Deautomatization

The core of deautomatization requires remaining unbiased or unfettered by interpretations, including those arising from models of reality.

 

Discovery requires a suspension of what is thought to be true in order to allow imagination to come forth. Remember, the interaction between learning and imagination expands consciousness.

The essence of deautomatization is allowing dormant abilities to awaken by suspending the day-to-day consciousness of that which is known. This is accomplished by minimizing projection, the established meanings and beliefs based on what has already been learned. The style of an exercise is subordinate to raw exertion coupled with the intent to fully engage the process, the learning. This is a nonpatterning process whereby you deliberately interfere with closure, with the tendency to automatically create patterns.71

The core of deautomatization requires remaining unbiased or unfettered by interpretations, including those arising from models of reality. You don’t assume that implicitly held facts are unquestionable. Reality once espoused a flat world, and subsequently that all the pieces of the world are not connected. Copernicus and quantum physics, respectively, dissolved those views. It is a mistake to think that new worldviews won’t emerge.

A supportive technique is dishabituation. Self-reflection is often habituated thinking, for instance, in which awareness remains focused on the same options. The routine of habits forms and cements cohesion. This works positively as in performing all the habits to be professional at work, or instituting a new set of habits that enhance personal growth. At the same time, habits may lock perception in place.

Neurologist Donald Calne cites habituation as the oldest form of learning.72 Repetition is a primary education tool. But to add to the skill of learning and to form new cohesions, you must hold what is known in abeyance in order to determine its value. A way to do this is to alter your routines. This could be as simple as reversing the way you put on your belt, or what time you have lunch.

The formation of reality is an effect of habituation, a result of extended cultural conditioning whereby we entrain our resources to social standards. Behaviorism, the first force of psychology and often considered to be the most scientific of the four major branches, reveals the power of conditioning in shaping individual and group perception and behavior. Moreover, neurological studies show that conditioning and expectation can activate biological pathways that influence health.73 This offers clear evidence of the effect of ordinary states of mind on the physical body.

In general, deautomatization supplies the lubricant to rearrange habits, to drop some of the old ones and generate new ones. Letting go of expectations of results and practicing new modes of perception both facilitate and are facilitated by deautomatization.

 

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