You set up your own autopilot by telling yourself stories about what you encounter in the world. Making up stories is completely natural part of being human. Believing those stories is what causes problems. Getting committed to the stories is even more difficult to deal with. Once you have made up a story that seems to make sense, it does not occur to you that another story might describe your situation more accurately.
Listening to the stories you tell yourself is one of the ways you can discover where your energy is stuck.
You start creating stories almost as soon as you learn to talk. One problem with that is the resources you have to explain the world to yourself when you are a preschooler are very limited. Your brain is developing and sees everything very concretely. Since your sense of your own power is very over-rated, you often take personal credit or blame for causing situations that, in reality, are completely beyond your control.
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