Thoughts, Beliefs, Waking Dreams
Thoughts create our life.
Every thought builds the very fabric of who we are. And what we think is optional!!!! But until one realizes that what one thinks is optional, we accept out thoughts as truths. That's all we know. As thus we perceive the external world through the multi-colored glasses of our belief systems, which creates our thoughts, on which we take action, and in this way we CREATE our own life.
If we have negative thoughts, life will be hard. And visa versa.
No matter what life presents, our thoughts govern our reality; beautiful things can take a sour overtone, terrible things can be spiritually motivating, all based on WHAT WE THINK!!!
AND... What we think is born of the belief systems we harbor in our subconscious!!!!!!!!
Thoughts are created through the filter of our belief systems
Most of us don't realize it; we are governed by our subconscious belief systems. And it is likely we aren't aware of what that belief system is! And of most concern, often those belief systems are based on data that might have been true when the data was gathered (as a child or young adult), but are no longer relevant and in fact, now only serve to hinder our progress.
Many subconscious belief systems are faulty,
based on our understanding of the world when we were children
What is important to understand about that, is that we likely formed those belief systems when we were children in response to the circumstances in which we were raised, or early in our life in circumstances where we were beginning to understand aspects about our relationship to the world.
And it is likely we don't fully understand what those belief systems are. For example, we may believe on a subconscious level that we are incapable, even if on a conscious level we believe ourselves capable. Or we may believe the world sees us in a certain way that in fact is not true. But, once a subconscious belief system is adopted, it drives our life and the thoughts we form.
The way the subconscious belief systems work, is that the mind goes out of it's way to prove to you that your belief systems are correct. Even when it means interpreting everyday events in a manner so as to prove the belief system is correct, although that situation has nothing at all to do with the issue.
For example, an anorexic that I once worked with would walk into a room and as the eyes of the room gathered upon her, she was convinced they were all thinking she was fat. In fact, she was quite beautiful and it was quite natural that eyes would glance her way frequently. Her mind interpreted the incoming data to support her belief system that she was fat. And, although she was quite thin, her eyes saw a fat person in the mirror, not at all reflecting into her brain the truth of her beauty. Her brain altered the incoming visual data to support her belief system. So, she spent her life with her mind interpreting incoming data to prove that she was fat, and then taking actions to correct that incoming information by starving herself. And she nearly died.
This is a dramatic example, but we all have belief systems that color the way we interpret incoming data from the world. And, in many cases, our belief systems prevent us from being the most clear, balanced person possible, and worse, may sabotage the very success for which we strive.
This lovely woman in the example above had a belief system that had nothing to do with issues of weight: that was just how the issues played out in reality. Her belief system was of "not being good enough" based on the parenting she received as a child, lacking acceptance, compassion and love which are the building blocks of self-worth. In conversations she would often interpret others words or actions as being motivated by the other person not thinking she was worthy/good enough. So repeatedly she would find herself mad that someone else didn't think she was good enough, and arguing to prove she was. When in fact, the other person in these cases were simply going about life and in no way even remotely thinking these thoughts about her. Her mind "projected" her faulty belief system onto the actions of others, proving her SUBCONSCIOUS belief system correct, even though her CONSCIOUS mind knew that she had high value and worth. So the incoming data caused internal strife which was projected onto others, so that she would argue the point repeatedly. The empty point mind you! A fabricated reality interpreted through the eyes of the child's experiences and resulting, deeply ingrained FAULTY belief system.
Have you ever had a friend who constantly accused you of thinking they were stupid, even though you don't? That is a faulty belief system in operation!! As you can see, it interrupts life and inserts itself into situations which then allows the person who holds that belief system to argue against it as if it were YOU that believed it. It is a complex organization of the mind that protects individuals from actually becoming intimately connected to others. It allows the individual to usurp whatever issue is at hand and divert that attention to something else, thus avoiding whatever stressor is actually occurring. This kind of interaction is often, at the core, caused by a faulty belief system about what it means to be close/intimate with someone. If intimacy was not safe, a child did not feel understood, loved and cherished, or worse grew up criticized and ridiculed, then intimacy can be seen as a danger. And thus, the conversations that might lead one to deeper levels of intimate connection must be distracted and avoided. And all the while... this belief system can be completely false at this point int he person's life. Yet they continue to react through that belief system because they are not aware of it!
Many belief systems are survival oriented! Not the kind of survival mechanism as in fight or flight, but the kind that gets our attention in a big way. It may feel as emotionally intense as life or death situations because subconsciously it calls into play the survival instinct. For example: "if everyone sees me as fat, then I am worthless and may as well die" is an obvious example. But also "You think I am stupid" leads to "and so it follows that I am not valuable" which is a subconscious thought that is on the journey of the ancient tribe who, through their tribal edicts, discard the weaker humans so that only the strong breed and the race survives. This is IMPORTANT emotional stuff to recognize. Especially as we begin to understand what triggers us on these deep levels.
The subconscious mind is not linear nor lexical. It does not form thoughts and use reason. It cannot be argued with or convinced. The subconscious mind relates through symbols: as in the way that the subconscious mind communicates with us in dreams.
Welcome to the concept of Waking Dreams: moving in a dream scape while you are awake!
Participants in waking dreams dive into the realm of the subconscious, entering into a conscious relationship with the symbolic language of this arena of the mind. In Waking Dreams, we enter into a process of repairing the faulty belief systems, through visceral interaction with the symbols. Without trying to THINK our way into the mysteries of the mind, we navigate the river of the subconscious through experiencing the rich world of imagery and emotion, finding the aspects of the dream that are in need of repair, and taking the symbolic actions to make that repair. In this way, we refine our mind's understanding of the world, through the eyes of a balanced adult.
This is the work that I have developed over the last 30 years.
It is based on processes from dance therapy and authentic movement, and is used to:
• Awaken a conscious connection to the subconscious mind
• Allow the subconscious mind to communicate with us through the language of symbol
• Reprogram belief systems through interaction with these symbolic images
• Develop comfort in the ability to understand our own mind, without "thinking" (called silent knowing)
• Deepen a performers emotional connection to movement, and
• Create a profound connection in movement without the interfering goals of the ego