New Directions in Holistic Brain Balance vol. 3
Want to understand why and how you react to things better? Here’s reactivity 101.
Also written for self-testers (Muscle Testing 2.0). Contains self-testing exercise experiments you can do at home.
The term “reactivity” is only a category, nebulous and abstract. “Habit Body” is the more useful term for self-awareness and self-healing. “Habits” connotes flexibility; we can change a habit, if we wish to. Our Habit Body overlaps 90% or more with our “child within.”
You know you have excess reactivity if you find yourself saying:
“I knew I shouldn’t have eaten it but I ate it anyway.”
“I knew I shouldn’t have said it but I said it anyway.”
“I knew it was bad for me but I went and did it anyway.”
Why do we react when we knew better? Excess over- and under-reactivity is the biggest category of disturbances in the human experience. Most of the time, we are reacting too quickly to life (John-Roger). Self-discipline is largely a matter of disciplining our reactivity on multiple levels.
Why are we “of two minds”? This is a top~bottom split. When someone is of two minds, the cerebral nervous system has one point of view. Our gut brain has another, different idea, goal, project or need. When our two nervous systems are not aligned, we are “of two minds.”
“Reactivity” is also “liking” and “disliking.” We’re all learning to moderate our EXCESS liking and disliking. It’s okay to outgrow habits and behaviors no longer workable for us.
We have one visible body, physical, and four more invisible bodies: imaginal, emotional, mental and mythological (PACME). On each of these levels we have reactions. Reactions we practice over time become habits. Habits we perceive working for us are our “comfort zone,” the habits and behaviors we prefer to use to respond to life. We have a comfort zone on each level PACME.
It’s possible to go thru the human experience devoting most of our time, attention and creativity to setting up and maintaining just our comfort zones. If we do this, then we feel like, “How come I’m not getting anything accomplished?”
One job of Conscious Waking Self is Comfort Zone Editor, making sure we are growing and moving forward in life–not just treading water, going nowhere.
Excess reactivity is the first obstacles we work on in personal growth. Reactivity is likely to be the last issue we ever work on. Habits are all-pervasive in human experience. Perhaps this is why John-Roger said, when asked what he does in his spare time, he said, “Work on my bad habits.”
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