In the first lesson of A Course in Miracles we learn that a chair is not just a chair. An image of a chair can only be a chair because of all the chairs you have seen in the past. In fact, if you were consistently beaten on a cane back chair by a childhood abuser, you probably feel a modicum of that pain every time you see a cane back chair.
What the neural pathway is going on here?
Can we ever get out of the loop of the past, or is everything from the present based on the shapes and forms that we have once witnessed and learned?
The question of living in the NOW without the past is a difficult question to answer and an even harder one to live. I have spent the past few years trying with much appropriate frustration casting down the negative thoughts from the past, denying them, and reinforcing my current New Thought belief. I do this only to find that some new ideation from the past comes up—one that’s even harsher and harder to digest. So, once again I spit out that old thought like a rotten grape I mistakenly popped into my mouth. “What the hell was that? Why did that rotten thought come up?”
It seems as though I’m asking myself this question more and more often? Is battling your own subconscious mind a good thing?
You better believe it!
If you want to make change in your mind, you must constantly assess the myriad of thoughts that float through the mind. Perhaps, you don’t have to consider the thoughts that sweep through your mind with out consideration, but the ones You Chose to Settle on! are meant to be dissected, swallowed, or spit out.
If someone knocks at your door, you don’t automatically open it to every person there. Your thoughts are the same. They are a sea of possible thoughts in the universe and because there is only One Mind, we are quite probably basking in the consciousness of society, family, and whatever is on the television at the moment.
The thoughts that you should consider and deliberate are the ones that sound like the following:
- you’ll never be good enough. Someone is so much better than I am;
- I’ll always be poor. I don’t deserve any more than I have;
- Just getting by is a blessing. I should be happy with what I have and not wish for more;
- I’m ugly and will never attract someone into my intimate life; and
- having faith in my future and in positive thoughts is just crap; it never works!
I’m here to tell you—to bear witness to the fact—that
positive thinking works!
It not only works, but it changes lives. When you get stronger, wrestle and win against your personal demons, and prosper in your daily life, the entire world gets one step closer to the Light. If we are all part of the energy of the One Mind in Spirit, then we had better believe that every moment we spend learning our daily lessons is going to bring the entire universe one step closer to freedom:
- freedom from messy government,
- world war,
- family drama, and
- simple foolish bickering for the sake of boredom.
- Today, take the time to look at your thoughts. Assess them as if you are standing on a bridge watching them float beneath you, as if they are goldfish. Watch which thoughts float to the top and which ones you feed with your brain.
- Decide why your life must hold on to that thought in that moment.
- And when you discover you no longer need that mess from the past, say to it: “I release and let go of all thoughts that no longer serve my life! I am open and willing for Peace!”