GETTING UNSTUCK Thought Anecdotes to Overcome Limitations By LD Thompson Sow a thought and you reap an act; Sow an act and you reap a habit; Sow a habit and you reap a character; Sow a character and you reap a destiny. – Ralph Waldo Emerson In my work as a Life Purpose counselor, I am sensing a trend. I hear from my clients that they are feeling increasingly "stuck,‖ unable to move through a certain situation or issue. Some find themselves for the first time in their lives without a job and without apparent prospects. I’ve heard several clients say that it feels like the Universe – the Infinite Intelligence from which everything springs – has shut its doors and turned its back on them. Such a feeling results in a slippery slope of lost confidence and the questioning of their ability to succeed. ―Are my desires really my Soul’s aim for me, or is it my limited self (fear-based identity) wanting that?‖ is the gnawing question that I frequently hear. For those who previously trusted that the Universe is fundamentally providential and who felt that they had a special relationship with the unseen world of guides or angels, such a seeming fall from grace can be devastating. In such a moment, the most helpful thing to do is to examine one's habitual thoughts. Every one of us is subject to our habitual thoughts. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as habitual thought can be creative thought. It can mean great things for those whose thoughts are consistently, impeccably directed toward what is desired and not toward what is undesirable. But for many that is not the case. Each day is an opportunity to understand the science of habitual thought so that you can bring yourself into alignment with the thoughts that are appropriate to your life, to your path, to the fulfillment of the aim that your Soul had in choosing this lifetime. The sages of old had it right when they said that your thoughts create your character, and your character creates your destiny. If you spend your day thinking about poverty or abandonment or danger or illness, your thoughts are building a character riddled with insecurity and therefore creating a very uncertain destiny. It is urgent to turn those thoughts toward what you desire to create rather than what you do not desire to create. If you find yourself habitually thinking thoughts that are aligned with the values of the limited self, then your task becomes, when such a habitual thought arises, to interrupt it. How do you do this? You do this by bringing your conscious awareness to it. One of my clients was fearful about aging. She found herself thinking repetitiously: ―I am getting old.‖ ―Look at those wrinkles.‖ She felt she was just being truthful with herself. My question to her was, ―Is that habitual thought aligned with the Soul’s values or is it aligned with the values of the limited self?‖ I suggested this test: Ask yourself if you feel lifted and expansive, as though it is a joyous thing, or do you feel contracted or fearful when you think a particular thought?‖ She admitted that the thought of ‖getting old‖ was based in fear – fear that her body would betray her. Fear of weakness or abandonment. What do you do with a habitual thought like that? We began with an exercise to bring her awareness to the fact that she was thinking it, establishing an internal observer of her thought processes. But then what? Next, she created a thought that was a perfect antidote. Here are some examples that we came up with: ―I am forever and vital and thriving and essential to the Universe.‖ ―My body is built of light; I identify with the Light that I am.‖ Or even simpler still: ―I am Forever and One with the Infinite Intelligence.‖ She chose this last one. So she had established an observer and had come up with an antidote, another thought to replace the habitual thought that is not in alignment with the Soul’s values. What then? Then her task was to become relentless. Rather than succumbing to the frailty of fear or the limited self’s insistence that she is growing old (or that she was ill, or that she would never find a job), she made her antidote phrase her mantra and made a commitment to tirelessly fill her thoughts with that thought for as long as it took to establish a new habitual thought. This is where so many get stuck. They feel depleted in their will. Depleted by the vicissitudes of life that have taken away the verve and passion for life, the sense of being connected to one’s will. But the will can be retrieved. In my work with people in discovering their Life Purpose, it is often revealed that energy leakage occurs when habitual thought – that is not aligned with the Soul’s values – sets up shop in the body. When the body leaks energy, that leakage diminishes the vitality of the body. What I’ve found in case after case is that turning inward and seeking the solace of one’s own Soul is the only repair for the leakage of the passion which fuels the will. Bringing yourself to a place of stillness, even if it is just through the daily practice of meditation or prayer, helps build and renew your will. So, observe your thoughts, direct them to thoughts that have a higher frequency and which revitalize the body. Reconnect with your will by shoring up leakages and renewing your vitality with stillness. The profound simplicity here is that if you are feeling stuck it is likely due to your habitual thoughts. You can affect your thoughts and their attendant emotions, and through your will you can create a garden of thoughts that utterly and completely supports the destiny that you desire. ———————————————————————————————————— About the Author: LD Thompson is an author, spiritual teacher, filmmaker, social and political activist, mentor and consultant. LD has spent more than 25 years exploring the mind/body/spirit connection and helping people find passion, power and perseverance through spiritual practice. His new book, THE MESSAGE: A Guide To Being Human, is about how we can learn to follow our "soul's curriculum." Learn more at http://www.divineartsmedia.com.
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