Patterning. Samskaras. Conditioning. Wholly unseen and unbeknownst to us are the patterns that construct our lives. How are we patterning unconsciously? What kinds of life choices are we continually choosing and repeating without awareness?
Where in this big messy continual life of ours are we awake in the decision of who to relate with, what to imbibe in, how to fuel this life-giving force we are, which career path to follow…that’s just it. We are following a path. And we love this. We want and may even perhaps need a path to follow. As if our own unique choosing in every moment where to place our attention and focus is just not enough. If it’s been done before, or someone else is doing it now, somehow it is alright then for us to ‘follow’ this path, this carving out that someone else has already revealed. But our world, our fellow human beings, sentient as we are, so desperately need the you, that you are, the gift that only you can imprint upon our planet in this auspicious time. In essence, we need you to carve the new path, the new neural pathways that will intersect and interdepend upon the existing formula enhancing, embellishing, putting a new spin on a structure that may be outdated today. Shining new ebullient light upon a way of being that serves us in this day and age. One caveat being we must put away the old and easy way of following and seeing the forest ahead dense and dark, bring our light and forge this new neural pathway so others may in turn decide to embark upon the path infusing their light into creating new and different branches; ways to walk upon our earth. We are treading lighter, we know more. Clean and green practices are continually being put into place. We need more new and inventive ways of just being with each other. We need to put the armor down and take up the force of love with which to unite instead of separate. We need to come together instead of repel. We need just to smile. Or acknowledge. Or look at each other in the eyes for more that a millisecond before safely we look away. We need to act braver, fiercer, stronger in this way of walking on the earth in love. Carve your path out in your loving way, doing what you love to do because we need whatever it is you do to enhance and further life on this planet.
Definitions from: The Free Dictionary and Meriam Webster’s dictionary describing…patterns, samskaras and conditioning
What is a pattern?
a reliable sample of traits, acts, tendencies, or other observable characteristics of a person, group, or institution; patterns of behavior
an established mode of behavior or cluster of mental attitudes, beliefs, and values that are held in common by members of a group
A usual manner of behaving or doing. The regular and repeated way in which something happens or is done. A set of characteristics that are displayed repeatedly, someone or something that one should follow or that is worth imitating or using as a guide, a model or guide for making something, an artistic form, figure or design. An established and often automatic or monotonous series of actions followed when engaging in some activity.
What is a samskara?
Samsara in Sanskrit is: sami skara, a literal putting together, making perfect, purifying, from sam – together + karoti – to make or do. Also, a purificatory Hindu ceremony and in Hinduism and Buddhism: a mental conformation or latent karmic tendency shaping one’s present life.
What is conditioning?
Having a significant influence on or determining the manner or outcome of something. The influence of things such as culture and education that make people behave or react in particular ways. A learning process in which the likelihood of a a specific behavior is increased or decreased through positive or negative reinforcement.