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Unlearning Life’s Indoctrinations Part 1
Understanding How You are Indoctrinated in Life
You may or may not have noticed this, but we are anchored to many things in life... The ring of a phone, the cry of our child, the light on the street turning yellow... then red... then green. Each of these things activates a very specific response in us automatically. However, what most people fail to realize is that we are not only conditioned in our physical actions, we are conditioned in our thoughts and emotions as well. You see, conditioning is a learning process. Over time we have learned (and been taught) to act and react or respond in certain ways, to certain people, and to certain circumstances. We are behaviorally indoctrinated in certain areas of our life.
Now, I know that when I use the word indoctrination, it may stimulate a specific response; and that further proves my point. Because whatever internal image you have in your head about the word indoctrination you have been taught.
To indoctrinate by definition means to teach, to drill, to instruct, to educate, to brainwash, to coach. It also means to implant, to propagandize, and to convince. All of these definitions are valid for what we have all experienced in our lives at some point. The question is; What are you indoctrinated into? And what are you indoctrinated into that you are UN-Aware that you are indoctrinated into. What indoctrinations are you holding that are harmful to yourself and/or others.
The truth is LIFE is indoctrination, and if we can acknowledge and accept that, we can begin to examine what indoctrinations work and what indoctrination is harmful critically. We can look at what things we are conditioned to believe, think, speak and do that no longer serve us. And this critical examination is the first step.
Comment your thoughts about this article. In Part 2, we'll discuss how we begin to UN-Learn the indoctrinations, and re-train our brains so that we can make the impact we want to make for ourselves, our children, our families, our community, and in the world.
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