1: a list of things to be considered or done
2: a plan or goal that guides someone’s behavior and that is often kept secret; an underlying often ideological plan or program
The first item is a legitimate usage of an agenda.
The second item can be a legitimate or an illegitimate usage of an agenda. The one part that turns it into illegitimacy is the state of secrecy of the agenda.
Now there are two facets to this secrecy: 1. Conscious secrecy 2. Subconscious secrecy
With conscious secrecy you hide your agenda from others on purpose. This is a conscious effort to deceive others. If I were to define evil this behavior would be a part of the definition.
With subconscious secrecy you are either partially or totally unaware of your agenda. It is the part of your agenda that you are unaware of or that you have deluded yourself about that you need to uncover; the part I call your totally secret or shadow agenda. The uncovering causes you to come to a Realization of your shadow agenda.
Now you might ask yourself “How do I come to have this shadow agenda?
You make the mistake of believing your own thoughts.
After uncovering parts of your shadow agenda you might say to yourself my parents, school, or religion trained me this way; here is the thing, you can only believe your own thought.
Let me say it again “You can only believe your own thought.”
Your parents, school, or religion might have said or done things that served as a catalyst for thoughts to arise in you; but they are your own thoughts.
Here is another thing; when you were a young child and your parents, school, or religion have said or done things that served as a catalyst for thoughts to arise in you; as a young child, you believed every one of your own thoughts. As you grew older you learned to question your own thoughts and you started to not believe every one.
Think about this; your parents, school, or religion all knew they were programming you as a young child and the program was “You WILL think the way we do!” They never knew they were developing your shadow agenda.
Now you go through life as if you have headphones on listening to your shadow agenda. Wondering why you feel the way that you feel and do the things that you do. The problem is that your reactions to events happening around you are not your reactions but your parent’s, school’s, or religion’s reactions. When you don’t consciously choose your actions you default to the program that others knew they trained into you.
As a young child you were like a dry sponge for learning, you were driven by your developing mind to process everything happening around you with your senses and store the thoughts as data in your subconscious mind with all the filters of perception that your parents, school, or religion trained into you. With these cultural filters every piece of data had a value assigned to it: good or bad, beautiful or ugly, thin or fat, smart or dumb… you get the idea.
Now you developed a very large data base at a very young age, but the values applied to the data were not your values. As an adult all of these data values became your subconscious data base to which everything, that you observe now, is compared and evaluated.
As an adult you would now like all the values to the data in your subconscious data base to be values that you can believe in, but this is a vast project and if you try to change all of the data one piece at a time you do not have enough life span to finish the task. So what is one to do?
Luckily you can change large amounts of the values of data at the same time, by changing your paradigm – your way of perceiving reality. The first question to ask yourself “Is my mind open or closed?” If you want to change, your mind has to be OPEN.
If your everyday practice is OPEN to all your emotions, to all the people you meet, to all the situations you encounter, without closing down, trusting that you can do that – then that will take you are far as you can go. And then you’ll understand all the teachings that anyone has ever taught. – Pema Chodron
Being OPEN is paying attention to awareness of what is happening inside of you moment by moment; simple but not easy. This is how to discover or not create agendas that escape your conscious detection.
Another way of looking at agendas is that they are lists of file folders set up in the subconscious mind that are short cuts for the conscious mind. The conscious mind only has to open the file folder to get the subconscious mind to execute the complex agenda. Another part of this file system is that the file folders reside in a folder in the root directory of the mind, this file folder is labeled paradigm.
Your paradigm is your set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that have been imprinted on your subconscious mind – your way of perceiving reality. Your subconscious mind merely obeys the commands it receives from your conscious mind. Your subconscious mind is an unquestioning servant that works day and night to make your behavior fit a pattern consistent with your emotionalized thoughts, hopes, and desires (belief system).
BUT if you do not give the subconscious mind commands from your conscious mind it will make algorithms using your belief system to evaluate and store the data as it sees fit.
So what you will be changing is the whole file folder system set up in the subconscious mind. By changing the way you perceive reality you change the file folder names which include a value tag for the data stored.
Being OPEN should be a high level practice in your paradigm folder in the root directory of the mind.