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Recognizing the Automatic Pilot Mode

    October 2006

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A few months ago a couple of articles were put on this site that dealt with the idea of repetitive scripts. This line of thinking was triggered by the concept of the Monroe Bands. You could read a few of these articles by clicking on the links above.

Towards the end of the recent essay called 'Thought Form Rating Scale' I ponder about the difficulties that one could face when you want to change certain modes of thinking. Perhaps the study of behavior that you would like to change can be of help here. How often does it happen that you notice yourself doing certain things which you would rather not do?

In the 'Thought Form Rating Scale'-article an idea is introduced about 'memes', being certain kinds of thoughtforms that swallow huge amounts of energy. When you think in a certain mode this takes away so much energy that it isn't easy for any other thought to enter your mind. Only by removing, or no longer accepting certain thought forms, space is created to allow new thoughts to enter our cozy 'brain' and hopefully this will allow for more energy in our system. The idea would be to swap 'electrical/fractured magnetic thoughts' for balanced magnetic thoughts.

Perhaps the same goes for the way we spend our 'spare time'. Let's for now accept that we need to work a number of hours during the week to earn money to sustain our existence. This is quite a popular thought form, and I can't help but accepting it's reality into my reality. I would like to focus on all the time that we have besides the necessary activities (like work, sleep, taking care of our children, partner, perhaps parents etc.), what do we do with that?

I have learned that I engage in quite a lot of 'automatic pilot' behavior which I would rather not. I really notice myself watching silly 'youtube'-videos or I see myself reading some news-site or I see myself checking if any mail arrived or if I earned a few dimes. Perhaps I check if there isn't anything new on my favorite websites. I guess many of us decide to turn on the TV-set or the gamecube/Playstation and by doing that you put yourself in the automatic pilot mode until you are that tired that you turn it off and go to sleep.

The SSOA is quite extreme in this and goes on to say that even the reading of a book could be considered a kind of 'automatic pilot'-behavior. You just switch your creativity off and you hook on to either your computer, your TV-set or a book, newspaper or magazine. Ofcourse there are many other ways to spend your spare time, like spending it with other people: talking in person, chatting through MSN or some other chatbox.

The basic idea of this page is that I am starting to learn to recognize the moments when I switch to this automatic pilot mode. It's like pushing a button that says: "turn off most of your mind now" and then a few hours later I either 'wake up' again or I switch to yet another behavior that is rather mechanic as well. It is actually quite scary to witness how much time is spent on these kind of rather repetitive behavioral patterns.

Why do we do this? What happened that we are fine with this, and often don't even notice the high level of 'automatic pilot behavior' that we express during the day? One of the reasons must be that it simply is easy to just step into this mode: we don't need to worry or spend time on doing something else. Perhaps we are a bit afraid to look into the emptiness of the alternatives: what else could we do if we don't turn on the computer, internet, the tv, the gamecomputer? What else is there besides reading a book or magazine when you are alone and not occupied with work?

I guess the fear of 'doing nothing' is causing us to engage in all kinds of behavior. I would like to further develop the ability to throw away this chi-depleting thought form that says that it is wrong to just sit on a chair, on a couch, or somewhere outside, without seemingly doing anything. Look at the power of this 'fear of doing nothing'-meme: how would your colleagues respond if you only just stopped typing and just sat back without saying a word, without doing anything except perhaps looking around a bit for a few minutes? What about this behavior in a mall or on the sidewalk?

In my favorite movie 'the Matrix' Morpheus offers Neo two pills: if he takes the blue pill everything just remains the same. If he, however, takes the red pill everything will change, and he will get to look beyond the reality he used to accept. Perhaps the automatic pilot-behavior that is so common to our reality is like taking the blue pill day in, day out. Perhaps the ability to recognize this 'blue-pill behavior' leads to a refusal to take that pill, even if it is only for one day in a month. instead of switching on some automatic behavioral pattern you could decide to swallow the 'red pill' and switch on your own 'internal internet connection' which might open you up to a reality that is perhaps more extensive and more real than our current reality perspective.

October 2006

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