It's all a journey of breaking free from our reptilian mind, feeling more, thinking less, and tuning into our higher self. The self-realization that we are all just walking each other home. Never separate.
Human behavior is such an intriguing concept. I'm sure that you have had events in your life that seem lucky and synchronous as if you were just in the right place at the right time.
I'm also sure, that like me you have also found yourself in challenging and conflicting situations battling between your thoughts, feelings, emotions, fears, insecurities. Trying to decide how to best act and react in any situation. deciding whether you lean in and rise above, or lean out and run. Avoiding, suppressing, and distracting yourself from anything that challenges your path.
In this curated piece, I attempted to bring together every concept that I have learned and frameworks that have helped me navigate the natural storms, chaos, and peaceful abundance found in all of our journeys.
I explore why 95% of human behavior is not conscious, even though we "think" it is. We explore it from a metaphorical sense "the captain, the surface crew and the deep crew", from an energetic sense exploring thoughts and feelings as above or below the line energies. I even explore complex concepts with simple schematics frameworks to help shine the light on two universal mind streams.
Enjoy and let me know if anything in here helps you make better choices in your own life, or enables you to navigate the behaviors of others with a sense of love, empathy, and compassion.
ONE KEY MESSAGE
Why do we do what we do? Well, 95% of our behaviors are Un/Subconscious, driven by our primal brain's desire for self-preservation and our emotional brain's level of drive or reactivity to any given situation. The other 5% is the conscious mind determines our actions and choices, the unconscious mind determines the reactions, and the reactions are just as important as the actions.
The missing piece of the pie is to transcend ourselves and realize that there are forces beyond ourselves shaping our lives. The Collective Mindstream; shared beliefs, ideas, attitudes, customs, identities, and knowledge commonly belonging to a social group or society. Lastly, our Deepest Unconscious Mind is inherited energetically or genetically from previous generations and is not shaped by personal experience.
STORY - The captain, the ship, and the crew
In the SelfCare book, I shine the light on James Justin’s book Mindset: How To Transform Your Life From Ordinary To Extraordinary, the life coach and speaker use the “iceberg” model to explain how our three minds work.
Justin relates our conscious mind is similar to a ship’s captain standing on the bridge giving orders. It’s “the surface crew” on the deck (the subconscious) and “the deep crew” in the engine room below deck (the unconscious) that actually implements his orders; our actions. The captain may command the ship, but the collective crew actually guides the ship according to the level of training they have had over the years.
We all know that calm seas never made great sailors. The sailors that succeed have experienced storms and tempests in their life experiences and have practiced how to act and react with character, keeping their internal compass in check and true north in sight! The ship, the crew, and the vessel can work in harmony together to survive and thrive, or they can fight amongst themselves creating a disconnect between the inner workings of the crew and what the captain sees and commands. This can cause the vessel to run in circles, stop completely and potentially even sink!
Finding harmony within is the key to finding harmony in our external world. Imagine the “conscious” captain in your mind casting a future vision and direction that the crew is internally aligned with and committed to persevering against all weather. This creates a vessel that is resilient to go on the journey, no matter what storm it faces!
THE THREE MINDS THAT STEER YOUR LIFE
The research is clear: 95% of our behavior patterns are driven by our subconscious/unconscious emotions (empathy, apathy, compassion, fear, anger) and reptilian brain (fight-flight, self-preservation). Which, leaves only 5% of our behaviors in any given moment to be driven by our conscious mind (rational)
This means that...
"We act, react and respond from our level of conscious awareness (captain), emotional awareness, past experiences, traumas, insecurities and self-perpetuated truths based on our beliefs (surface crew). And, even deeper to that our reptilian brains fight/flight mechanisms for self-preservation and survival (deep crew)." Rory Callaghan
The 5% that drives our patterns of behavior
MIND 1 - The conscious mind (rational brain)
The Captain—The conscious mind communicates to the outside world and the inner self through speech, pictures, writing, physical movement and thought.
Our conscious mind is still a big player in who we become. however, it is only 5% that drives our patterns of behavior. In the early 1900’s E. Stanley Jones shared that,
“The conscious mind determines our actions and choices, the unconscious mind determines the reactions, and the reactions are just as important as the actions.”
The 95% that drives our patterns of behavior
MIND 2 - The subconscious mind (emotional > reptilian brain)
The Surface Crew—The subconscious mind is responsible for our recent memories and is in continuous communication with the depth and beliefs of the unconscious mind.
MIND 3 - The unconscious mind (reptilian > emotional brain)
The Deep Crew—The unconscious mind is the storage center for memories and past experiences, these memories and experiences can be forgotten, sifted out as “unimportant” or even repressed due to trauma. This library of memories and experiences forms our beliefs, habits, and behaviors.
When considering The Captain’s choices we need to remember something bigger is at play. There is a collective consciousness and energetic mindstream in the world around us that is influencing our crew and even our captain’s conscious thoughts.
Beyond Self - 2 Universal Energetic Mindstream's
Universal Mind 1 - The Collective Mind (consciousness)
The collective mind is a fundamental sociological concept that refers to the set of shared beliefs, ideas, attitudes, customs, identities, and knowledge commonly belonging to a social group or society.
The Collective Mind forms our sense of belonging, identity, and behavior. Sociologist Émile Durkheim used this concept to illustrate how individuals are also bound together in deeper ways that reflect collective thought or behavior.
For example, consider the world you were born into versus the world your parents were born into. Our collective consciousness had engineered this current reality. Think about the Industrial and technological revolutions and all the amazing revelations as well. Think of the global challenges we are all currently facing together. We chose this. This means that if we can shift underlying systems of belief that have been handed from one generation to the next, then we can change the future reality for us all. Consciously engineering a world that works for all, not just for some.
Universal Mind 2 - The Collective Unconscious
is a concept originally defined by psychoanalyst Carl Jung and is sometimes called the objective psyche. It refers to the idea that a segment of the
deepest unconscious mind is inherited energetically or genetically from previous generations and is not shaped by personal experience.
For example, have you ever considered the accepted norms?
That 9–5 job, the houses we live in, and even how we live together as communities. Consciously and unconsciously we have directed our individual and collective efforts here. As captains of our own fate, we have played within the current rules and norms to end up here today. Choosing our global leaders and captains, giving our power to governments, people, and others to captain the fate of spaceship earth. What if we appointed different captains? Imagine more women in positions of power. How would their underlying belief systems, guide and shape the world? What would happen if we chose more leaders— “captains”—that were working against the collective unified beliefs that we each hold as captains of our own lives and environments. Perhaps we need to address the collective unconsciousness, bring it to the surface and ensure that the captains we choose are leading our spaceship earth in the right direction. Not towards a 6th mass extinction or a world where health is not a basic human right available to all.
3 BRAINS THAT DRIVE OUR BEHAVIOURS
3 part "Triune" brain
We have explored the mind and our associated behaviors on an energetic, emotional, and conscious level. On an anatomical and physiological level, I will reference neuroscientist Paul MacLean, who conceived the 'Triune Brain' model in which three major brain structures are thought to be in control of three major aspects of human thought and behavior.
Paul MacLean introduced the concept of a triune brain in the 1960s.
This model of brain structure and function is based on three specific regions of the human brain: the 1) basal ganglia, 2) the limbic system, and 3) the neocortex. Each of these structures is thought to be responsible for a specific group of mental activities: 1) the fight-or-flight survival response and other primal activities, 2) emotions, and 3) rational thinking
95% of our behaviors come from....
- The Reptilian Brain - the fight-or-flight survival response and other primal activities: Reproduction (sex, desire), anger, survival, and fear
- The Emotional Brain - Using all of the findings, they were able to reveal there are 27 truly distinct categories of human emotion that can represent a feeling.
Only 5% of our patterns of behavior are conscious.
- The Conscious Brain - Rational thinking, reason, language words
However, there is no such neat division; instead, primal, emotional, and rational mental activities are the product of neural activity in more than one of the three regions all at once and their collective energy creates a human experience; How we think, act, react and behave in any given circumstance. Both consciously and subconsciously.
95% of our behaviors are Un/Subconscious, driven by our primal brain's desire for self-preservation and our emotional brain's level of drive or reactivity to any given situation.
Emma Young in New Scientist magazine shares that current scientific estimates are that some 95 percent of brain activity is unconscious.
These include habits and patterns, automatic body function, creativity, emotions, personality, beliefs and values, cognitive biases, and long-term memory.
It's important to consider this point when navigating friendships, relationships, partnerships, and even conflicts. Having awareness of where people are operating from both consciously (rationally) or unconsciously (irrational, emotional, fear, safety, security), may help you navigate any given situation with effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies. Sometimes even silence and communicating nothing at all will do. Realizing that any communication or action you take will be perceived to be a threat or even responded to with irrational and reactive emotions, that could be hurtful. Take away the stimulus and as the wise have said over the years. The best way to respond to anger is with silence.
Lastly, up to 40 percent of behavior is habitual, taking anywhere from 15 to over 250 days to form a new habit
REVIEW OF OUR 3 "TRIUNE" BRAINS
First of all, the basal ganglia (found at the center of the human brain) was 'acquired', followed by the limbic system (which consists of various component brain structures, such as the amygdala and hippocampus), then the neocortex (which is implicated in conscious thought, language and reasoning).
- Reptilian or Primal Brain (Basal Ganglia)
- Paleomammalian or Emotional Brain (Limbic System)
- Neomammalian or Rational Brain (Neocortex)
Lets explore these in more detail below, so that we can have the awareness to be able to harmonise our thinking, feeling and reactive brains into one powerful force in our lives.
Brain 1 - Reptilian "Fight or Flight" Brain
(Basal Ganglia) Primal Survival program; In-built Self-Preservation at all costs.
The basal ganglia are referred to as the reptilian or primal brain, as
this structure is in control of our innate and automatic self-preserving behaviour patterns, which ensure our survival and that of our species.
The basal ganglia and a number of the surrounding structures within the base of the forebrain are responsible for 'species-typical' behaviors, which are present in aggression, dominance, territoriality, and ritual displays.
In a modern world, it is the reason why one person can do something for themselves at the expense of another. Self-preservation is a deep-rooted and inbuilt system for survival that overcomes compassion, empathy, and even virtuous reason.
The primal brain is also in charge of, what is often referred to as,
the four Fs: Feeding, Fighting, Fleeing, and… Reproduction
Notable behavior patterns include defense of self, family, and personal property, physical communication, and socially approved actions, such as handshakes, head nods, and bowing.
For example, when we are in danger and must respond quickly, as an act of self-preservation, the reptilian structure is aroused, preparing us for action by initiating the release of chemicals throughout the body.
The primal brain in the modern world
“It took millions of years for man's instincts to develop. It will take millions more for them to even vary. It is fashionable to talk about changing man. A communicator must be concerned with unchanging man, with his obsessive drive to survive, to be admired, to succeed, to love, to take care of his own.”— William Bernbach (1911–1982), American advertising creative director
We might not be living in the same world as primitive man, but we are still met with threatening and potentially dangerous situations.
The brainstem is responsible for keeping us safe now, as it was for early man. The health and functioning of this brain region largely determine our ability to detect and respond to threats.
At the most basic level, the brainstem helps us identify familiar and unfamiliar things. Familiar things are usually seen as safe and preferable, while unfamiliar things are treated with suspicion until we have assessed them and the context in which they appear.
It is the reason why it is easy for us in 2021 to fear one virus, even though science identified it in 1965. As a human species, we understand less than 1% of all viral diversity and we have only just started to develop technology to see the unseen. The paradox is that our human bodies are host to over 380 trillion viruses and 38 trillion bacteria, which means that their presence preceded our ability to see and identify them as being there. With 99% of all viral diversity being unknown and outdated germ theories that have taught us to believe "viruses are bad". As a result, we create anti-virals, vaccines, and global lockdowns to protect ourselves in irrational fear, from something that has probably always been there and present in us. This is the paradox of the pre-reptilian brain. Add mass media and emotionally driven hysteria that perpetuates this false narrative of fearing the unknown, and we are stuck in a 2-year long pandemic, even though 99.991% of people who tested positive for the presence of this virus in their system are ok. Nearly 20% who tested positive had no symptoms at all.
Our primal brain is a self-limiting double-edged sword.
Familiarity is dependent upon geography and culture; global brands must show an understanding of and sensitivity to the people of any region. Or they can play on their pre-reptilian brains to use fear in order to control their habits and bheviours.
Brain 2 - Emotional "Feeling" Brain
(Limbic System - Paleo-mammalian)
n 1954, the limbic cortex was described by neuroanatomists. Since that time,
the limbic system of the brain has been implicated as the seat of emotion, addiction, mood, and lots of other mental and emotional processes.
It is the part of the brain that is phylogenetically very primitive. Many people call it the "Lizard Brain,” because the limbic system is about all a lizard has for brain function. It is in charge of fight, flight, feeding, fear, freezing up, and fornication.
For example, When we are watching a shocking news story or receive an upsetting message, the limbic system is stimulated and, again, chemicals are released, which create our experience of emotions.
This part of the brain takes time to develop doesn't fully mature until our mid 20's and beyond. It is the reason why teenagers can be more emotional and reactive than adults.
On a personal level, have you ever been 'hangry", "stressed', 'tired" or 'bored'? How have these emotional states impacted your conscious eating behaviors? That quick-fix coffee, chocolate, fast food meal, and even alcohol and other substances. It is important to understand how our emotional states can influence our conscious behaviors. Especially when considering an obesity epidemic, where millions of people are paying billions of dollars in gym memberships that 85% never use and restrictive nutritional programs that result in boom/bust lifestyle behaviors or the 'yo-yo". Never solving the underlying behavioral drivers.
On an observatory level. It is also important to understand how people act and react to any situation. Have you ever been in a conflict with someone and had 'no idea" where that was coming from. You try to rationalize their behavior with your conscious brain, you try to find empathy and compassion with your emotional brain for their anger, irrational behavior, self-preservation, and emotional instability. Only to find that anything you say or do is filtered through their own lens.
Emotion is the meaning we give to our felt states of arousal.
Psychologists consider emotions to be complex states involving diverse aspects.
On the one hand, an emotion is a physiological state of arousal; on the other, it also involves an object having a certain significance or value to the individual.
Emotions are dynamically fed by our inner drives and dispositions; they are also interlocked with other emotions, related to an individual's beliefs, past experiences, relative "truths", relative 'traumas", a wide-ranging network of symbols, and the "cultural ethos" of a society.
Emotions basically involve dispositions to act by way of approach or withdrawal. They are signals that drive our behavior. Do we lean In or Lean out?
Emotions are not negative or positive either. That's simply how we label them. For some people, pain and fear is a positive emotion that signals them to course correct or lean into something that will change their life for the better. For others, pain and fear mean leaning out, running, avoiding, suppressing and distracting themselves from it.
Modern science only accepted 6 human emotions until recently, where they upgraded it to 27 emotions.
In Buddhist philosophy, An emotion occurs generally when an object is considered as something attractive or repulsive. This is very subjective too; The individual also perceives and judges the situation in relation to himself as attractive or repulsive. Hence, we emotionally attract what we are or desire, filtered through our own lens and idea of what is attractive or repulsive to us.
It is also the reason why people who have grown up in safe, secure, and one could argue privileged environments, are more emotionally immature when they leave the safety of their home and start to act and react in the "real world'. An environment that is more chaotic and requires a higher level of self-governance and radical responsibility for our actions and behaviors.
On the flip side, if someone has been brought up in a chaotic, emotionally challenging, or traumatic environment from a young age, they may experience a lot of emotional maturity and resilience, or they can feel numb to it. Having learned to suppress their emotions in order to function in everyday life.
Brain 3 - Rational "Thinking" Brain
Finally, when we are making decisions, solving problems or reasoning, the neocortex is engaged, without the involvement of the other brain structures.
In Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theory of personality, the conscious mind consists of everything inside of our awareness. This means that perspective and experience are important here.
This is the aspect of our mental processing that we can think and talk about in a rational way.
The conscious mind includes such things as sensations, perceptions, memories, feeling, and fantasies inside of our current awareness. Closely allied with the conscious mind is the preconscious (or subconscious), which includes the things that we are not thinking of at the moment but which we can easily draw into conscious awareness.
Things that the conscious mind wants to keep hidden from awareness are repressed into the unconscious mind. See our previous article on Shadows, Trauma, Insecurities, Chameleons, Masks, Ego, and Identity.
While we are unaware of these feelings, thoughts, urges, and emotions, Freud also believed back then that the unconscious mind could drive our conscious behaviors. Little did he know, that he was right; 95% of our behaviors are not in our conscious awareness. It is the reason why emotional release, trauma therapy, shadow therapy, and transcendent experiences using powerful plants like ayahuasca, MDMA, peyote, and even Psilocybin (magic mushrooms) are becoming more common in our modern experience as people try to break free of their conscious mind. Remembering how to feel, trust their intuition and see the unseen. If you do follow this pathway, please seek professional guidance.
HOW THE 3 BRAINS WORK TOGETHER
Robert Sapolsky REVIEWS the Brain Systems That Control Your Behavior: Reptilian, Limbic, Neo Cortex.
WHERE ARE YOU OPERATING FROM?
In the SelfCare book, I reference, "Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins, there’s a hierarchy of levels of human consciousness". Although we can fluctuate to different levels during different times, there’s usually a predominant “baseline” state where we commonly dwell. It is important to understand where we are operating from to understand why we do what we do.
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration” Nikola Tesla
Have you ever been scared of "doing something'', where the inner critic holds you back? A noisy voice with a seemingly 3:1 negative bias to every situation.
Well, that's your reptilian brain (fear, fight, flight, self-preservation) and lower emotional brain (shadows, insecurities, guilt, traumas, etc). Like the example of the free-diver below, these thoughts, feelings, and emotions can be rewired too. The challenge is being able to uncover what's behind the deep-seated subconscious drivers of our behavior. leaning into the unknown also sparks fear, avoidance, and suppression. To uncover who you truly are and where you are operating from, read the previous article '7 ways to uncover who we truly are". It involved shining the light on our shadows, insecurities, fears, past 'relative' traumatic events, and everything else in between. It seems scary at first, but I have learned that on the other side of each of these emotions, feelings, or self-limiting thoughts like fear. Is the freedom that I have always been seeking within myself. I hope you can have 10 seconds of courage to one day!
Operating Below the Line
These are the thoughts, emotions, and resultant behaviors we exhibit when we operate from this vibe.
In this space, our reptilian brain is on high alert. Fear, fight (anger), flight (run, avoid, suppress) is our dominant output. Emotionally we are irrational, reactive, protective, and even hurtful. Mentally, we are irrational and often caught up in past narratives that promote the fears, reactions, and behaviors we exhibit.
We can play the victim, even after we act out and "punch" others metaphorically, mentally with our words, emotionally with our manipulative behaviors for self-gain, rationalized as protection and preservation. And, even physically.
Operating Above the line
These are the thoughts, emotions, and resultant behaviors we exhibit when we operate from a higher sense of self. One where the reptilian brain is silenced/managed. Emotionally we are secure, resilient, and open. Mindfully we have an expanded conscious awareness with an ability to see any event or situation from all angles. Allowing for empathy, compassion, and calmness in any storm.
2 examples of rewiring our brain to operate above the line.
One is a personal experience, where the pain became a massive driver for what I do today. The other is a young girl who flipped the narrative of her father being a 'poor janitor', to being an inspirational man that did everything he could to ensure that she and opportunities in life that he never had access too.
An important point to note.
What people say, do, or feel. Is a representation of them, never of you. How I feel, is dependent on many factors in the side of me. What I say, do and how I respond will be my character, never theirs. This level of radical responsibility is powerful, but rare if we are operating below the line. It seems easier to blame, judge and play the victim to any situation, so that we can avoid, suppress and run from ourselves. Rather than going deeper and addressing what is trying to come to the surface. The paradox is that in the long term, this never serves us. Especially considering that 95% of our future behaviors will be driven by what is yet to be uncovered.
Have you noticed how some people can remain calm, even with an onslaught of mental, physical, and emotional abuse? They understand something profound. How to remain calm and balanced in any situation. Ultimately, how they act, react, and respond will be their character.
They also understand that hurt people, hurt people. It's nothing personal. It's just protective and fear-based mechanisms. When this is understood, rather than trying to rationalize and emotionally connect with someone operating below the line. They realize, that silence is often the best response to anger. There is no point in throwing fuel on the fire. A smile, a hug, and a meaningful gesture might be all that is needed to help shake someone out of this energy. However, people operating above the line have also learned to set boundaries for their own energy. Not below the line 'boundaries" like silent treatment, stonewalling, or other immature narcissistic control tendencies. Simply, learning to love from afar unconditionally without entertaining and being the villain in someone else's painful experience.
OVERPOWERING THE LIZARD BRAIN
WITH SETH GODIN
It is important to recognize that the functions of the primitive brain will take precedence over other brain activity. For example, if you try to hold your breath (a prefrontal cortex-initiated activity), you will find that as carbon dioxide builds up in your bloodstream, this primitive part of your brain is going to want to take over and make you breathe again.
Through training, you may be able to increase your resistance to the basic urge to breathe, but inevitably you will eventually give in and take a breath. For example, freediving is a beautiful practice of how we can over-ride the reptilian brain.
The maximum depth reached by anyone in a single breath is 702 feet (213.9 meters) and this record was set in 2007 by Herbert Nitsch.
When free diver Marese Secades enters the water, she feels nothing and everything at the same time. “Everything just melts away and I enter a dreamlike world, where I feel that I could fly.” She has developed the ability to silence the reptilian brain.
Such threats to survival are first addressed by the primitive brain—as illustrated in “peripheral shutdown”, where blood vessels on the periphery of the body are constricted in anticipation of physical trauma—and are prioritized over less vital functions.
Freediving - How to train the reptilian brain TO CHILL!
How long can the brain survive without oxygen? There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Over half the world's population is afraid of water and can't swim and the other half would struggle to even consider that they could hold their breath for longer than 60seconds.
Recently a 56-year-old free diver, broke the Guinness world record holding his breath for almost 25 minutes!
If the brain is receiving a limited supply of oxygen, it can survive longer than a brain receiving no oxygen. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine:
“Brain cells are very sensitive to a lack of oxygen. Some brain cells start dying less than 5 minutes after their oxygen supply disappears. As a result, brain hypoxia can rapidly cause severe brain damage or death.”
When a brain goes an extended period with a lack of oxygen, neural cells begin to die through a process called apoptosis. Although some brain cell death usually occurs throughout a person’s life, large numbers of brain cells dying simultaneously can result in diminished brain function or brain death.
However, the amount of time the brain can survive without oxygen before brain damage occurs will vary from person to person. According to the University of California, Santa Barbara’s UCSB ScienceLine website,
the brain can withstand three to six minutes without oxygen before brain damage occurs. Or up to 25 mins with limited oxygen supply as shown in the case of the free-diver above.
This is a beautiful example of overcoming the pre-reptilian brain's attempt to over-ride your behavior in the first minute of holding your breath. If you can hold your breath for longer than 1-3 minutes, then you are successfully retraining your mind, body, and physiology to new levels of comfort and function.
The point is that we have the ability to find balance and harmony between all our brains, universal mind streams and ignite our human potential to fully live in this once-in-a-lifetime human experience. Go for it!
CALL TO ACTION (SELF ASSESS)
Comment on the below with radical responsibility and transparency.
1. Where are you operating from? What's your default energy?
Above the line ______________
Below the line ______________
*Remember it only takes 10 seconds of courage to break that line.
What are your patterns of behavior?
What do your daily habits tell you about yourself? When you look in the mirror, what does your body tell you about your patterns of behavior? What are you doing well, where would like to grow and improve?
3. Voice or the noise?
When you sit still for longer than 20minutes, simply witness your thoughts. Imagine you are standing at the train station watching your thought trains pass by without jumping on. The below the line thoughts/feelings are RED trains, the line thoughts/feelings are BLUE trains. How many RED and BLUE trains are there? As an example, I once sat at a silent retreat for 4 days witnessing my thoughts. Over 90% were red trains initially, with the odd blue train.
What's cool is that by the end of the retreat, these RED thought/feeling trains passed by. I started jumping on them one by one to see what was lying inside them. Only to find the lesson and realize that the next time the train passed by it was blue. I started with 90% red trains and left with 90% blue trains. This is the power of our minds.
It's all a journey of breaking free from our reptilian mind, feeling more, thinking less, and tuning into our higher self. The self-realization that we are all just walking each other home. Never separate.
At the end of the day, internally we can simplify all of this complexity into two key components.
- Inner dialogue - We can label the 'voice' as the positive bias in our mind that reminds us that anything is possible from here. Or, we can listen to the 'noise', our 3:1 negative bias that attempts to find a threat in order to promote self-preservation. However, we live in a golden age of opportunity, where abundance is everywhere and readily available to us all. Whatever we focus on; the voice or the noise will determine what we consciously manifest and attract in our life. Almost as if it's a self-fulfilling prophecy, where we get to determine our sense of luck, appreciation, or gratitude. Or play a victim to our own experience. Forgetting that we were a 1 in 4 trillion chance of taking our first breath. I choose to believe that I was born lucky, from my first breath. what an out you?
- Character is all the matters. Irrespective of what we say or think. We are what we repeatedly do. If you want to see where someone is operating from, including yourself. simply step back and witness your own and other people's patterns of behavior. It is the biggest life hack in understanding yourself and others. Why? the action and patterns of behavior represent 95% of who we are, the words and thoughts are just 5% of who we think we are, or who we project ourselves as being through our stories and narratives.
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