[This blog post is an excerpt from my latest book Whispers of the Mind: How Thoughts Become Things]
I wanted to stop and give you an example of how thoughts affect your world. While I can quote all the statistics and tell you about the science, I know it will help more if I show you how it’s manifested in my life.
While I’m writing this book, my world has fallen apart. I lost 16 people that I loved within an 18-month time frame. [NO! It wasn’t anything to do with the pandemic.] That alone is difficult, but my father-in-law was the last person I lost. With his passing, our entire world has been dumped upside down and shaken like a snow globe in a toddler’s hand.
We had to sell our house, move, try to get a new house, and live with family members until the house was ready. It was a nightmare. I was doing better, though. My thoughts were doing better, but right when I started feeling like I could see the sun again, everything seemed like it was starting to crash again. I said wait a minute. What’s going on?
I stopped, looked around, and saw that much of it had come from my thought processes. I titled this the spiraling vortex of negativity to give you a visual of what negative thinking does to you. So, this morning, I stopped and asked God what was happening. I know I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing with my business. That transition was difficult, but I feel I’m on the right path now. Things are starting to settle down, or so it would seem.
Then I thought, well, what have I been focusing on? So, I sat down and made the following list. Some of them are good, and some of them are not good at all. But what binds them all together is that they are negative to the max.
- End-time prophecies, Doomsday stuff.
- Illuminati, our overarching oppressive government, etc
- Family trauma, drama, etc
- Financial woes
- What everyone else wants of me
Here are my results:
- Stressed out to the max
- I was overworked but had no progress to show for it
- No peace
- Hateful and irritable
- Depression and anxiety
- Oh, and don’t forget the lovely weight gain!
But I’m supposed to be the motivational guru that inspires people. Why is this happening to me? Then I look at myself in the mirror and say it’s time to turn your camera. What you focus on, you feel. Then I went back through some old videos, and I realized maybe I just need to go back and start binge-watching my own stuff instead of binge-watching all these end-time prophecies and doomsday things that are making me stressed out and fearful.
I know better. Yes, we need to know about end-time prophecies, but when you spend 100 hours a week, and that’s all you listen to, it gets depressing and makes you feel like you don’t want to push through and continue living. What’s the point if God is going to return and take us out of here in 2 days? Then what’s the point of even getting up off the couch?
I know this sounds dramatic, but if that’s all you’re focusing on, you will start to feel depressed. That’s not what God wants us to do. He wants us to understand these things so we’re not surprised. He says we’re supposed to occupy until he comes. That does not mean that we have to fret and worry and stress ourselves to death because the world’s going to hell in a handbasket. That’s God’s problem to solve, not mine. I have a hard time with that. And I have a feeling some of you do, too. It’s time we put all those big astronomical issues back into the father’s hands and leave them there. So I don’t know about you. I hope this helps you, but I know I will go back to focusing on things of a more positive nature.