Ever wonder why you respond to a situation in a certain way and how someone else can have the same experience and react completely different? This occurs because of our pre-programming and we all have it, even if we aren’t aware of it it. We filter events in our lives through our past experiences, emotions and perceptions handed down by our parents, grandparents or others close to us.
Some common programs running in our unconscious backgrounds tend to be: money doesn’t grow on trees, you need to go to school, get a good education and then a good job, parents are always right, don’t argue with your elders, you need to follow the rules, etc. There are also certain rules indicate that you are good or bad, etc. You are good if you finish all your homework, bad if you don’t eat all of your dinner.
Today, we examine the program of an authoritative figure being always right. Our parents tell us what to do and to do as they say when we are young. When we go to school, we’re told to do what the teacher says and then what our boss says and then what the government/expert/doctor says. Our nervous systems are conditioned to respond to authoritative figures in that if we do what we’re told, we’re good and if not, we’re bad.
If we’re not aware of this programming, we may find ourselves doing things just because someone told us to and not really examining if it’s what is right for us in this moment. We may say yes to taking on more work, or to withholding our voice, or we may even hold our ideas in and not express them.
So how do we change the program? The first step is to be aware. Notice the next time you interact with someone who you perceive to have authority over you. What are your thoughts? What are you behaviours? Are you more likely to say yes to a request? Are you more shy? What’s your body language?
To find out more about your patterns and how they affect your life, come to one of our advanced workshops.
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.