What are Meta Programs?
As a follow on from the previous article where we looked at distortions, deletions and generalisations. This article looks at the filters we use to process, evaluate and respond to the events we experience in everyday life
Meta Programs are simply a series of filters we use to shape our perception of the world. We are usually not consciously aware of them, as they work at the subconscious level. They are the internal representations of our external experience of reality, and direct our decisions, behaviours, actions and interactions accordingly.
They drive what we pay attention to and how we respond to it. influence
what motivates us, and how we interact with the people around us.
Shape the kind of language that will move us. Set the type of information used to create our goals, the way we make decisions, and the motivation behind them.
In reality they are processes we use to respond to our environment.
There are three levels of meta programming
Primary: Processing information on the daily level.
This is the raw experience we pass through on a daily basis.
Meta: This is where we shape our unique styles of processing and who we are. At this level we filter experience to keep what is relevant to us.
We then use this to form our own interpretations about our world.
Meta Meta: Here we give and create meaning for experience.
At this level we apply emotional context and concepts to these experiences. In so doing create value and attachment, by which we measure the importance of the experience.
There are many meta programs which have been identified and for the scholars amongst you the link below offers access to a series of videos.
In which I offer an insight into what they are, and how they work.
The list is not definitive as meta programs are being changed as new information become available.
For ease of reference the meta programs are broken
into a series of categories.
To view them simply click on the page link below
Context and Emotion
When looking at meta programs we need to take into account the circumstances under which experience is generated. As these conditions are unique to each experience. The name for this is context.
Context is important as it provides meaning. It is simply the set of conditions which influence the way we reference information.
Providing a unique set of circumstances which shape our reactions
to an event.
Each event creates a frame of reference that is completely different,
and invokes a specific response.
Everything we do is a response to our environment.
In fact, our internal frame of reference determines how we
react and relate to events from our external world.
A strong state of emotion related to an experience will
also shape the way we react to it and the
meta programs used to process it
In life we get into situations where our reactions are guided.
These moments define how to react under certain conditions. The meta programs used in these moments are specific to that event.
Yet we learn to use those same meta programs when in a
similar situation. So we learn response and re-apply it.
Looking back: This frame of reference is generated from
previously learned response patterns and carried forward through life.
Looking forward: Here you can create the context you want to have. And define the meta programs which will be most effective in helping you bring that context into reality.
Sometimes these contexts are no longer relevant to life as it has become. So they get updated, developed and enhanced until they become a new frame of reference. So how does this change evolve.
Past experience is known to shape our current perspectives.
Context shapes and develops the meta programs used.
To create new meta programs we simply focus on new things we want,
but do not as yet have.
This is one thing we can control. In defining the benefits of obtaining something we want. The process of creating the new context is activated. As by doing, you start to develop new behaviour, seeking out answers and installing new meta processes to filter new information.
In essence we are programming ourselves for transition and change.
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