The Power of Habit

Habits form the moment we decide to think or act. Every action we perform becomes more efficient, every thought more easily stirred, therefore it’s worthwhile being fully present at that critical moment where our Will emerges; Sorting the Coarse from the subtle, as Hermes once said.  Psychologist Charles Duhigg has this to say,

Habits create neurological cravings. Most of the time, these cravings emerge so gradually that we’re not really aware they exist, so we’re often blind to their influence. But as we associate cues with certain rewards, a subconscious craving emerges in our brains that starts the habit loop spinning.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg

Habit is an ugly term, for what could better be named Learning Pattern [amended as per comment], which it’s self has made mankind what we are. The Secret to Liberation, so they say is enigmatically put thus:

The art of balancing forces so as to keep movement in equilibrium.

Eliphas Levi

We are ever battling with Spontaneity and Habit, Imagination and Memory. So the secret in this context is to achieve spontaneity [through mindfulness] during the day, and Learning through nighttime reflection. Or as it is put in Freemasonry:

The Worshipful Master rules and governs his ‘lodge’ as truly as the Sun and Moon rule the day and night. 



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11 responses to “The Power of Habit”

  1. Alex Jones says :

    Another word for “habit” could be “pattern”. When we think and act according to a pattern we burn that pattern into our brain cells. Repeat the pattern often enough it becomes second nature, a habit.

  2. Ilene Winn-Lederer says :

    Interesting blog here, Otove. Can you supply any bio-info to help make sense of your choice of subjects?

  3. StHaelRazor says :

    To maintain the perfect balance is the razor’s edge, For me, the only way to keep from being cut in half (and then into shreds) is the continual use of Sacred Fire Love, Forgiveness, and Mercy-this is the highest application of alchemy.

  4. tinmaddog says :

    I’m nominating you for the liebster blog award. Thank you for sharing your insightful and inspiring work.
    You can see the post at
    Love & Light
    Shine bright, and shine on

  5. happinessisnotadisease says :

    Balance – that which we all strive to achieve. Insightful post! 🙂

  6. fiztrainer says :

    My husband just finished the book you referenced and I am just starting it. We were just talking about all this. So interesting and when we understand how habit affects our lives, we can begin to get the power over our lives. This was such a great post! (Thank u for coming by my blog and liking my post!). 😀

    • otove says :

      Thankyou, I love the idea that we can have free will, but that we have to earn it through knowing ourselves. I really enjoy your illustrations, keep up the good work!

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