18 January 2015

Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive Dissonance

cog·ni·tive dis·so·nance noun: PSYCHOLOGY “the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change.”

As I get older, I find that I am opening up much more to new thoughts, new ways, new ideas of doing what may have been considered “standard” and acceptable by the masses at one time. Unfortunately, I also find myself feeling somewhat alone in this adventure most of the time.

The untouchable subjects of religion, politics, etc. just keep getting more untouchable. So many people get so offended if they hear something different than what they are use to or believe in. In the ancient times, people didn’t have books, DVD players, Internet access … they had themselves. And they talked about things. They openly tossed around ideas, concepts, and beliefs back and forth and discussed the “why” of it all.

Today, not so much. It’s becoming more and more difficult just to have a discussion about “touchy” subjects. People are held captive in their belief systems … in what they’ve been told and sold. In some cases, it goes all the way back to their childhood. But we’re in this physical form of matter to experience things and raise our awareness and our consciousness. To find Truth, and to make up our minds and hearts as to what makes sense and what does not. What speaks to out Divine Soul. Most times though, a wall of protection goes up immediately and blocks any new or different information from being allowed to enter the mind. There’s this gate in our brain called the medulla oblongata … and that’s where everything flows into. Unconscious entry is gained all the time … but conscious entry, is controlled by us.

As we progress towards new experiences, instead of people coming together, they are drifting further apart. Letting the chasm grow wider through the extension of fear and ignorance (not knowing). There is no need to place blame on anyone or anything other than ourselves. We have to take personal responsibility for our thoughts and actions. The Media, the Church, the Government, etc. all deliver their views and opinions. It is up to us whether or not to accept these views as Truth, illusion, or in most cases … a combination of both.

Ask questions. Investigate what it is you believe and why. This is all part of our experience here in Earth School. Sometimes we win, and sometimes we learn. No one else is going to do it for you. If a doctor tells you that you have some sort of disease, investigate it further. If the Government tells you there’s nothing you should be concerned with, investigate it further. If the Church system tells you Jesus, or Allah, or Mercury, Zeus, or even a “holy book” is the only way to the Almighty Eternal Source in the afterlife or the next life, investigate it further. Question everything and find the answers you need for your experience here in this life. Accept new information and use your intuition. How does it speak to your Soul? Use your unique human emotions. How does it feel?

We are all in this Life together. Let’s do all we can to make it better for everyone.

Just a thought …

~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.