Following on from my last post Abraham Hicks Part 2: The Emotional Guidance System, I’ve been trying to practice thoughts that raise my vibration up the Emotional Guidance Scale.
This morning was a good opportunity to do that as I woke up, weighed myself and discovered I’d put on a few pounds. My immediate reaction was panic, which I think is probably as low as 22 on the scale (fear).
“How did this happen?!!”
“I didn’t really eat that much over the last week did I?!”
“Are the scales wrong?”
“I feel so out of control!!”
Abraham Hicks describes these thoughts as “feeling thoughts”: thoughts that create a feeling or emotion. These thoughts immediately made me feel panicky and fearful of being out of control.
So, I thought about what I wrote in my last post- moving up the Emotional Guidance Scale. What thought feels better than this? I consciously spoke to myself as if I were a friend and tried to be supportive of myself:
“It’s ok, I know how to lose the weight, I’ve done it before and it’s actually quite easy once I get into the flow of it.”
“It’s easy to get back in control.”
“I’m still lighter than I was this time last year.”
“It’s been ultra hot the last few days and I’ve been drinking loads. I might have retained water which has increased my weight.”
“Weight is just a number. I am so much more than this.”
“I’ve got something exciting arriving in the post today.”
“I’m looking forward to practicing the flute again. I’m doing really well with it.”
“Teaching my pupil on Monday was brilliant- she’d practiced so hard and I was really proud of her.”
See how my thoughts naturally progressed from being about my weight to being about the things that really matter to me or things that make me feel good? This was totally a natural progression, so much so that I hardly noticed the shift. And yes, I did feel better with these thoughts. It felt easy at first to slip back into the panicky ones, but after a few hours of dog-walking, chores, and TV watching, I am now feeling more secure in these better feeling thoughts.
Awareness & Mindfulness
Awareness of your thoughts is key to noticing what’s going on in your mind.
Awareness comes with mindfulness which really isn’t this big subject that requires you to read books or take courses, like we are perhaps led to believe. Yes, it can help very much, but basically it requires your attention to be focused on the here and now.
Your awareness is on how your body feels, your breathing, the thoughts going through your mind, the room you’re sitting in.
It can be so easy for our minds to wander off into the future: planning, worrying, etc. This is all completely natural, and mindfulness is also about being completely non-judgemental of your thoughts and feelings- just accepting them as they are.
Without this mindful condition, it is difficult to have an awareness of what is going through your mind in the present. Your mental energy is focused in the future- with plans or worries or even excitement and anticipation. Or it may be in the past- remembering something that made you feel bad, or good.
Mental energy may also be focused on distractions which also take us away from the here and now: TV, the internet, work- we are giving our mental focus away to these experiences.
From these energetic positions, we are unaware of our current emotional state, and from that perspective, have no power to change it by creating new good feeling thoughts.
Directing Mental Energy
Mindfulness is about directing this mental energy, that we have projected into the past or future, back to ourselves in the here and now. It is in the here and now that we have the power to change our feeling thoughts and develop a healthy, nurturing relationship with ourselves.
To me this is all a completely new concept, as I’ve grown up with the programme installed in my mind that I’m never good enough, and critical thoughts automatically seem to appear from out of nowhere and often trigger shameful feelings.
To notice these bad feeling thoughts is the first step. It requires focus, intention and effort, but it is not difficult.
Once you are noticing and have the awareness of the thoughts flowing through your mind, you are then in the driving seat, in a position of power, where you can re-programme your mind by creating good feeling thoughts.
If I hadn’t have tried to change my mind programming today, I may still be stuck at 22. But now I feel at a 4- with positive expectation and belief! That’s quite a big jump!!
I think it’s probably a good idea to record these results that I’m generating, to keep an eye on how successful the whole technique is.
I am fortunate in that I am not going to a busy job, in a noisy environment, and that I have the time and quiet to be aware and be mindful. I don’t always do it, but I’m working on it, and today has been successful so far!
Abraham Hicks Part 1: Bipolar Disorder
Abraham Hicks Part 2: The Emotional Guidance Scale
What Is Bipolar Disorder? Abraham Hicks: A Conversation
Bipolar Management: Mindfulness and Meditation