Changing Habits

Most, if not all of us, have developed habits. Some habits are fairly minor, but others can have quite a hold over our behaviour through life . Some habits are helpful, but many seem to work against us.

I do not intend to list all possible habits here, but perhaps touch on one or two common ones. In the meantime, let’s see what does one of our channelled personality’s say on the subject:

“A habit once identified and done again is not a habit – it’s a choice.” – Bashar

Abraham is a little softer with us:

“A sticking point is a habit of thought that contradicts something that I want… A practised thought is a practised vibration… Thought is vibration and law of attraction brings more thought to it.”

Shopping

I thought I would mention this habit, since it seems to affect the behaviour of most people.

Shopping usually equals buying. But why do we shop for things? At its simplest:

  • We need something
  • We desire something

Why might we need something?

  • An obvious need is to eat – so buying food
  • We may need to pay for certain essential bills relating to our living accommodation
  • We may need to travel somewhere – so transport or the purchase of a ticket may be required

Why might we desire something?

  • Someone has shown us something we feel very attracted to – in person or via marketing
  • We perceive a need relative to our domestic environment – e.g. a new floor mat
  • We may wish to give something to someone else – e.g. a present
  • We are convinced that having something would make our life better – e.g. filling a gap

When need and desire become confused

How many times have you gone into a shop and picked up something that you hadn’t even thought about before you went in there? And how many times have you dropped it into your basket with the justification that:

  • It’s a bargain
  • I may not come across another one like it
  • It will go nicely with something else I have
  • So and so will like one of these
  • It’s only a small cost

The list could go on… The problem of this approach for many people, is that they cannot afford to help themselves to more items that take away the money they need for essentials. Now I’m not wishing to contradict the positive side of law of attraction here, e.g. showing the universe you are abundant by spending more than you normally would, but unless your beliefs about abundance are working in your favour most of the time, you may be creating a worse situation for yourself by your action.

Another example is the optimism of receiving money when you have a debt. In the UK (and probably other countries) we have had offers of loans or credit cards for many years. We have also, more recently, had a number of companies offering ‘pay day loans’. These are advertised as short term stop-gap payments to get people out of temporary monetary shortfalls – e.g. the rent. However, the interest charged on these loans has been excessive – sometimes up to 5,000% or even more. The problem with borrowing money when you don’t have much, is that you would still need the same amount the following week or month, plus the amount you borrowed. And since most people who take up these loan options have no means of increasing their weekly or monthly income through conventional means, trouble follows.

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