reset-button

Today we ask that you learn to “press the reset button” in life.

What does this mean?

Most of you possess computers and phones.  It is common that with regular usage over a period of time, most devices get “buggy.”  They cease to function well.  

One way to address this issue is to “reset” the device.  By returning the device to its factory setting, then reloading  programs and information on to it, the device usually runs more smoothly and efficiently.  

It is the same with humans.

As children, people are close to their “factory” setting.  Children come into the world with a playful, open, curious, lively, loving presence.

But over time, children pick many programs, or conditioned beliefs, that interfere with their healthy function.  By the time people reach adulthood and proceed into middle age, they are usually rather “buggy.”  Negative experiences and unhealthy programming have led them to all manner of neurotic, limiting, and self-destructive behaviors.

It is possible to press the “reset” button.

One way to press the “reset” button is to begin actively questioning your core beliefs and programs.  

Examine your beliefs about yourself, other people, relationships, society, money, religion, spirituality — all areas of your life, particularly those that are “buggy” for you.

The Work of Byron Katie is an excellent and simple method of deprogramming individual beliefs — in essence, hitting the “reset” button.

For example:

Perhaps you were taught to believe that “Responsible people must work very hard all the time.”

To question this belief, following Byron Katie’s method, you would ask:

“Is that true, that responsible people must work very hard all the time?”

Answer “Yes,” or “No.”

“Can I absolutely know that it is true that responsible people must work very hard all the time?”

Once again, answer “Yes” or “No.”  It is okay if the answer is “Yes.”

“How do I react when I believe the thought that ‘Responsible people must work very hard all the time.’?”

Notice any stressful emotional or physical reactions that arise as you sit with this thought.

Then ask: “Who would I be without this thought?”

Imagine who you would be, how you would feel in your body right now if you were someone who had never learned the concept that “Responsible people must work very hard all the time.”

Finally, sit with opposing statements:

“Responsible people must NOT work very hard all the time.”

“Irresponsible people must work very hard all the time.”

Can you find reasons why these opposing statements might be equally true to the original statement that “Responsible people must work very hard all the time”?  

Why might it be irresponsible to work very hard all the time?  Find as many reasons as you can why this might be true.  

If you really sit with this process, the original belief will lose its power in your consciousness.  You will hit the “reset” button on the belief.  You can do this with any belief.

You can also choose to hit the “reset” button on relationships.

You do this by choosing not to hold other people’s history against them, or hold your own history against yourself.

This is, of course, why people often have affairs, or split up old relationships to seek new ones.   They wish to be with someone new, with whom they have no “history.”  It is a way of hitting the “reset” button.

Unfortunately, this is at best a temporary fix.  For any new relationship will soon develop its own “history.”

You do not need to constantly seek out new relationships in order to drop your history and start over.

You can instead hit the “reset” button on any existing relationship by choosing not to hold someone’s history against them, or hold your history against yourself.

This is an extremely powerful practice.

Learning to “hit the reset button” will positively transform your whole life.

If your life is feeling buggy, hit the reset button on your beliefs, and your relationships.

It really is possible to start over, at any point.  You just have to believe that it is possible.  

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