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I have been utilizing YouTube a lot the past couple of weeks. I am amazed at the wealth of videos that promote affirmative thought. I ran across a really great series of videos this morning and wanted to share it with you. The woman who teaches in this series refers to a concept of Negative Prayer. That is, when you are thinking thoughts that don't serve you or your higher purpose it is like negative prayer. When you dwell on the things you don't want, it's just like praying for those things. Somehow that really hit home with me and I thought that perhaps it would with you as well. The first video in the series can be found here. Sometimes you have to do a little playing around to find the next video. There are seven in this series and then she has an additional newer video. Her website is really great, too.
It's amazing to me that we have so many thoughts. Since becoming aware of my thoughts, I have actually been challenged often in trying to pin one down. It's no wonder people turn to anti-anxiety medication or anti-depressants. It's no wonder that people go from drug to drug, from person to person, from activity to activity, from bar to bar, from church to church, from material thing to material thing (am I leaving anything out?) trying to find the one that works. It is difficult to heal when we can't isolate the thought that is producing the feeling; the feeling that we try to numb with our latest distraction.
Often we try to change our feelings when, I think, what we really need to change is our thought. But that requires that we know what our thoughts are. From there, we can determine which thoughts are leading us in the direction of our dreams and goals and which are hindering us.
Now that I am in the habit of monitoring my thoughts and feelings, rather than just reacting to them reflexively, I am aware of a pattern in my life. I am aware of how a recurring thought has affected so many of my decisions. I wasn't necessarily always aware of the thought but it produced feelings that I reacted to and, for better or worse, I made decisions based on those feelings. Often for the worse.
It can be painful to face these thoughts at first. It can be challenging to let go of them and begin to think in a new way. But I am finding that it is also very rewarding.
I am finding that every time I am feeling stuck in a concept and am not sure where to go from there, another teacher or book or friend comes along with just what I needed to hear and I continue on my journey.
My prayer is that as I am helped along my journey, I will in turn help others. That is my desire and what I intend.
If I were asked to name my life's goal, that would be it. I am at the beginning; learning. The learning is a joy. The thought of helping others learn is a joy.
It seems to me that it's what life is all about.
I learn so much from all of you. This is the most giving and supportive community that I have ever been a part of. I am grateful to and for you.