November 30, 2011 in Spirituality
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Travis has written a spectacular post for all of us!¬† Thank you Travis!
Self Perception and the Manifestation of Destiny,
written by Travis
I am almost constantly hearing about “The Power of Positive Thinking”.¬† It is almost like a broken record these days, echoing throughout all religions, New Age traditions, and Occult sciences. Is it really all¬†that powerful to think positively? Can I really manifest my own reality? Will my positive attitude actually attract wealth, happiness, and good¬†health? My experience has shown this to be exactly the case time and¬†time again. So, what’s the point of bringing up this tired subject once¬†more? After all, we have read “The Secret” and we have attended motivational seminars, only to find ourselves falling back into the same patterns of negative thoughts over and over again. It does us no good to know a method works, if we can’t continually apply it.
Earlier this week I was dragged to another spiritual talk by my very persuasive wife. I have attended many talks of this sort, where enlightened gurus offer their “simple” methods to peace and happiness, and each time I have learned some things and tried diligently to apply the teachings, only to drift back to the same old routine of negative thoughts leading to negative situations. I went into the meeting expecting absolutely nothing of lasting value. The teacher was Shanti Mayi, an enlightened yogini. She gives her teaching through a question and answer format, and has no lesson plan at all. This was a refreshing style that I found myself captivated by. It was interesting to note that almost all of the questions the audience presented related to the same problems I have. It soon became obvious to me that all of us were suffering from the mental disease of negative thinking. But, where does it come from? About the time I was formulating this question, Shanti Mayi said ” What you want others to be to you, Be to yourself”. She went on to explain how by thinking of ourselves incompetent, or of no value, others begin to see us in exactly the same way. Why, don’t people listen to me? Because I don’t think that what I say is important. Why don’t I get promoted? Because I don’t think of myself as boss material. In the same manner, if we think of ourselves as great, others will also. This becomes a powerful tool for the transformation of our external reality.
This hit me as something that might just be true, so I decided to put it to the test. For one day, I decided, I will constantly remember¬†to think very highly of myself. That morning I drew a Tarot spread, and found the King of Swords in the layout representing me. Perfect! I am the King of swords. Headstrong, noble, pure in action, and just. I managed to identify myself with the king all day, being careful to notice whenever a thought of weakness would arise. I was easily able to recognize these low thoughts and quickly come back to my noble status. What I found was everyone treated me differently. I was not bothered by people who want to monopolize my time, and in conversations, I found the voice of authority to be my own. People were listening to me as if I had all of the answers. I have carried this practice throughout the week, and I am finding that it is really working to change, not only the way others think of me, but the way I think of myself as well. Have you ever noticed how some people can succeed at their specialty above others even though they are not the best at what they do? It is because they think that they are the best. It is this positive attitude that attracts others and brings about their success.
November 15, 2011 in Spirituality