"Who Moved My Cheese" is an insanely popular book, selling over 26 million copies at last count. It's an easy read, and it gives great insights into how the different parts of our minds react to change, allowing us to step in and help ourselves along the path as we cope with our fear of change. Cheese is a metaphor for happiness and success.
Some of us who've had traumatic childhoods can identify with the teachings in this book:
"If you do not change, you can become extinct." I learned this one the hard way. A traumatic childhood can lead to fear and caution. The more one is on the alert, the more we can find to fear. Eventually, we can exhaust the body. Our adrenals crash and burn. Our health suffers. We often develop chronic illness.
"The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese." We often have a hard time accepting change because the old way is comfortable and familiar. New ways of doing things can seem threatening to our unconscious, but we are here to work through healing our childhood wounds, and must learn how to become more flexible. If not, see above. We can exhaust the body and develop illness.
"What would you do if you weren't afraid?" The old me would have had no idea the answer to this one because I was always afraid until I started learning a type of specialized kinesiology- a form of acupressure- called PanHarmonic Healing back in 2014. It has completely changed my life. Why hasn't everyone who lives with anxiety, depression, anger or any other emotional issue taken classes in PanHarmonic Healing? Because it is new cheese. People want to stick to old cheese when they are stuck in their primitive and emotional brain. I understand. I did too until I got so sick I started to feel like I was dying. That made me open to trying to new things.
"When you stop being afraid, you feel good!" I thought I needed to be afraid to make sure I was safe, but I was totally wrong. It feels amazing to stop being afraid! If you suffer from anxiety, take baby steps towards giving up fear. I found that fear is an addiction, just as much as alcohol or drugs are. I had to lay down that pattern to step into the life I wanted to lead. It was hard-- I was rewarded for being afraid, and my marriage ended when I stopped being afraid--but the life I have now is beyond anything I could have dreamed before. The effort I made has repaid itself countless times over the years.
"Imagining yourself enjoying yourself with your new cheese leads you to it." This is a Law of Attraction concept, one that I highly recommend practicing. We call in what we are visualizing. The only thing that interferes with this is that our old emotional holdings are broadcasting signals to the world that people react to on an unconscious basis. In other words, it's taken both visualizing and cleaning up old emotional baggage using acupressure to get me the results that I've wanted.
"Old beliefs do not lead you to new cheese." So true. Old beliefs keep us stuck in old patterns, preventing growth and happiness. The problem was that- pardon my language- sometimes I sucked at believing new beliefs. It just felt impossible to change sometimes. The compromise I worked out is that when I find myself not believing the new beliefs--usually some form of believing that I could change or that the situation could change from what I'd always encountered-- I would instead work on not knowing the outcome of a situation. Being certain of an outcome is the way we call in the old ways. Being open to not knowing allows the Universe to work its magic just as visualizing does. It's an interim step to being good at visualizing.
"When you see that you can find and enjoy new cheese, you change course." This is also helpful to know because the more we change, the more we are able to change. The increased rate of change can feel so rewarding. You've worked hard to unlock a better future; you've earned it!
"Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to the bigger changes that are to come." Yes, noticing small changes early helps us expect and then plan for change. And far better to learn to adapt than to resist change. I look to change old patterns that aren't serving me wherever I can--one way is to change up the routes that I drive. What are the ways you adapt to change?
I hope these quotes from the book inspire you to grab a copy of Who Moved My Cheese? today. It's a great book and can be an invaluable life tool. And I hope I've helped explain PanHarmonic Healing a little better. It's something I teach, most recently at the 2019 Brain Gym (Breakthroughs International) conference in San Diego.