Just a little thought experiment.
What if every single thought we had was creative? It would follow that this might well be so if the basic building blocks of reality are 'awareness' rather than unconscious matter.
And what if the Universal Awareness – if we can call it that – was for ever striving to put any conscious intention into effect. Then it would mean that the reality around us was, in some way under Divine and Natural Law, modifiable according to the thoughts that we hold.
Another thought experiment
What if every thought we had was received clearly by those close to us? Would we modify the way we think if we knew that those who connected with us could also hear those thoughts? If we are correct that the fundamental nature of All-That-Is is Awareness, then to some degree at least, those around us do pick up on our thoughts, even if they cannot register those thoughts telepathically.
Émile Coué , the French psychologist, suggested we should repeat the phrase “Every day in every way things are getting better and better”. Of course such a phrase may indeed set some people’s teeth on edge and invite the question, “What about the people currently being bombed in (enter the name of war torn city of your choice)”?
It is not the purpose of this thought experiment to answer the question “Why do bad things happen to good people?" That has been a challenge to theologians since a dinosaur ate its first philosopher. Rather the question is, do our thoughts impact on our reality?
Well, we can quickly establish that our thoughts do impact on our inner reality. Our nervousness before going on stage, or to the dentist, is entirely constructed within our imagination. When I was training in psychotherapy, someone valuably suggested to me that fear and excitement have much the same chemical signature in the body. So instead of saying to myself “I am frightened” if I was to say “I am excited” the result would be rather different. And that is demonstrable.
A well chosen phrase, that is meaningful to us, and is repeated inwardly (or out loud) at certain points of the day, becomes a gentle reminder to the universe that we are taking responsibility. Our own inner universe hears the words we use and we may expect that the outer universe does too.
Does this mean that we can and should affirm a bigger car or a greater salary? Well we could, but we remain under Divine and Natural Law, and whatever we seek to draw towards us will manifest according to those Laws. If you have never read the supernatural tale, The Monkey’s Paw, then here is a link. It perhaps is the quintessential story to illustrate the enigma of being careful what you wish for.
The first step in using affirmations is to become a little more conscious of the continuous chatter inside our own heads. If we find we are verbalising negativity about ourselves, or others, we can only change this when we become conscious that this is what we are actually doing. When we do so, we can then replace the negative thought with one that is more positive.
The second step is to choose a time to quite clearly formulate the affirmations we are using. Something that can be done anytime is often never done at all. Dawn and dusk are especially good times as our consciousness has a particular quality as the night becomes day and as the evening slips back into night-time.
The way we craft the words are important to. Using an “I” statement is helpful. Here is a traditional formulation from Buddhism:
I take refuge in the Buddha
I take refuge in the Dharma
I take refuge in the Sangha
The Dharma is the moral law or wisdom; the Sangha is the fraternity of monks or of enlightened souls. The beauty of this affirmation is its universality. It is not demanding something specific of the universe, but rather trusting the universe to provide, nourish and protect.
Here are a few affirmations.
I have been given endless talents which I begin to utilize today.
I am courageous and I stand up for myself.
(These first two are from Dr. Carmen Harra.)
Let my inner wisdom be my guide
May compassion fill me
I am increasingly aware of my Guardian Angel
Finding your own affirmations can be a rewarding experience. But choose carefully!
Murray Morison is a novelist living in Crete
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