Have you ever stopped to listen in on your thoughts? How would you describe the majority of the thoughts that go through your head on a daily basis? For instance, do they tend to be angry? Worries? Or do you tend to think about those things that you wish would happen to you, like getting a lucky break? Studies have shown that as much as 70% of our self-talk — that dialogue that goes through our head most of our waking hours — is negative!
That’s a serious problem. Because thoughts are not just random ideas, images, and chatter that have no meaning. Thoughts are things. Each thought carries an energetic vibration that magnetizes a similar thought form or life experience. So, if you tend towards aggressive and angry thoughts, you would likely bring about that state by the law of attraction: You will find yourself surrounded by angry people, or somehow people around you push your buttons and make you react aggressively.
How does this happen? Your subconscious mind is eavesdropping on every single thought with rapt attention. Repetitive thoughts get a lot of air-time. And through one of the unalterable laws of the mind — The Law of Concentrated Attention — where we focus our energy (thoughts) is what is what we bring into our existence. This is the basis of all of our learning and life experience.
From my research as a hypnotherapist and expert in the field of subconscious dynamics, I have verified that the mundane thoughts of most humans (in virtually every culture!) fall into one of two categories:
- Negative Self-Talk: (“Nobody loves me. Life is so difficult. I have such bad luck. Why does everything go wrong for me?”) Most of you can probably identify with these types of universal statements since we are all plugged into the collective consciousness.
- Wishful Thinking: (“If only I could have a perfect body. If only I’d win the lottery and I could leave this stupid job.”) These are the kind of longings we have in the daydream state in which we wish for our lives to be different, or for specific things, but at the same time have doubts that we will ever achieve them.
And it should not seem a coincidence to you that, just as the majority of humans think negatively or wishfully, their lives tend not to be as satisfying nor as productive as they may like.
When we are doing any repetitive activity that does not require full concentration, our mind tends to slip into a daydream state. Examples of this would be washing dishes, going on a long walk, riding the stationary bike at the gym, or driving. It is particularly important to pay attention to our thoughts during these times, because it is when we are most likely to have a hotline to the subconscious mind. Negative thoughts are broadcast into your subconscious, which interprets them as suggestions. Wishful thoughts bounce off the subconscious — the doubts that lie at the core of them have no power to change the current behavior or situation. This is how frustration gets perpetuated.
Thus, it would seem that the answer would be that we must change our thoughts in order to change our lives. True, but not an easy thing to accomplish. Mostly because our thought patterns become habitual over time. Let’s do an experiment. Interlace the fingers of both hands. Notice whether it is your right or left thumb that automatically comes up on top. Now, switch that position. Make the other thumb be the dominant one. How does that feel? Strange, hmmm? That’s because the way you interlace your fingers is already an ingrained habit.
When you start noticing your thoughts, and attempt to change their nature from negative to positive, it will probably feel as strange as the new thumb position until you create fresh thinking habits.
Thoughts bubble up from the subconscious, and often reflect the belief systems that form our basic programming. When one is more negatively or pessimistically focused about life, there was usually a lack of support from loving adults in childhood. Childhood programming contributes to the overall flavor of one’s thoughts, as those mental habits are formed early in life.
Through the study of hypnosis and subconscious dynamics one can learn how to properly communicate to the subconscious in order to change negative thought habits and disappointing life experiences. By penetrating deep into the subconscious we can learn about the roots of our thought patterns and belief systems.
The most powerful thing you can do right now is to notice your thoughts. And every time you catch yourself thinking something negative, say, “Cancel!” Were you to accomplish that even one time a day your life would improve immeasurably. When you find yourself in a daydream and thinking wistfully, “oh, but I’ll never have that,” abandon that destructive thought form, by declaring, “That which I desire and believe I attract effortless into my life.” Then you enter consciously into creating the life of which you have always dreamed.