Product recalls are routine news. Manufacturers have recalled every sort of item – from construction materials to human replacement parts and infant food to automobiles. Do an on-line search of the phrase “product recalls” and you will find the names of many more product that have been recalled by their manufacturers, but were never reported by the popular media.
Some of the recalled items contained safety defects that were not recognized when the products were designed or manufactured. But other products contained defects that were, in fact, known to the manufacturers when the items were designed or manufactured. Manufacturers recalled the known items only after some of the products’ users complained and government agencies responded.
So, why would an organization design, manufacture and sell an item that it knew was defective? After all, an organization is composed of individuals, most of whom believe that they act responsibly and ethically. What were they thinking in these situations?
Well, I will show you that there was no thinking involved. And I will explain what can be done about it. But first, I will briefly explain what causes us to suspend our thinking and critical judgment in these situations.
Each of us has an inherent desire to belong to an organization or group, which comes from our evolution as members of families or tribes. Being a member of the tribal or family group greatly enhances our survival chances, because a group can share in providing food and safety. And we carry that desire to belong into our workplaces. Our anxieties will grow when we are confronted with the possibility of being expelled from the group.
Like the leaders of a family or tribe, the senior leadership in an organization sets defines the values and the culture of that organization. Everyone below the senior level in the organization will conform to the norms set by the senior management in order to belong.
And the individuals within the organization will, in turn, behave in ways that reinforce the values, the patterns, within the senior leadership. Those individuals who feel discomfort in the organization’s culture will leave the organization.
So, the organization will operate in a manner that is in keeping with the patterns shared by those within that organization. That indicates that the organization operates without thinking because collectively they believe that their actions are justified. There is no thinking or disagreement because there are very few, if any, individuals who question the organization’s culture, its way of doing business.
We don’t have to think about our need to belong to a group – it’s something that we inherit from countless generations. That something is called a pattern, a bit of energy that exists in the unconscious where it operates automatically and is the source of our upsetting feelings and unwanted behavior.
A large range of inherited behaviors, called patterns, comes along with our desire to belong. People who feel most comfortable within and organization usually have similar patterns that attract one another. Patterns are inherited bits of energy that work in the unconscious, where they operate far from our intellectual analysis. The existences and operations of these things called patterns have only recently been scientifically proven.
Nearly everyone has heard of the science of genetics, which describes how physical characteristics are passed from parents to their children. Recent genetic advances have enabled scientists to identify the genes that predispose us to certain diseases and to suggest methods for reversing the diseases if they occur.
Genetic science has also shown that our reactions to stressful situations can also be transmitted to future generations. Two examples are:
Dr. Barbara McClintock was awarded the 1983 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology for showing that genes migrate along DNA strands in response to stress. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_McClintock)
The December 2013 issue of Nature Neuroscience contains an article by Drs. Dias and Ressler that showed mice could pass on learned information by inheriting the traumatic or stressful memories and the response to the situation that is similar to the traumatic memory of their parents. During the tests, they learned that mice could pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences – in this case a fear and anxiety of the smell of cherry blossom – to subsequent generations. This is an example of a pattern, a “bit of energy”, that attaches itself to a memory. (http://www.nature.com/news/fearful-memories-haunt-mouse-descendants-1.14272)
It seems logical that genes would pass along physical characteristics such as family resemblance: hair color, eye color, height, body type etc, but why would we inherit stress reactions? Well, nature has provided a way to effectively pass along the lessons learned by one generation to future generations so that we don’t have to learn the same things over and over – often in a dangerous way. We have an inherent wariness of things like snakes, spiders, centipedes and large animals because many of these things are dangerous and/or poisonous. We prefer sweet foods rather than bitter foods because the bitter taste can indicate that a food will make us sick and a sweet taste indicates that a food is probably safe to eat.
Although these results have not been confirmed in humans, scientists conclude it seems reasonable to assume that we exhibit similar inherited phobias, depression, anxieties, compulsions, anger, etc. Look at your emotional reactions – or lack of them – and then look at your parent’s behaviors and emotional reactions with you and others. Some of them see the glass half full, others half empty; some have what you perceive as “irrational”, “neurotic” fears and anxieties; others are hypercritical and may be prone to yell; others don’t get you no matter how hard you try to get them to do so. And if you can engage your parents to recollect their parents’ reactions and emotions displayed to them growing up, you will see the generational patterns orchestrating your grandparents, your parents – and you. It appears that nature has given all living things a mechanism by which future generations would automatically know how to behave – through the automatic operations of patterns – when those generations encountered similar situations, even if that behavior is not in our best interests. We rarely encounter threats to our lives from wild animals or hostile humans during our modern lives.
So, it’s safe to say that our reactions to certain situations can be inherited. And since there have been only about 100 years of genuine peace in western history in the past 2000 years, all of the results of traumatic events – wars, plagues, famines, floods, storms, enslavement, etc is recorded in our genes.
Entire families, tribes, communities and populations hold grudges and suspicions for millennia because of genetic reinforcement. Individuals react in ways that are identical or very similar to the ways their parents and grandparents reacted.
Although the genetic forces – the sources – that give rise to automatic reactions are very powerful, and can even grow from generation to generation, they are exceedingly easy to destroy permanently in an individual.
Consider what happens to our anxieties when we are pressured to go along with a group’s behavior and how going along supports our strong need to belong to that group.
Patterns’ natures cause them to operate in predictable, repetitive ways. Here is a summary listing of their energetic anatomy:
– Patterns exist in the unconscious, where memories about everything that has ever happened to you in your http://premier-pharmacy.com/product/cialis/ life are stored. Patterns make use of every bit of this information to defend themselves from your attempts to recognize and destroy them.
– Although the pattern knows everything about you and will use the information to protect itself, the pattern cannot think. A pattern is similar to a physical virus that invades the nucleus of the cell. A virus knows how to ensure its survival and to use the nucleus to reproduce itself, but the virus, like a pattern, cannot think. Patterns, viruses and bacteria operate on survival instinct rather than logical thought.
– The behavior of all patterns follows a predictable, repetitive and sequential path. For example, you become frustrated or angry when something does not produce an expected result. Patterns dictate that you behave in such a predictable way, which is a reaction, not a response.
– Patterns have only one motivation and that is their continued survival, which always is at the expense of your peace of mind and enjoyment of life.
– Patterns use your emotional energy to prevent you from becoming aware of their existence and interfering with their operations or destroying them.
– Every action that you take that is motivated by a pattern will strengthen the pattern. This includes talking about the pattern and resisting an emotion or feeling that is associated with the pattern. For example, avoiding or dismissing thoughts about an annoying relative, neighbor or boss will intensify and prolong the annoying feelings associated with the thoughts.
– Everything within your unconscious also operates continuously even during your physical sleep. The patterns never sleep or take any time off. Everything, including your dreams that you perceive, is filtered by the patterns’ operations. You are unknowingly compelled by patterns to interpret, or rather misinterpret, what is happening and what has happened in a way that preserves or enhances the patterns’ existence.
So, what can be done about the source of an organization’s unconscious motivations? How can you destroy patterns that lead the organization to operate in a way that ordinarily would be considered unacceptable? The answer is simply destroy the source all of the unacceptable behavior.
The key idea here is that nothing, or ‘no thing’, can be ‘done’, which is where observation, or awareness, a ‘non-doing’ state gives you the only tool needed to annihilate the pattern. You need only to ‘not-do’, to merely be, in order to be successful in eliminating a pattern. The instant that you begin to ‘do’, think, say or act in order to destroy a pattern, you are back in your analytical brain, which is incapable of destroying the pattern. You need only to observe, without thinking, what is happening in the moment, which includes what you observe in your imagination. Your observation is all that you need, and you have that capability in its full measure right now. You have always had it, and always will.
Observation does not involve ‘doing’. Quantum mechanics has shown that whatever we observe, or focus our attention on, is altered. That is, merely observing the subject changes both the observer and the subject. For example, when you text someone or have a telephone conversation, your words change something within the person with whom you are speaking, and the person’s words, which have been influenced by your words, will change something within you. Since all ‘doing’ about destroying a pattern is motivated by the pattern itself, there is nothing that you can ‘do’ to get rid of it. A pattern’s sole objective is its own existence and thus it will manipulate your perceptions to prevent its destruction.
How do you use what you now understand? How to not do? How to merely be? How to deal with a pattern that will always be invisible, never tires, has instant access to all of your and your ancestral history, knows where each of your buttons is and will always be beyond the reach of your analysis?
Easy: just use the power of your imagination. Like Perseus using a polished shield to avoid looking directly at the Medusa, use your imagination to look at an image of the pattern. Make an invisible bit of energy into a visible object. It sounds like some sort of ancient alchemical process, but if you have read this far you probably feel more than a little credibility in this material.
When an individual destroys the pattern that causes the anxiety associated with the possible loss of membership in the organization, that individual can see options that were previously masked by the pattern. When the senior leadership destroys those patterns within themselves, the entire organization’s culture immediately changes toward balance and responds appropriately to the difficult situation.
I would very much like to tell you that reading our book, “Imagine All Better; Breaking Repeating emotional and Behavioral Patterns We All struggle With is Easier Than You THINK”, in which we describe just how and why this method works, will allow you to destroy patterns within you with no additional assistance.
Unfortunately, that’s not practical. Our work with thousands of clients over the past 40 years has shown us that patterns are exceptionally tricky when it comes to preserving themselves from annihilation. Since we cannot possibly handle all the requests for assistance, we did the next best thing and developed an app for your smartphone or tablet. The app contains all of the insights we have gathered about how any pattern can possibly defend itself and uses those insights to guide your imagination to successfully destroy a pattern.
There is nothing for you to do, say, get, think, read, change, learn, affirm, tap or believe. The app and your imagination do all the work for you.
The app has enjoyed a success rate of over 90% within a 20-minute session. The first session generally lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. For the cost of a typical co-payment, $29.95, you can enjoy stress relief on demand wherever you may be. In addition, the app has no need for any details of the issue that you wish to resolve, so there can be no record kept of what you are working on. We do keep an anonymous record of your age range and sex, which you do not have to enter in order to use the app. We do record how long you spent in the app and where you exited. We use this information to let us know how effective the app is and what improvements we need to make.
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Now you know about patterns and how you can destroy them easily and permanently. You can read more about how patterns operate, how they defend themselves and the benefits of destroying them on our web page that describes how to break repeating patterns.
There is a lot more I have to say on this subject, but I have covered the main points here. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. You can contact Dr. Richard Crowley and me at: info@ImagineAllBetter.com.
Thank you for your attention,
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