Why Active Alignment:
Several barriers block people from accessing the full range of personal power. Your old habits are playing a major roles in holding you back. By the same token, you will gain great strength and power by making new habits. Both kinds of habits, those that inhibit and those that help, come in three guises: habits of action, habits of thought. and habits of emotions. And although habits can exhibit in all three ways, the most important, primary point of change happens in your brain. You can decrease the power of long-established habits patterns by establishing new pathways in your brain.
To establish these new pathways depends on how strongly you desire the change and your willingness to repeat and repeat and repeat the new pattern.
The recorded messages available here can help you on your way. When you find one that resonates with you and brings you the desired result, listen to it at least once daily until your subconscious mind can fell the truth of it. The key to forming new habits of any kind is repetition—frequently, often, and mindfully. Let your new habit replace the default position you want to change.
How to proceed with Active Alignment:
- Know what you want the new habit or belief to be. Create a mantra that states the new belief and includes one or two emotional characteristic that describe it. [For example, “I accept constructive feedback with curiosity and resilience.”]
- Become as relaxed and neutral as you can. Let your breathing be calm and rhythmic.
- In repeating the mantra, conscientiously evoke the emotions as you name them. [For example, what does curiosity feel like to you? Where do you feel it in your body? What does resilience feel like?]
- Recognize the two most important aspects of establishing the new pathway in your brain are, 1) Repetition, and 2) Strengthening the repetition with the emotion. Without emotional support the mantra will be only a trail of empty words.
Prepared Active Alignment exercises
1. Tension Release
Tension tightens your body. It coils you up like tight spring. You can loosen the coil by consciously opening expanding your body and breathing oxygen into your joints. This guided relaxation will help you become more mindful of the symptoms of bodily tension and cue your brain to respond with calm rather than stress.
2. Reduce the Conflict Within
If your brain is filled with conflict of any kind (such as anxiety, distress, fear, shame or despair), you can experience relief by replacing those conditions of stress with something more constructive. This training will help you discard those old, habitual, retarding mind patterns and replace them with fresh patterns. Help your brain blaze creative new pathways.
3. Become Intentional
The ability to choose is an essential aspect of being human, and we make hundreds of choices every day. And although choosing comes naturally most of us do not employ the ability intentionally. It’s much easier to let our lives simply unfold however they will. To live purposefully, become more intentional. Unite your three innate energies, emotions, thoughts and actions and become the person you want to be.
4. Relax into Gratitude
When caught in a maelstrom of turmoil, comfort can often be found by seeking out something you know to be good in your life or in the world. When you direct a light on something your truly appreciate, it can become beacon, shining through the dark to guide you on your way. Teach your brain to look for that good thing.
5. Calm the monkey mind
When it feels as if your mind is stuck in a cycle of repetitive, tumultuous thoughts, and those thoughts leave stranded in the quicksand of confusion and frustration, you need a way to break free. You need a lifeline to grab onto, something to assist you to reach solid ground.
6. Create a quiet retreat for your mind.
When escaping to a monastery or ashram for a week (or even an hour) of solitude isn’t possible, establish a practice of peace and silence in your brain. Discover how a practice of retreating from the world for just a few minutes at a time can soothe your body and strengthen your access to your personal power.
7. Aerate your body
Uncoil the tension in your body and increase the effectiveness of deep breathing through a technique called, “Relax and release.”
8. Practice Neutrality
Observer Mode is the gateway into the higher levels of Emotional Power. To be the Observer is to be neutral, to release any energy from the lower mode and to replace conflict with neutrality. When you become neutral, suffering and struggle release their hold on you.