February 19, 2011 in Health, Lifestyle, Manifesting

Changing Limiting Thoughts and Beliefs

An interesting problem arises with the realization that our thoughts create our reality. If we think a certain way, how can we ever manifest something different? The trick, as with so many areas of life, is to take baby steps in changing the way we think

It is said that a journey begins with a single step. This is no less true than the “journey” of changing our thoughts. In the overwhelming outlook of changing the reality we experience, it can be frustrating to know what to do. It’s easier than you think.

First off, just the desire itself to manifest something new is a tentative baby step in exactly that direction. As you look at different tools, be they affirmations, afformations, TAT, EFT, BSFF, meditation, Quantum-Touch, Reiki, QiGong or whatever, those explorations into how you might change your life seed the very changes you wish to impart. So much for worrying about how to get started; just wanting to figure it out at all is already that very start!

Subsequently, the more you think about how you might approach the issues, especially how to change the subconscious thoughts you think, you begin to whittle away at the old patterns and habits. As your conscious mind works through the idea of changing your thinking, you’re actually changing your thinking. It’s still a “manual” process at this point, but given enough repetition, the new thinking will overwrite the old thinking and it will be automatic. You’ll have reprogrammed your subconscious.

The potential gotcha here is that it’s important to not get caught up in worrying about it. I recently heard the expression, “Worry is prayer for what you don’t want”. Wow, did that ever strike a chord. It’s so true; worry serves to energize exactly that which you don’t want because worry is simply thought that has been charged with negative emotion. So, instead of fretting about change, just think about it.

Worrying only serves to keep us focused on potential downfalls. It distracts us from our desires and our goals. It keeps us firmly aligned with limits. If the first words out of your mouth tend to be, “Yeah, but, ” you’ve got an alignment with worry, doubt and uncertainty. None of those help you get to the finish line.

Instead of worrying about how to change your thinking or how to manifest something different, try just asking yourself what you should do. Yes, really. “Why is it so easy to create what I want in life?” That, friends, is an afformation that will kick off an entire stream of conscious and subconscious processing that, if you’re paying attention later, will begin to reap the rewards of opportunity. That single question will help you in more ways than you can possibly imagine.

Why Am I Always Given Opportunities That Inspire Me?

Context and perspective are everything in life. And how we choose to phrase our thoughts is more important than we can imagine. Words by themselves have no meaning, but there is unimaginable power behind the intention of our thoughts and how that intention aligns with the words to which we’ve bound it. And speaking of alignment, there’s a remarkable mirroring of behaviour in the human brain that matches physics’ Law of Attraction.

Hypnotists, hypnotherapists and NLP practitioners are well aware of our subconscious mind’s seeming inability to deal with negative verbs. This inability has a remarkable result: The weight, which would normally be attributed to the negative of the verb, is placed on the verb itself. The negation is entirely lost. This changes the focus from “don’t want noisy neighbours” to “want noisy neighbours”, for example. This is why it is vitally important for you to always phrase your words to state what you want instead of what you don’t want.

I worked as a technical rewriter and using affirmative verbs is considered good style in that genre of writing. As such, it’s easier for me to work in positive terms than for many others. Many people are used to ranting against or about things, focusing on their dislikes as unspoken contrast to their likes. And, as the aforementioned hypnotherapists, et al, know well, the subconscious mind is extremely literal.

When you strip away the negative part of the verb, leaving only the positive verb and action, the subconscious sees only that. The tacit, unspoken “likes” are simply not a part of the subconscious process. The conscious mind spoke and the subconscious mind listened, selectively stripping out all negatives along the way.

The universal Law of Attraction, amazingly enough, works in exactly the same way.

Baby steps and positive phrasing. Practice those and you’ll be well on your way to getting the results you want. If you catch yourself drifting back into ranting, worry not. That’s all a part of the process. Just correct yourself as you catch it happening and carry on. In due time, you’ll find that you no longer need to correct yourself.

Life is good!

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