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