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Why Do We Create A Negative Reality for Ourselves?

Posted by jeromefaraday on October 8, 2010

I posted this response (slightly modified) in an internet forum to the question of why we often fail to truly believe in our dreams and ability to create them.

I think you address a very important point about LoA failure: that crippling inner dialogue. Many LoA amateurs often see belief as a wallpaper, when in reality it’s the foundation itself. People may think they truly believe, but it’s merely paper covering a rotten core: and deep down they know it. Thus, their affirmations are a constant battle between their mind pretending and wanting to believe and the subconscious which knows the truth.

I used to be a school teacher (in the USA) and let me tell you: conditioning is real and it starts early. Even if the parents don’t beat the love of life out of a kid, the schools will happily do it for them (one reason I’m no longer in that profession). The system teaches us we should follow orders, sit still, aim low, work for someone else, retire and die. I know I’m exaggerating for effect, but it’s not too far off. This is the rotten conditioning most of us have to cut through to manifest our desires.

How do we undo it? I think it comes through recovering the joy in the everyday. We become so grateful for the present we no longer hold onto the hurts and failures of the past and feel no desperation for the future. We live in the eternal now. And with that comes a sincere and genuine (note those words) gratitude for all we have.

Granted, it’s easier to write than to do! I think achieving this state requires meditation and prayer. Why? Because both of those, when done right, bring us peace. And with peace, worry about the past and the future cease. Speaking practically I would recommend a lot of daily meditation. I’m not perfect, but I notice huge differences in my mental power when I meditate and when I don’t. I personally like self-hypnosis to get in me in the right frame of mind, followed by lots of silence and reflection.

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Two Negative Institutions (That Really Don’t Have to Be) Part 2

Posted by jeromefaraday on September 17, 2010

Continued from Part 1

[N.B- This essay is strongly informed by Dr. David Hawkins‘ wonderful book “Power vs. Force.” Long story short (although you should read the long story), power and powerful people transform the world, while force (e.g. violence, intimidation, fear, anger, etc.) corrupts, but never really changes anything in the long run.]

The next institution I want to look at is education. Education is, for a small number of kids, a very positive experience. Those children who can sit still, stay focused, and say the right words to their teachers generally thrive in the US education system. For the rest, the system can be downright hellish, even if they have genuine academic talents. Once again, I believe the issue comes down to power vs. force and our educational system is based almost entirely on force.

The majority of teachers (I was one) don’t understand children and don’t want to understand them. Before anyone objects, pay careful attention to my words. I didn’t say they hate kids or want to see them fail. They just don’t understand them. Since they can’t empathize with the kids and motivate them from that empathy (it is possible; I did it and some really good teachers do it daily), they have to resort to force. And, sadly, the punishments are often petty and punitive rather than geared towards future learning. One example is making kids copy pages from the dictionary when they act up. It doesn’t take much to figure out that such a punishment imposed on developing minds, especially from the wrong person in the wrong way, will make a kid hate words. Well, imagine that on a bigger level. A child feels that school and learning are punitive because that is what they are taught by teachers. Then, they stop wanting to learn or associate it with being a loser.

Most teachers are not vindictive, nasty people. I’ve met a couple, but they’re rare. Most teachers are just stuck in the rut known as modern education and don’t have the imagination or will to act differently. If a teacher gets a reputation for being ‘too nice’ to the kids or ‘too friendly,’ then it could be the end of his or her career. We as an American society have set up an expectation of kids and teachers locking heads and both student and teacher seem willing to propagate this foolish viewpoint.

The net result is that the few students who are persuaded by the power of an average teacher, i.e. the ‘good kids’ who play by the rules, succeed. The kids who don’t play by the rules of the modern school (i.e. the ‘bad kids’) are disciplined by force and often remain in trouble with the institution their whole lives (or drugged up on psychotropic meds). The majority of teachers and administrators aren’t powerful enough to reach them, so they punish them.

Education should ultimately impart wisdom and the role of teachers isn’t just to dish out facts, but to mentor, influence, and mold. Yet, most of us can count on one hand the number of teachers who have done just that in our many years of formal education.

Why is education so punitive and negative for so many? I think it’s because the educational establishment has created a self-perpetuating system that promotes those values. People who don’t believe in them are often weeded out at the college level or in the first couple of years before union protection. Or, they burn out from frustration at a system that leaves so many children left behind. I should add too that government mandates often give an enthusiastic, caring teacher very little flexibility to pursue greatness or impart it to his or her students.

From a law of attraction standpoint it’s clear that the educational system is mired in negativity, fear, and low expectations.

Thus, educational reform shouldn’t just be about re-arranging or revamping a few aspects of the system, but may need to scrap the whole system itself. It sounds harsh, but education is essentially the same as it was 150 years ago (a bunch of kids in a room or rooms, sitting quietly (supposedly) learning from one person at the front). We need to rethink the entire system and rebuild a new institution that motivates kids and moves them in areas of need for society that also align with their passions.

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