Last week American’s honored veterans of war for their service to our country. From tribal civilizations to modern time the warrior has held a critical role in the evolution of nations and human rights. A friend who served in World War II shared his wartime story with me some years ago. He was in a naval boat off of the shore of enemy territory, ready to follow his first orders, when the war ended. It was less than twenty-four hours before his training was to be put into action. He had spent many months preparing for combat and a specific clandestine operation. His training included methods that accessed his psychic capacity and programmed his mind to view the enemy in specific ways. He was grateful to see the war end yet felt deflated. He would never be able to complete the mission. As I recounted this bit of history to a friend last week he reflected on it, “In the old days, due to time of transport, soldiers had time to deprogram the programming they had gone through to prepare for their mission. Today military personnel don’t get the same grace period for deprogramming.”
From the psychic perspective a program is a way of operating automatically in response to a given situation. This program may be something we are taught at home, school, church or through any social structure that maintains a framework for civil interactions. Alternately, we may create a program ourselves in response to an experience that is repetitive or traumatic, conditioning us to a certain reaction that helps us survive. A warrior must hold fast to programs that are counter to their natural human curiosity and compassion in order to survive. These programs require them to follow orders and to defend their country while honoring the rules of international warfare. When the soldier’s mission is done, they return to civilian life and the programs are no longer needed. Yet often they have not been erased from the soldiers psyche.
The repetitive nature of programs and their root in our survival instinct gives them powerful influence over what we create in our lives. They are trained responses to specific circumstances therefore they often outlast their effectiveness. We rarely take the time to replace or erase old programs. The result is that they keep operating unconsciously. Programs that aren’t relevant to our age or circumstances block us from creating better outcomes and contribute to repeating experiences we don’t particularly like. The hook that makes programs so powerful is a combined physical-emotional imprint. We feel fear and our body responds in a certain way to the emotion. It may be as simple as averting our eyes to avoid looking at the person whose energy disturbs us.
While we may not relate to the specific programs a soldier activates, we all have programs operating in our lives. In relationships they may be reflected in how we express our desire to be loved or demonstrate our love. In the work environment, a program may automatically suppress our natural power, the result of experiences that made us believe our power would threaten our ability to maintain gainful employment. Longstanding programs are rooted into our energy field at a much deeper level than behavioral based actions. They are operating at a spiritual frequency that requires outside assistance to deprogram. After we deprogram an outdated auto-response we can consciously apply elevated skills in order to experience an upgraded reality.