Think about it. Who is really pulling your strings when what’s in your subconscious accounts for 96% of your reality? If you have been meditating for a while and been watching that crazy mind doing its nonsense, you will soon see the scum rise to the surface. Yes, this urgh! stuff has been running your life and it’s got to stop!
This post will show you why thoughts shape your world from 5 different standpoints and how you can program your subconscious and manage your thoughts for the greater good.
- Yoga standpoint
- Neurophysiological or Mind-Body standpoint
- Buddha’s standpoint
- Iceberg Theory standpoint
- Hypnotherapy & Neuro-linguistic Programming standpoint
From a yoga standpoint, we are made of energy and your thoughts are definitely energy.
Yoga scriptures tell us we have 5 energy bodies known as koshas or, sheaths, and they are subtle energy bodies that is a reflection of certain aspects of our well-being, from the physical to the emotional, to the mental and bliss body. Each is connected to the other by a network of nadis, or energy pathways acting as conduits for the flow qi or prana throughout our system, thus keeping us in good health or not.
What you also need to know is that you can consciously change the quality of the prana in your system through the practice of pranayama, or breathing techniques. The way you breathe is the way you think and vice versa. Hence, you need to appreciate that breath and thought go hand in hand. That is why the Vedic scriptures say pranayama can even change your karma or destiny. You can change the quality of your being by working on your breath. Equally, you can change the state of your being by working on your thoughts because we are all energy beings.
Related reading: Pranas, tejas and ojas – these matter most to the yogi.
From a neurophysiological standpoint, all thoughts are energy which means they have the potential to effect change.
Neurophysiological science tells us that every thought that ever existed has its beginning as an energy wave. By virtue of the fact that it is energy, it therefore has the potential to create an impact. Let’s say, someone has upset you so much that you are really fuming. Here you have two choices. One, you do your best to let it go for your own sake because two, anger hurts us more than the other person.
Clairvoyants have reported that thoughts sent out in anger is often seen as red or black arrows shooting out. If your target is near enough, he or she would receive these arrows in her aura. That’s how people are able to sense when someone is really upset with them. Worse yet, these ‘arrows’ leave behind a hole in the aura of the angry person. If the anger is allowed to fester, like harbouring it over a long time, years maybe, the next thing to happen is dis-ease appearing in the physical body.
To take it further, traditional Chinese medicine says we hold anger in the liver, grief in the lungs, stress in the stomach, worry and anxiety in the kidneys and money problems in the lower back. Why do you think all spiritual teachings exhort us to hold only good thoughts? To harbour no ill will? To have only pure intentions? It’s all about the impact on one’s own well-being. That and the fact that for every good thing you do, it will come back to you a hundredfold.
And by the time you truly understand the immense power of your mind and how your thoughts can shape your reality, you find that humility is second nature. Nothing and nobody bothers you and even more odd is that you become disinterested in asking for anything because you are pretty satisfied with what you have or don’t have. Life gets really simplified. There isn’t anything more you need or want. That, by the way, is what I am going through right now and it amuses me no end that I have come all this way for nothing (no pun intended).
Related reading: We create our own reality.
From Buddha’s standpoint, thoughts are energy and create samskaras & karma
There is a concept in Buddhism known as the Dependent Origination. It explains how one thing gives rise to another in the process of cause and effect. What this concept really means is that we should watch our thoughts because they create a chain effect. Thought leads to emotion. Emotion leads to behaviour. And just like that, we are caught forever on the wheel of samsara, life after life, constantly creating and adding karma when a little bit of awareness can arrest our pain and suffering. Until we bring awareness to our thought processes, we are hopelessly lost. In time to come, you might want to consider training yourself through meditation to find the gap between thoughts. Next, try lengthening that gap. And finally, entertain no thoughts.
Related reading: Karma – how it arises and what to do about it.
From the Iceberg Theory standpoint, thoughts are energy that lurk beneath the surface
The Iceberg Theory was created by Freud to explain that 96% of our reality is ruled by our subconscious. Wow! meaning to say that more than half the time, we think, feel and act without being aware of what we are really doing. Actually that’s true. How many of us are able to pause between stimulus and response and to rest in the gap thereby giving ourselves the chance to choose wisely and mindfully? Very few of us indeed. But not all is lost because we can decide what resides in our subconscious instead of letting it run our show. In that way, we change our reality and destiny.
From the hypnotist standpoint, your subconscious is very malleable
Now, I am trained in NeuroLinguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy. I therefore have quite a good number of tools I could use to influence you to do what I need you to do. That said, you too can learn how to influence your subconscious to do what needs to be done. So, I am going to teach you a thing or two. But first, you need to know…
- your subconscious cannot differentiate between what’s good or bad, what is real vs imagined; when you instruct it to do something; it just goes and does it
- your subconscious responds extremely well to an instruction that is accompanied by vivid emotion and mental images
- your subconscious is your best partner; it goes and creates the reality you planted without asking why, how, what, etc.
- your subconscious responds a whole lot better to positive rather than negative instructions which is the main reason why positive affirmations work
- your subconscious never stops working and it is when you are asleep and the door to your subconscious is wide open that makes it a perfect time to program it just before you fall asleep
And if we were to put everything together….
When you climb into bed tonight, I would like you to exercise the choice of what you will take with you into your sleep. If you want to change your life, you will have to start programming your subconscious in a conscious way so that you have more of that 96% under your control. What will you program it with? Only what’s positive and good. First, go over your day and pick out the positive good things about it, what you did or said. Strengthen these good things by affirming yourself. Feel good that you are able to do good.
Program your subconscious just before you go to sleep
Next, think about what you want as your reality. See it in your imagination in its full glory. How you are dressed, who is there with you, how you feel. Even though it’s an imagined scene, I want you to treat it like your new reality has already been fulfilled. Follow it with an affirmation that begins with these two powerful words, “I am…. “. Who you want to be, what you want your life to be, start it with “I am… “. As sleep takes over, let it go and have a good night’s rest. Make sure you don’t overdo it otherwise you end up with a mind so active that sleep eludes you. Now that you have already planted the seed, let it do its work while you rest. Repeat again for every night until what you want manifests itself.
You can also program your subconscious at the tail end of your meditation when your mind has come to a restful place that’s conducive for planting seeds. Again, using the power of your imagination, see yourself in your mind’s eye, all that you desire as your reality. Imagine it as vividly as you can. Follow it with positive affirmations. Then let it go when you surface. Let the seed do its job.
Watch what you do with your thoughts because they truly can affect others
Lastly, I’d like to share with you an experience that let me know beyond a doubt the power of my thoughts. I didn’t think someone else could see what I was doing but there I was in an acupuncture clinic. I had gone there with a friend and he was now hooked up to a machine to have his qi measured. I decided to do something mischievous and so I stared at the machine and willed the needle to not move. All of a sudden, the acupuncturist looked at me and said, ‘Stop that’. Oops, I was caught red-handed. Turned out he was psychic and could ‘see’ what I was doing.
So, if all is energy, what it essentially means is that if I can think myself to dis-ease, I can equally think myself back to well-being. But don’t throw out good solid medical advice or treatment. Everything has its place in the scheme of things. Equally, you can think yourself into a whole lot of things. And I say this from personal experience where I have used thought to program for things. However, a higher power does know if what you ask for is ultimately good for you. There are occasions when my requests were denied or given in another form. And it’s true when they say be careful what you wish for.
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