The society and culture in which you have grown up programmed those fixed patterns of the mind into you, and your identity who you are and what your job is in this world, is based upon those patterns.
These systematic patterns of thoughts, programmed into you by your parents and teachers are deeply embedded into your mind and subconscious by the psychological mechanisms of identification, and they automatically surface every now and then.
Whether you like it or not, these thoughts come and go, your mind is in constant motion. These patterns strive to be self-sustaining, and they generate the work of mind. The result is the cobweb of thoughts with which you identify and that is how you live your life.
In-Depth Programming of the Mind
The fixed patterns of your mind are individual, since they reflect the expectations of the particular environment in which you have been brought up. The expectations usually influence you unconsciously, almost like automatic deep programs of the mind.
As these in-depth conditioning have become a part of your mind in the course of your upbringing, a particular situation or person immediately activates them. You automatically put on the mask appropriate for the particular situation, tailored to the expectations of the situation or person.
You must recognize that it is not the expectations that constitute the problem. The expectations are natural parts of the world of forms and shapes. You are not able to exist without expectations in the society you live in at present, just like you would not be able to exist without your body.
The compelling force of the expectations is fed by your identification with them and the fact that you stick to your personal identity and the masks and expectations that come with it even after you have woken up.
Through their compelling force, the fixed mental patterns are powerfully influential. Their power is in accordance with the degree of your identification with them. The more you believe in your own thoughts, the more powerful they will be over you, and they will easily obscure your Sight and, by reducing your Alertness, they will drag you back to your world of dreams.
Closing the Gates
In order to make your awakening irrevocable, you first need to recognize your fixed mental patterns! Once you have seen and recognized them, you are able to shut the doors leading back to your dream world, just left behind, one by one.
It does not mean that you need to shut the doors yourself. The fixed operational methods of the mind cannot be defeated by the works of the mind itself, that is, by effort, practice or your willpower.
When a fixed mental pattern appears, all you need to do is watch how it works, what expectation activates it. But you do not need to fight it, you do not need to make any effort to neutralize it.
There is only one remedy against them, and that is Sight, nourished by the deeper dimensions of Alertness, and the Sight will bring recognition to you. The power of Sight is that it reduces your identification with your mind, and places you back into your original state of existence, that is, Oneness.