An awful lot can be said about the specifics of proper thoughts.
First of all, hey, that’s what your lower mind does, it thinks. Might not do a whole lot of good to tell it not to do its job. But you can be self aware, monitoring your own thoughts and steadily redirecting them to something more healthy.
One good gauge is – are the thoughts Self-affirming or Self-denying? Are they creating an energy field of health or dis-ease? You keep telling yourself you’re sick (at any or all levels) or that you have the potential to be so… so you are.
There are also subconscious programs involved that you could stand to watch for. When we first arrive here, in our first 6 years of life, we are highly programmable – what we “learn” goes directly into our subconscious. Now in a general sense, that’s a great design. We have a lot to learn about this world we find ourselves in. Unfortunately, our “teachers” don’t often teach us the most empowering way of being.
There are many times when children are “learning” what adults are “teaching” and neither really knows consciously that there is a learning / teaching thing going on. Subconscious associations happen and no one realizes that.
For instance, a little boy has rather neglectful parents. Psychologists have come to understand that neglect is actually the worst form of ab-use, even outweighing physical, verbal, and sexual ab-use because at least the child is getting attention with those things. But neglect leaves the child wondering why his parents hate him so very much that they don’t even want anything to do with him. And children “acting out” is a call for that attention and affection that they are yearning for. It’s the case of “even negative attention is better than no attention at all.”
Well, this neglected little boy does realize though that when he gets sick, then his parents actually take some time for him and give him some love. He makes a subconscious association that “sickness = affection.” But since it’s at a subconscious level, later in his life, he can’t understand why he’s getting sick all the time. He’s tried everything – he’s cleaned up his diet and lifestyle, he gets regular exercise, other things… He can’t figure it out. But perhaps if he started to open his awareness to when it happens, perhaps he’ll find that just before he gets sick his partner neglects him or he can’t get a date to save his life or even though he’s kicking butt at work his boss never even acknowledges him. Ah ha!
And as you can well see, the society around us is rather dysfunctional collectively. It’s everywhere we look. We get disempowering messages from religion, science, education, media, government and politics, the medical industry, commerce in general, the work place, our relationships, which have other programmed people in them, you name it. There’s always some brainwashed Walking Zombie to unconsciously remind us how to be unhealthy, dysfunctional and disempowered.
You’re going to have to wake up to this onslaught of programming and program-re-fresh-ment. Then step by step, remove yourself from it.
Ask the Divine for guidance on how to recognize your own programming and what to do to reprogram in a self-empowering way.
Ask for healing methods to be delivered to you that will speed things along.
INTEND to heal. INTENTION is HUGE! You can flit from one methodology to another, but if you really do not intend to heal, well, you’re just wasting your time and energy and you’re just using what could otherwise be a great healing tool as yet just another distraction and avoidance tool.
Let’s have a little quiz – you’re told your Great Aunt Gertrude had diabetes so you’ll get it too. Really? Does that sound like a healing, healthy, Self-affirming, self-empowering thing to think? Geez, if that doesn’t make you feel powerless and helpless. That’s what some would call stinkin’ thinkin’. It doesn’t serve you. Recognize it for what it is and let it go already. Remember, YOU are creating your reality, not geneticists, not the doctor or your aunt or your genes. YOU. Whose genes are they? Who thinks your thoughts? Who emotes your emotions? Who speaks your words? Who does your deeds? Who puts food down your gullet? You do. Whose life is it anyway?!
Just be mindful of your mind. Pay attention. Be aware.
Ask for Divine Guidance.
Now, let’s talk about the ego, because frankly, I think many so-called spiritual folk are doing themselves and their fellow human a MAJOR disservice with all this talk of “killing one’s ego”. Here is a part of you and you’re expected to act like it’s evil. No it’s not. It too has been programmed in a not-so-healthy way. Centuries ago, the same thing was done to our intuition – oh, to “hear voices” in your head or to “just know” something that at a mundane level you’d have no way of knowing, well, that must be evil. People were literally killed or institutionalized and at bare minimum severely ridiculed and brow-beaten. Well, that’s worked out well for us. People stopped not only showing their intuitive info to others but even stopped allowing themselves to use their intuition, because hey, it could literally get you killed.
And that’s where the ego comes in. Ego cares mostly for one’s survival. It too learned to help squelch the intuition. But then it had to start doing more work itself because the intuition was no longer helping out with one’s survival. And one generation learns such and programs the next for the same thing, until generations later, we’re having to relearn how to use and trust and follow our intuition and have to ask our egos to tone it down a bit.
Hey folks, don’t treat your ego like sh*t. It’s a part of you. And just like all other parts of your being, it WILL cooperate with you, especially if you respect it and just communicate with it. That old dog had to learn new tricks generations ago when it had to take on more as the intuition went away and it can learn another new trick now. And what is it you’re asking your ego to learn? To just chill, to take a break, to let other parts of your being help out more. Sounds like a much needed vacation.
And our physical health is not the only thing affected by our thoughts. Our entire reality and experiences are products of our thoughts and beliefs. The universe listens to your thoughts and beliefs, then cooperates in delivering your creation to you. So, it takes some diligence in monitoring your thoughts.
Like anything else though, when you master your thoughts, beliefs and words – and in doing so you really master Intention – then your thoughts and words may not be as critical since your true intention will outweigh passing thoughts and words. But being mindful of your thoughts and words is the beginning of your mastery of intention.