Happy Friday, friends. In our last post, $3000 Experiment co-leader, Janice Dietert, shared the consciousness tool she and husband, Rodney, use when they encounter roadblocks in life. (Like the roadblock you may or may not feel you’ve encountered at some point in this experiment. )
Today, she describes two other tools they turn to when roadblocks arise. Read them, try them and notice what happens!
MORE TOOLS FOR REMOVING ROADBLOCK
1. Minding Your Thoughts
Once upon a time, I was a member of the Unity church. We’d just gotten a new pastor and she was hot on the idea of teaching us manifestation. The one thing I learned that has stuck with me for almost two decades was minding my thoughts and words.
See, your brain doesn’t know the difference between what you think and imagine and what is “reality” out there. Seriously, imaging studies in the brain show it’s all the same as far as the parts of the brain that light up are concerned. Pretty much the same thing with what you say to yourself or even out loud. Your brain lights up as if those words are “real.” So what you think, imagine and say are what is most likely to become your reality.
How to change this? you ask. There are a couple of tricks that can make things different.
The first thing the minister taught us was that every undesirable thought or words you think should be followed immediately by, “Cancel, cancel, cancel.” There are two reasons for this. Thoughts are electromagnetic waves that get sent into the universe. They have a particular pattern or frequency. In fact, neuroimaging has evolved to the point where it’s possible to watch the patterns forming in the brain and have a very good idea of what the person is thinking about. And since whatever frequency or pattern gets sent into the universe is what provides the “magnet,” disrupting that pattern is very important to do immediately.
There’s another reason for using the word ‘cancel’ rather than the word ‘no’. “No,” is a negation that the brain actually doesn’t process and when sent out into the universal field, sends its own vibratory pattern. It doesn’t stop the vibrations for the original thought but adds its own pattern to them. “Cancel” is a neutral word and generally produces a neutral frequency pattern. As such it neutralizes the thought pattern that was created and disrupts the “magnetic” attraction of that thought.
When I first learned this, I was having severe panic attacks which I couldn’t take medication for. The situation was dire and I was heading to bankruptcy. At first, I was repeating this word hundreds of times a day. But my minister assured me that if I continued to neutralize those thoughts each time, gradually the number of times I said it would go down. And she was right. After a week, the number of times I was “canceling” undesired thoughts was greatly reduced.
This did two things.
1. It literally canceled my habit of ruminating constantly on what I really didn’t want. It was a habit that had worn grooves in my brain. Canceling the thoughts flattened out the grooves and allowed me to replace it with better mental habits.
2. It restored all the energy I’d been expending on negative, undesired thoughts to me so I had it available to focus on what I did want.
Here’s an alternative, more physical, version of this tool to use if you’re a physical learner (meaning you’d rather do something or have someone show you how to do it, rather than read a book). I learned this version from Raymon Grace:
When you have an undesired thought or words come up, pretend you have a paintbrush. In the air in front of you make the physical motions of drawing a frame. Imagine placing the thoughts, words and images into the frame (move your hands as if you were actually doing it). Now, take your “paintbrush” and dip it in red ink. Draw a great big red X across that frame and all the stuff you placed into it. You have now “canceled” your undesired thoughts.
As Raymon says, “Your hands are the punctuation marks for your thoughts.”
When you notice negative thoughts appearing in your mind today, try both versions of the “Minding Your Thoughts” tool and see which appeals most to you.
2. Sleep Priming
This is an exercise that works for some and not for others. When it works, it’s amazing. The goal is to set up your sleep so that your mind works on a roadblock while your conscious brain is taking a siesta. The hope is that you’ll awaken in the morning with fresh insights. If done often enough, you’ll get to the point where the priming agent no longer needs to be used, and you’ll just need to mentally set the “problem” out for yourself to work on right before you go to sleep.
To do sleep priming, find a scent that you enjoy or that really grabs your attention in a pleasant way. About an hour or two before you go to sleep, write down on a piece of paper what your roadblock/problem/challenge is. Place the paper in front of you and sniff the scent you chose (or light the incense/candle, spray the perfume, etc) while reading what you wrote. Just before going to bed, repeat that process.
In an ideal world, someone would again give you an exposure to that scent while you were sleeping, but that’s ok if no one’s around. What you can do is take a whiff again if you wake up during the night. Make sure you have pencil and paper available beside your bed. When you wake up, jot down the insights you’ve gained overnight before you get out of bed.
This worked so well for one of Rodney’s students, she woke up with the complete outline for a research paper she’d been stumped on for weeks. For Rodney, he often wakes up early in the morning (like 4 am) with genius ideas. One has become a series of papers that garnered the attention of London documentary filmmakers and over this past week, two major publishing houses. For me, I often gain insights into why something isn’t working for me and solutions to challenges appear.
I hope these tricks and tools are useful as you continue with this amazing $3,000 Experiment.
Thanks, Janice. And now, in our usual fashion here in the Consciousness Playground, we’ll take the last week of the month off. That’s so you have time to review and practice what you’ve learned so far. And to enjoy other aspects of your life. Really, as we discussed in the beginning, your Transformational Space represents the quantum state which is doing the work of the experiment for you. Knowing that, you’re free to be, well, carefree!
See you back here Tuesday, Mar 3. March! It’s almost March already, folks 🙂