The battleground represents wrong-minded thinking. It is a mental attitude or thought system that defends and encourages adversarial behaviors such as blame and attack [the model’s lower loop of behavior].
Think of the battleground as a psychological symbol for those moments when you realize you are listening to Ego, not Reason (like when you notice avoidance behavior). You recognize that you are having an Ego attack for whatever Reason is a mythological character and symbolic guide who shows you how to think and behave in a Right-Minded way. As your Right-Minded teacher, Reason helps you differentiate and choose between Right-Minded and wrong-minded attitudes and behaviors. and have made a wrong-minded choice. When you are on the battleground, you “punish” others for their mistakes, either by victimizing others or becoming a victim yourself.
On the other hand, when you are in your Right Mind, you see your team as a lovely and safe classroom, the opposite of the battleground. You do not punish others. You choose, instead, to rise above the conflict.
The purpose of recognizing the battlegrounds in your mind is to own the pain that you are causing yourself which helps you recognize that you consciously want to leave it, overlook it, rise above it, and transport your mind into the classroom where you return to the forgiving Unified Circle of Right-Minded Thinking with your teammates.
Right-Minded Teammates working in safe and supportive classrooms do not fight, blame, or punish. Instead, they choose Oneness over separateness. They are committed to the team’s success and achieving team goals.
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Inside, you will find a list of battleground attitudes and behaviors as well as the costs and benefits of classroom versus battleground thinking and behaving.