Deprogramming the Mind
Why does our conscious mind filter so much of our reality? Why do so many things go unnoticed?
This is because of the process of compartmentalizing the mind.
Compartmentalizing the mind is dividing it up into compartments.
Compartment - a separate section of a structure or container in which certain items can be kept separate from others.
A compartment could also be seen as a section, block, portion etc.
We compartmentalize ourselves when we reject some portion of our self.
Compartmentalizing the mind is often a natural occurrence when one attempts to filter out things that are emotionally unpleasant or uncomfortable.
When we experience something emotionally unpleasant, we tend to avoid our emotions instead of feeling them. The easiest (and our favorite) way to avoid uncomfortable emotions is to compartmentalize them. This is a very effective form of suppression. Most of the time, we are unaware that this is happening. We just notice the pain go away, so we think it works. After a while, we get into a destructive habit of continually suppressing our emotions into compartments.
We do this from a place of rejection of the present moment itself. We do not believe that we can love ourselves in the present moment as it is, so we attempt to create our own version of the present moment by creating a different version of ourselves. The issue is that we are not actually creating a new version of ourselves. We are simply creating a mask to hide the parts of our self that we deem unacceptable.
Over time, people who continually reject themselves continue to create more and more compartments. We compartmentalize parts of our mind to serve different functions. People who suffer from "people-pleasing" may even create a unique compartment for each person in their life. While this may seem efficient to you, it is actually a very inefficient thing to do. How can we be sure that the active compartment contains adequate parts of our mind to address what we are currently dealing with in the present? Most of the time, it does not contain everything that we need. We may be missing a key part of our mind that relates to fulfillment or willpower.
What are the effects of compartmentalizing the mind?
Compartmentalizing the mind is a destructive process that creates many long-term problems. One could even go as far as to say that the vast majority of problems are caused by the compartmentalization of the mind. It is no coincidence that the solution to the majority of problems is the expansion of consciousness in the mind, or reconnecting parts of the mind.
Continual rejection and compartmentalization results in someone who can longer access most of their mind. Most of their mind becomes hidden in their subconscious mind. Sometimes, compartments may even become completely unconscious from continual rejection and compartmentalization.
This results in more fragmentation, more disconnect between their mind and body, and more numbness.
A very interesting thing to note is how compartmentalization of the mind results in multiple personality disorder, where major compartments contain enough thought patterns to resemble actual personalities.
Why do we compartmentalize our mind so much?
Through compartmentalizing the mind, we have the power to program ourselves. We tend to use this ability to protect our self from our fears. This typically starts in our childhood as a very innocent and necessary intention. How could we expect ourselves as children to process our fears and emotions in a healthy way?
We have the ability to mold our beliefs to reinforce the compartmentalization of our mind. We judge parts of our self as "bad" or "wrong", and we lock them away in our subconscious. However, this is a childish and lazy way of programming oneself. The beliefs we form to defend this destructive behavior will result in a cycle of destructive behavior and/or unfavorable manifestations.
This is due to the dualistic mind.
Duality - an instance of opposition or contrast between two concepts or two aspects of something; a dualism
The best example of duality is the duality between "right" and "wrong". You may have seen many discussions about what duality is and how we should approach it. It really depends on how you define duality. However, we are going to add onto the definition above with the idea that duality assumes that these two opposing concepts/aspects are mutually exclusive.
Mutually Exclusive - a statistical term describing two or more events that cannot occur simultaneously
As we judge things as "right" or "wrong" with our dualistic mind, we create corresponding categories in our minds. The things that fall into one category cannot fall into another category due to the belief that "right" and "wrong" are mutually exclusive. What this means is that if you put something in the "wrong" category that is important to you, you will struggle to access that thing if you are present with the "right" category.
Over time, our dualistic mind develops an addiction to judging and categorizing things like this. The category of "wrong" continues to accumulate things that are actually important to us. In this way, we start to lose ourselves. The category of "right" starts to become too restrictive. In this way, we start to become more robotic.
We even form sub-compartments, or compartments within compartments. Our minds start to become one giant mess of lazy programming.
How can we deprogram this mess?
In order to deprogram the mind, we must transform our mind from dualistic to nondualistic.
The nondualistic mind is the unified mind. It is utilizing all parts of the mind all at once in a way that transcends duality.
If the dualistic mind says that two things are mutually exclusive, the nondualistic mind says that you can have both things at once, neither, one, the other, or a mix of them. If you haven't noticed, this is similar to quantum physics. In observable physics, the atom has dualistic, static properties. However, in quantum physics, the particle is actually a nondualistic wave of potentials/possibilities.
It seems that our nondualistic mind could also be called the quantum mind. Is it possible that the nondualistic mind is the mind that is consciously in charge of collapsing the waves of potential/possibilities into static outcomes? Does this mean that the nondualistic mind can literally create one's reality effortlessly like in dreams?
The nondualistic mind is truly amazing. As we deal with subconscious patterns, we will reconnect with our nondualistic nature. This will result in unconditional love and unconditional awareness for ourselves and others. This is the beginning of multidimensional consciousness.
Deprogramming the Mind
A lot of the advice you will encounter is not aimed at deprogramming dualistic patterns. The advice actually encourages you to counter-program your patterns. Instead of deprogramming the root belief that creates the cycle, one is advised to create more programming on top of the current programming in order to treat the symptoms of the pattern. This often comes in the form of "positive" self-talk or affirmations. It may also come in the form of blaming others or cutting them off.
You do not need to out-program your negative programming with positive programming.
This kind of programming only complicates things. A typical software developer would work to understand the code in front of them before attempting to code some kind of solution. However, most people do not follow good coding standards. Instead, they participate in lazy programming. Instead of actually understanding their subconscious patterns, they simply program the "opposite" of their "negative" patterns. This creates an even bigger mess.
Luckily for you, we will learn how to deprogram all of this programming.