When we choose to change, which includes our thoughts, beliefs, habits, addictive behavior, emotion, speech, etc. we will find discomfort within us. It may come as a physical feeling with pain or other emotional reactions. Ultimately the feelings may produce a response of justifications. If we are not committed to change, or do not have the knowledge (how to), it is easy to sink into perpetuation of something other than change. When a smoker feels worse after attempting to quit, they will often state ‘I feel better when I smoke’ implying that it is a healthier way of being. This brings up the Healing Crisis– which is a broad topic discussed in the link above. When one chooses to change thought, word and deed, we will be faced with suppression; what we have been hiding from ourselves. This is where the tenacity of spirit to continue on the path of evolution is imperative. Honesty with continued application of wholistic transmutation. Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual. Remember the Three Powers: Forgiveness, Gratitude and Love. They may be injected into any situation. Consciousness change becomes a daily practice. One that increases compassion for self, that may be extended to others. Willingness to change, increases as we delve deeper. Surrendering to what surfaces, with the willingness to change it. Feel what we feel with Love (forgiveness/ gratitude). During the work of Body Electronics I found the pattern of surrender or die. I chose surrender. Each day is another opportunity for change- look out for the cognitive dissonance and treat it gently like a child. I am speaking in terms of self regulation. If you find yourself around others who are choosing to NOT change unhealthy behaviors, the best we can do is be kind and respectful of choice while not enabling or resisting. Easier said than done! Be kind. If you know me, kindness and compassion are not always sweet on the outside. Change of consciousness is not always easy, yet it is always beautiful.