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.
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
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