“Don’t Believe Everything You Think”, Episode #135

If you listen to “Co-creating Peace” on a regular basis, you’ve probably recognized that many of the recent episodes have been related to ways that each of us can bridge the divides that exist between individuals, groups & countries. Clearly, it’s essential to our survival as a specie that we learn to co-habitate this planet in peace, which can only happen if we learn to collaborate with one another for the mutual benefit of all. Competition for territory, resources & power has brought us nothing but death & destruction, time & again. As I look at the world around us, I can’t help but notice that the ever-expanding divides we are experiencing are being fueled by rhetoric, assumptions, judgements & bias, all of which are triggering escalations of hatred and violence.

How do we transcend this? There are many answers to this question. One is: “Don’t Believe Everything You Think”.

Join me as we explore the intricate workings of our minds & the ways in which our unconscious filters shape conflicts and communication. Listen in as I discuss the primal brain’s lightning-fast judgments & associations that often go unnoticed, influencing our reactions & potentially escalating conflicts. I discuss how important it is to critically evaluate our automatic thoughts to ensure they align with reality. We also delve into the Iroquois Rule of Six, a tool that offers a multifaceted understanding of different perspectives, which is invaluable in transforming conflict into collaboration.

We’ll address the common trap of ‘if-then’ thinking & the critical role of questioning our personal filters & assumptions & the importance of curiosity over conclusions.

Highlights you won’t want to miss:

  • the influence of unconscious filters & biases on communication and conflict
  • the primal brain’s role in instant judgments & how these can subconsciously affect how we relate to others
  • the importance of mindfulness to bring unconscious thoughts to the forefront for critical evaluation
  • the Iroquois Rule of Six as a method to consider multiple perspectives in conflict situations
  • the dangers of ‘if-then’ thinking

I hope it helps you on your path to co-creating peace in your life. If each of us strives to co-create peace in our own world, we can build a strong foundation for co-creating peace across the globe.