Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Lesson In Repetition

The Mindshifters group watched the first half of the lecture by Dr. Michael Ryce, "Empowered to Heal". This lecture discusses observations about how we are energetic systems and not "physical bodies". This week my learning is about the value of repetition for the material I find most valuable. Dr. Ryce talks a great deal about the value of "building new brain cells" to be able to understand new material. The only way for this to occur is to provide numerous repetitions of the material, combined with the ability to question everything that one thinks one "knows". Both of these factors are needed in order to "build new brain cells".

Even if I am able to question the validity of everything I think I know while reading a good book about a new subject, or listening to a lecture about a new approach to an old topic, I will only get a small amount from that material. I will need to read that book, or listen to that lecture, time and time again in order to fully understand what is being offered. The first few repetitions merely lay the foundation for new levels of understanding which will occur in future repetitions of that work. Likewise, if I listen to a lecture 37 different times, and my entire focus is on denying and refuting what is being said, by comparing it to what I already "know", I will not gain anything from the experience.

Recent research reveals that a person's ability to "learn" new material, or "accept" new findings is directly related to whether those findings are similar to what that person already believes. If a person reads a scientific paper which presents findings that are in alignment with what that person believes to be true, they are much more likely to "believe" the new findings. If a person reads a scientific paper which presents findings that are not in alignment with what that person believes to be true, that person is much more likely to reject the findings. This is a prime example of the need to "build new brain cells" before one can comprehend and accept new information. The point has been made that historically we, as humans, build our cultures and our belief systems on many things which eventually are proven to be wrong. Recent examples include, "The world is flat.", "The earth is the center of the solar system.", "The atom is the smallest particle of matter.", "We are determined by our DNA - The Primacy of DNA", and "The laws of physics as presented by Newton".

If in our history each of these things has been called into question and proven to be at least partially wrong, what might we find out in the future about some of our current beliefs? Which beliefs will prove misguided or even totally wrong, and how will that affect our daily lives? The point is, that if one is not able to question the validity of everything one knows, and open themselves up to direct observation with a "less" biased mind, then the process of "building new brain cells" cannot even begin.

And so, I strongly recommend the frequent repetition of whatever material challenges your thinking, opens you to new possibilities, and leaves you with a good feeling in your mind/body energy system. You will probably be amazed at "how the material has changed", since the last time you read or listened to it, (Just so you know, the change will have been in you, not in the material). The material may be even better than you remembered. There may be whole chunks or key points which you do not even remember from the first reading/hearing. There may be points that you remember, but upon reading/hearing it again it has an entirely different meaning for you. There is also the possibility that with the changes in you and your experiences, since the last time you read/heard the material, you decide that you don't like the material or the conclusions nearly as much as you did the first time.

What if it is soon possible to "prove" that we are "energy systems" and not simply "physical bodies"? How would that change the way you live your daily life? Would it have as much impact on you as the realization that the earth is round did to those who believed it was flat? Would it have more impact on you than the realization that Newton's laws of physics don't seem to apply below the level of the molecule?

What if the way I end each blog entry is Truth and not just a nice thought? How would that change the way you live your daily life?

We come from Love, we are made of Love, we are Love. Everything else is false.

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