This weeks contemplation…

Why Positive Thinking is not Enough

By Duane Krip
Using positive thinking alone is not enough to change your life or advance your career. There are Silent Saboteurs working to prevent you from achieving your goals of happiness and success.

Even with access to many helpful teachings from scores of self help gurus, the conscious choice to live life as a happier or successful person may still elude the most determined and committed of individuals.

What could be causing the block?

Bruce H. Lipton, in his book The Biology of Belief, quite rightly points out that using positive thinking alone may not be enough to change your life. Lipton points to the subconscious mind as the “locus of sabotaging memory tapes” that interfere with the newer behaviors being chosen or desired.

The experiences you had in your past, particularly your childhood, may represent the programming that continues to run your life; these past experiences can inhibit your ability to choose new ways of being in the present. Left unexamined, this non-conscious programming will sabotage your best efforts to be better at what you do, advance your career or find fulfillment.

A perfect illustration of this is the inconsistent success seen in people who are attempting to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions. Today, the is the 43rd day of the new year. Traditionally, most resolutions ?fell off course weeks ago.

Easily observed in your day to day life, there are a whole host of triggers from your past. Examples most readily observable are the explosions of anger, panic, or other painful emotion that seem out of proportion with what is actually happening.
Examples of such disproportionate reactions can include:

-Blowing up in the staffroom because someone took the last cup of coffee leaving the pot empty;
-Exploding at your co-worker for a comment that was mistaken as criticism;
-Angrily belittling your superior behind his/her back, and;
-Become unduly panicked when you receive a message from you superior or a large client to, “call them NOW”!
The connection of each one of these reactions to past occurrences have long since faded from your conscious memory. You only see the result.
Unhooking from the Past
Lipton proposes that the pre-programmed behavior is stored in the body’s cell memories.

So, how can these past memories be released once and for all?
Lipton points out that an essential part of consciousness includes the understanding that humans are all interconnected. He proposes that new awareness of the shared history of humanity will lead to unconditional acceptance that everyone has done things they wish they had not done, everyone has needed forgiveness at some time.
The way to freedom is through letting go of blame and shame, and finding the way to pardon those who have hurt you. In my experience, when an individual is guided to access the cell memory where the past experience is stored, the release happens when they view the occurrence from a new perspective with the recognition that compassion is more liberating than blame. They will experience the extraordinary release that letting go of this memory brings.
Forgiveness of the past is the key to finding freedom and health in the present.

Experiment
Try this experiment this week. Dissolve negative reactions in the moment, simply by being aware of them. When situations arise, causing anger, panic or any other painful emotions pause and become curiously aware of the emotion its self knowing it’s a programmed response. It has nothing to do with the empty coffee pot, your co-worker or boss. It is tied to an experience from your past. This awareness can help diffuse the ferocity of the moment allowing you to get on with your day and accelerate your productivity.

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