Programming & Deprogramming
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.
This so much strikes a resonant chord with me. Replacing unfavorable automatic responses is essential to success and well being. It is essential that this be done with respect, consciousness and care… Which is why I like the gentle, personalized,piece at a time work You do. There are t those who show off their enormous power by changing people massively all at once, mainly by just throwing away entire huge parts of others without regard for preservation of internal self-connection and continuity of identity. You carefuly remove only not-self and truly harmful habits of being and those parts not all at once, thus allowing graceful, nontraumatic transition to improved ways of being. This gives me confidence and trust in Your work; those facts and the fact that You can accurately read the energies in my aura instantly with a hug to tell what I have and have not been doing with the people in my life (Yes, I know it isn’t on me… I guess I would, huh?) gives me great respect for Your powers and wisdom. Always, the
Programming starts at the earliest stages of life, so it’s no wonder that it’s such a challenge to change our deep rooted responses to life and others. I realize that most of my not-so-healthy responses have roots in how I view myself, and that’s where it’s important to alter my thinking. Changing my inner identity is a challenge, but necessary to maturing and getting out of reaction ruts. A book and workbook that I’m doing with a support group is helping me look at this area of my life. It’s called Changes that Heal by Dr. Henry Cloud. He also co-authored a book titled Boundaries. It’s exciting to know we can keep on growing and changing, even after 60! Keep up the good writing, Natalie.
Sandy, Yes the programming we receive from our family is so deeply ingrained in our survival pictures. If it is out of alignment with the truth we desire to live and we see that it can become our biggest opportunity for growth. Thanks for sharing!