I was given a life changing gift from a student and a friend (you know who you are!) and I thought sharing the resulted transformation would be a nice way of paying it forward.
The gift is a set of ideas that I’ve been experimenting with and it starts with the simple cliché of “seeing the glass half full”. The difference is applying it with real discipline rather than just keeping it a theoretical idea. The way it works: if we want something badly, instead of focusing on what we’re lacking, we can focus on amplifying what we do have, what is going well for us or how much we like certain aspects of the person or the situation related to that.
It means that when we experience any from of negativity we use the information about what we don’t want as a strong indicator towards learning what we do want. There is much learning to be done here, believe it or not.
How well do you think you know what you want? Well it can get tricky because we’ve been so conditioned to focus on what others want for us. There is a part in each one of us that knows exactly what is good for our soul in order to get the most out of this life and it doesn’t always match with what others want for us.
Now, going back to what we don’t want, once we identify that thought of not wanting something, instead of dwelling on it as we’re used to, we move on to noticing the parts that do make us feel good. We can support this work by spending more and more time doing and thinking about things that give us unconditional joy (yes, like Shake Your Soul® for example) and then milking those good feelings for as long as possible, or as in cliche #2: “do more of what makes you happy”.
From this perspective the “bad” things that happen to us are not bad at all because they sharpen our awareness of the things that our soul desires most and they help us grow and expand. If things were “good” all the time there would be no impetus for growth. The more time we spend doing things that make us feel good and basking in the feelings that are being generated by those actions, the more we will attract what we desire into our life.
I’m happy to report that ever since I started trying this on a consistent bases, I’ve spent more of my days feeling centered, satisfied and generally happy. it takes real discipline and practice because you have to be extremely aware of every thought that crosses your mind. A steady practice of meditation works well toward this end. I’ve had great fun playing he game of intercepting stray thoughts. Knowing that I have the ability to direct my thoughts and focus my mind every second of the day has been tremendously empowering.
By the way, if you want learn more about similar ideas, look up the teachings of Abraham.