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Positive Thinking

June 20, 2019

I don't remember what the circumstances were, but I first heard of Louise Hay sometime in the mid to late 1980's. Since I recently found out that her book You Can Heal Your Life was published in 1984, it was probably soon after that since I know I've had a copy of that book for quite some time and still refer to it regularly.

 

Ten years before, Louise was deeply interested in and actively exploring the connection between mind and body. Even though it was an ancient concept, advancing scientific discovery was implying that the mind did not have much influence over our well-being. The idea that other factors like genes and biology should replace any link emerged without taking into consideration that perhaps the two might work together. 

 

Louise herself is credited with healing cancer in her own body through an intense program of affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy. While that might be hard to swallow for some, the fact remains that she touched probably millions of people before her death in 2017 at age 91. She believed in healing and positive philosophy as a means to having more wellness in out bodies, minds, and spirits. She was an advocate for, a crusader even, of positive statements to help create something new and better. 

 

One thing she helped me understand was that the more I dwell on what I don't want, the more of it I will attract! As a nurse and a facilitator of Peggy Huddleston's Prepare for Surgery and Heal Faster technique, I've noticed how easy it is to fall into "negative affirmations" which doesn't even make sense, if you think about it, so how could it help?

 

Let me give you some examples ... if I am helping a person get ready for surgery and I ask them how they want to feel when they come out of the anesthesia, they might say, "I don't want to be in pain". At first that seems logical, but the real thought behind that is focused on being worried how they might feel. In doing so, it's more likely they'll create an energy they are trying to avoid. Instead, it would be more helpful to state, "I want to be comfortable. I see myself calm and relaxed and I feel good."

 

When we spend a lot of time thinking about what we don't want, we get frustrated when what we desire alludes us. The solution is to move away from the negative and focus on exactly what we do want.

 

Here's some negative affirmations and their positive counterparts:

  • I don't want to be fat.    I like being slender

  • I hate being broke.         I am prosperous.

  • I don't like my nose.       I love my nose -- it's part of me!    

  • I hate my job.                  I'm open to accepting a great, new job.  

 

Notice how you slip into the less positive and see how you can turn them around. Think in the present tense. Your subconscious mind operates in the NOW. Saying you want something in the future will keep it right there and forever out of reach since we live here, now. See what it takes to stay mentally hopeful and optimistic and find support for that -- this is what I wish for you.

 

Sparkles and Love,

 

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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

is a sassy mentor who provides people with life support. Using meditation and mindfulness, "I help people figure things out."

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