Dr. Lipton’s book, The Biology of Belief, is one of the first books I read in my journey to understanding mental wellness. Why does his understanding and teaching matter?
Because knowing that we have power to change how we are showing up in our life is freedom! It removes any victim mentality. It puts us in the seat of being the creator of our life dreams and desires.
Repetition is something I use every day to reprogram my subconscious. I create affirmations of the truth about how I want to show up; many are based on WBLs I complete. I have a story about what I want to create. I listen to them on the ThinkUp app every day. It’s as important to me as eating! And the results? Phenomenal!! I could go on and on about the results. Suffice it to say that now 18 months into being very intentional with daily listening, my confidence in who I am, how I get answers, and my ability to CREATE is unstoppable. My desire to live from a space of truth trumps every opposite voice. When a challenge presents itself, I know exactly what to do to work through it instead of pushing it aside because it might cause some pain.
What is one challenge you have right now? How do you want to show up in this challenge? Begin the reprogramming by doing a WBL (Write, Burn & Learn) and creating a statement of truth about how you want to show up. Use ThinkUP to get it into your subconscious mind.
There is a great story that took place in Nain, Galilee, during the time of Jesus Christ. A widow’s only son died. In that day, culture said that if a woman’s husband died before old age, it was a sign of sin and God was punishing the widow. So this woman, known as the Widow of Nain, had been facing spiritual and emotional pain ever since her husband’s death.
Now that her birthright son had died, she was facing financial ruin; the birthright son was responsible for his mother when she was made a widow.
It was precisely at this moment in time, as the funeral procession walked through the town, that Jesus Christ showed up. He would have had to have walked 30 miles within the previous day to make it to Nain (he had been in Capernaum the day before). And those 30 miles were filled with an uphill climb.
But He did it. Why? I believe it is to show you and me that He doesn’t just care about our aloneness, our abandonment, our fear, our discouragement, or our beliefs that we are being punished by God…he KNOWS how we are feeling. I image this widow pleading with God when her son was so sick. I imagine her tossing and turning at night, wondering what sin she or her late husband had committed that brought such ruin upon her.
No matter what religion you belong to or how you view God, there is a Higher Power. And He KNOWS how you are feeling. He is not punishing you because you struggle with depression, anxiety, or chaos. And He will show up in the precise moment that is perfect for your forward movement. In fact, He is showing up again and again. Do you see Him?
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Creation. It’s a word that maybe isn’t spoken enough. The fact is, we are constantly in creation mode–either positive or negative. When was the last time you created something you REALLY wanted?
In Marianne Williamson’s book, “The Law of Divine Compensation,” she states:
“It is not our circumstances, then, but rather our thoughts about our circumstances that determine our power to transform them.”
Transformation. It is what allows me and you to create what we want.
What do you want to create?
I once again learned something valuable today: keeping frustration buried inside of me eventually spills out onto an innocent person.
For nine months my daughter and I have been working to resolve a medical payment dispute with a hospital. Both of us have spent dozens and dozens of hours as we have explained that payments were made, provided proof of payment, waited on hold, and sent that proof to dozens of fax numbers. Every single person we have talked to gave us a different answer and a different person to talk to. You’ve probably had a similar situation in your life. It can seem to never end.
Today I called, again, because 2 weeks ago I was told to call and make sure the account was indeed closed. 2 1/2 hours later I hung up the phone. One of the many people my daughter and I spoke to (she was on the line some of the time as well) got the brunt of my pent-up frustration over this situation. I told her that I did not trust that she is really going to do what she says she will; we have been told this so many times and it has not happened. She was snippy with me, too, and replied that I do not know her and it’s unfair that I would catalog her with all of the other unfavorable experiences.
She’s right. I shouldn’t have let my frustration spill out onto her. There is a way to manage my frustration and still get done what we need to get done. I wonder how she would have responded had I not given my power to my frustration and previous experiences with this company; if I had been able to approach her peacefully while still holding true to what we need done with this account, what would have happened? What if I had seen this employee not as an obstacle but as an asset to what I really need? At the very least, I wouldn’t have a pit in my stomach that I just treated someone so poorly.
Frustration. Unfairness. Lack of integrity. They are only obstacles. What is the outcome you really want to create?
My husband said something really brilliant this morning:
DON’T LET YOUR PAST POISON YOUR FUTURE.
Everyone has something from the past–a mistake, a sin, a shortcoming, trauma, consequences due to someone else’s choice–that influences the present and the future.
And everyone is at choice about how the past influences their future. It took me years and years to realize just how much choice I had to turn the consequences of challenges, the betrayal, the hurt, the anger, the frustration at others and myself around and create something different.
I invite you to find the poison in your past, face it, feel it, and then heal it. My Weed, Feed & File™ skill is a great way to start. YOU get to create how you show up in your future.