Mastering the New Mindset

Last month’s blog “Master your Mind and your Thoughts” explored the creative nature of thoughts and how you can turn your thoughts positive. This month, we take thoughts to another level of pure thought. How can we stop the stream of busy, restless and anxious thoughts and cultivate inner peace, a sense of well-being, joy, clarity and positive creativity?

Get off the Hamster Wheel

There is so much happening so fast. People feel overwhelmed by increased responsibilities and demands on their time and resources. Pressure can be felt at work, from family and from friends. So much is changing all the time. We have to keep up with technology and social media. The news media bring issues from all over the world into your living room, over-stimulating the mind, creating nervous energy, fear and anxiety. People tell me they feel out of control, asking ‘How do they stop the thoughts and still the mind? How do I stop worrying? How can I switch off to sleep better? It’s time to get out of the hamster wheel and take charge of your own life and restore your own well-being. 

Does the Busy, Anxious, Analytical Mind Serve any Purpose?

Our minds really reflect the nature of our busy lives and our mental approach to it. If your life is hectic and stressful, your mind will race with random, worrying thoughts. If you still have doubts about yourself, your ability to deal with things and a concern what people may be thinking, then these worrying thoughts could develop into anxious thoughts. An untrained mind, runs a stream of senseless thoughts serving no particular purpose. 

Look after your Nervous System 

Give the nervous system a break from all the continuous stimulation. Spend time on your own, in nature and in stillness. Restore the balance by giving yourself time to rest and recuperate. Enjoy a creative activity such as gardening, cooking or music. Create calm by slowing your pace and be present in the moment. Calm doesn’t come from some change in the external world. It has to be cultivated from within. When you do, you can engage your nervous system for what it was intended – creativity. Your nervous system is designed to allow you to focus on whats important. Embrace your creative energy by channelling it constructively and positively into enjoyable projects. Align yourself with your destiny and set big intentions that drive and fulfil your vision. 

What am I Reading?

I’m currently drawing such inspiration from the book “Power up your Brain, the Neuroscience of Enlightenment by D. Perlmutter and A. Villoldo“. The evolution of the human brain is described from the old reptilian brain (fight and flight) to the lambic brain (emotions), the neocortex (speech, writing and thinking) to the prefrontal cortex (the higher mind of creativity and initiative). Even though the old brain is still there in us, reacting with fear, greed, conflict and intolerance, human society is standing on the brink of an extraordinary leap in consciousness. We are evolving in wisdom and higher awareness of connectivity, community, well-being, love, joy and enlightenment. 

Rewire Your Brain

Our past experiences create neural pathways of the same emotional reactions and limiting beliefs. In each new situation we have a choice whether to mull over anxious thoughts and reinforce the old reactive neural pathway or to open up to new opportunities and new approaches, developing new positive emotions and beliefs. It’s all about which thoughts we feed – fear or love. 

There is a story of an old Cherokee teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a fight between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego,” he continued “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Synergy of Minds 

Every aspect of the brain and mind serves a purpose. It’s best that the brain works in synergy. Synergy means the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Synergy of whole brain function can be achieved through relaxation, creativity, imagination and meditation. A calm mind enables clear perception. We have a choice, to feed the wolf of chaos, confusion, negativity, doubts and conflict, or the wolf of inner peace, love, joy, creativity and the gifts of your higher mind. 

Cultivate the New Mindset

The path of evolution is one of healing. We have to first heal the emotional mind, make peace with the past, release doubts and limiting beliefs and create a state of brain synergy. Then the gifts of the prefrontal cortex will be activated naturally – the gifts of your true state of joy, good health, youthfulness, love, creativity, wisdom, intuition, inspiration, insight and clear perception. 

How do I Heal Emotions?

Time Line Therapy™ is the most powerful way to heal and release all negative emotions and baggage from the past – anger, sadness, fear, hurt and guilt. Mentally, we can let go of limiting beliefs that keep you from feeling confident and reaching your highest potential, and develop empowering beliefs and natural confidence instead. Time Line Therapy™ is unique in its approach and resolves issues remarkably quickly without having to go into a lot of details. For more information click on this link: Time Line Therapy™.

How do I still the Mind? 

Practice mindfulness of your thoughts, feelings, perceptions, beliefs and their creative power. Practice mindfulness of your true nature and inner guidance. Follow this Mindfulness Meditation.

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Master Your Mind and Your Thoughts

 

The number of people experiencing anxiety and depression are on the increase. The big question is always ‘How do I still my mind and stop my thoughts?’ The mind is so powerful and your thoughts create outcomes, so it’s worth mastering your mind. This month’s blog focuses on the creative power of your mind and how you can practically take charge of your mind and your thoughts.

What do successful people have in common?

  • Clarity – they are clear on what specifically they want
  • Focused intention – they set clear intentions and keep a positive focus
  • Disciplined thought – they focus on what they want, not what they don’t want. They may note their fears, but focus on their desired results.
  • Action – they take inspired action
  • Belief – they maintain positive belief.

The creative power of your mind

Your mind is immensely creative and the possibilities are infinite. Your nervous system is designed to give you what you focus on. Everything starts with a thought, an idea that we energise through focus. It’s a conscious choice what you focus your mind on. What you focus on, you energise, expand, make more of. Focused thought expands the probability; the likeliness of the outcome. If you focus on what can go wrong you create more fear. We seem to be good at telling the mind what we don’t want to happen. That leaves the mind confused about what you do want. Goals give the mind a positive focus and direct the mind towards what you want. Take note of what you don’t want and focus on what you do.

Examples

I don’t want to be late. What do you want? I want to get there in time for a cup of tea before we start the meeting.

I don’t want to be ill. What do you want? I want to be healthy and well. Better still, I am healthy and well. Your mind picks up on every thought and the suggestions hidden in your thoughts. Your mind wants to please you and give you what you ask for, so be very specific.

As you think and speak, so you create.

We create through thought, word and deed. The architect refines a concept of a house with a detailed plan, making it real. Equally, your goal written down, refines your abstract thoughts or big picture vision and draws it through from the ideas plane into the 3 dimensional world of form. We chase our dreams, assert our will and exercise our power of choice. Choice is very empowering. You always have more choices than you may believe at the time.

Finding ways of expressing your own uniqueness creatively, is important for your happiness. Deep inside you is an awareness that you were born for a specific purpose. This awareness is a strong motivating driver. It’s natural to seek meaning and purpose, and when you endeavour to align your actions accordingly, your life begins to feel fulfilled.

You have infinite potential inside of you. You are more than you’ve read, heard or studied; you know more because you are more. You have an inner wisdom and a wealth of resources to tap into. You only have to look, listen and trust. Modern quantum science is discovering what the ancient wisdom teachers knew. Old and new are most elegantly described in the ancient Hawaiian philosophy of Huna.

Seven Principles of Huna – Ancient Wisdom

  • The world is what you think it is (BE AWARE).
  • There are no limits, everything is possible (BE FREE)
  • Energy flows where attention goes (BE FOCUSED)
  • Now is the moment of power (BE HERE)
  • To love is to be happy (BE HAPPY)
  • All power comes from within (BE CONFIDENT).
  • Effectiveness is the measure of truth (BE POSITIVE)

Thought Awareness

Certain modes of thinking can drive negative emotional states:

‘Should’ and ‘must’ type thoughts as well as ‘why don’t they…’ place high expectations on ourselves or others and are frustration drivers.

‘Always’ and ‘never’ type thinking pushes us into the extreme (e.g. “I am always helping you and you never help me”) and are anger drivers.

Catastrophising (‘what if’ type thoughts or beliefs that something is, or could be, far worse than it actually is) creates anxiety.

‘All or nothing’ or ‘black and white’ or ‘right or wrong’ or ‘nobody’ and ‘everybody’ type thoughts – absolutes rather than shades of grey – (e.g. nobody cares) are depression drivers.

Sometimes these thoughts are habitual thoughts that perpetuate the disempowering victim state. Bring the nature of your thoughts into your awareness. Are they helpful or harmful? Let your thoughts be kind, compassionate and reassuring to yourself as if you are your own best friend. Have faith in your intuitive guidance and trust that everything happens for a reason.

Negative thoughts

I’m often asked: how do I stop the negative thoughts. Here are some very useful practical suggestions as published by the Chopra Centre: “Retrain your brain – how to reverse negative thought patterns”.

Mindfulness

Practice mindfulness of your thoughts, feelings, perceptions, beliefs and their creative power. Practice mindfulness of your true nature and inner guidance. Follow this Mindfulness Meditation.

Create

Set positive intentions and creative visualisations. Follow this Manifestation meditation.

Make Peace

Our thoughts are calmer when we are at peace with everyone around us. Use this powerful meditation to be at peace so you can use your mind and thoughts positively. Follow this meditation Ho’oponopono to cut connections.

Further Reading

Ancient Hawaiian Secrets for Modern Living, by Serge K. King (2008)