It is also possible that the basic psychic structure of our Enneagram are already present in rudimentary forms. We could think of it as an energy potential waiting to be developed, like a dormant archetype. Recent research on infant cognition demonstrates that even very young infants have preferences, they make choices, and they actively engage with their environment in unique ways. Right from birth, each of us have a unique pattern shaping how we act, how we react to what’s happening around us as well as affecting the way that other people react to us.
The brain literally structures itself according to your Ego beliefs. Our response to everything that happens to us form neuronal pathways in our brain. When we repeat the same patterns over and over again, a ‘superhighway’ is created for that pattern due to the fact that when ‘neurons fire together, they wire together’.
Due to the neuroplasticity of the brain, you literally can change your mind, change the pattern. We can update our brain’s operating programme. Our brain rewires itself constantly as neural pathways are created or fall dormant on an ongoing basis as we learn something new, adapt to new circumstances or change our thinking and behaviour
However due to the pull of the established neural pathways, this is not an easy task. The first step is to create consciousness about your patterns, to be able to recognize them when they triggered. In that conscious breath before you charge down the same path, you have a choice!
Will you just act out the archetypal pattern again… or are you going to take the road less travelled?
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