Thoughts Literally Create Our Lives and Our Headlines

The message of affirmations, raising your vibration, and shifting the world is not really complex. It’s ubiquitous as the baseline of spiritual teachings from around the world. That premise is now backed by decades of scientific confirmation. As Mike Dooley says, “Thoughts become things.”

1) Our feelings become our thoughts.
2) Our thoughts become our actions.
3) Our actions become our individual lives.
4) The same is true for everyone else around us.
5) Our collective feelings, thoughts, and actions become our daily headlines.

There’s a simple valve at the beginning of that process. Most humans, for whatever reason – nature, nurture, or both – have a rather negative default setting that forms the basis of their feelings. Unguarded, that negativity passes into their thoughts and actions and becomes the world we see around us.

Meditation, prayer, affirmations are all methods for learning to guard the the thoughts by raising their vibration to something productive rather than destructive.

We are constantly telling ourselves a story about our world and ourselves. That story generally creates a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Those thoughts:

I am/I am not
I can/I can’t
I’m amazing/I’m f’d up

are constantly flowing through our minds, into our actions, and out into the world. Because it’s unconscious and mainly reactionary, unless we consciously choose to change it, our world winds up being a summation of that thinking and those actions.

People are angry and empty and they don’t even know why.

All I’m saying is two simple things:

1) You’re in control of your thoughts and they go a long way toward creating your life.
2) The more people get that and apply it, the better world we’ll collectively create.

It’s not vapid, vague, or incomprehensible. It’s backed by tons of modern science and 5000 thousand years of spiritual teaching. Anyone can apply these principles by controlling that valve between raw emotion and productive thoughts and actions that move us forward.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, TOU are awesome!

Ray

The WHAT and WHY of Feelings

WHAT you’re feeling is important. Ignoring our feelings can be quite destructive.

However, WHY you’re feeling what you’re feeling is FAR more important.
WHAT you’re feeling is a momentary response to stimuli. WHY you’re feeling what you’re feeling has more to do with the systematic way you process data from the world around you.

WHAT you feel changes with the next person, event, or piece of data you’re exposed to. WHY you’re feeling what you’re feeling is where you can make change. It lives behind a million conditioned responses, assumptions, and unresolved conflicts.

WHAT you’re feeling will always be a prisoner to these unconscious drivers until you make them conscious.

We unconsciously become our past until we consciously choose a different future.

So choose…

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE AWESOME!
Ray

Wayne Dyer Motivational Quotes

Dr. Wayne Dyer was one of my mentors from afar for many years. His personal story and his evolution from simply psychology to an all-encompassing spiritual view of the human condition mirrored my own.

Here are 10 of my favorite Dyer quotes. You can find the complete list of his quotes on the TAS website.

  1. Iff you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
  2. You’ll see it when you believe it.
  3. How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.
  4. Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.
  5. The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.
  6. You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.
  7. Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.
  8. When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.
  9. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.
  10. When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.

Stay inspired, my friends!

Ray

Are You Choosing Your Paradigms – Day 230 of 365 Days to a Better You

Do you create your own paradigms or are you a tenant farmer for someone eles’s paradigms? What do I mean?

I’ve noted that there are three kinds of people when it comes to paradigms.

  1. Buyers – There are people who buy completely into their inherited cultural paradigms. Their country is the best. Their inherited religion is the best. Their inherited political party is the best, etc. They’ve never considered another point of view for a second or questioned their own assumptions.
  2. Rejectors – There are people who have thought a little more about it. Their solution is to completely reject every inherited paradigm and believe something as totally opposite as they can find.
  3. Seekers – There is a third group that has thought more deeply than either of the other two. It doesn’t mean they’re more correct than the other two. It simply means they’ve put their inherited paradigms to the test rather merely accepting them at face value. They’ve avoided or transcended the impulse to simply reject them. They’ve taken what works through testing and applied that to their life. They’ve staked out their own ground, their own paradigm.

I’m not judging any of the groups. Each can find their way in this world. Experience tells me these groups break down about 75 percent, 20 percent, five percent respectively.

The easiest road is to be the buyer. You get plenty of emotional support and reinforcement in your circle for making that choice and staying true to it. You are, though, what I called above a tenant farmer living on ideas decided upon by others for you.

It’s harder to break free from the gravity of the buyer impulse and become a rejector. You set yourself up for social ostracism and lack of understanding from family and friends in the buyer category. You feel like a rebel, but you still haven’t chosen anything. You’ve only wholesale rejected the buyers in your culture. Thus, your paradigm is still decided by theirs because you’re going to reject it whatever it is.

Seekers are people who saw through the provincialism of the buyer mindset. No one group has all the good ideas. They probably passed through a rejector stage where they used rejection to break free. Eventually, though, they evolved to a thought-space of their own choosing. It was born from experience, trial and error, and insight.

Seekers may not be enlightened beings yet, but they have taken the two critical steps on that road.

So, I ask you again. Do you create your own paradigms or are you a tenant farmer for someone eles’s paradigms?

I deeply appreciate you stopping by and spending part of your day on this blog. You’re awesome!

Find your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.

Ray

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Your Spinach and Your Kryptonite – Day 93 of 365 Days to a Better You

What’s your spinach and what’s your Kryptonite?

Perhaps the oldest and most prolific aphorism in human experience is, “Know Thyself.” Yesterday we talked about the narratives in your life. These narratives are deeply embedded. Changing them is not a flip-of-the-switch proposition. Navigating that path to change is filled with hazards. You have to know what your “spinach” is and what your “Kryptonite” is.

Back in the day, Popeye the Sailor Man was constantly getting himself in tough spots. Just when it seemed all was lost, he’d down a can of spinach and instantly be super-charged to take on any challenge. Conversely, Superman is almost always winning until someone pulls out the one thing that can stop him – Kryptonite.

Every one of us has our proverbial spinach and Kryptonite. You must know yourself well enough to know what yours are. What feeds you and gives you practical super powers and what beats you down and defeats you every time? There’s no shame in admitting the latter…NONE. We all have our weaknesses. It just means you’re part of the human race.

Whether you’re trying to tackle a huge demon like an addiction or fine tune your plan for career success, changing your narratives is about leaning on your spinach and avoiding the triggers that spawn your Kryptonite.

Trust me, you can and many people have spent their lifetimes in therapy focusing on how to stop their Kryptonite from being their Kryptonite. They are better served and results come much faster when they focus on how eat their spinach every single day and pull on their strengths.

That’s not to say that your Kryptonite won’t bite you from time-to-time or that you should swallow feelings that need to come out. It is saying, as Rumi so eloquently asked and advised,

“When you go to a garden, do you look at thorns or flowers? Spend more time with the roses and jasmine.”

Your Kryptonite can only defeat you if you constantly take it out of the proverbial box and focus on it. If you do, you’ll continue to propagate narratives of sadness and defeat. But, if you have the persistence and the courage eat your spinach regularly, narratives can be transformed and so can your life trajectory.

Power hack: Your mission is to figure out what your spinach is.

  • Time alone?
  • Time with your kids?
  • Time at the gym?
  • Time in nature?
  • Your favorite music playlist?
  • Your affirmations?
  • Your vision board?

I’d love you to leave a comment below and let me know what your spinach is!

Just in case no one else tells you today, YOU’RE AWESOME!

Ray