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October 19th, 2017
Two Competing Neural Pathways in Your Brain
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SlickRick

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Setbacks happen to everyone as they recover from chode-ism. But please remember this - YOU CAN'T HAVE A SETBACK UNLESS YOU'VE ALREADY MADE SOME PROGRESS!

Let's put this in both physiological and neurological terms:
Your OLD neural pathways (the millions of nerve cells in the brain that transmit messages, thoughts, and emotions) automatically lead you toward your old responses. This old pathway is tangible - it is real. It has now been mapped out in the brain by the very new brain scans. Since your OLD neural pathway was used for many, many years, it is normal that the thoughts and beliefs that traveled along these pathways, became ingrained, became habits, and became automatic.

However, when you began transformation, you also began to develop a NEW neural pathway. You learned new ideas and concepts. You read things that were hard to believe but were rational and positive. As a result, literally, millions of brain cells began carrying the new messages you were learning: the methods, strategies, techniques, statements, and concepts of overcoming chode-ism. Your new neural pathway was being created.

The more you practiced, and "sunk" the information down into your brain, the STRONGER you made this literal neural pathway. The more you continue to use these NEW methods you are learning, the stronger your NEW neural pathway will become.

The more you use the NEW, and the less you use the OLD, you are literally changing the way your brain responds (automatically and habitually).
That is how we get over our "old self" - your brain starts automatically using the NEW pathways.

The brain operates in much the same way as the rest of the body. It operates under the "use it or lose it" principle. If you use your new, positive pathway it grows stronger. If you ignore and do not use the old chode pathway, it grows smaller.

So, to some extent, we want to use what we know is best for us to continue growing our new neural pathway, and we want to avoid and. stay away from the triggers that lead us down the old pathway, BUT RIGHT NOW you have two competing neural systems in your brain concerning chode inducing situations.

The old neural pathway is not entirely gone yet, so there is always the possibility that we might experience a "setback". The worst kind of setback from your perspective is after you've felt good for a few days or a few weeks and the negativity has been deflated and seems to be under control.
Naturally, you think you've got self limitations pretty much licked. THEN - out of the clear blue sky - and without warning - BOOM! The negativity floods back in (pretty strongly) and you are left feeling defeated, deflated, and questioning your progress.

What is actually happening is that through some old association or remembrance, your old neural pathway got stimulated, and the old consequence happened: but this time it occurred when you may not have been expecting it (which makes it worse, of course).

NOW THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT - Let's look at the reality here - What is really happening?

This "setback" is actually a sign of progress. It is a GOOD experience in the long run, not a bad one. It is important that you begin to view it in this way.
Your old neural pathway somehow got stimulated or triggered, and your new neural pathway did not have enough time or strength to respond.

That is perfectly normal. It is a natural part of recovering from an "old self".

Now, as you begin to view it that way, you start to respond by using your new thoughts, strategies and methods. You must call limitation's bluff --- what really happened was a last ditch attempt at pulling you back into "chodeland", to get you to believe that you are totally hopeless, that nothing doesn't work for you, and that things will just stay bad forever.

But, since you are developing that new neural pathway of yours, it is IMPOSSIBLE for you to be pulled back permanently. Your new brain pathway does not die out unless you totally give up. Even if you have a setback, your new neural pathway is there and will continue to grow. You can save weeks and months of mental torture, though, by getting RATIONAL with this. This "setback" (as painful as it was) happened because of your two competing neural pathways. It is a totally normal experience that we all go through as we move forward.

THE BEST NEWS is that when these types of "setbacks" begin occurring to you, you are definitely making progress. And when you don't respond to the old neural pathways, they will have no choice but to shrink to the place where they can't cause you the emotional pain and torment they did in the past.

These setbacks you have and your response to them are a sign that you are in the process of conquering self limitations!

Look at it rationally and congratulate yourself.


EDIT: I read an article on how people overcome psychological disorders, and realized it applies 100% to personal transformation, transcending chode-ism and to all of those in the pick-up realm.
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Muladosk8inhooper

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I feel so fucking liberated YES! Last night I found myself pretending to be a chode in an old environment where I typically was a chode. I was completely stifled and inhibited and I realized this, but for SOME REASON, I just could not break out of it. I knew what was happening, what I was doing to myself, and I just couldn't understand WHY. I was also really high as well, and herb tends to inhibit my responses and messes with my confidence sometimes.

But man once I came down off my high, I felt great again, which is usual for me. I felt back on track and eveyrthing was all good within about a span of 20 minutes. I left my friends house soon after and felt just fine, but still thinking to myself what the fuck was I doing back there, but thinking it's all good, BE. HERE. NOW.

Then I read this shit and it totally resonates with me 100%. Man, you don't understand how clutch this is for me, how incredible of a resource and reference this is for me to come back to as I will inevitably will go through more setbacks,...but that's only because I am making progress!

Gold man, thanks for this a million. shades
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Uplifting and positive post. I'm all for it.
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SlickRick

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lol, i didnt even realize anyone read this post.

Muladosk8inhooper Wrote:
I feel so fucking liberated YES! Last night I found myself pretending to be a chode in an old environment where I typically was a chode. I was completely stifled and inhibited and I realized this, but for SOME REASON, I just could not break out of it. I knew what was happening, what I was doing to myself, and I just couldn't understand WHY. I was also really high as well, and herb tends to inhibit my responses and messes with my confidence sometimes.

But man once I came down off my high, I felt great again, which is usual for me. I felt back on track and eveyrthing was all good within about a span of 20 minutes. I left my friends house soon after and felt just fine, but still thinking to myself what the fuck was I doing back there, but thinking it's all good, BE. HERE. NOW.

Then I read this shit and it totally resonates with me 100%. Man, you don't understand how clutch this is for me, how incredible of a resource and reference this is for me to come back to as I will inevitably will go through more setbacks,...but that's only because I am making progress!

Gold man, thanks for this a million. shades


yeah the weed can definitely mess with us socially.

cheers bro, im glad it helped.
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