Most of your thoughts don’t originate within you. They’re part of a tempestuous ocean of thought-forms that constantly swirl around us. By understanding how they infiltrate into your mind, you can keep your attention where you want it!
You’re made up of several overlaid bodies, like Russian dolls. Your physical body is at the center. Beyond that are your emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.
When a thought-form engages you, it first tickles your mental body. You aren’t responsible for the thoughts that initially arise in your awareness, since they pop in like uninvited guests. But you are responsible for what you do with them once they’ve gained your attention.
When a thought arises, decide if engaging with it at that time would make your life more wonderful. If so, feel free to play with it! If not, put your attention elsewhere. One approach is to focus on a different life-enhancing thought, such as the negative thought’s positive opposite.
Or you can choose a non-mental focus. These include passive breath awareness, or resting in the peacefulness of your heart.
As I was once vividly shown in an ayahuasca ceremony, each thought-form is a living etheric being. It wants to root itself within you and feed on your vital energy. If possible, it wants to use you to manifest its thought into physical reality.
Any engagement with a thought feeds it. This includes resisting it or trying to change it. What you resist persists! But if you shift your focus elsewhere, most thought-forms will soon leave for greener pastures.
Once you mentally engage with a thought-form, its next strategy will be to engage your emotional body. Any emotion will do, positive or negative. Once this happens, the thought-form has penetrated one level deeper, into your emotional body. It’s putting down roots.
The stronger your emotional reaction, the more energy you give the thought-form. If you feed it enough emotional energy, it can even take root in your physical body.
These thoughts can eventually become the basis of painful maladies. If a toxic thought festers long enough, its effects can even be fatal. On the other hand, a persistently cultivated life-affirming thought can help you live a longer, more joyful life!
To be an effective gatekeeper of incoming thoughts, you have to be able to hold witness consciousness. To do this, you have to be at a basic level of spiritual awakening.
Until then, your mental chatter will be beyond your control. You’ll feel swarmed, and won’t be able to consistently choose which thoughts hold sway in your mind. My Heal and Awaken Invocations have helped many people maintain this level of mindfulness.
The quality of consciousness I hold on a daily basis has become very important to me. I’m now very selective about the stimuli I choose. I’m much more picky about music, movies, TV shows and websites. The same goes for the places I visit in person.
Far from making me feel deprived or limited, this way of living has tremendously enriched my life. The principle of “as within, so without” states that whatever consciousness I hold within me shows up in my physical experience. I’ve verified the truth of this for years, both in my life and in my clients’ life stories.
My thoughts profoundly influence my emotions and my body. Maintaining a routine, relaxed awareness over the thoughts I cultivate has helped me enjoy more harmony, ease and flow. I wish the same for you!