‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”
- Henry Ford
You have probably heard this quote before, yet have you ever really stopped to think about it and the possibilities contained within those words? The idea that your thoughts contribute to the outcome of your activities can be mind boggling. Perhaps you also grew up hearing the same idea from bible verses such as “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Isn’t it exciting to think that your thoughts have that kind of power? We hear this kind of thing all the time, but it seems that the majority of people pay little attention to the idea that thought creates. What we think about expands. We get more of what we think about, so why not pay more attention to the positive things in your life? If your thoughts really do create your experiences, then your thoughts create your reality. Ultimately, you are thinking your reality.
The thing is, though, that much of our thinking is not original thought. In other words, many of your thoughts are not actually your thoughts at all. They belong to your mother or father, a teacher, one of the school nuns or your high school basketball coach. Yet, since you are the one thinking them, you are the one whose life is being affected by them. Your habitual thoughts become your habits. The way you live. Whether or not you are healthy or happy, the kind of job you get, they kind of car you drive, really everything comes down to your dominate thoughts. But it goes so much deeper than just the idea of positive thinking. Dr. Masaru Emoto’s Scientific Water Experiment in his book, The Hidden Messages in Water, proved that thoughts have energy in them, and can be negative or positive.
In Dr. Emoto’s experiment, in part, he used containers of water and exposed them to loving thoughts, hateful thoughts and indifference. In short, the water that was exposed to the loving thoughts, when frozen, produced the most amazing and beautiful crystals; while, the water that was exposed to the negative thoughts froze into fractured, tortured shapes. If talking in a harsh or hateful tone to a glass of water can cause that water to freeze in such a way, how do you suppose your body, which is mostly water, is responding to harsh and hateful self talk?
And how do you suppose your subconscious responds to a daily diet of negative affirmations? Is it really such a shock when a woman finds out she has a serious medical condition when she has spent the last fifteen years of her life telling anyone who would listen that all the women in her family get that illness? What might have happened to that same woman if she had spent the last fifteen years affirming that she was completely healthy and behaved in a way that supported that belief? So many people do this same kind of thing to themselves every day and don’t even realize what they are doing.
Yet, no matter the situation you are currently experiencing, you can begin to shift your experience by first getting a handle on your predominate thoughts. Once you hear what you are saying to yourself, you can choose to change it. Start reminding yourself about an improved experience. If you are not well, you could start by affirming that you are now starting to feel a little bit better. Or that you are feeling a little stronger each day. Start by making small shifts in your thoughts and be aware of your thoughts so you can reorder them as needed. And when you do so, you will begin to create a new habit of empowering and supportive self-talk.
Emoto, M. (2004). The Hidden Messages in Water. Oregon: Beyond Words Publishing, Inc.