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Breaking our Conditioning

December 7, 2013

Mental conditioning inhibits our natural responses. A perfectly understandable cultural process if we are to live closely amongst each other for the most part peacefully. Do we live peacefully? People will point out all the wars going on, which the news emphasises, this of course is another means to increase our inhibition of natural responses by making us live paralyzed in a state of fear. And so our obsession with these exceptions means we take for granted all the hundreds of peaceful reactions and interactions with others we have each day. In reality, violence is the exception, not the rule.

So we have a social environment that is out of tune with our instinctual background, and of necessity. The problem is that in most of us there are many more inhibitions than are required. We don’t just stress about a personal confrontation with another person. Where our adrenalin kicks in to prepare us for the fight or flight response. We stress about all sorts of vague and distant threats. We may even begin to imagine up threats, or concoct threatening situations in order to get that adrenalin boost. We have got to the stage where we have fetishized our inhibitions. We are all into a kind of S&M in our daily lives, when it comes to acting on our instincts. Consumerism Culture is the logical conclusion of this tendency. A classic example would be a gory computer game, or a horror movie, or a soap or drama that gets us attached or angry with certain characters. We cannot act out our emotions here for real and we know it. We are just scratching at our inhibitions for a second hand kick, so to speak.

To break this conditioning the first step is to not let our actions be pulled and tugged around by inhibition-stress responses. Don’t get yourself to a worked up state where you simply have to react with an emotionally charged response. You are not compelled to react to a provocative news headline aimed at tugging either your fear response or another emotional response. Why? Because at the time of reading it, you are not in a life or death, fight or flight situation. So you can take your time to absorb it, filter it, and then choose a more free and considered response to it.

Anxiety is a condition caused by paralysis of natural responses due to an overload of inhibition stressors, in which you find yourself unable to trust your natural response at all, you only trust the inhibitions. Depression is a further condition in which an inability to trust your responses leads to a blank refusal to respond at all. So these very prevalent medical conditions of ill health in the modern world are closely interrelated. And in both cases I believe the key to regaining health is to follow a process of breaking, or reversing, some of our conditioning. To remove the effect of some of our inhibition reactions by putting them in their  true context with awareness.

How do we go about following this process? This is a course of action, and a line of thought, that I am going to follow over the coming weeks in my posts and see what ideas and suggestions I can develop that may be a of a healthy benefit.

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