In this 4th Day of the All Power Seminar, the Manual suggests that the two forces controlling 99% of human behaviour are (1)the need to avoid pain and discomfort, and (b)the desire to achieve happiness or pleasure. Leo Schreven suggests that everything we do is motivated by these principles.
The repeated linking of images of massive personal pain and discomfort to any unwanted habit will usually result in eradicating that destructive behaviour or emotional habit. It doesn't require "severe discipline" or "will power" in the way we usually mean it-- the 'white knuckle' approach-- but it does require that we change our minds about what we link happiness and pleasure to, and what we associate with pain and discomfort.
We are driven by a programmed reaction to what we perceive as painful or pleasureful, and not by any intellectual decision.
When you read the Bible, or other such book, your mind will be re-programmed to associate fulfillment and satisfaction with that which is good, honest, true and pure. When you make a decision to turn from the perversions of pleasure and contentment in your life, and focus on the Godly plan for your edified life, you will realize that happiness and pleasure. Simple as that. (Yes, it is part of the "law of attraction".)
At the same time, when you want to change a behaviour you must focus on how NOT attending to some need will be more painful or uncomfortable than attending to it. Link NOT taking action with increased discomfort and pain.
What does the Bible have to say about "changing your mind and changing your life"?
Romans 12:2- "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind."
Ephesians 4:23- "Be renewed in the spirit of your mind."
2 Timothy 1:7- "Be of a sound mind."
Philippians 2:5- "Let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus."
So, go ahead and try this out on some habit or behaviour you either want to get rid of or reinforce...
If you find that you would like a little extra help with behaviours or habits that do not respond to the pleasure/pain principle, but which do not seem serious enough to warrant a trip to a professional psychologist, you might want to check out an energy technique that works when little else does. This tool is called the Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, and you can download the free manual by going to the EFT web site. EFT is a non-invasive, quick, easy-to-learn method for turning around situations where you are either associating pleasure with destructive habits (eg.,adultery, porn, gambling, spree-shopping) or associating pain and discomfort with something that was designed to bring pleasure (intimacy, relationship commitment, exercise). There are a number of practitioners of EFT who are Christian and see the technique as a gift from God in its ability to facilitate desired changes of behaviour and habit. If you have any questions in this regard, leave your contact information by simply indicating that your comment/question is PRIVATE and I will make sure that it is not published here. Your contact information will NEVER be passed on to a third party.
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