If you don’t change your thoughts

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If you don’t change your thoughts (what you think), then nothing in your life can change.

I’ve just listened to a clip from Abraham-Hicks from 2007. The information is timeless. One of their recurring themes is helping us to understand – and take action – to manage our thoughts – what we are thinking – on a daily basis. And the shortest route – the easiest way – is to begin to notice how we are feeling.

There’s a direct link between what we’re feeling and the thought behind the feeling. “I can do that!” feels a whole lot better than “I’m hopeless at that”. “I can change my life for the better” feels a whole lot better than “I can’t change my life, I’m at the mercy of fate or my partner or the economy…..”

Thoughts create. It really is that “simple”.

So why don’ we take that knowledge to heart and make it work in our favor? You’ve guessed it!  Habit. Habitual ways of thinking. Beliefs, attitudes and opinions we’ve collected over the years – that we “feel comfortable with thinking”.

Habits feel comfortable. They feel normal. They feel familiar – like old friends. They’re predictable. They represent the “known”…. we know them well. And they’re convenient. They save time. Imagine having to consciously recall every step required to drive – or write – or use a computer.  So habits serve us well in many areas.

But there are areas where habits actually limit us – they keep us stuck in the same old reality – the same old life. Change comes about when we change our habits – when we change our thinking – when we change our expectations of ourself and of our life.

Unfortunately change doesn’t feel “comfortable”.  In fact it usually feels “uncomfortable” – awkward – unnatural.  We feel self conscious. We aren’t (yet) sure or convinced that the new habit is going to pay off for us.  We need to hang-in – to persist – to keep going.  For how long? Until see begin to see the desired change in our life. Until the new way of thinking begins to feel “normal” or “natural” or “comfortable” to us – as comfortable as the “old thinking” felt. And we begin to see concrete changes appearing in our life.

Everyone of us has areas in our life where we’d like improvement.  And we know that this will always be the case. Growth is second nature to us. The part that I think we forget – too easily – is that if we continue to look at our current reality – our current life or circumstances – and we have the same habitual reactions to it – the same thoughts and feelings about it – then we aren’t going to see anything change in the situation.

We have to find a way to “look beyond” the current situation – to imagine a different scenario – and to hold that new vision – the thoughts and feelings associated with that new vision – until our reality begins to morph into the vision – and we feel the exhilaration of seeing the changes come about. We did it. We changed our thoughts. We let out feelings guide us.

Here’s the Abraham-Hicks clip I mentioned earlier. Wonderfully clear. What they are saying applies to every subject (not just health).

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How can I be more abundant?

How many times have you heard yourself or someone ask, “How can I be more abundant?” However, implied in the question is a misunderstanding. It points to a belief that we lack abundance right now.

How so? The question seems simple enough, doesn’t it? But the thinking behind it –  will actually lead to unwanted results – because the thinking – the belief – is one of “lack”.

So when someone asks, “How can I be more abundant?” – if you understand how Law of Attraction “works” – then you won’t be surprised to hear that that’s what LOA is going to deliver “more of” – a lack of abundance! LOA will match the dominant thought or feeling implied in the question.

Arrrgh you might be thinking (with a hint of frustration?). Or ah-ha – (in a moment of enlightenment).

The “reality” is that we are already abundant. We have access to unlimited abundance. We have access to the power that creates world. We don’t need to “learn” how to be more abundant.

It’s this kind of subtle distinction that makes all the difference to what manifests in our life. It takes a degree of “effort” to examine the real thought or feeling behind a question like “How can I be more abundant?”  But the pay-off can be big-time.

So what’s a better question? Here are two…

“What am I defining abundance to be?” or “What are different ways that I can be abundant?”

Do you see how these questions reveal a different focus? Do you see how the second one in particular assumes that you’re already abundant and that you’re interested in expanding your current experience of abundance?

Now that kind of focus leads to a totally different result! It leads you in the direction you really do want to be going, doesn’t it?

So what are different ways in which you can experience abundance? Here are a few suggestions to get you in the flow (other than the most common definition of abundance – that of money):

  • someone gives you something
  • you find something
  • you get a great idea
  • a great feeling body
  • a clear mind
  • wonderful friendships or relationships
  • a beautiful scene
  • a smile from a stranger
  • a helpful shop assistant
  • a great meal
  • an easy flight

Appreciating those small moments

Being around animals – so often – is a fast track reminder about the “priorities” in life.  Here’s an example.  I was walking the dog yesterday – a very good-natured, sociable miniature salt and pepper Schnauzer (Snuffles) who’s 18 months old. He loves his daily walk – and I must say – I get the benefits as well of daily exercise – an opportunity to get away from the computer and get outdoors.

Snuffles and I were on the last leg home – walking along a quiet residential street – and he was still “off leash”. He started crossing the street and I whistled to get his attention. Then I noticed – about 20 metres ahead – there were three young girls crossing the street towards us. They had noticed Snuffles. There was (of course) an instant “magnetic attraction”.  It seems that all little girls love friendly dogs.

At a guess, the girls were aged around 10, 8, and 7.  We all  sat on the grassy green footpath and for the next 10 minutes or so we had a wonderful time playing with Snuffles – who loved the undivided attention of four people!  Snuffles had a big grin on his face.

It was one of those “camera moments”….. the eight year old – in complete relaxation mode – lay on her back – legs crossed in the air – chatting away about her “pet pillow” – which happened to be a dog called Snuffles!!

The girls recounted their favourite dog names, lifted Snuffles, patted him, rolled him over, and I showed them some of the things he could do – like his “swimming dog” speciality – which they loved.

Then it was time to go. The day was drawing to a close. The sun was setting.  The moment had passed. The three girls headed off to their respective houses along the street.

It was a magical, brief encounter “out of the blue” – and reminded me that it’s these kinds of “present moment” experiences that are the stuff of life.

Do you have any stories like this you can recall. It’s a wonderful way to get into a positive state of being. Without doubt, being around animals is a fast track way to get there.