How often do we use the word ‘programming’ in our daily life? Very rarely – most often when referring to technology. But do you know how significant brain and body programming is in all of our lives? Let me explain.
From the moment we are born we begin programming our mind to understand how to use our body and live in our environment. Repetitive actions are apart of programming. Using our mind to command our body how to move without conscious thought is apart of programming. But it gets deeper than this.
What we believe, and tell ourselves over and over, programs our body for the long term.
One of the most important example of programming is our MEMORIES.
Most people believe that we cannot remember our babyhood. We are told from a young age that we don’t remember being a baby, our parents treat us like we shouldn’t remember because they can’t remember their own. They were told by their parents, and so on. But this again is related to programming. I like to say to people now, ‘You know you can train yourself to remember, don’t you?’
If you are to say to yourself frequently, ‘I can remember everything about my childhood and being a baby’, you are likely to be surprised at how much you start to remember. Say it to yourself when you are falling asleep and you may have dreams of your childhood. Say it to yourself when you meditate or are having quiet time. You will find that at all moments throughout the day you can recall amazing parts of your childhood. Things in your daily life will bring up memories … you will be amazed. Start saying to yourself and others, ‘I have a great memory, I can remember everything’.
Don’t buy into other people’s opinions that it’s physically impossible to have a memory of young childhood. Because what goes on in YOUR mind is UP TO YOU. If you know someone who has a fantastic memory, it is only because they BELIEVE they can remember… That’s the only difference between them and you.
You may have memories that you don’t want to remember. This is ok, you can program your mind to show you only the happy memories you want by visualizing the kind of memory you want and asking your mind to give you more. (Although you might also find it helpful to remember the bad events and feelings and work on them – maybe with someone else’s help – to try to make peace.)
You can see where I’m leading with this… and how it’s related to parenting?
Yes, you can TEACH your children to believe that they can remember everything. Don’t ever laugh at their memories or stories and say its not true. I often ask my son to tell me something about when he was a baby. I ask him questions, and put faith in him that he can remember.
And as for your experience of their childhood – don’t expect to lose your memory of the beautiful baby years! Instead, tell yourself often and earnestly that you will remember everything. That way you can call upon the memories in future and your mind will recall with ease. This will help you tell your children stories about their baby years, which all children adore!
Remembering is a creative skill and helps a person to feel more at ease with being imaginative, crafty, and proud of their own ideas.
Looking within and remembering is very healthy and stimulates brain-activity and its a skill for life. And best of all, it can make you and your children very happy.
Day by day we aim to repair our bodies and have trust, faith and optimism for the future. You can join me as I walk to wellness in the private facebook group Joanna Haley Homestead (Journey to Wellness)
Joanna Haley, Author