We were all given the powerful gift of mind, of pure creative consciousness.
This powerful force can be our biggest fan, our biggest supporter, our biggest motivator, or, if not monitored closely, can become a dysfunctional, confidence destroying, immobilizing, abuser that talks endlessly in our head all day, everyday.
The good news here, is even if your mind has developed a dysfunctional habit through years of negative focus, or developing beliefs about yourself or others that are out of alignment with truth… You have the power to tame it and change it.
Your mind or consciousness is constantly creating an experience for you. If you know how to master this creative power called the mind, then you get to chose your experience, instead of just cope with your experience. So let’s do it. It starts with Awareness.
Step 1 AWARENESS
Mastering the mind always begins with awareness.
Unless we are aware of what direction the mind has a habit of focusing in:
DESTRUCTIVE ↔ SUPPORTIVE
we can never realize that we have the power to change or shift that focus to a supportive thought and away from a destructive thought.
A few basics on how this creative power works. Thoughts/Beliefs stimulate Emotions. Emotions create reactions and control behaviors. If you are familiar with the spiritual law of attraction, you know that an emotion holds a vibration. The vibration we offer to the universe, creates or attracts more of the same experience.
Let’s make this as simple as possible.
When we think good we feel good. When we feel good, we receive good experiences, support, ideas, good stuff. When we think bad we feel bad. When we feel bad we receive bad, problems, or dramatic experiences.
That’s all you really need to know.
So how will I know what I’m creating for myself in any given moment? Your emotions will tell you. Think of your emotions as your alarm system, letting you know when you are mastering your mind or allowing it to master you.
Step 2 REDIRECTION
When in this redirection phase, we become “lie detectives”. Our emotional alarm system activates and sounds the alarm saying… “Hey!!!! You are thinking and believing in something that is either not true or is not in alignment with what you are here to experience. What you are thinking right now is destructive to your being and will create more lessons or test for you to go through until you identify the lie and replace it with the truth of you. You are out of alignment with the truth of you, with your center, with God.”
There will be some experiences we go through that stimulate a negative emotion to arise and sound the alarm. You will notice the negative feeling and begin to think a more positive, more supportive thought. After you redirect to a positive focus the negative emotion subsides.
There will be other times when just simply shifting to a positive thought doesn’t bring relief. When this occurs, you are not dealing with a mere thought. Now you are dealing with a belief. Beliefs are more powerful, have evidence to back them up, have created repeating patterns, and will offer more resistance to change. However, beliefs can be changed and more supportive beliefs created and accepted.
This life experience that our mind or consciousness creates, serves the purpose of showing us what beliefs serve us and what beliefs hold us back and keep us stuck in reliving and repeating experiences over and over.
Step 3 ALIGNMENT
Ah! Alignment! So this is how it feels!
Alignment is the sweet spot of peace and relief that we are all aiming to anchor to and master. Some of us have touched it briefly, only to have our minds take back over, go back into dysfunction, and lure us back into the drama. Our reactions get the best of us because of those beliefs we have yet to correct and free ourselves from. This is why we do our work.
You may have heard that everything we are searching for is within us. It’s true and being in alignment, in right thinking, is what connects us to that power, those good feelings held safely for us in our center. The power within us, once harnessed and mastered, can bring us into the most amazing of all life experiences. Not only will we have a “God experience” instead of a “drama experience”, but we feel peace and relief all along the way.
Peace and relief are not the emotions we feel as an end result, but they are actually feelings, we can have right now and must tap into right now in order to get to the treasure or access the good stuff. The feelings of peace and relief are emotional indicators that say.. HEY!!! Keep thinking that!!!! Thinking that will take you to the experience of your dreams!
Explore the thoughts in your treasure chest. Find a thought that brings relief. Now go think that and make it your consistent focus. You will soon find yourself mastering your mind and transforming your life.
Do you have a critical mind?
Playing the would have should have could have game?
Making constant judgements, comparisons, expectations and assumptions on you and other people in your life?
Unhappy and arguing with what is, with reality?
It’s trash. These thoughts or this type of focus will create a very unhealthy mind and keep you from ever enjoying life moment to moment.
It’s comparable to a constant whining child in the background of your mind all day everyday.
Can you focus, be productive, bring amazing things into the world, or enjoy anything at all while this is happening? Absolutely not.
What do you do?
Why this works.
The mind craves direction. This is why the mind is "whining" and upset. It is afraid you are not in charge and are making poor choices. When you take charge by saying, "Stop it! That's enough!" the mind begins to relax. It will begin to feel safe and taken care of. When it feels safe, it will relax and become calm and quiet.
Mistakes happen. It's ok.
If you feel you have made a choice that is a mistake, accept it. Realize the mistake, declare to chose differently in the future, then let it go. We all make choices from time to time that in hindsight appear to have been the wrong choice. We can't change these past choices. We can't go back and change it however the mind will argue with you as if you can. We can only commit to make a different choice in the future.
If the mind refuses to drop it.
If the mind refuses to settle after firm direction, you may have to deal with an injustice of the past. You can find instructions for working with the mind in this way in the free document called the Master Plan. You can sign up on the home page of angiejohnsey.com and receive an email containing this free document.
Mastering your mind
How do you care for your mind? Have you ever given thought to what you can do to care for your mental health? What does your mind need to be healthy? If your mind is healthy, what is possible for you? I would like to give you a simple understanding and a simple tool to assist you in taking excellent care of one of your most valuable assets, your beautiful mind.
To care for anything, we must first have an understanding of that thing. We must know it’s habits, tendencies, needs, and limits. The mind can be a very vague, complex, and difficult thing to know and understand. We can’t measure or weight it to see if it’s getting healthier like we can the physical body. We can’t look at it with our eyes and see health improvements. We can’t take blood samples to see if an issue of the past has cleared. So how do we get to know and understand our own minds? Even more than that, once we understand it, how do we take care of it?
Benefits of mastering your mind. Below are just a few of the many benefits you may notice after you practice mental mastery.
To find out more about How to Master Your Mind, get your free Mind Master Manual here.
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Angie Johnsey is a speaker, author and world-renowned Mind expert. A hypnotherapist and psychiatric nurse by trade, Angie assists clients all over the world to become aware of their mental and emotional patterns, bring clarity and peace to lives that were once full of stress and suffering, and choose the feelings they would like to have to transform their lives.