The 52: Lesson 16 – As You Think, So You Become

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If you really want to become lighter, happier, and more abundant in Love, maybe you should think about dropping some of those negative thoughts.  I am talking about the ones you have probably been carrying around for a long time.  The ones that get replayed day after day and nip away at your natural state of joy.

Do you believe that your thoughts form your reality?  Do you think that, by changing how you think (like flicking a switch), can actually make a tangible difference in the quality of your life?  On the surface, it sounds too easy to be true.  And yet it is!

Thoughts have power and energy within them.  They have more power than most of us can even imagine, so it’s worth paying attention to what you are thinking.

Eckhart Tolle has said:

What a liberation to realize that the “voice in the head” is not who I am.

Who am I then? 

The one who sees that.

In upcoming lessons, we will delve more deeply into the question of who we are. For now, let’s think about the  “voice in the head.”  We are thinking about it, so thinking has a worthwhile purpose.  Yet most of the thoughts we have are random, repetitious and even potentially damaging.  Most of us pay little mind to how and what we think, even as those thoughts construct the person that we seem to be.  It is worth taking note of what you think — about yourself, others and the world around you.

LESSON SIXTEEN

THOUGHT MONITORING

Here is the beginning of a practice I learned from a man who has spent years as a therapist, author, energy healer, and teacher.  He is Henry Grayson, Ph.D. and the authors of several books.  The latest is quite revolutionary, Using Your Body to Heal Your Mind.  I was a student in a course he taught several years ago, covering many methods of energy healing.  We learned his program for thought monitoring.  This is it:

  • Notice what you are thinking frequently during the day.  If you are feeling agitated or any level of discomfort, check to see what you are thinking at that moment.  It will likely be a negative thought and something that is unsettling to you.  Put a “check” next to that thought. Note that it it may be a recurring thought that keeps you locked into negative self assessment.
  • Now that you have pulled that thought out for investigation, label it. “Oh, there goes another one of those negative thoughts again,” you might say.  Now it is out in the open and no longer hiding from you.  You have brought it out into full view.
  • Ask yourself this question: “Do I want to continue to have this thought? ”  Do not analyze it. If the thought isn’t good for you, you will answer no.
  • Because we know thoughts are repetitive and we’ve found this little culprit, the thought,  lurking in our minds, we want to find a way to get rid of it.  So we say, “I choose to delete this thought.”  Or you can use the word “cancel” or “dismiss” or “burn out” or say words that seem right to you.
  • Now that you have dropped the thought, you have created an empty space where that thought was.  So now you will fill it with something positive, to form a habit of positive thinking.  You could use the affirmation I love myself completely NOW or something that puts a positive on the negative thought or a mantra or, from A Course in Miracles – God is but love and therefore so am I. 

Experiment with this thought monitoring.  Play with the words you use. Don’t be shocked if you find that you have been creating a lot of negativity everyday by what you were thinking.  Now, you are “sweeping the deck” clean.  Be patient and loving to yourself in the process.

This is a powerful practice.  You may not tell everyone you are “thought monitoring” though having a friend participate is a good idea.  You can share the nuggets you find hidden in your mind, then watch as they begin to dissolve.  You will be lighter and happier.  Trust me on this!

And let me know how it goes.  I am here to help.  Always.

With love and namaste, Deanne

For more, go to www.deannemincer.com

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About deannemincer

Deanne Mincer has been a long time student of religious and spiritual studies. For many years, she was a practitioner of yoga and in the late 1980's she was drawn to share her enthusiasm by becoming a yoga teacher. Her certification, from the Himalayan Institute, was a comprehensive two year program including the study of anatomy, diet, nutrition, Ayurvedic medical practices, the methods of teaching hatha yoga, the science of breath and the study of raja (the royal path of yoga) philosophy. She has taught yoga, meditation, and spiritual classes for more than twenty years. In the mid 1990's she became a follower of Siddha Yoga where she experienced a spiritual awakening called shaktipat and her teachings took on a new and freshly informed understanding. As Deanne continued her studies, she learned level one in Reiki and also sutdied with Henry Grayson, Ph.D. where she refined her work with muscle testing and the complex of energy healing methods Dr. Grayson has developed for use with his patients. Dr. Grayson's work is illuminated in his books, Mindful Loving and Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind. Deanne teaches group and private classes in yoga as well as stress reduction programs and meditation in many forms (sitting, walking, whirling, meditation in action, and "sleeping" meditation called yoga nidra). She has developed methods of using yoga in treating those with life threatening diseases as in the programs she designed for Gilda's Club and Friends in Deed in New York City. She was a consulting producer on an alternative health program for CNBC's Alive and Wellness, and she has demonstrated yoga on network television. Deanne created the audio DC, Inner Light Yoga with Deanne Mincer and she has spoken widely and demonstrated meditation in many venues. Deanne is an enthusiastic and joyful teacher. She is known for the keen interest she takes in her students' physical and spiritual development. She stresses that each student should work at their own pace in a non-competitive and caring environment. You can read some of the comments her students have shared in the Tesimonials Section of this site. Her teaching is grounded in her own steadfast spiritual awareness - that each of us is a being of eternal light and love and that we can all come to knowing this truth for ourselves. She is eager to help guide you on this joyful path of body, mind, breath and spirit.

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