by Robert Wilkinson
A fan of both my sites asked me to offer some thoughts “on creating reality using affirmations to replace any negative tapes that may be playing in our heads.” This is a great idea, since if “matter follows thought,” and “thoughts are things,” then we should take time to train our minds to bring forth positive and useful thoughts rather than repeat the same old unhelpful images that are making us feel negative.
First, remember that the five senses and the mind like to refer to that which is known and familiar. We are programmed to take in sensory information, and then we seek to interpret it using the experiences we’ve had. That of course can lead to very erroneous assumptions, since what’s going on may have no relationship to what has been. Illusions and delusions are something we must all endure and learn to recognize in our path to becoming wise in our experience.
All our experiences, feelings, and ideas are impressed on our “holographic” subtle body, composed of who we are ethereally. All we do, feel, and think impresses vibratory thought-forms on our “auric egg,” as well as our astral and mental shells. Experiences leading to Self-realization create productive patterns in our subtle body that express as helpful actions, feelings, and thoughts, while experiences that create suffering for ourselves or others lead to distorted plates of images stored in our subconsciousness. This article from The Magic of Space will help explain our subtle bodies. We begin the process of dealing with our negative tapes by our willingness to confront the negative images in our subconscious, and enter into the dance of destroying those that are creating negative tapes in our life.
It is one thing to target the tapes of negative feelings, thoughts, and responses; it is another thing to be able to antidote them. The tapes grow stronger through repetition, despite the fact that we know they are not making us feel better or resolve our problems. It is important to be consistently mindful so that even if you catch yourself instinctively playing a negative tape, stop in that moment and re-direct your mind to a more altruistic view. Uncontrolled emotions and thoughts are often the cause of the negative tapes we play.
As we grow clearer and catch the tapes when they are playing, we can in that moment shift the focus in any direction we choose. We can get serious, goofy, deep, creative (or all of the above!) or we can get frustrated, gloomy, reckless and discouraged. We have the power to transmute every negative tape or emotional state (actually a mental state) through being aware of it and changing the pattern to a more helpful point of view. Overcoming fear is very important in claiming the power to end the negative tapes playing in our head.
We have lots and lots of tapes of memories of perceptions of memories of perceptions of memories of perceptions that we play over and over and over until we become bored of them, or care enough about them to deal with them, whatever that entails. Sometimes we embrace them to see they are illusions; sometimes we walk away, knowing only suffering can result from those tapes. Sometimes we bar the door and forbid them entry into our mind, and sometimes we take the tape and throw it into the fire. Different ways work for different people at different times.
That’s the beauty of our human process. We may fall into error, but can just as easily move into a more helpful, altruistic pattern of doing our Being. If we refuse to indulge unhelpful feelings and ideas and force our rational mind into a more helpful focus, eventually the negative tapes lose their power to assert their presence. Some tapes will fade away and die through the habit being starved, while others will die through our choosing new habits to replace the old patterns.
Every time we choose to blank out a negative tape and re-record a good, true, and useful tape over that psychic space we claim the power that is our Divine Heritage, i.e., the freedom to steer our personal spaceship of Consciousness through infinity and eternity. This initially involves us learning to pay attention to what we’re thinking and affirming, and stop speaking words that could result in negative states of being.
An example is how often I’ve thought and heard a statement to the effect that “It’s always hard when I try to _________” This is a very unhelpful affirmation, as you’re asserting that it is ALWAYS HARD to whatever. Why affirm that it’s always hard? Why not affirm that you are learning how not to continue having those kinds of experiences? I have changed that phrase in my head to “It has been hard, but I am learning to do ________.” I figure if I’m affirming that I’m learning, then eventually I’ll learn enough not to go where I shouldn’t go, physically, emotionally, or mentally.
Think of what’s you’re saying, and whether you would really want that to come forth. If not, change your language, change your affirmation, and you change the pattern. Eventually the echoes of the old thought forms and tapes stop playing, and you’re left with what you affirmed in the meantime. We have more power than we suspect to change our view, what we assert, what we believe to be true, and what we would like to see made manifest. Courage plus mindfulness equals power, love, and wisdom.
Just remember that we have an individual and group destiny, and so don’t get discouraged if some affirmations don’t seem to come true. If it’s true for you, it will eventually come true, even if you no longer want it. That’s why it’s important to consider what really would be your greatest good, greatest happiness, greatest consciousness, and greatest life. No need for negative tapes, since it’s guaranteed if we just become aware of what we’re affirming and change that to mirror the Divine Will there will be no space for the negative tapes to play. And that’s a very good thing