Claim Your Inner Authority and Be the Author of Your Thoughts
This is the second installment in my blog series covering the five Co-Creative powers . This issue is about the Co-Creative Power of our minds. You can read about the first Co-Creative Power—Energy here (http://www.wendywallbridge.com/become-a-wide-receiver-open-up-your-energy/)
Everything that has been created in life began as a thought. We literally make up who we are with our thinking. Who you think you are is who you will become, and that’s why it is essential to shift your thinking from autopilot to conscious creation.
The key realization is that you can be the witness to your thoughts (and dis-identify with unproductive thoughts). This is the doorway to real freedom. Only when we know ourselves as distinct from our thoughts can we accept or discard whatever the mind delivers.
By observing our thoughts impartially, we can pause between stimulus and response; we no longer follow in blind obedience wherever our mind takes us. We can choose which thoughts deserve our energy. You have it in your power to change your life by how you respond to the thoughts that scroll through your mind.
To Mind your thoughts learn to receive, release, and refocus them.
Minding the Three R’s
- Receiving is becoming compassionately aware of your thoughts. Since our thoughts aren’t really who we are, instead of pushing them away or being disgusted or even ignorant of our thoughts, we can dispassionately notice them and behold any self-inflicted judgments as one of the qualities that make us all human. Being aware is the first step in transforming our thoughts.
- Release. Some research shows that 90% of our thoughts are repetitive and much of them negative. Because we hear the same thoughts over and over they can begin to seem like the truth. But is what we’re thinking really true? As Mark Twain so famously wrote, “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” Our most commonly played fear-based or grievance stories have similar plotlines. Just the act of noticing our “tapes” can be freeing. As you do with old friends, you can have a playful exchange with your negative thoughts, letting them know that they don’t have the power they used to have over you. “Ah, the booga booga man again! Thank you, but I’ll pass on that scary thought!”
- Choose to Refocus on a kinder interpretation of the matter at hand, or just on something that makes you smile. To make this shift, try taking on the countenance of a wise elder or a sweet mother who helps you compassionately reinterpret experiences in your favor. “Wendy, you are so resourceful. No matter what arises, you are always able to make good things happen. You can do it!”
As you work with the Co-Creative Power of Mind, you’ll become increasingly adept at this three-step process. Soon it will become natural to Spiral Up! to a higher thought level, one that serves your peace of mind and genuine happiness. By claiming your inner authority, you write your life instead of being written upon.
Reflect upon each of these questions, and answer them on the continuum of “mostly,” “sometimes,” “rarely,” or “never.”
- Are you aware of your ticker-tape thoughts?
- What would be possible if you took your negative thoughts less seriously?
- What thought would you like to think more often?
See if you can shift from a negative thought to one that’s just a little more up-lifting. Thought-by-thought you can change your world.
A deeper discussion of the 5 Co-Creative Powers, is contained in my book The 5 Co-Creative Powers For Women on The Rise.