We humans have this tendency to form habits, whether good for us, or not, into Patterns that range from the semi-conscious through to unconscious. We take for granted the unconscious healthy habits and curse the unhealthy ones – yet go to great lengths to fight it, with little success. But the fight is real if you operate only on the surface.
Like other types of shadow-work and self-sabotage uncovering processes, Patterning helps bring up what’s really going on with our not so functional habits. Patterning particularly focuses on the overarching shadow story in our life, seeing it more a behavioural outcome of an unconscious structure in our consciousness, when we don’t get the things we are actively aiming for.
This Pattern forms like a Modus Operandi (MO) with a unique signature, much like a serial killer in relation to their particular method of crime. The MO and signature characteristics is a vital aspect to understanding a criminal’s behaviour, and to catch them out before it happens again.
Symbolically, this is rather fascinating (literally, a little creepy!). If in fact, you consider that your Pattern is the method used by your unconscious to ‘kill’ the thing you were aiming for through a twisted chain of events. And in a twisted way, exploring the workings of serial killers may provide some clues to our darker shadow selves so that we can create more joy in our lives.