Since I did my Reiki 1 course I have been thinking along about my own inner dialogue and the power of our words, both spoken and in thought. Caitlin over at Operation Beautiful talks a lot about this, but in some ways I think you need to have your own awakening before you can fully grasp it.
Since my class I have been very aware of how I speak to myself. Can I just say, it is not good. The things I say to and about myself are often horrific. I would never speak to or about another person in this way. So why do I believe it is okay to speak to myself this way?
In some cultures and belief systems, it is believed that the phrase “I am” carries with it the power of 40,000 suns. That’s a lot of power. And used in a positive way can only be good, great in fact, for your sense of self-worth. But what about when we use this phrase for negative.
Phrases that constantly go through my head include (but are not limited to):
- I am fat
- I am lazy
- I am useless
- I am tired
- I am crappy at xxx
- I am a loser
- I am poor
If each one of these phrases (said constantly over and over again day after day after day) carries with it the power of 40,000 suns, is it any wonder I am where I am personally and professionally right now. I am nowhere near where I thought I would be by my age (fast approaching the big 4-0)
For the last couple of weeks every time I hear one of the above phrases (or any of the multitude of others that compete for space within the confines of my mind) going through my head, I have consciously tried to come up with the opposite.
- I am healthy
- I am strong
- I am confident
- I am a winner
- I am energised
- I am wealthy
- I am worthy
- I am abundant
It is actually quite amazing the difference. The big one for me is “I am tired”. Replacing this with “I am energised” has made a massive difference. I feel myself standing or sitting taller, throwing my shoulders back and my head up, and moving through the next part of my day with energy.
It is hard to change these thought patterns. But it needs to be done in order for me to move forward and grow. It helps me keep negativity at bay, and induces a feeling of wholeness and positivity.
What thought patterns do you have that could do with some alterations?