low, depressed, manic, nonchalant – in reality, your desire for survival is at the very core of anything.

Our brains are vastly complex mechanisms. It has a big job to do. Thus, the brain likes comfort. It likes to feel safe. The brain feels safe with familiarity; with what it knows. It’s most comfortable, with what it’s used to.

If the brain is used to feeling a certain way or running a particular train of thought – such as negative thoughts about the self, anxiety, paranoia, addictions, alcoholism or depressive thoughts, for example – the brain wants to stay the same because it believes it has to for the SURVIVAL of the being that it’s running.

Familiarity = safety. Safety = survival.

Unknown = danger. Danger = death.

We’re talking life or death here. The brain believes it needs to be this way, for the being to stay alive.

This, is why it can be so damn hard to shift out of tired old habits and destructive thought patterns.

It is in finding the courage, the determination to break free from the illusion of “safety”, that we can shift and evolve.

I’ve shared this analogy for creating new neural pathways and changing our reality so often to my clients over the years:

Neural pathways can be likened to roads, or trains, as I sometimes like to call them. Neural pathways convey information from one place to another. To change our innermost subconscious thoughts is to create a new neural pathway.

We can think of it as being in a dark forest, late at night. Imagine: the moon is hiding behind clouds, it’s pitch black. You can’t see a thing. You can hear wolves and other wild animals howling and shrieking in the distance. Yeah. It’s scary. The likely thing to do is find a clear, beaten down path and get the hell out of there. So that’s what we do. We feel around, we find a path, we stick to it and walk. We don’t dare delve into the dark and scary bushes, who knows what the hell is lurking in there! 

The known path is the habit. The easy route. the neural pathway that is already formed. Yes it may appear to be the safest, but is it really serving us…?

To create a new neural pathway is to find the courage to beat down those bushes. Despite what may be lurking in there. To beat them down, with determination, in the direction that you know you need to go. It takes effort. Your hands might get all scratched up and bleeding for a while. It may be painful. Eventually, with enough tenacity and dedication, you will have beaten down a new path. Eventually, after taking this path, over and over again, continuing to tread down those bushes, this new neural pathway path becomes the known and easy way.

The familiar way. The comfortable way. The habit.

This is how we change our lives.

In a Kinesiology session, we can bypass the “stories” of the conscious mind. The illusions of safety. We can tap right into what the subconscious beliefs are, and even how they got there in the first place. From there we can clear it and decide on a new belief system and a new way of being, and align your energetic bodies to this new state. Then, it’s your patience, persistence, courage and determination that gets you over the line. The effort required will be well and truly forgotten once you’ve moved forward into the harmonious new way of being.

If you’d like support with releasing unwanted habits and embodying your highest potential, click here to book your Kinesiology session.

With love,

Jacqueline xo

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