The Power of Thought
A Japanese researcher Masaru Emoto has been documenting the effect of thought and consciousness on water. As per Emoto, since a large mass of a human body is water, each thought, semi-conscious thought, ripple and dormant sub-conscious thought waves affect our physical and mental health, our psyche and well-being at all levels.
The fundamental fact seems to be simple: change your thoughts to effectively transform your lives. Those who can harness this power of thought can unleash the same to make the desired impact on a group, a community or society at large in the here and now and the energy ripples can rock and reverberate for generations to come. The question then arises – how to change your thoughts to change your life? Well, this post we shall see the steps to change your thoughts and ultimately your life.
Conscious and Unconscious Thought Waves
The world seems increasingly strife-torn, fragmented and not at rest. Should we and can we be contented with a selfish, mundane existence or do we aspire to make this world more simple, pristine, happy and joyous? Each of us has a mission and role to act as a catalyst to try and effect an affirmative transformation in the global consciousness.
That mission is helping and healing ourselves so that each one becomes a beacon light of physical and mental wellbeing. In many eastern philosophies, the underlying sentiment or belief is that we as individuals, comprising of our bodily form, energy, and concentration level, intellect and psyche, attitudes and aspirations are basically the sum total of our thoughts in the here and now, in the foreseeable future and long forgotten and buried past.
So to effect any change in our physical fitness, mental focus and attitudinal flexibility we have to work on our thoughts – layers after layers of conscious and unconscious thought waves. How do we embark on this personal yet mammoth journey; is there any time tested system that can handhold and mentor us in this process of affirmative transformation?
Thinking with Intent
There is a pressing need at this time, more than ever perhaps, that we choose to understand and exemplify impeccable integrity in thought and action. The information overload and lack of regard for integral approach, by men in position, in particular, is a fertile breeding ground for cynics; if stretched further, for a new genre of psychopaths.
Rage attacks, honor killings, inexplicable acts of violent and perverted behavior is staggering and shocking. At the deepest core, everyone craves simplicity, faith, trust, and goodness. However individually and collectively we are failing to live by our deep-seated need and root desire.
Any philosophy or practice that is rooted in a belief system need not be the salve for this generation of cynics. Seeing rather than believing, a true insight that penetrates into the core of an issue or a person can only enable the present generation to successfully navigate through life.
The chaotic times demand that we anticipate and stay ahead, of the inevitable complexity and challenges, stealthily tiptoeing our way and come up with innovative ideas just in time. To achieve and demonstrate integrity, insight, and innovation we have to think and think with intent. We have to see and see consciously. We have to be aware and aware in a relaxed pristine manner.
For the aforesaid metamorphosis where we live by intent and respond with attention, we introduce the ATS methodology in a step by step format.
Affirmative Transformation System – I
Spoken words are sounds occasioned by the vibrations of thoughts. Every word we utter should be potent; born out of calm focus, nurtured with sustained integrity and reaching out in an insightful manner. Talkativeness, exaggeration, or falsehood makes one’s words as ineffective as paper bullets shot from a toy gun. The speech and prayers of garrulous or inaccurate person are unlikely to produce
The speech and prayers of garrulous or inaccurate person are unlikely to produce beneficial changes in the order of things. Man’s words should represent not only truth but also his definite understanding and realization. A frivolous person will certainly fail to impregnate another person’s consciousness.
Sincere words or affirmations repeated understandingly, feelingly, and willingly in a methodical manner over a sustained period of time can make miraculous modifications at different layers. Healing is desired at physical, psychological, and emotional levels to transform our lives and consciousness. We can use the power of affirmation to heal, to awaken and to transform.
Once we are clear as to what we want and choose an appropriate affirmation we should persist uninterruptedly till the outcome starts germinating and flowering. The moment we choose to be passive, inert, or incredulous we minimize the power of our own mind. We need to use will power, concentration, faith, reason, and common sense when trying to rid ourselves of bodily and mental afflictions.
Right Attitude for Affirmation
In all affirmations intensity of attention comes first, but continuity and repetition mean a great deal, too. During the physical curing process, the attention should be not on the disease, lest one’s faith be dampened; but on the infinite powers of the mind. During mental overcoming of fear, anger, bad habits, and so on, one’s concentration should be on the opposite quality; that is, the cure for fear is the consciousness of bravery; for anger, peace; for weakness, strength; for sickness, health.
Each thought of depression or happiness, irritability or calmness, cuts the subtle grooves in the brain cells and strengthens the tendencies toward sickness or well-being. Affirmations should be practiced willingly, freely, intelligently, and devotionally. One’s attention should not be allowed to lag.
Straying attention should be brought back again and again like a truant child and repeatedly and patiently trained to perform its given task. Cast away anxiety, distrust, and worry. Permit yourself no doubt or disbelief. Hold tenaciously to the thought that all bodily and mental states are changeable and curable.
Step I: Intent and Awareness
ii. Take a deep breath and tense the entire body, hold the tension and the breath for a few seconds, exhale and relax. Repeat this a few times to refresh and awaken.
iii. Relax the body and keep it motionless. Sit silently practicing the body-breath awareness for a few minutes.
Though affirmations can be practiced at any hour, it works best, if practiced, immediately after awakening in the morning or just before retiring at night.
Step II: Generating Aspiration
Awaken your latent desire to possess a tireless energy that enables you to undertake immense physical and mental activity for success and service. Whatever is your current reservoir of energy can be replenished and unleashed for tireless activity that benefits you and all sentient beings. Cast aside all thoughts of sloth and burden and meditate on boundlessly brimming energy.
Visualize in your mind a mountain brook, an ocean roar or a snow storm. Imagine nature unleashed, possessing your consciousness. While you use the power of imagination, continue to make it more vivid and live, by listening intently, the gurgling river or the roar of the ocean. Absorb this sound and let it reverberate in your consciousness for a few minutes.
Step III: Progressive Stages
We choose a brief affirmation given by one of the greatest seers of last century.
“By sovereign command, I bid you flow. By my command, I bid you glow. By my command, I bid you glow.” – Paramahansa Yogananda
Repeat all of it, first loudly, then softly and more slowly, until your voice becomes a whisper. Then gradually affirm it mentally only, without moving the tongue or the lips, until you feel that you have attained deep, unbroken concentration, not unconsciousness, but a profound continuity of uninterrupted thought.
If you continue with your mental affirmation and go still deeper, you will feel a sense of increasing joy and peace. During the state of deep concentration, your affirmation will merge with the subconscious stream, to come back later reinforced with the power to influence your conscious mind through the law of habit.
When you are passing from one stage of affirmation to another, the attitude of the mind also should change and become deeper and more concentrated. The aim is to unite the affirmer, the affirmation, and the process of affirmation into one. The mind should in a relaxed manner penetrate and go deep with humility, courage, and awareness. The sincerity and focus will ensure that all thoughts are sunk into and merged with the one central thought, like particles drawn to an irresistible magnet.
Many processes are involved between the sowing of affirmation seed and its fruition. All conditions of its growth must be fulfilled to produce the desired result. The affirmation seed must be a living one, free from the defects of doubt, restlessness, or inattention; it should be sown in the mind and heart with concentration, feeling, and peace, and water with deep, fresh repetition and boundless commitment.
Step IV: Silence and Stillness
The best and the most blessed part of this meditation is when you sit and enjoy the inner silence and merge effortlessly in the still cave at the point between the eyebrows with a sense of ease, poise, and acceptance.
You should devote a minimum of 10 minutes each morning and evening to ATS practice and once a week the same meditation may be practiced for about 30 minutes duration. The affirmative transformation system to be a complete process demands that we take steps to manage our lifestyle by practicing Yogasana, adhering to Ayurvedic dietary principles and focusing on the mental diet by daily deep study and contemplation.
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