I’ve been reminded, thus, about how much conscious effort it can take to drive a stick-shift (as opposed to driving an automatic transmission). At first, that is. And then, with repeated driving, it becomes as automatic as…well, driving an automatic.
Telling New Stories Takes Concerted Effort For a While
Changing your beliefs works the same way. For a while, telling new, better-feeling stories about all of your life experiences takes a real, conscious effort. It’s a radical departure, after all, from your old, “auto-pilot” habit of simply accepting conventional wisdom and labeling so much of your life as “bad”.
As you probably know, when you begin driving a clutch (or reacquaint yourself with doing so), you have to pay close attention to your speed and the revving of the engine to ensure you’re shifting at appropriate times. It’s work. But, over the course of time, your ears become so accustomed to the engine’s whine that you begin to shift gears without having to consciously think about it.
Taken one step further, the familiar routes you drive (to the grocery store or to work, for example) become so habitual that your muscle memory gets trained to shift subconsciously at certain points along the drive (not accounting for varied traffic density, of course).
You’re Now Driving Your Stick-Shift on Auto-Pilot
You’ve practiced enough, you see, that your gear shifting is now being done unconsciously. What once took your conscious concentration is now occurring within your subconscious and now takes no more effort than driving your automatic transmission.
You’re Soon Be Creating Your Improved Reality on Auto-Pilot Too
Creating new beliefs and relying on those new beliefs to create a material reality more closely aligned with your desires works the same way. At first it does take your conscious effort and focus to tell new, better feeling stories which build new beliefs for you. But… With practice, your new stories and attending perspectives start to become second-nature – they happen unconsciously after enough practice. (Click that link to Tweet it)
Your spiritual and mental “muscle memory” has been trained.
Stay tuned to this blog, of course, for more techniques for using new paradigms from quantum physics to create a more pleasing reality…