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Whatever your belief system, it is crucial to hold the most positive thoughts and images in your mind. Ernest Holmes (1887-1960), the founder of Science of Mind, described “The Law of Mental Equivalents.” He said, basically, that what you hold in consciousness is what you will get in your reality. This has been proven true in a number of fields, as the brain and body take instruction from the thoughts.
Do you ever wonder why some people always cheerfully achieve success, while others are down in mood and fail at many doorsteps of opportunity? Success is very much in your mind. Your thoughts are acted out by your nervous system.
Try this experiment. Find a 10-pound object or a gallon bottle of liquid, and lift it before and after you say these phrases. Ready? Lift the object. Notice how heavy or light it is for you at this moment. Say 10 times, at any speed, “I am a weak and unworthy person.” Your nervous system will take this literally. Now pick up the object again. Notice how much heavier it is? Now reverse the effect. Say 10 times, at any speed, “I am a vital, strong, valuable person.” Pick up the object again. Notice it has become lighter.
Affirm: I am a vital, strong, valuable person.
~ Kebba Buckley Button
Always remember that your brain and nervous system are listening to everything you say. Consider the phenomenon that your brain and nervous system do not know the difference between a real situation of terrible conflict, like a nasty fight or an assault, and a portrayed situation, as in a TV show or movie. When you are in a good mood, go to a movie theater and see any of the currently popular end-of-the human-race movies. You know: Machines are arising or attacking from space, and the situation is impossible. Although not currently in theaters, Independence Day is a great example of this genre.
If you have a blood pressure monitor, take your blood pressure before and after you see this movie. At the end of this movie, you will feel very stressed, your adrenaline will be rushing, and your blood pressure will be up. You may feel hyped up or exhausted, fearful or cranky, and easily startled. Leaving the venue, you may be driving “with a heavy foot.”
Your brain and nervous system thought they were in a real war. If you really want to take in movies like this, but you want less of a stressful effect on yourself, try this. Rent or download them, show them at home, and when you feel your stress building up, look at other objects in the room and think of puppies and babies. Notice your whole body-mind system shifting when you shift your attention.
Do not get sucked into anyone’s negativity, on any subject!
You will pay for it with fatigue and an unclear mind.
~ Kebba Buckley Button
Truly, you choose what stress and negativity you feed your mind and body. Consider an apparently mundane example. Today may be a really hot, humid summer day where you are. It may be so hot that you would prefer to not to be out in that weather. Your passion might be to zip efficiently from your air-conditioned home to your air-conditioned car to your air-conditioned office. That’s a healthy strategy! However, we all know people who, on this kind of day, must chant out loud, “Boy is it hot! It is so sticky! Aren’t you hot? How can you wear that? Aren’t you miserable? It’s just miserable!
Chanting like that, the person will begin to feel hotter and hotter, because the brain is listening to every word they say. And if you listen and/or repeat their comments, silently or to others, you will feel hotter also! Do not dismiss this as “just psychological.”
The sensations are real, and you have a right to live the best and most comfortable life that you can construct for yourself. That is the Upbeat Living philosophy. So be ready with several cheerful replies to the heat-chanters, for when they start in. The one I use most is (delivered in a light and cheery tone), “Yes! You know, it’s almost like Phoenix in the summertime!” Then I quickly leave the area so the chanter can’t argue.
Do not get sucked into anyone’s negativity, on any subject! You will pay for the indulgence with fatigue and an unclear mind. If you are a person of faith, remember God wants you to use your creativity to make the most of your life and your gifts. God never wants you to be stalled out by negativity.
So do you want to live your best life now? Great! Then notice negative programming, make notes, and work toward creating the best brain, body, and lifestyle you can. That’s real Upbeat Living, and it’s up to you to choose it!
● Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition (http://tinyurl.com/mqg3uvc). She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister.
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