By Brian Germain
We have all experienced it. Something happens that sets our
minds in a negative direction, and we begin to feel bad. Our minds loop,
mulling over the facts and unwanted possibilities, like a cow chewing its cud.
By focusing on the undesirable imagery, and repeating thoughts that make us
feel lousy, we bring our emotional experience to one of negative expectation
and the world around us responds in kind. The Universe reacts to our emotion
more than anything else, and brings us more experiences that feel the same as the
muck that we are dwelling in, just as it does the beauty that we are basking in.
So how do
we break this cycle of unhappy thinking? How do we alter our thoughts when we
realize that our direction of thinking is leading us down the spiral staircase
of pessimism? It begins with a stop. We must let go, and stand in a place of no
thought for a moment, the most fearless act of all. We must surrender to the
space between the thoughts, and simply be. We must stop struggling, because we
cannot solve any of life's problems from an emotional basis of feeling bad.
That is like swimming after exiting an airplane, it just doesn't help. We must cease
our resistance and allow things to be as they are, and begin the process of
regaining our composure.
mental silence is far better than scrambling in the darkness, but it is not the
same thing as being in a constructive mood that leads to solutions. That
requires a positive frame of mind. This is where we must utilize the most
powerful tool of emotional re-direction, the conscious attention to the
positive aspects of where we are. When we appreciate our moment for what it is,
and strive to extract the "up side" of the situation, we begin to feel better. No matter how dire the circumstances, there
is a perspective available to us that will allow us a feeling of relief. There
is always a bright side.
consciously look for the positive aspects of our reality, we alter how we feel.
Our list of things that make us feel better becomes our suit of armor against
the negativity, and we transform our emotional experience to one of optimism
and appreciation, and thereby enter into a completely different reality. Our
attention is now away from the object of worry, and our good feelings begin to
expand, as thoughts that feel more positive naturally come to join our new
encouraging direction of conceptualization. Thought are magnets that attract
other thoughts that feel like the ones before, and so we now find ourselves easily
drifting toward the positive possibilities. We are on the right track.
your worst moments, there is another way to look at things. Perhaps it is a
bird singing outside. Perhaps it is a moment of static safety on a high
mountain ledge that allows you to appreciate the beauty of your surroundings.
Maybe you simply take a deep breath and realize that, despite things not going
according to your original plan, everything is going to be alright. Once you allow
yourself to focus your mind in a direction that brings relief, you are
beginning to tap into your true power as a person.
We have two
personas inside us at all times. One is born of our current mindset, which is
most often merely a reflection of the situation around us. This might be termed
the Ego. The second is our Higher Self; the wise, ever-expanding aspect of who
life has led us to evolve into. This side of us is brilliant, optimistic, and
always in the best possible mood. When we focus on the aspects of our reality
that bring us to a negative feeling, we are not congruent with this part of us.
We are alone and powerless, and without the benefit of our profound wisdom and
insight. It is as if we have two lights with which to illuminate a cave, one
small headlamp and one large floodlight. When things seem dark, it is simply
because we are pointing our heads in a direction other than the one that the
floodlight is pointed. The big light always shows us the way out. We simply
need to look to our emotions to see if we are focusing in the right direction.
If things look dark and foreboding, we simply need to relax and look for the
light cast by our inner knowing.
struggle. It has never led you in the right direction before, what makes you
think that this moment is going to be any different? Loosen your grip on the
wheel and look for the aspects of your world that bring you to a feeling of
positive appreciation, and you will find your way out. There is a way, and by
decidedly altering your path of thought toward one on appreciation and positive
emotion, you will tap into the genius creator that you know you are. Feeling
good is the answer to everything, it always was.