Quick! DON’T think about a pink elephant wearing a purple tutu balanced on one foot on a high wire holding an umbrella. OK, now how did you do? Did you succeed in NOT thinking about that silly elephant?
I have not met anyone that can truthfully answer that last question as yes. Your brain/mind just does not work that way.
The idea of NOT is a higher brain function that you can understand in the context of your everyday life…but when it comes to the more basic functions of your mind, the idea of NOT, just does not compute!
You must HAVE the idea, before you can think about NOT having the idea (you must need some brain bleach now, because you are still seeing that silly elephant right?).
This is one of the key reasons that people fail to get what they want when trying to apply the law of attraction. The powers of the mind and the law of attraction are indifferent, they just provide a match to the images held in your mind…even if you are saying NOT THIS to yourself when you are holding the image.
The law doesn’t compute NOT…just like your brain/body/mind.
So big deal, so what?
Look around at the world and count how many WARS we are waging AGAINST ideas:
- WAR on DRUGS
- WAR on POVERTY
- WAR on TERRORISM
These are TWICE as bad as other ideas: You are holding an image of WAR on each, which brings more WAR. The ideas are also perpetuated by the images held in the mind.
These examples are sneaky, because they don’t contain a negative word, but merely imply that if we are WARRING on an idea…we don’t like it, but through the powers of the mind we unconsciously (or consciously?) strengthen that which we do not want (for the most part…I suppose some people DO want war).
Then, you have the powers of the mind doing their job helping people that like to protest against ideas:
- Mother’s against Drug Driving
- No Nukes!
- United Students Against Sweatshops
- End Violence Against Women
I mean no ill will toward any of the organizations or their supporters. I am sure that they succeed in providing help and services to people, which is great. I am only suggesting they re-think their names and change to something they want instead of fighting against what they don’t want.
- Mother’s for safe Driving
- People for Clean Renewable Energy
- United Students for Free Children
- Start Peace for Women Or Campaign for Domestic Peace
This works in your life when you want something, think about the idea you WANT instead of thinking about the things that you don’t want.
Thinking about what you don’t want (aka worrying or fretting, or fearing a negative future result) has a very high percentage of successfully getting the negative result that you are thinking about. WHY?
The powers of the mind are indifferent to what you want…it only picks up the 1) the images you hold in your mind 2) the AMOUNT of emotional energy fueling the image.
Note, I said the amount of of emotional energy, not the type or color of emotional energy. In other words, it is the relative of strength of the emotion that you generate behind the image regardless of WHAT emotion you are feeling.
So if you are afraid (fear is a powerful emotion), and you think about the thing you don’t want (worry) then you are unintentionally screaming at the universe….PLEASE GIVE ME THIS THING THAT I DON’t WANT NOW!!!!
What do you do instead of worrying about things you don’t want to happen? If you have a thought about a negative outcome don’t try NOT to think about it….
…think about it for about five minutes…go through and accept the fear that goes with the idea….accept it as a POSSIBLE outcome…then put it out of your mind and THINK ABOUT and get excited about how cool it will be when you get what YOU WANT!
When you think about what you want and get excited about how cool it will be when in happens…you are joyfully asking the powers of the mind to give you what you want…and this works just as well as worrying.
People that have been worrying things into their life for a long time will have a hard time making this SHIFT. I suggest committing to doing it for 30 days as a trial and if you don’t like the results in your life, then just go back to worrying…its your life, not mine. :-)
Mother Teresa was once asked if she would march in an Anti-war march to which she replied (paraphrase, I couldn’t find the quote) No. But if you have a march FOR peace, I will be at the front of the march.