Virtually everyone has a supply of past hurts- both major and minor - stored away and ready to rise to the surface. As we explore this pain over and over again, however, we allow ourselves to feel hurt once again as we relive it. This creates a vibration that attracts similar energy and perpetuates our pain.
I'm not suggesting you ignore what happened to you. Instead, I'm suggesting you transform it into a source of strength. You survived, and you can thrive. Don't allow anyone to steal your power from you, regardless of how much they hurt you.
You are a superhero, and you have the power to change not only your experience, but the entire universe through your rising vibration. Use your pain to fuel your power. Rise stronger than ever to live the beautiful and vibrant life only you can create.
Creating involves emotion and directed attention to that which you want. This is true regardless of whether you are creating something you want or something you don't want. So, when your thoughts are focused on something negative (for example: How am I going to pay my bills? or My health is so poor! I'm sick!) and there is emotion behind those thoughts, you will attract and create more of the situation you don't want.
Setting a positive intention can help, but if you continue to think about these negative things, you send confusing signals to the universe about that which you desire. So, if you are setting the intention, "I choose to be vibrantly healthy," but you continuously think about how sick you are, or if you set the intention, "I am financially prosperous," but continue to worry about how your bills will be paid, then your negative thoughts and focus are overriding (or at the very least cancelling) your positive intention.
When everything is going great and you're feeling positive, it seems pretty easy to set intention and focus positive thought and emotion to create, but what do you do when something negative happens or you are in a negative place? How do you direct positive emotion and thoughts when you're not feeling positive? How do you turn a situation around when what you perceive as your reality (being sick, being unable to pay your bills, etc.) is in direct conflict to your intention?
It's all about how you focus. If you continue to focus on the problem, then you are creating the energetic conditions to perpetuate the problem; you are calling it to you through your emotion and attention. To reverse this energy, focus instead on the solution. Visualize yourself with the problem solved. So instead of focusing on the belief or thought, "I am so sick - look at all the evidence pointing to how sick I am," visualize yourself as being healthy and healed. Visualize yourself as being vibrant and whole. And when the inevitable thoughts of the problem arise again, take a moment, close your eyes, cancel that thought, and visualize the solution. Do this for just a moment every time the negative thought arises.
So when the thought arises, "I can't pay my bills," for instance, every time you catch yourself worrying about how you are going to pay your bills or thinking something along the lines of, "I don't have the money for this," stop and briefly visualize yourself easily paying your bills or with a bank account full of cash (or both). Shift your focus from problem to solution, and do it consistently. When you combine this with your intention, you can begin to create that which you want instead of that which you don't.
It sounds simple, but truth is truth. Joy is a choice, and it's your choice. You attract more of what you consistently choose, and joy is no different.
If you wish to have more joy in your life, all you have to do is choose more joy. Know in each moment you have a choice, even when you don't feel as if you do. If you recognize you are not feeling joyful, consciously cultivate something that does bring you joy. Dance. Laugh. Listen to music that uplifts you. Play with a puppy. Hug someone. Tilt your face to the sun and feel its warmth. Seek pleasure and allow yourself to feel the joy of that experience. Then, carry that feeling of joy with you. If you notice it starts to slip away, find another joyful experience. Recall a cherished memory. Stretch in the most delicious way possible. Think of a funny joke. Hum a tune. Imagine yourself achieving your deepest desire.
Cultivating joy is about the small choices you make from moment to moment. If you notice you are annoyed, choose joy. If you notice you are sad, choose joy. If you notice you are angry, choose joy. If you notice you are afraid, choose joy. When you seek it, you'll find joy is always there just waiting for you to recognize it and bring it to the forefront of your experience. It is yours for the taking wherever and whenever you want it.
You've probably heard of the law of attraction or the phrase, "thoughts become things." The formula is simple. What you intend and pay attention to, you create. When you add deep emotion, the creation comes more quickly. This works both for the things you want, and the things you don't want.
For example, if your intention is low but you are paying a lot of attention to poor health and feeling emotion surrounding that, the emotion plus the attention overrides the low intention, and you get more of what you are emotionally thinking about. Your thoughts, emotion, and attention perpetuate poor health. If your intention for a new job is high, but you pay it little attention or give it no emotion, chances are it will take a while for that job to manifest - if it does at all. If you intend for that new job and give it attention, but also continue to think about how impossible it is to get a decent job (usually with emotion), then chances are you are negating the intention. Instead, you need to set your intention for the new job, think positively about getting the new job, and catch the negativity before it sets in.
Here's another example. If your intention is for financial abundance and every morning you visualize yourself financially abundant, but every time the subject of spending money or paying bills comes up you think, I can't possibly afford that, you are negating your attention and perpetuating a lack of abundance. In this situation, however, you may notice the thought I can't possibly afford that makes you feel a negative emotion. So if you can't catch the thought, notice the emotion. When you notice the negative emotion, reset your thought and re-visualize your goal of financial abundance. Do this consistently to set the wheels of creation into motion.
So what's the best way to manifest? Combine intention and attention. Set aside time each day to visualize that what you want, and do it with joy. State your intention clearly. Then, direct your thoughts to that intention and combine it with positive emotion.
To avoid unintended creation, throughout the day pay attention to any negative feelings that arise. When those feelings come up, it tells you your attention has slipped away from your intention, and you are creating something you don't intend. Notice those feelings and release them. Then, restate your intention, visualize your desired goal again, add in some positive emotion, and you're headed off in your intended direction instead of working at cross purposes to that which you wish to create.
December 3, 2017 at Vision8 Studio in Portland, OR. Sign up here.