Neural Pathways And Our Fixations
Neural pathways, comprised of neurons connected by dendrites, are created in the brain and are based on our habits and behaviours. These pathways get stronger with repetition until the behaviour is the new ‘normal’. Brains can be trained to create new neural pathways.
Fixation: obsessive interest in something.
Wow! Are you getting the picture?
Being bombarded by ‘news,’ propaganda, images, key words, ‘culture’ etc, we learn to fixate and see enemies everywhere. Through new hate laws, we are being taught to hate without realising it. Everyone is now an enemy. Just look at what is happening; it’s quite sinister. Never believe the words, look at the effect of becoming encoded and programmed.
Guess who knew all about this subject?
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it,
people will eventually come to believe it”.
– Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda.
Mind training may be used for benefit or harm. Proper meditation opens up the mind and heart. People may chant the beautiful mantra of the Lord Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion – “Om mani peme hum” – all their lives, and still have no true compassion.
Compassion only comes through knowing the meaning of the mantra. The mantra isn’t a magical incantation. It is the very path to enlightenment via the six perfections (enter ‘six perfections’ in search box at the bottom of this page for more info).
To be honest, I have never encountered a ‘spiritual’ practitioner who would stop to listen to another’s questioning because of their own fears that they may become contaminated by doubts 😀 We can become fixated about being a Buddhist (or any religious tradition) without realising its essence of personal, interactive kindness, while having lots of compassion for those afar whom we conveniently don’t have to actually meet 🙂 We are all fallible sentient beings until we are actually enlightened. This is why I constantly repeat the Buddha’s advice of “Do not take my word for it; test it for yourself.”
We see violence and brutality (in many forms) everywhere,
and we get used to it.
We become “comfortably numb”.
Look … look again … and always go back to the beginning.
Open the mind, thus opening the heart to others’ suffering,
and clear the neural pathways to enlightenment.