How to Use the Spiritual Circuit Rewire Node
Rewire: this is the most challenging of the three nodes of the Spiritual Circuit (acquire, rewire, inspire). But it can be done, witness myself as example. But more than my experience you may witness the great masters such as Buddha.
Indeed, I will use his story as foundation for this article. Harken! Buddha was born a prince. His father kept him locked in the palace that he not know the suffering of those around him. But he escaped and changed. He was one who knew only good fortune and the ways of good fortune. His every need and want was fulfilled. Yet he was not content and did not know why. One day he escaped from the palace and learned what life was really like on the other side of the "gilded" walls. He decided to sit under a tree until he figured out what contentment was and how he might achieve it.
Through his thinking and thinking over many years under that tree, he discovered a way of life that made all the difference for him and has made a difference for countless millions since his earthly days.
But the major point here is he rewired his brain into different thinking patterns than those out of which he was originally raised. Anyone can do this. The brain is perfectly capable of changing old neural pathways and making new ones, resulting in new actions in the corporal world. I changed my neural pathways from ones of sorrow and disappointment into ones of ever-growing happiness. Believe me, please, if I can do this, so can you. But you need not take my word for it. You can see this kind of change from the Buddha's life. (The Buddha went on to share his learnings and new neural pathways by inspiring others. He acquired new material; he rewired his brain; and he inspired persons beyond counting both during his earthly life and ever after; The three nodes of the Spiritual Circuit: acquire, rewire, inspire.)
How does one rewire? There are two basic ways: meditation and real action in the corporal world. Meditation is a way of learning how to strip away the nonessentials of thinking by concentrating on the essentials of being. (There are many good programs of meditation. Find one that fits you and delve into it. Your local bookstore is a good place to start to find what meditation method fits you. The online bookstores will be very helpful as well; just search "meditation.")
Then, actually simultaneously, change your ways in you every day life. Something came to me just the other day: don't worry so much about changing bad habits. Instead, develop new and better habits and eventually the bad habits will die. Wow! That took a load off my mind. I have such trouble dumping bad habits. It is so much easier to develop good habits and just let the old ones die.
But this change in habits from bad to good actually helps to rewire you neural pathways. Like muscle memory when you repeat a physical act over and over again, your muscles, which may have been clumsy at first, soon learn to act smoothly in the action -- like riding a bike.
So, what do you want better in your life? Marriage, career, health, wealth, happiness, athletic skill? What one thing can you take from this article and put into practice right now? Do it.
Dr. Robert Henry Schwenk (Dr. Bob) is a retired clergy person who spent more than 38 years in full time service. His has been a lifelong quest to discover what makes individuals tick. He holds the Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.) from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. His newest book "You Deserve To. . ." is at https://www.createspace.com/3372045 Most of us grow up feeling undeserving--as if nothing we truly desire we have any right to. But we can break this habit and find ourselves believing that we deserve every legitimate thing or person in our lives. That we even deserve to be happy. You Deserve To . . . helps you discover ways to change you life for the better in this instant and for all your days. New website at http://www.themeaningoflifewithdrbob.com (Article number 0009)