WHAT CAUSES COMPULSIVE THINKING?
Worlds No. 1 Addiction
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UNCONTROLLABLE SYNAPTIC FIRING
Even though what Rob and I (Keema) are about to explain may sound a little heady to some people -- follow us. It will hopefully give you a better understanding of the addiction to compulsive thinking. Compulsive thinking is basically the result of uncontrollable synaptic firing to your thoughts -- the same uncontrollable synaptic firing process that takes place with most addictions like those found in eating disorders, gambling, technology, alcoholism, and hard drugs (like heroin and cocaine).
As demonstrated in the adjacent video, synaptic firing happens when a chemical signal is sent from one neuron to another neuron. It is an energy charge between neurological pathways in your brain that some see as “energy information” jumping across neural nets like a spark plug.
When we have a new thought or create a new story in our heads, a set of neurological pathways and their synaptic firing are created that release a cocktail of hormones and neurotransmitters (such as serotonin, endorphins, dopamine, adrenalin, cortisol, and norepinephrine) that stimulate emotional and physical responses, based on perceptions of that thought or mind story, thereby epigenetically changing the physiology of our bodies in ways that can either be beneficial or adverse to our health and well-being. As we repeat the new thought or mind story over and over, the neurological pathways increase the synaptic firing and get stronger by the repetitiveness of the energy information charge we give the story we’re telling ourselves and others, and this releases more hormones which result in a stronger emotional response. This is why repetitive happy thoughts make us feel happier and happier and repetitive negative thoughts can create a stronger feeling of distress. Eventually, our story goes from our conscious level of mind, where we first consciously created the story, to our subconscious and maybe even unconscious level of mind.
“When the mind, body, and spirit work together I believe anything is possible.”
– Criss Angel.
WHY THIS MAYBE IMPORTANT TO YOU
When we (Keema and Rob) opened our minds to this research, it gave us a better understanding of ourselves and its importance, for we realize that if we are living in our heads, then we are not living consciously in our lives – we are, as mentioned earlier, what some quantum physicists call, “Living in the Matrix”.
It also allows us to recognize, as some psychologists may see it, that we may have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), particularly when experiencing adverse life situations, and therefore helps us to disconnect the synaptic firing to negative thinking and compulsive reactions. As a result, we live not only present in our lives, but also in love, peace, and compassion with ourselves, our relationship as partners, and with others.
"The awakening is not the task -- staying awake is. - IamEPI.com
In fact, through research, you will find that with the exception of some biological considerations, most addictions are tied into repetitive negative mind stories which people are unable to let go of, therefore their addiction to the stories in their heads become their self-identities. May it be a lifelong mind story of childhood abuse, the loss of a loved one, or the distress created by a job or financial situation, the uncontrollable synaptic firing to the mind story is the same.
“If we look at how addition builds up out through the years it starts off with normal thoughts.” - Alan Watts, Philosopher
The subconscious and unconscious levels of mind on the other hand are reactive levels, recording and responding only to the information you give them and your repetitiveness of that information, which then creates what we refer to as epigenetic (epi) subconscious and/or unconscious programming.
That said, it is important to understand that this is not a magic bullet or quick fix, for the awakening is not the task -- staying awake is! That said, we have our human experiences just like you and everyone else. We’ve found that the more we disconnect the synaptic firing to compulsive thinking and stay present in life, the more we create new neuropathways that not only keep us present in life, but also nourish our minds, bodies, and spirits. This keeps us awakened to not becoming the victim our illusive stories, and to knowing that we are the most powerful force in our universe.
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As Alan Watts, a well-respected British philosopher, explained in the adjacent video, thinking can become a catalyst to addictions.
WHAT IS SYNAPTIC FIRING?
The conscious level of mind is a creative aspect of mind that is controlled by you and your conscious awareness. In other words, you can be aware of what you are thinking and creating, therefore are in control of your mind story, the synaptic firing, and how you feel about your mind story.
This is the same process for most things you learn and do. As the adjacent video explains, when we first learned how to walk or drive, we were aware of our every move, creating new neuropathways through repetitiveness until the synaptic firing and neural pathways are strong enough so that now, we can spontaneously or subconsciously walk and drive without thinking about it. Once again, this is basically the same process we described for the subconscious programming of compulsive thinking, which as explained earlier scientist estimate we live more than 95% of our life run by our subconscious mind.
Most importantly, it helps us to realize that when we are not in a place of love with ourselves (individually) because we are attached to the negative stories in our heads, then we are not present, not able to love truly and unconditionally, and therefore are not living our true purpose. Instead, we revert to our illusions (what’s referred to in Buddhism as “Maya”) in our heads, while sleep-walking and being disconnected to who we are in the truest sense. Knowing that we are love, and not our compulsive stories, helps us to disconnect the synaptic firing, wake back up, and work to stay awake to our true Being.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Regardless of whether you support our perspectives or research findings or not, you may want to consider asking yourself if you spend much of your life thinking? Do you have uncontrollable thoughts keeping you up late at night or that constantly interfere with you staying present in your life during your daily activities or events? Are you obsessed with frequent upsetting or negative thoughts such as fear, worry, anger, jealousy, resentment or thoughts of the future or the past that take you away from the present moment?
As the author of the New York Times best-seller A New Earth expressed in the adjacent video, “Compulsive thinking is the most universe addiction of all addictions. The majority of humans are still addicted seriously to compulsive thinking and it’s a dreadful condition.”
“It's not that people do not use their brains; it is that their brains use them and they do not know it.” Living in your head is NOT living in LIFE. YOU are the most powerful force in your universe. WAKE UP TO THE WONDERFUL GIFT OF YOUR CONSCIOUS LIFE! Stay present, watch the mind, disconnect the uncontrollable synaptic firing to the mind stories in your head, and kick the number 1 addiction in the world, compulsive thinking!
“It's not that people do not use their brains, it is that the brain uses them and they do not know it.”
“For many, negative thinking is a habit, which over time, becomes an addiction… .”
– Peter McWilliams, American self-help author