You Have the Power
Over the course of the past year, I have come to realize, accept, and actively exercise that I also have the power to change my thoughts and thus have a powerful influence on the course of my life. When I was younger, I thought that I was a helpless entity that had to suffer the annoying barrage of thoughts that led to anxiety, low self-esteem, and even bouts of depression and despair. I now realize that I am not actually my thoughts. My thoughts can be annoying or despairing, but that does not mean that I have to be annoyed or depressed. In fact, I can shape my thoughts in a powerful way that will then shape my life in powerful way. Every small decision I make is a choice for the life I want to lead and the relationships I want to have. Every emotion I experience is a choice that I make to feel a certain way. If I don’t like the way I am feeling, I have the power to change that. The most influential books I have read to shape my learning on this subject is The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Michael Singer sets out to explain the difference between the ego and the soul, the consciousness of being conscious. He describes the negative mind as a rude roommate who only criticizes and complains. If a real person said to you all the nasty things that you say to yourself, would you listen? Would you sit there and let that person keep spewing out rude talk? Then why do you let yourself do that to you? It’s time to quiet the negative mind and relax into what Singer calls the “seat of self,” or the authentic soul. I love feeling my spirit as apart and above the negative mind, so that now when I hear the negative self-talk, I know it is just that and can put it aside. Not now, roommate, I am busy creating the life my soul yearns to live.
Thoughts Become Things
In my youth I used to poo-poo ideas that I felt were too far out, too new age, too unscientific. As I’ve grown older, I have experienced and witnessed too many instances of manifestations of the energy of my thoughts. When I began to explore these concepts, my eyes opened to the amazing potential I have to co-create my own life and be my most authentic self. Every day is full of these surprises, that when they occur, don’t seem like surprises anymore, just further evidence of the Law of the Universe at work.
For further reading and exploration, I recommend the following: