“A negative mind will never give you a positive life.”
Last year I was on a course where we looked at the research that had been done around this topic. It’s all very well for someone to say to you that like attracts like so if you have negative thoughts you will put out a vibration that will attract the negative to you. But how do we know that this is happening with any conviction. There was a famous study done by a Japanese man who worked with water crystals. If positive thoughts were directed to the water, beautiful crystals were formed. But if negative thoughts were directed at it, the crystals were not in any cohesive pattern. We know that the brain and the heart put out energy just like a piece of music that we can hear. There was another study done that showed some iron filings on a plate attached to music vibrations. Each time the frequency of the music was changed the pattern of the iron filings changed. The higher the frequency, the more intricate the pattern, and at a certain frequency the pattern was always the same.
We know that negative thoughts have a lower vibration and when replaced with positive thoughts the vibration becomes higher and more intricate. The challenge for all of us is to keep the vibration at a higher level. We may start with an intention of being positive but something happens at work, someone is sick at home, we’re tired and hungry and we let the thoughts drift into the negative zone. The trick then is to be aware as much as we can and ‘flick the switch’ back to the positive the moment we notice the energy has dropped into the negative, and not allow ourselves to start judging. That in itself is a low energy. I was talking last week about habits. Challenge yourself to see how much you can notice when you have slipped and bring the energy back up with more empowering positive thoughts. Let that habit develop so that your mind-set becomes more positive overall.
Enjoy being positive as much as you can!
“Habits are like financial capital – forming one today is an investment that will automatically give out returns for years to come.” Shawn Anchor
Of course we can have good and bad habits, which ultimately we are conditioned to believe, according to our families and society. If we have a habit that is not supporting our journey to get to our chosen goal, then it is probably not a habit we want to continue. If however we have a habit that is positively empowering us to affect our own lives and those around us, then we will usually feel it is a good one to continue. The trick is in letting go of the ones we don’t want, and strengthening the ones we know are in our best interest.
A lot of you will have set New Year’s Resolutions to kick the ‘bad’ habits to touch and replace them with habits you see being congruent with the goals you want to achieve for 2017. How is it going? Are you still sticking steadfastly to your intentions, or have you already found yourself slipping into the old familiar routines. As Marissa Peer, a well-known hypnotherapist says, “we need to learn to make the familiar, unfamiliar and the unfamiliar, familiar.” Sound like double-dutch? What she is saying. We need to let go of the old habits and replace them with the new ones. As she says we are neurologically wired to go for what is familiar. So how about taking a leaf from her book, and when faced with a challenge when we start on the road to change, to say to ourselves, “this is unfamiliar but I can make it familiar.” We will probably have to work at it, but it can be worth it to look back in a year’s time and see the changes we have made that will have repercussions well into the future.
Enjoy making those new positive empowering habits familiar!
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” Les Brown
Some of you may know that my tagline is ‘Youth and Vitality at Any Age.’ This is because I truly believe in this quote of Les Brown’s. It saddens me to think that people put themselves on the scrapheap when they reach a certain age, because they have been brought up to believe that. In New Zealand we get a handout from the government at age 65 so for a lot of people that is the age when you are old. I don’t buy into that. May be I’m a late starter but I have more goals and dreams I want to achieve yet. It has helped that modern medicine has made it possible for people to continue to live healthy active lives for longer & I’m not judging those who retire & live a different dream of retirement than mine. As long as they continue to do what feels good in their hearts.
If people continue to live into their hundreds as a lot of folk are now doing, there is a lot of living to be done between 65 and 100. But why wait until then to find your purpose and find more meaning in your life. If we have a certain emptiness inside that we are having trouble filling, it may be as simple as doing things that really light us up. At the end of last year I saw a video clip of a couple doing ‘swing dancing.’ That looks like fun to me and I’m keen to give it a go. Anyone else want to join me? I’ll finish off with another quote from Les Brown, “What is it that you’re going to do differently? In order to do something you’ve never done, you have to become someone you’ve never been.”
Enjoy continuing to dream and set goals!