"Are you driving your life, or are you letting your habits drive your life?"
On the surface, a habit can be seen as a tendency to behave in a certain way.
I.e. a habit of always talking in a particular way,
I.e. a habit of always doing a particular thing everyday.
We all have our own unique habits.
And we have many of them.
I.e. some of us like to sleep late, some of us like to sleep early,
I.e. some of us have a habit of smoking, some of us have a habit of drinking,
Looking even deeper into our habits
Some of us have a habit of talking too much, some of us have a habit of being quiet.
Some of us have habits of being optimistic, some of us have habits of being pessimistic.
Looking even deeper,
Some of us have a habit of choosing particular flavours in the food we eat.
And even deeper,
Some of us have a preference towards particular types of personalities and particular types of appearances.
It is only when we look deeper and deeper into our habits, that questions will begin to surface.
"Why do I have these Habits?"
Why do I have a habit of always choosing a particular type of friend?
Why I we have a habit of always living a particular way?
Why do I have peculiar habits that only I have and other people don't?
It is only when we really question ourselves that we Realize how much we do not know about ourselves.
So let us take a deeper look at what a Habit really Is.
Habit In Depth
The Creation Of A Habit
To develop the Deeper Knowing of what a Habit is we can simply observe the way our Habits are Created in the Consciousness.
When we try to understand the Creation of our Habits from the surface we will perhaps come to the conclusion that our habits come from the repetitious action of doing the same thing over and over again - i.e. always being talkative all the time and as a result it becomes one of the habits we have in life.
But what causes us to act in these various ways?
In searching for that answer we will find the Reactions behind our Actions.
I.e. it is our Reactions that makes us want to speak in a particular way.
I.e. It is our Reactions that pushes us to do certain things every day,
I.e. It is our Reactions that are always telling us to avoid or to go towards certain experiences in life.
And what are our Reactions?
Our Reactions are composed of our Inner Creations (Emotions/Thoughts etc.) (See the Catalyst on Action & Reaction to understand it in depth)
Realize that in every experience we will all generate some sort of reaction (Some of which can be so subtle that we may not be aware).
So remember it is our Reactions which drive us to live and act a certain way.
So now it becomes clearer, the Habit of always choosing the same flavour of ice creams is created because of our craving for the reaction that it creates inside us.
So to find the reactions which has created our habit patterns, We can simply question ourselves "What kind of emotions/thoughts are evoked when I think about doing a certain thing?"
If we develop the Knowing of The Self even deeper, what we will also find is that our Reactions also include the physical sensations we experience. This is because all types of reactions will create a particular type of physical sensation, for instance the state of anger can make our face red hot.
The more you Know about yourself the clearer the cause of your habits will become clear. Eventually what you will realize that the reason why you avoid certain situations in life for instance trying new foods, is because of the negative reactions that it brings.
Again, if we look hard enough into why we are drawn to a particular appearance of people what we will find is that it's because a particular appearance (i.e. angular face, oval face, circular face) will always generate a particular reaction (thought/emotions).
In conclusion, the Deeper Cause of our Habits comes from the Reactions we Create Within. It is important to Know this, because this means that if we water our Habits with the same Reactions over and over again it will become bigger and bigger, becoming a part of our lives. So to transform our habits, we learn to address our habits at not just the physical level, but also at the level of our Reactions.
And to address our reactions then we have to know the cause of our Reactions which you can read below.
Path Of Creator
Habit In Relation To The Path Of Creator
The Path Of Creator is about Creating Greater Happiness every day and for us to create Greater Happiness in life we have to take the step to address the Cause of our Unhappiness/Sufferings.
In Chapter 5. Discovering The Sufferings we have come to know that all forms of Sufferings begin with a Negative Idea.
I.e. "It is not ok to dress and look a certain way"
"It is not ok to try new things"
"It is not ok to fail"
So realize that it is our Negative Ideas that drives our Negative Reactions.
And it is through the Deeper repetition of these Negative Ideas that can create the repetitive Negative Reactions and in turn creating "Negative Habits."
We all have Negative Habits - Habits which are Created out of our Negative Ideas. Negative Habits are habits which can greatly limit our freedom/happiness in life. These are the habits that one will need to address if they wish to develop greater happiness in life.
Our Negative Ideas are the deeper Causes of our Negative Habits.
Some Examples Of Negative Habits
I.e. Maybe it's a habit we have of avoiding certain types of people because of our Negative Reactions towards those types of people.
i.e. Maybe it's a Habit of always sleeping late because of the Negative Reactions we experience when we try to sleep early.
I.e. Maybe it's a Habit of always drinking to avoid the Negative Reactions we experience when we are sober.
Potentiated Ideas In Relation To Habit
A Potentiated Idea on the other hand does not Create Negative Habits.
I.e. "It is ok to dress and look a certain way"
Potentiated Idea will always promote the freedom of choice whilst Negative Ideas do much to limit our freedom of choice i.e. our Sufferings - Fears, our Anger, our Impatience etc. can push us to repeatedly doing the same things over and over again thus greatly controlling/draining our life.
Negative Habits And The Reality Of Suffering
When we generate a lot of Negative Ideas it can create a Suffering Reality for the Self.
For instance when we Create a Negative Idea such as "Black/Yellow/White people are bad," in our mind, as we Reinforce this Negative Idea through our repeated Negative Reactions i.e. the more the Negative Ideas will become a vivid reality for The Self.
As a result The Self can create a habit of Discriminating and Fearing these kind of people.
Suffering Habits thus not only can Negatively affect other people but also The Self who has become attached to the Negative Idea - because how can one ever be happy through experiencing Negative States such as anger/hate/discrimination?
So it is important to address our Negative Habits. Negative Habits does not only impede our sense of happiness and well being but it can also drive our life onto a the path of suffering. For instance, when we have been living with our Negative Habits for a long time in life we can come to the "belief/illusion" that we are doing the "right" thing and that we are "in control" of our lives not knowing that instead of driving our own life, our lives are actually being driven from behind by our fears and negativities.
How to address/transform our Negative Habits
To release our Negative Habits we have to realize that as long as we water our Negative Ideas with Negative Reactions again and again the Habit will never cease to exist. Thus we have to learn of a way to "turn off the hose" by letting the Negative Reactions come and go each time we experience it rather than to exaggerate it or become attached to it i.e. instead of being angry the whole day we simply let the anger come and go in a shorter time, quicker and quicker each time to make progress.
That is why the importance of Stillness is emphasized again and again on the Path Of Creator.
Because it is by developing Stillness every day that we can learn to develop the ability to not feed into our Negative Reactions and simply observe Reality as is i.e. letting everything come and go, to not react more to our reactions.
By practising The Creator's Meditation will greatly help one to release their Negative Habits because through the practice one will develop the foundation to be ever more Still than before and simply observe everything as is.
From my own personal studies in the consciousness, the amount of energy required for a Negative Habit to completely released is equal to the amount of Negative Energy invested into Creating the Habit in the first place.
That is why it can seem impossible for one to release themselves from their Negative Habits/Sufferings without some sort of a Catalyst because some of us have been feeding our Negative Habits with Negative Reactions for such a long time now (And from a spiritual perspective many lifetimes.)
But we can accelerate the process of releasing ourselves from our Negative Habits by simply developing Stillness and Knowing - because both can generate a great deal of energy to Diffuse/Transform the long-built Negative Energy.
behind our Actions are our Reactions.
And behind our Reactions are the Ideas.
Thus whenever we address the issue of our Habits, we have to address it at the Seed level. That is why it is important to develop the Knowing of The Self, because without Knowing deeper into the Causes of our habits then we can never touch the seed of the grass thus it will continue to grow.
Most of us do much only to address our Habits at the level of the Action mostly because that is how deep we usually know about ourselves.
However it is not enough.
That is why it is important to develop The Knowing of The Self.
So that you can pull the weed out that is your Sufferings from its roots and its seed.
Develop Experienced Knowledge
One way of discovering our Negative Habits is to become aware of our Reactions in life. If there are Negative Reactions behind our Habits then it is a sign that there are some form of Sufferings to be addressed behind the experience. One way to deepen the Knowing even further is to do not give in to your habits and then see how much of a Negative Reaction is experienced and then ask why the negative Reaction is there with a calm mind.
The Creator's MeditationLink here
The way you go through your body journey i.e. the attitude you carry, the speed in which you move from one part of the body to another, the negative reactions that happen from time to time are all microcosmic representations of the habits you carry through your journey in life.
Thus by simply observing the little things in which you do in the Creator's Meditation, you are in fact developing the Knowing of your bigger habits in life.
Courses On Habits
Courses on habits will be Created in the future.