our thoughts create our reality?

Jascinta - posted on 03/08/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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so... do you believe that your thoughts create your reality?

including physical and mental health, the way people treat us, the situations we end up in, etc.

this includes conscious and sub-conscious thoughts.

and if you do believe it to be true, do you practice 'healthy' thinking on a daily basis?

i'll try to find some articles on anything to do with this that may be of interest and post them as i find them.

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Tara - posted on 03/08/2011

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Of course!

Our minds and our bodies and our realities are so connected that to me, you can't avoid creating your reality by how you think and what you think about.

Each thought is a projection into the universe, leading to many different possible outcomes. For instance if you are in a relationship that you are unhappy in, your thoughts will being to veer further and further away from thoughts about how to fix it and start to be more focused on how to end it. And when your train of thoughts changes that way, your reality follows, your emotional responses change, your feelings change, and the outcome becomes what your thoughts manifested. Now if instead you were in a relationship you were unhappy in but really wanted it to work and your thoughts were focused on repairing or rebuilding that relationship, than your actions, emotions and reality will follow that path.

If I dwell on things that make me sad or depressed or I allow myself to feel overwhelmed I find that my reality becomes one that is oppressive and fraught with anxiety, whereas if I take the time to think positively and trust that my thoughts can change the outcome of things, than I feel I have more control over my current emotions.

For instance:

I have to attend court Monday next week to testify against the man who sexually abused me as a child.

This is my second appearance, this time the defence has parts of medical records. I could be anxious and depressed and afraid of having to face this man and be scrutinized and picked apart my his lawyer, but this would lead me to having a lower level of energy, I would be thinking only negatives.

So instead I trust that I am right, I know I am right. I know what he did. I have been thinking only positives. I have been putting out positive accepting thoughts about what will happen next week.

I project my thoughts with the intent that they affect my reality, so yes I am a careful thinker most of the time.

:)

I also believe in "thought stealing" lol

I've had so many great ideas for neat inventions over the years and it seems as soon as I think about them, they are invented by someone else within a few months.

Where are the thought police?



edited to say I know there are a lot of typos, and I'm fighting every urge in my ocd -like brain to fix them all, but instead I am posting this disclaimer: I just don't care today. :)

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No you can't make bad stuff, like eviction notices and financial problems disappear by positive thinking but you can change the way you react to those bad things, which in turn can impact the way the situation gets resolved. If you can see the positive in situations you are more likely to be able to resolve things because instead of sitting there going oh this is shit blah blah blah, you find solutions!

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Charlie - posted on 03/09/2011

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Loved your post Tara , I believe we have great power over our own lives .

Jascinta - posted on 03/09/2011

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sharon- just like when we eat too much of one type of food it can have a negative effect, if we overindulge in most things in life i'm sure it could become a problem.

if you look deeper into the book 'the body is the barometer of the soul' it's filled with specific ailments and the thought pattern, etc that may have caused it.. being self centred or selfish can cause physical problems ( if you were looking into a book like this)

Sharon - posted on 03/09/2011

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Jascinta - I was thinking of those people who tell themselves "I am great, I am good, I am better than everyone else." I couldn't begin to tell you how they justify that thinking. But most of us have met those sort of people. To me, if you think that way - everything you do is tainted with negativity because everyone else is "lesser" than you. do you get what i mean? its not that other people aren't good or capable, its that they see themselves or tell themselves, they are so awesome....

Karissa - posted on 03/09/2011

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People do not have their own reality. There is 1 reality and the thoughts you have will change the way you view that reality. You can have the most positive thinking and it only be ignoring reality. Positive Thinking does not make everything good. Eviction notices, unemployment, and car problems do not go away because you've been thinking positive and created your own reality. The bank doesn't care if in your reality you plan on paying your mortgage.

Johnny - posted on 03/08/2011

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In a way. I think that by approaching things from a positive perspective, with positive thoughts, we end up making different choices and taking different actions than we would if we had approached negatively. Your attitude is usually reflected in your behaviour, and people obviously respond better to positive attitudes.

I tend to be a very positive person. But I don't always think positively. I know that sounds strange, but I'll try to explain what I mean. I often will expect the worst. But that is so that whatever happens, I'll be happy or at least less unhappy with the outcome. I can't help but be pragmatic, it's in my soul and the way I was raised. So I just am not able to go through life thinking that everything will be sunshine and butterflies. However, I find that because I've got low expectations, I've got high satisfaction which makes me happier. I do tend to give people the benefit of the doubt though. I expect you to be fantastic. Probably doesn't make much sense when I write it out, does it?

I also think that your ways of thinking do effect your health. If you have a lot of negative emotions, the tension in your body is greater and your brain will send signals to your body to produce hormones and other things to combat that tension and stress. There are plenty of health issues that are medically related directly to stress. But I don't think positive thinking can prevent or cure serious illnesses either. Two of my close friends have died from colon cancer in the last 3 years. Both of them were sunny, happy people all their lives. One of them was so perky all the time her nickname was Punky Brewster. It didn't keep her from getting very very sick.

Jascinta - posted on 03/08/2011

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sharon- if your treating others with scorn and disrespect wouldn't that mean that you are thinking negatively? if i thought only positive things about a particular person, i'm sure i would have trouble treating that person with any disrespect.

just curious what everyone thinks about the theory that everything ( good and bad) that we see in other people is just a reflection of something we do ourselves (without realising) or the way we subconsciously view ourselves.

Sharon - posted on 03/08/2011

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Its not just your thoughts. But it can start there.

Its in how you carry yourself. How you speak of and for yourself. But also in how you treat others. If you treat others with scorn and disrespect... no matter what you think .... shit will fall on you.

The power of your mind cannot over ride others.

Iridescent - posted on 03/08/2011

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Oh! And your "thought stealing" comment - there is something you might like about that! If, for example, a group of apes on one side of an isolated island learn to do one thing, within days a group on the other side will know how (without having learned it) how to do the same thing! It's true in all animal and people groups. It's what is used to explain how so many inventions do happen to come about at the same time, or very similar. The Wright brothers did not invent flight, but they got credit. Edison did not invent the light bulb or radio, yet he got credit. LOTS of cases like this, and it wasn't (always) theft.

Found it. It's called the Hundredth Monkey Effect. Nobody knows for sure if it's true or not, but it does explain inventions at the same time on opposite sides of the globe before travel and communication were simple and fast.

Iridescent - posted on 03/08/2011

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Yes they do! I'm sure you know when you "wake up on the wrong side of the bed" your day is pretty well shot, and you can just as well go right back. The same is true for positive thinking.

Tara - posted on 03/08/2011

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Thanks Katherine, I just looked at the link you posted, very interesting.
I have been a believer in synchronicity since first reading about Jung's theory in highschool.
I have been witness to the theory so many times in my life I cannot count them anymore.
It has become not a theory but a reality to me, and when I allow it to teach me things, or I am open to the chaos that is synchronicity I find that things flow in my life much better than when I go against what I instinctively feel.
Go with the flow...

Jascinta - posted on 03/08/2011

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ok so i've been looking around mostly about healing your body with your mind....

so there is hypnotherapy...

there is positive affirmations...

there is finding the subconscious thoughts/actions behind each physical ailment, then changing it. (eg. there is a book called ' the body is the barometer of the soul')...

and of course there is placebo.

and possibly others.. lol

what are everyone's thoughts on these?

Amanda - posted on 03/08/2011

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Mind over matter is a very powerful thing. I truely believe we teach others how to treat us, and we attract the type of person we are around us. So gossipers tend to find eachother, abusive people also tend to find eachother. If you dont respect yourselve why should anyone else respect you? Yes our mind set decides our health, there has been studies that show those that believe in god or some spirital meaning to life, or stay positive; have a higher recovery rate to things like cancer.

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I think that they can affect the way we are treated by others and the way we are perceived by others. I try and look at the positive for all situations because I find life is better when you can see the good.

I had a collegue who was a very negative person, she always looked for the negative and so that is what she found, on the other hand I always try to see the positive and so that is what I find more often than not.

I'm conflicted on whether it can help our health though because I know that in some tests the placebo effect means that although the person may not be getting the meds they get better but then there are times where without a doubt medicine and treatment is needed. I do think positive thinking can help with how we deal with being ill though.

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