time, these patterns of perception and behavior become ingrained, and cause you to “unconsciously” or habitually react to your daily experiences. Your reactions strongly influence the direction and outcome of your every experience.
Some experiences trigger such intense or uncomfortable mental and emotional reactions that something within you “clicks” and activates latent genetic encoding for change. You then become willing to change the negative patterns that sabotage your well-being and limit the fullest, most genuine expression of your soul signature. For some, this is a matter of “hitting rock bottom,” for others, it may be a “lifting of the fog,” in which they finally see the destructive power of their negative patterns.
Some people are genetically encoded with the drive to radically change, while many others are not. Those without this drive rarely manifest interest in growth and change and the effort they entail. Those with this drive and who choose to change, recognize that their negative ways neither nurture and sustain, nor promise happiness and freedom. They eventually understand that without the positive influence, negativity eventually destroys. Unless new positive patterns of living are cultivated, life will move in a downward spiral, or, at best, continue along a bleak plateau of fear, anxiety, lack of fulfillment, and unhappiness.
The following is an example of a downward spiral, the negative patterns that induce it, and the road to freedom toward which it can lead:
Benjamin starts and fails at three businesses, always using the money of people who believe in his dream and trust his word. Since he blames others and circumstances for his errors, omissions and losses, he doesn’t recognize how he causes his failures; consequently, he never feels remorse for the loss of others’ money.
He meets and falls in love with Nancy and shares his “dream” with her. In her love and belief in him, she withdraws half the money from her retirement fund for his dream. They agree to share equally in the business. Benjamin works long hours, but within two years, he fails again. Nancy is forced to sell her house to pay the business debt. He loses his fourth and favorite business, and the love of his life.
Benjamin is devastated. He takes stock of his most recent and greatest losses - the loss of his wife, half her retirement money and her house. This emotionally intense moment of honesty activates a highly emotional state that signals a readiness for change. Sobbing, he implores, “Why does this keep happening?” (The better response would be, “What am I doing that makes me fail? How will I change this!”) His emotions and questions activate latent genetic potential. This, in turn, activates a willingness to look at himself truthfully, and take action toward transmuting his negative patterns into positive ones.
This is the preeminent creative act: choosing positivity over negativity - choosing new, constructive modes of living in place of self-defeating and harmful patterns. You then become recreated. Like the butterfly emerging from its cocoon, you are reborn and liberated.