How to Think and Speak Any Desire into Existence
By: Marie Williams, Dallas Yoga Magazine
Our mindset determines the course of direction we take in life, based on whether our approach to life in general, is negative or positive. From past experiences, when I chose to think and speak negatively over my life, I acted from a negative base, so all my results turned out negative. However, when I chose to shift my mindset to a positive one and thought about my situations and conditions positively, my speech dramatically changed. Positive speaking yielded such great results. By making a conscious decision to change my mindset from negative to positive, I have been able to manifest many of my hearts’ desires including money, time spent with friends, opportunities for additional self-care and unlimited amounts of gratitude. Our mindset is key to positive shifts that produce growth in all aspects of life over time.
In the book A Happy Pocketful of Money: Infinite Wealth and Abundance in the Here and Now by David Cameron Gikandi, suffering is defined as the result of an error in thinking and is an indication of being out of sync with the Universe’s laws. Suffering only exists to show us when we have erred in our thinking, while alerting us to a higher thought process that would serve us better. Our suffering ends as soon as we start acting out this new and improved way of thought. Therefore, when we are suffering we should not resist, but instead, examine our situations or conditions with an open mind, expecting the answer to show itself without fail. Once our suffering ends, this is the first obvious shift in thought from negative to positive.
When we are suffering, it is usually in more than one specific area of our lives. In my own life, for example, when I have spoken negatively over my finances, I noticed that my bank accounts would become low from major spending and that money seemed to be depleted at a much faster rate. It was as if I could not maintain very much money for too long. My paychecks would dwindle down quickly after I paid a few bills and all the existing conditions concerning my money would become worse instead of better.
After months of seeing no improvement, I chose to start practicing talking positively over all the money I had, putting more emphasis on money that had flowed to me. Slowly, my bank accounts stabilized and I noticed that money seemed to flow rather quickly to me by means of finding creative ways to acquire it such as selling DVD’s, music CD’s, clothing items, jewelry and boxed sets. By establishing a more creative way of thought concerning financial wealth, I suddenly became financially wiser in handling tough conditions centered around my money. Since then, my financial suffering has ceased to be a threat to my way of life.
The first time we do something, our minds process all details, facts, existing thoughts, individuals involved and any other necessary factors. This act eventually becomes an experience we have had that later becomes a memory stored in our subconscious minds we end up sharing with others or coming back to for reflection.
“Repetition yields to integration and internalization” (61). To truly grow in body, mind and spirit, we must be mindful of what we place in front of our eyes, what we consistently listen to and most importantly, what we read daily. This material becomes wisdom we consume and think about. We start to form opinions, perspectives and maybe even morals and values stemming from specific facets of the material. All of this becomes embedded in our minds. Our thoughts become us as well as the very essence of our existence and purpose (dharma) in life.
“I AM” statements are meant to cause a distinct positive shift in an individual’s way of thought by way of repeating a single sentence each day or a series of statements that allow the individual to reflect upon good qualities and characteristics they possess. These statements should be included in the person’s self-development time, during meditation or even in his/her prayers. They can also be recited upon waking up first thing in the morning or at night before bedtime.
Gikandi gives a great example of an “I AM” statement that is introduced in Chapter Two and used throughout the entire book. “I am wealth. I am abundance. I am joy” (13). I love this specific statement because it allows me to focus my attention on three important factors in my life presently: accruing infinite wealth, living an abundant life, thriving in absolute abundance and daily creating my own joy.
I repeat this statement along with a host of others during my personal meditation time after I wake up and during the day after I get home from work. I usually repeat each statement two to three times, sometimes putting more emphasis on certain words. Other “I AM” statements I like to repeat are as follows: “I am loved and full of gratitude, “I am the master of all my thoughts,” and “I am a success in all I that I do.”
The book goes into depth about being able to observe and affirm any viable truths because as we already know, these truths will set us free. As an example, if we find ourselves broke and financially destitute, we should first admit our state and then immediately look for errors in our thinking that caused that condition. Upon discovery, the next thoughts should be positive so that we can improve our situation with a shift in attitude. To further prevent such drastic measures, our thoughts and speech should never be negative because these exact thoughts will come to pass. Instead, all our thoughts and speech should be positive because “I AM” statements are always carried out by the Universe.
Our thought process is a delicate one that involves questions, answers and shifts within our current state of mind. The questions we ask the Universe will be answered exactly with the same level of conviction we used to ask them. It works by perfect laws that never err. Unfortunately, it is we who err in our thinking, causing negative shifts in energy, leading to unstable conditions or bad situations. Once we understand the Universe’s deep, complex, yet simplistic way of functioning, we cannot fail to exceed our own goals we have set. Consequently, when we see radical change, chaos or sense instability, we are simply seeing things we do not quite understand just yet. With patience and time, eventually, the Universe will reveal these truths to us.
Energy is powerful and can be felt, even if two individuals are miles away from each other in very different locations. If it is negative, the reaction from those on the receiving end is almost instantaneous. Nevertheless, we must always bear in mind that whatever we give our attention to gets energy and grows. What we intend and focus on presently is what we become later. “We are the sum total of our thoughts” (63).
A good illustration of the above quote involves wealth. If we visualize ourselves in wealthy states, having luxury items we may have manifested, then we will begin to speak about these visualizations and thoughts in our daily speech. What we think about, we talk about, especially with others who are like-minded in thought and nature. Basically, we can become wealthy by consistent positive thought and speech, without any contradictory thoughts, of course.
There are two states we exist in: calm or anxious. Some people live in a state of paranoia, which is an extreme case of fear. These people constantly worry about everything and everyone, but more about themselves. Anything negative can set them off, but because they are accustomed to dwelling in a daily negative state; it as if being anxiety-ridden is normal to them. Confusion is often included within this much negative energy.
On the contrary, a calm mind is an ideal state and initially, the state we should desire to remain in. A calm mind is not swayed by fear-inducing and anxiety-based conditions. It allows us to think clearly, proceed with confidence in our decisions and evaluate the results. When individuals react anxiously, they will make erratic decisions, second guessing themselves the entire time because they are living in a fear-induced world they have created by all their negative thoughts. “Thoughts attract like thoughts. Souls attract like souls. Minds attract like minds” (64).
Dissatisfying conditions are often unpleasant to experience and even harder to resist thinking about. Nonetheless, when we go through them, we should not dwell on such circumstances because the Universe will then move behind our current negative conditions and give us more situations to perpetuate more dissatisfaction. Changing our attitude and reflecting on the negative conditions as perfect lessons that have taught us is a better way to produce the perfect outcome we desire. This would be a good time to practice gratitude.
Our intentions, beliefs and detachment allow us to move through life with fluidity and grace. Knowing that the Universe will always fulfill our best intentions as we remain calm in all situations we face should provide us a sense of peace. Things that were working against us start working out for us. We smile more because we can take stock of what we have to be grateful for. Each challenge we face is an intended outcome set aside for us to grow from. We can relax because we know that even before we ask for something, we already have it and before we can recognize an actual problem, the Universe is watching to show us the solution to it. The Universe is omniscient and omnipotent.
A calm state gives way to complete relaxation and trust in the Universe’s ability to take care of both us and everything in between. As we practice this new way of life, gaining confidence to be bolder in expressing our truths, old habits we may have carried with us start to fall away. Fear, anxiety, frustration and the idea of failure will eventually dissipate, and we will find that success comes our way easily and quickly. Finally, as we become more aware of our conscious self, all time between thought and the physical manifestation behind it will decrease.
It is important to stay in the present with our thoughts. When we allow our minds to jump to future events or situations that have not yet occurred, we are producing an anxiety-ridden environment that could eventually lead us to self-destruct. By focusing on the past too long, we leave ourselves susceptible to regret and depression. All we have is our present state and we must accept all conditions and thoughts that led up to it. Frankly, our present results are the effects of previous past thoughts. How we are viewing the world and our environment today is a direct link to how we may have viewed ourselves up to that point. If we have always viewed ourselves in a negative light, then every thought we think will be negative. In contrast, positive thoughts breed continuous positive thinking and an improved self-image, which promotes increased self-worth.
We need to be careful observers of our thoughts, not letting them become and remain random, but making them more conscious and deliberate. Becoming aware of our thoughts makes it possible for us to create or re-create lives full of abundance, freedom and infinite wealth. We design our lives with out thoughts, whether they are positive or negative. By simply deciding to be fully aware, we become aware.
Mastermind groups are made up of people having a like mind. While I would not say I am a part of such a group just yet, I will say that I have many close friends whom I share a like mind with and who greatly influence me and most of the decisions I make. I spend time with my friends doing yoga, having coffee dates or eating lunch out.
This group of individuals should be people in which ideas and materials can be exchanged. Frequent get-togethers should promote motivation for all involved. The more people who come together, the more power is shared and multiplied amongst each individual. In this case, the whole is greater than the sum of the power of the parts. This is a very powerful group and each participant possesses sound doctrine when he/she chooses to contribute his/her ideas for others within the group to use.
Negative thoughts are inevitable and I get bombarded with them all the time! I have to immediately diffuse all energy associated with these thoughts because I know that before long, I will start thinking and speaking negatively and what I resist will persist. Sometimes, I have no choice but to face the negative action head-on!
I follow a brief process of bringing the thoughts into a more positive view, examining them to determine where they may have come from and lastly, detaching myself completely. When I evaluate all negative thoughts, I try to inspect them to see what they entail, why they are coming up, and why they may be triggering anxiety within me. The goal is for me to break these thoughts down by identifying the source and understanding it. I often ask myself if I had anything to do with the negative thoughts that surfaced and if so, why was I thinking in such a way.
Being mindful and observing the negativity, studying the thoughts and tracing the root causes to come up with answers, I find I am able to overcome these negative moments, learn from them and ultimately, grow.
One strategy to decrease negative thoughts is to simply not watch bad news or programs that perpetuate a state of negativity. We should not read anything negative we feel could cause us to visualize or dream up bad imagery. Bad news creates negative images that will interfere with our grandest vision, whatever that may be. The world will appear to us as we choose to see it, even if that is negative. In addition, all bad news is often found to be a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Prayer has always been an important part of my life ever since I was a little girl. I can remember saying my earliest prayers with my mom at the tender age of five.
Ghandi defines prayer as an “inward energetic process, a call we give out with a detached expectation of an answer, without a shred of doubt” (74). He says that when we realize we are one with the Source, including whatever it is that we desire to have, we will be praying and receiving consistently.
The Universe supplies us with everything we need: even before we ask, it is given to us, so we never need to beg for anything at all. We can do anything if we believe we can. What we focus on eventually takes form. In this instance, our prayers are based around our thought patterns.
We must pray about any and all circumstances as they currently are, not how we wish them to be or how they should have been, beforehand. In this way, we are training ourselves to acknowledge our present state before doing anything else.
Praying without ceasing involves going throughout our day everyday with focused intention on all our heart’s desires, having certainty and gratitude, while remaining detached. Doing this has to become a lifestyle. “Prayer is co-creative with the Source; it wills to action; it is self-assertive” (74).
I believe our lives are under direct orders based on our thoughts. What we think in our minds and feel in our hearts each day is what we are destined to become. Our thoughts shape our lives, so if we choose to change our thinking, we will change our lives. Changing how we think and speak about ourselves is one of the first steps to doing necessary internal work that will produce unlimited, beautiful and mind-blowing growth! Honestly, I am loving going through this process in my own life!
All About Marie Williams
Contributing Writer and Marketing/Advertising Representative of Dallas Yoga Magazine, Marie Williams, is a dedicated yoga practitioner who specializes in the genres of both narrative nonfiction writing and profiling. She enjoys taking her yoga experiences and infusing them with vivid imagery and detail to invoke a deeper connection within her readers. Marie’s passion is to focus primarily on both her yoga and meditation journey in her articles, while giving her readers fresh and unique perspectives about life.
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